Zirilan of the Claw


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Mirage (MIR) Rare

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Zirilan of the Claw

Legendary Creature — Viashino Shaman

, : Search your library for a Dragon permanent card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library. That Dragon gains haste until end of turn. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.

Zirilan of the Claw Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Lathliss' Legion

1 month ago

If you want to reduce the risk of running out of steam in a deck like this, I think Zirilan of the Claw would be a great fit. You can grab any old dragon for cheap, no matter how costly it is, and while it may not live past the end of the turn, your token from Lathliss sure will!

momikulski on Ramos commander

2 months ago

Darksteel Myr , Guardians of Meletis , and Workshop Assistant Are all cards that seem like they don’t really do good things for your dragons, they are good blockers at best, but they are going to be really low impact on the board and don’t really fit the theme. Some options for replacements are blockers that are less hardy but ramp you into your dragons faster like— Palladium Myr and Iron Myr . And if you’re looking for quicker ways to interact with the board I’d use something like Dragon Hatchling before I’d use the artifact dudes.

Alchemist's Vial and Explorer's Scope Seem not that great, mana rocks or permanents that aren’t lands, but give mana are super good for the high casting cost dragon archetype, but I’d go for some of the other ones like Fire Diamond , Hedron Archive , Darksteel Ingot , Dreamstone Hedron , Burnished Hart

Angel's Tomb Seems pretty mediocre, it makes a single angle, some of the time. Yeah it gets around board wipes like Wrath of God but there are cooler ways to get around that like Dragon Egg or cards that actually benefit from being blown up like Anger

Battle Hymn is only particularly good, when you have several creatures out. When you are running so many big creatures it is going to be tough to have a lot out. So I’d hesitate to use it here.

Tomb of the Spirit Dragon Is also not great, as you are only running a handful of colorless creatures, I’d probably use something like Temple of the False God over it.

Glimmerpost is only really useful in conjunction with Cloudpost , and even then I’d likely skip them in a format where you can only use one of each, they get powerful when you can run four copies of each in a deck.

Comet Storm Earthquake Pyrohemia and Hour of Devastation are all great for clearing out boards with a lot of stuff on it and since you’ll likely be trying to wipe out the game with a lot less creatures a lot of the time they’ll hurt your opponents way more than they hurt you. Relentless Assault is also just super good and cheap. You’ll also likely not have to deal with as many blockers as dragons fly, but a neat card to make your dragons more evasive and harder to chump block is Archetype of Aggression and also Goblin War Drums

Two cards that are likely out of budget, but are crazy good for the deck are Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and Zirilan of the Claw . And Since you are in Mono Red I would 100% switch to Lathliss, Dragon Queen

sub780lime on Zirilan Dragon, Dragon, Dragon, Death Deck

4 months ago

Thanks, Xander. I'd usually feel the same away about Carnage Altar , but the deck requires methods of preventing creatures from heading to exile from Zirilan of the Claw . It's possible U have enough methods in the deck, but I'm not convinced. the removal I will have to give some thought.

TypicalTimmy on Zirilan Dragon, Dragon, Dragon, Death Deck

5 months ago

Illusionist's Bracers will net you two Dragons for the price of ;)

I would also encourage you to add more Dragons. 20 doesn't feel like enough, since they are removed from the game at the end of your turn.

Flameshadow Conjuring is another way you can increase your damage / Dragon output. If you are able to combine it with the aforementioned Illusionist's Bracers , you can quite literally bring out 4x Dragons for the total cost of merely .

Hear me out on this one: You look for Utvara Hellkite and Scourge of Valkas . If these are all you've got, then you have three Dragons thanks to your Commander being out. So Scourge deals and Utvara will both deal 3 damage to any target you see fit. As they enter the battlefield, you pay and make a copy of each. Now you have a total of FIVE Dragons on the field, and those two new ones will each deal 5 damage.

All four new Dragons - both Utvaras and both Scourges will essentially have Haste. When you swing with all four, EIGHT 6/6 Dragon tokens will be made! Two for each of the four attacking Dragons.

This now gives you a grand spanking total of 13 Dragons:

This means each of those eight new Tokens will deal TWO separate triggers of damage: One for each Scourge.

This is 8 tokens dealing 13 damage to any target as you see fit... TWICE.

208 damage. On top of Combat, and on top of the previous amounts from Scourge.

Enjoy your one-sided win. >:)

Dragon decks are my specialty :'3

sub780lime on Zirilan Dragon, Dragon, Dragon, Death Deck

5 months ago

Had an interesting 1v1 play-through on this against an Edgar deck. That deck would probably run all over this one 8/10 times.

I had Stormbreath Dragon (not monstrous), Glorybringer and Zirilan of the Claw out. I had Glorybringer up a few turns and had exerted to clear some of the board by pinging and had kept things locked down with AEther Flash . My opponent had just tutored for Austere Command , but couldn't cast it on their turn. They had one creature untapped on their side and they were sitting at 30 life. I was sitting on 6 mana and had Final Fortune in my hand.

I tapped 3 and Zirilan to tutor out Tyrant's Familiar and swung. Tyrant's Familiar dealt with the one blocker and allowed all three to get through for 15 (after Tyrant's Familiar added +2/+2). In my second main phase I use the Final Fortune with my remaining 3 mana. After untapping, I tutor again with Zirilan of the Claw and go get Mana-Charged Dragon . With my remaining three mana I add +2/+0 to the Mana-Charged Dragon and I am able to swing for another 15, taking my appointment out.

This is exactly what this deck is designed to do - tutor for answers and a wincon. I don't think it will work often and it will struggle even more in multiplayer, but in 1v1, it is fun. I need to play test some more.

urchinpriests on The Ur-Dragon

5 months ago

Removing the following, some I may re-add when I get them, others would just be better as legit mana sources

High CMC, non-dragon

Zirilan of the Claw -> Boros Signet

Low impact, non-dragon

Dragon Whisperer -> Golgari Signet

Signet would almost always do a better job

Dragonspeaker Shaman -> Gruul Signet

Signet would almost always do a better job

Dragonlord's Servant -> Izzet Signet

A little pricey ($), might be more durable as a signet anyway

Sarkhan, Fireblood -> Rakdos Signet

Need colored mana

Homeward Path -> Mountain

Just forgot to order him

Dragonlord Kolaghan -> Dragon Broodmother

Vash13 on Dragon Rush

6 months ago

@DrkNinja, no your absolutly right for the purpose of this deck , Zirilan of the Claw is not quite right, i built my zirilan deck as a dragon storm deck, i understand that is very different, i was suggesting more than a small alteration, cause he said he wanted to ramp to tons of dragons, and my storm deck ramps out a ton of dragons, i was just offering a different view on the same goal

Vash13 on Dragon Rush

6 months ago

So i just recently built a monored dragon deck and i would say Zirilan of the Claw is far mor usful than most ppl here seem to think, ma y cards can abuse his ability Endless Sands , Tel-Jilad Stylus , Reito Lantern , and many more but i personally use him as the commander because he can drasticly lower your cmc, check out my deck if you like Reign of Fire

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