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Modern Competitive Dragons Ramp RG (Gruul) Tribal



"I used to be an adventurer like you .. Then I took an arrow to the knee."

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Deck Description

I had always wanted to construct a dragon deck. It took me until seeing Smellygoat11's dragon deck, How to Train Your-- Oh Sweet Mother of God..., that I decided to put any effort into it. Where most dragon decks use cards to spit out tokens like Ultvara Hellkite or Dragon Broodmother , mine focuses on board removal with cards like Steel Hellkite and Balefire Dragon. I needed a large mana base to make it as fast as possible. Like turn 3 dragon fast. The result was as follows.


In Depth Description


Dragons: As stated above, I wanted my dragons to control what is on the board instea dof putting out tokens. Thundermaw Hellkite is kind of the star of this deck because he allows for Steel Hellkite and Balefire Dragon to get through which will then trigger their abilities. I use to have Scourge of Ridges here for more board control. But due to speed sake, I decided to go with Hellkite Charger.


Mana Ramps: Yes, that is a lot of ramping. And it has good reason. Turn 3 Steel Hellkite and turn 2 Harmonize. Arbor Elf and and Utopia Sprawl is an incredible combo for mana! resulting in 4 mana from one land. Voyaging Satyr also works for this combo if Arbor Elf doesn't show up and so i can optimize Utopia Sprawl to it's fullest. The more Utopia Sprawls, Arbor Elf's, and Voyaging Satyrs the better. Birds of Paradise is just an awesome one drop mana ramp. I admit my mana ramp is a bit squishy and vulnerable, but a turn 3 dragon is undeniable.


Land: I chose to go with 24 land since I really can't afford to miss a land drop late. Besides, I have Harmonize to get me through those land blocks. I really don;t want to put in any more non-basic land than Rootbound Crag since Utopia Sprawl has to be attached to a forest.


Removal: I made the rough decision to go with Mizzium Mortars over Lightning Bolt and Flame Slash because of the overload. Like I said, I want to do board control with this and the overload gets rid of practically everything. Mana really isn't an issue with my ramps so the overload cost shouldn't be a problem. And besides, the regular cost isn't too bad. I don;t want to burn a player's life so I didn't go with Lightning Bolt and like stated above, I love the overload to top Flame Slash ...I did sideboard Flame Slash in case the opponent is playing something insane, quick.


Draw: Harmonize is one of the better draw spells for gruul. I wanted a powerful draw card that wouldn't make me discard, didn't cost too much mana, and didn't give the opponent a choice like Browbeat .


Sideboard: Flame Slash for if the opponent is getting something crazy out quick. Helllkite Tyrant] for affinity and even tron. Leyline of Lifeforce for those heavy blue decks. And Slumbering Dragon for those true aggro decks.





rhyptherock says... #18

Let me guess, someone stole your sweet roll.

June 23, 2014 10:12 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #19

I bet it was those damn imperials. They think they can change everything.

June 23, 2014 10:13 p.m.

rhyptherock says... #20

Fellow Grey-Mane, I salute you.

June 23, 2014 10:14 p.m.

rhyptherock says... #21

Or the Thalmor stole it.

June 23, 2014 10:15 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #22

I would say elves aren't welcomed here...but I run Arbor Elf .

June 23, 2014 10:17 p.m.

OpenFire says... #23

Mizzium Mortars seems bad here. Why not Anger of the Gods or Flame Slash instead? 6 mana for a board clear that doesn't finish all their stuff seems mediocre.

June 23, 2014 10:17 p.m.

rhyptherock says... #24

Because Akatosh can get pretty angry.

June 23, 2014 10:18 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #25

OpenFire, Anger of the Gods kills all my mana ramp, and as stated above in the description, I like the overload on Mizzium Mortars . I can easily get to 6 mana on turn 3(also included in description), so I'm not really worried about that. I am running Flame Slash in the sideboard for turn 1 and 3 drops.At best its a turn 2 and later 4 damage which isn't terrible. At best it's a turn 3 wipe for those aggro decks.

June 23, 2014 10:22 p.m.

HungryWampa says... #26

Dat Teeka's Dragon doh...... also dat Utvara Hellkite doh.....

June 25, 2014 10:47 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #27

HungryWampa Teeka's Dragon isn't legal in modern. And as I said in the description above, while Utvara Hellkite is good, it's not what I'm doing. I want my dragons to encorporate board control. And I like all my cards to have synergy.

June 25, 2014 11:18 p.m.

TehCoopeh says... #28

If you start the match by scream OH DA VING do you get to start with Dragon in play?

June 26, 2014 8:09 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #29

TehCoopeh I haven't found that dragon wall yet :/

June 26, 2014 8:12 p.m.

RabidCatigi says... #30

Damn, me and my friend Kyaale were going to make a Skyrim deck but with all five colors and have Avenging Arrow in it for the arrow in the knee thing but awesome deck man! +1

June 26, 2014 8:16 p.m.

TehCoopeh says... #31

June 26, 2014 8:22 p.m.

xlebec says... #32

I agree with OpenFire here. Mizzium Mortars seems more redundant than synergistic here. I'd at least test out Lightning Bolt or Anger of the Gods . Cool deck regardless.

June 26, 2014 8:27 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #33

RabidCatigi lol that would be awesome! You should make it. It'd be hilarious to drop that if your opponent knows what you're doing with your deck.

TehCoopeh Now I need a dragon's soul!!!

xlebec I have tried Lightning Bolt and the deck works better with Mizzium Mortars . There's a lot more things with 4 toughness than 3 toughness that I'm worried are going to kill me before I get a dragon. And if for some reason I am having trouble getting a dragon out or am playing some elf deck or something of the same nature, I can overload it. I have tried it, I was for Lightning Bolt at one point. Mizzium Mortars .

Think of the weaknesses this deck has. Swarm and decks that get a small guy fast to beat me down(slumbering dragon wouldn't help there). Mizzium Mortars takes care of bigger guys alone and destroys swarm. I also need to make sure that the skies are clear so I can get through. A lot of popular flyers are sturdy.

The only advantage Lightning Bolt has is it can hit a player, but when there's nothing on the board I don't have to burn.

Anger of the Gods would be an automatic in if it didn't kill my ramp. I can't do anything without my ramp. It's very important in this deck.

June 26, 2014 9:36 p.m.

rhyptherock says... #34

If you get mad scream, FUS, RO DAH! And flip the table over

June 26, 2014 10:31 p.m.

rhyptherock says... #35

You don't have an arcane enchanter for utopia sprawl or leyline of lifeforce!

June 26, 2014 10:32 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #36

rhyptherock lol, I carry arcane enchanter in my pocket at all times. I keep it next to my portable forge and grinding stone.

June 26, 2014 10:42 p.m.

rhyptherock says... #37

Make sure to give those hellkites some daedric armor and a warhammer that is fiery so you can kill the trolls for good

June 27, 2014 1:11 a.m.

Bsaf says... #38

Scourges first activated ability kills your rampers, and the 2nd ability kills your other dragons...both things im assuming you dont want to happen since youve said so; perhaps balefire dragon better? Stormbreath dragon in sb against control as well?

June 28, 2014 3:15 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #39

Bsaf by the time I get to use Scourge of Kher Ridges I don't have to worry about my ramp, I probably already have the game. I actually am thinking of taking hin out though. Balefire Dragon is better, that's why I'm playing more of him.

I have thought about Stormbreath Dragon in the sideboard. Just haven't done it yet. It will happen though.

June 28, 2014 5:01 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #40

Also, Bsaf, I don't have to use Scourge of Kher Ridges ' ability. If I play him he still functions as a creatures. All Anger of the Gods does it kill my ramp. His ability is more of a security.

June 28, 2014 5:07 p.m.

kleinar says... #41

I think you sould take out Voyaging Satyr and but in almost anyother mana dork Like Noble Hierarch ,

June 29, 2014 7:14 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #42

kleinar, I run Voyaging Satyr to combo with Utopia Sprawl . Don't underestimate him.

June 29, 2014 7:21 p.m.

kleinar says... #43

_Xenagos_, but that is a 3 mana combo for a bird....

June 29, 2014 7:37 p.m.

kleinar says... #44

_Xenagos_, and Noble Hierarch has exalted

June 29, 2014 7:38 p.m.

InnerFlame says... #45

kleinar it's a 3 mana combo(that I pay once) that gives me four mana so I have at least 7 mana on turn 3 to play a dragon. It's a tempo thing.

It's a combo that made Arbor Elf so big.

I have Birds of Paradise for a one drop any mana thing.

Not to seem arrogant or ignorant, but when i'm swinging for 5 and unblockable on turn 3 or 6 on turn 4 with any other creature, I don't really need exalted.

June 29, 2014 7:45 p.m.

mkiyechad says... #46

When I was first introduced into Magic, it was to casual play with theme-based decks. At the time Season 2 of Game of Thrones was starting, and being an avid Charizard fan I decided my first deck would be dragons as well!

This is what I came up with: Dance with Dragons

Check it out when you got a chance on my page!

June 30, 2014 9:38 a.m.

Tspyrom says... #47

June 30, 2014 10:39 a.m.

Tspyrom says... #48

Nvm :D Havn't said anything

June 30, 2014 10:40 a.m.

InnerFlame says... #49

Haha yeah, Tspyrom. I assume you saw that above either in the comments or description?

For one more mana it has a lot more of an upside in a lot quicker time frame. Besides, I really do need more red than green in this deck. I just run more forest than mountains because of the low costing mana ramps. Arbor Elf and Birds of Paradise take care of any green I need.

June 30, 2014 1:04 p.m.

kleinar says... #50

_Xenagos_ You're not making any sense at all. First of all you have to start with another 1 mana, mana dork and then t 2 you have to have Voyaging Satyr and Utopia Sprawl and even if you have that "combo" what do you have left on your hand. if you are on the play, then you have 4 cards in your hand( if you didn't mulligan) and even if you all that you still need to have somthing relavant in your hand and if you do. so what. in the modern meta today you are most likely to be against a twin deck and they could just counter your game winning dragon or they just combo you out turn 4. or you are against any aggro deck and you lose so hard against them

July 2, 2014 11:07 a.m.

InnerFlame says... #51

Actually kleinar, I beat twin consistently. My dragons that control what's on the board doesn't allow them to have a creature to copy. I also play it against a lot of aggro deck and it wins...I get dragons out on turn 3. I play this deck a lot in competitive modern games and it performs well. If you don't believe so then I suggest you try it out for yourself. I put a lot of thought into this deck and being an aggro player myself, I would not have it be inferior to decks like that. Even if enough decks do bomb rush me with swarm and are too fast somehow, I have Slumbering Dragon in the sideboard for a reason.

I don't know what doesn't make sense to you but I'll play it out. Turn 1, forest and Utopia Sprawl . Turn 2 Voyaging Satyr just from the forest with Utopia Sprawl and lay another land. Turn 3, depending if i layer a land this turn, I now have 6 mana. 4 mana from the one forest with utopia sprawl on it since I get to untap it with Voyaging Satyr and tap it again. And then 2 more from the lands I played. I also run Arbor Elf so there's a greater chance of the combo.

I have 12 dragons, I'm going to find a dragon and if not, or if they counter it, I also have Harmonize .

You are trying to suggest a mana ramp, Noble Hierarch , that provides one semi useful mana for this deck and that dies to all those spells that give -1/-1(which I already have in Arbor Elf and Birds of Paradise ). For one more mana (not saying I don't understand the importance of one mana as I do I just have multiple one drops that I can play first) I can get a 1/2 creature that gives me both green or red, and has a lot more of an upside if i manage to get Utopia Sprawl out. Who doesn't die to -1/-1 mass token kill.

To say i don't understand the competitive modern format is extremely insulting and ignorant. It is my stomping ground. And to say that simply because of a mana dork is even worse. If anything you should call me out as a Timmy player and not a Johhny player (not that either are bad). I feel as if I am pretty proven, both by experience and clearly by what others think on this site(see upvotes on pretty much all of my decks). In trying my best to not be arrogant, but I am experienced.

July 2, 2014 11:54 a.m.

tain says... #52

All those dragons but no Cavern of Souls ?

July 17, 2014 4:01 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.19
Folders Modern Decks, Ideas, Decks, Dragons, Dragons, uikf, Interesting Decks, Tribal
Top rank #22 on 2014-07-01
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Revision 10 (2 years ago)

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