Interesting Flavors of Dragons

Posted in GRAND PRIX SÃO PAULO 2015 on May 3, 2015

By Chapman Sim

Round 13 has just ended and my, oh, my! Dragons, dragons, everywhere!

Ever since the release of Dragons of Tarkir, everyone's learning how to train their dragons! With the introduction so many cards pushing the dragon theme, there's bound to be something for everyone whether you're an aggro, midrange or control player!

Here are some of the Dragon-themed decks from Day 2 of Grand Prix São Paulo, along with their respective pilot's current score after Round 13! Just two more rounds and we will find out which dragon is the mightiest of them all!

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa has gone the distance and decided to play with the full set of Dragonlord Ojutai today, shaving a copy of Silumgar, the Drifting Death. He has also found a spot for Dragonlord Silumgar in the maindeck, kicking Ugin, the Spirit Dragon to the curb.

That brings his "dragon count" up to six, making Silumgar's Scorn and Foul-Tongue Invocation considerably better! Dragonlord's Prerogative, another Dragon-themed card, will prove crucial in the mirror match.

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa's Esper Dragons (11-1-1)

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Caio Amaral has shown up with a midrange Red Black Dragons deck, splashing a pair of Silumgar, the Drifting Death with the aid of Haven of the Spirit Dragon and a pair of Shivan Reef. His main offense comprises of Thunderbreak Regent and Stormbreath Dragon, who also help with "switch on" Draconic Roar and the full set of Foul-Tongue Invocation.

Caio Amaral's Black Red Dragons (10-3)

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Despite being the same colors as the previous list, Guido Barlaro has a very different approach. Draconic Roar, Silumgar's Scorn and Foul-Tongue Invocation in his Grixis Control deck all aid in his mission stabilize the board. Barlaro is possibly the player playing with the most "Dragon Matters" cards in the entire tournament. Twelve in total, even without counting Crux of Fate and Dragonlord's Prerogative!

He has Anger of the Gods and Crux of Fate to wipe the board, and also Icefall Regent and Dragonlord Silumgar for a touch of board control. Eventually, the goal is to win with Silumgar, the Drifting Death or the super awesome Dragonlord Kolaghan!

Guido Barlaro's Grixis Dragons (9-3-1)

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If you prefer to be aggressive, perhaps you can try Leonio Perira's Red Green Dragons list. Aside from the dynamic duo of Thunderbreak Regent and Stormbreath Dragon, he is also playing Atarka's Command and Fanatic of Xenagos. Complementing the "Dragon Package" with fast beatdown cards is an interesting strategy, unlike anything we've seen so far.

Leonio Pereira's Red Green Dragons (9-4)

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Lastly, I present to you Thiago Bonfim Moreira's Mono Red Devotion deck. Eidolon of the Great Revel and Dragon Whisperer provide the much-needed devotion to power Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. With all that mana, you're free to summon all the dragons you like, and even put Dragon tokens into play with Dragon Whisperer's formidable ability!

Flamewake Phoenix also plays very well alongside Thunderbreak Regent, Stormbreath Dragon, and Fanatic of Mogis, and you can be sure the phoenix won't be in the graveyard for very long. Moreira's sideboarded Rending Volleys can only mean one thing. He is prepared for Ojutai today!

Thiago Bonfim Moreira's Mono-Red Dragons (11-2)

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