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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 4.67
Multiplayer: 4.38

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
 
I don't know whether Ugin lives up to your expectations, as set by the past hints like Ghostfire and Eye of Ugin. I do know, however, that he is hard for most decks to beat - how many decks don't need colored permanents? Ravager Affinity and Eldrazi Ramp spring to mind, but beyond that? That huge loyalty means you need a card like Banishing Light or Bramblecrush, and the fact that he's colorless means that his caster isn't locked into a single set of protective or countermeasure cards. 
 
I'm also intrigued by the fact that he seems to be intended as a good-aligned (or at least not evil-aligned) mechanical counterpart to Nicol Bolas. I can't help but feel like that may be important someday.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


Paul

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Ugin, the Spirit Dragon one of the most anticipated cards from this set, Ugin is a powerful colorless planeswalker that can provide a tremendous advantage. The +2 allows you to deal with with smaller sized creatures and chunk a players life total, the minus X is a powerful board wipe which allows you to sweep the board of colored permanents this is one of the most powerful abilities and can single handily allow you to dominate the board. The ultimate is sheer card advantage and should end the game in quick order. In standard this card will definitely see some play its mana cost is high but the effects are amazing. In modern this card I see will be a superstar in Tron decks able to power it out quickly. In legacy and vintage this card has a high mana cost but could see some fringe play. In casual and multiplayer this card can sweep making it quite powerful and can allow it to build up again. In limited it can single handily win a game, Overall Ugin is powerful and worth the hype.
 
Constructed:  4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ugin, the Spirit Dragon which is an eight mana colorless planeswalker with seven loyalty.  The +2 deals three damage to target creature or player, which is always useful and with two uses sets up the ultimate with one loyalty left over.  The -X exiles each colored permanent with a coverted mana cost of X which is excellent against tokens, by not reducing loyalty, and can also work against some swarms efficiently when the +2 isn't enough.  The -10 has you gain seven life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanents from your hand into the battlefield.  That is an effect that should always win games and can be combined with many enters play effects or even alongside Eldrazi in a colorless Locus deck. Overall this is a very solid card despite the high casting cost and with some acceleration should be a popular card for quite some time.
 
In Limited this is likely the best card to open in Sealed as it can go in any deck and both the first and final effects are dominant in the format.  There is no reason to pass this in Booster as it will work for any build and also has very high value as a rare draft. The mana cost is a little high, but the format is slower and with a slightly above average land ratio in the build it should be manageable. 
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


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