Creature — Dragon
When Opportunistic Dragon enters the battlefield, choose target Human or artifact an opponent controls. For as long as Opportunistic Dragon remains on the battlefield, gain control of that permanent, it loses all abilities, and it can't attack or block.
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|Throne of Eldraine (ELD)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Opportunistic Dragon Discussion
2 months ago
Yeah, all Bladewings look great (just forget that old Bladewing the Risen art exists xD). With Opportunistic Dragon that's what I've thought since we can't use stolen rocks or (Human) dorks for ourselves hence why Korvold munching them away makes so much sense.
And for graveyard hate, maybe Soul-Guide Lantern is a better option just because of lower CMC so it won't disrupt our primary (and mana hungry) game plan. But overall I might just put it in a "Sideboard/Meta call" category in my build.
Anyway, thanks for your opinion and fast response :)
2 months ago
I hear you, for sure . . . unfortunately, the power creep in my local meta just means that value engines/combo decks tend to win faster/more reliably.
Mudslide would be good if we went away from the dork plan, gave our dorks flying via an anthem effect, and/or went into rock-only ramp. Bloom Tender and Faeburrow Elder are usually so necessary and so good here, though, that I wouldn't make that exact shift but wonder if there's an angle we aren't seeing in re a stax package.
Though if anything, I would look to have more stack-based interaction in the build, and that's even less fun to me here vs cutting the overall dragon count, which was already a bit painful (emotionally).
And if we're looking at graveyard hate, it should probably be asymmetrical—so WotS Ashiok? Soul-Guide Lantern?
So far I'm happy with Opportunistic Dragon and Verix Bladewing, but only as they are early-game durdle pieces with potential payoffs later in the game. There's also upside with Opportunistic Dragon in that you can munch whatever you name (humans are also very much a thing you see!) w/ Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, who is increasingly a primary tutor target for me.
Verix Bladewing isn't great, but sometimes rebuilding your board for cheap or even just getting a vanilla on-tribe body out early does do work. It might be a pet card for me, fair warning, as I like the flexibility but also the art on both the card and the token. So I might be overly self-justifying its continued inclusion (along with the need to push the overall CMC down lower).
2 months ago
And on the other hand I'd like to ask you about your experience with Opportunistic Dragon. How has it performed for you so far? Because in my build I'll probably cut Drakuseth, Maw of Flames(unfortunately) and replace it with some other low-cost Dragon to keep my Dragon count high enough and it looks way better than Verix Bladewing.
6 months ago
ShadowAblaze Yeah the only reason Opportunistic Dragon is in this deck is because he's the cheapest dragon I could find. I don't even particularly like him, especially since hes replacing Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip. I do fell like that extra point of damage in valuable though. I could see side boarding him or getting rid of him I guess. I think I could be convinced that Drawn from Dreams is a much better use of 4 mana. Perhaps that's what I'll do with that slot. I have no particular fondness for creatures in this deck, but Fae of Wishes seems very useful for this type of deck.
What is the breakdown for a good mana curve? Is it something like: 8 ones, 8 twos, 10 threes, 8 fours
6 months ago
Opportunistic Dragon to is a sideboard card at best to me. Your point of getting the extra point of damage is fair, BUT you need both Sarkhan AND the dragon. The odds aren't in your favor when you aren't even running a playset of either. The abilities on the other hand... only being able to target humans and artifacts may be too specific. Depends on your meta if you wish to main board it or side board it. Asside from that, you should look for better 4 drops. Right now, you have 5 cards and 2 adventures totaling 7 different 4 drops you could play. Ral, Storm Conduit and Fae of Wishes are both great. BUT if you don't need the Opportunistic Dragon specifically for your meta, it will probably feel a little sad to draw. Maybe consider these other powerful cards you could play.
Drawn from Dreams is great for card advantage that will keep you going by churning through your deck for what you need.
If you are looking to add in creatures, consider the following: Dungeon Geists can be effective at stall and is a decent body with flying, Sphinx of Foresight can be a awesome starting card or decent beater with draw fixing, and Nightveil Predator who is just a great card for stalling.
7 months ago
I rather like Echo of Eons as a budget replacement not just for Timetwister but also for Wheel of Fortune , if we're talking raw card draw/refills. The downside being that it may draw the rest of the pod back into removal/board wipes.
As mentioned previously, I do like Wheel of Fortune over Timetwister for this build, as you can tutor up a Patriarch's Bidding or Noxious Revival to top of deck and then dump your hand/draw into mass reanimation.
And there might be space both for Reanimate or Animate Dead , but given the choice between them I might favor Animate Dead , not only b/c this deck tends to draw a lot of aggro in pods (and thus life total isn't always irrelevant), but also b/c it's at least another relevant Enlightened Tutor target even if you already have a protection/draw enchantment in place late game.
Opportunistic Dragon , Glorybringer , and/or Toxic Deluge ? I'm not sure a creature-heavy deck like this really wants more than 2 board wipes (I count Cyclonic Rift as one), and I'm now thinking that less conditional removal might be better than conditional removal stapled to a Dragon.
7 months ago
MrBoombastic Thank you very much for the help
Yeah, I think I am going to pull Torbran out of here. As I've fiddled with this, there is less and less for him to do. I liked the idea of him strengthening my threats as larger creatures start to hit the board, but I need to find something easier to play and with more synergy. Though I feel like I could cast him with Lotus Field but those might come out too for more Fabled Passages anyway. Right now, I'm leaning towards pulling Torbran and Fae of Wishes for 2 x Opportunistic Dragon and 2 x Doom Whisperer. I really miss Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip...
As far as Drown in the Loch is concerned, do you think the instants plus Thought Erasure may feed it enough to be strong? I don't believe I'll need it till around turn 4 or 5 anyway. I have a lot of cards for early threats, but not much else now to handle tougher creatures. Should I just go back to Ionize in your opinion?
7 months ago
Was trying to go off of cards like Opportunistic Dragon , and Nicol Bolas, who were known for taking others and manipulating them. Demons work just as well, though! Feel free to use this!