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Hellkite Ignite - Pojo Exclusive
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Hellkite Ignite
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.90
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 3.60

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Hellkite Igniter

Welcome to today's Pojo exclusive promo card, Hellkite Igniter! Wizards of the Coast sure like to give us the Dragon previews, don't they? Well, I have no doubt that this Dragon is going to shake things up. Why am I so confident, when Mordant Dragon had no such impact? Because Hellkite Igniter has haste. Haste is just about the most relevant ability you can put on a Dragon, after flying. This allows the Igniter to come out of nowhere and start laying the beatdown.

More importantly, I feel that the Igniter provides the lynchpin to a deck type that has showed a glimmer of promise but always been just out of reach, or at least it provides the deck with a suitable reward to reach for that might motivate more people to play it. I'm talking about the red metalcraft deck.
Metalcraft has appeared on plenty of decent red cards-- Galvanic Blast and Kuldotha Phoenix being the most obvious-- and plenty of other red cards in Scars of Mirrodin have encouraged artifact-heavy decks, but Hellkite Igniter really makes the deck a force to be reckoned with. The Igniter doesn't actually have metalcraft, so you'll never feel like you need to get that third artifact on the table before you cast it. As long as you have 5RR, it's a good time to cast the Igniter. But it's firebreathing ability counts artifacts. If you have one, it's worse than standard firebreathing. If you have two, it's just about as good. But the Igniter's +X/+0 really gets efficient and powerful when you have-- you guessed it-- three or more artifacts, the same as metalcraft. But the Igniter goes one better, and actually rewards you for having MORE than three artifacts as well, if you can get them. So stuff your deck with Iron Myr and Prophetic Prism, with Spellbombs and Equipment. You'll need all the baubles and trinkets and treasures you can get to make Hellkite Igniter burn as brightly as possible. And isn't that what Dragons are all about? A hoard of treasure and a plume of fire in the sky?

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.75
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hellkite Igniter
You (meaning any denizen of a fantasy world) are supposed to be afraid of dragons. They're powerful magical creatures with fire breath and teeth like dinosaurs, and usually one of the oldest species in their secondary world. It's easy to become jaded as a Magic player; we've all seen really cool dragons hit the table and immediately get answered by Doom Blade or Volition Reins. It makes me happy when I see a dragon who even the most cynical player has to fear. Haste is arguably the best keyword for a dragon to have, often giving it the element of surprise, and against anything other than ShatterVariants.dec, it should be surprisingly easy to have enough artifacts to make Hellkite Igniter lethal in one shot. Yeah, nine mana and everything, but you used to pay about that much for a lethal Banefire or Urza's Rage. And this, arguably, is inherently way cooler because it's a dragon. It's time to learn to burn, people.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Magic The Gathering card of The Day: Hellkite Igniter
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Hellkite Igniter an interesting rare dragon that is our pojo preview card. In standard this card won't see much play its expensive and requires a heavy commitment to artifacts.

In extended and eternal this won't see much play due to high cost. In casual and multiplayer this card is good it provides a good attacker and combine with artifact ramp to reach its true potential. In limited if you draft a lot  of artifacts its fantastic, its a big flyer though so it could be a bomb. Overall a powerful casual and multiplayer dragon
i am anxious to build decks around.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's Pojo exclusive preview is Hellkite Igniter which is a seven mana
5/5 Flying with Haste that can gain +X/+0 until the end of the turn equal to the number of artifacts you control for two mana.  This isn't bad if you happen to be running a Red artifact deck of some sort, but that's a fairly unusual concept currently.    The cost of just two instead of paying for each +1/+0 is potentially impressive, but it may not be a factor often.  To take full advantage of it with Haste would cost nine mana which is far too much without some kind of effect to bring it into play below cost.  The relatively high cost and somewhat offbeat usage keeps this from being a bigger impact before seeing the rest of the set, so for now this is unlikely to see much play in serious builds.
For Limited this is a major threat once it enters play with or without artifacts as a 5/5 Flying with Haste.  If artifacts are available and the cost can be paid it is easily a game winning card and is likely to be one of the best cards in the format.  Having only two Red in the casting cost and one for the effect makes this easily playable even in a multicolor deck and it should be a first pick in likely any Booster draft.  For Sealed it may be a bit much to splash Red just for this if your pool is really weak in the color, but strongly consider working Hellkite Igniter into your deck with whatever cards best support it.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


     Today’s Card of the Day is a special Pojo.com EXCLUSIVE, and here there be dragons! That’s right boys and girls, our preview card is an amazing dragon coming in the new Mirrodin Besieged set. The card is Hellkite Igniter, a 5/5 for five generic mana and two red mana. He has flying and haste. But his other ability is by far one of the coolest I’ve seen yet. For one generic and a red mana, he gets +X/+0 where X is the number of artifacts you control.

    This guy is sure to light things up fast. In constructed, he will be pumped in no time at all. He is a sure fire addition to any halfway decent Metalcraft deck. And chances are, if he goes in the said Metalcraft deck, he is going to become its champion. There is no disputing how much of an impact this guy can make as soon as he hits play. The problem is getting him out in time for him to make the impact. But, loading a deck with artifacts to accelerate mana only means once he hits, he hits harder.

     In casual or vintage formats, I have two things to say, Mycosynth Lattice. Turn EVERYTHING into an artifact. How about that for a pump? Everything you own, including the dragon, would pump him. And, in vintage, how easy would it be to then Soul’s Fire, Rite of Consumption, or even Fatal Frenzy. Even in standard, Distortion Strike could guarantee this fatty hits home.

   I definitely see decks being designed to exploit his pump, and drop him in standard by turn five at the latest. He is sure to start blazing a trail through tournaments the day of the prerelease.

   Speaking of which, make sure all of you get to your local prerelease and launch parties to get your hands on Hellkite Igniter and all the rest of the amazing cards coming out in this awesome new set, as well as the special promos for the faction you decide to represent.
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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