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Whenever a dragon you control attacks, put a 6/6 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
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Utvara Hellkite Discussion
2 weeks ago
I would recommend adding in several more mana rocks and a few more lands as well. There are also lots of cards in the deck that pretty much don't help you and can be cut. I will list some below:
Serra's Blessing - vigilance to all your guys doesn't really do much in general, especially when they come in tapped with Kaalia. Something like Dragon Tempest that gives Kaalia haste would be a much more useful enchantment.
Dread Cacodemon - it doesn't usually do anything other than be a vanilla 8/8, which isn't really what you are looking for in a Kaalia deck. You want your creatures to provide utility, be hard to get rid of, or be so destructive that your opponents are forced to get rid of them or lose. This could technically be hardcast I guess, but those occasions will be extremely rare. It doesn't destroy stuff when Kaalia cheats it out. This block applies to Reiver Demon as well.
Exalted Angel - unless you're super set on playing the entirety of FtV Angels, this card just isn't good enough. Other underwhelming cards I would consider cutting include Seraph of the Sword, Serra Angel, Serra Avenger, Voice of All, Subjugator Angel, Sunblast Angel, and Soulflayer
Firemane Avenger - Battalion is a little harder to do than you might think, and it has the problem of being a "when this attacks" Trigger, which doesn't happen when it comes down with Kaalia. The trigger not happening, by the way, can very easily be abused to great effect. See Rakdos the Defiler and Master of Cruelties (the latter of which, if unblocked and brought in with Kaalia, will immediately drop your opponent's life to 1, at which point Kaalia will deal two and kill them). I would cut Mana-Charged Dragon for similar reasons.
Things I would recommend adding:
A ton of two-cost ramp: signets, etc. It gets Kaalia out a turn earlier, unlikely Darksteel Ingot.
At LEAST two more lands. Probably more.
Swiftfoot Boots - slightly worse lightning greaves is still amazing
Graveyard recursion like Unburial Rites - sadly, your stuff will die :( Recursion mitigates that!
You could definitely be a lot more liberal with cuts than I have suggested here, but these are the edits that jumped out at me most. Check out my Kaalia deck Dies Irae for more inspiration! I'm very happy with the creatures I've narrowed that deck down to, so feel free to look through those for replacements for cards you have found not especially useful.
Finally, being mardu, you could consider a Sunforger package. Always a fun time.
I could go on quite a bit more about Kaalia things, but I am out of time. Check out my deck or ask questions if you want more help!
Thanks for reading and best of luck!
3 weeks ago
I was thinking about Fanatic of Mogis and how good that sort of ability this is in this sort of deck.
You also Might wanna consider some nice, expensive creatures to ramp into.
(I promise this is the last one)
3 weeks ago
Scourge of Valkas and Utvara Hellkite always good in dragon tribal. Scourge of the Throne is also fun and I'm a fan of Thundermaw Hellkite to tap down potential blockers. Bower Passage is pretty cruel. Quicksilver Amulet nice way to cheat in some fatties.
Nice build, +1
3 weeks ago
Utvara Hellkite sync's really well with the dragon theme here and Dragonmaster Outcast could be a solid one-drop for you. With that said you have good ramp but Elvish Piper may be worth thinking about, playing 7 drops for one is just fun. I also think your curve is good enough to support Yisan, the Wanderer Bard if you ever wanted to. I personally wouldn't play Naturalize on th mainboard as in a lot of matchups it won't be need, instead I would play some removal like Anger of the Gods, Lightning Bolt, or Domri Rade.
3 weeks ago
Welcome to commander! Info dump incoming. Take or leave anything you see here, because some of it is my personal opinion.
For mana base, you can go for the expensive "shocklands" (Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine, Blood Crypt), which are some of the best options around. Transguild Promenade, Nomad Outpost, and Terramorphic Expanse are more cheap options to fix your mana, even if they're a bit slow. Commander's Sphere can be used to fix mana, accelerate, and can be turned into a card later on, while Chromatic Lantern makes your mana base issues irrelevant. Burnished Hart ramps and fixes mana by getting basics. Really, once you have a decent spread of multi-mana producers, you should be fine on mana. I've rarely had issues, and I play four-color.
For utility, I'll always recommend Solemn Simulacrum, because it's just so good. I'd also advise Phyrexian Arena, Bloodgift Demon, and Underworld Connections for sheer card advantage, as well as Erebos, God of the Dead. Beacon of Unrest is just good and versatile. Karmic Guide isn't super splashy, but she can bring back anything you need to, giving you a bit of resilience. (I also endorse Reveillark because I love recursion, but that's just me.)
As for dragons and other big boys, Utvara Hellkite is splashy and hilarious, as is Bogardan Hellkite. Balefire Dragon punishes big boards, Hellkite Tyrant steals good stuff, and Scourge of the Throne can help you make mincemeat of a table. Akroma, Angel of Wrath is also a goodie, as well as Angel of Serenity and Aurelia, the Warleader. Razia, Boros Archangel and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight can both be good. For demons, Rakdos the Defiler can nuke someone's board. He enters the battlefield attacking, so you can dodge the first cost and make someone else pay the price. Demon of Dark Schemes might kill Kaalia, but the energy you get can often fuel bringing her back, as well as some other nasty goodies from your graveyard.
Plus, general EDH tips, you're gonna want to wipe the board. Someone's gonna get out of hand, and there'll be tons of stuff with some sort of protection. Things like Blasphemous Act, Fumigate, Wrath of God can help even the odds if you slip behind. For spot removal, exiling stuff is amazing. Oblivion Ring is cheap, but if you have a bit of money, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Utter End, and suchlike can save your biscuits. Pack a bit of enchantment/artifact removal, like Orim's Thunder and Wear so that you can take out problem spots.
...that's a lot of suggestions, but you can take or leave them. Any of them can help improve the deck, but they're not needed. Build for your playstyle, and if something's powerful but not fun, make it fun. Personally, I like to check out Magiccards.info when building a deck, because you can use a bunch of toggles for advanced search (or even type them straight into the search bar if you learn the commands), and it also shows the expected price.
Always happy to help a new EDH player. Welcome to the format.
4 weeks ago
I don't know if you are aware but Dragonspeaker Shaman is not legal in modern. If you want to make dragons cheaper you have to play Dragonlord's Servant. However I find the most efficient way to get dragons out is Elvish Piper as eventually you are just paying one to play dragons.
See the Unwritten is just bad, at that point just play Planar Bridge. Additionally, you really should invest in Birds of Paradise for your mana dorks, and for flavor purposes Flame Slash could find a home here.
1 month ago
Some of the cards seem to be there only because the word 'dragon' is in the name like the Dragon's Eye Sentry or the Surrak Dragonclaw Additionally things like Wall of Frost or Pacifism don't really fit. I've also never understood things like Dragon Tempest not that its bad, but how many dragons do you intend to even play? They tend to have the power to win the game without extra help like that and you have a 66 card deck with only 9 dragons in it.
Keep in mind that for a large deck you cant count on drawing the things that there's only 1 of.
except for Sarkhan's Triumph I'm not sure how useful the other instants would be
If you are interested here's my deck Dragon Beating its simpler than yours but I think my deck would run faster, Just get the lands, get the dragons, attack, no extra complications required.
P.S. Utvara Hellkite is FANTASTIC looking, can't believe I've never seen one before.
1 month ago