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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day

Creature - Dragon - 2RR - Rare

RR: Rakdos Pit Dragon gains
flying until end of turn.
R: Rakdos Pit Dragon gets +1/+0
until end of turn.

Hellbent - Rakdos Pit Dragon has double
strike as long as you have no
cards in hand.


Rakdos Pit-Dragon

Reviewed April 18, 2006

Constructed: 3.36
Casual: 4.26
Limited: 3.8

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Jordan Kronick

Rakdos Pit-Dragon

The first previewed appearance of the Hellbent mechanic is quite a complex little dragon. It combines many of the things we've come to expect from smaller dragons of the past, like Fledgling Dragon or the original Dragon Whelp. It has firebreathing. It can gain flying when it needs to. And it has the potential to completely break open for a devastating attack. Firebreathing combined with double strike is obviously potent. This card is something I fully expect to see headlining a lot of red decks, be they Rakdos or Gruul. A limited bomb, of course. It's a dragon, and dragons almost always are.

Constructed Rating - 3.6
Casual Rating - 3.3
Limited Rating - 3.9


Rakdos Pit Dragon

The non-flying dragon. It will cost you RR to get him in the air, but then he can pump. I guess you have to look at it this way. He's a 3/3 for 4, which isn't horrible. Give him flying if you need to, and pump his power too. If you happen to have no cards in hand, then he becomes a mean SOB that can double strike for fun and profit. Nice!

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 4.5


Rakdos Pit Dragon

The Dragon seems pretty solid, but very mana intensive. If you can spare at least two Red mana, you've got a threat to be dealt with. Especially if you have hellbent, in which case each red mana is essentially +2/+0. But if you're out of cards in hand, you must have spent mana to cast them, right? It's a good card, probably a staple in Red Decks Win for a while, and a must-have for your casual dragon deck (a deck desperate for something to do before Turn Six), but in limited I'd probably take it if only to not have it used against me. This card requires a heavy red commitment, which you just can't promise it in Limited.

Constructed- 3.5
Limited- 3
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