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Bow of Nylea
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 Bowl of Nylea
- Theros

Reviewed November 12, 2013

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.63
Multiplayer: 4.13

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BMoor

Bow of Nylea

This is an incredible boon to any green deck. The static ability makes blocking very hard for your opponent to feel good about, even if they've got the better creatures on the table. And the activated ability gives you your choice of four effects, so you've always got a good one to choose from. The only real downside here is the potential for choice overload. Do you go for the +1/+1 counter to save a blocked creature, or let the creature die so you can put the counter on a better creature, or shoot down a flyer? If your opponent can't block profitably, he may as well attack all-out, so you might need that 3 life as well! And so forth. Using the Bow to its potential, much like a real bow, will test your skill, but it can be amazingly powerful if you can do it.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 4.95


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bow of Nylea

I have to point out that this is technically an enchantment that taps for an effect, a la Witch's Mist from Future Sight. Granted, it's also an artifact, but still. I know that Wizards of the Coast's official line is that we're always supposed to be looking (and spending our money) forward, not back; but frankly, my way is just more fun. On that note, when is the last time you ever saw a modal spell or ability with four options? Even if I missed one, I don't think I've ever seen one where all of the abilities can take over a game by themselves. Historically, if you wanted your deck to be able to permanently buff creatures and shoot down flocks of Illusions or Faeries or stall burn decks infinitely or reuse your graveyard at will, it would have taken up so many spaces you couldn't really do anything else. No more.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Bow of Nylea which is a Legendary three mana Green artifact enchantment that grants attacking creatures you control Deathtouch.  For two mana it can tap for one of several effects with varying value depending on the situation.  The attacking Deathtouch can be useful, but not working for blocking or damage effects reduces it noticeably.  Reuseable burn for Flying and counter production are both solid for the low mana cost and one or the other should be used whenever possible.  The tap effects of gaining three life and placing cards from the graveyard at the bottom of your library are rarely worth using compared to the other effects, though combinations with other cards that trigger from life gain or search the library increase their priority. 
Overall this is a decent card with a variety of effects for almost any scenario that will see at least some play across most formats for the versatility, even if no one effect is truly a showstopper.
 
In Limited this is a flexible and powerful card that should usually provide a serious advantage when it is in play, though as a topdeck it is not particularly strong.  At least one effect should be beneficial on any given turn and the Deathtouch at least makes blocking decisions far more difficult for the opponent.  The double Green is a drawback, though even with that it is a worthwhile first pick in Booster that doesn't require specific support while in Sealed it belongs in any deck with a base of Green.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Skid Rambo

Bow of Nylea is the Swiss Army knife of Theros block. This legendary artifact enchantment does 5 different things! Let me repeat that. Bow of Nylea does 5 different things! This is an amazing Draft card. Green players will be hard pressed not to use Bow of Nylea in any format. This multi-tool can help any creature in Standard format, from Kalonian Hydra to Archangel of Thune. Bow of Nylea can slow down mil decks and pop small flying creatures! I would honestly love to know how the creators of this card decided on the abilities. Compared to the other legendary weapons, Bow of Nylea seems like a lazy throw together. Overall, Bow of Nylea is good because it does so many things!
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4


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