Esper Dragons is a very good deck. Dragonlord Ojutai and Dragonlord Silumgar make for an extremely hard-to-deal-with team.

Silumgar’s Scorn and Foul-Tongue Invocation are two of the biggest payoffs in Standard for playing with Dragons, but the 6 copies aren’t always enough. Scorn without revealing a Dragon can often do very little, and the impact Invocation will have without the life gain is a huge different in many matchups. That being said, how many more Dragons can you actually fit into the deck?

The biggest weakness of Esper Dragons is fast aggro decks, namely Mono-Red. You have some good early interaction that might keep you alive until the midgame, but tapping out for a Dragonlord Ojutai or another mana-intensive card can spell your end. The opponent can swarm around you or often go right through your Dragonlord with Become Immense or Titan’s Strength. A Dragon that helps to shore up that matchup goes a long way, and the answer might be this heavy-hitter:

Dragonlord Dromoka is huge and will make sure any race ends in your favor. Without Temur Battle Rage, there is no real attacking through Dromoka. Getting to untap likely means the race is over. The mana is pretty easy to come by with Canopy Vista when you already have Flooded Strands and Haven of the Spirit Dragons. Interestingly, Dragonlord Dromoka has some nice synergy with Dragonlord Ojutai—preventing your opponent from casting spells on your turn guarantees that you will get your card advantage from the attack before your opponent can attempt to remove your giant Dragon!

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Esper Dragons Green

By REALIZE, 5-0 in an MTGO Standard League