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. 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. Faceless Manipulator or Prince Taldaram can be used to copy Malygos for an even bigger boost to Spell Damage.
The most effective way to put Malygos' ability to good use is to setup a combo that lets you put Malygos on the board - often multiples of him - while having enough mana for cheap spells. Many decks have been created to exploit Malygos' power, with Druid, Rogue, and Priest being the most common classes to utilize Malygos combo decks.
Druids have many ways of both exponentially lowering the cost of Malygos or regaining their mana while also efficiently copying him. Dreampetal Florist, Aviana with Kun the Forgotten King, and even Jungle Giants and Twig of the World Tree gives them much more mana to work with after playing Malygos, while Ixlid, Fungal Lord, Gloop Sprayer, or Flobbidinous Floop copies Malygos. Druids can then play Moonfire for free for direct burst, as well as Swipe and Living Roots for extra burst.
Rogues have access to many cheap spells such as Sinister Strike, Eviscerate, or Razorpetal Volley, perfect for discounting with Emperor Thaurissan. While they can also create cheap 1/1 copies of Malygos with Shadowcaster and Sonya Shadowdancer, the most controllable method is to use Kobold Illusionist with Necrium Blade. You can also play Malygos on its own then Conceal it, but any non-targeted hard removal will ruin your combo.
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 was originally used to depict Kalecgos in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. Based upon the selection of Malygos art available at the time, the developers chose to use the image of Kalecgos to represent Malygos despite its technical inaccuracy.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-06-07).