Skyline Despot


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Rare

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Skyline Despot

Creature — Dragon


When Skyline Despot enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.

At the beginning of your upkeep, if you're the monarch, put a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

Skyline Despot Discussion

Randomsome1 on

2 weeks ago

I run my The Ur-Dragon pretty similarly. It's a little spicy, but Skyline Despot could give you some more tokens to populate and card draw with the monarch.

Nemesis on GRUUL SMASH!!!

1 month ago

Hey @Eldrazi_lord I've got a few suggestions for you, maybe you can do something with them :P.

The first thing I'd address is the fact that I don't think you have enough dragons to work with your commander. I think you'll need to decide between going with a big creature theme or going with a token theme. Your commander is more conducive to the former option, so my suggestions will be geared towards that. Some dragon additions I would consider are:

Lathliss, Dragon Queen

Savage Ventmaw

Scourge of Valkas

Hellkite Charger

Hellkite Tyrant

Dragonmaster Outcast

Thunderbreak Regent

Skyline Despot

Balefire Dragon

Steel Hellkite

I know I suggested a ton of high mana cost stuff, so here are some ramp suggestions to get you there -

Dragonlord's Servant

Dragonspeaker Shaman

Thran Dynamo

Kodama's Reach


Gruul Signet

Worn Powerstone

Commander's Sphere

Hedron Archive

Gilded Lotus

Sakura-Tribe Elder

Somberwald Sage

Urza's Incubator

Next, some removal suggestions:

Beast Within

Subterranean Tremors



Chaos Warp

Lastly, some utility/misc suggestions:

Crucible of Fire

Dragon Tempest

Frontier Siege

Sarkhan's Triumph

Rhythm of the Wild


Rishkar's Expertise

I have tons of other suggestions, so if you'd like to go in this direction hit me up and I'll keep going.

oh, one last last thing, you probably want to add more lands. like, 5-6 more minimum.

Chhris on The Safari Zone {Primer}

1 month ago

Hey lifemtg! sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I like Sigarda, Host of Herons as a protector. Seems so good.

I don't want to crowd the top end of my av. CMC with too many huge hitters -- I think I've got the package almost nailed from my 1-5 kinda range (I only really want 1 creature for each mana cost higher than 8). I think adding Zacama may be putting a hat on top of a hat. Void Winnower seems the same. They enter, and turn me into a threat, definitely, but without combo bits, Zacama doesn't really forward my plan (as he would be cheated out and not get the cast benefit.). And Winnower just makes my opponents hate me even more.

Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma was considered, but dropped due to his power not being enough for Mayael to find him, and even if cast, he doesn't affect me immediately, instead I need to untap with him for him to have power for me. Plus, the focus is more on using Mayael's ability, which doesn't have its cost reduced, or from cheaty spell like Selvala's Stampede , so I'd rarely get the creature discount or have it be worthwhile, unfortunately. This just comes from my experience playing this deck a long time.

Balefire Dragon = amazing! I used to run it years ago. Unfortunately, all my friends had a "kill on sight" bounty on Dragon, and she end up cut years back. I've found Skyline Despot to be a great replacement. The monarch card draw can't be understated (As it sticks around if Despot is ko'd) and if I untap, he makes dragons! YAY!

All great suggestions, and thank you for such great feedback -- I appreciate it. I spend a lot of time thinking about this deck, so I apologise if all your suggestions weren't taken onboard this time, but I guarantee I deeply considered them all.

Demarge on Kaalia, M.D. of Destruction and Havoc

1 month ago

Skyline Despot will always draw you at least one card, unlike the demon who has to survive an entire turn cycle to draw, while if the dragon lives you get more dragons, monarch triggers at the end step and requires combat dmg to be taken from you, being kaalia someone else taking monarch from you just means they've become your target (meaning it often isn't correct for them to attack you)

Now mostly slow card draw engines might not be good fits for a fast deck like kaalia, if you compare Phyrexian Arena to Painful Truths they both cost 3 mana, but on the turn you play it truths draws you 3 cards making it vastly better at that point. turn 2 if arena survived you draw your first card, truths still winning. turn 3 if arena survived you draw a 2nd card, truths still winning. It won't be until the 5 turn after you played the arena for it to finally beat truths, even if you assume the table won't remove it that's still really slow for a deck that is meant to gain advantage early and end the game before the other decks deal with you.

Now for another dumb combo that's great for people playing Razaketh, the Foulblooded . if you have Conspiracy out naming angel and Bishop of Wings you can sac a 3rd creature to tutor, bishop will make an angel spirit token netting you 2 life... and then you sac the angel spirit to tutor, eventually you find yourself whatever means to make infinite mana ( Phyrexian Altar ) and then Exsanguinate for game (or Aurelia's Fury ). It's a combo I'm slowly toying with rebuilding my kaalia deck around if I ever want to change things up on it (or I could just run it in an esper commander, then I can use a certain hack spell to make bishop trigger off spirits entering or dying).

Spirits on Kaalia, M.D. of Destruction and Havoc

1 month ago

Hi Demarge,

Drakuseth, Maw of Flames won't work, because he enters the battlefield tapped an attacking, never attacks.

Skyline Despot is a risky Bloodgift Demon , may not provide the card advantage. But fun, agreed.

Sephara, Sky's Blade is difficult to utilize her lower cost mechanic, doesn't protect herself, and only protects creatures ( Avacyn, Angel of Hope protects all permanents. I'm still thinking on her, but seems wrong.

Vilis, Broker of Blood was a welcome replacement to Iona, Shield of Emeria .

Demarge on Kaalia, M.D. of Destruction and Havoc

1 month ago

With kaalia if a creature she sneaks out isn't killing an opponent outright the utility has to be really good when it hits the opponent or enters, especially when you're not going to blow up the lands once kaalia is down, sure aurelia or moonveil can run away with the game if left alone, but it's better to assume you're only probably going to get a 2nd hit in with them if your table is sitting on even power levels.

Sire Of Insanity if you can get this out fast enough it will take over the game if it's ability goes off once, usually you will empty your hand to setup a kaalia swing anyway and putting everyone even with you on hand size is pretty good ( Dragon Mage is of the same mindset only with the trade off of reloading kaalia while giving opponents a random chance to answer you)

Skyline Despot is frankly just a stronger Bloodgift Demon that triggers tempest, it also will give you the card draw the turn it comes out and even if it dies right away, if you lose monarch kaalia is usually in a good position to take it back (monarch is also just a fun mechanic to get people to be more active in a game)

Now m20's additions to kaalia are all worth a look over, vilis is just powerful draw, drakuseth is a balefire you can politic your way to keeping him alive, sephara is essentially just a worse avacyn (but she's so good having a worse version can kind of be worth it), and m20 kaalia is just good draw.

Now in most cases kaalia is naturally built to be almost unaffected by Possibility Storm while it can just ruin some other deck's plans or protect kaalia.

I could probably sit here recommending card after card, but instead I will link my Heavenly Rakdos, any questions on my card choices feel free to ask (I'll admit I'm also kind of looking to see if I can build a combo kaalia deck sometime)

Demarge on Kaalia - Angels & Demons & Dragons, Oh My!

1 month ago

Kaalia can't really afford to have half the lands in the deck enter tapped, she will just draw every single target removal from everyone and the only good way to combat this is to try to get her out quickly. There are many cheap multi color tapping lands that can achieve this, ones like Caves of Koilos , Spire of Industry , and Exotic Orchard all have minor easy to pay costs to get the color mana you need while not entering tapped.

I also highly suggest running every talisman, signet, and some other 2 cmc mana rocks for obvious ramp needs, they also can help you deal with a more heavy basic land mana base if you take that route (I would at best suggest cutting the tapped lands down to 5, maybe less). There is also the option to run really fast mana in Dark Ritual and Pyretic Ritual , while the all colored mana won't cast kaalia, it can let you cast more mana rocks or a big creature faster.

Now Liliana's Contract is almost always going to be a 5 cmc draw spell, in any game that you've made it to your upkeep with 4 demons you were probably going to win anyway, you can probably lean a little more on Dragon Tempest tribal value instead, Skyline Despot for instance is going to be a much stronger draw engine than Bloodgift Demon .

... There is also a niffty combo one can run with Conspiracy and Bishop of Wings if you name angel the spirits the bishop makes are angel spirits and their death makes a new angel spirit! So if you add in a free sac outlet you can gain infinite life. Course it is just an interesting idea, Conspiracy can also be used with kaalia to do some funky stuff like sneaking out big eldrazi, or having all creatures trigger Dragon Tempest or Lathliss, Dragon Queen .

hmm I could ramble on and on about different kaalia card choices, but much tired, I will instead leave a link to my Heavenly Rakdos... I must resist also commenting on how easy it is to build kaalia to work with Possibility Storm as often each card type fills one role, creatures are big beaters, instants are target removal, sorcery are tutors and wipes, enchants are utility, and artifacts are ramp.

MTG_Waifu on Marchesa, Queen of the Battlefield

1 month ago

diamond_diesel Thank you, the only real card draw in the deck is the monarch mechanic, so ya, sometimems the deck runs out of steam. I'm thinking of adding Phyrexian Arena , or maybe some extra ways of retaking the monarch effect, like Skyline Despot

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