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Clockwork Dragon 
Mirrodin Rare

Reviewed December 18, 2003

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The "Big Guy" flyer from the Mirrodin set, he's also a favorite because he's a Dragon.  Add to that he can fit with any color scheme since he's an artifact. And he's pumpable. Nice.  His drawback is that he is subject to two different classes of destruction - creature destruction and artifact destruction. BUT, by the time he hits the board mid to late game, many opponents have spent their destruction spells on other goodies you've played earlier in the game. I would probably purposely play a tasty target as bait before playing out the dragon to draw out any Shatters or the like.

In constructed, he'll fit best in a casual deck. For you dragon fans out there, he's an easy add due to not requiring colored mana. And there aren't too many 7/7 pumpable flyers for 7 colorless mana. Nice, nice, nice.

In limited, you just play him. First pick it in draft. Again, it's an artifact, so it plays into whatever colors you are going. He's fat, he flies, he pumps. You can't ask for more!

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
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Judge Bill

Clockwork Dragon
This guy is huge. A nice finisher for any deck that has spare mana, and can get to 7 mana. Easy for the Tinker decks, and not so bad for some control decks. You just have to pretend he has "Whenever this attacks, pay 3." (to keep the counter)
In limited, this is ridiculous. If you don't have an immediate answer for him, good night.
Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 5

 Van Zandt

Clockwork Dragon
Seeing as how a 4/4 flyer will win most air wars,  this guy is pretty good. 
He -can- be the biggest flier in the set.  I like reiver demon more, for
several reasons,  but for the most part, if this guy stays alive for you,
he'll win the game.  In constructed though,  he's expensive,
non-self-protecting, and requires more mana than his initial bit to remain
functional.  Maybe with some lightning greaves,  otherwise, no thanks.
limited 3.7
constructed 2.4
Chase  Clockwork Dragon
 In Constructed, it's way too expensive unless you have another way of
getting it out. (Tinker anyone?)  It's fun, but not for Constructed.
 In Limited, this is a first pick.  He flies, he's fat, he can become
fatter, and he can fit into any color deck.  I was very fortunate to open
one of these in my draft.  I saw him both games and he rocked.  The only
thing that stood in the Dragon's way was an Icy Manipulator.  There are very
few cards I would pick over this.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 5

Clockwork Dragon

Have you ever been sitting at a draft table and had the guy on your right open his first pack and slam the rare on the table while laughing maniacally? Well I have and it was because he opened this wonderful card. This is one of the few cards that at seven mana I don't even worry about if itís the right pick. Seven mana for a 6/6 flier that on the next turn can potentially attack as an 8/8. If your worried about the fact that he loses a counter every time he attacks or blocks, thatís okay pay 3 mana and make him bigger over and over again. Jason no brainer draft tip.... pick him first just don't laugh maniacally. In standard I still like this card but he can be taken out for next to know mana in the form of naturalize, shatter, and a multitude of other spells.

Limited 4.25

Constructed 3.25


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