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Creature — Dragon
Riot (This creature enters the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)
: Skarrgan Hellkite deals 2 damage as you choose among one or two targets. Activate this ability only if Skarrgan Hellkite has a +1/+1 counter on it.
Skarrgan Hellkite Discussion
1 week ago
Those are some good suggestions DrJay33, cheers. I'm particularly looking at Elemental Bond because you're right, I'm pretty dang light on card draw in here. I had initially dismissed Skarrgan Hellkite but looking at it again, decent effects and I like the versatility. I may have to test that dragon out.
3 weeks ago
Did you consider Metallic Mimic so that your dragons have counters you can proliferate with Volt Charge? Curse of Stalked Prey is also a relatively efficient way to get counters on your creatures. Ring of Valkas also has some additional utility. Of course, it's Dragon Blood that is the flavor victory.
No Sarkhan the Masterless to dissuade attacks? Slumbering Dragon seems like it would be a fun inclusion, too. Skarrgan Hellkite and Scourge of the Throne are two other rare +1/+1 counter dragons. (There are four more I remember, but they're not as useful here, IIRC. Finally, Door of Destinies works well with tribal themes AND proliferate.
4 weeks ago
Big Update - The "Flying Matters" sub-theme is no more. Incorporated many recommendations of Vlasiax to streamline the deck and make it a little leaner and meaner.
Spit Flame , Mana Flare , Heartbeat of Spring , The Immortal Sun , Skarrgan Hellkite , Hellkite Tyrant , Kilnmouth Dragon , Bladewing the Risen , Darigaaz Reincarnated , Shizo, Death's Storehouse , and Woodland Cemetery
Worldly Tutor , Sarkhan's Triumph , Night's Whisper , Nature's Claim , Abrupt Decay , Dragonlord's Servant , Dragonspeaker Shaman , Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma , Patriarch's Bidding , Evolving Wilds , and Terramorphic Expanse
1 month ago
Back on the deck topic, I really like your idea of siding out Lily for Angrath, it actually makes a lot of sense but I never thought about it.
The thing with Sarkhan is he pretty much force your opponent to answer both a 4/4 body and a walker. If he resolves, the worst scenario is a 2 for 1. If they anwser the body, you still threaten to at least do 4, possibly more if you have more walker that are now irrelevant (A lonely 1 loyalty Davriel suddenly becomes a threat). More I play with him, more I find him really good. The only down side is we don't have good CMC 2-3-4 Dragon currently in the format, the only viable one in our color is Skarrgan Hellkite which feels awkward to play on the same turn.
Question for you, do you get the same result as me concerning The Eldest Reborn ? I feel it a bit underwhelming in some matchup. Maybe we want to cut it? I just don't know what to replace it with.
1 month ago
About that - main problem here is that you want to have too much high CMC cards that make 'cool things' but it's better to settle for less and actually get there. Playing Dragon tribe already fills your high end of the curve so we need to focus on lower CMC interaction/ramp/draw to get to cast as many of the mentioned creatures as possible.
That's why Crucible of Fire and Sight of the Scalelords are bad but you seem to discover another way to win besides fight with big beaters - it's reanimator strategy. So I'd rather get 4/4 or 5/5 Dragon with Animate Dead for AND do something else than cast one of those enchantments and pass, hoping that it survives on board. I personally use reanimation with Dragon Tempest as a secondary strategy to kill as many people as possible with damage from dragons coming back and then smash the rest with them, since they get haste.
Abrupt Decay has that advantage of hitting NONLAND permaments... so creatures, enchantments, artifacts, planeswalkers all go down. While Vraska's Contempt is overpriced Path to Exile in black since planeswalkers can be overrun with Dragons and 2 life gain is negligible. It's not about hitting someone's Craterhoof Behemoth or in your case Hellkite Overlord it's about dealing with Sylvan Library / Phyrexian Arena , Chromatic Lantern or Yisan, the Wanderer Bard that get them there. And that's the lesson that I learned few months back and made drastic changes to my deck - Bow before Draconic King!!! | *WAR* Update. It's still a Dragon deck but has everything that early game requires so I can still compete with better tuned decks of others.
That's why for changes I'd propose:
- Kilnmouth Dragon -> Night's Whisper - instead of giving someone information what you have for 7 mana you get 2 cards for 2 that noone sees besides you
- Skarrgan Hellkite -> Selvala, Heart of the Wilds or Lotus Cobra - 5 mana for 4/4 flyer that can be 5/5 with overpriced activated ability is bad... you'll be better off with one of these dorks for 2-3 CMC.
- Crucible of Fire -> Nature's Claim - lowers the avg. CMC, let's you be more reactive and holding on for interaction on opponents turn is easy to do.
- Spit Flame -> Sarkhan's Triumph - overpriced damage restricted to creatures might be good in Standard but not EDH. Try out tutor instead and thank me later :D
- The Immortal Sun -> Gruul Signet / Rakdos Signet - I know it's an epic card and all but... it's cost is huge, you might actually cast 6 CMC Dragon instead of this and to actually get there you can run early ramp so 1-2 turns earlier flying behemoth will be way more dangerous.
- Hellkite Overlord / Darigaaz Reincarnated -> Worldly Tutor - with tutor in deck you need actually 1 of these two if you still want to have a huge Dragon. Also this is great way to get utility dragons like Glorybringer or Dragonlord Kolaghan when you need them most.
- Temple of the False God -> Rocky Tar Pit / Mountain Valley / Evolving Wilds - this land is bad... if you have 1 land and this, then you still only have 1 land since it won't activate early. Ancient Tomb is great because it can work turn 1 for some rocks but this... requires board full of lands and one Armageddon makes it useless again.
If you want to know more about getting better at EDH I'd recommend checking out CMDR Central and EDHRec podcasts on youtube - https://articles.edhrec.com/commander-central-ep75-settling-for-less/. Also EDHRec page has great articles posted daily, one of them is about Evolving Wilds: https://articles.edhrec.com/in-the-margins-evolving-wilds-terramorphic-expanse/
1 month ago
Basilisk Collar , Momentous Fall , Hoarding Dragon , Demanding Dragon , Hoard-Smelter Dragon , Ryusei, the Falling Star , Siege Dragon , Tyrant's Familiar , Thunder Dragon , Dragonlord Atarka , Scourge of Kher Ridges , Bogardan Hellkite , Krosan Tusker
Rhythm of the Wild , Crucible of Fire , Bonds of Mortality , Guardian Project , Boneyard Scourge , Territorial Hellkite , Dragonlord Kolaghan , Glorybringer , Nesting Dragon , Skarrgan Hellkite , Dismember , Song of the Dryads , Damnation
1 month ago
Came here from help forum. It would be helpful to know what your deck wants to do, that way I don't end up suggesting bad cuts.
Hydroid Krasis unfortunately does not work the way you want it to. It only draws and gains life for the first half, and then the second half from Riku does nothing and dies as it is a 0/0 with no +1/+1 counters.
A lot of your counterspells like Time Stop are way too much mana. To be more effective you want low drop counterspells like Counterspell , Negate , and Essence Scatter , as you do not have to leave up as much mana in order to use them.
You have a lot of planeswalkers. Planeswalkers in EDH generally draw a lot of hate and end up being a weaker card type overall unless you build your whole strategy around them.
Maybe add some creatures with higher impact. Some of the creatures, like Skarrgan Hellkite , don't really do much in EDH. Wiser includes would have powerful enter the battlefield effects like Terastodon , Woodfall Primus , and Brutalizer Exarch .
Hope this was of some help!
1 month ago
I'd probably try to find room for a Carnage Tyrant . It's an obvious choice against control and a solid, nearly unkillable beast against everything else. Maybe swap it for at least one Skarrgan Hellkite ?
Skarrgan Hellkite occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.19%