If you've been following the Planeswalker Deck Project since the beginning, you'll notice that we've featured Sarkan a few times. We had the Fires of Yavimaya/Echo version, the Energy version, and the Sacrifice-heavy version. That's already a pretty decent mix for the character!

Now, at long last, it's time for Sarkhan to team up with some Dragons. The reason for this is simple: Sarkhan, Fireblood isn't good at anything else! This particular version of the planeswalker is a simple man with simple wants: to cast dragons or put them into play—or, failing that, to loot away trivial resources to find more dragons. 

So that's what we'll do. But which dragons to cast? Great question…

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Sarkhan, Fireblood by Andy Hurst

'Sarkhan, Fireblood' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $30.14

Cards

Vial of Dragonfire

Market Price: $0.02

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Vial of Dragonfire: It deals 2 damage to target creature.

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Structural Distortion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.03

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Exile target artifact or land. Structural Distortion deals 2 damage to that permanent's controller.

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Flame Sweep

Color Identity:R

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Flame Sweep deals 2 damage to each creature except for creatures you control with flying.

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Mishra's Bauble

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{T}, Sacrifice Mishra's Bauble: Look at the top card of target player's library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Blood Knight

Color Identity:R

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First strike, protection from white

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Sarkhan's Catharsis

Color Identity:R

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Sarkhan's Catharsis deals 5 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Scrabbling Claws

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Exile target card from a graveyard. Draw a card.

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Lava-Field Overlord

Color Identity:R

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Assist (Another player can pay up to {7} of this spell's cost.)
Flying
When Lava-Field Overlord enters the battlefield, it deals 4 damage to target creature an opponent controls.

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Talon of Pain

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Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain.
{X}, {T}, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: It deals X damage to any target.

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Sarkhan, Fireblood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.50

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+1: You may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.
+1: Add two mana in any combination of colors. Spend this mana only to cast Dragon spells.
−7: Create four 5/5 red Dragon creature tokens with flying.

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Shivan Fire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.03

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Shivan Fire deals 2 damage to target creature. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Hellkite Whelp

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Whenever Hellkite Whelp attacks, it deals 1 damage to target creature defending player controls.

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Dragon Mask

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{3}, {T}: Target creature you control gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Return it to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step. (Return it only if it's on the battlefield.)

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Staff of the Flame Magus

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Whenever you cast a red spell or a Mountain enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.

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Sarkhan's Whelp

Color Identity:R

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Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
Whenever you activate an ability of a Sarkhan planeswalker, Sarkhan's Whelp deals 1 damage to any target.

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Dragon Fodder

Color Identity:R

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Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Sarkhan's Rage

Color Identity:R

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Sarkhan's Rage deals 5 damage to any target. If you control no Dragons, Sarkhan's Rage deals 2 damage to you.

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Cryptic Caves

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Cryptic Caves: Draw a card. Activate only if you control five or more lands.

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Dragonloft Idol

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As long as you control a Dragon, Dragonloft Idol gets +1/+1 and has flying and trample.

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Sparktongue Dragon

Color Identity:R

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Flying
When Sparktongue Dragon enters the battlefield, you may pay {2}{R}. When you do, it deals 3 damage to any target.

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Tectonic Edge

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Tectonic Edge: Destroy target nonbasic land. Activate only if an opponent controls four or more lands.

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Shivan Dragon

Color Identity:R

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Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
{R}: Shivan Dragon gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Kargan Dragonrider

Color Identity:R

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As long as you control a Dragon, Kargan Dragonrider has flying. (It can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)

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Dragon's Hoard

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Whenever a Dragon enters the battlefield under your control, put a gold counter on Dragon's Hoard.
{T}, Remove a gold counter from Dragon's Hoard: Draw a card.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Smoldering Crater

Color Identity:R

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Smoldering Crater enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Merchant of the Vale // Haggle

Color Identity:R

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Furnace Whelp

Color Identity:R

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Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
{R}: Furnace Whelp gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Bogardan Dragonheart

Color Identity:R

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Sacrifice another creature: Until end of turn, Bogardan Dragonheart becomes a Dragon with base power and toughness 4/4, flying, and haste.

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Drakuseth, Maw of Flames

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Whenever Drakuseth, Maw of Flames attacks, it deals 4 damage to any target and 3 damage to each of up to two other targets.

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Two-Headed Dragon

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)
Two-Headed Dragon can block an additional creature each combat.
{1}{R}: Two-Headed Dragon gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

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Dragon Whelp

Color Identity:R

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Flying
{R}: Dragon Whelp gets +1/+0 until end of turn. If this ability has been activated four or more times this turn, sacrifice Dragon Whelp at the beginning of the next end step.

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Bathe in Dragonfire

Color Identity:R

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Bathe in Dragonfire deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Jayemdae Tome

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{4}, {T}: Draw a card.

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Dragon Egg

Color Identity:R

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Defender
When Dragon Egg dies, create a 2/2 red Dragon creature token with flying and "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn."

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War-Spike Changeling

Color Identity:R

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
{R}: War-Spike Changeling gains first strike until end of turn.

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Furious Rise

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of your end step, if you control a creature with power 4 or greater, exile the top card of your library. You may play that card until you exile another card with Furious Rise.

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Ghitu Encampment

Color Identity:R

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Ghitu Encampment enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}: Ghitu Encampment becomes a 2/1 red Warrior creature with first strike until end of turn. It's still a land. (It deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)

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Dragonspeaker Shaman

Color Identity:R

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Dragon spells you cast cost {2} less to cast.

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Scorching Dragonfire

Color Identity:R

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Scorching Dragonfire deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that creature or planeswalker would die this turn, exile it instead.

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The Game Plan

Here there be Dragons! Our Rare creatures are all enormous and game ending, so hopefully we'll slam one of those into play and ride its scales to victory. The rest of the deck is geared towards buying time and using some okay-to-below-average dragons and dragon associates to gum up the ground. Maybe in some circumstances that'll be enough to steal a victory, but the Rares are the key. 

We've got a fine chunk of support spells to help get us there. Shivan Fire, Scorching Dragonfire, and Bathe in Dragonfire are all decent cheap removal spells. Mishra's Bauble and Scrabbling Claws can cantrip while providing incidental value sometimes as well. Staff of the Flame Magus and Jayemdae Tome are both extremely slow, admittedly, but they can help secure the game in different ways if things start to go long. 

Our early creatures are...fine. Blood Knight is really hoping that the First Strike can hold the fort, and some of the medium-range Dragons like the whelps can slam hard if allowed a few uncontested hits. Merchant of the Vale is here to help us dig for the big beasties. 

The Rares

The OG! For many old school players, this is THE iconic Magic card. Old Shivan is one of the Rares that I knew had to be included in this project, since it's a fine creature and still a strong Rare, but it's not really legal in any format while also being good. (Well, except for maybe Old School, and I don't have that kinda cash sitting around.) As iconic as the original art is, the second art by Donato is also great. It's a rare thing to have artwork for iconic cards remain excellent over multiple printings!

This big fella is actually a little sub-par for chase Dragons these days, but I think its flavor is excellent, and it's still quite powerful. Menace, blocking two creatures, and double firebreathing make up a very intuitive package for a Dragon that's got two heads. 

This lady doesn't mess around! The goal with Drakuseth is to make it to the attack phase with her. If we get there, it's tough to imagine losing. Splitting 17 damage with an attack step is absolutely bonkers, and if not answered immediately, will have us in Khaleesi Mode. Dracarys indeed. 

Most of the time, Manaliths aren't terribly desirable—especially in a Mono-Red deck! But here, we do have several creatures with the Dragon type, and that can add counters to the Hoard and give us a tasty little draw engine. Keeping the cards flowing and facilitating the bombs? Don't mind if we do. 

Unsung Hero

Flavorfully, this is a bit of a stretch. But I imagine Dragons have talons, and I'm sure those talons cause pain! So I'll take it, whatever. It's a neat ability. Importantly, we don't have to sacrifice the Talon when we use it. It's a solid companion for our early drops that are trying to nickel and dime the opponent for a few before the Rares show up. Incidentally, having a potent removal spell or Fireball sitting around on the table can make the difference on a contested board.