Pre-release Hangover – Journey Into Nyx Analysis – Part 2

Welcome to my JOU analysis Part 2.  In part 1 we took a look at the format and tried to identify some of the cards that we thought might offer us some answers to existing problems in the format.  Hopefully after having had a chance to play with some of the cards we can now better identify how those cards play and start brewing.   So, without any further delay.  I offer you some deck lists.

Let’s start with the aggressive variety

W/B Aggro

Creatures (36)
Boros Elite
Dryad Militant
Rakdos Cackler
Soldier of the Pantheon
Gnarled Scarhide
Tormented Hero
Spiteful Returned
Brain Maggot
Xathrid Necromancer
Mogis’s Marauder
Athreos, God of Passage

Spells (3)
Orzhov Charm
 Immortal Servitude

Enchantments (1)
Spear of Heliod
Lands (20)
Mutavault
Swamp
Plains
Mana Confluence
Godless Shrine

Sideboard (15)
Lifebane Zombie
Sin Collector
Banisher Priest
Thoughtseize
Fiendslayer Paladin
Doom Blade

While the idea for this deck was mostly inspired by Gnarled Scarhide, he’s not the only JOU card featured in this list.  An aggressive shell like this probably will be able to get the most use out of a card like Mana Confluence as well.  Once I knew I wanted to build something aggressive using these two cards, I also noticed something pretty special about these color combinations.  You get access to a ton of one drops.  The idea here is just to be aggressive as possible and create an overwhelming board state for your opponent to deal with.  I was unsure about the number of Brain Maggot or Spiteful Returned to play in the list, but I knew I wanted some number of both, so a 2/2 split seemed fine.  We get access to some resilience with cards like Xathrid Necromancer and Athreos, God of Passage and Mogis’s Marauder can help us push through damage when we stall out against an opponent.  We have a flexible and disruptive sideboard and can attack our opponents hands, as well as having a diverse set of flexible 3 spot options.

Some other cards I thought pretty hard about were these guys

Loyal Pegasus 

Sightless Brawler 

not sure how good/bad they are but they are definitely powerful for their cmc.

Here’s a modification of a list that showed up in sparks over the past few months…

R/B Aggro

Creatures (33)
Rakdos Shred-Freak
Spike Jester
Rakdos Cackler
Tormented Hero
Mogis’s Warhound
Gnarled Scarhide
Xathrid Necromancer
Mogis’s Marauder
Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch

Spells (7)
Dreadbore
Lightning Strike
Lands (20)
Mutavault
Swamp
Mountain
Blood Crypt
Mana Confluence

Sideboard (15)
Magma Spray
Searing Blood
Dark Betrayal
Thoughtseize
Skullcrack

We don’t get as many one drops, but our hastey nut draw is probably better. It would be really nice to be able to play Ash Zealot , but I’m not convinced that 4 mana confluence is good enough to hit doudble red consistently enough.

I really like both of these decks for aggression, but maybe there is another archetype that hasn’t been seeing enough play; however,  with un-counterable wraths there is probably a reason.  Welp, here we go…

R/U Tempo

Creatures (15)
Young Pyromancer
 Prophetic Flamespeaker
 Chandra’s Phoenix
Stormbreath Dragon
Keranos, God of Storms

Enchantments (1)
Bident of Thassa

Spells (20)
Syncopate
Cyclonic Rift
Mizzium Mortars
Magma Jet
Lightning Strike
Titan’s Strength
Dissolve
Izzet Charm
Lands (24)
Mutavault
island
Mountain
Steam Vents
Mana Confluence
Temple of Epiphany

Sideboard (15)
Counterflux
 Izzet Staticaster
Gainsay
Mizzium Mortars
Negate
Searing Blood
Skullcrack
Bident of Thassa
Jace, Memory Adept
Aetherling

I had a hard time finding the right number of spells/creatures and this is probably more of a starting place than a really tuned list.  The idea is here though, and I really think its a solid one.  We might need to tune more for a control meta-game, maybe a white splash for boros charms might help.  Either way, if the format ends up getting a bit faster I think this list will be a good option and be just below the pure mid-range lists…

Speaking of…

Let’s continue our climb up the archetype curve.

Junk Mid-Range

Creatures (15)
Scavenging Ooze
Sylvan Caryatid
Courser of Kruphix
Obzedat, Ghost Council
Archangel of Thune

Enchantments (4)
Underworld Connections
Banishing Light

Spells (12)
Abrupt Decay
Thoughtseize
Hero’s Downfall

Planeswalkers (4)
 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Lands (25)
Forest
Swamp
Godless Shrine
Temple Garden
Overgrown Tomb
Temple of Malady
Temple of Plenty
Temple of Silence

Sideboard (15)
Mistcutter Hydra
Sin Collector
Underworld Connections
Dark Betrayal
Deicide
Golgari Charm
Blood Baron of Vizkopa
Doom Blade

Naya Monsters

Creatures (24)
Fleecemane Lion
Voice of Resurgence
Courser of Kruphix
Polukranos, World Eater
Stormbreath Dragon
Ghor-Clan Rampager

Enchantments (2)
Banishing Light

Spells (2)
Boros Charm

Plainswalkers (7)
Domri Rade
Xenagos, The Reveler
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Lands (25)
Forest
Stomping Ground
Temple of Abandon
Temple of Plenty
Mana Confluence
Temple Garden
Sacred Foundry
Temple of Triumph

Sideboard (15)
Selesnya Charm
Mistcutter Hydra
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Xenagos, The Reveler
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Boros Charm
Deicide
Setessan Tactics

Dega Mid-Range

Creatures (12)
 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Desecration Demon
Stormbreath Dragon
 Obzedat, Ghost Council
Sire of Insanity

Enchantments (7)
Banishing Light
Underworld Connections

Spells (15)
Thoughtseize
Deicide
Warleader’s Helix
Dreadbore
Hero’s Downfall
Anger of the Gods
Rakdos’s Return
Lands (26)
Godless Shrine
swamp
Sacred Foundry
Blood Crypt
Temple of Triumph
Temple of Malice
Temple of Silence

Sideboard (15)
Doom blade
Anger of the Gods
Duress
Underworld Connections
Lifebane Zombie
Sin Collector
 Blood Baron of Vizkopa

G/B Mid-Range

Creatures (17)
Sylvan Caryatid
Scavenging Ooze
Courser of Kruphix
Reaper of the Wilds
Pharika, God of Affliction

Enchantments (3)
Underworld Connections

Spells (13)
Abrupt Decay
Hero’s Downfall
Thoughtseize
Golgari Charm

Plainswalkers (2)
Vraska the Unseen
Lands (25)
Forest
Swamp
Mutavault
Overgrown Tomb
Temple of Malady

Sideboard (15)
Lifebane Zombie
Mistcutter Hydra
Doom Blade
Duress
Dark Betrayal
Golgari Charm
Underworld Connections

RUG Mid-Range

Creatures (15)
Sylvan Caryatid
Scavenging Ooze
Courser of Kruphix
Stormbreath Dragon
Keranos, God of Storms
Aetherling

Spells (12)
Syncopate
Dissolve
Cyclonic Rift
Mizzium Mortars
Anger of the Gods
Turn // Burn

Plainswalkers (8)
Xenagos, The Reveler
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Jace, Architect of Thought
Lands (25)
Forest
Mountain
Breeding Pool
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Temple of Abandon
Temple of Mystery

Sideboard (15)
Mistcutter Hydra
Negate
Cyclonic Rift
Mizzium Mortars
Gainsay
Jace, Memory Adept
Stormbreath Dragon
Turn // Burn

There are tons, literally tons of options in the mid-range category as these strategies have not been extremely effective so far in Theros Standard.  I think the closest we might have gotten to a really effective mid-range list was the Jund Monsters List that has managed to top 8 a few events.  I provided a few shells, but am unsure as to which is my favorite.  I think i’m actually learning towards dega as I believe Anger of the Gods is going to become a major player as the format leans down, and I don’t really want to be nombo-ing my own Caryatids :(.

Another card that peaked my interest was this guy:  Eidolon of Blossoms;  however, onne predicament with this card however is that its a 4 drop, this guy has a lot of competition for his spot and I don’t think alone he is necessarily better than any of our other options.

Nylea, God of the Hunt Polukranos, World Eater Reaper of the wilds Xenagos, the Reveler Ghor-Clan Rampager

Since, he’s not good enough to plug-in, we might go for a more synergistic approach…

G/W-Blossoms

Creatures (17)
Nyx-Fleece Ram
Courser of Kruphix
 Eidolon of Blossoms
Heliod, God of the Sun
Archangel of Thune

Spells (3)
Kruphix’s Insight

Enchantments (14)
Pacifism
Mana Bloom
Banishing Light
Sphere of Safety
Font of Fertility

Planeswalkers (4)
 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Lands (22)
Forest
Plains
Mana Confluence
Temple Garden
Temple of Plenty

Sideboard (15)
Rootborn Defenses
Voice of Resurgence
Boon Satyr
Rest in Peace
Mistcutter Hydra

Here’s another synergistic based deck.  This time built around graveyard interaction.

G/B-Dredge

Creatures (30)
Elvish Mystic
Deathrite Shaman
Herald of Torment
Lotleth Troll
Nemesis of Mortals
Satyr Wayfinder
Shadowborn Demon
Nighthowler
Nyx Weaver
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Pharika, God of Affliction

Spells (9)
Strength from the Fallen
Grisly Salvage
Kruphix’s Insight
Whip of Erebos
Commune with the Gods
Lands (21)
Forest
Swamp
Mana Confluence
Overgrown Tomb
Temple of Malady

Sideboard (15)
Mistcutter Hydra
Shadowborn Demon
Thoughtseize
Doom blade
Golgari Charm
Abrupt Decay

I think Pharika has been getting an unreasonable amount of hate towards it, and I truly believe that she is the most underrated card from JOU.  I’m not sure this is 100% the best list for her, but she’s certainly not terrible here either.

Let’s look at another archetype…Combo!

Well not really.  But probably the closest thing to it in Standard.  We’re still putting a few cards together to do some really broken things.The main idea with these next decks are to just go wayyyy over the top using devotion and ramp.

R/W Devotion

Creatures (27)
Ash Zealot
Burning-Tree Emissary
Frostburn Weird
Boros Reckoner
Fanatic of Mogis
Stormbreath Dragon
Aurelia, the Warleader
Iroas, God of Victory
Purphoros, God of the Forge

Enchantments (6)
Banishing Light
Chained to the Rocks
Hammer of Purphoros

Spells (4)
Boros Charm
Mizzium Mortars
Lands (23)
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Mountain
Mana Confluence
Sacred Foundry
Temple of Triumph

Sideboard (15)
Deicide
Boros Charm
Assemble the Legion
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Chandra, Pyromaster
Anger of the Gods
Burning Earth
Chained to the Rocks
Banishing Light

R/W Devotion has had some success in Theros Standard but never really caught on in popularity, Iroas + banishing light might just fill whatever needs they still had and could potentially move this guy from tier 1.5 to tier 1.

These next two are near and dear to my heart.

Prophet Bant

Creatures (22)
Elvish Mystic
Sylvan Caryatid
Courser of Kruphix
Prophet of Kruphix
Sylvan Primordial
Angel of Serenity
Kruphix, God of Horizons

Enchantments (6)
Banishing Light
Detention Sphere
Dictate of Kruphix

Spells (6)
Cyclonic Rift
Sphinx’s Revelation

Planeswalkers (3)
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Lands (23)
Forest
Breeding Pool
Hallowed Fountain
Temple Garden
Temple of Mystery
Temple of Plenty

Sideboard (15)
Deicide
Mistcutter Hydra
Banishing Light
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Jace, Architect of Thought
Jace, Memory Adept
Plasm Capture

U/G Devotion

Creatures (24)
Elvish Mystic
Sylvan Caryatid
Burning-Tree Emissary
Courser of Kruphix
Prophet of Kruphix
Sylvan Primordial
Prime Speaker Zegana
Kruphix, God of Horizons

Enchantments (2)
Dictate of Kruphix

Spells (3)
Cyclonic Rift

Planeswalkers (8)
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Garruk, Caller of Beasts
Lands (23)
Forest
Island
Breeding Pool
Temple of Mystery
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

Sideboard (15)
Mistcutter Hydra
Jace, Architect of Thought
Jace, Memory Adept
Plasm Capture
Syncopate
Negate

These may not have the best spot in the current meta with all of the removal heavy decks running around, but who knows maybe things are going to get completely shaken up with the arrival of JOU.  I do know for sure though, that if your opponent happens to stumble, both of these lists will just overrun them.

Hopefully one of these lists caught your eye or at least inspired for an idea of your own.Thanks again for reading and feel free to comment on what you think!

About EDD

EDD is a 31 year old Magic fan and part time blogger at The End Games.
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