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Dragons of Tarkir
|Dragons of Tarkir|
|A dragon's head that's similar to the Khans of Tarkir symbol|
|Mark L. Gottlieb (lead)|
|Tom LaPille and David Humpherys (leads)|
contributions from Matt Tabak
|March 27, 2015|
Themes and mechanics
|Dragons, Two-Color Dragon Broods|
Keywords and/or ability words
|Bolster, Rebound, Exploit, Dash, Formidable, Megamorph|
101 Commons, 80 Uncommons, 53 Rares, 15 Mythic Rares, 15 Basic Lands
|Khans of Tarkir sets|
|Khans of Tarkir||Fate Reforged||Dragons of Tarkir|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
|Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora||Dragons of Tarkir||Tempest Remastered|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Mirrored pairs
- 5 Reprinted cards
- 6 Preconstructed decks
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Set details[edit | edit source]
|“||Your Dragon, Their Doom||”|
Dragons of Tarkir is designed to be drafted with Fate Reforged but not with Khans of Tarkir . Also, Dragons of Tarkir will not rotate out of Standard with Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged, but instead will rotate out with Magic Origins due to Standard's regulation changes. To differentiate the drafting experience from Khans of Tarkir / Fate Reforged, Dragons of Tarkir was designed around 5 sets of allied color pairs.
Dragons of Tarkir contains 264 cards (15 basic lands - 5 less than Khans of Tarkir - , 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions  of all cards. Like the one from Scourge before, the expansion symbol of Dragons of Tarkir represents a dragon's head. This set is supposed to be the ultimate "dragon set". There are more than twice as many dragons in it than in any other set and they appear in all colors. It also contains many cards that reference Dragons and care about Dragons. 
Each of the five clans known from the previous sets is now integrated with one of the Dragon broods. Only the icons of the broods, first seen in Fate Reforged, appear as watermarks in the text boxes of the cards. The clan symbols have disappeared. The icons have no effect on gameplay. There are several "crossover cards" that present alternate versions of characters and situations from the previous timeline.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
After Sarkhan Vol has done his duty in the past, the story now returns to the present of Tarkir. But it seems that changing the past has produced some unexpected results. Mighty Dragons now rule the skies and the five clans that comprise most of Tarkir's populace.  Known characters have an altered fate; Zurgo is just a puny orc and Narset has not died at all, but became a planeswalker instead.
The clans[edit | edit source]
|Clan name||Parallel||Colors||Dragon Aspect||Mechanic||Symbol||Dragonlord|
|Dromoka||The Abzan Houses||Endurance||Bolster||Scale of the dragon||Dragonlord Dromoka|
|Ojutai||The Jeskai Way||Cunning||Rebound||Eye of the dragon||Dragonlord Ojutai|
|Silumgar||The Sultai Brood||Ruthlessness||Exploit||Fang of the dragon||Dragonlord Silumgar|
|Kolaghan||The Mardu Horde||Speed||Dash||Wing of the dragon||Dragonlord Kolaghan|
|Atarka||The Temur Frontier||Savagery||Formidable||Claw of the dragon||Dragonlord Atarka|
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Dragons of Tarkir is sold in 16-card boosters (the 16th card being a marketing card), five intro packs, an event deck and a fat pack. The boosters feature art from Dragonlord Atarka, Dragonlord Kolaghan, Icefall Regent, Sarkhan, Unbroken and Narset Transcendent.
Prerelease[edit | edit source]
The Dragons of Tarkir prerelease took place on March 21-22, 2015. As a special gimmick, each participating store received a Tarkir Dragonfury playing board with character pieces that stand upright on them. The board is a Tarkir landscape, and the pieces can knocked down by a throw with a special spindown life counter, themed to the breath weapon of one of the five Tarkir dragonlords. Each piece has a point value on it, and the player gets points equal to the total number he or she knocks down. If the die ends up in the central circle, the score is doubled. Every player gets two rolls (resetting the board between each roll). Depending on the highest score, up to four alternate art promotional cards can be won: a land, a common, an uncommon and a rare.
Promotional cards[edit | edit source]
- Tarkir Dragonfury: Evolving Wilds, Dragon Fodder, Dragonlord's Servant and Foe-Razer Regent
- Launch promo: Deathbringer Regent
- Game Day Participation Prize: Scaleguard Sentinels
- Game Day Top 8 Prize: Thunderbreak Regent
- Buy-a-Box: Ojutai's Command
- Prerelease, one of forty according to the chosen clan:
Tokens, emblems and overlay cards[edit | edit source]
The sixteenth card in the boosters can be a token, emblem or overlay card, with an advertisement on the back side. The overlay card can be used on face-down Megamorph cards to remind players of their power and toughness and that it can be turned face-up for its Megamorph cost.
- 1/1 Warrior for Secure the Wastes
- 2/2 Djinn with Flying for Ojutai's Summons and Skywise Teachings
- 2/2 Zombie for Necromaster Dragon and Rakshasa Gravecaller
- */* Zombie Horror for Corpseweft
- 4/4 Dragon with Flying for Descent of the Dragons, Dragon Whisperer and Sarkhan Unbroken
- 1/1 Goblin for Dragon Fodder
- (Mega)morph overlay card
- Emblem for Narset Transcendent
Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]
Obviously, Dragons mattered in this set. 
In addition three new mechanics were featured: 
- Exploit — When a creature with exploit enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature you control. Each creature with exploit has another ability that gives you a benefit when it "exploits a creature." Exploit is the signature ability of the blue-black Silumgar clan.
- Formidable — Creatures with this ability word care in some way about controlling creatures with total power 8 or greater. Formidable is the signature mechanic of the red-green Atarka clan.
- Megamorph — This is basically morph with an extra bonus. Turning creatures them face-up by paying their megamorph cost puts a +1/+1 counter on the creature.
Card types[edit | edit source]
The set sees the return of the elder type, which is used for the Dragonlords.
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Dragons of Tarkir has eleven cycles and complete a mega-cycle:
- Dragonlords: five mythic legendary allied-colored elder dragons that are the aged-up versions of their Fate Reforged counterpart. — Dragonlord Ojutai, Dragonlord Silumgar, Dragonlord Kolaghan, Dragonlord Atarka, and Dragonlord Dromoka
- Rare Gold Dragons: Five rare allied-colored dragons that appear as the face of the intro packs. — Arashin Sovereign, Pristine Skywise, Necromaster Dragon, Boltwing Marauder, and Harbinger of the Hunt
- Regents: Five rare mono-colored dragons with double colored mana in their mana cost. — Sunscorch Regent, Icefall Regent, Deathbringer Regent, Thunderbreak Regent, Foe-Razer Regent
- Commands: Five rare allied-colored modal spells in increasing converted mana cost with four options, allowing you to choose two. — Ojutai's Command, Silumgar's Command, Kolaghan's Command, Atarka's Command, Dromoka's Command. This cycle is similar to the mono-colored Command cycle from Lorwyn.  
- Former Khans: Four rare legendary creatures and one mythic planeswalker that detail the fates of the Khans from Khans of Tarkir in the new timeline. —Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Narset Transcendent, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Zurgo Bellstriker, Surrak, the Hunt Caller
- Rare Megamorphers: Five rare creatures that cost M, have Megamorph, an in-color ability when turned face up, and an additional in-color ability. — Hidden Dragonslayer, Stratus Dancer, Silumgar Assassin, Ire Shaman, and Den Protector.
- Uncommon Gold Dragons: Five uncommon 4/4 ally-colored dragons that cost MN, have flying, and an additional in-color ability. — Enduring Scalelord, Cunning Breezedancer, Ruthless Deathfang, Swift Warkite, and Savage Ventmaw.
- Uncommon Mono-Colored Dragons: Five uncommon 3/3 mono-colored dragons that cost M, have flying, another keyword ability and megamorph MM, with a triggered ability to put a +1/+1 counter on all your other dragons when turned face-up, and an additional in-color ability. — Shieldhide Dragon, Belltoll Dragon, Acid-spewer Dragon, Stormwing Dragon, and Herdchaser Dragon
- Color-hate Spells: Five uncommon spells that possess a color-appropriate form of removal for enemy-colored creatures. — Surge of Righteousness, Encase in Ice, Self-Inflicted Wound, Rending Volley, Display of Dominance
- Dragons Matter Cards: Five uncommon monocolored cards that have an effect and an additional effect if you control or reveal a dragon card as the spell is cast. — Orator of Ojutai, Foul-Tongue Invocation, Silumgar's Scorn, Draconic Roar, Scaleguard Sentinels.
- Dragonlord Monuments: Five uncommon artifacts that cost , tap for mana of that clan, and can turn into 4/4 flying Dragons for MN. — Atarka Monument, Dromoka Monument, Kolaghan Monument, Ojutai Monument and Silumgar Monument
- Mega-cycle: three golem artifact creatures that can be found across the three sets of the Tarkir block, probably corresponding to the same character among the different timelines: Witness of the Ages, Pilgrim of the Fires and Custodian of the Trove.
Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]
- Removal in Megamorph: a pair of rare creatures with Megamorph that destroys a creature depending on its power when unmorphed. — Hidden Dragonslayer, Silumgar Assassin.
Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]
The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets:
- Battle Mastery, first printed in Lorwyn and last seen in Magic 2015.
- Death Wind, first printed in Avacyn Restored.
- Dragon Fodder, first printed in Shards of Alara and last seen in Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons.
- Duress, first printed in Urza's Saga and last seen in Magic 2014.
- Evolving Wilds, first printed in Rise of the Eldrazi and last seen in Commander 2014.
- Explosive Vegetation, first printed in Onslaught and last seen in Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora.
- Gravepurge, first printed in Dark Ascension.
- Kindled Fury, first printed in Morningtide and last seen in Magic 2015.
- Mind Rot, first printed in Portal and last seen in Magic 2015.
- Naturalize, first printed in Onslaught and last seen in Khans of Tarkir.
- Negate, first printed in Morningtide and last seen in Magic 2015.
- Pacifism, first printed in Mirage and last seen in Magic 2014.
- Spidersilk Net, first printed in Zendikar.
- Summit Prowler, first printed in Khans of Tarkir.
- Tormenting Voice, first printed in Khans of Tarkir.
- Ultimate Price, first printed in Return to Ravnica.
Functional reprints[edit | edit source]
- Ancient Carp is a functional reprint of Armored Cancrix save for creature types.
- Dromoka Warrior is a functional reprint of Blade of the Sixth Pride and Oreskos Swiftclaw save for creature types.
- Magmatic Chasm is a functional reprint of Seismic Stomp.
- Shambling Goblin is a near-functional reprint of Festering Goblin.
- Territorial Roc is a functional reprint of Concordia Pegasus save for creature types.
- Twin Bolt is a functional reprint of the Fire half of Fire // Ice
Strictly better[edit | edit source]
- Aerie Bowmasters is strictly better than Cloudcrown Oak.
- Avatar of the Resolute is strictly better than Garruk's Companion.
- Aven Sunstriker is strictly better than Skyhunter Skirmisher.
- Fate Forgotten is strictly better than Altar's Light.
- Flatten is strictly better than Fatal Fumes, Lash of the Whip and Throttle.
- Glaring Aegis is strictly better than Holy Strength.
- Gudul Lurker is strictly better than Fugitive Wizard, Grayscaled Gharial, Hazy Homunculus, Metathran Soldier, Sneaky Homunculus and Triton Shorestalker.
- Hardened Berserker is strictly better than Goblin Roughrider.
- Herald of Dromoka is strictly better than Thraben Valiant.
- Kolaghan Stormsinger is strictly better than Raging Goblin
- Lightning Berserker is strictly better than Bellows Lizard and Glitterfang.
- Marang River Skeleton is strictly better than Drudge Skeletons.
- Misthoof Kirin is strictly better than Eagle of the Watch.
- Salt Road Quartermasters is strictly better than Centaur Courser and Nessian Courser.
- Scaleguard Sentinels is strictly better than Elvish Warrior.
- Secure the Wastes is strictly better than Captain's Call and Take Up Arms.
- Stampeding Elk Herd is strictly better than Hollowhenge Beast, Silverback Ape, and Jungle Wurm.
- Stratus Dancer is strictly better than Gossamer Phantasm, Vaporkin and Welkin Tern.
- Ukud Cobra is strictly better than Rotted Hulk.
- Vandalize is strictly better than Fissure Vent and Rain of Rust.
Strictly worse[edit | edit source]
- Anticipate is strictly worse than Impulse.
- Center Soul is strictly worse than Emerge Unscathed.
- Contradict is strictly worse than Dismiss.
- Gate Smasher is strictly worse than Loxodon Warhammer.
- Kolaghan Aspirant is strictly worse than Ashmouth Hound.
- Palace Familiar is strictly worse than Surveilling Sprite.
- Seismic Rupture is strictly worse than Rolling Temblor and Rough (Rough/Tumble).
- Silkwrap is strictly worse than Journey to Nowhere.
- Stormrider Rig is strictly worse than Sai of the Shinobi.
- Tail Slash is strictly worse than Fall of the Hammer.
- Tread Upon is strictly worse than Sylvan Might and Predator's Strike.
- Twin Bolt is strictly worse than Fire (Fire/Ice).
- Vial of Dragonfire is strictly worse than Aeolipile.
Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]
Intro packs[edit | edit source]
|Intro pack name||Colors included||Foil rare|
|Massed Ranks||W||G||Arashin Sovereign|
|Enlightened Mastery||W||U||Pristine Skywise|
|Cruel Plots||U||B||Necromaster Dragon|
|Relentless Rush||B||R||Boltwing Marauder|
|Furious Forces||R||G||Harbinger of the Hunt|
Event deck[edit | edit source]
|Event deck name||Colors included|
References[edit | edit source]
- Printed on the card frame.
- Wizards of the Coast. (November 3, 2014.) “Announcing Dragons of Tarkir”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (July 26, 2014.) "What do you mean by "small set is drafted with both large sets"?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (March 2, 2015.) “Imagine Dragons, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 12, 2015.) “Dragons of Tarkir, Basically”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Trick Jarrett. (April 8, 2015.) “Looking Closer at Dragons of Tarkir Premium Foil Cards”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (March 9, 2015.) “Imagine Dragons, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Gottlieb. (March 2, 2015.) “It's About Time”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Dave Humpherys. (March 9, 2015.) “Developing Dragons of Tarkir”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 17, 2015.) “Dragons of Tarkir by the Numbers”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 5, 2015.) “Dragon Clan Symbols vs. Khans Clan Symbols”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Matt Tabak. (March 2, 2015.) “Mechanics of Dragons of Tarkir”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast. (November 7, 2014.) “PAX Australia Magic Panel”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- The Magic Creative Team. (March 11, 2015.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Dragons of Tarkir, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- The Magic Creative Team. (March 18, 2015.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Dragons of Tarkir, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 2, 2015.) “Dragons of Tarkir Packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey. (February 24, 2015.) “Tarkir Dragonfury Explanation”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 4, 2015.) “Dragons of Tarkir Promos”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 10, 2015.) “Tokens Dragons of Tarkir”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Sam Stoddard. (April 10, 2015.) “Developing Dragons”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Sam Stoddard. ( January 30, 2015.) “Time Travel Ain't Easy”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- March 18, 2015. “Dragons of Tarkir Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (April 13, 2015.) “Maro's Command”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Sam Stoddard. (April 17, 2015 .) “Creating Commands”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 3, 2015 .) “Dragons of Tarkir Intro Packs”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (date.) “Dragons of Tarkir Intro Pack Decklists”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (March 18, 2015.) “Dragons of Tarkir Event Deck”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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