CYMEDE APPRECIATION POST
CYMEDE APPRECIATION POST
Magic: the Gathering - Journey into Nyx PreRelease
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Thassa, God of the Sea
Get your lore on with Journey into Nyx.
There is a lot of subtlety or intrigue in the design of the latest set. For instance, there’s a cycle of nymphs that is split between common and uncommon, and there are symmetrical common auras in white and red that can be sacced upon hitting an opponent to destroy an enchantment or artifact. It’s fun to explore the visual gallery and discover these little nuances.
The amazing art of Will Murai from Journey into Nyx
Photo: “Nyx” by Laura Siadak
Nyx (Nox in Latin translation) is the Greek goddess (or personification) of the night. A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation, and was the mother of other personified gods such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thánatos (Death). Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power and beauty. She is found in the shadows of the world and only ever seen in glimpses. (source)
The Law No Words Can Bend by Andreas Uneby
The rest of the centaurs of Theros
Centaur tribal, mono-green edition
I found the worst offender yet.
Extinguish All Hope by Chase Stone
In some cases, the JOU version is clearly better (except for Ox tribal). In other cases, the JOU version is more broadly playable than the earlier version.
I don’t recall ever seeing a third set where so much of it was pirated from cards earlier in the block… am I wrong in believing this to be the case?
For my Theros block half-cube (180 cards since we only have 3 players currently), I’m including exactly one gold card per color pair as a build-around to encourage draft strategies (which is why they are in the block to begin with).
I’m not sure about WU, UB, BG, and RW.
Battlewise Hoplite was pretty powerful when he was in the cube before, but I think the aura will make the white/blue pair play a little differently.
The same reasoning applies to Disciple of Deceit — it’s unique from the other cards here. But Siren of the Silent Song is also super powerful.
The danger with the Nyx Weaver is that there may not be enough cards that benefit from his ability in block. But I do want black/green to be the graveyard pair. If not this guy, I’ll use the solid card Pharika’s Mender instead.
I don’t really love Akroan Hoplite, so Desperate Stand is my only other option. I’m also considering cheating and giving red/white a rare, Anax and Cymede. But I will test Desperate Stand first.
Any thoughts are welcome.