Dragons of Tarkir Limited Set Review – Gold and Artifacts

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Boom. Midnight tonight is the first chance at a prerelease and I am stoked. I didn't even play in the last one so I am doubly stoked for this one. I plan to do a few events and I hope that if any of you have any stories about busted opens, sick plays or hot trades, you'll regale us all next week in the comments section or on the forums.

LSV finished the set off with the review of gold cards, lands and artifacts. He also picked the best rares and mythics in the set, which is cool, but most rares and mythics just go in the deck and then you win.

He also called Pacifism the best common in the set, which is hard to argue with. There were two green and two blue commons in the Top 5 which is also relevant. Black has decent removal, but blue's tricks are just as good as removal given their tempo swing and blue's superior creatures. Zephyr Scribe is just nutty and I can see that really swinging games in your favor to as great an extent as any looter in history. Do yourself a favor and read the important cards so you don't have to read them when you should be building. This format is not quite what we're used to and building could be tough especially if all of your rares are bad or in awkward colors.

He really hates every artifact in the set except the 6 mana 4/4 flier. I hope you caught that he hates Gate Smasher for example because that card is going to get played a lot tonight but it really shouldn't. Vial of Dragonfire is a bummer, but it may get there in draft if you get a bunch on top of getting a Renowned Weaponsmith. All in all, artifacts are super bad.

It wasn't just LSV reviewing stuff. The Brainstorm Brewery financial set review also came out, helping you figure out what to trade for. If I had to call the most underpriced card in the set, I'd say it's Thunderbreak Regent but the day after we all talked about how much we like the card, it was announced as a precon card. Oh well! Thunderbreak Regent may only work in red, but it's very saucy. There are a few other gems buried in this episode, so give it a listen before the prerelease tonight.

Good luck, and let us know how you did on Monday!

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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