Keranos, God of Storms
– Secret Lair
March 3, 2020
Commander [EDH]: 4.00
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
There have been a lot of blue-red cards recently that explicitly go into the “spellslinger” style of deck. This is cool, but there’s plenty of room for other styles of play in the color combination, and plenty of room for cards that are more general or fit multiple styles. Keranos is an example of the second: his ability obviously helps in the traditional spellslinger deck, keeping both its game plans moving. But he works just as well in midrange decks that need a little extra value, and he could even fit in certain kinds of control decks that can use his versatility. It’s also notable to me how well he goes with the “second card drawn this turn” sub-theme from Throne of Eldraine.
When you turn every draw step into either another draw or a Lightning Bolt, you’re in a pretty good place. Keranos, God of Storms is certainly an expensive creature, but he can have a lot of impact as a finisher in a long game. He even sees some sparing play in Legacy, Pioneer, and Modern, as he presents a hard-to-answer clock that can kill very efficiently or a hard-to-remove draw engine. That he’s both of these things makes him really valuable to decks in his colors, even if 5 mana makes him more of a late-game fallback than an early game engine. Being in the “spellslinger” colors means his 6/5 body is often less relevant, but Keranos has a lot to offer to any deck in his colors, and even more competitive decks like a late-game card draw engine that can also just kill your opponents over enough turns.
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