I like splashy, dumb plays, and dragons are pretty splashy and dumb.

The Deck as it Is Now

This deck is one of my favourites to play. The basic plan is to put dragons in your graveyard and bring them back, so Buried Alive is the real lynchpin of the deck, and the best tutor target in just about every situation. The three to normally bury are Scourge of Valkas, Utvara Hellkite and Dragonlord Kolaghan. Bringing them all back at the same time (with Patriarch's Bidding, Balthor the Defiled or some other mass reanimation spell) gets you 3 Scourge of Valkas triggers of 3 damage each = 9 damage. They all have haste because of Dragonlord Kolaghan. They all attack, triggering Utvara Hellkite's ability three times and making three dragon tokens, so Scourge gets 3 triggers of 6 damage each = 18 damage (27 including the previous 9). Then we get to actual combat damage, which is 16: 4 from Scourge, 6 from Kolaghan, 6 from Utvara Hellkite. Add it up, and you get one dead opponent, with the ability to easily knock down one or two on your next turn.

Another combo (which I don't usually go for because it's less splashy and fun) involves Bladewing the Risen himself, plus Twinflame and Scourge of Valkas or Dragon Tempest. You make a token copy of Bladewing, sacrifice the original Bladewing as an SBA. The token's ETB triggers, bringing back the original Bladewing, and the cycle continues forever, shooting our opponents to death with the Storm or Scourge. It's the same principle as the Disciple of the Vault + Sculpting Steel + Sharuum the Hegemon combo you may have seen before.

The third plan is using Hellkite Charger or Aggravated Assault with Sword of Feast and Famine to get infinite combat steps. This one is a bit harder to pull off, especially with the Charger. This deck can get to seven mana just fine, but a lot of it will be in artifacts, which the Sword doesn't care about. I'm thinking about scrapping all three cards for more graveyard-based stuff and going in a more self-mill direction.

Plans for the Future

In its current form, this deck is tons of fun and one of my all-time favourites, but there are some things about it that still feel a bit lacking. I have some ideas for the changes I want to make that I want to run past you guys.

Graveyard fillers

Aside from a couple wheel effects, Entomb and Buried Alive, the deck needs more ways to fill up the graveyard with big mean dragons. Right now I'm considering Millikin, Heretic's Punishment and Millikin's wacky cousin Charmed Pendant.

Recursion for my Recursion

Recoup is sorely missing from the list. With Recoup, I can wheel/mill away dragons and reanimation spells at the same time without fretting about losing my Patriarch's Bidding or whatever. Mizzix's Mastery and Sins of the Past can serve the same function, but Recoup's flashback definitely makes it the best of the three.

Draw Power

A high curve and combo-ish orientation mean that we're really hot with the right cards, but otherwise not doing a lot. I used to run Necropotence in this deck, but cut it because the "discard into exile" clause cramped my style. I should probably be running Phyrexian Arena and possibly Bloodgift Demon or Graveborn Muse. The Demon is appealing because he's an aggressive flier, plus he gets haste from Dragon Tempest. Graveborn Muse comes down earlier, and also draws an extra card while my commander is in play, but I normally don't play my commander anyway. Greed is another option because it goes nicely with Sneak Attack.

Different removal

Necrogen Spellbomb is likely going to be replaced with Rakdos Charm (artifact hate and graveyard on the same card? sweet!). Weird as it sounds, I'm also a little cold on Damnation and will test out Magmaquake instead. This deck is interested in making boards, not blowing them up.Terminate will probably be replaced with Hero's Downfall at some point.

Different dragons

Scourge of the Throne is likely going to replace Flameblast Dragon. He's also great with Utvara Hellkite and Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury. If Hellkite Charger gets axed, Rorix Bladewing will likely take its place as a flavour inclusion and a more aggressive beater.

Dragons I've cut are Knollspine Dragon and Scourge of Kher Ridges. Knollspine Dragon is a bit too corner-casey to be useful, and it's awkward that his ability is nearly always useless before combat. Scourge of Kher Ridges is a good card, but the top end of the deck is already pretty stuffed.

I always think I want to cut Hellkite Tyrant for being too situational, but then some random artifact deck shows up and I'm so happy he's in there. I'm really not sure about keeping him; his performance is like night and day. Stormbreath Dragon is pretty marginal. Kokusho, the Evening Star and Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon are good, but I'm really not sure about them. The deck isn't sacrifice-heavy enough to get lots of mileage out of Kokusho. Skithiryx is a little more appealing, but at least at first he doesn't seem worth running if he's not KOing someone in one hit. Also have my eye on Avaricious Dragon. Extra draws, fills up the yard, and is aggressively costed. I could get into it.

Anyway, not sure about other dragons I should be running.

Dragon supportSarkhan's Triumph is worth testing.

Dragonstorm is also interesting as an alternative to Rise of the Dark Realms or Twilight's Call since it's useful even with an empty graveyard. This deck probably won't be able to get crazy high storm counts, but a turn as simple as casting Demonic Tutor to find Dragonstorm, then casting Dragonstorm is pretty solid.

Belbe's Portal is also worth looking into. There's no worse feeling than playing one dragon, then realizing you're one mana short for that other dragon in your hand. Cryptic Gateway is similar, but is a bummer when you have no creatures or you want to swing for a lot.

I used to run Dragonspeaker Shaman, but cut him for Urza's Incubator a while ago because I found him to be too fragile. He might go back in. Crucible of Fire is cute, but most of the time I'd rather have a dragon than the Crucible.

Sarkhan the Mad used to be in the deck as well. The draw effect is a bit lackluster on a 5-mana card (plus there's a chance he'll draw Balefire Dragon or something and kill himself right away), and his ability to make dragons deal damage is mostly useful when you can probably win without it. Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker is probably better if I want to run a planeswalker, but I don't feel an especial need to run one.

Mana Rocks

I think most of the mana rocks are pretty solid, with Darksteel Ingot definitely standing out as the worst. I'll probably cut it for Mana Vault. Burnished Hart is included only to help out the Sword of Feast and Famine combos, so if that combo is cut, he's free to be something better, like Basalt Monolith. I'm not used to playing with mana rocks with untap penalties, so we'll see how that goes. Not sure if it's worth it to run them if I'm not running Voltaic Key; not sure if the Key is worth a slot.


Pretty sure my lands are fine, but sometimes I get a bit too colourless-heavy. Thinking about cutting Tectonic Edge for Reflecting Pool. Should also get Shizo, Death's Storehouse instead of a Swamp.


I think my reanimation suite is probably good enough as is, but I might switch out some weaker pieces for Ever After, Cauldron Dance or Torrent of Souls. As dumb as it sounds, the -1/-0 on Animate Dead really bothers me.

Wrap Up

As you can see, I'm pretty invested in this deck and want to push it pretty hard. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your feedback.




The_Grape says... #1

The Stormbreath Dragon you were considering dropping, don't. In EDh drawing is a huge thing, and something like that will punish any opponent.

If only you were running Temur! Sarkhan Unbroken is the most ridiculous dragon tribal card ever! To help with the artifacts and fun things I suggest Coat of Arms and/or Obelisk of Urd, which can boost your dragon value by a ton.

October 26, 2016 11:15 p.m.

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