Dragons of Tarkir Limited Review – Black

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LSV's Limited set review continues, and black is very interesting. Please make sure you peruse it fully yourself, but I did have a few overall impressions.

First is that Flatten may be the best common in the set in Limited and will likely not get picked high enough until the set has been drafted for a while. Expect it kind of late, but even in a bad set, don't expect a card like Flatten to table.

Vulturous Aven is insane. a 2/3 flier is good enough to get there ordinarily, but attaching card draw to it is stupid.

Black has a surprisingly large number of fliers. Typically the "flying" archetype that is a legit draft strategy is UW, but with the large number of fliers with decent power and toughness to casting cost ratios, I could see taking UB fliers, which puts you in the colors for great removal and deathtouchers on the ground to keep you from losing the race to green fatties.

Want to test out any of your ideas? Remember that Sealed pool generator I posted earlier? Well here it is again. Enjoy!

The prerelease is coming up fast, so make sure you're ready for it!

Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on He is also the Community Manager at and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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