This deck started as a spin-off. As I updated my Kaalia's Hordes, I decided to remove both Bladewing the Risen and Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury from the deck. I enjoy both guys quite a lot but had nowhere to put them into. So I started a new deck. Nothing too serious, mind you. This is a budget, very casual deck that tries to be enjoyable. At this time all I knew was that I wanted one of the two as a commander, forcing me to follow the tribal root. No other strategies had been decided.

As I looked deeper into it, realizing what I already knew, I considered that running dragons would turn the deck's gameplay into a slugfest: overall high cmc creatures do that. But this is black, right? Ok... and red... But black! Reanimation was in order. It didn't have to be heavy on reanimation but the concept of discarding big cost dragons to get new, cheaper cards that can be played early in the game was nice. That's when I decided to add Tortured Existence and Demonic Collusion. Undertaker might be good too.

Still, it felt a bit tame on paper: slow, predictable, unfun. Something else had to go in.

At that time I considered how much damage I'd take if all I drew into were dragons and I couldn't play anything else. Cards that prevent players from gaining life (and even damaging them on the upkeep) came to mind. My playgroup enjoys some mild lifegain. Not every deck has it but some do and they are a pain to deal with. Everlasting Torment was perfect!

But wait. Dragons. Pinging. They're now weakening my opponent's creatures with the -1/-1 counters. I thought that it would be so easy to take it a step further! I started working the deck a bit more, getting more dragons with pinging capabilities and added Death Pits of Rath. And then it hit me! The next best thing is to give them true deathtouch! Now this deck had a strategy! It doesn't always need to win, it needs to provide some fun though!

And so it changed a bit into a deck that wants to

a. smash face through the use of big winged lizards, but

b. can control the board by burning any opposition to death and

c. enjoys recovering my dead dragons from the grave!

As always, ideas on how to improve this are welcome.

PS - This is not the final deck. Its still a prototype, not ready for game. I still need to figure out a few things to add and to remove. Return to Agra, Rescue from the Underworld, Undertaker, Furyborn Hellkite and Knollspine Dragon seem quite promising.


DragonlordKol says... #1

Youve got 2 archwings in com you can only have 1 of each non basic land card. But its a nice deck plz check out mine its called Killaghan

June 11, 2015 5:13 p.m.

DarkRequiem says... #2

Oh, thanks. It was a mistake. :)

I will. I need to get ideas for this deck. Don't know what to do with it.

June 11, 2015 7:09 p.m.

Draglord_Sim says... #3

Hoard-Smelter Dragon doesn't seem the most useful card right now. Also how about Dragonlord's Servants? Not as a replacement, just as a suggestion

June 22, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Draglord_Sim says... #4

How about as a replacement for Hoard-Smelter Dragon, try Utvara Hellkite???

June 22, 2015 5:18 p.m.

DarkRequiem says... #5

Dragonlor's Servant is already part of the list. How could you have missed it?

Hoard-Smelter Dragon is relevant in my meta. It can destroy rocks that fix mana. But Utvara Hellkite is also quite good and I can easily run both. Thing is I don't have any now available now (only one I have is being run on my Zirilan's Scourge) but I might get another one later, when I actually assemble this deck. Thanks for the reminder. :)

June 24, 2015 5:51 p.m.

Draglord_Sim says... #6

Soz, didn't see the servant.

No problem about the reminder.

June 24, 2015 6:23 p.m.

The_Hunter says... #7

I have a actually decided to go with a storm theme for my Kolaghan deck seeing as that is here name the storms furry. I use ritual spells and Dragon storm to cheat in a tone of dragons and go for the win. I think the dragon tribal build for Kolaghan is ok but works better for dragons like Atarka, World Render and Karrthus, Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund seeing as you have access to green which has tons of creature tutoring and ramp (seeing as dragons have high CMC ramp is good and R/B is probably the worst color combo for ramp.) The deck that I have build for for Kolaghan is They say hell hath no fury like Kolaghan's Storm and I just so happen to have an Atarka deck if your interested. BAM! Dragons!

July 1, 2015 11:36 p.m.

The_Hunter says... #8

July 1, 2015 11:37 p.m.

DarkRequiem says... #9

Dragonstorm could be something but I'm unsure if I'll play that many spells as to get a high storm count. Mana ramping through rituals doesn't sound effective on EDH.

I do agree that there are better ramping colors and better dragons as generals. No doubt about that. But I'm playing 2 of my fav colors, putting to use dragons that wouldn't fit in any of my other decks (I'm looking at both Kolaghan and Bladewing). This doesn't need to be competitive. Just fun.

I might consider a dragon-recursion kind of deck. It sounds like the strongest kind of strategy here.

July 2, 2015 12:31 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.35
Tokens 5/5 Dragon, 4/4 Dragon
Folders Kolaghan Dragons
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