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Shivan Dragon

Shivan Dragon - 7th & Older sets


r- +1/+0 until end of turn

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.50
Limited: 5.00
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2001

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



I give the Shivan Dragon a 3.  In many ways, the card is almost a 4.  The problem is that the environment isn't friendly to big creatures right now.  With cards like Terminate and Vindicate running around, big creatures run and hide.  However, in the right deck, a card of this caliber can be a great finisher.  One also has to take note that the Shivan Dragon has a 5 toughness.  This makes him immune to Flametongue Kavu, which was probably the most played card at State Champion tournaments everywhere.  If this guy hits the board and your opponent can't deal with it, it will most likely win the game.  It's a good finisher and is still playable.


Shivan.  Rawr.  In limited this bad boy is easily a 5.  He is the card you want to open if red is your favorite color, or if any color is your favorite.  Dragons are always a dominate force in Limited and he is one of the kings.  In constructed his casting cost has proved prohibitive and he is most likely only a 3 at best.  Shivan used to make the cut in constructed though, even when Swords to Plowshares could take him out for one mana.  He will always be the King of red.


rating: ****
Shivan IS Magic: the Gathering.  Period.
Technically he should be only three stars since he costs a whopping 4RR, but he makes up for it by being a bad mama-jamma!!
Aaron Teare 

John B

A very efficient creature that, unlike the Vampiric variety, is at a cost where it might get a whiff of the in-play zone.  Although most commonly associated with the casual player, there's no real reason it can't be competitive if the situation calls for it.  I have a hard time using it myself, because it doesn't really fit into any sort of strategy I ever use in a deck. The downside, and there's always a downside, is that to make truly good use of it you have to be essential mono red due to the double-specific cost and the ability that is only limited by your access to red mana.  In type 2 mono red isn't very powerful, even with a small splash.  If you intend to play this big monster in mono red or base red with a small splash, then your deck has to be full of removal so you can survive G/R beats.  What's wrong with that?  Other decks plan on red removal, and use cards like Galina's Knight, Voice of All, Nimble Mongoose, Blurred Mongoose, et al..  In less restrictive formats you have better options, especially with the greater emphasis on speed. I just can't see where I'd be able to use him as things currently stand. I guess he'll just sit in trade binders waiting for the appropriate field for him to engulf in flammable exhalations.  Rating = 2


Shivan Dragon - one of the classic beatdown creatures that has existed since the game began. At a 5/5 flier for 6 mana, it's still quite potent, even in today's environment.

In red control, like Ponza, Shivan is a tremendous finisher. Provided you can strip black of it's removal first, Shivan is quite difficult to get past, due to being incredibly hard to burn out. Blue would undoubtedly have to waste a counter on it, or have a Persuasion in hand, and White will undoubtedly have to Wrath, nailing only the Shivan.

I like the card because it is definitely a MUST deal with card. If you don't, you're dead, and probably dead in 2 turns. Now, I will admit, I might just be a little sentimental on the card, but I really feel that it might have a place in today's environment. It's too slow for Extended, but Standard might be the place for it.

In limited, it's completely savage and would always be a 1st pick if going to colors, and definitely a reason to look at red, no matter when you see it in a draft.

New Constructed: 4.0
Old Constructed: 3.0
Constructed Potential: 3.5
Limited: 5.0

Overall Rating: 3.875


Shivan Dragon - Rating 4 1/2
6 mana for a 5/5 flyer is solid, especially in a color that has almost 0 access to decent flyers. Then all of a sudden you realize that he can pump and you have a critter to love. I have even seen him in Sligh builds even though he is off the mana curve, I guess they just like that game finishing damage. Only drawback is that the card is so direct and aggressive. Well, I suppose that if you had a problem with that you would be playing Red . . .


Before I commence with my little rant, I want to make one thing absolutely clear - Shivan Dragon is a good card.

Shivan is good, heís one of the best cards in 7th, which was surprisingly useless. Again, like Bamboozle, this card has yet to find a home. It could fit into a mono-red deck, but the problem with it is that it does cost six mana to play.

The double red in itís casting cost also makes the card hard to splash, of course he is better to play in a red/green or red/black deck than splashing another color for one of the Legendary Dragons from Invasion.

Now, mana cost, as proven with Vampiric Dragon, does account for a lot. The cheaper the better, the faster the better, and unfortunately, Shivan Dragon isnít really any of those. Thatís why I give him a 3. Heís better than some cards, but for the decks he meant for simply donít need him.

In Draft, however, throw everything I said out the window. It doesnít get past you, even if youíre not playing red. Still, I donít think anyone would draft 7th in the first place. Itís a 5 here.






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