Koth of the Hammer


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth (DDI) Mythic Rare
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Mythic Rare

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Koth of the Hammer

Planeswalker — Koth

+1: Untap target Mountain. It becomes a 4/4 red Elemelntal creature until end of turn. It's still a land.

-2: Add to your mana pool for each Mountain you control.

-5: You get an emblem with "Mountains you control have 'Tap: This land deals 1 damage to target creature or player.'"

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Koth of the Hammer Discussion

ERoss8 on Mark Rosewater on Eldrazi, Slivers, ...

2 weeks ago

They aren’t even hiding the huge Bolas v. Gatewatch throwdown in Ravnica 3. If they haven’t come out and said it (which they might have, I’m not sure), it’s as close to official as you can get. No Phyrexians there!

Currently, the Eldrazi are finished. Two have been killed, and the other content with imprisonment on Innistrad’s moon. Highly unlikely that they do anything with them anytime soon.

Slivers (I believe) are indigenous to Rath. They first made an appearance in Tempest block, which is set on Rath. They came to Dominaria during the Invasion, and are connected to the Riptide project, as seen in Blade Sliver. Since then, they have appeared in Core Sets (and Time Spiral, but... Time Spiral), making me think that they aren’t currently a major villain, and Wizards isn’t considering them as a major player. They are also confined to Dominaria, and we just went back with none appearing, so there’s that.

And then Phyrexia. Phyrexia under Yawgmoth is dead, and has been for years. With Scars of Mirrodin, a new breed of Phyrexians was created/was there all along. The story leaves off with the Phyrexians taking over most of the plane, and only a few remain fighting them, including Koth of the Hammer. It appears that they’re story on Mirrodin is over, considering they’ve basically won, but that doesn’t mean they are. According to Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite’s flavor text, they are aware of other planes, and want to “convert” them to. In addition, in the Dominaria story, Karn digs up the Golgothian Sylex (I think?) to blow the plane of New Phyrexia to hell. So not only can the story be taken different ways, Wizards acknowledges their presence as a current threat, unlike say Tibalt.

Ultimately, I’d say that the Eldrazi and Slivers are unlikely to be touched (unless in a supplemental set, as was mentioned), but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Phyrexians as the next big baddie after Bolas is triumphant or defeated in the last Ravnica set.

External (non-lore wise) motivation may come from popularity. I’m not sure of exact numbers or what have you, although they exist (see: Maro’s Storm scale and Rabiah scale articles I’m to lazy to look up), but Scars block was fairly popular, and ultimately, the fan base voted for the Phyrexians to win. Infect is a very parasitic and problematic mechanic, so it’s unlikely that it’d come back, but there is much more they can do there that they could bring the Phyrexians back with it returning.

Darth_Savage on too easy

3 weeks ago

First the bad news Avatar of Slaughter isn't modern legal, so unless you are just playing casually you can't really use it. Second your deck is sitting at 67 cards, which isn't ideal and some of those cards aren't that efficient, when you are playing a burn deck the idea is to deal as much damage as quickly as possible. To that end something like Quest for Pure Flame, The Flame of Keld or Pyromancer Ascension are better options than Guttersnipe or Embermaw Hellion. Cards like Lightning Greaves, Crimson Wisps, Renegade Tactics, or Citanul Flute don't really fit and Myr Welder is a worse Necrotic Ooze.

You might also want to use Koth of the Hammer as your plansewalker of choice here and Fireball, while an iconic name, isn't as good as Banefire, Demonfire or even Devil's Play. A last thought is something like Molten Vortex, since ideally your deck has a lower curve and you have spells to produce mana. I hope this is of some help, good luck with your brew.

TypicalTimmy on how do i make tons ...

3 weeks ago

griffstick, holy mother of god that's brutal

Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Jaya Ballard

Chandra, Bold Pyromancer

Koth of the Hammer

Generator Servant

Infernal Plunge

Mana Geyser


Seething Song

Pyretic Ritual

Treasonous Ogre

Red Mana Battery

Mage-Ring Network

Desperate Ritual

Soulbright Flamekin

Braid of Fire

Rite of Flame - It'll net you for as the card itself with be in the graveyard as the spell resolves on the stack ;)

Inner Fire

Catalyst Elemental

Gilded Lotus and any of the other variations of it out there

Uhhh.... that's all I know of in red.

Icbrgr on None

4 weeks ago

I'd like an excuse to bring back Koth of the Hammer... perhaps retreat from Mirrodin because they can't beat the phyrexians.... run off to a place called "Tearrah"... (bleh).

Perhaps it would be a place with a lot of elemental creatures and there would be some mineral or something to deal with the phyrexians oil and purifying the Mirrodin metals... perhaps they would use the landfall mechanic.

ThoAlmighty on I Move to Postcombat...

1 month ago

Not sure what your budget is, but Koth of the Hammer and Chandra, Torch of Defiance are both strong mono-red support cards. Outpost Siege and Stolen Strategy are nice engines and mana sinks as well.

Icbrgr on Arena: Turning Skred Red into ...

2 months ago

I have a crazy idea that maybe I can take a proven deck type like skred red and perhaps i can pull it off as a "strictly worse" variant in MTG Arena...like instead of Koth of the Hammer have Sarkhan, Fireblood...instead of Blood Moon have Damping Sphere/Blood Sun/Alpine Moon..... and instead of Skred... have Shivan Fire ext ect ect.

Here is the Deck list idea... anyone have any thoughts on this idea or suggestions?

MTG Arena: Mono-Red

Arena [BETA]* Icbrgr


Kogarashi on Presence of Gond combo and ...

2 months ago

As for Faceless Butcher, you can cast it just fine without a valid target for its ability, because its ability doesn't go on the stack while you're casting it. You cast the Butcher and, as long as no one else counters it or something, it will enter the battlefield. Then its ETB ability will trigger and you will attempt to choose a target for it. With no legal targets, the ability will "fizzle" and be removed from the stack, but the Butcher is still on the battlefield.

And in general, planeswalker abilities are written in such a way that you should always be able to activate a plus ability, even if you get no effect from it, so you can actually increase your planeswalker's loyalty. This is why you can target a player with no cards in hand for a discard ability, or target a tapped creature for a "tap target creature" ability, and so on. Planeswalkers like Garruk, Apex Predator will give you an alternate plus ability to use if one of them must absolutely have a valid target in order to be activated. One of the few that I can think of where this isn't true is Koth of the Hammer, where if there are no mountains on the battlefield, you can't actually use his plus ability. However, if there are mountains but they're all untapped, you can still use him because you can still "untap" a tapped mountain.

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