Dragonskull Summit

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Magic 2013 (M13) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare

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Dragonskull Summit

Land

Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain.

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Dragonskull Summit Discussion

multimedia on Rakdos' Crazy Demon Party

1 day ago

Hey, good start and nice budget Rakdos deck.

The flavor is neat with Rakdos as General, but overall this Rakdos is lackluster. Consider Chainer, Nightmare Adept as Commander General? Chainer is being displayed as $8, but it's a glitch. It's not that much, in fact it's less than $2 at TCGPlayer.

Chainer can be an enabler for reanimation by discarding Demons or can recast Apostles from your graveyard. With Chainer any Demon you cheat onto the battlefield with Apostles gets haste. Reanimation and cards that are enablers for reanimation is a good secondary strategy when playing lots of high mana cost Demons. Apostles are the first plan to cheat Demons onto the battlefield and traditional reanimation can be a backup plan to also cheat Demons on the battlefield.

Budget cards to consider adding:

If you like these suggestions I offer help to make cuts. I also offer more advice if you like. Good luck with your deck.

JakeHarlow on Budget Pirate Aggro

2 days ago

@ Spongee07:

Thanks so much for commenting!!

After Standard rotated (with the Ixalan block no longer being legal), I stopped playing Standard and haven’t been back since — I haven’t played the format with Core 2020 or Throne of Eldraine. Mostly this was because I could no longer play my Pirates!!

Then, Pioneer popped up, and just like you, it got me thinking. I haven’t thrown a list together yet, but I had considered upgrading these Pirates and seeing how they’d do in the new environment.

I would LOVE to have a discussion with you on how to upgrade this decklist for the new format. Send me a PM here on Tappedout, and maybe we can do a Google Hangouts or whatever and have an actual chat about it!

I don’t really have much of an idea about the Pioneer metagame. Is it even settled yet into smallish group of dominant strategies, or is it still wide open? I honestly have not been paying much attention.

Since Pioneer is basically Return to Ravnica forward, minus fetch lands, here are my initial thoughts right off the bat:

  • Mainboard Duress moves aside for the full playset of Thoughtseize . When they reprinted this in Theros, I immediately thought it would be absurd in an aggressive shell, and Pirates is perfect for that. Given the incredible performance of Drill Bit as auxiliary hand disruption out of the sideboard (we only run in when we are on the play or against hard Control), I’d say we would be happy to mainboard 4 copies of Thoughtseize .

  • Mana Confluence : Maybe run four of these over Dragonskull Summit ? If we can reduce the probability of playing taplands (and therefore having slow starts that could cost us games) to 0%, I feel like we would be well-served. When I did lose games with this deck, over half the time I’d say it was to drawing awkward mana and having too many Summits coming in tapped. If the meta is aggressive or burn-heavy, we might want to think twice before running so much pain in our mana base, but it’s worth considering.

  • Rending Volley : Possible sideboard option? Don’t know the meta but this is a fairly good color hoser. The other card in this Dragons of Tarkir cycle that we have access to, Self-Inflicted Wound , comes to mind as well, but it doesn’t strike me as a competitive enough to be playable in Pioneer.

  • Ob Nixilis's Cruelty : I think this is still a really good removal spell for the sideboard. Deals with indestructible, stops graveyard strategies and reanimation, and gets things with 5 toughness off of the board ( Siege Rhino comes to mind here). What do you think?

  • Sorcerous Spyglass vs. Phyrexian Revoker : As a creature, Revoker is squishier and easier to kill, but it does advance our clock faster against control and combo decks because it can attack. Losing the ability to peek at the opponent’s hand is also a drawback, but with hand disruption and Game 1 information, we should already have a pretty good idea of what the opponent has and is relying on. Revoker can also turn off mana dorks, since his ability does cover mana abilities, so that’s an upside too. This gives us some play against ramp decks, and since Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves are in the format, I’d say we might want to have an extra card against ramp!

  • March of the Drowned : I still think this is one of best cards against grindy matchups and Control decks, and depending on how Pioneer’s meta is, we might even want to play more than two copies. It’s a really cheap and efficient reanimation card for Pirates.

  • Kolaghan's Command : This card seems too good to ignore for the sideboard. Extra removal, hand disruption, reanimation and artifact hate on one card? I’d say it’s better than Angrath's Rampage even though it costs more (and it is an instant, too).

  • New Pirates?: I know Core 2020 added Glint-Horn Buccaneer , which at 3 mana and 4 toughness is very interesting and within our curve. It’s far sturdier than all our other creatures, does have haste, and causes incremental damage when we discard a card to its ability. This could be very useful against Control or grindy midrange in particular, since it can help us get through land pockets if we run into one. Against aggro matchups, it blocks fairly well if we are on the ropes. Definitely not a bad Pirate or a bad three-drop. But what to cut for it? Is it just a sideboard piece too? Or do we skip it? Also, are there other new Pirates in these colors that I am overlooking?

Anyway, those are my initial thoughts. Shoot me a private message and I’ll give you my gmail and maybe we can link up and have a real discussion! I agree with you that there is real potential here! Thanks for your interest and have a great day!!

multimedia on Marchesa Theft

2 weeks ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

Good start here for your first Commander deck. The decklist is missing Marchesa, the Black Rose , no image of her card. To make her the official Commander of your deck then add her to the decklist in the editor with a CMDR tag.

1x Marchesa the Black Rose *CMDR*

Marchesa can benefit from a combo and that's why Sage of Fables is a card to consider adding. Sage combos with Wizards with persist and undying creatures because it removes the -1/-1 counter of persist by canceling the counter with a +1/+1 counter. Sage can also remove the +1/+1 counter from an undying creature allowing it to keep undying. If not using Sage with a combo then she can be a good source of repeatable draw by removing a +1/+1 counter from a creature.

Sage of Fables + Puppeteer Clique + Altar of Dementia

This combo mills your opponents which puts creatures into their graveyards, then you steal those creatures with Puppeteer and attack your opponents with those creatures. Puppeteer can repeatedly steal opponents creatures from their graveyards, or gain control of them with Marchesa, or exile them after you attack with them. Since Puppeteer is a Wizard when it ETB (enters the battlefield) Sage can put a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies it has persist, but it doesn't ETB with a -1/-1 counter instead it ETB with no counter since the +1/+1 counter that Sage puts on it cancels out the -1/-1 counter. This interaction lets you repeatedly sac Puppeteer and it repeatedly comes back onto the battlefield.

The Puppeteer combo with Sage doesn't require Marchesa, but with her on the battlefield you can potentially gain control of opponents creatures your stole with Puppeteer. This interaction works because you can sac your opponents creatures before your end step. Doing this means that each creature that's saced will not get exiled. The creatures that attacked the player with the highest life total get a +1/+1 counter thanks to dethrone; if they're saced after getting the counter they will return to the battlefield under your control.


Other budget dual lands to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Vivid Crag
  • Vivid Creek
  • Vivid Marsh
  • Crosis's Catacombs
  • Visage of Bolas
  • Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver
  • Dark Privilege
  • Portent of Betrayal
  • Press into Service
  • Slave of Bolas
  • Yawgmoth's Vile Offering
  • Threaten

Unless you have a way to put more counters on a Vivid land then they're not worth playing, too slow and not reliably enough. Cards that are a repeatable source of stealing your opponents creatures are better than cards that are a single effect. Five mana to steal one creature is too much mana if you're only getting to do it once. Because you have Nicol Bolas you don't also need to play the Deceiver since Deceiver is a much worse card. Good luck with your deck.

D4RKMATT3R on Pia's Revolution Turn 3 Kill

3 weeks ago

I don't see the use in adding white as an extra color for a creature here.

What I would do is remove Leonin Squire , Arid Mesa , Godless Shrine , Plains , and Sacred Foundry . Substitute the creature with one of these: - Trading Post - Skeleton Shard - Fortuitous Find - Myr Retriever , OR - Scrap Trawler

The Arid Mesa , Godless Shrine , Plains , and Sacred Foundry can be traded out for mountains and swamps, as well as: - Cinder Barrens - Canyon Slough (this has Cycling, so would be good for drawing) - Akoum Refuge - Blackcleave Cliffs - Bloodfell Caves - Dragonskull Summit , AND/OR - Buried Ruin , which would give you additional room to return artifacts

multimedia on Korvold, the hangry kang

3 weeks ago

Hey, nice concept for a budget Korvold deck. The suggestion to add the persist combo with Grumgully is a good one.

Budget cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Cinder Marsh
  • Everglades
  • 3x Swamp
  • 2x Mountain
  • Basal Thrull
  • Blood Bairn
  • Nightshade Stinger
  • Shrapnel Blast
  • Accorder's Shield
  • Fountain of Youth
  • Phyrexian Walker
  • Desperate Gambit
  • Vial of Poison
  • Delif's Cone
  • Fling

Consider cutting Shrapnel Blast and some of the cost artifacts? I don't think Blast is good enough of a card to want to include these artifacts. Good luck with your deck.

DemMeowsephs on

1 month ago

Nice Deck, the only problem I see regards the lands. I promise, your deck can be 100% better if you add the right lands. I would consider the following:

multimedia on jodah

1 month ago

Hey, looks good for your first Commander deck. You haven't finished the manabase? Nice Ugin, the Spirit Dragon :)

What's the max budget for your deck? I ask because you haven't allocated yet for lands in the manabase. 35x basic lands is not going to work when you want to pay for spells. When playing five colors the manabase and the amount of color fixing you have in your deck is very important. If you don't make these things priority to focus on getting right then your deck will have a difficult time functioning when playing so many colors.

You have a good start by including the budget land ramp spells ( Cultivate , Sakura-Tribe Elder ), but you're going to want a lot more than just these spells for both ramp and more importantly for color fixing. You can build a five color manabase on a budget with basic lands using some dual lands that have interaction with basic lands, Tri lands and other budget lands.

Here's an example:


This example manabase is not ideal by any means, but it's low budget and a starting point for future upgrades. Sunken, Glade or Stream are dual lands that Farseek can search for since they're two different land types. Being able to land ramp with a dual land with Farseek makes Farseek better and helps with color fixing.

A budget manabase like this example can use color fixing from other nonland sources. Signets and other budget mana rocks that can make colored mana and ramp are options.

With Signets you can pay for the colorless mana cost with mana from any source such as a land. That mana then turns into two different colors of mana. For example if you have two Signets on the battlefield and two lands then that mana can be four different colors of mana. In this manabase example there's more green sources than others that's because green is the enabler color to help to get all the other colors with land ramp and mana dorks. There's more green than the rest because you consistently want to have green mana in the early game.

Joiner Adept lets you tap lands for any color of mana which is great color fixing when playing five colors. Chromatic Lantern is a more expensive price card that does the same thing and it's better because it also ramps. Faeburrow Elder and Paradise Druid are called mana dorks and either one can tap to make different colors of mana. Faeburrow by itself can tap to make two mana . With Jodah, Archmage Eternal on the battlefield it can make four mana . If you have Jodah and have a permanent on the battlefield that's black then Faeburrow can tap to make all five colors of mana.

Fertile Ground is an example of another source of color fixing/ramp that's different than the rest. It's an aura that enchants a land you control. When the enchanted land is tapped it makes two colors of mana; one mana that the land could produce and another mana of any color you choose.


Color fixing sources that also ramp are better than ones that don't. If you can as the saying goes "kill two birds with one stone" then it can help your deck. Including most cards that can do two different things you want are better than cards that can only do one thing you want. For example Cultivate ramps and color fixes since it can find two different basic lands. Izzet Signet taps to ramp and color fix two different colors of mana. Renegade Map only color fixes, it doesn't ramp because it only puts the land you search for into your hand not onto the battlefield and it can't tap to make mana.

Sylvan Scrying is one exception since it can tutor (search your library) for any one land and put it into your hand. That's powerful and helpful to have when you can get a land that can make any color of mana such as Command Tower or better yet Cascading Cataracts which can tap along with five other sources of mana of any colors to make all five different colors of mana. This land makes it easy to be able to make five different colors to cast spells with Jodah. Cataracts is good with ramp from mana rocks.

I have suggested a lot of cards which means if you want to include them then you'll have to make many cuts. I'm not going to give you suggestions of cuts now, but if you're interested in any of these suggestions then I offer to help to make cuts. This is the nature of building budget many colored decks in Commander; have to allocate a lot of deck spots to cards to help the manabase and to make sure your deck can function, so you can reliably cast cards. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Ain't nobody fresher than my clique (v1.2)

1 month ago

Hey, fine budget version of Kaalia and nice description/primer.

Manalith, Mana Geode, Boros Cluestone, Rakdos Locket, Orzhov Locket, Armillary Sphere, Star Compass. Consider cutting these for better budget mana rocks?

The main purpose of playing so many mana rocks is to ramp into Kaalia. Two drop mana rocks are better than three drop rocks even if the three drop rocks can be saced later on to draw. The draw from Lockets/Cluestone is not worth playing them over a Talisman or Signet as a Talisman or Signet can give you a full turn or two faster at casting Kaalia.

More haste enablers is another way to increase speed.

Out of these budget options Tempest is the best because Kaalia has flying and all the other big creatures here also have flying. Tempest is also very good with Utvara Hellkite and her ability to create Dragons. Battlements is a land that can ETB untapped which for one red can give Kaalia haste.

For more speed then you want most of your lands to ETB untapped. If you can't afford many dual lands that ETB untapped then play more basic lands instead of lands such as Forsaken Sanctuary, Stone Quarry, Bloodfell Caves, etc. Signets are good with basic lands because any one basic land can be tapped to make two different colors. Budget lands to consider adding:

If willing to spend a little more for the manabase then adding the Check lands: Dragonskull, Isolated, Clifftop are good lands when playing basic lands.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Forsaken Sanctuary
  • Stone Quarry
  • Bloodfell Caves
  • Scoured Barrens
  • Wind-Scarred Crag
  • Painted Bluffs
  • Seraph Sanctuary
  • Manalith
  • Mana Geode
  • Boros Cluestone
  • Rakdos Locket
  • Orzhov Locket
  • Armillary Sphere
  • Star Compass
  • Trailblazer's Boots
  • Hoard-Smelter Dragon
  • Desecration Demon

Other budget upgrades to consider:

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Dragonskull Summit occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.11%

Rakdos: 1.4%

BRG (Jund): 1.45%

UBR (Grixis): 1.18%

RBW (Mardu): 1.43%

Modern:

All decks: 0.16%

Rakdos: 5.74%

Standard:

All decks: 0.89%

Rakdos: 8.36%