Creature — Dragon
Whenever Goldspan Dragon attacks or becomes the target of a spell, create a treasure token.
Treasures you control have ", Sacrifice this artifact: Gain two mana of any one colour."
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Goldspan Dragon Discussion
1 day ago
I think you should have 4x Counterspell and 4x Lightning Bolt . Definitely include maybe 2x Goldspan Dragon to ramp up to your bigger dragons. Other big dragon ideas could be Drakuseth, Maw of Flames and Lathliss, Dragon Queen . Welcome back to MTG :)
1 week ago
Ahhh I gotcha! Looks like you have a good starting backbone for it!
In terms of refining and cutting cards, I’d start by evaluating if a card can help win the game or further your game plan. For example, junk trawler, while a big beefy blocker, really doesn’t add that much, as you can’t capitalize on his ability. So underwhelming cards like that I’d cut.
In my experience playing mono red, card draw is at a premium and well needed. Finding one that fits can be tricky. Faithless Looting helps, but is more of a card filter than card advantage. Skullclamp is another one that may work for ya.
That all being said, if you’re looking for more chaos fun, I’d recommend Illicit Auction Puppet's Verdict and Goblin Game ! Whenever these cards resolve, it’s fun to watch opponents say, “ wait, it does WHAT?
1 week ago
I've typically seen Orvar decks in U/R. This build is interesting, but there are some flaws both on the macro and micro level.
In the bigger picture, you don't really have a way to win the game. Ideally in an Orvar deck, you have a few creatures that work well when copied (in U/R this would be your Goldspan Dragon s and Sprite Dragon s), but there's not really anything like that here. At least, nothing that ends the game. I think the best possibility for that would be Elder Gargaroth , because if that gets copied it's basically game over.
On the smaller level, let's look at individual card choices. Selfless Savior can easily be replaced with protection spells like Shell Shield or Sejiri Shelter Flip, which also fit the theme of targeting spells. Sea Gate Stormcaller doesn't actually work particularly well with the deck. Orvar won't trigger from the copy it makes, and you're copying pretty low-value spells in general. You have Professor of Symbology here, but no sideboard to learn from. Even if you do get some lessons, she's still not the greatest value and has little/no synergy with the deck. Charming Prince is generally a decent value card, but again, there's not really much synergy here. You don't want to be copying things with Orvar just for minor ETB value.
I think some better cards to copy with Orvar are big creatures like the aforementioned Elder Gargaroth or something that also benefits from being targeted/buffed. Maybe the new magecraft mechanic can help. Clever Lumimancer , Leonin Lightscribe , or especially Quandrix Pledgemage are all good creatures for that reason. All of these are also good independent of Orvar, though he does make them much better.
3 weeks ago
Definitely good suggestions, but they don't work for this build.
The issue with Goldspan Dragon is that his treasure tokens are only reliably created on an attack trigger, meaning I don't get any when he first drops in and I need to wait a turn cycle for him to become active. By that point, I probably have all of the mana I need for the foreseeable future or he dies and I get one mana outta him. Even then, it only sticks around for one usage. Doesn't make the cut because my other dragons are just deadlier.
Smothering Tithe is also rather slow and pretty universally seen as a threat. I have to wait until turn 3-4 to drop it and do that instead of dropping in Kaalia to start swinging. And on top of that, someone's going to blow it up. Better that than Kaalia, but that still begs the question of what I'd even take out.
In a different Kaalia deck, they'd work well together, but the creatures I'm running and the way I'm doing so makes it hard to find a slot for literally anything that isn't just a strictly-better version of something already here or a card that I just need that much because it's that good.
3 weeks ago
+1 given. If you fancy, check out my version... Kaalia, Raining Death from Above
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the Sprite Dragon comment, I didn't even think about that and I knew Goblin Arsonist wasn't the best option out there. As for Shatterskull Smashing Flip I know it is better but Volcanic Geyser is an alternate win-condition late game when I have basically nothing left but have quite a few lands. As for cards like Opt & Crash Through they don't target any creatures so they don't synergize as well with Orvar, The All-Forming or Goldspan Dragon . And Shell Shield and Infuriate don't really do it for me because they have one ability that is terrible early turns where I don't really have any creatures on board and the mana at the same time to protect them. As for Cleansing Wildfire , it creates extra mana for me (as long as I have Orvar, the All-Form out and lets me draw a card too. Now Go for Blood I see the concern but it is one of the few removal cards I have and if I don't need it I can always cycle it. It also targets my creature which is great again with orval, the all-form. The only reason I run counters mainboard is to better protect orval, the all-form who can't create copies of himself if targeted by my other spells. Hopefully, that is a better explanation.
3 weeks ago
I have a list on my page if anyone wants to check it out.
3 weeks ago
I created a variant of your deck but with green instead of white. My clones do the work for me. Lemme know what you think!