Ditching Dragons – Dismantling a Commander Deck

See ya later, Scion.

Scion of the Ur-Dragon - Matt Plays Magic

I don’t play Commander enough anymore. The only Commander night near me is on Friday and well…I’m married and my wife likes to hang out on Fridays and what are you going to do?

So I’ve played Commander once in the last four months. Most of my decks are gathering mothballs. And while I’ve been going hard at Modern, I haven’t had the time nor the urge to keep my Commander decks up to date through the last few sets. My Daxos deck still needs an Irrigated Farmland. I still need to fit Grapple with the Past into Savra.

But most importantly of all, I’ve realized I need to just dismantle my Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck.

The Ur-Dragon - Matt Plays Magic
And it’s all this guy’s fault.

When the news leaked that one of this year’s Commander decks would feature Dragons, I had a strange reaction. I felt a moment of dread. ‘Oh no,’ I thought, ‘this means I’m going to have to upgrade Scion.’

And then I realized that thought was stupid. I like deckbuilding. It’s one of the things that keeps me coming back to Magic. Here was an opportunity to add sweet new cards, built especially for this format, to a deck I supposedly liked. What was the problem?

I thought about my reaction for a bit, and I realized two factors had caused it.

The first was a fear of falling even further behind on Commander upkeep. I still haven’t finished the last Alesha upgrades I wrote about. And like I said above, two other decks still need new cards. To add a fourth deck to that pile…

The second was even simpler. The Scion deck had become boring. The last time I played Commander, I never felt the urge to shuffle Scion up. Riku, then Daxos, and then Savra all took precedence.

My Scion deck, like most Scion decks I think, wins one of three ways. The first is to play Scion, find some dragons to combo off with, and kill everyone quickly. The second is to simply play dragons and watch them take over the battlefield. The third, the back-up plan, is to get a bunch of dragons in the graveyard and then resurrect them with something like Patriarch’s Bidding.

I have done each of these things too many times. And despite my best intentions, those three things are all the deck can do.

So it’s time to say good-bye.

What to Do with the Pieces?

I’ve dismantled decks before, but not Commander decks. So I’m not really sure what to do with the cards now that I’ve decided the deck doesn’t need to exist.

I wouldn’t mind keeping some of them, but I don’t know when I’d use them next. Some, like the aforementioned Patriarch’s Bidding, are worth enough money that I don’t really want to sit on them. Some are format staples that maybe I need more copies of…but that’s only if I’m going to eventually build another deck.

So I think I’m going to either a) ship the deck to a friend who expressed some interest (provided he still wants it) or b) sell the whole thing as one unit on eBay. Minus one card, that is:

Numot, the Devastator - Matt Plays Magic
Of all the dragons, this is the one I want.

Ideas for a kinda mean Numot, the Devastator control deck keep swirling through my head, so I might just keep that guy. Signets, Wildfire, Planeswalkers, etc. I don’t know that I’ll ever actually build it, but I keep writing down lists.

No matter what, though, that deck isn’t coming anytime soon. For now, it’s time to drop from five Commander decks to four, and use the money earned from Scion to upgrade his peers.

Thanks for the fun times, Ur-Dragon. Maybe we’ll meet again.

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