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Dragon Broodmother
Alara Reborn

Reviewed May 7, 2009

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 5.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dragon Broodmother

I've always been a huge fan of Verdant Force, and I've played with nearly every card that had a similar effect down the years, from Honden of Life's Web to Benalish Commander. Dragon Broodmother is a worthy addition to that company - not only do the tokens keep coming, they are also evasive and can get even stronger, synergizing with other luminaries like Essence Warden and Savra in the process. Not only that, her cost is fairly low for this effect, possibly low enough for her to have a shot in constructed.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Dragon Broodmother

Now, I love multiplayer, as you all probably know by now. Unfortunately, I missed the prerelease and thus missed getting myself one of these. I will trade for one soon. Lets look at this. With a multiplayer game of 4, you play this. First opponents turn, you get a dragon (you might devour if you wanted but lets say you just take the dragon). Second Opponents turn, you now have a choice of a 3/3 flyer or 2 1/1 flyers. Third opponent, a 5/5 flyer or 3 1/1 flyers. On your turn, a 7/7 flyer or 4 1/1 flyers. See my point. Outside of this, there are obvious implications in a token deck. However, in the constructed environment for dueling, there are likely better choices of what to do with your tokens. In limited...a bomb.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 5

Dragon Broodmother

Greetings readers, and welcome to my first card of the day review, I will try and give an accurate and fair review of any and all cards. Today’s card is Dragon Broodmother another ferocious dragon featuring Jund’s mechanic Devour. For six mana and 4 of it requiring the combination of red and green, you receive a 4/4 flyer. That at first glance would seem a bit underwhelming and unimpressive luckily for you and unluckily for your opponent Broodmother has an extra ability. At the beginning of each upkeep put a 1/1 red and green Dragon creature token with flying devour 2 into play. Not only does it trigger during your upkeep but each players! Obviously pumping out Dragon tokens that can in turn devour one another and Broodmother can lead to some serious creature advantage and some nasty flyers your opponent will have to deal with. If Broodmother is able to pump out between 2-3 tokens your opponent will most likely target it for removal still leaving you with threats. Speaking of removal the “dies to removal” argument is justified I feel for a creature with a total mana cost of six and no immediate effect on the board. Terror, Oblivion Ring, Path To Exile, Eyeblights Ending Ect. All laugh at Broodmother. Not to mention the sweeping effects of Wrath of God, Infest, Firespout, Pyroplasm, and Volcanic Fallout all destroy your non pumped tokens.

 In constructed standard only a few decks would be able to use this card as their finisher, possibly a Jund ramp style almost any other deck has more solid lower costed options. Extended, Legacy, and Vintage are not the most forgiving formats playing a creature that costs six and doesn’t have a huge effect is liable to get killed countered, or even stolen and have your own face beaten with it. Post rotation Jund style decks have a nasty arsenal to choose from and could realistically be a possible contender with burn, and solid early game drops with this as a finisher. Casual is a much more forgiving format where the excessive token generation of Broodmother has a chance to shine, an army of flying baby dragons alongside a 4/4 flyer is a problem opponents have to solve immediately. On the off chance it is Pacified you can still sacrifice it to its own generated token, when its hit by removal in response use a spell that sacrifices a creature (or creatures!) and catch your opponent off guard. Limited is another ball park all together big creatures that win games quick are valued and if you’re in a red/green combination drafting this card could help you win by swarming with creatures. By no means a format warping card, Broodmother Dragon adds another weapon to Jund’s arsenal and casual dragon loves decks.

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Multiplayer: 3.5/5
Limited: 3/5

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