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Deadly Dragons - Michael Zayac (10/5/2007)

Dragons are a very hard tribe to build a deck around for many reasons. For one, they are mostly all rare cards and because of that are either expensive to buy as single cards or are hard to come by in booster packs. Another thing that makes it difficult to base decks around them is the fact that they cost quite a bit of mana to summon. They are amazingly strong and have many special abilities, but they on average cost 6 mana or more to summon which leaves you waiting 6 to 10 turns before you put one into play. There are ways around this problem, which I incorporated into a deck that I use whenever I play my friends. All the cards in the following dragon deck can be found beginning with the Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
card set and ending with Fifth Dawn.

Deck:
Land
18: Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


Creatures
2: Furnace Whelp
Furnace Whelp
Furnace WhelpSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. R: Furnace Whelp gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
(Red Uncommon: Fifth Dawn, 10th Edition)
4: Dragonspeaker Shaman
Dragonspeaker Shaman
Dragonspeaker ShamanSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Dragon spells cost 2 less to play.
(Red Uncommon: Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge)
2: Dragon Mage
Dragon Mage
Dragon MageSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
Whenever Dragon Mage deals combat damage to a player, each player discards his or her hand and draws seven cards.
(Red Rare: Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge)
1: Two-Headed Dragon (Red Rare: Mercadian Masques, 8th Edition)
2: Kilnmouth Dragon
Kilnmouth Dragon
Kilnmouth DragonSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Amplify 3 (As this card comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it for each Dragon card you reveal in your hand.) Flying T: Kilnmouth Dragon deals damage equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on it to target creature or player.
(Red Rare: Legions)
2: Rorix Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Rorix BladewingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste
(Red Rare: Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
)
2: Dragon Tyrant
Dragon Tyrant
Dragon TyrantSet: Scourge
Cost:
10
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, Trample, Double Strike
At the beginning of your upkeep, pay RRRR or sacrifice Dragon Tyrant.
R : Dragon Tyrant gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
(Red Rare: Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge)

Noncreatures
4: Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of DestructionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Beacon of Destruction deals 5 damage to target creature or player. Shuffle Beacon of Destruction into its owner's library.
(Red Rare: Fifth Dawn, 10th Edition)
4: Wayfarer’s Bauble (Artifact Common: Fifth Dawn)
2: Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
(Red Common: Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
, 6th – 10th Editions)
2: Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
(Red Uncommon: Darksteel)
2: Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
(Artifact Rare: Mirrodin)
3: Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
(Red Common: Mirrodin, 9th Edition)
3 : Extraplanar Lens
Extraplanar Lens
Extraplanar LensSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Imprint|When Extraplanar Lens comes into play, you may remove target land you control from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) Whenever a land with the same name as the imprinted card is tapped for mana, its controller adds one mana to his or her mana pool of any type that land produced.
(Artifact Rare: Mirrodin)
2: Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the ForgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Pulse of the Forge deals 4 damage to target player. Then if that player has more life than you return Pulse of the Forge to its owner's hand.
(Red Rare: Darksteel)
3: Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
(Red Rare: Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge, Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
)
2: Gratuitous Violence
Gratuitous Violence
Gratuitous ViolenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
212
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
If a creature you control would deal damage to a creature or player, it deals double that damage to that creature or player instead.
(Red Rare: Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
)


The main thing to remember when using this deck is to gather as much mana as possible and always try to think a few turns ahead. Use the Wayfarer’s Baubles to put as many Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s into play as possible, while putting different cards on your Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
es such as Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of DestructionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Beacon of Destruction deals 5 damage to target creature or player. Shuffle Beacon of Destruction into its owner's library.
or maybe a Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
or other dragon that you think will not work with the hand you have. Once you have some mountains out, you can use the Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
s and the Extraplanar Lens
Extraplanar Lens
Extraplanar LensSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Imprint|When Extraplanar Lens comes into play, you may remove target land you control from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) Whenever a land with the same name as the imprinted card is tapped for mana, its controller adds one mana to his or her mana pool of any type that land produced.
es to multiply your mana. You can also play the Dragonspeaker Shaman
Dragonspeaker Shaman
Dragonspeaker ShamanSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Dragon spells cost 2 less to play.
s to reduce the costs to play dragons. From there you can play your dragons. Usually, if you get one or two Wayfarer’s Baubles in your first few turns, you can use that and a Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
, and possibly a Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
, to play one of your dragons.

Though it is a Dragon deck, it is important to have burns like Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of DestructionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Beacon of Destruction deals 5 damage to target creature or player. Shuffle Beacon of Destruction into its owner's library.
and Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
. The burns can either be used to get rid of creatures that come into play before your dragons such as Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
or many other one or two mana creatures, or they can be used as finishers when your dragons leave an opponent at low health like 2 or 5. The burns can also be used in combination with Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
, especially Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, to use its storm effect to make one dragon into 2 or 3.

Your biggest worry when using this deck will probably be mana burn. When you have two or three Extraplanar Lens
Extraplanar Lens
Extraplanar LensSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Imprint|When Extraplanar Lens comes into play, you may remove target land you control from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) Whenever a land with the same name as the imprinted card is tapped for mana, its controller adds one mana to his or her mana pool of any type that land produced.
es out, your Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s will each make 2 or 3 mana, conflicting with the mana costs of your dragons. The easiest way to get rid of this extra mana is to use the activated abilities of Dragon Tyrant
Dragon Tyrant
Dragon TyrantSet: Scourge
Cost:
10
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, Trample, Double Strike
At the beginning of your upkeep, pay RRRR or sacrifice Dragon Tyrant.
R : Dragon Tyrant gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
and Furnace Whelp
Furnace Whelp
Furnace WhelpSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. R: Furnace Whelp gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
as mana dumps.

I have used this deck many times and can say that usually you can get out Rorix Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Rorix BladewingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste
or a Dragon Tyrant
Dragon Tyrant
Dragon TyrantSet: Scourge
Cost:
10
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, Trample, Double Strike
At the beginning of your upkeep, pay RRRR or sacrifice Dragon Tyrant.
R : Dragon Tyrant gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
in between 3 to 5 turns and kill an opponent in 5 to 10 turns. It can also take 20 or 30 turns, depending on your hand, but on average you defeat opponents in 7-14 turns. If you have any questions about the deck feel free to email me.


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