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Silumgar, the Drifting Death
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Silumgar, the Drifting Death
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.88

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David Fanany

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Silumgar, the Drifting Death
As he's the Sultai dragon, I'm not really surprised to see that Silumgar is a little more subtle. He's not as spectacular as his brethren, but even as the lone dragon on a given table state, he offers enough of an effect to turn the tide of some combats. Superficially, he also seems to offer blue and black a more proactive answer to the Vast Saproling Horde casual archetype. I'd be careful of relying on him for that, unless there are other interesting dragons in his colors in the next set or two.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Silumgar, the Drifting Death which is a six mana Blue and Black 3/7 Legendary with Flying, Hexproof, and whenever a dragon you control attacks creatures the defending player controls get
-1/-1 until end of turn.  This is decent as very difficult to remove creature with Hexproof, high defense, and evasion though it really benefits from additional dragons to be a mass removal engine that can end the game unless disrupted.  A Blue/Black or Grixis build to add Red for more dragons can be a viable Commander or Casual build, but the high mana cost with low power and need for unusual support will make this unlikely to see much Competitive play.
In Limited this is somewhat weak offensively, but devastating both on defense and for the potential removal it can enable.  A strong first pick in Booster that can be splashed into Blue or Black and worth designing around in Sealed if either color is strong.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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Silumgar, the Drifting Death
Silumgar is probably the dragon in this series that will see the most play. His six cost is high, but certainly reasonable for his abilities. Why do I think he's the best?
- -1/-1 to opposing creatures when it attacks. Goodbye horde of tokens. Want to block Silumgar? You'll have to have at least a 5 toughness flying blocker to survive combat. Any other attackers you have also have a better chance of surviving combat.
- Seven toughness. Not much is going to kill that in combat, especially when opposing creatures have -1/-1.
- Hexproof. Not only are you hard pressed to kill it in combat, you can't target it with a Hero's Downfall.
While the three power may seem a bit low, Silumgar is custom-made to go into blue-black control decks, and those decks are more about controlling or locking out an opponent than winning in any kind of hurry. Three damage a turn will knock your opponent down to zero soon enough.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

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