After 15 years, my oldest friend Munchhausen finally got his Magic-relapse. Together we were, as far as I know, the first in the metropolis Rolfstorp who began playing Magic in 1995. Now, 19 years later, we sat with his saved old common cards and talked about old times over a beer. Munchhausen had prepared an old favourite that killed all my huge Scaled Wurm with Mana Flared Fireballs.
During a sleepless night later in the week the inspiration kicked in and "The Dragon" was born as a seed of thought. Pimpvitational 12/13 drew near and the last cards to the deck landed the same week. The foundation of "The Dragon" was the same as in Munchausen's 95-deck with Mana Flare, but as always I prefer to win with cooler cards, so I topped "The Dragon" with its beating heart, Shivan Dragon! The coolest card in mine and Munchausen’s old decks from 1995.
The Swedish term "Shivan is a house" got a whole new meaning in this deck, when his first attack in the first tournament duel easily pumped up to 22/5. Gajols Birds of Paradise, who blocked this monster and saved Gajols skins only made a burned, black cracking sound before he fell lifeless from the sky. However, "The Dragon" breathes fire through many sources, and the next round Gajol got two Fireballs for 24 in the head! Overkill with fire is beautiful! :)
For the win as well as for the defense, in addition to Shivan Dragon, 4 Fireballs and 3 Eathquakes easily cleared the road. A little splash of a white Balance and a Circle of Protection: Red defended both against Earthquake and other "The Deck" Fireballs. If you are one of those who don’t hold Circles in high regard, ask for Elof the Mighty’s opinion who lost to "The Dragon" due to Juzam Djinn against Circle of Protection: Black.
Hurkyl's Recall was also a fantastic card on the defensive against the big guys and heavy artefacts like Juggernaught and Su-Shi. Or why not play it on the opponent just before casting a balance or a Wheel of Fortune!
Since this event was not only the first Pimpvitational ever to be seen, it was also was premiered test with Fallen Empire in the card pool, I knew that many would play black and certainly some red. "The Dragon" also saw a threat in the classic “The Deck” and Mishra’s Factory and therefore played many Blood Moon together with Red Elemental Blast in the sideboards to defend the huge Fireballs. Lots of Circle of Protection also caused several opponents to raise their brows and wrinkle their foreheads.
|Stalin blasts a Dragon, but the Giant Shark is still looking strong :)|
|Circle of Protection in hand when Mg combos out with Land's Edge.|
Now "The Dragon" crawls back into his cave to rest and grow even stronger... and who knows... maybe it will be you who gets to behold the horrific potential of the fully grown Dragon just before the white flames consumes you...
/Viktor "Oldschool" Peterson