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Sarkhan Vol Revealed September 9, 2008

Posted by Norm in Shards of Alara, Spoilers.
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Sharkhan Vol was finally spoiled today on MTG.com. This was the first day of spoilers via the articles and it is a good idea because I wasn’t sure how long they were able to keep a lid on this guy. And holy dragon dung batman four dragons that are 4/4. I was expecting the third ability to be more along the lines of search your library for a dragon and put it into play or something more like dragon storm. 

I see this as being a serious, serious addition to all agro decks everywhere. The first ability alone is something to be reckoned with. This really makes Goblin Assult feel a little more intoxicating.

I also love this guy in current Red/Green Hybrid decks. There is easily room for him especially with cards like Tattermunge Maniac and the red and green wither guys and well any other attacking creature. 

The first thought that crossed my mind when I looked at the second ability is, “I could steal Chameleon Colossus with this.”

The only major disadvantage I see with Sarkhan Vol is the fact that he is a Mythic Rare. He will be twice as hard to find and twice as expensive. This will probably be true with most all the new mytic rares. It kind of sucks in my opinion. Hopefully with the reduced cards in the over all set will make a booster box more fruitful. 

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1. Dee - September 10, 2008

I really like this guy. I think he will be better than all the Lorwyn planeswalkers except Garruk.

Good point about using Sarkhan with Tattermunge Maniac and Goblin Assault. I totally forgot about Goblin Assault. Imagine this opening in Standard after Shards of Alara comes out:

turn 1: Maniac
turn 2: Stigma Lasher (wish we still had Blood Knight)
turn 3: Goblin Assault
turn 4: token during upkeep, play Sarkhan, activate first ability, swing with everyone 🙂

That’s a pretty killer opening. And with Goblin Assault and Sarkhan, every turn after turn 4 gives you a 2/2 hasted goblin token if you use Sarkhan’s first ability.

2. Will Staples - September 17, 2008

Urza H. Planeswalker, that thing is so overpowered it isn’t funny!

3. sven vranken - October 3, 2008

more then dragonstorm???this is dragonstorm : )

4. Adi Pop - October 13, 2008

True, it is overpowered. I just had the incredible luck to find Sarkhan within 3 boosters while playing at a local convention. When the dragons came out, the opponents usually forfeited the game. And if you play Titanic Ultimatum the next turn you could punch through two players in one attack. An extraordinary card.

5. Holy Hell - November 11, 2008

Just drafted this card in my first pack last week at FNM, only one time when I got him out did I lose and that was due to the fact that I had no other creatures at the time. This guy is fucking awesome.

6. ripper234 - November 28, 2008

Got smashed in a draft yesterday because of him.
Game one he got the dragons out and blew me out, about turn 6.
Game 2 I killed him at some expense, only to get to down to 2 life and lose to Flameblast Dragon. Some people just get all the bombs.

7. Retarted anonymous - March 22, 2009

Ah, I get the first ability you play as casted but I don’t understand the +1 then -2 and -6 part! what does that mean? do you gain mana, lose it? is it a timer? what?

8. Norm - March 22, 2009

Anonymous,

The counters are added/subtracted to the bottom right number of the planeswalker. The number is referred to as the”loyalty counter” and the number on the card is the number of counters the planeswalker has when it comes into play. The cost of each ability on a planeswalker is in relation to the loyalty counter. You can only play one ability per turn at sorcery speed and you must be able to pay the loyalty cost.

Hope that helps.

9. austin moore - June 6, 2010

whats the attack/toughness


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