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Thunderbreak Regent
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Thunderbreak Regent
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed April 8, 2015

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 4.67
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Thunderbreak Regent
 
The thing most people fear when they're playing dragons in their deck is that someone will target them with some kind of kill spell or something equally heinous. This fear may have been learned sometime during Magic's history - I remember a day when people were afraid when someone else cast a dragon - but it's real, and Thunderbreak Regent gives you a great way of alleviating it. Your opponent's spells may trade one-for-one with your dragons, at least in a technical sense, but there's no-one who wouldn't fear free Lightning Bolts pointed straight at them. And it's not as though you're unlikely to have other damage spells coming, even if the Regent dies.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Thunderbreak Regent which is a four mana Red
4/4 with Flying and whenever a dragon you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls it deals three damage to that player.  This is an efficient threat with some protection for itself and dragons you control, though removal against it to take three damage is better than the four it would do directly or to a creature in even one attack.  Overall this is a strong card for Red to use alongside burn or against aggressive removal as it is at worst a one for one trade with a Lava Spike attached
 
For Limited this is a fairly easy first pick in Booster as a low cost
4/4 with evasive and the potential burn as a slight deterrent is a nice bonus.  In Sealed the double Red prevents splashing somewhat, though the rest of the design makes up for it and a two color deck can easily manage the Red mana needed.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
Mattedesa

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Thunderbreak Regent
 
As if aggressive red decks needed another finisher…but that’s exactly what this is. The first few turns, you burn or attack with little guys, knocking their life total down. Then, this guy comes out, and most of the time it’s a minimum of 3 more damage, which at this point is a significant factor, for only 4 mana - and that’s if they have an answer for it immediately. Get a couple of attacks through with this guy and you should have the game in hand.
 
In a more casual setting, I can see him being part of a sliver-type dragon deck that ramps and uses all the cards that give all dragons you control abilities. The Regent is an MVP of that type of deck. I’m not sure such a deck can survive the fast constructed formats, but it would be fun to try!
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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