Tiamat was clearly designed with Commander in mind. When we cast it and its enter-the-battlefield trigger resolves, we get to search our library for five different Dragon creatures. This makes Tiamat a useful commander—a flexible tutor that can help us find whatever a particular situation demands. We all know how powerful tutors can be in EDH, and the ability to essentially draw five specific Dragons can lead to victories on the spot.
One possible pick can be Morophon, the Boundless which conveniently reduces the cost of the other Dragons we tutor. Similarly, Savage Ventmaw will give us more mana to cast more Dragons. Utvara Hellkite creates more Dragons when Dragons attack. Hellkite Tyrant can help us ramp by stealing an opponent's mana rocks. Dragonlord Silumgar can steal any creature or planeswalker, while Silumgar, the Drifting Death can act as a one-sided board wipe when we attack with a bunch of Dragons. Terror of the Peaks can be a good way to snipe the board or our opponents' life directly when we already plan to flood the board with big Dragons. Shadrix Silverquill is a favorite of mine as it introduces an element of politics to the game. Hellkite Courser can get Tiamat (sans trigger) from the command zone for free. Atarka, World Render and Terror of Mount Velus can be great finishers granting double strike to the team.
There are a lot of instances of the word "can" in the above paragraph—seven, but who's counting?—and that is no coincidence. All of these Dragons can be excellent under the right circumstances. So being able to tailor the perfect selection is huge.
The shell that enables all of this looks similar to a deck commanded by The Ur-Dragon, maybe slightly less powerful but potentially much more fun. Either way, cost reduction such as Dragonlord's Servant, Dragonspeaker Shaman, Herald's Horn, and Urza's Incubator is sorely needed to cast our commander and other Dragons early enough. Support like Dragon Tempest and Temur Ascendancy also speeds up this deck. Crucially, haste gives our opponents less time to deal with our Dragons before they do some serious damage.
Tiamat offers a lot of options for a Dragon commander deck. You can build it like a toolbox or go all in on tribal themes. A fun restriction to build around is using Dragons from a particular plane only such as Tarkir or Dominaria. However you design your personal Tiamat deck, I am sure it will be fun to play with and to play against.
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