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Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
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Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed October 16, 2015

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander [EDH]: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
 
Ulamog's original title in Rise of the Eldrazi was, as you recall, the Infinite Gyre, a reference to William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming". Now, though, the emphasis seems to be on his conflict with Gideon, hence the Ceaseless Hunger epithet; ironically, his newfound ability to attack the library is more in line with the ways that insanity (caused by the loosing of the blood-dimmed tide or other sources) has been represented in Magic in the past. Regardless, he is still an all but unstoppable threat, and it's a testament to how much Magic has changed in recent years that hitting ten mana and casting a Great Old One is a game plan.
 
I've said it before, including as recently as Tuesday, but I wish there were still regular novel releases for the sets. I really want to know where Emrakul and Kozilek went, and whether with strange ages even death will die . . .
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger which is a ten mana 10/10 Legendary with Indestructible, requires two permanents exiled when it is cast, and when it attacks it exiles the top twenty cards of the defender's library.  Even without Trample or evasion this can still win the game and be difficult to stop for decks relying on direct removal.  With the high mana cost using massive acceleration or summoning tricks are the best ways to play this and even get around the exile permanents cost.  Overall this plays very differently from other large Eldrazi as it threatens the library as much or more than life points, which gives it a different role and decks to make use of it.
 
In Limited the high mana cost makes this very difficult to get into play, but with forty card decks it should always win with the first attack.  Barring a goal of a low mana curve aggressive build this is a top first pick in Booster and with a higher curve can be played in any Sealed deck.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH/Commander: 3.0


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