Dragon's Claw

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set (M12) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons (DDG) Uncommon
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon
Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA) Uncommon
2010 Core Set (M10) Uncommon
Tenth Edition (10E) Uncommon
Ninth Edition (9ED) Uncommon
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Uncommon
Darksteel (DST) Uncommon

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Dragon's Claw

Artifact

Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

Dragon's Claw Discussion

SynergyBuild on Urza-Breach Tron **NEW SPICY MODERN BREW**

1 week ago

Personal fan of Dragon's Claw against the blister burn decks.

sylvannos on Why Has WotC Changed How ...

3 weeks ago

This is something that was changed for balance. Dragon's Claw may very well just be Chalice of the Void , except it's for every spell with CMC or less, and it only applies to your opponent.

Having that cycle in Standard makes mono-color aggro decks unplayable, especially red variants that rely on burn spells. If RDW becomes too prevelant, then people just jam 4x Dragon's Claw into their sideboard. One on the battlefield makes the RDW player have to win solely through combat damage. Two on the battlefield means they're locked out of playing spells (what you gonna do, Shock my face? Nice! I take zero damage). A third is a scoop, if the RDW player hasn't done so already.

The cycle is just too format warping for Standard.

Scornful_Egotist on Skred Deck help and discussion

3 weeks ago

Icbrgr: I think metal-craft/artifact Skred is interesting with New Karn, Scion of Urza , I might want to try it out if we get more options going forward.

lukas96: What do you think then of Chandra? I feel if anything she can be removed for new Chandra, Awakened Inferno when she's released as a solid one of, despite the cost might be good for slower metas.

The sideboard I can also see cleaning out Dragon's Claw , what would you put in? SSG seems very good for exploding on slower opponents, and meeting matches against unfair decks, Its solid all around so I can't see dropping him.

Izu_Korasu on Why Has WotC Changed How ...

4 weeks ago

.... why is this thread still going, legendofa seems to have answered it rather concisely.

It's not like they are doing away with symmetrical effects, we get both Managorger Hydra and Quirion Dryad style spells.

Things change:

  • unblockable is no longer a keyword

  • shroud was too symmetrical so hexproof was born

  • protection is used only when the flavor demands it

  • life gain and slivers both became more caster based

WOTC has been making steps toward making the game more accessible to new players to help compensate for the powercreep and added complexity of cards and strategies.

That being said, effect like Prism Ring arn't evidence of the game being "dumbed down". New cards often require a higher level of skill to use effectively you cant just slam Dragon's Claw against burn and say gg, you have to structure your deck and do work yourself to make the Prism Ring worth a slot in the 75, which promotes critical thinking and a wider range of playstyles/experience lvs.

and again cmc of the spell matters, prism ring on legs makes sense for 2cmc, but if youd rather have Iron Star on a stick .....

Tyrant-Thanatos on Why Has WotC Changed How ...

4 weeks ago

DemonDragonJ I agree and disagree at the same time tbh. The game needs introductory points for new players. I get that it feels dumbed down, especially if this was a broad thing that affected everything WotC ever prints, but we do still get symmetrical effects on new cards. WotC just seems more open to using both options, which is a good thing imo. Slivers, for instance, always should have been "you control" imo, along with almost all Lord-type effects.

The design choice between affecting all boards, or just your own, can also play a part in power levels. Take the Soul Warden vs Ajani's Welcome comparison I made above. The Warden's effect is clearly more powerful because it takes your opponents creatures into account, but Ajani's Welcome is harder to remove, because it is an enchantment.

With cards like Dragon's Claw vs Staff of the Flame Magus , I don't feel like the power of these cards is enough to be concerned about it, but it's worth noting that the Staff affects land drops as well. And Prism Ring is of course lower casting cost, so it's on a similar level to something like Dragon's Claw imo.

Sarkhan420X on Why Has WotC Changed How ...

1 month ago

its probably because Staff of the Flame Magus also triggers off of land drops, and Diamond Mare is a creature. so its probably just a balancing issue. if Diamond Mare gained life off both players, it would be strictly better than stuff like Dragon's Claw

legendofa on Why Has WotC Changed How ...

1 month ago

My guess is "let new players have fun doing stuff." With Dragon's Claw , a new player might not immediately realize that the black spell they're casting is worth more than the 1 life their opponent gets. What they see is, "If I cast this Volcanic Hammer , my opponent will have more life and be harder to beat." So they don't cast the Volcanic Hammer , and get beaten down by that Ogre Taskmaster . Sooner or later, they'll notice that 1 life isn't a big deal at all, if they stay with the game. But who knows how many would-be players felt stuck, with a choice between helping their opponent and doing nothing, so they lost interest and never picked up another deck.

This logic seems obviously wrong to enfranchised players, but anybody who has a full understanding of tactical costs and benefits in this game the first time they shuffle and draw will probably hit the top of the world rankings within a month.

Staff of the Flame Magus is more obviously build-around: use Mountain s and red spells. It doesn't direct affect your opponent's ability or desire to act, at any level. The new player can Lightning Strike every Thundering Giant that looks their way and feel rewarded. And let's face it, these aren't really top 8 all-star cards. They're going to be used in Limited and by people without a lot of cards. Let the new players feel rewarded without jumping through hoops.

sonnet666 on philktoken8998

1 month ago

My Ensnaring Bridge is Stronghold. And is pretty close o NM as far as I can tell. Here's a picture: link

However, I'm not going to trade it down, so if you want to make a trade, I would only trade for your Doubling Season as a 1 to 1.

Either way, I'm still interested in the cards you listed, and I have some other wants from your binder:

Total Price: $40.82

I'd be interested in trading those for these cards out of what you listed:

Spellseeker , Gamble , Talisman of Hierarchy , Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion , Cruel Celebrant , Ugin, the Ineffable , Emmara, Soul of the Accord , Immolation Shaman , Bolas's Citadel , Flux Channeler , Evolution Sage , Finale of Revelation , Karn's Bastion , Inspiring Vantage , and Rugged Prairie . (Total: $39.79)

Also, I just like to say that I'm sorry for falling though on that trade we'd worked out like 6 months ago. I believe it was for my Leyline of the Void . I wasn't on this site for a while, and it kinda slipped my mind. Neither of us had sent anything at that point, so it's not a big deal, but I remembered it when I saw your username and thought I should mention it.

Let me know if this sounds good, and if you want to include Ensnaring Bridge for Doubling Season as well.

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Dragon's Claw occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.0%

Red: 0.05%