Optimizing Kethis Combo In Historic For This Weekend’s Arena Open

Emma Handy made Mythic on MTG Arena with her spin on Kethis Combo in Historic! The Rivals member breaks down her list card-by-card.

Kethis, the Hidden Hand, illustrated by Yongjae Choi

Nexus of Fate is dead, long live Nexus of Fate! As the sun sets on one broken combo deck in Historic, it rises on another:

There's a lot going on in this iteration of Kethis Combo, and a good chunk that deviates from previous builds.

The largest shift in this deck is a domino effect that resulted in the departure of archetype mainstay Lazav, the Multifarious. This is a conscious decision to move away from the redundancy that Lazav offers, and into the explosiveness that fast mana can provide. This shift all started with one innocuous tool from Jumpstart:

Before Chromatic Sphere entered the fray, one of the biggest issues with Kethis Combo was that it lacked the speed to really be a better iteration of its Standard self. This is largely on the back of Emry, Lurker of the Loch not being good enough. With only Mox Amber to reduce Emry's cost, comboing with Kethis was far more reliant on Diligent Excavator.

Chromatic Sphere's introduction into Historic gave Emry . . .

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