There are so many people writing about MTG that I generally avoid even mentioning the topic. But I do like MTG. My favourite part of the game is deck building. And when I see a group of cards that seem to be fairly synergistic, I get excited. That is the case with two of the new gods that are being released in Hour of Devastation.
I am a casual player that likes deck building. I am not going to suggest that this combination is a powerhouse or that there are no better options, but I was curious to see what combinations I could make with the old and new gods. The final god has not been spoiled, as of writing this article. But The Scorpion God and The Locust God pair quite well together. I am sure that this was intentional, and it should not be too surprising because they come from the same block. However, these two gods also have a fair amount of synergy with at least two gods from the Theros block. Specifically, I think they pair well with Purphoros, God of the Forge and Ephara, God of the Polis.
The general sequence works as follows. First, The Scorpion God, or another card puts a -1/-1 counter on a creature. When that creature dies, The Scorpion God’s ability causes you to draw a card. When you do, The Locust God’s ability causes a 1/1 creature token to be created. This triggers Purphoros’ ability which deals two damage to each opponent. Not but, however I wanted to one up that.
The Ephara synergy is quite fun, and does not require The Scorpion God. If you have the other three on the battlefield, then when you draw a card at the start of your turn, you get the 1/1 token and every opponent takes 2 damage from Purphoros. At the beginning of your next turn, during the upkeep, because the create token was created, Ephara allows you to draw a card. This again causes yet another token and 2 damage to all opponents. On the draw step, another creature token enters the battlefield and 2 more damage goes out to all opponents. This draw-token-damage-draw-token-damage pattern then repeats on every future turn. If The Scorpion God is in the mix, it can boost things even further.
It will be interesting to see what the final Hour of Devastation god is, and whether or not it also finds synergy with Amonkhet gods and the Theros gods.