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Magic the Gathering card analysis: Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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"Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth" is a legendary land printed for the Magic the Gathering expansion set known as "Planar Chaos." So far, this is perhaps one of the most useful cards to have if you are playing decks that have a good number of black spells. Should that be the case, you may want to have a few Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth cards in your deck. If you are playing an EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander) deck with black cards, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a good land to have.
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Like other lands, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth has no casting cost. Keep in mind that lands are not spells at all. Since Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a legendary land, it is subject to the "legendary rule." If there are two cards on the battlefield named Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth on the battlefield at the same time, they both get sent to the graveyard. In this respect, do not try to target Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth with "Vesuva." For those that do not know what Vesuva is, it is a land that clones a target land. It is similar to "Clone;" but, it only applies to land cards. Playing Vesuva on Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is the same thing as playing Clone on a target legendary creature.


What does Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth do in the first place?


Unfortunately, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth does not seem to tap for mana at all. It is not going to help you with mana acceleration or mana fixing. But, this land has a very useful ability. This goes well if you have nonbasic lands in your deck. When Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is on the battlefield, all of your lands are Swamps in additions to their primary land types. This is a sharp double-edged sword.


In this respect, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth becomes a Swamp and can be tapped for one black mana. By making all of your lands Swamps in addition to their land types, you could play a multicolored deck with black cards. This gives you plenty of flexibility by playing cards such as "Tendrils of Corruption" and "Korlash, Heir to Blackblade."


Tendrils of Corruption deals X points of damage to a target creature or player and you gain X points of life in which X is equal to the Swamps you control. If you have five Swamps and you play Tendrils of Corruption, X would be five. If you have five Swamps and ten other lands, you would only get five out of Tendrils out of Corruption. Should Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth be one of the land cards, you would have fifteen Swamps. In this respect, X would be fifteen if you play Tendrils of Corruption.


In the case of Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, its power and toughness would be 15/15. With such cards, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a good card to play.


However, there is a drawback. An opponent can play a spell that destroys all Swamps. This is something you have to be careful about. With that said, be careful when playing this card.



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