“Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth’s fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread.”
—H. P. Lovecraft, “The Dunwich Horror”
Today we will be looking at none other than the new Darkness ruler from Curse of the Frozen Casket!
Umr At-Tawil, Master of 1000 Keys // Yog-Sothoth, The Chaos of 1000 Doors
Here comes the man with the key, to unlock this powerhouse of potential! He can flip for 1 Darkness Will with no real drawback to him! Does this remind anyone else of Baha Blast, or is it just me?!
No, No! Not Baja Blast, Baha Blast! The deck that absolutely swept the game off of its feet for the first 3 sets of the game, because of how overwhelmingly powerful it was, to flip your ruler for 1 Will than swing for 1200 while going first.
That’s the Baha Blast I was actually looking for!
This guy is a blast from the past for anyone who has been playing this game for a long time.
Back to Yogg, the star of this article. You may think this card isn’t the greatest because of the limitation of needing to have Counters to survive, but I’m here to show you alternatives to make this amazing Darkness Rush Ruler, one of the best rulers of the upcoming format.
Laevateinn, the Demon Sword
What this card does for you, is not only make your ruler revert back to Umr At-Tawil with its judgment available when it would die if you sacrifice the sword to the old gods, but it also gives your ruler [+200/+200] with simply resting the card, and not only those two outstanding effects, but it gives your ruler Swiftness too!!! Meaning not only will you be able to make a 1500/1500 J/Ruler on your first turn, you can make a 1700/1700 J/Ruler on your first turn, THAT CAN ATTACK YOUR OPPONENT.
At this point, Yog is basically a Mephistophiles for the low low cost of only 1 will! (That’s a low price!)
Laevateinn may be outstanding with Yog, but he also brought an amazing support packet with him from the abyss.
Along with him, he brought the Gate that he watches. The Gate of the Silver Keys is almost like a Barrier of the Shadows, but made for Yog. Despite it not being nearly as powerful, recurring a resonator from the grave is always super powerful as seen with past cards like Necronomicon.
The Nameless Mist is an outstandingly strong card that Yog also decided to bring up with him. This card reminds me a lot of Thoughtseize from Magic the Gathering (Seen Below) but this card is almost better in a way, because you don’t lose any life and it even pumps your own resonators to make those tiny tentacle slaps a little bit stronger.
Azathoth, Hunter of Reality |And| Priest of Darkness, Abdul Alhazred
Yog brought his grandfather into the mix, Azathoth, Hunter of Reality. Azathoth comes in with 6 Limit Counters and he can remove one every time he would die, to come back stronger. You thought Arla was the king of archers? You thought wrong. Azathoth can snipe one of your opponent’s resonators any time he would attack or block, making him the ultimate line of defense.
Is 8 cost too much for you to summon the lord of chaos himself? Why not do it for 4? In this reincarnation of Abdul, we see him as the priest of darkness, who can sacrifice himself to summon any Cthulu resonator, not just Azathoth, but Azathoth currently seems like the best option we have to summon at this point, unless we get something that could stand toe-to-toe and outmatch the lord of chaos himself.
For next article, I’ll see you all with a blast from the past, when we look at the rebirth of Arla and how Arla 2.0 will be relevant in the upcoming metagame.
I´ll see you all next time, until then, may the FORCE be with you.
by Robert Kraemer