29, Jun, 21

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Reveals New Colored Dragons

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Today is the first official day of preview season for the new Magic: the Gathering set Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, and boy oh boy has it been an incredible first day. We’ve seen some powerful creatures, spells and artifacts revealed, but notably, we have some new Dragon cards previewed. A few of them have reference back to the different colors of dragons, and couple of them are Legendary. We’ll talk about each of them here and talk about how competitive each is on it’s face and where they could fit into Standard and Historic.

The Color Dragons

The 3 colored dragons we got today are Black Dragon, Green Dragon, and Adult Gold Dragon. A common theme of these dragons is that they have a bit of a higher mana value for a decent sized body with some additional effects.

Black Dragon being the most expensive one thus far at 7 mana, has a one shot Mire’s Grasp. While this effect is pretty solid, 7 Mana is a bit too much to spend. We do see 7 mana spells being cast in Standard, such as Emergent Ultimatum, which has a massive game shifting impact.

Green Dragon is 6 mana, and has a mass “deathtouch” effect if you will. 6 mana becomes a bit more reasonable to cast, but in order to really take advantage of the ability, you need another card or two deal damage to a creature to kill it. This card faces the same sort of fate I think that Black Dragon faces. Even though Green Dragon competes with very few competitive creatures at 6 mana in Standard and Historic, such asVorinclex, Monstrous Raider, the need to have more cards deal damage to creatures pushes it out of the conversation.

The last dragon is Adult Gold Dragon. Why this one is specifically an adult, and not just a Gold Dragon, I’m not sure, but this one is a good one. At 5 mana, this can slot in the top end of a Naya Midrange strategy, or a Jeskai Dragons deck. Having Flying, Haste and Lifelink is also very useful as the impact this card can make is much faster than the other two.

Overall these dragons are very cool callbacks to their D&D counterparts, and I expect that we’ll see the other creatures in the cycle as more previews are announced.

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Icingdeath, Frost Tyrant

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The first Legendary dragon that was revealed today is Icingdeath, Frost Tyrant. On it’s own, it boasts a solid stat line at 4 mana, and has some great evergreen abilities. The second ability to create an equipment when it dies is nice as well. Icingdeath Frost Tongue has a cheap equip cost, and its second ability allows you to tap a problematic blocker to let your creatures get in for good damage. Ultimately I think that Icingdeath, Frost Tyrant fits really nicely in a Boros aggro deck.

Ebondeath, Dracolich

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The last dragon we’ve gotten today is Evondeath, Dracolich. This is definitely the most powerful of the dragons that we’ve seen. First off, it has Flash, which is always a powerful ability. This lets you play it as a surprise threat at the end of your opponent’s turn to swing in for 5 in the air on yours. It can even be cast from your graveyard in the mid to late game when resources are low and you need to stick a creature. That’s kept in check by the fact that it enters tapped, so you’ll most likely be pairing this with some kind of removal, or blocking creatures. The immediate place where I can see this fitting in would be in a Mono Black aggro style of deck, whether it be in Standard or Historic. It acts similarly to Gutterbones or Dread Wanderer, but at the top end of your curve. This is definitely a card to be on the look out for.

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is really shaping up to be an incredible set from our first day of previews. Make sure that you check out our preview gallery to stay up to date with all the new cards that come out over the next couple of weeks! What are your thoughts on these dragons and what’s your favorite card that’s been previewed so far? Let us know in the comments!

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is set to release on July 23rd on tabletop, and 2 weeks before on Magic Online and Magic Arena. Preview season is set to begin this week, and you can find all the new spoilers in our Spoiler Gallery. You can also preorder Adventures in the Forgotten Realms products now!

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