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Rimescale Dragon
Cold Snap


Reviewed August 25, 2006

Constructed: 3.24
Casual: 3.56
Limited: 4.58

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Jeff Zandi

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Rimescale Dragon

This is one of my very favorite creatures from Coldsnap. You may not see him much in Coldsnap drafts since he is (a) rare and (b) quite popular, but when you do, you will have a card that can quickly dominate any game. There is nothing very unusual about red having a large flying dragon, but it is quite special that Rimescale Dragon has the ability to permanently tap your opponent's creatures for a very attractive activation cost. Just make sure you have some snow mana in your deck. In limited, this shouldn't be much of a problem. Even if you are only able to draft two or three mana producing snow permanents for your deck, you are pretty likely to have one of them in play by the time you get Rimescale Dragon in play. In order for this big boy to be all that he can be in constructed decks, players will need to figure out how to have enough snow lands in their deck to make the optimal use of this game changing card.

CONSTRUCTED: 4.0
CASUAL: 4.0
LIMITED: 4.5
 


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Rimescale Dragon

This card is a lot of fun. If he sits on the table for more than a turn he can start to get real annoying for your opponent. The only real downside he has is the requirement of snow lands if you want to activate him. Without that, he's pretty mediocre.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
 

BMoor

Rimescale Dragon

This card, simply put, had to happen. When Kamigawa rotates out of Standard, Rimescale will inherit Ryusei's mantle over Niv-Mizzet and Hunted Dragon, and stand alongside Shivan Dragon. A 5/5 flyer for 5RR is par for the course, but with snow mana, a whole new eschelon of whoopassery (can I say that?) is acheived. Now suddenly you can lock your opponents' best threats out of the game. And don't get me started on the hilarious interaction with Rimefeather Owl. And in Limited? I'll have you know I won four packs at the prerelease on the back of this card.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.9
 

Jordan Kronick

Rimescale Dragon - Lots of dragons have come and gone in the history of Magic. Most dragons use the flavor of whatever block they're in. Scourge gave us Dragon Tyrant for the "size matters" theme. Mirrodin gave us Clockwork Dragon for the artifact theme. Rimescale definitely makes use of the snow theme. Unfortunately, snow is a pretty weak theme as themes go. Rimescale is obviously a draft bomb that few decks can stop, but there's not much going for this guy in constructed. If we'd had a full three sets full of snow cards, then maybe a constructed snow deck would be possible. But there's just not enough to play with. Rimescale Dragon is a niche dragon when what we really wanted was a huge all-purpose dragon.

Constructed Rating - 2.2
Casual Rating - 2.8
Limited Rating - 4.0
 

Aburame Shino

Rimescale Dragon

Yet another big fat flying dragon for Standard, and this one is quite powerful. It's ability essentially says "You can't attack me" if you can keep him around for an extended period of time, and while they can't attack you can beat the opponent every turn for five, putting him on a really quick clock unless he can get rid of it. Plus, even if they do find a way to get rid of Rimescale Dragon, if you happen to draw another one the effect of the new one will still affect the ones you froze with the previous dragon.

In limited, you take this card and win with it. There's an incredibly low amount of spot removal in 'Snap Limited, and one of the cards doesn't even work on Rimescale since it's a Snow creature. Even if red's not your main color, it's worth splashing some mountains in the deck just for the sake of playing it.

Constructed: 3.5 - This card'll be a powerhouse when Kamigawa goes out.
Casual: 2.5 - I don't know about you, but not letting your creatures attack doesn't sound fun.
Limited: 5 - This card is strong in every way shape and form.
 
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