Kethis Combo Deck Guide

Our Kethis Combo deck list guide goes through the ins-and-outs of this combo build for the Core Set 2020 expansion! This guide will teach you how to pilot, sideboard, and substitute cards for this archetype!


Introduction to Kethis Combo

Kethis Combo is a new Standard archetype that started with the Core Set 2020 expansion, simiar to Teshar Combo. The deck is based on playing Legendary permanents to mill your opponent with Kethis, the Hidden Hand, 2 Mox Ambers and Diligent Excavator, or mill yourself and win with Jace, Wielder of Mysteries.

Players were craving for new deck archetypes to play in the Standard metagame, and the deck caught players by surprise with two players being qualified for Mythic Championship V using this deck.

Currently this is a compilation of information from various sources, we will update the guide accordingly as we get more experience with the deck and other players experiment with different configurations.

Kethis Combo Decklists

This deck was piloted by Ondrej Strasky and Stanislav Cifka in the Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend and both players were able to reach top 16 of the event. This is the updated list.

4 Diligent Excavator (DAR) 51
4 Mox Amber (DAR) 224
4 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
4 Lazav, the Multifarious (GRN) 184
3 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255
4 Kethis, the Hidden Hand (M20) 211
2 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
4 Fblthp, the Lost (WAR) 50
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
1 Godless Shrine (RNA) 248
3 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
4 Oath of Kaya (WAR) 209
3 Temple of Silence (M20) 256
3 Temple of Malady (M20) 254
4 Watery Grave (GRN) 259
2 Urza's Ruinous Blast (DAR) 39
1 Drowned Catacomb (XLN) 253
3 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220
2 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
1 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255

2 Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle (DAR) 36
1 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220
2 Unmoored Ego (GRN) 212
1 Jace, Wielder of Mysteries (WAR) 54
1 Urza's Ruinous Blast (DAR) 39
2 Cerulean Drake (M20) 53
1 The Elderspell (WAR) 89
1 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves (WAR) 224
1 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
2 Legion's End (M20) 106
1 The Immortal Sun (RIX) 180

This is another version of the deck piloted by sikolo that progressed to top 128 of the qualifier, that includes Jace, Wielder of Mysteries and Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle in the main deck.

1 Jace, Wielder of Mysteries (WAR) 54
3 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (WAR) 220
4 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
4 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
2 Lazav, the Multifarious (GRN) 184
2 Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle (DAR) 36
4 Diligent Excavator (DAR) 51
4 Fblthp, the Lost (WAR) 50
4 Kethis, the Hidden Hand (M20) 211
1 Urza's Ruinous Blast (DAR) 39
4 Mox Amber (DAR) 224
3 Oath of Kaya (WAR) 209
1 Drowned Catacomb (XLN) 253
1 Godless Shrine (RNA) 248
2 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
2 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
2 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
3 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255
3 Temple of Malady (M20) 254
3 Temple of Silence (M20) 256
3 Watery Grave (GRN) 259
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246

2 Urza's Ruinous Blast (DAR) 39
1 Shalai, Voice of Plenty (DAR) 35
2 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193
2 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper (RNA) 186
2 Unmoored Ego (GRN) 212
3 Cerulean Drake (M20) 53
3 Duress (XLN) 105

Kethis Combo Play Strategy

The core of the deck relies on playing legendary permanents to trade resources and mill yourself with Diligent Excavator until you assemble Kethis, the Hidden Hand with couple of Mox Amber, then you can gain mana by replaying the moxes, mill yourself some more with Diligent Excavator and once you have enough moxes you either mill your opponent or shoot them down with Oath of Kaya.

This section is under construction – check back later for more information.

Kethis Combo Card Choices

This section is under construction – check back later for more information.

Kethis Combo Matchup and Sideboard Guide

This section is under construction for now, but please refer to Ondrej Strasky’s sideboard guide below.

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