Hello, loyal readers! I've been going over spoilers for Magic: The Gathering's newest upcoming set, Theros: Beyond Death, and I finally thought I was updated fully as of yesterday. However, the weekend is often known to be a sparse time for new card reveals since the main Magic news site, DailyMTG.com, doesn't conduct themselves on weekends.
At any rate, while I am up-to-date today, I want to look into some of the previews that I may have overlooked yesterday because there were admittedly a lot of them on January 2nd.
So, we are going to go back to that day to look at other new, notable cards currently spoiled. Buckle up!
January 2nd, 2020
The first card I wanted to look into was spoiled after the time of writing my spoiler article yesterday – in fact, all of the cards in this article were spoiled after I wrote that story.
From a precursory glance, it becomes quite clear that Haktos the Unscarred is an analogue to Achilles, the famed Grecian warrior who fought in the Trojan War and died when he took an arrow to his heel. Technically Achilles is a Demigod and Haktos is not (but we will talk about that discrepancy soon enough in this article).
It's also fitting that another card that was spoiled is versatile enough to kill Haktos no matter what that randomly-chosen number is on him:
Erebos's Intervention is a card that will almost always be cast where X equals at least one. Because of this, the card will practically always have a converted mana cost (while on the stack) of two or more. Depending on what that random number is, this card can fell even the most invulnerable of warriors. Plus, something, something, exile X cards from graveyards, something something.
The last card I want to go over is a Demigod, which is a weird thing in Magic: The Gathering lore. They're always a champion of their God, and, so far, always have been Humans (or in this case a Zombie of a presumed Human). This trope, like the whole Kraken debacle, seems to not totally follow the mythology and folklore of ancient Greece (see: Achilles not being a Demigod), but Magic has to make use of tropes as well – even tropes like "humans are relatable," which they constantly follow when creating characters.
Well, Zombies are pretty relatable too, I guess.
For what it's worth, this is a great uncommon card in the set. I've been slowly but steadily working on a mono-black devotion deck on Magic: The Gathering: Arena and Tymaret, Chosen from Death will slot in very nicely. The toughness of the Murder King-turned-Demigod scales with your devotion to black, so in a dedicated black deck, this creature will be very hard to get through.
What do you think about these spoiled cards? Are they worth playing in Limited, Standard, or even Commander? Let us know what you think!