A strange artifact deck with the dragon theme. Despite the color and the theme, i like the control style of the deck.

The deck works pretty simply. Zirilan of the Claw tutors for "utility" dragons while cards like Altar of Dementia , Ashnod's Altar , Helm of Possession , High Market , Claws of Gix , Tel-Jilad Stylus , Sundial of the Infinite and Cold Storage prevent them from being exiled by Zirilan's ability. A great addition to the deck is Feldon of the Third Path, who synergizes incredibly well with Zirilan of the Claw . This two creatures along with Goblin Welder and Mimic Vat gives this deck almost a reanimator sub-theme, since you can reanimate all the artifacts and put copies of all the dragons put into your graveyard with cards like Dragon Mage , Wheel of Fortune , Altar of Dementia , Shattered Perception , Lion's Eye Diamond , Apocalypse , Bazaar of Baghdad and Faithless Looting.

Best case scenario is having lot of mana rocks in hand to cast Zirilan of the Claw turn 2 or 3. Usually when this happens the best dragon to tutor is Dragon Mage to refill your almost empty hand. This sequence makes the deck ultra fast and deadly.

War's Toll / Mana Web + Price of Glory can be annoying for some control decks while Stormbreath Dragon can be deadly for others.

Hoarding Dragon is perfect for tutoring any artifact and Feldon of the Third Path or Mimic Vat makes it even more epic.

Helm of Possession is a sac engine that lets me steal opponents creatures. I simply love it.

Worldgorger Dragon can be used as a defense against board wipes or nasty cards like Cyclonic Rift. Simply put it into play with Zirilan of the Claw or with Feldon of the Third Path. Not a response to everything, but still very solid.


Scourge of Valkas + Utvara Hellkite = Sometimes it works! Altar of Dementia can change this win condition to: MILL EVERYTHING!.

Mycosynth Lattice + Hellkite Igniter = Swing for a lot of damage or simply sacrifice it with Altar of Dementia to mill an entire deck. (Sometimes Hellkite Igniter becomes a 100+/5)

Hellkite Tyrant + Mycosynth Lattice = Steal all defending opponents permanents. If needed fetch with Zirilan of the Claw for Thundermaw Hellkite , so no creature can block Hellkite Tyrant .

Mycosynth Lattice + Vandalblast = No need to explain this. Not really a win condition. Evil though.

Nevinyrral's Disk + Zirilan of the Claw + Worldgorger Dragon . Turn 4 cast Nevinyrral's Disk , turn 5 Zirilan of the Claw , turn 6 activate Nevinyrral's Disk , put Worldgorger Dragon in response into play. Beautiful. Not really a win condition too.

Zirilan of the Claw + Worldgorger Dragon + Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle + Vesuva + at least 5 mountains. The Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle 's ability trigger each time twice times a lot of damage. Sometimes this can end the game.

Cast Apocalypse and activate Zirilan of the Claw in response. Fetch for Worldgorger Dragon .

Feldon of the Third Path + Goblin Welder + Mindslaver + 7 mana . Feldons ability puts an artifact creature token in play that can be sacrificed to reanimate Mindslaver each turn. Needs Rings of Brighthearth and 9 mana in multiplayer.

Suggestions and comments are always appreciated! Thanks


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Match against Kaalia of the Vast

Zirilan of the Claw struggled to win and at the end of the day i can say both decks were almost at the same level. The deck can be fast, extremely fast, but it is not consistent. What made me lose twice was Iona, Shield of Emeria without Zirilan of the Claw out and without Mycosynth Lattice , All Is Dust or Spine of Ish Sah in my hand.

Match against Vela the Night-Clad

Vela the Night-Clad was winning from the beginning of the game. Vela was super fast and very consistent deck; so, with 18 life, i decided to drop Apocalypse which was risky knowing how fast Vela the Night-Clad could be. This move made me win not many turns later since after a while i was able to pull out almost all my mana rocks, play Zirilan of the Claw and so on.. meanwhile my opponent had 2-3 lands in play.

In Multiplayer the deck draws too much attention and unfortunately also a lot of hate. I also had to suffer a Hurkyl's Recall recall with Mycosynth Lattice out. Such a pain. I was also very surpised how War's Toll , Mana Web and Price of Glory were able to slow down a Kira, Great Glass-Spinner deck.

What i will make room for is a Sneak Attack , witch definitely fits the theme and is a good backup plan when Zirilan becomes useless or when i start the game with many unplayable dragons in my hand. It also synergizes well with Sundial of the Infinite which is actually amazing.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

18 - 0 Mythic Rares

43 - 0 Rares

16 - 0 Uncommons

2 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.70
Tokens 6/6 Dragon, */* Generic
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