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Nylea, God of the Hunt
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Nylea, God of the Hunt
- Theros

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

Constructed: 3.63
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.38
Multiplayer: 3.75

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Nylea, God of the Hunt

Five devotion to green isn't that hard to hit. Green has lots of inconspicuous permanents, like mana elves and Auras on lands. And you'll want them once you get Nylea out, because she not only rewards you for having a good-sized army (in both number and individual bulk) but lets you spend mana to pump up creatures. Everything about her abilities say that you want plenty of creatures on the field anyway, and that's how Green always likes to play.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.9
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nylea, God of the Hunt
 
Nylea, as you probably know by now, is Theros' equivalent of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, hunters, wild places and animals, &c. She was the one who sponsored Orion and immortalized him as a constellation, though as far as I know he doesn't have an equivalent in Theros (write in if I'm wrong, though). I know that she's not literally Artemis, and so there's not much point in complaining that you'd expect a little more subtlety from such a figure, but it might have been interesting to see that side of green.
 
As it is, though, Nylea may not even be the biggest creature in your green deck, amazing as that seems, and trample will be very useful. That would, of course, make the power and toughness boost not as useful; still, it's good at turning mana elves into threats in the late game. The sacrifice effect on Fires of Yavimaya has won games down the years, and it's a one-shot effect. All things are possible when you have faith.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Nylea, God of the Hunt which is a Legendary four mana Green enchantment that is Indestructible, gives other creatures you control Trample, allows you to pay four mana to give target creature +2/+2 until end of turn, and with Devotion of five or greater is also a 6/6 creature.   This is a solid card for mono-Green as it can be played easily, particularly with acceleration, and even if not a creature the Trample benefit is worth the casting cost.  Hitting Devotion is fairly easy though with some very playable options at two and three mana with all Green mana symbols.  Overall it is a little lacking for the competitive scene, but is quite strong in other formats.
 
In Limited this is an easy first pick in Booster as are most of the gods and a compelling reason to focus on Green in the draft.  For Sealed it depends somewhat on the pool, but just splashing it for the Trample is a valid option and it only increases in value if Devotion is activated.
 
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Mattedesa

Deck Garage

Nylea, God of the Hunt
 
Nylea is my favorite of all the god cards. With all the good double green casting costs out there, she's easy to animate and makes for a pretty imposing creature. But just as important, regardless of whether she's animated or not, giving all your other creatures trample is a huge benefit in the color of big creatures. How annoying is it to get your 6/6 creature chump blocked by a 1/1? But that's not all. Once your opponent declares blockers, use your remaining mana (you ARE playing ramp, right?) to either pump up one of your mana creatures to make it a real threat, or put it on something already big to trample through for a bunch.
 
As with all gods, however, there are times you draw her without enough other creatures to animate her or make her trample ability useful, and maybe you don't have an extra 4 mana to use her ability. That's Magic. But if it happens too often, you might look at your deck construction.
 
Even in limited, if you're lucky enough to get a mythic, Nylea is a pretty good one. 
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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