MTG: Top 20 Dragons Cards of All Time

MTG: Top 20 Dragons Cards of All Time

The picks for the biggest and baddest dragons ever printed in Magic The Gathering.

Dragons have always been cool. If you’ve ever owned a dragon, you’ve definetly put it into at least one deck. This list is dedicated to the top 20 dragons of all time. These are my personal picks, so please feel free to comment about any dragons you feel should have made the list. Without further delay—-

Honorable Mention: Shichifukujin Dragon

Not only does this card have an incredibly hard to find good quality picture, it is also literally hard to find one of these. This is one of the few unique cards in the game. I believe that there are only two in existence. However, if you read this cards ability, you’ll see it resembles a hydra more than a dragon! However, for shear rarity this card ges an honorable mention!

#20 Numot, The Devastator

Numot, The Devastator is one of the enemy colored dragons from Planar Chaos. His ability allows you to destroy up to two target lands when he deals combat damage to a player. You do need to pay 2R, but that’s surely worth it. However, Numot is a little slow to hit the field and if you’re going to cheat a dragon into play, there are much better choices. He’s a good one, but not the best out there.

#19 Karrthus, Tyrant Of Jund

This is kind of like a dragon lord. It doesn’t boost your dragons’ power and toughness, but it does give them haste. Hard casting this card is pretty tricky, so I prefer putting him into play via other methods. Reanimating him along with another particular dragon on the list makes for a pretty good hasting combo…

#18 Mordant Dragon

This dragon, despite have a more expensive fire breathing effect, is quite useful when it comes to taking out your opponent’s creatures. Whenever it deals combat damage to a player, you can have it deal that much damage to a creature that player controls. This is useful for clearing away creatures that have been giving you trouble that your opponents can’t/won’t block with.

#17 Dromar The Banisher

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jerry, posted this comment on May 30th, 2009

you forgot about zodiac dragon?

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 31st, 2009

zodiac dragon doesn’t have flying so it’s not even as useful as dromar. it isn’t bad, i mean, you could enchant it or something, though based on its rarity and lack of offensive ability, i didn’t include it. it would be 21 or so though. i didn’t forget about it

Evil 1, posted this comment on Jul 14th, 2009

No rorix bladewing? #12 Vampiric Dragon? With 8mana you can ping 4monsters sending them to the graveyard making him stronger adding +1+1 each 1damage he pings. 4monsters down he is now a 9.9 flying and already killed 4 monsters without even attacking/tapping, so 9 damage coming your way oh and i got lighting greaves on him too (equips for 0mana cant be target of spells or abilitys).

Zellgadus, posted this comment on Sep 30th, 2009

I think you should make a note of Dragonspeaker Shaman. I know it’s not a Dragon; However, There is nothing more important in a Dragon Deck than the Dragonspeaker Shaman card. Each Dragon spell costs 5 less to play. If you got 2 of those in play each Dragon costs 4 less (colorless) mana to play.

Also I think Rorix Bladewing deserves a spot in here.
3R3colorlesss (total of 6 mana) for a 6/5 Flying, haste Dragon. The drawback is of course his legendary status but his power and casting cost make up for it.

ken, posted this comment on Oct 25th, 2009

http://cardkingdom.com/card_viewer.php?sid=192480803&pid=47130

Draco {16}

Domain – Draco costs {2} less to play for each basic land type among lands you control.
Flying
Domain – At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Draco unless you pay {10}. This cost is reduced by {2} for each basic land type among lands you control.

if done properly, only costs 6, and has NO upkeep. thats AMAZING for a 9/9 flyer.

monoman, posted this comment on Nov 27th, 2009

One could also equip Lure to #1, for that would probably highlight his Rampage ability better than Goblin War Drums. Also, I have never heard of Shichifukujin Dragon, so thank you for showing me that card.

RSSR, posted this comment on Dec 3rd, 2009

I honestly would’ve thrown out an honorable mention award to Nalathni Dragon simply for its flavor coolness factor, even though its one of the worst dragons to actually play with.

yetipirate, posted this comment on Dec 10th, 2009

broodmate dragon????
i mean. it\’s only played in 35% of decks right now.

Derek, posted this comment on Dec 18th, 2009

Wow you’re retarded, Teeka’s Dragon as #1 ? You realize that even with Goblin War Drums your opponents creatures without flying cannot block a creature with flying.

bob marley, posted this comment on Dec 26th, 2009

how about a mention of dragonstorm

jj, posted this comment on Dec 31st, 2009

What? this list is way off, theres Dragon Broodmother, Karrthus tyrant of Jund, Ryusei the falling star, Rathi dragon, Hellkite charger, Scourge of kher ridges, Rorix bladewing and too many more. the list is incomplete and definitely not accurate. only someones opinon, so everyone looking for dragons to buy do more research unless your ultimate goal is to follow this guide and make a deck with a main goal to lose.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Jan 1st, 2010

I did say that they were my personal picks at the start of the article…. And Karthus sucks unless used with shields of velis vale

Dagron fever, posted this comment on Jan 14th, 2010

Keiga, the Tide Star.

Thoughts?

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Jan 15th, 2010

Keiga is pretty cool. i think sometime in the next month i’m going to redo this list. i want to change a lot of it

Assesfds, posted this comment on Feb 13th, 2010

Um. Officially, on gatherer.wizards.com… The first dragon doesn’t exist. I bet you just found it lying around in your cards or on the internet.

asdfasd, posted this comment on Feb 13th, 2010

Oooh! I know what that dragon is… Nvm. It isn’t OFFICIALLY a card, just a card that was given to a Japan champ (Also: 1996 world champion is a card)

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Feb 14th, 2010

Assesfds, i’m sorry to say that you are wrong. it is a card, but there are only two in existence. if you want to know more about it check here

http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr163

please be more informed when you criticize me of making false statements. not all answers are found on gatherer.wizards.com

oiweBUFBPF, posted this comment on Apr 1st, 2010

dude what about like dragon broodmother
or even hellkite charger
the number 1 card isnt that great, but the number two… simply awesome

zdaddy, posted this comment on May 20th, 2010

no Kokusho?

Mike, posted this comment on May 25th, 2010

Just a question about Intet’s ability. Is it applying on the card type like for example instants or permanents, so if its the case and the facedown card is a instant, could you play it right away?

Also i kind of like most of the list you made but i think you missed 1 important and i realise not all the people here would agree. Darigaaz The Ingniter: i lost the count on how many times he finished the games for me, at late game it almost garanty a kill specially vs mono-colored decks. It is the fact that people underestimate it that makes him so good. Well this is only an opinions but i m talking about experiences here lol.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 25th, 2010

Yes, the type of the card does matter. If it’s an instant you can play it right away.

kalindor dragonmaster, posted this comment on May 25th, 2010

Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund is the best.
It is a mythic rare in alara reborn that costs 4,1swamp,1montain, and 1forrest. It is a 7/7 flying, haste, you gain control of all dragons, untap all dragons, all dragons have haste.

Karrthus follower, posted this comment on May 27th, 2010

Ya i agree with dragonmaster….. Karrthus is the best, how do you take care of other dragons, o ya just take them over, if not karrthus i think broodmother, overlord and broodmate should be in the top 5 along with the dreamer, dude your picks just sucked

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 31st, 2010

This article is currently being redone. I’ll let everyone know when the new version is up

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Jul 1st, 2010

The newest version of this article is up as of today! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ve included a couple of dragons that i missed before and also some of the newer dragons in MTG

daniel davis, posted this comment on Nov 21st, 2010

what about Hoard-Smelter Dragon?

Flarhoon, posted this comment on Dec 5th, 2010

Bogarden Hellkite

Flarhoon, posted this comment on Dec 5th, 2010

I have a reanimator deck with mostly dragons and two angels in it. I love Bladewing, the Risen in it. Kokusho is great, but Bogardan Hellkites decimate. Karthuus is also awesome. I have not tried Scion the Ur-dragon in it. I do not know why. The deck has Merfolk Looter, Careful Study, Compulsive Research and Buried Alive plus one Frantic Search. Exhume, Animate Dead, one or two Victimize and a errm Dread Return…

Keiga the Tidestar is okay, better than Ryusei.

Yosei can be awesome. I have it in my EDH deck. Rubinia Soulsinger is the general, lots of green, white, blue and artifact sacrifice effects–fun and not easy to find–plus Tooth and Nail to find Yosei, the Morning Star plus Reya Dawnbringer. That’s game if you have just one opponent left.

This post makes me want to build a straight up dragons deck.

Shivan Dragon deserves some love here. The original.

Flarhoon, posted this comment on Dec 5th, 2010

Sometimes Teneb wins the game in my deck discussed above. Sometimes Crosis just destroys a mono-coloured deck. Bladewing is so fun and powerful, but not all by his lonesome. Once in a rare occasion Dromar matters, probably less than Teneb. Altogether, they can smash serious face. Karthuus helps a lot, obsoleting Rorix for my deck.
But Bogardan Hellkites consistently change life totals the “battlefield” (ugh) and matter more the most often. They rock. Include them on your list now.
My dead dragons deck is fun to play.

dantownehall, posted this comment on Jan 5th, 2011

My favorite dragon is Dragon Tyrant. Sure, he may cost 10 mana, but there’s no better creature to Sneak Attack or Elvish Piper into play! Here’s my article on dragons:

http://www.squidoo.com/magic-the-gathering-mtg-dragons-and-dragon-decks

need987, posted this comment on Feb 8th, 2011

cool

need987, posted this comment on Feb 8th, 2011

hey guys i\’v just started mtg can anyone tell me how to make a strong dragon deck?

An-thrax, posted this comment on Apr 12th, 2011

Spend $500 aus, and you Will have an awesome dragon deck, mine has 3 ways to crack. Can [has] done 1st turn kill, worst 5th turn. It now does have some banned/restricted cards. My first plan was to put in a fierce [non-legend] dragon, then pandy, double strike, kikki, repeat attack phase. So heaps of red mana and turns[ no good]. I would like the honor to play another awesome dragon deck one day and put mine to the ultimate test…..If you want a cheaper option try little dragons that are pumpable or counters with flying once you get a few you like build around that[ faster/cheaper]. Good luck.

anonymouse, posted this comment on May 30th, 2011

Surprised you didn’t reference Niv-Mizzet’s flavor text.

Says right there Niv-Mizzet is #1 ;)

Flavio, posted this comment on Jun 26th, 2011

I think the combo Hellkite Overlord + Bladewing the Risen in a reanimator deck is one of the best dragon combos. If you can put them in t1, in the t2 you win the game with exactly 20 points of damage (or more with the the mountain ability of Hellkite and the third ability of Bladewing).

Flavio, posted this comment on Jun 26th, 2011

I think the combo Hellkite Overlord Bladewing the Risen in a reanimator deck is one of the best dragon combos. If you can put them in t1, in the t2 you win the game with exactly 20 points of damage (or more with the the mountain ability of Hellkite and the third ability of Bladewing).

John, posted this comment on Jun 26th, 2011

A better dragon (not entirely) combo than this is: Worldgorger Dragon (in cemetery) + Animate Dead + Highway Robber. A hard and expensive combo to do, but if you make… in one turn you obtain:
- Infinite mana: when Worldgorger Dragon begins the cycle of exit and enter the game with animate dead, your lands return to the game untapped for more mana.
- Infinite Life and Damage: the cycle of Worldgorger make Highway Robber exit and reenter the game, making you gain infinite life and dealing infinite damage.
The only problem is Worldgorger is banned in much formats. But is an awesome combo! XP

Edwin, posted this comment on Jul 29th, 2011

I think Voracious Dragon is a good dragon card in combination with goblins.

Goblins are mostly 1 or 2 mana cost and sometimes 3 and you have alot of goblin cards that could deal damage when they die (For instance the goblin arsonist)

With its devour ability (even though its devour 1) you can gain the upperhand quickly + dealing damage twice as much as the sacrificed goblins. So it deals a great amount of damage while just entering the play.

Or the hellkite Charger. A fair 5/5 dragon with flying and haste wich is always handy to have. With its ability cost is 5M 2R you can give yourself another combat phase and untap all your attacking creatures. Very good when your opponent cannot defend against flying or has defended just before. You can easily give your opponent a quick blow with this one.

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