28, May, 22

A D&D Set Obviously Needs Dragons, But These Are Better Than Expected

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Magic’s sequel to Commander Legends, called Battle for Baldur’s Gate is modeled after the Dungeons & Dragons universe, so of course, the set will have a fair share of Dragons. There are many interesting cards and mechanics in the set, but Dragons received some of the most significant support.

The Elder Dragons of Baldur’s Gate

All the Elder Dragons of Baldur’s Gate cost a ton of mana, but have crazy abilities that trigger when they deal combat damage to a player. Each ability can be a bit risky because its potency comes down to the roll of a twenty-sided die. But that also means they have the potential for big payoffs.

Ancient Copper Dragon will make between 1-20 Treasure tokens. The black Elder Dragon reanimates creatures from any graveyard with a total mana value equal to your die roll. And Ancient Silver Dragon does what blue does best: draw cards.

Ancient Gold Dragon litters the battlefield with an army of mini Faerie Dragons according to your roll. And Ancient Bronze Dragon beefs up two of your creatures with +1/+1 counters.

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Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm

This is one of the more powerful Dragons in the set which makes for a good Commander or inclusion in a Dragon deck like The Ur Dragon.

Miirym is kind of like a Riku of Two Reflections or Volo, Guide to Monsters, in that it makes copies of your Dragons that enter play. You don’t even have to cast the Dragons from your hand; if you reanimate them from your graveyard or blink them with a Ghostly Flicker, Miirym will make a copy.

Firkraag, Cunning Instigator

Firkraag, Cunning Instigator | Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast has pushed the limits of what goad can do recently. It’s always been an interesting mechanic that forces your opponents to attack each other. But with recent additional support, it could turn into a legitimate strategy.

Firkraag, Cunning Instigator, is the perfect legendary creature to lead a goad Commander deck. Every time you attack a player with one of your Dragons you can goad one of that player’s creatures. And Firkraag rewards you for goading creatures, because when they attack your opponents, Firkraag gets a +1/+1 counter and you draw a card.

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Wrathful Red Dragon

Wrathful Red Dragon | Wizards of the Coast

This is like a Boros Reckoner but it works for all of your Dragons. Because of that, Wrathful Red Dragon has a fun, gimmicky combo.

If you can deploy six Dragons, one of which being Wrathful Red Dragon, and then play Star of Extinction, you can deal 40 damage to each of your opponents and win the game.

While that combo is cute, Wrathful Red Dragon will more often be a role player in a Dragon-themed deck that will make your opponents reconsider how they block or whether they try to kill your Dragons with damage-based spells.

Acolyte of Bahamut

Acolyte of Bahamut | Wizards of the Coast

Whether you pair this background enchantment with a corresponding commander, or just play it in the 99 of a Commander deck, it is a worthy inclusion in any Dragon deck.

Dragons are big creatures and require a lot of mana to play. Reducing the cost of your Dragons by two mana is an excellent discount.

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Renari, Merchant of Marvels

This is like a Vedalken Orrery that only applies to artifacts and Dragon spells. But it has the benefit that you can play it in out of your Command Zone.

Earthquake Dragon

Earthquake Dragon | Wizards of the Coast

In a dedicated dragon deck like Scion of the Ur-Dragon or Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm, Earthquake Dragon will often cost a single green mana. One mana for a 10/10 creature with flying and trample is pretty insane. Plus, Earthquake Dragon can return itself from your graveyard to your hand.

Korlessa, Scale Singer

A Future Sight for Dragons is pretty neat, especially considering that Korlessa is a Dragon itself and only costs two mana. This is definitely worth including in any Dragon-themed deck.

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