Urborg Syphon-Mage

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Archenemy (ARC) Common
Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana (DDD) Common
Time Spiral (TSP) Common

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Urborg Syphon-Mage

Creature — Human Spellshaper

(2)(Black), Tap, Discard a card: Each other player loses 2 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Urborg Syphon-Mage Discussion

Mandalorian on Delusional Agony

1 month ago

No worries AwesomeDoofus!

Usually when I see decks that are struggling to get their decks down to 60 cards I always look to the top of the curve. You have three 7CMC spells and two 8CMC spells. While these spells tend to be very powerful in most cases, they are also very difficult to cast outside of have Magus of the Coffers or Crypt Ghast out (which is slim since they are only 2 cards out of a whole deck). If you trim the fat off the top end of the deck you can then reliably go down some number of lands as well. Since you still have numerous five and six drops I would probably stick around 25 lands. -5 lands and -5 spells at the top of the curve means you only have to cut 3 more cards to get to 60! If I simply had to choose the 3 cards to come out I think it would be Tempt with Immortality to keep your opponents off the big creatures you made them discard, Blood Tribute because its a bit expensive for the effect, and Brain in a Jar because I'm not sure you have enough instants/sorceries for it to be efficient. I think you will find that after cutting some top end stuff and lowing the land count, your deck will feel a lot more smooth, less clunky, and efficient.

It looks like not only are you interested in making your opponent discard cards, but you have some synergies here for self discard. These cards also synergize well with that-

Faith of the Devoted

Horror of the Broken Lands

Zombie Infestation

Urborg Syphon-Mage

Asylum Visitor

Call the Bloodline

Pack Rat

Now inevitably your opponents will be very low on cards. To get more reward for them discarding and to punish them for having few cards in hand you can play these-

Waste Not

The Rack ex. opponent has 2 cards in hand, 3-2= take 1 damage. No card in hand, 3-0= take 3 damage

Black Vise

Shrieking Affliction

Liliana's Caress

Megrim

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PurpleSprout458 on Question Concerning deck: Bulls on ...

4 months ago

I usually use a suite of artifacts help offset discard effects like Neheb's: Fool's Tome, Bottled Cloister, and Gustha's Scepter.

With a deck like Bulls on Parade, I'd be far more concerned with the near-constant loss of life from cards like Phyrexian Reclamation, Blood Scrivener, and Asylum Visitor. I've used Trading Post and Urborg Syphon-Mage in the past to gain and still stay on-theme.

Also, I've had far more luck with Chain of Smog over Delirium Skeins, especially in multiplayer. Good luck hellbending!