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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
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Top 10 Cards of 2013

#2 -
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
- Theros

Reviewed January 2, 2014

Constructed: 3.70
Casual: 4.20
Limited: 3.70
Multiplayer: 3.70

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

I'm seeing echoes of Cabal Coffers, once one of the most powerful lands in any monoblack deck. Crypt of Agadeem was likewise an attempt to re-capture that lightning in a bottle, but Nykthos has the advantage of working with any color you need it to. It's still a devotion card, though, so you'll want to be monocolor for it to work, and its power is tied to your board position, which can fluctuate. It won't be as reliable as Cabal Coffers was, but it will grant that same effect to the other four colors. Multicolor decks are unlikely to get any use out of it... unless they're well-stocked with hybrid cards like Godhead of Awe. Remember, hybrid mana symbols count towards your devotion to both of their colors!

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
As I think I mentioned in a different context a little while ago, some of the most powerful and dangerous abilities in Magic involve generating lots of mana at once. You don't even have to go to the Power Nine to prove it - Crypt of Agadeem and Vorinclex remain popular and influential in various settings. Nykthos has been seen here and there in its short time in Standard, but I suspect that its true impact is actually yet to come. While it's perhaps more fragile than some similar cards, and is more affected by the prevalence of cards that remove things from play, the fact that it adds another dimension to decks that already use the devotion mechanic makes it very appealing. After all, who doesn't want to play six spells in one turn?
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a tremkendously powerful land and a throwback to the obscene levels of Cabal Coffers, this land however allows you to play any color and actively rewards you for sticking close to mono colored builds. In standard this card fuels things in mono black and blue devotion as well as the explosive green and red ramp decks shaping the overall metagame towards the power of one or two color decks in a profound way. In other construxcted formats its a bit slower but definetly something to keep your eyes on. In casual and multiplayer it can generate obscene amounts of mana and having access to a plethora of untap effects for lands means this card is a powerful addition to most mono colored decks that have lots of mana symbols. In limited its definetly something you draft around and combined with other devotion enablers it can be added to most mono colored decks. Overall a powerful land that has already shaken up competative standard and is a powerful land in its own right.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number two card of the year is Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx which is a legendary land that taps for one colorless or for two mana taps for a chosen color of mana equal to your Devotion to that color.  This is a very solid card for mono-color decks, particularly those with higher or X costs to fuel and becomes profitable with just three mana symbols in play.  Not coming in to play tapped and still tapping for at least one prevents some of the typical drawbacks for non-basic lands and there are many builds that can benefit from this in the middle or late game. 

Overall this is a land that will surely see play across formats and be a part of competitive decks in Standard and Extended.
For Limited this is a strong accelerator in Booster and barring major competition in the pack works very well as a first pick as it can fit alongside most second and third draft choices.  In Sealed it is more difficult to assemble a mono-color build which lessens the value noticeably, though depending on the permanent pool in the colors selected this can still be worth a slot.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Skid Rambo

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is another amazing land brought to us by Wizards of the Coast! There are a lot of players out there that believe that new ideas are running dry in the Magic world. That may be true, but for now Magic the Gathering is hot with fresh new cards! Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is already being abused by many different types of players. Casual players love this land and Standard players have had a few months to take advantage of devotion. My experiences with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx has taught me that this land card has many limitations, but when used correctly it is a mana producing machine! Yes, we all know that you need to have some devotion to a color before this land can even work.  Did you know that you can tap Nykthos for a bunch of mana and then drop another Nykthos to do it again? Now go out there and cast a huge… Fireball? Mistcutter Hydra? Drain Life? Sphinx’s Revelation…?

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 4  
Multiplayer: 4.5

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