Is the Dragons of Tarkir Prerelease Worth Playing?

Today I’m going to cover various aspects of this weekend’s Dragons of Tarkir prerelease and whether or not it’s worth the time and money to go. I’m using SCG as a price guide today since they’re traditionally the most expensive. Their price being the guide usually makes it easier to predict post-prerelease values.

For this prerelease you pick a Dragon Lord as your guild. Your box will have four packs of Dragons of Tarkir, one Fate Reforged, and one seeded pack based on your Dragon Lord’s colors.

Since the colors dictate the promo, I’d go the Atarka route to try getting Dragonlord Atarka, Thunderbreak Regent, Atarka’s Command, or even Commune with Lava. Promos are currently unknown but I figure those are the best bets. They’re all good cards in limited and constructed. Commune with Lava isn’t money but I think it has a lot of potential for Red Devotion.

Star City only has two cards pre-ordering above $20. Both of which are planeswalkers which are likely to come down quickly after prerelease. Narset, Transcendant will probably end up at $25 and Sarkhan, Unbroken should drop to $20. Every other non-mythic is below $10 on SCG right now.

Shorecrasher Elemental’s value is probably going to be based on how many blue devotion decks win next weekend. It’s not a bad card outside of mono blue devotion, I just don’t see it getting played much out of it because it costs UUU. Side note: I’d trade/sell every Master of Waves I could right now because of the mono blue devotion hype. The hype isn’t huge but it was enough to make Master of Waves jump from like $2 to $7.

Dragon Whisperer could end up being this set’s Eidolon of the Great Revel. I think this set is going to be under opened like Journey into Nyx was. Not nearly as bad since this set does have a lot of casual cards in the form of dragons and two neat planeswalkers. It’s preordering at $7.99 but I’m going to try to pick up a set for sub $20. It’s the kind of card that could end up being junk or amazing. I’m going to love it either way because of Sligh and Red Devotion.

Looking at raw value, I’d avoid the prerelease. But maybe raw value isn’t your thing or it’s not a high priority. Winning tournaments or being with friends might be a higher value to you. If that’s the case, it looks like a fun limited environment.

Dragons of Tarkir appears to be all about smashing huge dragons into each other. Sealed is inherently a slow format so long games of playing all the dragons should be common. I don’t know about you but that sounds fun to me. So if dragon casual smashy time if your deal, this is the prerelease for you.

Overall –
Value: Probably not.
Fun times: Fun until you crush a Spike with “that bad dragon deck only scrubs play” and then it becomes real fun.