Thursday, October 24, 2013

Commander: Purraj of Urborg

I suppose that given my desire to use older cards, the use of a commander like Purraj was something that one could see coming.

Purraj of Urborg
Amber Prison
Powder Keg
Charcoal Diamond
Skull of Ramos
Nihil Spellbomb
Loxodon Warhammer
Nightmare Lash
32 Swamp
Spawning Pool
Cabal Coffers
Cabal Pit
Bojuka Bog
Do or Die
Consume Spirit
Sadistic Sacrament
Festering March
Bad Moon
Evil Presence
Phyrexian Boon
Vow of Malice
Phyrexian Arena
Nocturnal Raid
Ebony Charm
Bone Harvest
Chill to the Bone
Dark Banishing
Funeral March
Cabal Ritual
Shriveling Rot
Urborg Stalker
Spirit of the Night
Bone Dancer
The Fallen
Dread Cacodemon
Chainer, Dementia Master
Ascendant Evincar
Vault Skirge
 Phyrexian Obliterator
 Geth, Lord of the Vault
 Liliana of the Dark Realms
 Dross Golem
Royal Assassin
Sorin's Vengeance
Void Maw
Herald of Leshrac
Order of Yawgmoth
Carrion Beetles
Plague Dogs
Avatar of Woe
Leaden Myr
Pestilence Demon
 Hand of Cruelty
 Rag Dealer

The goal is pretty simple: get out Purraj, cast black spells to make her huge, work the synergies that Black has within itself (cards like Nightmare and...uh, Nightmare Lash) in order to win the game. I did what I could to get around the most common restriction of Black removal (it can't get rid of creatures in its color) with cards like Pestilence and Chill to the Bone and I tried to make sure I could attack graveyard strategies with Rag Dealer, Nihil Spellbomb and Carrion Beetles.

I even got all crazy and used the only copy of Liliana of the Dark Realms that I own, because why not?

There's also some fun dick move cards, like Herald of Leshrac, Royal Assassin or Phyrexian Obliterator, along with weird (or bad) cards like The Fallen, Hecatomb or Do or Die.

There are definite questionmarks, of course. Sadistic Sacrament is one of those awesome cards that can really brutalize a combo deck but it's very difficult to pull off. In addition, it is a pinpoint strike; is it worth cutting off two legs when I have to deal with six? Amber Prison has a similar drawback. Gallowbraid and Morinfen in the same deck may represent life sinks that are too much to take but because they're related (in Magic lore, they are brothers) I have difficulty cutting them.

Still, I think that Purraj is one of those commanders that has potential, simply because she can become a very strong threat doing what any deck wants to do; cast spells. That kind of innate power shouldn't be ignored.

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