Deck Tech: Dragon Devotion

Posted in GRAND PRIX SHANGHAI 2015 on May 17, 2015

By Ben Swartz

You may have already seen Makihito Mihara's take on the metagame with Dragon Metamorph, but Pro Tour San Diego Top 8 competitor Yoshihiko Ikawa has a different take on a deck with dragons. He came up the idea when preparing for Grand Prix Shanghai:

"I was toying around with the Green devotion deck and I noticed that Polukranos was just really bad. I thought that maybe I could just add dragons instead."

What came out was a mashup of a Green Devotion deck and a dragon deck

Yoshihiko Ikawa's Dragon Devotion

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"The existing Green megamorph package is really good: Whisperwood Elemental, Den Protector, Deathmist Raptor," mentioned Ikawa. He found that was a good starting point for him while he added dragons to the deck. All of the normal Devotion pieces--Rattleclaw Mystic, Nykthos, etc--are perfect for powering out early dragonlords

"Once I put Haven of the Spirit Dragon in, I knew I had something--I'm playing 4!", Ikawa mentioned. Similar to Mihara's deck, Haven of the Spirit Dragon is turned on thanks to Satyr Wayfinder--a card that can also deal with early pressure and smooth out mana problems.

It took him a little while to come to the exact list. Just before the tournament began he added Dragonlord Silumgar to his deck which shored up many of his bad matchups.

"I gave an early version of this deck to Shintaro Ishimura for the Magic Online Championships on Friday, but his version is missing the all important Silumgar"

He thinks that this deck is well prepared for the metagame, "The Devotion Mirror matchup isn't great; the Mardu matchup was close, but Silumgar solves a lot of the problems that I have." At the end of the day, He's just doing things that are more powerful than most decks.

"Compared to Mihara's deck, my deck has big plays," Ikawa mentioned referring to things like Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, "thanks to my mana creatures, I can power out a dragon as early as the third turn."In his Round 13 feature match against Park Jun Young, Ikawa clinched the victory with a 5th turn Dragonlord Atarka.

Yoshihiko Ikawa

"I'm the only one playing it [here in Shanghai]; I tried to convince Watanabe to play it, but he went with Mihara's deck instead." If you're looking for a new take on the Standard format, try Ikawa's Dragon Devotion deck out for a spin--it won't disappoint!