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Dragons of Judah (2nd Place EMN Game Day)

Modern Dragons Four Color Midrange

Pan163


Description

Personal best deck of DTK/BFZ/SOI

The microphone assassin about to get at 'em, the Dragon of Judah breathe fire to its last breath.

-Canibus

Everyone, it's time for some last-minute draconic fun before these big dumb lizards rotate out of Standard.

It started out as two-color, then I got greedy, but the choice of which direction to go and how greedy to get proved to be a difficult one.

For a while I couldn't choose between Dragonlord Kolaghan and Dragonlord Dromoka. I really, really wanted to try and run both, due to the way both cards have serious impact on the biggest meta-game contenders, but I eventually discovered that the best bet was to do one at a time. Every game, I choose one of them to keep in and one of them to board out, and whichever one stays in the main can be determined by the metagame.

Let's go a bit more in-depth:

Oath of Nissa: Helps me find my mana and my dragons. I like to call this the "anti-mulligan" card.

Draconic Roar: One of the reasons to even use this tribe. That 3 damage to the face in addition to burning anything from Sylvan Advocate to Gisela, the Broken Blade is very important in a deck with a lot of high-power fliers, and in multiples can be devastating.

Dragon Tempest: While it mostly gathers dust against aggro, the ability to give your heavy hitters haste is important against control and Planeswalker-heavy midrange, as is giving yourself that last little bit of reach to finish off opponents who otherwise would have survived.

Sarkhan's Triumph: This might seem a bit strange, but it allows me to run situational one-ofs like Harbinger of the Hunt and generally search out the cards I need.

Sylvan Advocate: Even when he's not buffing land creatures, this guy is more than worth playing. Keeps you alive and allows for early aggression. I don't have to talk about why this card is good.

Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip: Another great early drop. Seven land is more or less what this deck is aiming to reach, and the fact that she helps along the way is huge.

Thunderbreak Regent: I love this card. Another reason to care about this tribe, turning every removal spell or ability into a Bolt to the face is the kind of thing that puts opponents into easy kill range very quickly. Plus, a 4/4 with flying for 4 is already pretty damn good.

Harbinger of the Hunt: A 3/1 split with Mirrorwing Dragon. A goofy addition motivated by meta-game considerations. Primarily a tutor target against Delirium (Ishkanah, Grafwidow) and new CoCo (Selfless Spirit).

Mirrorwing Dragon: What initially piqued my interest in using this tribe. His removal-dodging abilities, both the ability itself and his 5 toughness, are good, but not overpowered. Excellent against White-Black Control, Esper Dragons, and most importantly Bant Company. Although it does get shut down pretty severely by Ishkanah, Grafwidow, it can seriously stall the board and is practically the end of the game if it lands against White Weenies. Fourth copy in the sideboard when I don't want Harbinger of the Hunt.

Dragonlord Dromoka: As the meta swings more towards Collected Company and Elder Deep-Fiend, I've decided that Dromoka should get the mainboard spot. Now that I'm running Dragon Tempest, I still have powerful anti-Planeswalker capabilities, while running one of the few cards I have access to that doesn't die to a "flashback" Kozilek's Return.

Dragonlord Atarka: The big guy. Underwhelming against strategies like Pyromancer's Goggles or The Great Aurora, but an essentially guaranteed two-or-more-for-one against normal decks. And an 8/8 trampler that laughs in the face of World Breaker is important, too.

Haven of the Spirit Dragon: Extremely useful. Good graveyard-recurring ability. I'm usually skittish about colorless-producing land, but with this deck's greediness, I want all four.


Sideboard:

Mirrorwing Dragon: Explained above.

Deathbringer Regent: A tutor target. This guy can help you come back against otherwise unwinnable board-states, and the two black isn't such a big deal when I get into the late game.

Clip Wings: Good for use against Dragonlord Ojutai, Ormendahl, Profane Prince  Flip, Emrakul, the Promised End, or White's suite of disgustingly overpowered Angels.

Dragonlord Kolaghan: Moved back to the sideboard with Delirium becoming less popular. Despite her sideboard spot, I still love this card, and the way it ruthlessly punishes Grapple with the Past and creates a terrifying clock against control decks without a way to block it.

Swamp/Smoldering Marsh: To go along with Dragonlord Kolaghan.

Roast: A good supply of extra removal against aggressive matchups, and it also hits things like Ishkanah, Grafwidow to boot.

Tears of Valakut: More Angel hate.

Updates

Just figured I'd give an update about this deck's continued performance - no one wants to do Standard for FNM since Conspiracy 2 came out, so I haven't had much of an opportunity to further test the deck out in real life. However, I've been playing a lot of Cockatrice and I've found this list to be satisfactorily consistent. In case any of you were curious about the deck's has held up over time!

Comments

NotSquishedYet says... #1

I feel like, while powerful, Shaman of Forgotten Ways is more likely to get in the way of your land-fetching spells than curve out nicely, or vice-versa. My suggestion would be to replace Natural Connection and Nissa's Pilgrimage with Beastcaller Savant as an easy way to curve into a turn 4 Dromoka with only 3 lands.

Partly using that addition to the mana base, I think Altered Ego could find its place as a two-of. Color splashes are surprisingly easy, even using lands that directly interfere... As long as they're just splashes, at least. It's probably the best way in Standard to deal with Brisela, Voice of Nightmares, as you can cast it for 5 and outmatch them in every way you can think of.

If you have room for them, two of Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip might be nice as a way to keep the pressure on if they've survived your mid-game. Also, Pilgrim's Eye might be a good way of getting your extra colors permanently, depending on preferences. It's a turn slower than hard ramp, but it may buy a turn or more as a chump blocker.

August 7, 2016 9:30 p.m.

Lordeh says... #2

I like this a lot. A fantastic last hurrah for the dragons and something different in the current meta that looks painful for some of the current T1 decks.

+1 from me

August 17, 2016 12:02 a.m.

Pan163 says... #3

@Lordeh:

Thank you! Painful for T1 is right - this deck wouldn't feel nearly as good to play if it wasn't for Collected Company and Delirium. I'll miss the meta-hate tag team of Dragonlord Dromoka and Dragonlord Kolaghan when they rotate.

August 17, 2016 2:14 a.m.

Lordeh says... #4

Have you considered Eldritch Evolution to move into the larger Dragon Lords more easily?

August 17, 2016 11:50 p.m.

Pan163 says... #5

@Lordeh:

I've been thinking of ways to utilize Eldritch Evolution in general, but I'm not sure it belongs here. It's tempting, but I think it leaves me too open to things like Anguished Unmaking. Thank you for the suggestion, however.

August 18, 2016 12:12 a.m.

Keytruda says... #6

this deck is dope! Im playing it at my fnm tomorrow, and possibly more events... I'm going to change the sideboard and take out the roasts x3 and chandra x2 and the forest for 2 canopy vista and either 4 declaration in stones or 4 dramokas command

August 18, 2016 9:44 p.m.

Keos027 says... #7

Dragonlord's Servant??

Also, with all those dragons, Dragon Tempest could be an interesting addition. Man I miss Temur Ascendancy.

August 26, 2016 8:47 p.m.

Pan163 says... #8

@Keos027:

Dragonlord's Servant could be cool, but it seems a bit narrow to me. Dragon Tempest, on the other hand, is something I might actually consider, at least as a sideboard option. Thanks for reminding me that it existed!

August 26, 2016 11:49 p.m.

MorrisCode52 says... #9

Have you ever thought about Woodland Wanderer

August 31, 2016 3:59 p.m.

Why woodland wanderer hes running a dragon deck

March 10, 2017 8:42 p.m.

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Date added 8 months
Last updated 7 months
Splash colors WB
Legality

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.21
Tokens 4/4 Elemental
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Revision 22 (7 months ago)

-1 Swamp main
+2 Dragonlord Dromoka main
-2 Dragonlord Kolaghan main
-1 Smoldering Marsh main
+1 Plains main
+1 Canopy Vista main
+1 Swamp side
-2 Dragonlord Dromoka side
+2 Dragonlord Kolaghan side
+1 Smoldering Marsh side
-1 Plains side
-1 Canopy Vista side

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