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Stormbreath Dragon
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Stormbreath Dragon
- Theros

Reviewed October 7, 2013

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.88
Limited: 5.00
Multiplayer: 4.62

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Stormbreath Dragon

For five mana, a 4/4 flyer is about average. With haste, it becomes seriously solid, as that's a hefty chunk of hard-to-block damage that the opponent wasn't counting on when he made his blocking decisions last turn. Protection from white pushes it even further up, as most removal spells in Standard right now (that actually see play) are white. The only one I can think of that I'd expect to see in action is Ultimate Price.

Monstrosity is icing on the cake, as the game likely won't last that much longer. Even against a control deck, since they're mostly white-- they either already lost to this thing or found an answer. If, somehow, they haven't-- the extra chunk of damage to all opponents followed by a 7/7 flier should end it right then and there by all rights.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 5
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stormbreath Dragon

I heard a story that this card's playtest name was "Typhon, Father of All Monsters." Look him up, he's awesome. It's unfortunate that the name (or at least the title part of it) didn't make it through to the final set, but the card certainly reflects that imposing backstory. It punishes opponents who think that their plethora of enchantments and Divine Verdict-type effects will protect them against anything (you know the people I mean). While 4/4 is arguably small for a dragon, his monstrosity ability ensures that you will almost never be outclassed on the field late-game, and the trigger is great value too. Maybe that's just someone who's seen too many of his Storm Seekers countered talking, but you'd be surprised how many people lean on Phyrexian Arena-style effects in all sorts of settings.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Stormbreath Dragon which is a five mana Red
4/4 with Flying, Haste, Protection from White, and Monstrosity 3 that also deals one damage to each opponent equal to the number of cards in their hand. This may not have the same initial impact as some other dragons, such as Thundermaw Hellkite, but the Protection adds a huge competitive edge and serious threat to many popular decks. The Monstrosity may or may not be a factor depending on the match, but for just two additional mana in play it can speed up the clock and make use of an excess of mana with a weak topdeck. Overall this is likely to be the top of the curve choice for multiple deck styles using Red mana, or at least be a sidedeck option to swap with a similar evasive threat, and will see serious play during the current rotation.

In Limited this is a major bomb as an evasive threat with Haste that heavily benefits from the Protection plus the self boosting aspect of Monstrosity, even if the burn may not deal much damage the +1/+1 counters will more than make up for it. There's no real drawback and it is a great first pick in Booster and automatic inclusion for Sealed with Red as one of the primary colors.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

Skid Rambo

Stormbreath Dragon is one of my new favorite cards. Partially because it is a strong dragon and the fact that I pulled a foil yesterday! (Looks Cool) Now, let us talk about this dragon that burps storms. Stormbreath Dragon is a 4/4 with haste, protection from white and monstrous 3. When this dragon becomes monstrous it deals damage EACH opponent equal to the amount of cards in their hands. As you can see, Stormbreath Dragon is great in Casual, Limited, Multiplayer and Standard. The only gripe that I have with this card is that Wizards just made a Mythic dragon for 5 mana in M14. Other than that, Stormbreath Dragon is an amazing card that players will have fun with.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5

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