25 Cards which need ‘Insta-Killing’

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

In every tale of the Crucible, these suckers need to go down... fast!


Written by Carl Woodwiss

Crazy Killing Machine

Reviewed by Kate Dunstone


For those of us who have been playing KeyForge for a while, we have all been struck with that feeling when a card hits the board and you know it is going to do some damage because there is nothing you can do about it. It’s horrible! This is a list of the cards which invoke that feeling!

These are creatures which, in my personal opinion, need to leave your opponent's board as quickly as they turn up. If not, things could go very poorly for you, very quickly.

Now, I know there will be some cards left off this list where you will think I am nuts for not including them, however I have tried to keep this to cards which, no matter the situation, will instantly put you in a bad place. So I have left out cards like:

  • Aember Imp/Pip Pip/Sir Marrows

  • Teliga

  • Key Imps

  • Edie

  • Senator Shrix

  • Symon

  • Leaders

Yes, these things need to be dealt with, however it is only in certain situations in which they need to be dealt with immediately:

  • Aember Imp/Pip Pip/Sir Marrows if you want to do lots of reaping.

  • Teliga if you have a hand full of creatures.

  • Key Imps if you……..want to forge a key.

  • Edie if your opponent has a huge archive or multiple Edies.

  • Senator Shrix if it is loaded up with Aember.

  • Symon if you are playing Saurians.

  • Leaders when they are in the centre of the battleline.

The rest of the time, you could probably deal with them for a turn or 2… however the 25 cards which follow… burn them with fire!



25. Succubus


Lower on the list than some may expect, and some may not expect it to be on the list at all. A card game where you draw 16.7% less cards than your opponent? Naaaaa...


24. Quant


As the card pool deepens, and some of the ridiculously powerful and potential game changing action cards there are out there now (Tribute, Red Alert, Stealth Mode), Quant's power has increased SIGNIFICANTLY.