Dragon Arch – A Magic the Gathering Card Review

Magic: the Gathering’s Apocalypse set has some interesting commons and uncommons, including Goblin Ringleader, Sylvan Messenger, Fire // Ice, and Gerrard’s Verdict. But, one card to definitely not overlook is an artifact called Dragon Arch. For 5 mana, you are able to drop a multicolored creature onto the battlefield for the cost of only a tap and 2 colorless mana. If you need another way to cheat Dragons into play, this is definitely it.

Dragon Arch Magic the Gathering card

Interestingly enough, you’d expect a card like this to be bought out at some point with the amount of casual appeal it should have. The best Dragon cards, in particular, tend to be multicolored. But, you don’t even have to play Dragons to make it work. It can be any multicolored creature, and there are plenty of them out there. A mere five mana investment is easily worth what this card can do.

Quite a few Commander decks can use Dragon Arch. With Wizards printing many powerful multicolored creatures all the time, Dragon Arch makes splashy bombs with multiple color symbols in their mana costs easier to play. Sure, there’s plenty of artifact removal out there, but you only have to get one or two high powered creatures into play using this card to make it well worth the mana investment.

Notably, the Commander who’s played Dragon Arch the most is actually an Angel, Rienne, Angel of Rebirth. That’s because her entire shtick is about boosting and recycling multicolored creatures. Of course, the other Commanders most likely to use Dragon Arch include popular Dragon Legendary creatures such as Tiamat and The Ur-Dragon.

The most valuable cards in the Apocalypse set, including one-time competitive staple Vindicate, have been reprinted at least once. Dragon Arch took quite some time to see a reprint in Double Masters 2022, and it likely won’t see another anytime soon. Dragons are always going to be popular, of course, but this card only needs multicolored creatures to be good. Because of that, this is a great artifact to have in your Magic collection.

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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