Sarkhan the Mad
Planeswalker — Sarkhan
0: Reveal the top card of your library and put it into your hand. Sarkhan the Mad deals damage to himself equal to that card's converted mana cost.
-2: Target creature's controller sacrifices it, then that player puts a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
-4: Each Dragon creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target player.
|Have (3)||metalmagic , jecder , shmoofidoo|
|Want (2)||Phyrrist , Aldazar|
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|Mystery Booster: Store Edition (MYSTOR)||Rare|
|Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Sarkhan the Mad occurrence in decks from the last year
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Sarkhan the Mad Discussion
1 month ago
It's been way too long, but I finally got around to making updates to this deck and I'll still need to make a few more once I get my Ikoria cards.
Free_Iona, thanks for your feedback. I definitely trimmed out most of the removal suite as a result and I definitely agree with your logic.
Vlasiax, I was definitely lacking in draw spells. I put quite a bit more in with my most recent updates. I appreciate the feedback. I found your deck list very helpful. I definitely haven't lowered the curve yet, though, lol. I also need Sarkhan the Mad and can sub it out for one of my current Sarkan's easily. I would be curious what you think of the current iterations based on my updates. I subbed out/in 25+ cards.
TheCardPool, thanks for the comment. Mudslide is great, but I tend to avoid anything staxy for my playgroup. I'll definitely keep it on the maybe list though. I think Sarkhan the Masterless might be too narrow compared to other Sarkan's.
1 month ago
Glad it's been a help vs annoyance! When starting a new deck the decision paralysis and cuts/swaps can be a real pain as much as it's also fun. I suppose I'm a little antsy to help w/ some refining/tweaking, as my current main lists are all at a place where I'm happy with them (or can't safely acquire new cards and accessories to brew/build with at the moment).
In any case, given your meta, I think the one clear "maybe" add is Xenagos, God of Revels.
The rest all have clear downsides for narrow upsides. Without dorks, walkers can be more of a liability as people will attack them down cleanly and quickly. Sarkhan the Mad is the one card that Vlasiax does not cut from his respective list, but that's mainly b/c he has a lot of board stall/Ghostly Prison decks in his meta and sometimes needs to push through a heap of direct damage.
In terms of cuts, I'm with you in finding Keiga, Ryusei, and Niv Mizzet Reborn underwhelming here.
I'd also suggest having a hard look during testing at heavy generic mana cards that the companion can't help ramp into at all, esp whether Ramos works with how you sequence your plays, if Steel Hellkite can connect with open mana often enough, and whether Golos has any good land targets/hits reliably enough off the top. Kind of cool that you can use the companion to help activate him, though.
Lastly, I've been underwhelmed with Ojutai, Soul of Winter, as for me at least it had minimal impact whether playing from behind, ahead, or at parity. When ahead, it often was just a win more card for me.
If you cut a small handful of some of those higher CMC dragons, I think you could sneak in a few extra enablers/draw effects to help smooth things out in terms of overall consistency?
1 month ago
Here are my thoughts on your suggestions:
Numot, the Devastator As you said in your previous message, his trigger is conditional+mana. Are you suggesting that in this case the effect is worth it? For some poor soul, two blown up lands can be devastating.
Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund is not in my deck since my meta is Control Magic heavy. One player runs a Merieke Ri Berit deck and another runs Braids, Conjurer Adept. Braids will be awesome for me to drop dragons for free but he has alot of clone effects in his deck, making Karrthus a big liability.
Sarkhan Unbroken was in my initial draft but I ended up cutting him.. a mistake on my part? Are you usually happy to draw him vs a dragon or a more interactive card?
Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh is an awesome card.. already on my short list to add if I can find room for it.
I blew by Sarkhan the Mad during my research, not being overly impressed by his first two abilities. I usually don't put too much value on the ultimate since they are rarely attained... however this madman can ult on turn 1, which I missed. I suppose it can be a kill blow with a large board presence, is that why you are recommending him? It's kind of a win-more card isn't it? Worth the slot?
Jegantha's mana can only be used to pay for colored mana, therefore only reducing Dragonstorm down to 8 CMC, however I can see that even with a storm count of 1 or 2 this can be a powerhouse finisher. What's your experience with it?
I see Maelstrom Wanderer often in various decklists.. I fail to see the appeal. He's not a dragon, and there are already many haste enablers in the deck for much cheaper, so it must be the cascade, cascade. I'm not a fan of the variability here, with my luck it will hit a couple of 2-3 CMC ramp/removal.
I have been on the receiving end of Xenagos, God of Revels enough to know that it would be a true powerhouse in this deck. Added to shortlist.
My meta is not control heavy, pass on Surrak Dragonclaw for now.
I am forever grateful for all the help you have provided so far! Having said that... what I am most likely in need of next is more discussion on what cards I could cut.
1 month ago
And in the course of sticking my foot in my mouth w/r/t your companion restrictions at least a few times over, I thought of a few suggestions that do meet the restrictions and that your companion could help you ramp out more reliably:
5 months ago
The problem with Sarkhan the Mad is that he is very complicated to use. You see, he costs five mana and his abilities doesn't help him. Let me break each one of them:
0 - It's a repeatable card draw "engine". However, it's pretty easy to just get him killed, specially in the deck filled with heavy costed creatures. Another thing to mention is that paying 5 mana for a card draw "engine" that won't necessarily survive until hte next turn probably isn't a good ideia.
-2 - Technically it's an ability that can work as a removal or a token generator... but in either case it's bad, at least in this case. You could sacrifice the egg or the Thralls to get a dragon and it would be very good valuewise, though Sarkhan the Masterless does the same. The latter not only can protect himself with his static ability but can also make a dragon and continue living after while also growing himself.
-4 - This one can end up winning the game on the spot but it's also situationa since you need at least a few dragons for it to be useful. Also, activating his first ability could end up making him unable to activate his last one.
Regarding the cuts, even though some cards are good you must realize that having multiples of some cards won't helpful, and that's the case for Bone Dragon . One of them in the deck is already good enough as you probably won't have enough cards in your grave to keep reanimating two at the same time.
Drakuseth, Maw of Flames is obsolete at this point. He doesn't add any pressure to the board since you have to wait for him to attack to activate his ability. Besides, 7 mana is kinda costly and triple red can hinder you in a Rakdos deck.
Only one Dragon Egg isn't enough for any kind of fancy strategies. That's another one down.
I'll think about some other things that could be changed. In the meantime, I have some lists that you could watch to understand dragon decks. Just keep in mind these take into account that these are from competitive formats and that's why they don't use some of the cards I suggested.
5 months ago
6 months ago
This is not Standard at all. Consider adding in Sarkhan the Mad because his Ultimate is a win condition the turn he enters the battlefield in dragon decks. Also, use more efficient mana dorks such as Birds of Paradise and Sylvan Caryatid . The inclusion of Wasitora actually makes this deck Legacy since that card was from a Commander supplemental set and other than that card, your deck is Modern legal.
6 months ago
jasonkrivera; How do I upvote that a second time? Oh yeah, like this. +1!
Also, I think Sorin is technically a Sanguinomancer, as he can create Angels - or at least he created Avacyn. So, I think I botched it a little bit. My bad.
Return all permanents that entered the battlefield this turn to the zone they came from, then return all permanents that left the battlefield back to it under their owner's control.
Shuffle each library that was affected in this way.
Teferi to Narset: "Time is measurable in far more than one linear path. There are eventualities that can, could, will, or shall never occur. But your timeline... is truly a paradox."
Given this, Sarkhan's story is a great one and I encourage anyone who is curious about him to look it up. It's actually quite tragic.
What I'd like is a Sarkhan who finally finds inner peace. Please, make a mono-white Sarkhan that still cares about Dragons. Or, at the very least, a Boros Sarkhan who cares about Dragons but isn't overtly causing damage to and killing everything around him. AKA - no burn.