Spell Damage +5
Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!
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Strategy[edit | edit source]
Malygos has one main goal: Spell Damage. Malygos gives 5 Spell Damage, which is the most any single card currently gives. This makes a spell like Fireball deal 11 damage for 4 mana. You would usually play him in a deck with lots of cheap damaging spells. In this type of deck, he would act as a win condition since your spells in hand should be able to do over 30 damage.
Because Malygos costs 9 mana, you will probably not be able to utilise his ability until your next turn. Even with 12 health, he is still vulnerable to hard removal such as Hex. As such, some way of protecting Malygos is often very useful, for example, the rogue spell conceal is able to protect him from most threats.
An alternative strategy would be to try and play all the spells the same turn he is played. To get around the 9 mana cost, you will need serious mana reduction/generation. Emperor Thaurissan is excellent in this role as he not only lowers the cost of Malygos, he also reduces the cost of the spells you want to play with him. Alternatives include the druid spell innervate, a previously played Sorcerer's Apprentice, or simply using extremely cheap spells to begin with (like Moonfire). Arcane Blast is especially effective in harnessing Malygos' Spell Damage.
Malygos can be copied by Faceless Manipulator to bring a second copy of himself onto the field, providing a total of 10 Spell Damage. This can be repeated with a second Faceless Manipulator for a total of 15 Spell Damage. However, this is unnecessary as 5 spell damage should already be enough to win the game.
If your opponent plays Malygos and still has cards in hand, you should usually assume that your opponent will be able to kill you next turn if you don't deal with it. (The only case this isn't true is if you know what cards your opponent can have and know it's not enough.) As such, getting rid of Malygos should be a top priority. Hard removal is best if you have some. Silence will usually prevent immediate death, though it has the problem of leaving a 4/12 body on the board. Killing your own Sylvanas Windrunner is a very good way of getting around a Conceal or other source of Stealth. Finally, playing Loatheb is a good response to Malygos as it will usually prevent the opponent from playing the spells they need to win the game.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- I am the essence of magic!
- You are finished!
Lore[edit | edit source]
- Malygos, the Aspect of Magic and leader of the blue dragonflight, began a terrible war to purge the world of "rogue" magic users, including the Kirin Tor of Dalaran. Realizing the situation had grown out of hand, Alexstrasza rallied the remaining dragonflights in the Wyrmrest Accord to combat Malygos' genocidal crusade. After much conflict around the Nexus, heroes entered Malygos' inner sanctum with the aid of the red dragonflight and defeated him, ending the war and depriving magic of its appointed guardian at a crucial turning point. Malygos is also known as the Spell-weaver, the guardian of magic and hidden arcanum.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This card's art actually depicts Kalecgos, a blue dragon who briefly became the Aspect of Magic in Malygos' place, after his demise during the events of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Based upon the selection of Malygos art available at the time, the developers chose the current image of Kalecgos despite its technical inaccuracy.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Ben Brode. (2014-06-07).