Brewing with Journey Into Nyx

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Welcome back for Brewing with Journey into Nyx. I’m going to run you through some possibilities that this great new set has created for us. One thing I can’t do is provide complete sideboards, but I will provide some suggestions to look at when you decide to take one of these decks out for a spin. The other thing to remember is that these decks may require some tuning. As with every new set, the metagame shifts and makes it hard to predict the exact cards you will always want in your main deck.

Updating the Old

There are two decks that get cards that could be very good for them, but don’t really change how the deck looks, so let’s start off with those decks since I’m not going to bother with lists for them.

Mono-Black Devotion gains a few significant weapons with Dictate of Erebos, Extinguish All Hope, and Silence the Believers. What Dictate of Erebos means for this deck is not having to worry about dying to Blood Baron of Vizkopa or hexproof creatures as often, as now you can just kill your own creatures to make them sacrifice theirs. Extinguish All Hope provides a mid-game wrath effect that may or may not be good enough depending on hope the metagame develops. While Silence the Believers is a pretty reasonable way to deal with gods and creatures, getting better the longer the game goes.

Mono-Blue Devotion gets a few cards that aren’t necessarily auto-includes, but are very solid none the less. One option is Dakra Mystic, which could replace Judge’s Familiar to draw some extra cards when you run into a slow board state. The other card is Hypnotic Siren, which could also replace Judge’s Familiar, to allow you to steal your opponents creatures when you get into the late game, or even when you draw a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.

Brewing the New

Enchantress has really only been a deck in Legacy for the last few years, but with Eidolon of Blossoms, it is now a possible strategy in Standard. Getting Ajani, Mentor of Heros, to get even more card advantage and Banishing Light to deal with hard-to-answer permanents, this deck can compete with the rest of the field. Running Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, allows for some very explosive draws since everything in the deck sticks around.

Sideboard Suggestions: Arrest, Deicide, Rootborn Defenses, and Sphere of Safety.

This classic strategy gets some very potent new toys with Aegis of the Gods to slow the burn decks down and hinder Thoughtseize until Aegis dies. Launch the Fleet will be huge, allowing you to get in several extra points of damage while adding to your board presence. In addition, Godsend is a very unique card that can push you through your opponent’s creatures. Expect mad rushes of white creatures in the immediate future.

Sideboard Suggestions: Ajani’s Presence, Banishing Light, Deicide, and Fiendslayer Paladin.

This deck is set up to maximize a mana advantage with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, with a plan to abuse Blinding Flare and Harness by Force to the max. It is also set up to gain card advantage from Prophetic Flamespeaker and Chandra, Pyromaster while adding a lot of devotion to the board. Most of the creatures are reasonable threats by themselves as well. I won’t be surprised when I see this deck doing well in the near future.

Sideboard Suggestions: Banishing Light, Chained to the Rocks, Deicide, and Eidolon of the Great Revel.

Jund is a deck that I just keep coming back to every set, sometimes it’s good in the metagame and sometimes its not. This version should play out a lot like the Mono Black Devotions decks by generating massive amounts of card advantage. The new cards that really help Jund out are actually just some lands, as smoothing the mana out was a huge concern before.

Sideboard Suggestions: Duress, Lifebane Zombie, Sire of Insanity, and Vraska the Unseen.

Mono-Black Aggro just keeps getting all the toys, this time getting Gnarled Scarhide and Master of the Feast. While adding these cards cuts back on the two-drop slot, they also allow you to play out two creatures on your second turn, more often leaving the three-drops still on curve but more dangerous.

Sideboard Suggestions: Dark Betrayal, Duress, Gift of Orzhova, and Lifebane Zombie.

Kind of an alternate to Mono-Black Aggro, the Orzhov Humans deck got the super powerful Athreos, God of Passage to punish the slower decks that can’t afford to pay the ferryman’s toll. It also gets to run lots of very good cards in the sideboard that can turn the tide on any matchup.

Sideboard Suggestions: Fiendslayer Paladin, Lifebane Zombie, Sin Collector, and Thoughtseize.

Just go bigger is this deck’s motto. It has removal and creatures at nearly every mana cost, putting a lot of devotion into play each turn as well. The big new cards for this deck are Iroas, God of Victory, and Banishing Light, allowing the deck to just keep pushing through damage.

Sideboard Suggestions: Anger of the Gods, Assemble the Legion, Deicide, and Hammer of Purphoros.

This will be the deck to give Mono-Black Devotion and the U/W Control decks fits. Being able to run twelve creatures that you can push into play on their turn while having Voice of Resurgence to keep them in check on your own can be a huge blowout quite often. I expect quite a few decks like this to be doing well early on while people push towards the old decks that they know.

Sideboard Suggestions: Banishing Light, Deicide, Fiendslayer Paladin, and Unflinching Courage.

Golgari Rock is another deck that I like to work on to see if it’s viable each new set. Just like the Jund Midrange deck, Golgari Rock games play out a lot like those of Mono-Black Devotion decks that currently have a stranglehold on Standard. It already gets to run Thoughtseize, Underworld Connections, and Hero’s Downfall, so adding Pack Rat to the sideboard to make it a pseudo mirror against Mono-Black Devotion is a pretty solid choice.

Sideboard Suggestions: Devour Flesh, Extinguish All Hope, Lifebane Zombie, and Pack Rat.

That concludes this brewing article. I’ll be back soon with some updates to my Mono-Green “Beast Wars” deck that seems to have taken off. I also hope to be back for some brewing with M15 in a few months as well. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below and I will do my best to answer them.

Thanks for Reading,

Josh Milliken

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