Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Set Rarity
Oath of the Gatewatch Mythic Rare

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Legendary Creature — Vampire Warrior


If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traiter of Ghet.

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet Discussion

Logics on Tremble mortals, and despair! (Rakdos Control)

8 hours ago

This is basically a standard deck I played back in the day. Modern is a very different format, running that much removal is going to leave a lot of dead cards in certain matchups. If I were you, I would do this:

+4 Inquisition of Kozilek, +4 Lightning Bolt, +2 Fatal Push, +1 Kolaghan's Command, +1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, +1 Stormbreath Dragon, +1 Young Pyromancer, +3 Read the Bones, +3 Night's Whisper, +4 Bloodstained Mire, +2 Polluted Delta, +1 Wooded Foothills

-4 Hero's Downfall, -3 Bile Blight, -1 Anger of the Gods, -3 Sign in Blood, -1 Terminate, -2 Desecration Demon, -2 Master of Cruelties, -3 Magma Jet, -5 Mountain, -3 Swamp

These changes upgrade your removal and early interaction, especially against control strategies. It also gives you much fewer dead cards, seeing as Lightning Bolt and Kolaghan's Command can go for the dome. I cut all of the weaker creatures in the deck, to streamline the early game's combination of disruption, removal, and draw power.

As for the sideboard, I think it needs a lot of work. You're already playing too much removal in the main board, and your sideboard is more of the same. The deck really doesn't need to be siding into removal that is worse than waht's already in the main deck. (Looking at Doom Blade < Terminate, Dark Betrayal < Fatal Push/Lightning Bolt , Mizzium Mortars and Drown in Sorrow < Anger of the Gods.) If you really want a sweeper, I would easily put in Languish or Damnation over Mizzium Mortars. I understand Mizzium Mortars only hits their things, but in the match-ups where that's relevant, you're dead way before you get to 6 mana.

My sideboard for the deck would look something like:

3 Duress, 1 Anger of the Gods, 2 Slaughter Games, 4 Gifted Aetherborn, 2 Leyline of the Void, 1 Fatal Push, 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited, 1 Languish

Obviously, this is your deck, so feel free to do whatever you want with it, this is just what my take on the deck would be to gear it more towards modern, so it doesn't feel like you have dead draws all of the time. Hope this at least inspires some changes, and happy deckbuilding.

TreyV on Black Moon

11 hours ago

Hmm, that is intriguing. They could work in place of Bloodghast, I think. I would want to move around the creature base to back off the BBB and BBBB ones, maybe even roll four Abyssal Persecutor and two Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Then lean a bit more on Geth's Verdict and Liliana of the Veil to make sure I can get Abe off the table at the end.

Talus21 on Vampire's Suck!

15 hours ago

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is not in the deck due to his price point. Thanks for the sideboard suggestions. I'll take a look at those.

Darsul on Vampire's Suck!

15 hours ago

Hmmm.. no Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet price point? I would main board Indulgent Aristocrat as well. How ever you asked for SB help, No artifact hate? I.E. Destructive Tampering. Stensia Banquet if you need draw nutrion.Kari Zev's Expertise for the when facing the stronger midrange deck. Just a few ideals.

TheAlexGnan on ToolmasterOfBrainerd

19 hours ago

hey man I just overhauled Bloody Singleminded (Competitive) and then went on cockatrice. I went 5-0 in best-of-3s against RG Valakut, 2x Grixis Control, Affinity and grixis delver.

I like this a lot. Its very heavy on cantrips but that never proved a problem, and ensured i hit every landdrop even on 20 lands until turn 4 to cast Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. It runs the full 4x Serum Visions, 4x Faithless Looting and 4x Thought Scour. I dropped the discard.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Rocket Science

23 hours ago

If you're going to go aggressive with Bloodghast you pretty much have to go all the way to dredge. Playing Bloodghast with other bloodghast-like cards is a mistake because it's too slow to work. Keep in mind that with Bloodghast, you're attacking on turn 3 at the earliest - not the best for an aggro deck in a turn 4 format. However with tempo midrange, that turn 3 attack into about a turn 6 kill but with disruption and interaction the whole way gives you the tools to combat aggro and control.

Also note that Grixis 'control' is still a tempo deck at its core. Minimal pressure from Bloodghast is much more relavent in a deck that can bolt-snap-bolt end of turn into a creeping tar pit activation on the next turn for 11 damage pretty much out of nowhere - add in 4-6 damage from a bloodghast and it becomes even harder to answer. In matchups like Jeskai control and Jund the pressure from Bloodghast is what wins me the matchup most times. And you can never ignore the empowerment Collective Brutality and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet receive from the inclusion of Bloodghast.

The biggest challenge is knowing how to play the matchup. If you playtest this deck against your own deck or some modern deck, you will make mistakes. I've been actively playing this deck online and in paper for over a year and I still made mistakes playing it earlier today. However through testing, the deck works quite well, bloodghast and all. I don't think it's tier 1 by any means, but Bloodghast is a great card for the deck.

cujo253 on Rocket Science

23 hours ago

easyzivi, the list you've been trying is a (relatively) aggressive deck compared to this list. With your cmc capping out at 3, you're running a hybrid grixis-dredge-esk deck that, to be perfectly honest, is a tad jank. This list, which I highly recommend you play with to see firsthand (even with proxies) is using Bloodghast for a different reason. In your deck it is more for dealing damage and activating your Prized Amalgam synergy, but the deck itself lacks a real wincon. Hopefully I haven't lost you, but the use of Bloodghast in this deck is very different. It is a lightning rod, so to speak. If it gets in damage, great, but even if it gets blocked, revolt is now triggered for Fatal Push, they will have burned a removal spell on it and upon playing a land you've gained card advantage, or at worst, and I mean worst case, it is at least fuel for a delve creature such as Tasigur, the Golden Fang. There is also the cutsie synergy between Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Bloodghast too, which while rare, can be very* useful in regaining life and holding up an impressive board state. Also, this deck's mana base has a significantly higher amount of black mana sources helping ensure it'll never be stuck in hand. I'm sure ToolmasterOfBrainerd has other (probably better explained) reasons for running Bloodghast, but simply put, this deck is abusing many more angles of the card than I believe you guys are currently focusing on.

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