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Rathi Dragon 
Tempest Rare


Reviewed September 25, 2002

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Judge Bill

This was a classic dragon for Tempest block. I think it would have gotten played a lot more, except for the fact that (it seemed like, anyway) the single biggest buyback spell played on the boat that year was Capsize. People were running Rats of Rath to fizzle Capsizes. And so you couldn't afford to sac 2 mountains when there was a good chance that it would go right back to your hand.
In limited, you played it. You didn't care about stuff like Capsize, as, (1) they had to draw it, and (2) they had to have it in their card pool first.
Constructed: 3 (Worldgorger Dragon suffers from a lot of the same problems as this does.)
Limited: 5


Constructed: Most red decks are not above sacrificing their own lands in order to speed things up a bit so this card should fit right in. Of course, back in the
Tempest era, most sligh players had killed their opponents by turn 4 if everything went to plan so the dragon wasn't really needed. I think it would be a force to be reckoned with were it still around as you could do a 5 damage hit on turn 4 (using fires or anger) but as it now lives in extended its not so
powerful. Nevertheless, I'll give it a 3 for being a good creature in the wrong set.

Limited: I'd be reluctant to play this till late in the game just in case I sacrifice my only two mountains and then draw a load of red cards. But a 5/5 flyer is tough to deal with so I'll give it a 3 in limited.


This is easily my favorite dragon.  He's big , he's bad, and he's fast.  Just the way dragons should be.

In constructed, he can be a bit of a chance, but he is definitely worth the gamble.

In limited, you take him always if you are in red.  It never hurts to have a big flier.  Especially one that you can get out on the board fast.

Constructed: 3.6
Limited: 4.1

Mad Hatter

Rathi Dragon

    A really fun dragon. The good thing about it is that, if it's countered, you've only spent half of the mana for it. The bad news, is that, if it gets bounced, you will have to tie up your mana for several turns trying to get it on the table.







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