Juno Forest Dragon
Note: Due to the similarities between the 4 Dragon cards, parts of this Card Spotlight is shared between them.

The Dragons are some of the toughest cards you can get. With 8HP, a minimum of 5 Attack Power and the Selective Frontal Attack Pattern to go with it, once a Dragon is in play, there is very little to stand against it.
Each Dragon shares a very powerful special ability – for every creature on the board which matches their element, they gain 1 Attack Power. This makes it very easy for the damage they can deal to jump from the base of 5 straight up to 7 or 8, and even higher. This means that Dragons are ideally suited to decks which favour a single element, but even in decks which are spread evening across all elements, they can still find a good home – remember, all cards of the matching element add to their Attack Power, not just your own cards.

The Juno Forest Dragon also has the ability to increase the Activation Cost of nearby enemy cards while it is on a Wood Field. This will not only help protect it from repeated attacks, but will also help keep your other cards safe from those cheap, pesky Magic Attack cards that can attack every single turn anywhere on the board.

Of course, all of this power comes at a heavy cost – summoning a Dragon costs 7 Mana, making them some of the most expensive creatures in the game, second only to the Gods. This means that you’ll need to do some forward planning if you want to actually use your Dragon – you won’t get one into play by spending all of your Mana every turn, and it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever get more than one of them into the game.

Once a Dragon has been summoned, though, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll be able to kill it with any speed. This means that, if confronted with an enemy Dragon, your best option maybe trying to neutralise it rather than trying to kill it. Use a Beguiling Fog to make it face a harmless direction (but be prepared in case your opponent uses their own Fog to turn him back). Having a Dragoon Dragon Cavalry on the board is also a great way of reducing the threat of a Dragon, by cutting their base Attack Power by more than half. If it does become necessary to slay an enemy’s Dragon, you’ll need to throw everything you have it him if you want to do it quickly. You’ll likely need to use a Fieldquake to rob them of as much HP as you can (with the Field Bonus, Dragons have a massive 10HP!), and if you have spare creatures in your Hand, you might want to consider using some of the Domination Spells as well. You’ll obviously want to hit the Blind Spot if at all possible, but aside from that, you just need to keep hitting it with as many high damage cards as you can – Pursuer of Saint Dhees, or even another Dragon, are great for this job. Cards which have 2 attacks are also especially good at dealing with Dragons, especially if they can hit the Blind Spot (and get their attack Bonuses, in the case of Didi the Enlightened and Siam, Traitor of the Seas).

Of course, with the extra Activation Cost the Forest Dragon causes, you probably won’t be able to afford to use cards summoned directly next to it after its initial attack, so you’ll want to make sure those attacks do as much damage as possible so that, should it become necessary, your weaker ranged or Magic Attack cards can finish the job quickly.

Dragons are definitely something to be feared. If you see your opponent approaching the required 7 Mana to summon one, you should seriously consider finding some way to remove some of that Mana from him – the easiest way being Summoner Mesmer’s Lapse. If you can’t, you may well come to regret it.

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Posted by krisfairholm on Mon, 14th Jan 2008, at 17:04
With the high Mana cost of dragons its rare you will ever have chance to cast more than 1 per game, any dragon has the ability to do away with just about any target with there awesome attack, playing them is also usually a 1 attack move due to the fact they are expensive to re-attack with and nobody is stupid enough to cast a creature in such a way it will result in a counter attack, for these reason its only good to have 1 dragon per deck an the Ouroboros Dragon is by far the pick of the bunch in my opinion.
Posted by Merco on Wed, 16th Jan 2008, at 14:24
A useful card, but I prefer the Infernal Sciondar Dragon, due to it's activation cost reduction ability.
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