Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vintage Legal

Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Legendary Creature — Eldrazi

When you cast Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, destroy target permanent.

Indestructible

Annihilator 4 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices four permanents.)

When Ulamog is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

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K34 on The Second Coming of the Spanker

1 week ago

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Basalt Monolith, Mesmeric Orb, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre is infinite self mill and tokens. drop the two creature to self mill for Laboratory Maniac

Amulet of Vigor, Mystic Sanctuary, Splendid Reclamation, Squandered Resources togehter create infinite landfall. Add in Tatyova, Benthic Druid for draw.

Muldrotha, the Gravetide, Second Chance for infinite turns with low life, or use Eternal Witness, Ashnod's Altar, and Time Warp

Tur on Need help with rules

1 month ago

someyummyrummy

In the combat phase there are a few steps:

  • Entering Combat
  • Declare Attackers
  • Declare Blockers
  • Before Damage
  • After Damage
  • Ending Combat

During each of these steps you have a chance to respond. (In fact, everyone in the commander group has a chance to respond.) Your opponent does not hold priority during each of these steps. Since you made them lose 2 life from Elderfang Venom before damage, they died from the state base action for being at zero or a negative life total. (Unless they had a card like Platinum Angel on the battlefield.) The combat damage is not delt.

In the future, it is very important to understand the steps of combat. For example, if you're opponent controls cards such as: Aurelia, the Warleader, Kaalia of the Vast, or Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre you have to destroy or exile them before attackers are declared. (Earlier in their turn or on the Entering Combat phase.) Otherwise their normal on attack triggers occur.

Gidgetimer on Stealing other peoples creatures and …

1 month ago

Small correction to the marked answer...

The shuffle ability on the Eldrazi Titans does not target and will not fizzle. If Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, or Emrakul, the Aeons Torn are ever put into the graveyard, the graveyard is shuffled into the library. If something leaves the graveyard between the trigger and resolution of the ability those cards obviously will not be among the cards shuffled into the library. If the entire graveyard leaves the graveyard before the ability resolves, the library will still be shuffled.

bhst5019 on Stealing other peoples creatures and …

1 month ago

Alright, last question it deals with Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre and Myrkul. Assuming Ulamog makes it to the graveyard. I can go ahead an exile it correct and make an enchantment copy?

SomeDipshit on Born from Fire [Rivaz of the Claw]

2 months ago

Conspiracy seems too tempting to pass up, could really do some bullshit with that --

work Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre into the mix,

Phyrexian Obliterator

Dromar39 on Help with a mono white …

3 months ago

Making Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre a samurai is just plane fun for everybody.

TheOfficialCreator on Why is WotC Emphasizing Attacking …

5 months ago

What Niko9 says tracks, but I'd also like to bring in another angle.

I've long suspected that WOTC's design principles actually favor blocking over attacking, at least in mana value overall. That is to say, since blocking can't win you the game, as TypicalTimmy said, creatures can be given much higher toughness without boosting the rarity. Hence why Force of Savagery dies upon entering and is still a rare card for 3 mana while Aegis Turtle is largely forgotten by the community, is a common from an underpowered set, and is 1 mana.

Of course, with special abilities on blockers, it's harder to grant leverage to what a blocking creature can do, simply because that shifts the gameplay to the defending player, and those kinds of interactions are, for the most part, something Wizards would like to avoid outside of flash creatures. That isn't to say there aren't those kinds of blocking abilities, say, Steadfast Armasaur or Spike-Tailed Ceratops, but they are rarer for a reason.

Simply put, attacking should always be more highly rewarded than blocking, because it progresses the game, whereas blocking does not. Have you ever noticed that a LOT of indestructible creatures entice you to attack with them? Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre gulps down your opponent's board. Blightsteel Colossus deals massive amounts of poison damage. Avacyn, Angel of Hope has flying and can kick your opponents in the face.

There's reach, and that's about it for blocking abilities that are evergreen. (I'm not even sure if reach is evergreen anymore.)

There used to be regenerate, which is a more defensive mechanic.

But, like I said, blocking only slows down a game. It's a crucial part of the gameplay experience, but it shouldn't be able to dominate.

Mannlicher on Psycho Bunny Wonderland

5 months ago

Preface:

This deck was an idea to use some of my old cards, and also see just how nuts I could go with Kwain, Itinerant Meddler. This deck is a spider-web of synergy and combos, multiple infinite combos, and complete bonkers level shenanigans lurking behind a friendly-looking magic rabbit. This is not a budget deck, but in a gracious nod to Lewis Carroll, it is incredibly fun to go "down the rabbit-hole".

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At it's core, the deck is group hug with card-draw, card based mana-ramp, and multiple options for life-gain. I use a few card-draw creatures as well, such as Shabraz, the Skyshark for their synergy with Kwain. Alternate win conditions include Approach of the Second Sun, Jace's Archivist, Windfall, Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, Triskaidekaphile, and Test of Endurance; but the deck is also perfectly capable of beating someone to death with a giant fish - or a giant anything thanks to numerous life-gain options paired with an Archangel of Thune.

The deck has several prison elements with Moat, Silent Arbiter, and Archon of Emeria, as well as Propaganda, Ghostly Prison, and Sphere of Safety. Silent Arbiter and Crawlspace help directly reduce the deck's exposure to attack, along with Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer for any specific threats or "when attacks" triggers. Finally, since this deck does not rely on creatures or doing damage to win, and generates lots of cards in hand, Meishin, the Mind Cage is an easy way to reduce all opponents' creatures to 0 power. For direct damage and targeted attacks outside of combat, the deck includes The Wanderer and Greater Auramancy.

Card draw, treasure tokens, and unlimited hand-size combine with four different Tutors, an Urza's Saga, and a Teferi's Puzzle Box help you keep multiple options in hand, and hopefully keep Kwain hopping one or two steps ahead of your opponents (Remember to use the tutors before your Teferi's Puzzle Box hits the board). Tidal Barracuda, and Vedalken Orrery let you cast anything on anyone's turn. Walking Atlas helps get rid of lands anytime it's not tapped (another combo with Mind Over Matter), and Drumbellower and Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset make sure you're able to untap on every turn, so you can play cards anytime - including win-cons like Laboratory Maniac or Jace's Archivist on an opponent's end-step, then draw for the win.

Circling back to Sphere of Safety - the deck runs 18 enchantments natively, but also features Enchanted Evening to turn everyone's permanents into enchantments. (The deck also conveniently includes Cleansing Nova to destroy all enchantments, which is an absolutely devastating total board wipe when paired with Enchanted Evening, especially if you have Avacyn, Angel of Hope in play on your side). With Enchanted Evening on the board and Sphere of Safety, every permanent you control also counts toward your opponents' cost to attack you for each creature they target you with. Comboing Enchanted Evening, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, and Greater Auramancy means every permanent has both indestructible and shroud, and prevents your planeswalkers from being targeted (or targeted for attacks) directly.

I am only running two counterspells, Mana Drain and Force of Negation, so the deck uses Dovescape to lock down any stray non-creature spells, as well as Tidal Barracuda and ultimately Forced Fruition to further reduce any errant spellcasting. And in this deck, Dovescape not only helps creates magnitudes of tokens, but each of those tokens is potentially an enchantment when it hits the board. With Enchanted Evening in play, those tokens, or ... literally ... any ... other card you play, combos off Archon of Sun's Grace to instantly create infinite (enchantment) pegasus tokens, and become effectively a 1 card infinite combo of 2/2 flying (avoiding Moat) lifelink pegasus. Every. Single. Time. any permanent hits the board under your control after you have both in play.

The Deck includes a The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale to help keep down on the riff-raff, (plus kill off a few billion pegasus every turn), and helps tie up opponent's mana; meshing with the prison cards we already use. For its own mana, there are some basic mana-rocks and a Smothering Tithe to help offset some of the higher casting cost spells if Braids, Conjurer Adept is not on the board.

The Smothering Tithe pairs well with sheer card-draw provided through Forced Fruition, Temple Bell, Kami of the Crescent Moon, and Kwain, Itinerant Meddler to almost guarantee several dozen treasure tokens each turn and help the deck rapidly ramp to maintain both card and board advantage towards casting an Omniscience.

More combo madness, Teferi's Puzzle Box helps spin through the deck looking for lands and combo solutions. Teferi's Puzzle Box also combos really well with Shabraz, the Skyshark and Alhammarret's Archive, effectively doubling the card-draw effect of Teferi's Puzzle Box each draw phase - and Sphinx of the Second Sun provides double the draw-phases per turn, so you're geometrically quadrupling your cards in hand each turn (and possibly playing them for free). And, for every card you draw, the shark is growing, your life is growing, and if you have the Archangel of Thune, everything else is growing too.

If you want to discard cards from your hand, to hit Triskaidekaphile for instance, or just go infinite with your commander, you can use Mind Over Matter, Omniscience, or Peace of Mind to manipulate your hand-size and either play or discard. The deck includes an Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Timetwister and Elixir of Immortality to shuffle your graveyard back into your hand, as well as Displacer Kitten and Angel of Finality to exile your opponents' graveyards with a quick bounce.

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Summary Combos:

Forced Fruition + Smothering Tithe == Treasure Tokens

Teferi's Puzzle Box + Shabraz, the Skyshark == Giant Shark and TONS of life-gain every turn

Teferi's Puzzle Box + Shabraz, the Skyshark + Alhammarret's Archive == Sheer madness

Teferi's Puzzle Box + Shabraz, the Skyshark + Alhammarret's Archive + Archangel of Thune == Same as above, but now ALL of your creatures grow exponentially, every turn

Kwain, Itinerant Meddler + (any of the above) == even more nuts

Kwain, Itinerant Meddler + Mind Over Matter == Infinite combo, draw your deck

Kwain, Itinerant Meddler + Mind Over Matter + (any "if you cannot draw you win") = instant win

Enchanted Evening + Sphere of Safety == every card you have counts towards attack cost

Enchanted Evening + Cleansing Nova == total board wipe (lands, creatures, artifacts, all permanents)

Enchanted Evening + Aura Fracture + (any land) == targeted removal of any permanent

Enchanted Evening + Archon of Sun's Grace == infinite flying pegasus whenever ANY card hits the board under your control, even treasure tokens from Forced Fruition.

Enchanted Evening + Greater Auramancy == every card you play has shroud when it comes into play, but will interfere with Mind Over Matter combo with Kwain.

Sheer Card Draw and hand-size + Mind Over Matter == you can tap or untap whatever you want, whenever you want, and you can reshuffle your graveyard with Elixir of Immortality or Timetwister.

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There's more I could write about with additional combos and card interactions, but those are the highlights. The deck is just all-out madness to play and can quietly build and recycle cards until it comes out of nowhere with an 600/600 flying shark. I enjoy it. I hope you will as well.

Thank you.

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