Leaks for Magic: the Gathering’s newest set Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty keep surfacing, and we’re 3 days out from the start of Preview Season. The other day we got to take a look at the Black dragon in the new cycle, and today, all of them made their way up on to Reddit. They’re all really cool, so let’s talk about the new ones.
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The New Dragons
Finally a great quality picture! We can very clearly see the names, art and text on these cards. Now looking at the location of these pictures, I’m not sure why these were taped up in what looks like a New York Bus Stop, but here we are. First off, we’ve seen Atsushi and Junji already, so we’re left with the White, Blue and Green dragons left.
Ao, the Dawn Sky
First off, we have Ao, the Dawn Sky. Ao is a 5 mana 5/4 with flying and vigilance. When it dies, we get the option to effectively cast a beefed up Collected Company. We look at the top 7 cards of our library, and put ANY number of nonland permanents with mana value 4 or less into play. That’s pretty crazy, and has a ton of applications in a bunch of formats. The other ability that Ao has is to put 2 +1/+1 counters on each Vehicle and Creature we control. Most likely, I’d be wanting to use the first ability, but I definitely can see the 2nd ability being relevant if we’re incredibly ahead on board with a lot of creatures.
Kairi, the Swirling Sky
Next up we have Kairi, the Swirling Sky. Kairi costs 6 mana, and while we can’t see the power and toughness, I’m going to guess that it’s 6/6 or 6/5. Kairi has Flying and Ward 3, which is pretty powerful itself. The death trigger abilities are also slightly obscured, but I’m going to guess the first one is “Return any number of non-land permanents with mana value total 6 or less to their owner’s hand” as the first one. The second I’m going to guess is “Mill 6 cards, then return up to 2 Instant and/or Sorcery cards from your graveyard to your hand.” It’d make sense if it was return up to 6, but that seems like it’d be insane.
Kura, the Boundless Sky
Lastly, we have Kura, the Boundless Sky. Kura is a 5 mana 4/4 with Flying and Deathtouch. Kura’s death triggers are, “Search your library for up to 3 lands, reveal them and put them into your hand”, and “Create and X/X green Spirit Creature token where x is the number of lands you control”. I would say that this is probably the most underwhelming of the bunch, but in the right circumstances can be quite good. This is a great commander dragon for Ramp strategies where you have a bunch of extra land drop effects.
What are your guys thoughts on this? These Dragons are super cool, and we’re definitely excited for Preview Season get going! Be sure to stay tuned to our Preview Gallery as we’ll be updating it with officially previewed cards as they get released!