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Mar 09 2015 12:00pm
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    Hello everyone. Here I'm with a new financial review article that will cover the first week spoilers of the Dragons of Tarkir set. I will go through every spoiled Rare and Mythic so far and review them based on their impact potentials to the Standard, Modern and Eternal formats.

The excitement of the Dragons of Tarkir set is in the air and finally, the next block is also revealed; Battle for Zendikar during the Pax East panel. What amazing news! We have been eagerly waiting for this announcement and here it is. This is going to be a good opportunity to be able to get cheaper enemy fetch lands. And some wishes for the print of enemy manlands to complete the cycle. More importantly, we are going to witness to the clash of Dragons versus Eldrazi.

We will have plenty of time to talk about. But for now, let's start to this burning review... 

Arashin Foremost  Silverblade Paladin

Basically, Arashin Foremost is a tribal version of Silverblade Paladin with the exactly same CMC and body. Back then, Silverblade Paladin saw some moderate amount of play and forced 7 tix range as its maximum price value. On the other hand, Dragons of Tarkir will be much more drafted than Avacyn Restored and Arashin Foremost is a Warrior tribal card, which restrict it for a certain deck strategy. I expect, Arashin Foremost to be settle around 0.50-0.75 tix during the first month of drafts. And as mid term, it may rise above 1.5-2 tix ranges after the next rotation season.

Ojutai Exemplars

There is definitely a certain power level trend in what LSV reviews; Siege Rhino, Thragtusk, Bonfire of the Damned, etc. And in that regard, Ojutai Exemplers seems as a very promising card as a top curve card for Jeskai Token or Jeskia Burn decks as two or three copies. These monks, have an advanced prowess trigger as a toolbox for various cases. I expect, Ojutai Exemplers to be a 4-5 tix card at worst. That means, we may also see double of these numbers easily.

Radiant Purge

At first, Radiant Purge seems as a perfect answer to all those Siege Rhino, Fleecemane Lion or Jeskai Ascendancy. But in reality, Radiant Purge is a card with narrow application. And next block, Battle for Zendikar also don't give us much hope for its playability. We may see some copies of it at some Sideboards against certain decks. My price expectation for this card will be around 0.10 to 0.25 tix.

Profound Journey  Sunscorch Regent

Profound Journey is basically a double Obzedat's Aid with its rebound bonus. On the other hand, seven CMC is huge for a such effect. A bulk card with 0.03 tix value.

Sunscorch Regent may seem as a flying Taurean Mauler, but there are much better options that we can play at five CMC range in any formats, except limited. A bulk card with 0.03 tix price.

  Master of Waves

Shorecrasher Elemental is our latest Morphling variant with a very aggressive CMC and blue devotion enabler. And its double synergy with Master of Waves is undeniable. First, Shorecrasher Elemental is an Elemental creature and secondly, it will contribute three blue devotion. I can easily see a new generation blue devotion deck around these two cards together with Cloudform and some other Flying Men. I think, Shorecrasher Elemental will be around 5-6 tix card until the rotation clock. After that, I expect it to lose lots of value with the new dawn at Zendikar. Probably, it will see 1 tix bulk ranges.

Stratus Dancer

This megamorph spell cycle seems interesting and somehow promising to provide two from one value. Each of the creatures at this cycles is at two CMC and they all present a spell like trigger with their megamorphs. Stratus Dancer comes with Muddle the Mixture, which may be useful against Jeskai tokens, Jeskai Burn, U/W or U/B control decks as theoretically.

Now, let's look into the reality. In order to get this value, first we have to play Stratus Dancer with its face down cost on turn three. Then, we have to spare two mana for its megamorph during turn four or following turns to get some value from it. I don't know you, but I see lots of tempo loss there from an aggressive deck that trying to act like a control deck. I think, we will see Stratus Dancer as a sideboard card, instead of main deck deck beater. 

Overall, I like this cycle. Every one of them seems playable, but that doesn't mean all are suitable to see main deck play directly. Some of them are tailor made to support certain deck builds, while some others may only shine against specific decks. My price expectation for Stratus Dancer will be around 0.30-0.50 tix.

Sidisi, Undead Vizier

Sidisi, Undead Vizier is one of the cards that I'm excited about for Standard constructed. Demonic Tutor effect with 4/6 body with Deathtouch is amazing. She will stop everything. And I don't think it will be hard enough to find some targets for her exploit requirement, especially when we are playing with a Whip deck. At worst, Sidisi, Undead Vizier will be just a Demonic Collusion, that we may play to dig for a crucial card. Otherwise, I see multiple value there. I think, Sidisi, Undead Vizier will be positioned around 1-1.5 tix during mid term due to her potential for Whip reanimation decks. I can't foresee about what will happen with Zendikar. She may become a bulk card or contrary, there will be a new deck type that can benefit from this card. Only time will tell.

Silumgar Assassin  Deathbringer Regent

Smother bonus at Silumgar Assassin seems relevant enough to give it a chance to see some play at mono black aggressive deck. Otherwise, I'm not much sold to this card. My conservative price estimation will be 0.15-0.25 tix.

On the other hand, Deathbringer Regent is a bulk card (0.05 tix) with a very slim chance to see Standard play.

Risen Executioner

I know, there is a sub zombie theme at Sultai clan, yet Risen Executioner seems wrong to be as a mythic card in a Dragon heavy set. First, I thought, maybe this has something to do with the next block. But, after Zendikar (more vampires) has been revealed at Pax, I'm not sure. I guess, Risen Executioner is just a random zombie lord with mediocre abilities. A bulk card with 1-1.5 tix range.

Thunderbreak Regent  Dragon Tempest

Currently, Thunderbreak Regent is the best non-legendary dragon in this set. Maybe, even the best one among all of them, with its CMC range and punishing effect. I think, we are going to see Thunderbreak Regent a lot in various of different decks during this and next Standard season. My price expectation will be around 1.50 to 2 tix. 

Dragon Tempest seems as a pushed dragon tribal card with its two CMC. And that's all about it. It is application is so niche. A bulk card with 0.05-0.10 tix value.  

Zurgo Bellstriker

This is a new timeline. Zurgo may be demoted to a bellstriker, yet he is more playable than his khan version. A 2/2 body for a single red mana is very aggressive and also don't forget about the his dash possibility. I expect, Zurgo Bellstriker to see lots of play at mono red decks as a staple card. And my price estimation will be around 0.50-0.75 tix.

Den Protector  Foe-Razer Regent

Like the others, Den Protector comes with a Regrowth bonus, which makes her a pseudo Eternal Witness for total five mana investment. Maybe, she may find a home at some kind of aggressive Temur, Abzan, G/R or G/W decks within the following months. Den Protector is not an obvious card, yet not a bulk card either. My conservative price expectation will be around 0.25 to 0.40 tix.

Foe-Razer Regent is another bulk rare (0.05 tix) dragon card. Yet, its fight synergy is amazing. Shame that, it has seven CMC.  

Shaman of Forgotten Ways  Somberwald Sage  Biorhythm

Shaman of Forgotten Ways seems more as a casual card with his conditional mana producing and Biorhythm ability. At first glance, you might think, Shaman of Forgotten Ways is another Somberwald Sage. True. Yet, there is a fact that Eldrazi is coming. And there might be a new deck that shaped around some mana dorks, See the Unwritten and some big Eldrazi finishers. Just saying.

My price estimation is that Shaman of Forgotten Ways will be positioned around 1.50 to 2.00 tix ranges.

Narset Transcendent

Narset Transcendent is a good Planeswalker for certain deck strategies like U/W or Esper Control and Jeskai Tokens / Burn versions. She comes with six loyalty point and plus one for the first activation same turn. Narset can't protect herself, yet seven loyalty is quite hard to beat in one turn. And control decks have lots of tools to clear the board to get some breathing air.

Her first ability will especially shine in Control deck builds. And as irony, her ultimate will be fantastic in Control mirror matches. Overall, Narset Transcendent is a decent Planeswalker card and she will see some amount of play in Standard. Yet, I believe this card is over hyped. Narset won't reshape the Standard format, she will just support some specific strategies that heavily rely on a noncreature spells.

My price expectations for Narset Transcendent that, she will start with +25 tix during first two weeks of DTK release. And she will settle around 12 to 15 tix range during the following three months/ summer period. As usual, the price of Planeswalkers tends to increase with the introduction of the new Standard season. And that may cause some positive fluctuation at her price. No matter what, I don't expect Narset Transcendent to be over 22-23 tix in the long term.

Ojutai’s Command

The Command spells are back! And that's one of the best things at Dragons of Tarkir set. We have been waiting for this moment, so long and when that happened, we wanted to find the same power level of Cryptic Command. Instead of looking for what they are not, let's focus to what they can be.

First of all, Ojutai’s Command is an excellent card for U/W Control decks in Standard. And I can dare to say that, it is decent enough to see some Modern play at UW/R type Control decks as 5th and 6th Cryptic Commands. Ojutai’s Command is not a replacement, but a support card for certain strategies.

Ojutai’s Command's counter target creature spell, draw a card or gain 4 life modes seems to be very useful against most of the deck types that we may face. On the other hand, the first option requires a specific deck to shine, such as Jeskai Burn/ Tokens with Seeker of the Way or Soulfire Grand Master.

My price estimation for Ojutai’s Command will be around 3.00 to 3.50 tix.

Atarka’s Command

Atarka’s Command is definitely a pushed command spell for Red and Green color combinations. And that makes it a staple card for Modern Zoo and Burn type decks. Atarka’s Command will be an extra Skullcrack under the Burn shell, while Zoo decks can use it for its damage & +1/+1 boosting modes.

And Atarka’s Command is also very playable in Standard format, where it can help to neutralize the life gain advantage of Siege Rhino and Mastery of the Unseen. This is my top favorite command spell among three of the revealed ones, so far. Basically, cheap and effective. I expect to see Atarka’s Command with an average 2.50 to 3.00 tix price.

The power level of Silumgar's Command is not a joke. Every one of these modes are very useful for different cases. And any combination of these will hurt a lot. Yet, five CMC is a huge barrier to see play as four copies in a U/B control decks. I guess, two or three copies can justify themselves within the curve.

I think, Silumgar's Command will positioned around 1.50 to 2.00 tix price ranges.

Dragonlord Silumgar  Silumgar, the Drifting Death 

Dragonlord Silumgar is still at six CMC like his younger version, Silumgar, the Drifting Death. He has lost some toughness and hexproof, but become something more sinister. Dragonlord Silumgar can immediately impact to the game as an improved Sower of Temptation, which he can gain the control of any creature or planeswalker now. This is a very useful effect that comes with nearly decent body and deathtouch.

I think, Dragonlord Silumgar has a strong chance to see an active Standard play as a main deck and also sideboard card. And I expect it to be around 3.50 to 4.50 tix.

Dragonlord Kolaghan  Kolaghan, the Storm’s Fury

On the other hand, Dragonlord Kolaghan is quite underwhelming. Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury seems as a better option for Standard constructed with her Dash and general +1/+0 boost for each attacking dragons, which can be very relevant with Thunderbreak Regent at the curve.

Dragonlord Kolaghan's Fervor effect is good , but it is also too late to make any serious of impact with that six CMC. Her punishing passive ability is huge, but opponents can play around it easily, until they manage to find a removal spell for the Dragonlord.

My price expectation from Dragonlord Kolaghan, that she will be a bulk mythic card with 1.00 to 1.50 tix price.  

Dragonlord Dromoka  Dromoka, the Eternal

Long story short, I love both of Dromoka's cards. Dromoka, the Eternal is aggressively costed with five CMC for 5/5 flying and bolster two effect for each attacking dragon.

And, Dragonlord Dromoka is a huge hoser against the Control type decks to shut down Counterspells and any other instant shenanigans. Also lifelink can matter against Jeskai Burn or any kind of aggressive deck builds. Dragonlord Dromoka is powerful enough to see main deck play as one or two copies as a high end at the curve.

Overall, Dragonlord Dromoka is a well balanced card that can help us against lots of decks. My price estimation for this card will be around 3.50 to 4.50 tix.  

Arashin Sovereign  Boltwing Marauder  Harbinger of the Hunt

These three dragons seem to target only limited formats for playability. They are strong, but there are much better options for Standard format. Bulk cards with 0.03 tix price.

Necromaster Dragon  Pristine Skywise

Necromaster Dragon and Pristine Dragon are obviously bulk rare cards. In a different era, these two could easily be respective finishers for U/B and U/W control decks. Now, the limits are so high...



Next week, I will finalize my Dragons of Tarkir financial review with the rest of the official second week spoilers. Also, I will re-evaluate some of the Standard cards that may shine within upcoming new meta. As always, please feel free to let me know your comments.

See you next time in the "Days of Standard" series...