Today's spotlight is on the more benevolent brother of last week's dragon Planeswalker. As usual, catch up if you need to with my intro article and the rest of the Planeswalker Deck Project!

If I'm being honest, I wasn't a huge fan of the decision to make Ugin the twin brother of arch bad guy Nicol Bolas. I found Ugin more fun and interesting when he had a little mystery to him. He seemed like maybe he was from The Blind Eternities, because he's super old and also colorless. Maybe he even predated colored mana!

Ugin was also a big source of information regarding the Eldrazi when the fledgling Gatewatch unified to fight them in the Battle for Zendikar. He told Jace an awful lot about them, which made me suspect that maybe he had a lot more to do with the tentacle monsters than the collective audience assumed at first glance.

Even though Ugin's origins have been clarified a bit and he might not quite be the link to them that I guessed at before, I thought it would be fitting to honor that initial dangling plot thread and make Ugin all about Eldrazi. Because they're devoid, just like him!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Ugin, the Spirit Dragon by Andy Hurst

'Ugin, the Spirit Dragon' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $47.57

Cards

Crumbling Vestige

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Crumbling Vestige enters the battlefield tapped.
When Crumbling Vestige enters the battlefield, add one mana of any color.
{T}: Add {C}. ({C} represents colorless mana.)

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Warping Wail

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({C} represents colorless mana.)
Choose one —
• Exile target creature with power or toughness 1 or less.
• Counter target sorcery spell.
• Create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."

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Wretched Gryff

Color Identity:U

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Emerge {5}{U} (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost.)
When you cast this spell, draw a card.
Flying

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Tomb of the Spirit Dragon

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: You gain 1 life for each colorless creature you control.

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Culling Drone

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Ingest (Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top card of their library.)

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Wastes

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{T}: Add {C}.

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Spell Shrivel

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {4}. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Void Attendant

Color Identity:G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
{1}{G}, Put a card an opponent owns from exile into that player's graveyard: Create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."

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Spatial Contortion

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({C} represents colorless mana.)
Target creature gets +3/-3 until end of turn.

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Thought Harvester

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Flying
Whenever you cast a colorless spell, target opponent exiles the top card of their library.

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Sludge Crawler

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Ingest (Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top card of their library.)
{2}: Sludge Crawler gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

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+2: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon deals 3 damage to any target.
−X: Exile each permanent with converted mana cost X or less that's one or more colors.
−10: You gain 7 life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanent cards from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Ancient Stirrings

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. (Cards with no colored mana in their mana costs are colorless. Lands are also colorless.)

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Complete Disregard

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Exile target creature with power 3 or less.

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Mind Raker

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Mind Raker enters the battlefield, you may put a card an opponent owns from exile into that player's graveyard. If you do, each opponent discards a card.

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Grip of Desolation

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Exile target creature and target land.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Blight Herder

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When you cast this spell, you may put two cards your opponents own from exile into their owners' graveyards. If you do, create three 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature tokens. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."

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Witness the End

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Target opponent exiles two cards from their hand and loses 2 life.

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Void Grafter

Color Identity:G,U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
When Void Grafter enters the battlefield, another target creature you control gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Deathless Behemoth

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Vigilance
Sacrifice two Eldrazi Scions: Return Deathless Behemoth from your graveyard to your hand. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Blinding Drone

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
{C}, {T}: Tap target creature. ({C} represents colorless mana.)

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Horribly Awry

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Counter target creature spell with converted mana cost 4 or less. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Adverse Conditions

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Tap up to two target creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step. Create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."

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Ruination Guide

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Ingest (Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top card of their library.)
Other colorless creatures you control get +1/+0.

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Catacomb Sifter

Color Identity:B,G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Catacomb Sifter enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."
Whenever another creature you control dies, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Elder Deep-Fiend

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Emerge {5}{U}{U} (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost.)
When you cast this spell, tap up to four target permanents.

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Murk Strider

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Murk Strider enters the battlefield, you may put a card an opponent owns from exile into that player's graveyard. If you do, return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Brood Butcher

Color Identity:B,G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Brood Butcher enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."
{B}{G}, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

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Holdout Settlement

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{T}: Add {C}. ({C} represents colorless mana.)
{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Ulamog's Nullifier

Color Identity:B,U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Flash
Flying
When Ulamog's Nullifier enters the battlefield, you may put two cards your opponents own from exile into their owners' graveyards. If you do, counter target spell.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Mindmelter

Color Identity:B,U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Mindmelter can't be blocked.
{3}{C}: Target opponent exiles a card from their hand. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery. ({C} represents colorless mana.)

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Unnatural Aggression

Color Identity:G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Target creature you control fights target creature an opponent controls. If the creature an opponent controls would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Oracle of Dust

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
{2}, Put a card an opponent owns from exile into that player's graveyard: Draw a card, then discard a card.

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Mist Intruder

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Flying
Ingest (Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top card of their library.)

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From Beyond

Color Identity:G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."
{1}{G}, Sacrifice From Beyond: Search your library for an Eldrazi card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Scour from Existence

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Exile target permanent.

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Seer's Lantern

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Ruin in Their Wake

Color Identity:G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Search your library for a basic land card and reveal it. You may put that card onto the battlefield tapped if you control a land named Wastes. Otherwise, put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Unknown Shores

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Transgress the Mind

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Target player reveals their hand. You choose a card from it with converted mana cost 3 or greater and exile that card.

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Oblivion Strike

Color Identity:B

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Exile target creature.

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The Game Plan

Ever see the movie Independence Day? We are looking to reenact that movie, except we will be playing the part of the Aliens, and we're going for an alternate ending (obviously hoping to dodge Randy Quaid in the last round). '

Our only real concern is mana. Most of the Eldrazi actually come in at fantastic rates. Several of our monsters need food from the exile zone and others are able to get their ingestion on. A few of the Eldrazi need colorless mana to be especially effective, so the Seer's Lantern, sacrificed Eldrazi Scions, and several of the lands serve as enablers. The top end benefits from sacrificing other Eldrazi to get a break in the rates. Keep in mind that because our creatures are Devoid, Ugin's minus ability will be powerfully one-sided.

The removal here is strange but potent. Grip of Desolation, Oblivion Strike, and Scour from Existence are all very strong, albeit expensive. Spell Shrivel, Horribly Awry, and Transgress the Mind offer some early interaction, and Spatial Contortion, Warping Wail, and Complete Disregard try to fill in the gaps.

Crumbling Vestige, Holdout Settlement, and Unknown Shores provide ways to get both color and colorless mana—something that's more difficult than you'd think when dealing with non rare lands. We don't especially need Wastes, but they're flavorful and work great with Ruin in Their Wake. Keep in mind that although we don't have many ways to gain life, Tomb of the Spirit Dragon plus our plethora of colorless alien monsters is a recipe for tremendous lifegain. We don't have to sacrifice it!

The Rares

I've thought this card was really cool ever since Battle for Zendikar came out, but I've never been able to find a home for it until now. We should have several Eldrazi Scions cluttering up the board, and we can turn those into the fuel for serious creature management on the opposing side.

Get your Thought Harvesterand Ingesters online, because the difference between a "kicked" Blight Herder and a plain one is night and day. An extra 3 bodies means 7/8 worth of stats for only 5 mana, and the bodies allow for additional blocking, swarm-attacking, or fuel for Deathless Behemoth or various Emerge hijinks.

Squidward here saw some decent Standard play, but he still feels forgotten to me. Emerge allows for this to possibly come out on the cheap, it's massive when it hits the board, and the combination of Flash and its ability as a "cast" trigger and not an ETB effect makes it extremely hard to play around. Because this is so powerful, look to play it when you can really maximize the effects. It can break a game on its own, so try to do exactly that!

Is this slow? Yup. But that's okay. It pumps out Scions and provides great defense, and eventually, once you're well established on the board, you can cash it in to go get Squidward or the Brood Butcher and start cleaning house. We have a ton of different Eldrazi that are all very weird, so having a tutor effect is valuable here.

Unsung Hero

Catacomb Sifter's position as "unsung" might be a little far fetched, as it was part of LSV's PT Top 8 deck at the Shadows Over Innistrad Pro Tour and it was a fine draft card in that format...but I still feel like it's forgotten about and at the very least worth mentioning. For just 1BG we get a 3/4 worth of stats across a pair of bodies, the Eldrazi Scion token can sacrifice itself for mana or random triggers if you happen to have those.

And speaking of random triggers, Sifter itself happens to have a fantastic one, allowing you to scry for free everytime one of your creatures dies (does not have to be nontoken, which is common among death triggers involving card selection & draws). Big Sifts here gets an awful lot of mileage out of just one card, and we will be delighted to see it every game where it shows up.