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Hellkite Overlord
Shards of Alara


Reviewed September 22, 2008

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 5.00
Limited: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hellkite Overlord
 
Depending on who you ask, new sets are either making the game into lame, mindless creature battles or pushing power creep beyond all limits. Some day soon, someone might cite the Overlord as evidence of power creep. (Not me, though. I like Alara.) In gameplay, it's a huge, blunt instrument, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. Whether you play him with Dragonstorm, Debtors' Knell, or Oath of Druids, you'll always be glad to have him on your side.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Miguel

Monday 9-22-08

Hellkite Overlord

 

Constructed: You can play this card in Vintage, if you where lucky to get one of those Vault of the Dragons. But when it is legal for standard Dragonstorm goes byebye. It should show up in Extended Dragonstorm decks or even in Reanimator decks too. The haste gives this Dragon something to watch out for, and even if you chump block you still have trample to deal with. Good thing it does not have the protection from selected colors.

 

Casual: This will be a hit with the Dragon fans the world around.

 

Limited: This is a big bomb for limited. So far we have not seen the whole set of cards in Shards of Alara, so this is 'limited' opinion of how this card will do. I would hope for a counter spell or some sort of fog affect in this set to take care of this Dragon. It is a good thing it has to tap to attack. Once in play it can be game over. Hope to have a Bant Charm ready. Good thing this is Mythic rare.

 

Overall a great Dragon, all Dragons a great to play with. There has been a lot of talk about Mythic rarity. I like and than I do not like it. It is great that this Dragon is a Mythic rare. Dragons should be harder to get, which gives them more value to the game and the money value. And also it is NOT Legendary.

 

Constructed: 3

Casual: 5

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

BeJoSe Hellkite Overlord 4BRRG
Flying, Trample, Haste
R: Hellkite Overlord gets +1/+0 until the end of turn
BG: Regenerate Hellkite Overlord
8/8
 
Talk about an absolute beatstick. The only problem is with it's mana cost, but then again when your summoning a dragon you kind of expect to have to jump through a few hoops.
The usual reanimation tactics can work, as can other methods such as Dragonstorm.
Not so great in constructed, by the time you get to 8 mana, (10 to properly protect it) the game is going to pretty close to over.
Limited however, if your in Jund, take it. Getting to 8 mana isn't unheard of in limited and this will win you the game unless they answer within 2 turns.
Casual, who doesn't love dragons? Be prepared to take some beatings if you play this in a mutliplayer game though, people will fear you with this on the today (hopefully anyway)
 
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2.5/5
Aethereal Monday - Hellkite Overlord

Welcome to Shards of Alara week! We're going to review some cards that have been previewed or spoiled this week.

We start off with a heck of a dragon, and a card that was in the From the Vault special pack recently released. This guy WILL win the game for you...if you can get him to resolve. Eight mana is a lot, and it's spread out over three colors. I think he's very powerful but he won't find a suitable home immediately because of the heavy color requirements. Additionally, good luck getting him to resolve against blue.

In limited, a bomb if you're in the colors, obviously. It'll win the game for you.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 5
Limited - 4.5

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