Saturday Sep 14, 2019

Eldraine Previews and Kethis in Modern

Faithless Brewing, Episode 20: Kethis, the Hidden Hand


Throne of Eldraine is around the corner and the previews are coming fast and furious. Some look sweet, some look strange, and some look downright broken, including a certain strange woman lying in a pond distributing swords. That's no basis for a system of government.


In the meantime, though, we've got unfinished business with Core Set 2020. Kethis, the Hidden Hand had a surprising breakout late in the Standard season, anchoring a slick combo deck full of powerful legendaries. Modern has even more enticing options, but can this bizarre strategy withstand the transition to the lightning-fast eternal format? Or should Kethis be reimagined as the centerpiece of a midrange build? The crew has some ideas, so let's discuss!



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Flashback: Kiora and Niv-Mizzet


Ramp-less Niv-Mizzet (cavedan): Top 8 SCG IQ


Ramp-less Niv-Mizzet (Ihavethefire): 12-0 Modern Playoffs


Kiora Dragons: 10-10 leagues


Kiora Eldrazi: 11-4 leagues


Bonus list: Cat Jesus Returns (sketch)


Throne of Eldraine Previews


Dave has eight spicy hot takes on exciting new contenders for Modern, and Damon and Dan are eager to prove him wrong. Plus, don't miss our in-depth written article on the most dangerous card in the set, Emry, Lurker of the Loch!


Stoneforge Fishstick: A Brewer's Guide to Emry, Lurker of the Loch


Bonus list: Emry Ascendancy (sketch)


Brew Session: Kethis, the Hidden Hand


Sketch #1: 4c Value Kethis
Sketch #3: Project Keth-eX
Reference lists:
Standard Kethis Combo (Ondrej Strasky)
Kethis "KCI" (Matt Nass, test deck)


Abzan Kethis Station (yooisa, test deck)


Kethis Erayo (anonymous, test deck)


Kethis Emry Combo (Sam Black, test deck)



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