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Erebos, God of the Dead
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Erebos, God of the Dead
- Theros

Reviewed October 30, 2013

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 4.20
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.25

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BMoor

Erebos, God of the Dead

DRAW CARDS AT WILL. When I look at this, I see the reincarnation of Necropotence. Sure, the mana cost means you can't just spam it and keep your hand full of gas-- or at least if you do, you won't have the mana to cast all those cards you just drew-- but it's still basically "refill your hand whenever you want". The life loss will add up too, of course, but you can always use Black's suite of lifelinkers and drain effects to squeeze your life total out of your opponents... who can't gain it back. The "opponents can't gain life" part of this is the least important part, to be honest, but you might be glad it's there.

The potential to be a 5/6 for four mana can't be denied either. Most games that I've seen a God card in, it acts sort of like a giant haste beast out of nowhere. Player A casts it, player B reads it, then counts Player A's devotion, sees that it's not a creature yet, and doesn't bother to add it into combat math. A turn or two later, Player A drops another permanent and swings with a beefy God card that manages to take the opponent by surprise despite having already been in play since at least last turn.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 4.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Erebos, God of the Dead

There are a lot of things to like about Erebos, not least the fact that whoever concepted him actually read the source material and didn't feel the need to add an arbitrary "lol evil" descriptor like with Dungeons and Dragons' Gray Waste of Hades or Gehenna. (Thank goodness for house rules.) His activated ability finally reintroduces Greed to the limelight, one of the first cards that was ever identified as game-changing. Laugh if you want, compare it to Phyrexian Arena if you want, but the fact is that almost every deck needs extra cards and doesn't need every point of its life total, and the ability to make such a trade exactly when and where you want is powerful and reassuring. A more subtle point that you may not have noticed about Erebos is that he prevents your opponent from recovering from any life payments they make. Granted, if they also have Erebos, you're in the same situation, but you can think of plenty of ways to put them under enough pressure that you still come out ahead - right?

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Erebos, God of the Dead which is a Legendary four mana Black enchantment that is Indestructible, prevents opponents from gaining life, allows you to pay two mana and two life to draw a card, and with Devotion of five or greater is also a 5/6 creature.
Devotion is fairly easy to achieve in a mono-Black design as many of the best creatures and enchantments have two or more Black mana symbols. As a four mana 5/7 Indestructible this is a top of the line threat for Black aside from the lack of combat effects, though that is mitigated by the prevention of life gain for opponents. The draw a card effect is useful in some situations and is a strong follow up to a life drain effect such as Grey Merchant. Overall this is an excellent card for Black and alongside a Devotion theme is a viable competitive deck in many formats.

In Limited this is clearly a bomb and obvious first pick in Booster with basically no drawbacks if a mono-Black deck can be assembled. The 5/7 Indestructible body is a great blocker or can apply pressure with minimal risk of removal. The draw card effect is useful when supported by life gain and preventing an opponent from gaining life is particularly beneficial in Limited. In Sealed running mono-Black is more difficult, but focusing on Black Devotion is still possible and even without Devotion this has value for the other effects.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


Skid Rambo

Erebos, God of the Dead is an enchantment creature that is hard to judge on its own. If you hate it when your opponents gain life then Erebos will definitely slow that down. Do you have a stack of Alms Beasts lying around at home? Maybe Erebos, God of the Dead would like to play with them. Now let us look at this greedy God’s ability to draw cards. (1)B & 2 life for one card is not bad, especially if you are the only player that can gain life. If you are a Standard player, then you might be a little worried that Erebos, God of the Dead was given 7 toughness. This leads me to believe that a big -X-X kill spell is on the way in the next few sets. Erebos, God of the Dead does not help your creatures like the other Gods, but Erebos can help your overall game. Of the 5 Gods, Erebos, God of the Dead seems to be the least “deadly”, but that can always change.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.5


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