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This is a Xenagos, God of Revels dragon tribal deck. I've been working on and tweaking this deck for many years now and i'm honestly really happy with how it has turned out. I've tried to keep the power level from being too high, or the dragons too oppressive as I want this to be a deck that people are willing to actually play against and have fun with. As such, this deck has become extremely fast and efficient, but has thankfully kept from becoming oppressive.

The key to this deck is acceleration. Rather than slowing us down with lots of targeted removal, disruption, or other such slower protections, we focus on pure, unbridled, speed. We're a dragon deck with a commander who can effectively double our power and toughness and give us haste, not to mention is extraordinarily frustrating to remove. As such, we're always going to be one of the targets and threats on the board. There's no getting around that. So, rather than try and be a nice midrange deck, we're going to put the pressure on them early. We just need to get to 5 or 6 mana, and can reliably do that by turn 3-4. Our game plan is to put the pressure on our opponents from the beginning and force them to react to us rather than the reverse. Remember, our commander is very difficult to remove and even harder to remove multiple times. Drop Xenagos, God of Revels out and then your first dragon the following turn. I try and keep a spare dragon in hand if possible in case of a board wipe or removal, but feel free to keep dropping them and attacking. That's our game plan. A tiny bit of removal and disruption to clear what we need out of the way, and lots of dragons that synergize with each other and obliterate our opponents.

A couple of points on some of the card choices as well as possible replacements for them.

Creatures:

Ignoring the fact that we are purposely a dragon tribal deck, I generally prefer my offensive creatures to have flying as it allows us to bypass almost all chump blockers and things that would get in our way and keep us from pressuring our opponents. Speed is the key to this deck.

Hellkite Tyrant has been removed as it's honestly not a very fun card to play against. I ran it for many years, but in all that time I think I won with its ability only a handful of times and upset my friends many many more. It's just not worth it.

Instant/Sorcery:

Multi-combat/multi-turn: In an effort to keep the power level down I have removed all of the multi-combat and multi-turn cards in this deck.

Nature's Lore, Three Visits, Skyshroud Claim: These cards are generally superior to ones such as Rampant Growth, Kodama's Reach, and Cultivate as they allow you to search for ANY forest, including dual lands that have the forest subtype, and in addition they come in untapped. However, this is only true if you run multiple lands that can come in untapped and have that subtype (such as Stomping Ground, Cinder Glade, Taiga, etc.) If you do not run such lands, and/or prefer a more budget friendly deck, feel free to replace these.

Tempt with Discovery: I run this because I don't care if other people take the tempt or not. By having the option to grab my Gaea's Cradle I ensure that I will always get more value than anyone else, even if no one else takes it. If they do, then all the better. It's personal choice whether to keep running this, but I think it would still pay off as it will let you get whatever land you will need in your deck, and even if your opponents all get strip mines and blow up your choice lands, you will still end up positive one land and will thin out your deck more than theirs.

Any tips, thoughts, advice, suggestions and +1's are always appreciated! Thanks all!

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32% Casual

68% Competitive

Date added 6 years
Last updated 3 days
Exclude colors WUB
Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

16 - 0 Mythic Rares

50 - 0 Rares

13 - 0 Uncommons

5 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.06
Tokens Beast 3/3 G, Dragon 5/5 R, Dragon 6/6 R, Monarch Emblem, Treasure
Folders Uncategorized, green red decks
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