Theros: Beyond Death Previews – Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders

Spoiler season continues with a legendary that loves equipment and artifacts generally, and will help you power them out much quicker! To be released with Theros: Beyond Death on January 16, 2020.


Here is the illustration by Ryan Pancoast.


Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders is stronger and more resilient than mostmana dorks, and gives a very real buff to equipped creatures. Unfortunately, he’s in a bit of a weird place because Standard really doesn’t have much equipment for him – the big piece of equipment is Embercleave, which really doesn’t synergise that well with him – you’d rather be going wide with attackers than ramping to Embercleave, and the flying and haste buffs don’t really add that much to the enormous power Embercleave already provides!

Dalakos has some good synergy with Karn, the Great Creator in that you can curve Dalakos into Karn into immediately playing a Sorcerous Spyglass or something that Karn fetches you and then running out a God-Pharaoh’s Statue or something the turn after – and that sounds pretty powerful, but quite best case scenario. There just aren’t that many good expensive artifacts in Standard right now, so it’s a little hard to envisage a good home for Dalakos – the idea of ramping to Bolas’s Citadel in Grixis is appetising, especially now that Temples will make this a bit more consistent, but it’s unclear that’s better than just playing Esper with a bunch of lifegain, which has more direct synergy with Citadel.

Regardless, Dalakos is certainly offering some interesting and potentially powerful things, here’s hoping the as of yet unspoiled cards have some powerful expensive artifacts or equipment to help him along the way!

Join us later today, as there are more spoilers to go! Find the full schedule here.

If you’ve not already, be sure to check out our Theros Beyond Death Spoilers page for the full visual card gallery of all the cards revealed so far, and participate in our Theros Beyond Death Preorder Giveaway that runs until January 8, 2020!



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