When Mark Rosewater gave us his tantalizing Theros hints, he mentioned a card name that was just too perfect not to be in this block: Underworld Cerberus. The three-headed guard dog of the souls of the dead is one of the most recognized tropes of ancient Greece, and it has never been precisely made into a Magic card. Now, that seems to have been rectified. Here, straight from the PAX Magic Party, is Underworld Cerberus.
Underworld Cerberus 3BR
Creature - Hound (Mythic)
Underworld Cerberus can't be blocked except by three or more creatures.
Cards in graveyards can't be the targets of spells or abilities.
When Underworld Cerberus dies, exile it and each player returns all creature cards from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
Those three abilities might seem a little disjointed, but this is a completely top-down design, and there's one for each major facet of the flavor: Three heads work like Two-Headed Dragon plus one, nothing can get to stuff in Erebos's realm while the Cerberus is still around, and if you kill it, all the souls of the dead escape. This guy's stats make it Constructed-playable, and its flavor and the sheer hugeness of its effects make it a lot of fun. Expect this to be a very, very popular EDH inclusion after Theros comes out. My only complaint is that it's not a Demon Hound.
What do you think of this flavor home run of a big nasty Hound? Let me know in the comments.
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