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Ancient Silver Dragon
Creature — Elder Dragon
Whenever Ancient Silver Dragon deals combat damage to a player, roll a twenty sided die. Draw cards equal to the result. You have no maximum hand size for the rest of the game. (Remember that MTG spindowns are not well weight balanced, so please roll a die that isn't an MTG spindown.)
1 month ago
Thank you for your great feedback! It's always appreciated. I did consider Eerie Ultimatum when it was previewed during Ikoria spoiler season. I eventually decided to leave it out of the 99 due to its tricky mana cost in a 5-color deck and, more persuasively, the fact that a suite of mass recursion spells already existed in the deck, like Living Death, Patriarch's Bidding and Rise of the Dark Realms. These spells, of course, return creatures to the battlefield, which Eerie Ultimatum does as well. However, with just 12 other non-land, non-creature permanents in the current 99 of this build, Eerie Ultimatum did not seem valuable enough to squeeze into the deck, and that is considering the potential mana ramp of recurring multiple fetch lands to the battlefield as well (no landfall triggers).
Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm's inclusion into this deck is inevitable. The moment a copy of her becomes available she will become a part of this deck and make it so much stronger. The same can be said for Ancient Copper Dragon, Ancient Silver Dragon and Ancient Gold Dragon. Moltensteel Dragon's presence in this deck is to combo with Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon or Dragon Tyrant for the purposes of one-shotting an opponent, usually a control player or blue mage at the table. Panharmonicon is an interesting card to consider. By my count, in the current 99 of this build, there are four Dragons (Bladewing the Risen, Lathliss, Dragon Queen, Scourge of Valkas, Terror of the Peaks), three enchantments (Garruk's Uprising, Dragon Tempest, Temur Ascendancy) and one artifact (Dragon's Hoard) that could benefit from the inclusion of Panharmonicon. That is a total of eight cards from the 99 (8.08%). That does not seem like a high enough percentage of cards to reconcile adding Panharmonicon to the deck. Yarok, the Desecrated would not approve.
Thank you for your comments and your recommendations! I appreciate them and am looking forward to upgrading this deck with several new cards from Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate!
1 month ago
I think leaning even more into the "utility" side of searching up dragons would be a good idea. I see you already have Knollspine Dragon in the Maybeboard, which I definitely agree with. I would also recommend Thunder Dragon and Bogardan Hellkite for removal (maybe even Lava-Field Overlord if you need more), as well as Hoarding Dragon to dig up your Thrumming Stone or Spellweaver Helix. Astral Dragon could also do some funny stuff in the right circumstances.
I feel like Dragon Tempest and Anger are only actually good with Ancient Copper Dragon and Ancient Silver Dragon. If you ever take those dragons out, then I think those haste enablers can also come out to make way for more useful cards.
1 month ago
Well, Sol Ring is really the only exception and has a place in every single deck (included in every precon) xD. Things like Mana Crypt is what I am really talking about. The problem with Ancient Brass Dragon is that you don't really want to cheat it in early game, however, it can be great during mid to late game to help you revive your dead BigStuff or dead threats of your opponents. Gyruda, Doom of Depths helps me to build up graveyards and is great if you can cheat in Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni or Wrexial, the Risen Deep later on to use the milled cards of your opponents. I was unsure about Ancient Silver Dragon, it is acutally an insane effect but cards like Magus of the Wheel could be fearful if you draw 10+ cards every turn or you might even end up with 0 cards in your deck at some point xD. I was really not a fan of its effect but it is still a pretty good option to run in Satoru Umezawa. Thanks for the suggestions, appreciate it!
1 month ago
Taking out mana positive ramp, but leaving in Sol Ring. SMH. :P
This looks like a super fun deck to play! Have you considered Ancient Brass Dragon or Ancient Silver Dragon? All of the ancient dragons are kinda nuts, but those two I think would fit in to this deck really well. (Perhaps in place of Gyruda?)
1 month ago
I did get a draft of Baldur's Gate in. Since my store has a plethora of prerelease packs they kept using those, so I just drafted around my promo, Gorion, Wise Mentor. In hindsight I should not have passed so many Pegasus Guardianes and leaned into the blink theme, but somehow I came second in my pod. Mostly thanks to Basilisk Collar's lifegain. Ultimately I lost the damage race at the end because of the Trap! room. If nothing else, watching one opponent draw seventeen cards off an Ancient Silver Dragon only to die as someone else plays and kills their own Balor was worth the price of the draft.
2 months ago
Hey TheMaggotPrince, thanks for the comment. I'm watching Ancient Silver Dragon with great interest, for sure. The casting cost is what's putting me off at the moment - that said, I am running other 8 drops in here so I might try to find a slot for it for fun. I love the effect and even a 1-shot with Sneak Attack would be worth it, bonus if I get some tokens out of it as well.
2 months ago
Been following this deck for years, Atarka is one I usually build friends who are new to the game. I'm also building this deck and its loads of fun, I definitely recommend the Ancient Silver Dragon, draws an absolutely absurd amount of cards when copied. Though my deck is more "creature cheat" so it may be a little mana intensive.