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Whenever Balefire Dragon deals combat damage to a player, it deals that much damage to each creature that player controls.
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Balefire Dragon Discussion
2 weeks ago
Update on how it has performed: Dragon Tempest and Thunderbreak Regent worked very well. Having them in my opening hand was a game winner several times. Turn 3 or 4 Balefire Dragon was also nice, board wiped, did a lot of damage, and was out of range of some removal. It almost got killed by 2 lightning bolts but I waited a turn for him and used turn three to get rid of one and then he was free to come out and win me the game along with Thunderbreak the next turn (I had a turn 2 Dragon Tempest).
I was one mana away from using Dragonstorm in one game (with ritual) but didn't get another land in time. I'm not sure how accessible Dragonstorm will be yet, but I'll keep experimenting with it for now. I only used 4 rituals this time so maybe 6 will help it.
The deck certainly works when I draw right, but still needs some work obviously, but it got some wins and was fun.
3 weeks ago
Hi! I think your deck is awesome and actually is probably one of the fastest Dragon decks around. Since it's mono-red, and you're only aiming to cast big creatures, what about Geosurge? It can give you a turn 4 Balefire Dragon!
4 weeks ago
angelusmortis Thanks for the suggestions! Razaketh, the Foulblooded is good, although I'm not sure what creatures I would want to sac to him. But if it wins me the game it might be worth it. Balefire Dragon is great, but out of the price range at the moment. Karmic Guide is also good, I've been thinking of adding one. Right now Reya Dawnbringer is kind of filling that spot, as she has a similar affect.
TheRedKnight Thanks! I don't think I'll spend the money on Necropotence or Phyrexian Arena right now, but I do agree I need more card draw. Indulgent Tormentor, Bloodgift Demon, and Harvester of Souls are the main card draws I have. I'll have to add in some of those suggestions! Ob Nixilis Reignited looks pretty good as well.
1 month ago
One of the best things I learned a long time ago is simply this: There are no wrong threats, only wrong answers. With that in mind, here are some additional thoughts on your deck.
Weaker Dragons to consider taking out. Keep in mind that this is based on my play style.
Hellkite Charger is a maybe. I like the extra combat phase, but it is dependant on being in play, attacking, and having 7 mana available. Not sure yet. Intet, the Dreamer has always been weak. You get to exile the top card of your library and hope that you can play it before the next Wrath of God or Path to Exile, after paying 3 mana to exile your own card. Spellbound Dragon might work in a deck built around draw-discard. But this deck isn't. You want the draw, but not the discard. Just doesn't seem to fit that well. Silumgar, the Drifting Death seems a bit on the weak side. But I could see him as a way to get rid of token armies. Not sure on this one either.
Now to take a look at the non-creature cards.
Ponder is a great card. In a 60 card deck with a full playset. In a Commander/EDH deck, not so much. Single use is a big drawback. I prefer repeatable effects in commander decks. Or consider Brainstorm instead. Dreamstone Hedron is nice. But as a 6 cast artifact that either adds 3 colorless or draws 3 cards I can't shake the feeling that it is a bit late to the party. Consider Hedron Archive. Same basic idea. It only adds 2 colorless or draws 2 cards. But it hit the field 2 turns earlier. That is 2 whole turns of having 2 more mana to help power out those Dragons. Relic of Progenitus is a great card in a lot of tournament decks. However, it also trashes your graveyard too. Depending on your Meta, maybe a simple Tormod's Crypt instead? Curse of Verbosity is a great way to pile on to the biggest threat player at the table. But you have no way to bounce it to change the target and once that play is out of the game, this becomes a dead card on the field. Also, you don't really want to give other players an option to draw cards. Darksteel Mutation is cute spot removal. But there are so many better options. Is spot removal really that important in your meta? If so, consider Swords to Plowshares, Anguished Unmaking, Unmake or even Curse of the Swine. All of which deal really well with any threat except a commander. You could use Declaration of Naught naming their Commander if you really want to get someone angry. Frontier Siege either adds 2 mana or causes your creatures to fight. I can think of so many better uses for that sleeve. More creatures. More mana ramp. More shenanigans. Monastery Siege first ability suffers the same problems that Mirror of the Forebears copies an existing creaturee in play. Not bad. I would put this in the maybe pile. Tough call on this one. I would keep it or cut it depending on what other choices get made. Lightning Greaves & Swiftfoot Boots are cards that I know you like and I do see their value. But to me there are so many better uses of those sleeves. These are probably the cards least likely to be swapped out of your deck, but I don't think that your deck really needs them. They don't protect from board wipe. You have other cards that give Dragons haste or you could even run Anger for the haste.
New dragons to consider:
Balefire Dragon and Deathbringer Regent are both Dragons and board wipes rolled into one sleeve. Destructor Dragon dies and takes another non-creature with it. Read that as destroy target planeswalker, artifact, enchantment or land. Dragonlord Atarka acts as a spot removal spell and a Dragon. Dragonlord Dromoka does a really good job of dealing with counterspells. Dragonlord Kolaghan gives your other creatures haste. Hoever, his second ability is kind of a waste in Commander. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund needs no explanation. Keiga, the Tide Star gains control of an opponent creature until end of the game or you sacrifice it to the Altar. Kilnmouth Dragon we've already talked about. Nicol Bolas is a maybe. I know he is iconic and has a good ability, however, tying up 3 colored mana each turn isn't that great. Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is a good card draw and ping engine. Jsut don't use the stupid Curiosity combo. That's so lame. Ruthless Deathfang works well with the Altar of Dementia and Scourge of Nel Toth. I sacrifice a creature, oh, and so should you. Scourge of Nel Toth not only comes back form the grave for cheap, but it also provides a sacrifice method for Jugan or Keiga. Scourge of the Throne is a great way to knock an opponent in the lead back down. Thunderbreak Regent punishes opponents for using spot removal. I would rather run this instead of the boots. This is a threat, the boots and greaves aren't. The equipment does protect against spot removal. Also watching an opponent getting a Lightning Bolt in the face for the effort of removing a Dragon is pretty funny.
Other cards to look at:
Eerie Interlude or Ghostway can do double duty of protecting your creatures and retrigger all of the enter-the-battlefield effects. If Scourge of Valkas or Warstorm Surge is on the field, then Eerie Interlude becomes a kill card. Shard Convergence helps make more mana available. Basilisk Collar gives lifelink and deathtouch. And putting deathtouch on Scourge of Kher Ridges provides another board wipe. Deathtouch on Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind adds another point of spot removal. Patriarch's Bidding has long been a staple of tribal decks. Thanks for that Wrath of God. I needed that. Now watch as I return all of my threats.
As always, temper these suggestions with your play style, collections, and budget. Let me know what you think.
1 month ago
1 month ago
It'd be interesting to run an enchantress package with the number of enchantments you have. Cut some fat dragons/bad enchantments and artifacts for:
- Argothian Enchantress / Mesa Enchantress / Verduran Enchantress / Enchantress's Presence / (maybe) Femeref Enchantress
- Mirari's Wake or Dictate of Karametra or Heartbeat of Spring (or Zhur-Taa Ancient or Overabundance if you're edgy)
- Burgeoning + Exploration + (maybe) Manabond
Otherwise I'd run the most color-useful signets for fixing and Fellwar Stone. Amulet of Vigor if you really want to keep running taplands. Commander's Sphere and Darksteel Ingot are pretty mediocre. Don't know about Herald’s Horn.
Dorks to consider:
On theme and maybe useful:
- Dragonmaster Outcast
- Balefire Dragon
- Dragonlord Dromoka / Dragonlord Silumgar / Dragonlord Ojutai
- Kokusho, the Evening Star
- Mirrorwing Dragon
- Thundermaw Hellkite
- Kargan Dragonlord (just a neat card)
1 month ago
I think I would work on cutting down the aura's in place of creatures so that you have more ammo for Kaalia. Kaalia tends to want to be play pretty. Having protection for her is great as she will definitely be a target but if you have no ammo for her she is just a 2/2 flyer. Some of the nastier creatures I like with Kaalia are Rakdos the Defiler. Since you will be cheating him in with Kaalia, attackers will already be declared so you will not have to sac any permanents and generally in most cases your biggest threat will be sacing half of theirs. Just don't attack with him later. He is a reliable blocker though. Iona, Shield of Emeria can slow your opponents down if they share colors or completely hose a deck that favors one color heavily or is mono-colored. Balefire Dragon is awesome cause it can creature wipe someone's board along with being a fatty flyer. Angel of Serenity is versatile as it can get creature back from your yard or get rid of some pesky blockers. While not cheatable with Kaalia, Iroas, God of Victory helps keep your creatures alive when attacking and provides some evasion. Angelic Arbiter forces your opponents to really think out their plays and can force some mistakes on their part. And of course Avacyn, Angel of Hope cause who doesn't want indestructible permanents? If you decide to include some MLD she is particularly nasty and if your MLD resolves you most likely win. Master of Cruelties for sure. For removal I would focus on 1-2 drop spot remove like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile and some enchantment based remove to get ride of things like Ghostly Prison. Banishing Light, Oblivion Ring comes to mind. Darksteel Mutation is a good way to cripple someone's Commander. Four mana creature wipes are good as well Wrath of God, Day of Judgment, Damnation I would include maybe 2 of the higher costed wipes like Austere Command or Merciless Eviction.
Necropotence is a good way to keep your hand loaded with ammo for Kaalia. Quicksilver Amulet can be a back up plan as well as your creatures are going to be fairly expensive to hard cast. Amulet of Vigor is beautiful with Kaalia as it lets you untap all the creature you cheat in with her and lets you run the bounce lands with out as much draw back.
Spells and enchantments that give you extra combat phases are good too.. Savage Beating is one I like for Kaalia.
1 month ago
I would invest in better dragon creatures if possible. You have some good ones but others can be replaced with just better dragons. I would take out Territorial Hellkite, Ryusei, the Falling Star, Dromoka, the Eternal, Scion of the Ur-Dragonand Broodmate Dragon to start. I would also keep Savage Ventmaw his mana ramp is crazy strong and worth it based on my results with the deck.
As far as board clears you only really need 1 or 2 spells then I use creatures to board whip for me repeatedly like Silumgar, the Drifting Death, Siege Dragon, Scourge of Kher Ridges, and Balefire Dragon. so you wouldnt really need Earthquake.
you can use enchantments to help your creatures attack more then giving them haste with like Bower Passage or protect you if you are playing too slow. All you are using your enchantments for are buffing, haste, draw, and to act as a kill spell. they can do so much more then that and some can be replaced with another card that does the same thing. I would take out Fervor, Fires of Yavimaya and Monastery Siege
Also you dont really need to pay mana to cheat dragons into play because most of the time they cost less or equal to the cards that cheat them in like Fist of Suns and Quicksilver Amulet, so adding Urza's Incubator would help reduce the cost of your dragons. Plus there are some enchantments and creatures that can sheat dragons into play for free. invest in those
I would run about 36 lands 33 just seems to little especially with how few ramp cards you are playing (if you cannot draw the mana how can you play your mana fixing cards, ramp spells are generally cheap to play and help a lot).
The Ur dragon is amazing you can put any permanent onto the battlefield that includes planeswalker. At the very least Sarkhan Unbroken is a must have. The other sarkhan's are good and same with nicol bolas, but you can run any planeswaker to do whatever you need it to do.
you have a solid base but it just needs a bit of work