Is Klothys, God of Destiny Great at Attacking Graveyards?
… Kind of.
Mike starts his analysis this week talking about how this card might interact with the newly-revealed Elspeth; and the Escape mechanic in general.
Klothys, God of Destiny can only go after one card at a time, and the timing has to be right. This is not a “Tormod’s Crypt” sort of card, especially in larger formats.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t incredible.
“Put me down for five stars.”-Patrick
Compare Klothys to Sulfuric Vortex…
Sulfuric Vortex sees regular play in Legacy.
Like Klothys, God of Destiny, Sulfuric Vortex costs three mana. But unlike Klothys, it can be destroyed. Moreover, both players take damage! Instead, here, the opponent loses two life while you gain two life!
Setting aside the life gain implications, that Drain Life-like ability — turn after turn — is an incredible deal for three mana. The trick to this card is that the “graveyard hate” aspect is not central to its general game play.
Setting Up Klothys, God of Destiny
Doesn’t Klothys ask us to do something to get it online? Sulfuric Vortex can just sit in play, but Klothys actually has to gobble on non-land cards in some graveyard or other to get going.
What about just playing Magic?
Just play out your stuff. Play out a creature. The opponent will either kill it or your creature will get going. What about combat? Creatures killing one another put cards into one or both graveyards.
Or you can fuel it yourself! A Lava Spike deck might love this card. They burn the opponent and create fuel for Klothys.
Klothys, God of Destiny is also great against Lava Spike decks! It is a persistent source of life gain. This is especially relevant where the opponent is putting cards into their own graveyard for Klothys to eat.
Corollary: Red Decks will be incentivized to play Grim Lavamancer more than ever (to exile cards from their own graveyards in response to Klothys doing it for you).
Oh, and sometimes Klothys, God of Destiny is a 4/5 indestructible creature
Seven devotion is a steep price, but you’ll get it online… sometimes.
Don’t look for Klothys to need to be a huge combat creature to contribute, though.
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