Spell Damage +5
Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!
Here is some usage of good ol' Maly after Karazhan:
First legendary I've ever opened. Back then i would disenchant almost everything so I ended up dusting him, and of course, regretting it. Today I've opened him again!
I'm so happy the gods gave me a second chance :)
20.33% used in Mage decks? I have never seen any Mage playing Malygos on ladder. I really like this card, but I don't know how to make best use of it. :(
I've never seen a Mage with Malygos as well, but you have to consider that these data is about all decks made on Hearthpwn only, if you take a look you will find a lot of crappy theorycraft decks here.
Roughly 20% of the decks that have Malygos in them are mage decks. This card is used in a total of 3.45% of decks.
Hello, my fellows. I'm finally back from my vacation and now i can write my next review. Today our attention draws Malygos, the Essence of magic. Backstory is very short: I got this card in another region, and since i had no good spells, dropped him just for 4/12 on board. If he survived and i drawn spells, well, my opponents were in trouble.
Starting with his stats. 4/12 is powerful, as he has the same benefits as Ysera. No Shadow Word: Pain or Shadow Word: Death, and there is no <damage> spells that can kill it in 1 cast. I mean, yeah, there are removals like Polymorph, Hex, Entomb and so on, but im talking about direct damage spells. So most likely your opponent will have to spend more than 1 card on Mally, if enemy survives, of course.
Now his effect. +5 Spell damage is insane, and a lot of classes can use it. Rogue is the best in taming The Essence of Magic. She has Preparation, Backstab(0 mana 7 damage to a minion), The Coins from different minions, Sinister Strike(1 mana 8 damage to face), Fan of Knives(great Preparation usage, 0 mana 6 damage to enemy board + card draw), Eviscerate and so on. Combining Preps and coins with cheap and efficient spells, sauced by Emperor Thaurissan can just One Turn Kill your opponent. I once seen the usage of Shadowstep on Maly just to enlarge the manapool to 3 for more burst possibilities. Most Maly-decks are build around that. MalyRogue is used to be dangerous archtype in pre-WOG times, but want as popular as Oil Rogue. I havent seen a single Malygos rogue since WOG, but mostly because of N'Zoth, the Corruptor / C'Thun rogues and reincarantion of Miracle. They are more consistant than Maly, but not as fun, on my sight.
Shamans used to use Malygos as well, due to Ancestral Call, which was rotated out of standart, sadly. I guess, you can imagine what you can do with cheap Shaman Spells, after 4 mana Maly was deployed...
Mages used Malygos in some freeze decks, but also there were Maly-mage that killed opponents with 2xFrostbolts + 2x Ice Lances(2 mana 34 damage), after Emperor Thaurissan was dropped on all of 5 cards, which were kinda hard to collect and perform, but still possible with insane general draw of Maly decks.
There used to be a Maly Warlock, which mostly relied on 2xSoulfire and 2x Dark Bombs after help of Empy Thaurry and some dragon-synergy cards.
Also Malygos druid was somewhat a thing with their Moonfires, Living Roots, Innervates.
There are serries of Maly-OTK for all classes, done my Rushin, so check them out if you're looking for inspiration for your Malygos deck.
But now we see some new Malydecks like Yogg-Maly-hunters and Yogg-maly-druids, so this card is not dead yet. THese type of decks are multi-win-conditional, so if you can kill your opponent with Mally - fine. I not - you still can cast a lot of spells and drop Yogg-Saron, Hope's End to mess up everything, but hopefuly in your favor. Or just to die with style.
So, Malygos mostly is a Combo card that can allows ou to OTK if all conditions come right, or s a aalternative win condition. You can split your damage in 2 truns, if you have no other choice and just pray that 4/12 will be enough to survive. About building a Maly-deck by your own: If you wanna create such decks, you should put in Malygos, obviously, Emperor Thaurissan and the most cheap but efficient spells ou can find. In a lot of draw cards. Draw is thing that makes the end of your enemy's life closer. The more draw, the less turns it will take to find all combopieces and discount it.
This card is not dead yet, but sadly,in 2017, spring Emperor Thaurissan will rotate out, which will make Malygos decks obsolette in Standart, only rogues(due to Preparations) and maybe mages(If Sorcerer's Apprentice survives) or druids would somehow use him. Or, of course, different Taver Brawls, like those with 1 mana 1/1 minions, Stealth brawls and so on.
In current meta Malygos is slow, because he requires a lot of card to be drawn and discounted, so most of these cards would be dead in your hand till the OTK turn. Nowadays the game is infested with aggro-midrange-zoo decks, that will devour you before you are able to even play Maly itself. In contol matchups you will most likely see Warriors, which can get insane amount of armor, so you won't be able to take them down with your burst. So Malygos is not in good position right now, but something may change in future(Barnes-Malydecks, anyone?).
So, in conclusion i may say that this card is not top, but not useless. If you got him from a pack, well, look at more versalite and more flexible cards, as Maly requires the entire deck to be built around him. It is inconsistent type of deck, but fun if you manage to make it happen. If you lack 400 dust for a very cool card like, let's say, Ragnaros the Firelord or other powerful and more universal legendary, you may consider dusting it. You won't lose much, unless you really like this card.. I wouldn't advice you to craft him, but sure you can do if you want this card. You still can have fun with it and fully use him in Wild Format.
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Neutral legendaries: Baron Geddon | Malygos | Deathwing | Bloodmage Thalnos | Cairne Bloodhoof | Leeroy Jenkins| Harrison Jones |Sylvanas | Ysera | Ragnaros | Alexstrasza | Kel'Thuzad | Arch-Thief Rafaam | The Black Knight
Class ones: Edwin VanCleef | Archmage Antonidas | Tirion Fordring | Jaraxxus | Prophet Velen
thk you for your analysis. Just to demonstrate how a malygos works in the current meta for rogue, i posted a video using one of the more popular builds for the current meta, just to show how strong it is when you do manage to drag the game to the late in order to cast him followed by combo with other spells to more of less win in 1-2 turns
want him ;-;
I love you malygos. The essence of OTK <3
just got a golden one! super happy
ME TOO :D
Malygs Miracle still viable?
yea.. it depends on the opponent too dude..!! if your opponent is playing slow deck its possible. 2 days before gave 42 damage to an control warrior using maly though..!!
30 Raven Idols Tavern Brawl was fun.
Kalecgos say wha?
One of my favorite cards. I use it in my druid deck.
I just went into a game with my RNG spell mage against an enemy mage they used a gadgetzan jouster first turn and pulled up malygos out of my deck and insta conceded
Please stop me from crafting this golden!!! Please!!
I got him out of a unstable portal once in a deck with tons of damage spells. My opponent didn't last long after that...
I love me some Dirty Malygos