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Zodiac Dragon 
Portal 3 Kingdoms

Reviewed March 14, 2005


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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Zodiac Dragon

Zodiac Dragon returns to your hand whenever its put into the graveyard, but outside of constructed Reanimator decks, how often would a nine casting cost dude like this be in play? Not very often, which is why a year from now, people will STILL not know that this card exists. By the way, this 8/8 Dragon doesn't fly or have any special abilities other than returning to your hand from the graveyard. Now, in as much as I don't know what his Oracle wording is (apart from the Three Kingdoms wording on the card itself) maybe ZD can work like Squee and be used as never-ending discard strategy.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Zodiac Dragon

Nine mana for an 8/8? Obviously you'd rather play the Zodiac Dog as a 2/2 mountainwalker for 3 mana instead. I mean, the Zodiac Dragon doesn't even fly. Sure he recurs himself, but do you really want to spend nine mana over and over for an 8/8 ground pounder that can be blocked by a drudge skeleton?
I don't. In limited I'm likely to pick him up for one big reason, I can sell him.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3


* game store owner

Zodiac Dragon - Monday
This is currently one of the most sought after dragons in the game.  The fact that it returns to your hand is great, but it does cost NINE mana to cast.  and it doesn't even fly. I'm not sure I would put it into a deck, but I most definitely would trade for some and sell them away right now.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5

Paul Hagan

Zodiac Dragon -- (revised 3-22-05)

The first time I reviewed this card, I didn't take into account that it had been errated to read "If Zodiac Dragon is put into the graveyard FROM PLAY..." Considering this change, I can't really say all that many good things about Zodiac Dragon. It's expensive, it doesn't have any form of evasion, and its ability is fairly irrelevant since it will rarely hit play. In a sense, it is a gigantic Craw Wurm. If you want to sink this much mana into a creature, there are a lot better options.

In limited, Zodiac Dragon shouldn't hit play too often due to its prohibitive cost, but when it does, you can assume it will be a large issue for your opponent to deal with. I'm not sure it is worth picking up on the first pass, but don't let it go around too much -- it could swing a game.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.0
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