Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge
Legendary Creature — Dragon
Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge can't attack unless you control four or more artifacts.
At the beginning of your end step, create a Treasure token for each nontoken creature that died (was put into a graveyard from the battlefield) this turn. (It's an artifact with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Gain one mana of any colour.")
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Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge Discussion
1 week ago
I feel like this deck might benefit from some token generation--giving you something easy to sac: Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer, Hullbreacher, Thopter Spy Network, Dockside Extortionist, Tempt with Vengeance, Curse of Opulence, Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge, Pitiless Plunderer, Smothering Tithe, Revel in Riches, Brass's Bounty
3 weeks ago
X-Factor11105: Some good points! Here's my reasoning:
Molten Echoes is largely in here because it is the easiest enabler I've found for Bladewing to go infinite, while still providing reliable value when not going infinite. While there are some legendaries that kinda nonbo with it (though you can always let the legendary die and swing with the hasty token), there are also a number of dragons that are really good with it. Making copies of stuff like Utvara Hellkite, Scourge of Valkas, Terror of the Peaks, and Dragon Tyrant is awesome.
Avaricious Dragon has sucked a lot of ass. I included it to lower my curve and increase my draw power, butttt it really has not been pulling its weight. I'll cut it as soon as I find something else I want to run. Maybe Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge? I see you're running him, how has he been?
Command Beacon is in here now because there just honestly is no reason not to include it. I don't see myself using it often, but there's just really no downside to including it, since my manabase is more than consistent enough to afford the utility slot. Like you said, I generally just let Bladewing hit the graveyard to reanimate later, but if I don't have access to a reanimate spell and do have the mana to hardcast him again, I usually let him go back to the command zone. This makes that line of play a little less punishing.
Altar of Dementia is here because I wanted a free sac outlet to enable the new infinite loop with Hellkite Courser, and it is IMO the best one in a vacuum. It's one cmc cheaper than ashnod's, can mill out an opponent if I don't have a Dragon Tempest effect on board, and can be used to fill my graveyard in a pinch.
Nightscape Familiar is... fine. Nothing amazing, but the cost reduction applies to a lot of my spells, and being able to regenerate makes him a decent blocker if I need one.
Since you mentioned it, I think Drownyard Temple is a card I would use if I went a bit harder on aggressively self-milling to fill my graveyard, but I generally don't like doing that (makes it easier to get blown out by gravehate).
I generally don't worry about establishing early-game presence too much with this deck. I spend the first few turns ramping, looting, and sending removal at everything my opponents play, then start dropping dragons.
1 month ago
I guess I could say your stance on the community's concerns for this secret lair is...cold-blooded (see what I did there? You're just like Negan like you claimed! Haha) /jk
Joking aside, is there a specific reason you have Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet in the list? The reason I ask is because he shuts off all your "when a creature an opponent controls dies" triggers, such as Revel in Riches, Blood Artist, and Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge, Ob Nixilis, Yahenni, etc. If your friends are all playing graveyard decks I can see this as a piece of GY hate, otherwise you might want to replace him?
Also you have a lot of board wipes, but I didn't see any "sacrifice" wipes aside from Mythos of Snapdax. Single Combat, Slaughter the Strong, Tragic Arrogance, and Killing Wave. These will play nice with Negan since you can save him if you want (and you'll still get the treasure tokens whether you save him or sac him).
1 month ago
the phoenix plan is most def awful. also that chandra is ass, play torch of defiance. Move away from koth and use Karn instead to access the washboard. removing the metalcraft package will allow u to play better main deck cards like seasoned pyro and pia and kiran nalaar. if u want to stay on metacraft, try Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge, great payoff for red artifacts.
1 month ago
CannedCanOpener: Aye! Something I definitely considered when adding Sword of Fire and Ice & Sword of Sinew and Steel. I figure between the likes of Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge, Captain Lannery Storm, Godo, Bandit Warlord, Leyline Tyrant & even Impulsive Pilferer I'd likely still manage to make the less appealing Pro-Swords valuable. =)
2 months ago
Chandra's Incinerator is a must-have for a Chandra deck! It fits with the theme and everything! If you'd like to go a little crazy with your burn spells, maybe add Double Vision. I know this is kind of a staple (and sort of pricy), but why not Dockside Extortionist, it gives some ramp in red. (A budget-ish version that works well with burn is Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge.
3 months ago
ellie-is, my thinking on Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge is that with all the removal from instants, board wipes, and Dragon Tempest (which I'm really running 8 of with Scourge of Valkas), I should end up with a ton of artifacts off of Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge's removal trigger. I'm actually running Anger of the Gods over Pyroclasm specifically to wipe my little support creatures. I figure by the time I can cast anger of the gods with dragons on the table, I'll have enough mana to cast dragons without the servants. In the meantime Gadrak is a good blocker.
Thanks for the suggestions!
3 months ago
Avaricious Dragon is amazing. I personally wouldn't run Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge in a deck with only 4 artifacts, even as a one-of. Sarkhan's Whelp or Dragon Egg are half-decent if you really want a 3-drop, though if it's just about cheap to cast dragons, there's also Taurean Mauler and Fire-Belly Changeling.
Universal Automaton could do a passable budget impression of Slumbering Dragon too if you want to make sure you have lots of cards to trigger Dragon Tempest and Scourge of Valkas. Since it costs colorless, you can cast it t1 with Zhalfirin Void and cast it for free with Dragonlord's Servant after you play a dragon tempest or scourge of valkas.
I personally ran Pyroclasm instead of Anger of the Gods in my deck because it doesn't kill the servants, but that's a matter of personal preference. I also like Magma Jet over Draconic Roar as the scry can be really relevant and with a deck like this you're usually dealing enough damage all at once late game that those 3 points of damage early on don't matter so much. You do lose out on flavor points, though.
I hope at least some of that helps!