Theros: Beyond Death Previews – Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger and More
The second of the Titan cycle reveals itself in all its macabre glory! From the upcoming Theros: Beyond Death, to be released on January 16, 2020!
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Noxious revealed Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger! Kroxa has some truly disturbing art, showing a gaping maw as a stomach, and still adorned by the chains of her captivity even after his escape… from first sight, it’s clear she’s highly representative of Rakdos’s penchant for cruelty and pain.
Kroxa’s effect certainly does the art justice, forcing your opponent to discard a nonland card unless they wish to take a Lava Spike against a deck that can presumably capitalize on the damage. He has a fairly cheap escape cost at 4 mana and five cards, and it’s easier for aggro decks to reach that early, since they have creatures dying all the time. Once Kroxa Escapes, she immediately demands removal or your opponent is going to be taking a lot of damage – if they don’t have a nonland card to discard or their hand is already empty, they’ll be taking potentially 9 per attack.
A cute combo is combining Hushbringer and Kroxa to make a 2 mana 6/6 as early as turn 3. He loses his enter the battlefield discard that way, but keeps his on attack discard, making him incredibly punishing if they don’t immediately remove him.
One problem with Kroxa is that his discard is a fairly low tempo play, and an aggro deck really wants to be playing a creature on turn 2 instead, but you can get around that by discarding him to something like Rotting Regisaur or The Royal Scions or playing him + 2 drop on turn 4. Kroxa looks set to scare plenty of opponents who haven’t seen him before with that horrific art and leave them with some pretty painful decisions to make!
Alseid of Life’s Gift
“Alseid of Life’s Gift” W
Enchantment Creature – Nymph
1, Sacrifice Alseid of Life’s Gift: Target creature or enchantment under your control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.
HinaLyka revealed this one mana enchantment creature that is cheap and provides protection for your creature or enchantment. This is a cheap way to enable white aggro strategies and enchantment synergies for Constellation!
AetherHub revealed Fateful End, a run-of-the-mill red direct damage spell designed for limited, compared to other cards like Slaying Fire, Jaya’s Greeting or even Lightning Strike. Unfortunately, the card does not even exile dying creatures, which means they can still use the Escape mechanic (has Klothys done a good enough job then?).
Mark Rosewater, Head Designer for Magic: The Gathering revealed Icthyomorphosis, an enchantment based removal spell that blue usually gets in each set (such as Frogify and Kasmina’s Transmutation) but more relevant in Theros because this set cares about enchantments! Good for triggering Constellation and getting value at the same time.
Mythic Championship V competitor Ashlizzlle revealed Soul-Guide Lantern, another graveyard hate card to go with the set. Comparable to cards like Relic of Progenitus or Sentinel Totem, but you can only get one initial effect rather than a repeatable one so your opponent can play around it.
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