Utvara Hellkite asks a very simple question: can
you ever have too many dragons? Honestly, those
who have counted the actual number of
Standard-legal dragons (try it some time), or
had a Skyrim character who was ever
overencumbered with dragon scales, the answer is
probably yes. If your answer is no, however,
Utvara Hellkite is definitely the go-to card.
Note that it doesn't include a single important
word: nontoken. This lets you go infinite even
in the absence of something like Doubling
Season. Now, to solve the mystery of why dragon
tokens are rarer than actual dragons . . .
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno
Today's card of the day is Utvara Hellkite
which is an eight mana Red
6/6 with Flying that has a Red 6/6 Flying dragon
token put into play whenever a dragon you
control attacks. This effect is often
better than Vigilance and can quickly threaten
an opponent with a difficult to respond to and
evasive flight of dragons. The concept is
supported well with any lower cost dragons or
creatures that can count as one, though some
means of casting this without paying the full
eight mana is really the only viable way to use
it. Overall the high cost and having only
two dragons below four mana available in Modern
will keep this from being competitive, but it
may see some Casual play.
For Limited a 6/6 with evasion that produces
more 6/6 creatures with evasion is a top pick
and the eight mana with only two Red is not a
major drawback in the format. Any Red
guild should be using this in Sealed and
splashing is possible if about a quarter of the
spells in the deck are Red. Even with
blockers an opponent will be overwhelmed and
almost definitely lose the game if the Hellkite
isn't removed before a token is produced.
After that it becomes a two for one loss in
cards for the opponent outside of mass removal
and likely damage if not prevented.
Welcome to the card of
the day section here at Pojo.com. We close out
our week by looking at the Utvara Hellkite from
Return to Ravnica. Utvara Hellkite is a mythic
rare red creature dragon. Utvara Hellkite costs
six generic and two red mana, and is a 6/6.
Utvara Hellkite has flying and says that
whenever a Dragon you control attacks, put a 6/6
red Dragon creature token with flying onto the
What can I say about the Utvara Hellkite that it
doesn’t scream itself! Sure, eight mana, wow.
But if you are paying attention to what it does,
than you’ll understand why it costs eight mana.
But honestly, a mana cost is just a number. When
you make the decision to run something like the
Utvara Hellkite, you certainly aren’t expecting
to hard cast it at eight mana, are you? Most of
you probably answered no. The reason is, things
such as Quicksilver Amulet, Geosurge, and so
many other ways of getting things out quickly
exists. Not many people would want to pay the
eight mana. Another thing that people do to get
the Utvara Hellkite out fast is Reanimate it,
and Defy Death and Unburial Rites are two cards
that exist in Standard play to help you speed
out the Utvara Hellkite.
Once you get it out, that is only half the battle. What
do you want to do with it once it is there? I
mean, it’s not like there are dragons everywhere
in Standard that make it so that you can go
about producing insane amounts of tokens. But,
the thing is, Standard has some solid dragons to
use, and of course, Parallel Lives so that one
token becomes two, and then it just gets out of
hand from there.
Perhaps though, my favorite combo I have with the Utvara
Hellkite still does involve possibly using
Parallel Lives, but in concert with another
card, Dragon Broodmother. When combined, they
make an insane amount of dragons, especially in
multiplayer. Drop Broodmother with Parallel
Lives. As the game goes around the table, you
get two tokens per player. When it gets back to
you, you have a bunch of tokens. Drop the Utvara
Hellkite, and swing. The little 1/1 dragons will
likely die, but they leave a swarm of 6/6’s in
their wake. Now take it a step further by adding
in Warstorm Surge.
Just an amazing card, I love it.