Our new line of articles will review cards from upcoming sets. Each card reviewed will be rated as Keep It or Mull It. Cards that are “Keep It” are cards that are designed well and have a place in the game. Cards that are “Mull It” are cards that should be taken back to R&D and be redesigned. Today we look at the 5 Gods from Journey into Nyx.

Journey into Nyx has introduced the final 5 demi-gods for the block. They are: Athreos, God of Passage; Keranos, God of Storms; Pharika, God of Affliction; Iroas, God of Victory; and Kruphix, God of Horizons.

Athreos Keranos Pharika Iroas Kruphix

Each of these Gods require 7 devotion in order to become creatures (just like the previous Gods from Born of the Gods). This time, they are enemy color themed. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Athreos-BAthreos, God of Passage

This black and white colored God is just 3 CMC to cast, which is comparable only to Thassa. Athreos has a triggered ability that occurs whenever another creature you own dies, you may return it to the hand unless target opponent pays 3 life. This ability is pretty incredible for such a low cost. This is a great counter to board wipe effects and will be a nice addition to B/W aggro decks. The best part is, it doesn’t have to be an opponent’s board wipe effect, it could be your own. The potential combos around this card will help it see play in more than just Standard.

Final Verdict: Keep It   

Keranos-BKeranos, God of Storms

Reveal the first card you draw on each of your turns. Whenever you reveal a land card this way, draw a card. Whenever you reveal a nonland card, Keranos deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Keranos definitely holds true to its colors. It has a card draw enabler to represent its blue side and a direct damage enabler to represent its red side. At a cost of 5CMC, I don’t see it making it into many decks. Definitely a EDH commander that will work well with Sensei’s Diving Top.

Final Verdict: Keep It  

Pharika-BPharika, God of Affliction

Just like Athreos, Pharika is just 3 CMC (1BG) to cast. Its effect is a activated ability that reads: BG: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Its owner puts a 1/1 black and green snake enchantment creature token with deathtouch onto the battlefield. At first glance, this card reminds me of Scavenging Ooze, but is very lackluster in comparison. When Scavenging Ooze rotates out of the format, this card will be one of the best ways to exile creatures in the graveyard.

Final Verdict: Mull It   

Iroas-BIroas, God of Victory

This God specializes in aggressive plays. His abilities are: Creatures you control can’t be blocked except by two of more creatures, “Hello Madcap Skills” (add image of madcap skills), and Prevent all damage that would be dealt to attack creatures you control. Boros players will definitely want to play with this guy in both Standard and EDH. The only thing that could have made him better, is if your creatures also gained haste.

Final Verdict: Keep It  

Kruphix-BKruphix, God of Horizons
You have no maximum hand size. Yay! If unused mana would empty from your mana pool, that mana becomes colorless instead. What? At first I was confused about his abilitiy, but after much thought I realized it is a replacement effect that triggers at end of each phase. So whenever your mana pool would empty out, instead that mana is turned into colorless mana and is available for use in the next phase (regardless of turn). That’s a pretty good ability for decks that can ramp up a lot of mana or decks that utilize spells that have X casting cost in them. Just store up all your mana until you’re ready to cast that big spell. Pretty cool.

Final Verdict: Keep It  

After looking at these 5 Gods, we can say that the next step in God-Evolution would be 3-Color Gods. Heh, I wonder what their devotion would be and effects they would have.  Well in any case, we will conclude with a card that can trump any god. I present to you: Deicide. decide This card will exile an enchantment, and if that enchantment happens to be a god, then remove all copies of that card from the game. Pretty good god hating there. I’m sure Elspeth is proud.

Final Verdict: Keep It  

Thank you again for taking time to look over our Journey into Nyx reviews. Until next time, keep the cards tapped and the dice rolling! Aloha!!!

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