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I opened my first ever pack of Rise of the Eldrazi and found this guy in it. He was also the first Planeswalker me or any of my friends ever got, and the first mythic rare I ever got from a booster pack (most of my good cards I bought as singles). Needless to say I was excited.

Anyway, Sarkhan the Crazy is not the bomb many of his friends are, but I would say he's still somewhat above what you can expect to get for 3BR on average. Under the assumption that your deck is 40% lands, he can draw you 12 cards on average if your deck has a non-land average CMC of 1, 6 cards if it's 2, 4 cards if it's 3 or 3 cards if it's 4. That is, of course, assuming you don't use any of his other abilities or he doesn't get attacked, but if that's the case then he also ate some attacks for you. Adding his other abilities into the mix, and he gets a lot better. His -4 ability is pretty weak unless you play it to end the game, you have a dedicated dragon deck or you use multiple copies of him (not li... (see all)
Posted By: SleetFox (4/27/2010 4:48:12 PM)


There may be some combo that can make this guy useful, but by himself, hes just plain dumb. Yeah he can get you a 5/5 flyer, but he can only do 5 dammage to an opponent. Unless you have alot of dragons hes just not worth the deck space. Big disapointment that hes the only Standard black/red only multicolored, although i suppose Chaos decks would welcome him.
Posted By: Clavat99 (11/5/2010 9:54:49 PM)


Sarkhan the Dragonfruit.
Posted By: LordCapulet (4/16/2010 10:08:30 AM)


So... use Sarkhan Vol's last ability, then play Sarkhan the Mad and use his...


Oh, someone already said that... :(
Posted By: Belz_ (4/18/2010 6:54:21 PM)


I think Sarkie went mad and moved to Grixis....where he can make amends with Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Posted By: MrDoppleganger (4/20/2010 11:24:18 AM)


Would love to see a concrete ruling, but to the understanding of myself, and that of a former DCI judge present at our pre-releaseSarkhan the Mad WOULD be able to use his ultimate to deal poison counters to an opponent, since Skithiryx the Blight Dragon is technically the one dealing the damage if you take the printed text veeery litterally, awesome combo, would love to build a deck around those two, paired with Assault strobe and possibly splashing blue for Distortion strike and possibly some extra proliferation, you heard it here first!
Posted By: Vorgulremik (9/26/2010 12:17:10 PM)


Definitely not the greatest planeswalker... I guess trading in 4 Spawn tokens for 4 5/5 dragons over 4 turns is not too bad.
Posted By: HippyRei (4/16/2010 12:15:09 AM)


While I don't really like this card much overall, I have to say that the flavor is perfect and he could be fairly interesting to play. His 0 ability is best used with topdeck control, or when he has 1 counter left anyway. His dragon maker ability? Also interesting.
I'd like to see someone use Sarkhan Vol's ultimate ability to make a bunch of dragons, committing suicide at the same time, and then drop Sarkhan the Mad for his -4.

Now can WotC please stop making weirdly behaving planeswalkers? I actually liked the original format (+1-2, -small, -large)!
Posted By: statiefreez (4/16/2010 6:57:17 PM)


I can't believe no one mentioned Zarkhan the Mad from Diablo 1, one of the weird little side quests in the game. Weird.
Posted By: kyle11235813 (12/17/2011 2:06:41 AM)


With proliferate he is one scary A. S. S.
Posted By: Belliarch (7/17/2012 6:24:58 PM)