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Gilded Drake 
Urza's Saga Rare

Reviewed December 25, 2002

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I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Poopy Christmas!  Today's pile of poop comes from Urza's Saga.  This card has always been nice to steal creatures when they are larger and more dangerous that Drake.  I must admit, though, it's not too often they are a bigger threat unless they're making Saproling tokens every turn or tapping to kill your creatures.  Yes, this means you play this poop against reanimator decks.  Outside of that, it's not exactly good.

In limited, you want to beat with 3/3 fliers, not get beat with them.  If you have a Brand, sure.  If not, no.

Constructed (against Reanimator): 4.5  (other): 1.5
Limited: 1.5
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Poop Rating: Buyer Beware - don't go in for at least 30 minutes afterwards!


Gilded Drake was a card relegated to realm of unnoteworthiness until very recently when the "new extended" took hold. Suddenly, this "whatever" card became one of the highest ordered cards from our Website, as it is used to switch places with huge reanimator creatures like Verdant Force and friends. for now, it's definitely come into its own.

In limited, keep it sideboard until you know your opponent has something that can't be dealt with.

Constructed: 3.5

Limited: 1.5

Judge Bill

Wednesday - Gilded Drake
Today's and tomorrow's cards focus on what happens after Christmas, that is, when you go back to the store to exchange what you really didn't want for something you want more.
Today's card has found a niche home in extended, due to all of the early reanimation effects that pop up. You get their creature, and they get a 3/3 flier. So thier creature has to be better than 3/3, and targetable, for this to be worth it. Lately, with all of the big monsters running around, this has been worth a sideboard slot or two. How long it remains this way remains to be seen.
Extended: 2.5
Other constructed: 1.25
Limited: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Gilded Drake
Now,  while I've played against quite a few of my friend's decks that
contained this card,  it hasn't really seen constructed popularity until
recently.  2 Mana to steal your opponent's critter.  As long as you can
handle the 3/3 flyer being on their side,  it doesn't matter that they get
it,  and in an extended environment where 90% of the win conditions are very
large creatures,  the trade is almost always more than equitable on your
side.  But it takes a pretty specific environment for the drake to be as
widespread as it is now.  If you can return the gilded drake after the
switch, all the better for you.  In limited,  you need some bounce spells
for this guy to see any use,  or you side it in if you're scared of an
absurdly large creature you couldn't cope with otherwise.
limited: 2.75
constructed: 2.75

Danny Tatro

     This card used to be considered bad, but as time went on people found uses for it. Drake-Brand or other things like Drake-Bouncer. Some of these today are still viable ideas. Mainly its used as SB against reanimator, or taking "The Rock's" Spiritmonger.

     In limited, its SB only, and most likely useless since giving your opponent a 3/3 flyer is bad unless you know you can take their bomb. Its even better if you have ways to keep returning it to your hand. Still not THAT good.

     In sealed, its still just SB. But better since it really could win you a game stealing their bomb. Same combos apply as sealed- just harder to endlessly return it.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 2
Sealed: 2

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