Erbos, God of the Dead - Theros Spoiler

Erbos, God of the Dead

  • Color: Black
  • Type: Legendary Enchantment Creature - God
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Set:

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As long as your devotion to black is less than five, Erebos isn’t a creature. (Each Red Mana in the mana costs of permanents you control counts towards your devotion to black.)

Your opponents can’t gain life.

1 ManaRed Mana, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.

  • Sakashima the Impostor

    He is sexy.

  • harakka

    I knew I’d want him/her!

  • guy

    2 mana and 2 life? necropotence and yawgmoth’s bargain have spoiled me.

  • Oddly enough this has no synergy with my deck. . .I might get one to have one but. . not for my deck. . .

  • Jaden Ledkins

    I hate to say it cause, Erebos was the other god I was most excited to see (Thassa being #1), I feel that he is completely lackluster and and I agree with Guy, 2 mana and 2 life for one card? That is worse than necropotence and even worse than Read the Bones in this set. Maybe if it was 3 mana, pay 2 life, scry 1 and draw 2 cards, that would be better. The clause,” You opponents can’t gain life is so narrow its almost never going to be meaningful in games. Only cards it counteracts is Sphinxes Revelation, Trostani, and if you play devour flesh.


    • dude

      And I guess you missed the part where if you have enough devotion you get an indestructible 5/7 creature?

      • Jordan

        not to mention you win this game through card advantage. paying life is just a resource in a color that can gain life through plenty of ways. having an ability to easily draw cards is a very big advantage.

    • Kevan Kramer

      Archangel of Thune, Obzedat, and blood barons are also cards. There are others but those are some of the big ones.

    • Sakashima the Impostor

      It’d be totally broken and unbalanced if it was closer to necropotence, but I don’t even think you should be comparing the two; its like comparing eggs and potatoes. But let’s break down to the pros and cons of each, Necropotence never drew the card, you’d have to wait at the end of your turn, and then you couldn’t draw cards for your draw step. Yes, it is still one of the most powerful cards to be printed, but let’s look at Erebos. He’s an indestructible 5/7 that prevents life gain and immediately draws you a card for the price of a sign in blood. He’s a quick to cast, powerful draw engine for standard. The last time a powerful draw engine was printed in standard like this, it was Griselbrand and t was quickly adopted by control decks. You mention Read the Bones like its also something to compare to Erebos, when its a one-time-use sorcery and not an indestructible, reusable permanent. I also see that you’ve forgotten Archangel of Thune on the list of life-gain counteraction. I am certain that he will be used in constructed (He will definitely see play as an EDH general), and he might even see more use from there. I understand if you might not like it, but you’ve gotta consider all aspects of the card and not complain when it is not like something on the reserve list.

    • Silver

      Sorry dude, but after you said “its worse to necropotence” you lost all your argument. Of course is worse than necropotence. Wizards NEVER want to see that thing again (or the fact that is banned on legacy and restricted on vintage didnt gave you that clue). did you really expected an indestructible, splashable necropotence that hoses lifegain AND can also turn into a 5/7 for just 4 mana?

  • Kinney

    Reminiscent of Greed, although the ability is more expensive. Still, keeping opponents from gaining life is more relevant than people may think (unless your mindset is stuck in Standard, in which case you may cease reading). It’ll see some play I believe, although I think Thassa will probably win out as the go-to God for most constructed formats. Being a primarily EDH player, however, I am all sorts of excited for the gods, and Erebos will find a nice spot with my mono-black EDH.

  • Mark Rosewater

    I think people are selling this guy short. He cancels out obzedat’s life gain, blood baron, archangel of thune, fiendslayer paladin, unflinching courage, trostani, path of bravery, etc. the list goes on. I wish he was better, like his ability was “1B: Pay 1 life. Draw a card.” But I still think he’ll see plenty of play in mono black control.

    • Ben Ehren

      that would be majorly op since it is a reusable ability on something with a lot more to offer

  • Jordan

    this guy is busted. absolutely devastating.

  • GRUULman

    I like this card, but umm..It doesn’t feel like he is the God of the DEAD.

    Don’t get me wrong it’s a very powerful card since lifegain is VERY relative in standard, and the draw card ability is reusable. I just feel it would have been more flavorful if it had been some ability that returned a target creature from your graveyard to your hand. Such as:

    2B,pay two life and tap: Return target creature from your graveard to your hand.

    But hey just my thoughts…Anyone agree or disagree?

    • welan

      he is also the god of wealth

      • guest

        yea so sacrifice a creature to draw a card or pay 2 life to reanimate a creature might of been better. i agree, i feel like he is underwhelming but we shall see how he plays out in standard. unfortunately he will see little to no play in legacy since griselbrand already takes his spot :P

      • GRUULman

        I see. I did not know that.

    • Berdo18

      Wizards had to keep the rule as if he is only an enchantment. though your idea of “2B,pay two life and tap: Return target creature from your graveard to your hand” is more flavorful. enchantments don’t tap. ask if tapping is removed it would it would be overpowered and adding more mana might make it an unworthy ability.

    • Jack Feigh

      You have a point, a more “morbid” ability would be entertaining. In my opinion, this card is–in the Theros myth–the “antagonist” to the White god card Heliod.

  • ArcaneMelee

    A bit of a let down, especially when compared to the red, green, and blue gods. HOWEVER, he does have some nice synergy with Alms Beast. So if I get him, yeah I would probably run him. Or at least sideboard.

  • Nickerton

    Doesn’t stop you gaining life. This guy is totally an Orzhov card, can you imagine him next to Crypt Ghast? BEAST.

    Plus, having a pseudo-Greed on an big Indestructible body sure is nice.

  • David Meyers

    Turn 4? This guy beats THRAGTUSK!!

    • risu

      ok, first off good luck turning him into a creature easily on t4, also thragtusk rotates when we get him so it doesnt matter, and thrag was never as good as the titans

      • David Meyers

        someone needs a new sarcasm-o-meter

        • risu

          im just tired of thrag

  • Racyn

    He pretty much shuts down a control deck. No sustain for them and no card advantage. All in a nice 4 mana, indestructable, possible 5/7 package.