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Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury
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Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 3.50

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David Fanany

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Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury
 
As I mentioned in a previous review, the dash ability seems to be inspired by Rocket Powered Turbo Slug from Unhinged. As such, I keep thinking of this guy as Turbo Slug plus battle cry. He doesn't feel derivative, though - he feels more like he bolsters a dimension of his colors that rather needs a little more love from time to time. He also offers red and black a creature that's hard to target while remaining in character for them, and who's basically unkillable by Wrath of God effects but vulnerable to instants. That sounds less useful than the opposite, but it does come up now and then: anybody who thinks that Elspeth's -3 ability will protect them from large creatures in an emergency is going to get hit hard by Kolaghan.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury which is a five mana Black and Red 4/5 Legendary with Flying and Dash for five that gives creatures you control +1/+0 until end of turn whenever a dragon you control attacks.  In the long term or with fewer creatures this is a weaker effect than Dromoka, but with a larger swarm it can make for a lethal alpha strike in the short term.  The opposing colors also mean that these two would be unlikely to appear in the same deck, so different builds allow each to work well if supported.  The Dash can be useful for a sudden powered up attack which can win games and overall this is a solid finisher for a Rakdos or Jund aggro build.
 
In Limited this is a good first pick in Booster that is an efficient 5/5 on the attack for five with evasion and strengthens your offense with every attack.  There is no real drawback aside from locking you into two colors which is mitigated by Black and Red typically being solid in the format with multiple removal or direct damage options. In Sealed it of course depends on the pool, but splashing Black or Red when using the other is well worth it to allow this to lead any offensive.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

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Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury
 
My first thought when seeing this cycle of "whenever a dragon you control attacks..." creatures was about how hard it would be to get multiple dragons attacking to stack all these abilities. I quickly realized that the idea isn't to build a deck full of dragons, but to have just a few in a deck. Any one of these dragons's abilities are powerful enough even when it is the only dragon attacking. If you get more than one, it's just gravy.
 
For Kolaghan in particular, he is very useful as a finisher in a Rakdos or Mardu deck. Throw out a bunch of quick attackers, then on turn 5, dash Kologhan for a surprise 5 in the air and +1 to all your little guys on the ground. This will be hard for most people to deal with. At 5 mana, he's a little high for these type of decks, but I think they can afford at least a couple Kologhans.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

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