Wizards is really sending us back through a time machine! Ah, the fond memories of purchasing “new” packs of Mercadian Masques. Wondering what all these pieces of Ramos are all about – well, Ramos has arrived finally! Years later, we get to see the Dragon Engine in all it’s glory.
I really love how they brought everything together from the existing lore and previous Ramos cards from Mercadian Masques:
The flavor win here is incredible! I wondered back all those years ago if we would ever see this character that left these artifacts behind – there should be some Yu-Gi-Oh reference here to assemble all these pieces. Maybe that would have been too much, but I digress. Many players seemed to be intrigued by this colorless 5-color General, and rightfully so.
Anything that gives instant access to a Door to Nothingness activation will obviously turn heads! Talk about fun, that seems like something that needs to be added to an MTG player’s bucket list. There’s also been further discussion as to some cards that should be played alongside Ramos to ramp this creature efficiently, and to grant multiple triggers. Guided Passage, Transguild Courier, and Fist of Suns I have seen mentioned in various threads.
I do think Ramos, Dragon Engine can create quite the buzz in the Commander community, and seems to be already. In terms of current and long term value it really remains to be seen. It’s a hard card to evaluate, but I feel strongly that this may not draw the same desire from players as other cards from Commander 2017. That will likely hurt it early on, but the positive is players won’t have an issue acquiring them if they’re a bit patient. As time goes on, since it’s such a flavorful (and powerful) card it could trend slowly gaining some additional value, or boost the value of the “Ramos” counterpart cards.
Well, I guess I can end it with a Yu-Gi-Oh reference after all (because Ramos totally needs to be assembled)! “My Grandfather’s Deck has no weak cards!”