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The Ur-Dragon
- Commander 2017

Reviewed August 24, 2017

Constructed: 2.38
Casual: 4.38
Limited: DNA
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.35

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

The Ur-Dragon
 
Other people have written extensively about how this is a reference to the five primeval dragons from the Invasion block, so I won't retread that here. I personally didn't really expect to see the Ur-Dragon him/her/itself after Time Spiral gave us Scion of the Ur-Dragon - it probably wasn't strictly necessary, but now I'm glad they did include it with this set, because this collection of effects is very unique and very well-suited to the tribe. The Ur-Dragon does have basically the most insane mana cost ever, but lacks the Eldrazi-style measures that prevent it from being reanimated or otherwise cheated into play, which is not only good for dragon tribal players but also something you probably wouldn't have seen outside a Commander set.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: n/a
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

The Ur-Dragon (8/24)

 

Well, this just escalated. A 9-mana 10/10 with flying and static cost reduction for the cutest of all tribes is…pretty good. And The Ur-Dragon has a very scary attack trigger, giving you a free permanent if it's out and you have one or more attacking Dragons. This is a massive advantage, and it's an excellent payoff card for Dragons. The cost reduction is also a good addition, since Dragons are notorious for being one of the more expensive tribes across the board, and making the likes of Thundermaw Hellkite a touch cheaper also makes them more scarily efficient.

 

The Ur-Dragon is very good overall. Of course, five color limits where it can be played, but…between its triggered ability and its massive body, I could actually see it getting fringe play in Legacy as part of decks that aim to cheat it into play (like Sneak and Show).

 

Constructed: 2.75

Casual: 4.75

Multiplayer: 4

Commander: 4.5


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