How to Draft Lurrus of the Dream-Den

You open Lurrus of the Dream-Den in the draft. You probably know it’s good in Constructed, as it was banned in almost every format, but can you build a good draft deck around it? That’s what we’ll talk about in this Lurrus Draft Guide. We’ll focus on March of the Machine draft, but the concepts should be applicable for most draft formats with companions.

Lurrus is one of the most fun companions to build around, so let’s get right to it.

Companion Rules

If you’re a newer player, and don’t know exactly how the companions works, here’s a quick recap. If you’re a more experienced player, simply jump to the next section.

There are 10 different companions, all of which are creatures. Companions all come with their own deckbuilding restriction. (For example, Lurrus requires that all permanents in your deck cost two or less.) If your deck meets that condition, then you can use that creature as your companion.

This means that you put it in your sideboard, and you reveal it at the start of the game. At any point you could cast a sorcery, you can pay three mana and put your companion in your hand. Then it works just as any other card in your hand would.

Of course, you can also just ignore all that, and put the companion in your deck, as a regular card.

Is Drafting Lurrus Worth It?

Lurrus of the Dream-Den MTG Multiverse Legends Guide

It most definitely is. Lurrus is arguably the best companion, as its restriction isn’t too limiting and the payoff is amazing. You get a three mana (+3 mana tax) 3/2 lifelinker which allows you to play a permanent from your graveyard on each of your turns. You have guaranteed access to that card in every game, which is a massive advantage.

The biggest problem with Lurrus is that you really want to get it in the first booster. That way you can plan your whole draft around it. If you get it in a second pack, you might be able to pull it off, depending on what you drafted before, but it is quite unlikely. This deck has a really specific plan and relies heavily on Lurrus and the synergies it enables.

Lurrus Draft Tips

First thing first, don’t forget that only permanents are restricted. You can still play instants and sorceries of any costs, for example Deadly Derision.

Besides premium removal spells, your pick order really changes when you decide to draft around this cat. Here’s how you should approach it.

Be Aggressive!

All creatures in your deck cost two or less mana. As a result, your deck will be very aggressive. As most of your cards are cheap, you’ll want to be an aggressive deck. You want plenty of cheap creatures (both one and two drops) that can start attacking early. You don’t mind trading them, as you can just bring them back with Lurrus.

If you end up with a ton of creatures in your deck, you might also want to include a copy of Inspired Charge, which can be an excellent finisher.

Should You Play Fewer Lands?

You’re playing an aggressive deck with a lower mana curve, so you might think about cutting some lands. While, you might get away with 16 lands, I’d still recommend you just stick to 17 lands for an average Lurrus deck.

The reason for that is that you’ll need to pay three mana to get Lurrus in your hand, and when you play it, you want to immediately follow it up with another creature, or hold a protection spell.

You don’t necessarily need to be in both black and white, but in this color pair, you’ll have the easiest time casting Lurrus. If you’re playing another color pair, you still want at least ten sources of white or black in your mana base.

Protect Lurrus

Lurrus will be the key card in your deck, and can generate you a ton of card advantage. That’s why it’s important that you have ways to protect it.

Two great options are Surge of Salvation and Angelic Intervention. Both cards can also protect your other creatures, so don’t be afraid to use them when appropriate.

Graveyard Synegies

Sometimes your Lurrus will still die. Thankfully, there are ways to get it back from your graveyard, with the best one being Unseal the Necropolis. As Lurrus is the key component of your strategy, a card that serves as a second copy becomes very strong.

Unseal the Necropolis Lurrus Draft Guide

Of course, when Lurrus is doing fine and well, you can also get other creatures from your graveyard if you have plenty of them. Another upside of this card is that it mills you. This way you can get more permanents to cast from your graveyard with Lurrus.

Sacrifice

Lurrus also plays well with sacrifice synergies, as you’ll be able to quickly bring back your sacrifice fodder. Some interesting options are:

Similarly, you can play Springjaw Trap. In the late game it’s basically five mana for 3 damage every turn. You won’t have to repeat that many times, before your opponent is dead.

Game Plan with Lurrus

So all that being said, here’s how an average game with Lurrus should play out:

  • You cast your cheap creatures and start attacking. You don’t mind trading creatures.
  • Once you have three extra mana available, and you can’t cast anything relevant, add Lurrus to your hand.
  • Cast Lurrus, and immediately cast another creature from your graveyard and/or hold a protection spell.
  • Generate a bunch of value with Lurrus, and your synergies, all the while you’re getting some damage in.
  • Potentially end the game with Inspired Charge.

Somewhere along the way, you can also get Lurrus back to keep the value train going. Often enough, you’ll be able to simply outvalue your opponent.

Lurrus Draft Tips – Recap

Howt to Draft Lurrus of the Dream Den

Let’s quickly recap what you need to do draft a great Lurrus deck:

  1. Draft lots of cheap creatures.
  2. Have ways to protect, or bring back Lurrus.
  3. Use your graveyard as a resource.

Conclusion

That’s all about drafting Lurrus. For more information about drafting? Check our March of the Machine Draft Guide.

Lurrus, and the other nine companions, can appear in a special slot, where you can get an iconic legend from all Magic’s past. You can find all of these cards in the Multiverse Legends Gallery.

Until next time, have a blast and may your Lurrus never die.

5 thoughts on “How to Draft Lurrus of the Dream-Den”

  1. I just did draft for the first time ever and built a deck around this companion. I have no clue what I was doing, but managed on my first of three getting the opposing player down to 2 health and 3 health both loss respectively. After the first best of three, I understood a little about the companion and ended up winning the other 2 drafts best of three and won me 4 decks and another 1k gems.

    This was an interesting experience as I am no active Magic player but it was amazing to read that I had chosen many cards that where recommended with no idea what I am doing XD. I will look into some of those other cards though as I had avoided all cards greater then 3 combined mana and all cards that sent cards to the grave yard. Thus drastically limiting my ability with this companion.

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  2. Weird to see no mention of Dead Weight, which is the single best common (even over Blood Curdle) once you have Lurrus. You want as many Dead Weight as you can get because it’s just insane to cast every turn.

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