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Time Spiral

Reviewed January 05, 2007

Constructed: 3.76
Casual: 3.63
Limited: 1

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Nine mana is quite a lot, and between the mana cost, the Storm, and the fact that it alone does nothing unless you've got Dragons in your deck, this card needs a deck built around it. Built properly, with plenty of Seething Songs and the like, it is an absolute powerhouse. It can only be as powerful as the Dragons it puts into play, of course, but given how powerful most Dragons are, that shouldn't be a problem.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 1

Jordan Kronick


I think most people's reaction when they saw Dragonstorm for the first time in Scourge was that it was a cute card without much potential for serious tournament play. With its rebirth in Time Spiral, this huge expensive timmy card has become a tournament powerhouse. Who woulda thunk it? Perhaps the quality of Dragonstorm has more to do with powerful acceleration and effective dragons than it does with the quality of the card itself, but whatever the reason, it bears watching out for. Any card that can generate a turn 3 victory should be carefully examined after all.

Constructed Rating - 3.3
Casual Rating - 4.0
Limited Rating - 1.0



Wizards probably underestimated Dragonstorm. The web site's card of the day for Enduring Renewal admitted that they were quite worried about THAT card getting out of hand. It was, in fact, almost cut from development because of a three card combo between Wild Cantor, Enduring Renewal, and Grapeshot.
That isn't to say that Dragonstorm flew through R&D unnoticed. They probably saw the interaction between fast mana cards like Rite of Flame, Lotus Bloom, and four copies of Bogardan Hellkite. They probably saw that it conceivably allowed a player to send a clean 20 damage to an opponent's face on turn four, or even earlier, if the player gets an especially good hand.

For better or for worse, Dragonstorm has become a dominant deck type by winning Worlds 2006. As a result, a lot of people have spent a considerable amount of time weighing its strengths and weaknesses. Shadow of Doubt is effective against it, as is Trickbind. Even so, there are often enough ways for the Dragonstorm player to stop incoming hate and win, if they play carefully.

Constructed 4/5. Keep an eye out for this deck if you play competitively. Dragonstorm has been known to have explosive turns, even going off as early as turn 1 with enough Rite of Flames, although that, at least, is unlikely. Even so, carry hate in the sideboard, and pray that they don't have a Gigadrowse to keep you from hosing them in games two and three.

Limited 1/5. Largely ineffective. Considering the rarity level of this card, it's not possible to draft Dragonstorm and enough dragons to make it good. You build a deck around this card.

Casual 2/5. While casting out four big red dragons is fun, Dragonstorm.dec is not a multiplayer card. If you go off and nail someone, everyone else is going to gang up to take you out.
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