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Slumbering Dragon
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Slumbering Dragon
Magic 2013

Reviewed August 14, 2012

Constructed: 2.70
Casual: 3.80
Limited: 3.65
Multiplayer: 3.25

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Slumbering Dragon

This is a great way to tell aggro decks where they can shove it. As early as turn one you can show your opponent(s) what kind of horrible beast you'll have if they swing at you, and later on in the game you'll be getting an 8/8 flyer that you paid a mere one mana for and continues to grow as you get swung at. In Multiplayer this could be a great way to scare your opponents into attacking each other instead of you... or it could just convince them that you're the threat and that they have to find a kill spell fast and then take you out first. This Dragon does have quite the bullseye painted on its back, and it gives the opponents plenty of time to find a kill spell for it before it can actually do anything for you.

I would absolutely love a copy for my Brion Stoutarm EDH deck, as Slumering Dragon is great in conjunction with Fling effects, Soul's Fire effects, or anything that keys off of a creature's power (like yesterday's card!). But in a straight-up duel, I'd rather pin my hopes on a creature that doesn't have to sit in play and watch my opponent hit me five times before it can even think about blocking something.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 3.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Slumbering Dragon
 
I really like Chris Rahn's style, but I can't help but feel that this piece could have used a little more color. My first thought on seeing this card was to combine it with the Hunted creatures from Ravnica, specifically the ones that create three to five hunter tokens, but it also works against pretty much anything that attacks you with creatures. Unfortunately, it can't block until it's "woken up," and you'll probably be behind by that time, meaning that it can only ever be one part of your comeback plan (Magmaquake anyone?). Try it with Volt Charge.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Slumbering Dragon a powerful and extremely playable card just not in a competitive environment. In standard yes it only costs one mana but I don’t see players putting this card in their deck it takes to much work to set up and it can die to removal without having an impact on the board in a meaningful fashion. Another dragon of the Thundermaw variety is set to take standard by storm this sleepy guy unfortunately has a much less promising future. In extended, modern, legacy and vintage the same concept applies but with greater emphasis this card won’t see play as there exists so many better cards to fill in your deck and this one just doesn’t do enough efficiently enough. In casual and multiplayer and commander I love this card it provides a decent sized threat but also gives red access to something of a Propaganda style effect that can make players not want to attack an interesting card for sure. In limited it can be decent as the game goes along this provides an interesting amount of pressure. Overall a powerful casual card that is so flavorful I can taste it.
 
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Slumbering Dragon which is a one mana 3/3 Red with Flying that can't attack or block unless it has five or more +1/+1 counters and it gains a +1/+1 counter whenever a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control.  This is a fun card that works very well with effects that add +1/+1 counters each turn or a large number of them to power up the Dragon quickly.  Overall this is a playable if somewhat more Casual style of card that probably won't see tournament play, but will be seen in +1/+1 themed decks.
 
For Limited this is surprisingly effective with the format being heavily creature based and removal being somewhat scarce.  An 8/8 with Flying will win games and as this can enter play early the psychological impact on your opponents for weighing the value of an attack is almost worth it alone.  Other creatures may be a simpler threat, but the ease of casting this and potential make it a good first pick in Booster and playable in any Sealed deck using Red mana.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to another card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking at the Slumbering Dragon from M13. Slumbering Dragon is a rare red creature dragon that costs just one red mana for a 3/3. Slumbering Dragon cannot attack or block unless it has five +1/+1 counters on it. Whenever a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control you put a +1/+1 counter on it.

     Ridiculous, just ridiculous. of course it takes some time to see the full potential, but there are so many ways to get counters, fast, that before you know it you have an 8/8 that you paid one mana for. One of the best cards I have seen in red, perhaps even better than the Vexing Devil when properly utilized.

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


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