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Kothophed, Soul Hoarder
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Kothophed, Soul Hoarder
- Origins

Reviewed July 28, 2015

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.17
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder
 
I have heard that people are already designing entire Commander decks - and entire Commander archetypes - around this card, and understandably so. There are a surprising number of cards that ask you to sacrifice creatures or other permanents for some effect, and this turns any such card in an opponent's hands into pure advantage for you. I mention Commander specifically because it's harder for someone to use their devour deck to make Kothophed either drain all your life or mill you to death, but the times they do, it'll be a Magic story for the ages.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Kothophed, Soul Hoarder which is a six mana Black 6/6 Legendary with Flying that has you draw a card and lose a life whenever an opposing permanent is put into the graveyard from play. 

This is easily supported with typical Black removal options and preferably some life drain or Lifelink as a backup against the opponent wiping their own board.  The mana cost is a bit high for Constructed formats with an effect that doesn't do enough to end the game at that stage, so this is likely only going to see play in Casual, Commander, and Multiplayer.
 
In Limited this is a slightly risky card that in general should dominate any game it hits the board in if you're not already very low on life. 
The 6/6 with evasion is a top threat and easy first pick in Booster that shouldn't be passed even if running another color.  For Sealed this strongly encourages Black as a bit more than a splash and is very ably supported by any copies of Unholy Hunger that might be available.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


Armuun

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder
 
In a deck built around it, it's not bad. The downside is something to be kept in check, especially if you're running a grave pact sac-all-the-things deck. It has its uses, but at a 6-drop, it's not going to be something that'll set standard on fire. or any other format for that matter.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH: 4


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