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MTG: Year of the Dragon – Top 5 Dragon Commanders

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Feb 10 2024

The biggest and baddest of the fantasy monsters, you’ll want to make sure you have fireproof armor when you’re facing these five Commanders.

Welcome Planeswalkers and Praetors to our ongoing series about the best casual experience in Magic: Commander. For the uninitiated, Commander is a semi-casual format for Magic: the Gathering. You use a deck of 100 cards led by a legendary creature, aka, your Commander.

Aside from basic lands, you are only allowed one copy of each card in the deck. Moreover, you can only include cards in your Commander’s “color identity” or artifacts. Each color and color combo has a unique playstyle and a wealth of mighty generals to lead your deck to victory. is an excellent source for Commander info and can give you ideas to build your next Commander deck or tune an existing one.

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Wood Dragon, and what better way to celebrate then with the five most ferocious Dragon Commanders. Dragons are the perfect candidates for Commander; the original game, Elder Dragon Highlander, is even named after them. They’re big, they usually fly, and they always make an impact when they hit the field. If you can pay their cost, you’ll have an army of extraordinary strength behind you.


Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm

My personal favorite Dragon, and one of my favorite Commanders of all time, Miirym is the go-to for Dragon Tribal. While she doesn’t cheat out Dragons quite as well as Ur-Dragon, she doubles them up, and that means you get all their ETBs and static effects twice. If you have a token doubler, you get even more, and in Temur, that’s simple.

The Ur-Dragon

Speaking of the big man, The Ur-Dragon is the most powerful Dragon in existence. With access to all five colors, an eminence ability, and a nasty attack trigger, you’ll have an air force of legendary proportions in no time. He’s probably only below Miirym on this list because of his price tag.


For every king there is a queen rolling her eyes, and the Mother of Dragons is here to do just that. While not quite as powerful as Ur-Dragon, Tiamat lets you dig for five of your favorite Dragons and get them to hand. Whether you want that as a tutor or just to thin out your deck, there’s a reason Tiamat is a household name.

Rivaz of the Claw

Not a Dragon himself, Rivaz is still an incredible enabler for a Dragon deck. He has a mana ability specifically for them, can bring them back from the graveyard, and also packs a nasty punch. If you don’t mind limiting yourself to two colors, he’s a decent choice.

Atarka, World Render

One of the Dragon lords of Tarkir, Atarka is an exceptional aggro Commander, which is expected in Gruul. Giving all your attacking Dragons double strike is an amazing ability, and with trample herself she’ll be dishing out plenty of nasty hits. Max out your air force and reduce your opponent to cinders.


What do you think of these Commanders?

Author: Clint Lienau
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