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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
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Top 10 New MTG Cards of 2016

#8 - Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet - Oath of Gatewatch

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2016

Constructed: 4.38
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.38
Commander [EDH]: 4.38

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James H.

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
 
Overall rank: 8
My rank: 4
 
A 3/4 lifelink for 4 mana is surprisingly well-positioned in most formats. 4 toughness gets it out of burn range, black and Vampire makes it less susceptible to some of the common kill spells, and it makes your army bigger just by being on board. Turning all of your opponent's creatures that die into your own personal Zombie army can, if coupled with something like a mass burn spell or selective board wipe, put you in a unbeatable position very quickly. And just him being a 3/4 with lifelink is enough to turn a rough board state more in your favor.
 
He can even turn your token Zombie army or your other forces into more weapons for himself; a single sacrifice makes Kalitas into a 5/6 with lifelink, and that's a very tough creature to kill or race. For his mana cost, Kalitas is easily one of the best creatures printed this year.​
 
Constructed: 4.75
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4.75
Commander: 4.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
 
There's so much to like about this card. With all the decks in casual and/or Commander settings that are based around sacrificing creatures and/or recurring them for benefit, there's good reason to use effects that slow down or stop that, and Kalitas is much less fragile than a lot of creatures who carry his anti-graveyard effect. That's before you even factor in how well his activated ability goes with the themes of Innistrad's vampire tribe, and effects like proliferate. I'm not sure you'd pick him over Olivia Voldaren as the general of a vampire-themed deck in Commander, but they would certainly work well together in such a setting.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

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