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Bogardan Hellkite

Reviewed August 28, 2009

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.80
Multiplayer: 3.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bogardan Hellkite

Back when the Time Spiral block was still in print and legal in Standard, Bogardan Hellkite was one of the most feared creatures in both limited and constructed games. It was capable of ambushing complacent opponents, turning their alpha strike into a rout, and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Now . . . well, very little has changed now, to be honest.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Miguel Friday 8-28-09

Bogardan Hellkite

Constructed: It's missing Dragonstorm.

Casual & Multiplayer: A great Dragon for any casual Dragon deck. Multiplayer spread the love.

Limited: I would used it in a heart beat. Not the greatest but once you have 8 mana it is game on. Try and grab a Rise from the Grave to use it again. Just watch out for Cancel or Essence Scatter. It may not be a top pick for most players, but I think it is.

Overall a great Dragon that fits right in at Mythic rare. Welcome back Mr. Hellkite.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Multiplayer: 3
Limited: 4

Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Bogardan Hellkite

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is a powerful dragon that saw a fair amount of play in Dragonstorm decks. Borgarden Hellkite is a 5/5 flyer for eight mana the icing on the cake is when Hellkite comes into play it deals 5 damage divided any way you wish between any number of target creatures or players. When Hellkite comes into play it can not only provide a flying creature to dominate the skies, it can destroy possibly one or two creatures and deal some extra damage to a player. In standard it’s a little expensive outside of a dedicated ramp deck, Dragonstorm is no longer standard legal so that hurts the playability of the card. It’s a powerful card you just need to find a home for it. In extended and eternal formats Dragonstorm is a viable deck type and with the extended rotation minds desire will no longer be a viable deck choice Dragonstorm may fill that role perfectly. In eternal formats it may be a creature in certain combo decks. In casual and multiplayer its an expensive flyer that hits the board ready to dominate the skies and can provide card advantage by possibly netting you a two for one or better. In limited its expensive and its unlikely you will have the mana to play it, if you have a way to cheat it into play all the better otherwise a low pick unless you can ramp up to it.

Constructed- 2.0
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 2.0
Multiplayer- 3.5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Bogardan Hellkite, a very interesting dragon design that plays differently from most large creatures. The key ability is Flash as playing it on your opponent's turn can be a major change to the playing field. In addition to blocking it can seriously weaken any standing army and is an excellent stalemate ending play. The high cost is of course a big issue, but you do get what you pay for.

In Constructed the mana cost is the biggest problem and it'll probably keep this dragon out of most serious decks. It is not by any means a bad card, but it needs dedicated support to consider it a viable threat.

To Casual the cost is almost an attractive challenge to overcome, to play this earlier than expected for a big win. Several other red dragons fall in a similar category, so there is competition, yet little compares to the combination of Flash and divisible burn.

With Limited this is a must play card if there is even a moderate level of red support in your pool. A high draft pick and not something to pass around the table, also worth building around in sealed as well.
The games are slower, so the cost isn't as big of an issue even with a double red. The surprise arrival and burn damage is extremely potent especially in such a creature driven format. There are cards that can destroy this, but only Blue can really stop the burn aspect. As a side note, if you happen to play this across from a Baneslayer Angel you will suddenly appreciate the seemingly flavor only Protection From Dragons ability.

In Multiplayer the ability to divide the damage all around the board can be nice, but it certainly won't make any of those players your friend.
By that point in the game you probably won't be looking for allies anyway, but it is worth mentioning. In this format the impact is lessened as there are multiple opponents instead of a single target and each would likely have options for dealing with the Hellkite if needed.
Flash may help against a single opponent, but any others will not run into it blindly on the attack.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

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