Confusing Card of the Week #21 – Half-Dragon, Greater Humanoid

Posted: January 13, 2016 in CCW, Confusing Card of the Week, Rules
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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!


Today, we’re going to take a look at Half-Dragon, Greater Humanoid from the Dungeons and Dragons Battle for Faerûn set.

        Half-Dragon, Greater Humanoid

At first glance, the abilities on the Half-Dragon may not seem confusing. But if you think about different sets with characters that have ‘Dragon’ in the name, it may make you wonder how this card interacts with those.

~ Half-Dragon’s abilities are applied to any character with ‘Dragon’ in its name.

~ Half-Dragon’s abilities are applied to any Dungeons and Dragons character that has ‘Dragon’ in its name or ‘Dragon’ in the subtitle, but if it’s only in the subtitle, the character must have the Monster Flag.

~ The ‘Dragon’ in the name cannot be hyphenated, such as Half-Dragon.

Here are a few examples of characters that Half-Dragon’s abilities would apply to:
Dracolich, Lesser Undead Dragon
Blue Dragon, Lesser Dragon
Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Terrifying Behemoth
Baby Dragon, Juvenile Reptile

Here are two examples of characters that Half-Dragon’s abilities would NOT apply to:
Lord of D., Dragon Protector
Buster Blader, Dragon Butcher

Here is the official Ruling.

Competitive Play Rating
I can see this card making his way to a rogue team or a team that’s specially built around dragons, but I don’t see this card being played on many teams. His ability is fairly confusing, but most competitive players will understand how it works. He has a few things working against him like his level three fielding cost and how low his defense is on all sides. He would need bigger threats on the field for your opponent to target or some other way to protect him against direct damage effects. But I could see someone putting him to work if put on the right team, and he could be a good addition to a rogue team.

Half-Dragon, Greater Humanoid gets a competitive play rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Casual Play Rating
I’ve seen first-hand what this particular character is capable of in a casual setting. I’ve also seen the confusion this card can create. While I think he could be fun on a specially tuned-for-casual team, I feel like he could cause more trouble than he’s worth. If your play group consists of mostly advanced level players, then I can see him at two or three stars, but my ratings are for casual settings that contain all levels of players. I like the idea of ‘Dragon’ themed team, and this guy fits on it perfect. If you have beginners or players that aren’t playing on the advanced level yet, make sure you explain this card’s ability clearly. One thing that discourages new players is when they play against a combo-type team and they don’t receive proper explanation. Half-Dragon has a very confusing ability for new players and there is more to remember about this card than what a player can find in a rule book.

If you are a player that is still confused about this card, leave a comment and we can start a discussion about it. Don’t be shy and don’t be worried about leaving a comment. We welcome discussion! This card has been the center of many debates in our group and we’re happy to try and help everyone understand this card, or any other card.

Half-Dragon, Greater Humanoid gets a casual play rating of two out of five stars.
1 Star

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