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Creature — Dragon Spirit
: Return this from your graveyard to your hand. Activate this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling (, Discard this card: Search your library for a Plains card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.)
2 months ago
Old > New
Aimed at reducing mana cost
Portent of Betrayal > Goatnap
Malevolent Whispers > Mascot Interception
Returned Pastcaller > Opportunistic Dragon
Emeria Shepherd > Capashen Unicorn
Testing the following swaps:
Akroma, Angel of Fury > Desolation Giant
Akroma, Angel of Wrath > Eternal Dragon
Tragic Poet > Fellwar Stone
Ryusei, the Falling Star > Taurean Mauler
Skullclamp > Oreskos Explorer
7 months ago
That does sound tough since each of those tend to take a bit of time. You could get some payoff from Cleansing and Planar Birth to massively buff Ondu Greathorn or Retreat to Emeria, allowing you to only target your basic lands. Or even target only lands with a Balancing Act.
If you're going the landfall route, which may work if you add some more options like Boreas Charger if you've sacrificed your lands or Crucible of Worlds, Oreskos Explorer, Stoic Farmer, Eternal Dragon, Timeless Dragon or anything else with plainscycling. More buffing cards like Canyon Jerboa or Felidar Retreat could help with the subtheme, and as many options with landfall like Fearless Fledgling, Prowling Felidar, Emeria Angel, and Emeria Shepherd. The Shepherd is very strong recursion, though sadly doesn't target lands.
All in all, with the basic land angle there are a lot of options for landfall abilities in white, so may as well make use of those for a more immediate power buff than something slow like Elspeth, Sun's Champion.
1 year ago
1 year ago
You might like these: Syr Konrad, the Grim, Desecrated Tomb, Enduring Renewal, Mimic Vat, Angel of the Ruins, Eternal Dragon, Timeless Dragon, Noble Templar, Mistveil Plains, Radiant Solar, Street Wraith, Netherborn Phalanx
1 year ago
Hey, well done, nice update especially the cutting of Knights for more Dragons. Nice upgrades of cards that care about Dragons, but you could expand on this further. You've doubled your budget by adding only three Dragons.
Streamlining is the process of cutting out filler cards leaving you with cards that matter more for your deck. Blood Knight and Silver Knight are vanilla Knights who don't really help gameplay thus my advice is avoid these types of Knights. You're still playing too many Knights that are not helping gameplay.
My advice is don't include a Knight because it's a Knight, being a Knight is a bonus. Instead include it because it has other good abilities that can help Dragons or efficiently make Sylvia better. Taurean Mauler is an exception, it's just a three drop Dragon that's also a Knight. It's both types of creatures as well as can grow big in multiplayer Commander when have many opponents which is good with double strike. Instead of playing many four drop Knights play four drop Dragons?
You also use streamlining to better the mana curve which helps gameplay by reducing the curve which happens when you cut out unnecessary high CMC cards such as Rowan's Stalwarts, Worldgorger Dragon, Ancestor Dragon, Caged Sun. Worldgorger Dragon is only good in decks that want to combo with Animate Dead to make infinite mana and infinite ETB triggers of creatures. You can't combo with Worldgorger, all it's doing here is exiling all your permanents including all your lands until it leaves the battlefield which would hurt gameplay more than help it. Rowan's Stalwarts tutoring for Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage is not worth it since Stalwarts is a really bad card for five mana and Rowan is subpar for five mana too.
Example of a streamlined midrange creature base with Dragons and some Knights (sorted by CMC):
- Slumbering Dragon
- Puresteel Paladin: good with equipment for Sylvia.
- Knight of the White Orchid: ramp for Dragons, it can search for Sacred Foundry.
- Taurean Mauler: is a Dragon and a Knight.
- Dragonspeaker Shaman: ramp for Dragons.
- Chaos Dragon
- Acclaimed Contender
- Bloodsworn Steward: anthem for Sylvia and Khorvath.
- Vengeful Ancestor
- Opportunistic Dragon
- Thunderbreak Regent
- Terror of the Peaks
- Nesting Dragon
- Scalelord Reckoner
- Lathliss, Dragon Queen
- Scourge of the Throne
- Balefire Dragon
The few Knights in this example give you more than just being a Knight and the emphasis is even more on Dragons not Knights. More four and five drop Dragons to take more advantage of early game ramp and Sylvia's double strike.
In the example the high CMC Dragons have been reduced to the best ones you have. Khorvath is also a high CMC Dragon who you want to cast. Worldgorger Dragon, Ancestor Dragon, Demanding Dragon, Eternal Dragon, Sunscorch Regent, Runehorn Hellkite, Skyline Despot are subpar compared to the other high CMC Dragons here thus you don't need them. In the place of one of these Dragons consider adding Sarkhan's Triumph? It's an instant tutor to search for any Dragon letting you choose the best Dragon at that point of the game.
Shall I continue in another comment about how to streamline other areas of your deck?
1 year ago
1 year ago
A late pizza dinner at my in-laws home last night has left me with a special appreciation for turgidity. Your linguistic expression would earn the vote here if I hadn't already mashed the green button for the inclusion of Eternal Dragon .
1 year ago
Sun Titan would be really good with your commander (especially if you add lands like Terramorphic Expanse ). Other notable cards are Eternal Dragon (cycle + return to hand = commander's spirits + draw), Bygone Bishop (drawing cards is good and is a spirit), and Kataki, War's Wage (you only have 3 artifacts, so this spirit is extra good!). There are also tons of spirits in the Kamigawa block that are probably budget friendly that may warrant a look. They have Soulshift, which allows you to return a spirit with a lower CMC to your hand from the graveyard when they die. There are also several removal and protection options in that block, if you decide to look into adding spirit synergy.