According to a tweet by Aaron Forsythe (@mtgaaron), Flameblast Dragon will be reprinted in Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming Magic: the Gathering 2012 Core Set M12.
Flameblast Dragon – 4RR
Creature – Dragon (Rare)
Whenever Flameblast Dragon attacks, you may pay XR. If you do, Flameblast Dragon deals X damage to target creature or player.
He marks his territory with fire and wrath, etching the mountainside with his charring breath.
Originally printed in Shards of Alara, other than the change in expansion symbol you’ll notice one distinguishing difference in the 2012 Core Set M12: new flavor text. The Original flavor text? “Dragon lords of Jund rule by edicts of flame.”
Flameblast Dragon is a big and powerful creature that shouldn’t be underestimated. The ability to Fireball a single target with every attack lets you knock out any any opposition another player has or just go for the dome makes this red dragon a game changing play in Limited.
Compare M12’s Flameblast Dragon to M11’s Ancient Hellkite. Flameblast Dragon, while one power and toughness smaller also costs one less to play – meaning it comes out earlier. Flameblast Dragon’s ability can be activated with only one read and as much colorless mana as you have whereas Ancient Hellkite is limited to just red mana. Additionally, Flameblast Dragon can target players while Ancient Hellkite cannot. Granted Flameblast Dragon can only target one creature in a turn while Ancient Hellkite can target many, given the other benefits the winner is clear – Flameblast Dragon.
Flameblast Dragon played a pivotal role in the early stages of Shards of Alara Block Constructed, allowing Naya decks to take out key creatures an opponent might have in play, primarily Battlegrace Angel, Broodmate Dragon, and other Flameblast Dragons.
Will M12’s Flameblast Dragon rise to occasion in competitive Magic: the Gathering once again?
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