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Dragon-Style Twins
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 4.13
Multiplayer: 2.88

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Dragon-Style Twins

Double strike inevitably becomes the most interesting thing on any creature that has it. Dragon-Style Twins is in some respects a 6/3 for five, in others three power of first strike damage, and in all respects a fearsome target for Titan's Strength. You remember the magic of playing that on a Two-Headed Cerberus, don't you? The Prowess ability makes DST here an even better recipient of power-pumping combat tricks, or even just a nice card to have when you play them. I like that you can use your burn spells or Panic effects to clear out blockers, and the Twins will hit harder as a result.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dragon-Style Twins

Was I unreasonable to expect that a card referring to a "Dragon style" of martial arts would have more abilities? Perhaps. But this card is not disappointing per se - it hits as hard as a dragon, and makes for interesting and dynamic game states because it encourages you to play instants and sorceries. It itself only really interacts with the combat step, but that's not entirely surprising for a red card, especially in the context of the Prowess ability word.

If only one of the twins had a hat - we could have nicknamed them Liu Kang and Kung Lao.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Dragon-Style Twins which is a five mana Red
3/3 with Double Strike and Prowess that gives it +1/+1 until end of turn whenever you cast a non-creature spell.  This isn't a bad creature as it can deal six damage on the attack for five mana and is enhanced by combat tricks or other spells.  The mana cost of six and lack of evasion will likely keep it from replacing actual dragons from the top slots in any Red builds and this probably won't see much play outside of some very specialized Casual builds.
In Limited this is a very solid threat and strong first pick in Booster that can be easily supported with any power enhancing effects.  In Sealed the double Red isn't a major concern out of six mana if Red is one of the primary colors, so it is usually worth including and has even more value with support effects in the pool.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


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Dragon-Style Twins
Double Strike is a scary ability, as I found out back in Theros pre-release when I was lucky enough to pull TWO Fabled Heroes. Targeting the Hero with an aura or a pump spell could quickly turn a seemingly small creature into a real powerhouse. The Dragon-Style Twins are very similar to the Hero, as Prowess has some similarities to Heroic. True, the +1/+1 only lasts one turn, but it triggers off any non-creature spell - not just one that targets the creature. Try using a removal spell to knock out blockers and suddenly attacking with the Twins for 8. Add on a Become Immense to turn this into a one-turn kill creature. I had this in my hand on pre-release, but had my Twins killed in response. Boo. But that's the risk you take when spending 5 mana on the creature and a bunch of mana on things to pump it up.
I don't see this making a huge splash in constructed play as what you get for your 5 mana isn't probably good enough on its own, and investing more mana to pump it up is probably too fragile. Casual decks and limited decks should have a great time getting value out of these Dragon-Stylers.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

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