The 5 best Dragons in Magic: The Gathering

Dragons are some of the most powerful creatures in MTG.

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Everyone loves dragons in any game, and Magic: The Gathering is no exception.

Dragons provide powerful abilities and stat lines, making them a great addition to most decks in the game. There are various Dragons in MTG, some with cheap and simple effects while others boast expensive and game-changing abilities. With so many Dragons available throughout MTG’s expansions, we compiled the top five most impactful ones.

Here are the best Dragons in MTG.

Dragonlord Dromoka

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  • CMC: 6(GW)
  • Type: Legendary creature – Elder Dragon
  • Stats: 5/7
  • Keywords: Flying, Lifelink
  • First ability: Dragonlord Dromoka can’t be countered
  • Second ability: Your opponents can’t cast spells during your turn

Dragonlord Dromoka is one of the best Legendary Dragons even without having a game-changing ability. It helps shape up control decks reliant on spells since its effect prohibits the opposing player from casting spells during your turn, allowing you to do whatever you please without being countered. The 5/7 stats for six mana are also quite great, allowing Dragonlord Dromoka to stand strong against other creatures of the same mana cost.

Inferno of the Star Mounts

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  • CMC: 6(RR)
  • Type: Legendary creature – Dragon
  • Stats: 6/6
  • Keywords: Flying, Haste
  • First ability: This spell can’t be countered.
  • Second ability: 1(R), repeatable, Inferno of the Star Mounts gets +1/+0 until end of turn. When its power becomes 20 this way, it deals 20 damage to any target.

Inferno of the Star Mounts is a powerful Legendary Dragon, capable of turning the tides of the game if left on the battlefield for too long. Its ability to deal 20 damage to any target once you used the repeatable ability enough times can be the win condition in a game where it might seem that you’ve lost it. The only problem is reaching that point since even if your opponent won’t be able to counter Inferno of the Star Mounts, they will be able to target you and take you down before you reach its powerspike.

Ebondeath, Dracolich

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  • CMC: 4(BB)
  • Type: Legendary creature – Zombie Dragon
  • Stats: 5/2
  • Keywords: Flash, Flying
  • First ability: Ebondeath, Dracolich enters the battlefield tapped.
  • Second ability: You may cast Ebondeath, Dracolich from your graveyard if a creature not named Ebondeath, Dracolich died this turn.

Ebondeath, Dracolich is a powerful Dragon, capable of huge tempo swings as long as you have other Dragons to help him come back from the graveyard. Its 5/2 stats makes it a powerful attacker, capable of taking down most early to mid-game threats. If you have expendable Dragons, you’ll be able to keep resurrecting Ebondeath from the graveyard to unleash devastating attacks onto your opponent.

Scion of the Ur-Dragon

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  • CMC: 5(WUBRG)
  • Type: Legendary creature – Dragon Avatar
  • Stats: 4/4
  • Keywords: Flying
  • First ability: For two mana, search your library for a Dragon permanent card and put it into your graveyard. If you do, Scion of the Ur-Dragon becomes a copy of that card until the end of turn. Then shuffle your library.

Scion of the Urn-Dragon is one of the best Dragon-tribal Commander options. The five-mana cost requiring five different resources allows you to put it in any Dragon-themed deck you want. For only two mana, you can convert Scion into a copy of a Dragon from your library, giving you the ability to take over games by finding the correct answer to your opponent’s board until the end of the turn.

Lathliss, Dragon Queen

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  • CMC: 6(RR)
  • Type: Legendary creature – Dragon
  • Stats: 6/6
  • Keywords: Flying
  • First ability: Whenever another nontoken Dragon enters the battlefield under your control, create a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with Flying.
  • Second ability: 2(R), Dragons you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

Lathliss, Dragon Queen is one of the best Legendary creatures in the game for a Dragon-themed deck. You can overwhelm your opponent with 5/5 Dragons by playing nontoken Dragon units. While the effect of creating additional Dragons is strong, the two-mana cost effect to buff up your Dragons until the end of the turn is a great way to take over games if you have a wide board. While +1 to attack might not seem that impactful, it can be the difference between taking down a more expensive creature and dying.