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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Is Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet Going to Be Explorer’s Best Creature?

One of the three revealed cards for the first Explorer Anthology is Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet! Will Kalitas be the best creature moving forward and what two decks will it's presence vastly improve?

Hello everyone!

While the full Explorer Anthology 1 list is going to be released next week, we have 3 previews to work through with Favored Hoplite, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, and Supreme Verdict.

For this article, we’re going over the extremely powerful Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

So what makes Kalitas so good? Let’s break it down.

First off, it’s a 4 mana 3/4 lifelink which isn’t a terrible stat line by any stretch, but by itself wouldn’t see play. However, it obviously doesn’t stop there. Kalitas is a graveyard hoser and Zombie producer all in one! With each creature that dies on the opponent’s side, it gets exiled permanently on top of you getting a 2/2 out of the deal! Being able to convert cheap removal into bodies is an amazing ability.

To top it all off, you can sacrifice the Zombies your produce or Vampires to grow Kalitas and make its lifelinking body that much more threatening.

So clearly this card does a lot, but where does it fit?

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The most natural home for this deck is Explorer Rakdos Midrange. Considering how many pieces of removal the deck naturally wants to play, Kalitas is a humongous threat in this deck. While the creature matchups were already good, Kalitas is going to make it that much better and push Rakdos even further ahead of other decks.

While Rakdos Midrange or any heavy removal deck will love to play this, another deck that gets a huge boost from this inclusion is actually Explorer Mono Black Vampires! Vampires hasn’t seen too much play in Pioneer, but it was a reasonably strong deck at one point, and with a lot of Pioneer’s best decks still out of the format, it may have a chance to shine again. Kalitas is great, but Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is even more ridiculous.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Kalitas is truly the whole package. It can help you stabilize if you’re behind or launch you hilariously ahead if you have additional removal spells to work with. As powerful as Kalitas is, you do need some additional removal to make Kalitas shine, but that isn’t too tall of an ask. However, you do also want to be facing a deck that plays creatures as, if you’re facing a Control deck, this will be an overcosted beater. Nevertheless, I do believe that this will be the best creature in Explorer as it just does so much for the cost.

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Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on
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