Ancient Bronze Dragon – Baldur’s Gate
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2022
Commander [EDH]: 4.13
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In days gone by, there were people who took one look at a creature like Ancient Bronze Dragon, waved either their actual or metaphorical hand, and described it as a “win-more” card. While it’s true that a 7/7 flying creature would usually be enough to win a game on its own, remember that this particular example is designed for Commander, where you might have to deal with more than one opponent at once, and they probably each start on 40 life and have more answers between them than you’d see in 1v1 settings. A must-answer threat that turns other creatures into must-answer threats is a big boost to aggressive decks in Commander, and might even be worth using in some 1v1 casual games.
Now, if you really wanted to “win-more”, you’d pair Ancient Bronze Dragon with Doubling Season.
Constructed: 1/5 (only legal in Legacy, where green tends to use a different style)
Commander [EDH]: 4/5
Like the golden version, Ancient Bronze Dragon rolls a d20 after combat damage, and you get more combat stats on the board based on the result. The result here is potentially very scary, though, giving +1/+1 counters to two creatures. That naturally means that you could put 40 additional power and toughness on the board after one combat, and even the average result (20-22) is nasty. As always, this pairs well with green’s creature-heavy nature, but the threat this presents is a formidable one in any format. It’s too slow to ever do anything in Legacy, but a 7/7 flier in green is already an excellent starting point, and Ancient Bronze Dragon can swoop enough to make a game get very scary in short order.
Commander [EDH]: 4.25
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