Balefire Dragon


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters Promo (UMAP) Mythic Rare
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Mythic Rare
Innistrad (ISD) Mythic Rare

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Balefire Dragon

Creature — Dragon


Whenever Balefire Dragon deals combat damage to a player, it deals that much damage to each creature that player controls.

Balefire Dragon Discussion

EmrysTheWizard on [[Primer]] Kaalia of The Vast EDH Aggro

1 month ago

KDJR96,that's a great suggestion! I forgot about Balefire Dragon . I will add him to the maybeboard, and possibly get him for the mainboard.

Tyrant-Thanatos on Does Gyrus' ability triggers Balefire ...

1 month ago

Balefire Dragon does not have an on-attack triggered ability, it has a combat damage trigger. This ability will trigger whenever Balefire deals combat damage to a player, regardless of other circumstances. So if Balefire goes unblocked, and actually deals combat damage to the opponent, then yes.

For actual on-attack triggers, such as Flameblast Dragon , no, they would not trigger.

MrGuizee666 on Does Gyrus' ability triggers Balefire ...

1 month ago

If I attack with Gyrus, Waker of Corpses and put a token of Balefire Dragon tapped and attacking, does it still trigger the Dragon's attack ability?

Nemesis on GRUUL SMASH!!!

1 month ago

Hey @Eldrazi_lord I've got a few suggestions for you, maybe you can do something with them :P.

The first thing I'd address is the fact that I don't think you have enough dragons to work with your commander. I think you'll need to decide between going with a big creature theme or going with a token theme. Your commander is more conducive to the former option, so my suggestions will be geared towards that. Some dragon additions I would consider are:

Lathliss, Dragon Queen

Savage Ventmaw

Scourge of Valkas

Hellkite Charger

Hellkite Tyrant

Dragonmaster Outcast

Thunderbreak Regent

Skyline Despot

Balefire Dragon

Steel Hellkite

I know I suggested a ton of high mana cost stuff, so here are some ramp suggestions to get you there -

Dragonlord's Servant

Dragonspeaker Shaman

Thran Dynamo

Kodama's Reach


Gruul Signet

Worn Powerstone

Commander's Sphere

Hedron Archive

Gilded Lotus

Sakura-Tribe Elder

Somberwald Sage

Urza's Incubator

Next, some removal suggestions:

Beast Within

Subterranean Tremors



Chaos Warp

Lastly, some utility/misc suggestions:

Crucible of Fire

Dragon Tempest

Frontier Siege

Sarkhan's Triumph

Rhythm of the Wild


Rishkar's Expertise

I have tons of other suggestions, so if you'd like to go in this direction hit me up and I'll keep going.

oh, one last last thing, you probably want to add more lands. like, 5-6 more minimum.

Chhris on The Safari Zone

1 month ago

Hey lifemtg! sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I like Sigarda, Host of Herons as a protector. Seems so good.

I don't want to crowd the top end of my av. CMC with too many huge hitters -- I think I've got the package almost nailed from my 1-5 kinda range (I only really want 1 creature for each mana cost higher than 8). I think adding Zacama may be putting a hat on top of a hat. Void Winnower seems the same. They enter, and turn me into a threat, definitely, but without combo bits, Zacama doesn't really forward my plan (as he would be cheated out and not get the cast benefit.). And Winnower just makes my opponents hate me even more.

Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma was considered, but dropped due to his power not being enough for Mayael to find him, and even if cast, he doesn't affect me immediately, instead I need to untap with him for him to have power for me. Plus, the focus is more on using Mayael's ability, which doesn't have its cost reduced, or from cheaty spell like Selvala's Stampede , so I'd rarely get the creature discount or have it be worthwhile, unfortunately. This just comes from my experience playing this deck a long time.

Balefire Dragon = amazing! I used to run it years ago. Unfortunately, all my friends had a "kill on sight" bounty on Dragon, and she end up cut years back. I've found Skyline Despot to be a great replacement. The monarch card draw can't be understated (As it sticks around if Despot is ko'd) and if I untap, he makes dragons! YAY!

All great suggestions, and thank you for such great feedback -- I appreciate it. I spend a lot of time thinking about this deck, so I apologise if all your suggestions weren't taken onboard this time, but I guarantee I deeply considered them all.

NeonEndymion on The Ur-Dragon

1 month ago

I'm kind of with you there:

-cut Scourge of the Throne

-add Backdraft Hellkite

Seems good.

And if we go in that direction, you probably don't need Fire Covenant ; that more depends on how many board wipes you feel you need, and which boardwipes are most effective in your meta (and whether/not you're running Balefire Dragon ).

On my list, I'm definitely swapping out Fellwar Stone for Arcane Signet , when it releases, and so far I've been happy with the Moxen over the 3CMC ramp, but for those kinds of hands, the deck might want to look at a Windfall , Wheel of Fortune , or Timetwister slot to refill your hand after a fast start/disrupt other kept hands. There have been times when I didn't have an extra land to ditch to Mox Diamond and/or an extra spell to exile to Chrome Mox , and having them be dead draws later is a real risk vs the fast start payoff.

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 month ago

Hi LordKunai,

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is primarily here for cards like, Necropotence and Vilis, Broker of Blood . Also the primary win-con is lots of , Buried Alive + Reanimate , always good to have extra for tutors as well. There are some combos with things like Kormus Bell and Stax or Balefire Dragon , but I don't play those in this build. It's primary intensive so helps if all mana is in addition to it's other colors.

Felidar Guardian works great with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker , I found I didn't need the redundancy as it's the same as a Restoration Angel (who has flash and can protect Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker ). I go for my primary win-con, if it misses, usually someone else will combo and win before I can try again. Usually the Restoration Angel isn't the target anyway, so it's another downside to the redundancy, if Restoration Angel is no good, Felidar Guardian probably isn't either, and just distracts from primary win-con. If your stacking, Worldgorger Dragon , Adarkar Valkyrie (+sac outlet), Zealous Conscripts , Village Bell-Ringer , Lightning Crafter (+sac outlet) also have good (and interconnected) synergies. My "Alternative Synergies Excluded" accordion has some discussion and interactions, as well as cross/interconnected interactions. Some work with Splinter Twin too. I find Zealous Conscripts (steal) or Village Bell-Ringer (flash defend) both have more upside (outside of the primary win-con) than the Felidar Guardian so I would probably go there if I found I needed another Restoration Angel or was building around that flicker infrastructure.

SolomonsEfreet, sad to see Iona, Shield of Emeria go, I disagree with the reasoning, but it is what it is. Vilis, Broker of Blood is the obvious replacement as Sir_Flash mentioned.

Patdypat on Best Gruul Creatures to trigger ...

2 months ago

I mean if you want a board wipe on a stick Balefire Dragon is something to consider. Hellkite Tyrant is also pretty good and gives you a win condition too. If you are interested to double the trigger of Ilharg Strionic Resonator is something to consider.

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Balefire Dragon occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Red: 0.15%