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Commander Review: Fate Reforged – Temur Ideals

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Temur Ascendancy

Hunt or be Hunted.

Hello my fellow EDH-ers and welcome back to last of Fate Reforged series of article of the Tarkir past. Today article will be talking about the origin of the ideals for the Temur Clan. The aspect of the Dragon that the Temur revered most of the Dragons is their savager. Drawn to the Temur Regions Mountain’s slopes, the Dragons laid frontier siege on the Temur driven mainly by their hunger alone. Leading these Dragons is Atarka, the ultimate predator of Tarkir.

 

Apex Predator

Frontier Siege

Setting the World on Fire for a BBQ Feast.

Atarka, the Dragon leader of the Dragons at Temur region, is a robust Beast with antlers, horns and fur. She breathes Green Flames and is the apex predator of the region who spends her day, and most of her nights, hunting and feasting. As mentioned earlier, their insatiable hunger is what drives the actions of her and her brood.

 

In the original timeline, Ugin’s death resulting in the Dragonstorm stopping affected Atarka and her brood the same way as the other brood. They were hunted down one by one and Atarka died along with her brood as no new brood was created to replace the fell ones.

Tomb of the Spirit Dragon

Extinction of the Brood.

 

As with the rest due to Sarkhan’s intervene with the past, Atarka and her brood thrived instead. Having failed in her attempt to find a solution to the Dragon infestation and barely surviving the Khanfall, Yasova the then khan of Temur was able to save her clan due to Atarka’s barely sapient mentality. Promising to feed Atarka and her brood, the clan was able to distract the Dragons from attacking the clan. The Temur would went on from then to hunt and feed the Dragons. Eventually fearing the Shamans of Temur will revolt against them with their elementalism, Atarka initiated a purge that few could evade and outlawed the title “Dragonclaw”; fully taking control over the clan and forming her clan.

The Reign of Fire Arrives

 

Short backstory of the origin of the Temur ideal done, let’s have a look at the apex predator Dragon leader’s stats.

 

 Atarka, World Render

Card Name: Atarka, World Render

CMC: 5RG

Types: Legendary Creature – Dragon

Card Text: Flying, trample

Whenever a Dragon you control attacks, it gains double strike until end of turn.

P/T: 6/4

Being in the colors of Gruul, Atarka has access to mana ramp and pumps allowing her to be ramp out and very violent. Her savagery really shines here with her attack trigger though as she gives all your attacking Dragons Double Strike. A full force of attacking Dragons with Double Strike is not a laughing matter. That is effectively a double power for all of them if they get through to the defending player. Atarka by herself is not weak too as she comes with Trample. Combining all her abilities, we are looking at a 6 power Flying, Trampling, Double Striking attacker. Most Creatures will probably die in combat on her Double Strike damage first and then her normal combat damage will all Trample through to the defending player. Take note that Trample damage also applies for Double Strike. That will be a lot of combat damage if she manages to trample though any blockers with her Double Strike damage which will then be added to her normal combat damage. Then there are also the numerous pump spells in Atarka color identity (Green) which pumps up your army for the attack; making each attack a lethal one. If there is any down side to Atarka, it will be her high 7cc casting. It may be easy the first few times to summon her from the Command Zone. After a few more casting from the Command Zone though, the Commander tax will be too high to pay.

 

Reign of Fire

Dragon Strength.

Atarka is a very straight up attacker. All her abilities are related mostly to attacking. As with all the other Dragon attack triggers, you will need Dragons for it to work. In this regard, Atarka fits well into a Dragon Tribal theme like a Dragon lord of sorts pumping your attacking Dragons by giving them Double Strike. There are no shortage of Dragons in Atarka color identity. Below are some Dragons for your consideration into your Dragon Tribal deck.

Akoum Hellkite Deals 1 damage to a target when you Landfall; deals 2 damage instead if the Land is a Mountain.
Ancient Hellkite “Burns” defending player’s Creature when it attacks.
Archwing Dragon Dragon with built-in Dash.
Avaricious Dragon Gives an additional draw at draw step but force discard hand at end step.
Balefire Dragon Whenever it deals combat damage to a player, deals that much damage to each Creature that player controls.
Bogardan Hellkite ETB deals 5 damage distribute as you choose among any number of targets.
Brimstone Dragon / Canopy Dragon / Dragon Egg / Dragon Hatchling / Dragon Whelp / Furnace Whelp / Henge Guardian / Nalathni Dragon / Rathi Dragon / Rorix Bladewing / Scion of Ugin / Shivan Dragon / Skyship Stalker / Teeka’s Dragon / Viashivan Dragon / Volcanic Dragon Basic Dragons to fill the ranks.
Chameleon Colossus / Changeling Berserker / Changeling Titan / Fire-belly Changeling / Game-Trail Changeling / War-Spike Changeling / Woodland Changeling Extra lower and middle cc “Dragons” to fill the ranks. The filler to all Tribal themes.
Clockwork Dragon Comes with its own +1/+1 counters and way to increase them.
Covetous Dragon Low cost high power Dragon upkeep-ed by having Artifacts.
Crimson Hellkite Activated ability which deals damage to Creature.
Destructor Dragon Destroy target nonCreature permanent when it dies.
Draco Biggest and highest cc Dragon available for all color identity.
Dragon Broodmother Create Dragon token with Devour 2 at each upkeep.
Dragon Mage Wheel of Fortune Dragon.
Dragon Tyrant Dragon with raw power. High cost, high power, high damage, and high upkeep, basically everything is high.
Dragonlord Atarka Upgraded version of Atarka.
Dream Pillager Red impulse style card advantage. Exiles number of top cards of library as per combat damage dealt by it and allow casting of nonLand cards exiled this way.
Fire Dragon ETB deals damage to target Creature equal to number of Mountains you control.
Flameblast Dragon Blaze a target whenever it attacks.
Fledgling Dragon Threshold Dragon.
Foe-Razer Regent ETB fight target Creature you do not control.
Your Creatures which fights and survive till end of turn gets two +1/+1 counters.
Forgestoker Dragon “Eliminate” blockers as it attacks by dealing 1 damage to them and making them unable to block for the combat.
Furnace Dragon Affinity for Artifact Dragon. Anti-Artifact by exiling all of them when cast from hand.
Furyborn Hellkite Bloodthirst Dragon.
Harbinger of the Hunt Selective board sweep Dragon choosing between nonFlying and Flying Creatures.
Hellkite Charger Relentless Assault Dragon. “Cast” Relentless Assault as it attacks.
Hellkite Hatchling / Predator Dragon / Preyseizer Dragon / Voracious Dragon Devour Dragons.
Hellkite Igniter Low activation pump which pumps by number of Artifacts you control for each activation.
Hellkite Tyrant Alternate win con by having twenty Artifacts at upkeep. Steal all Artifacts of player it dealt combat damage to.
Herdchaser Dragon / Stormwing Dragon Pumps your other Dragons when Megamorph up.
Hoarding Dragon Tutor for and exile Artifact card. Gets exiled Artifact to hand when Dragon dies.
Hunted Dragon Political Dragon. ETB gives opponent three Knight tokens.
Imperial Hellkite Morph Dragon. Tutor for Dragon when it morph up.
Jugan, the Rising Star Distribute five +1+/1 counters among any number of target Creatures when it dies.
Kilnmouth Dragon Amplify Dragon. Deals damage equal to +1/+1 counters on it to target.
Knollspine Dragon ETB discard your hand and draw cards equal to damage dealt to target opponent this turn.
Lightning Dragon Echo Dragon. Middle cost middle size.
Lightning Shrieker Self-protect by shuffling back to library at end of turn. Not too recommendable for EDH due to huge deck size.
Lotus Guardian Mana producer.
Mana-Charged Dragon Join Forces Dragon. Pumps its power by Join Forces.
Mirrorwing Dragon “Reflect” Instants or Sorceries targeting only it to all Creatures the spell controller controls.
Moltensteel Dragon Phyrexian Red Dragon.
Moonveil Dragon Pump your whole army.
Mordant Dragon When it deals combat damage to a player, it may deals that much damage to target Creature that player controls.
Pardic Dragon Suspend Dragon.
Rakdos Pit Dragon Hellbent Dragon.
Rimescale Dragon Snow Dragon. Freeze Creatures by putting ice counter on them. Creatures with ice counter on them cannot untap.
Runehorn Hellkite Exile from graveyard to Wheel of Fortune.
Ryusei, the Falling Star Deals 5 damage to each nonFlying Creature when it dies.
Savage Ventmaw Ramp by RRRGGG which does not empty as steps and phase ends when it attacks.
Scourge of Kher Ridges Board sweeper Dragon.
Scourge of the Throne Dethrone Dragon. Gets extra combat phase when it Dethrone for the first time each turn.
Scourge of Valkas Deals damage equal to number of Dragons you control to target whenever it or another Dragon enters the battlefield.
Shivan Hellkite 1R: Deals 1 damage to a target.
Shockmaw Dragon When it deals combat damage to a player, deals 1 damage to each Creature that player controls.
Siege Dragon ETB destroy all opponents’ Walls.
When it attacks, deals 2 damage to each Creature without Flying defending player controls if he or she controls no Walls.
Skyline Despot ETB you become Monarch.
Create Dragon token at your upkeep if you are the Monarch.
Slumbering Dragon Lowest cost Dragon. Slowly “wakes up” when you or your Planeswalkers is attacked.
Spawn of Thraxes ETB deals damage to a target equal to number of Mountains you control.
Steel Hellkite Spot mass removal through cc when it connects with opponents.
Stormbreath Dragon Monstrosity Dragon.
Taurean Mauler “Dragon” that grows as your opponents cast spells.
Thunder Dragon ETB deals 3 damage to each nonflying Creature.
Thunderbreak Regent Deals 3 damage to opponents targeting your Dragons with a spell or ability.
Thundermaw Hellkite ETB deals 1 damage and tap to each opponents’ nonFlying Creatures.
Two-Headed Dragon Menace Dragon.
Tyrant of Valakut Surge Dragon.
Deals 3 damage to a target if its surge cost was paid.
Tyrant’s Familiar Lieutenant Dragon.
Utvara Hellkite Create a Dragon token when a Dragon you control attacks.
Warmonger Hellkite Forces all Creatures to attack each combat. Pumps attacking Creatures.
Zodiac Dragon Bounce back to hand when it dies.

 

Zodiac Dragon

Eternal Power.

 

Dragon Buffet

Atarka, World Render

The World is just a huge Feast.

Concluding the article, Atarka is more recommendable as the Dragon Tribal army pumper than a Commander. Normally when choosing a Commander, I would look for low cost and very useful or game changing abilities. Atarka does has a very powerful pump ability but her high 7cc stops me from choosing her as the Commander. For her high cc her ability although powerful still feels somewhat lacking as a Commander compared to other Gruul Commanders like; Ruric Thar, the Unbowed; or Xenagos, God of Revels.

 

What do you think of the origin of the Temur ideal?  Do you agree upon our opinions on the forever hungry Dragon leader as just a Dragon pumper in the deck? Share with us what you think in the comments below. And with that we have come to an end for the Commander Review of Fate Reforged. We hope you had enjoyed the series as much as we had writing them. Here hoping to see you again in our next series of articles. Thus ending it here, as usual till our next article.

 

This is yours truly, Edward “Reaper King” Leong, signing off.

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