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'Journey Into Nyx' preview week: 'Iroas, God of Victory'

This guy might get a little annoying.
Wizards of the Coast

This week begins the "Journey Into Nyx" previews on This special card was an exclusive preview via Here is what people found over there:

Iroas, God of Victory - Mythic Rare - 2RW - Legendary Enchantment Creature - 7/4 - Indestructible. As long as your devotion to red and white is less than seven, Iroas isn't a creature. Creatures your control can't be blocked except by two or more creatures. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to attacking creatures you control.

Iroas has already begun to gain a ridiculous amount of hype and it's only been a couple of hours since news about his existence broke. He joins the already stacked cast of characters who are the gods of Theros. So where does Iroas stack up against the rest of them? To answer that, we need to look at a couple of his abilities.

First, "Creatures you control can't be blocked except by two or more creatures." Boros is a very fast strategy. It consists of many creatures who are very cost effective. The roster includes "Soldier of Pantheon," "Ash Zealot," and "Boros Reckoner" to name a few. The idea of the deck is to get in fast and hit hard. Ideally, you would get your opponent to a low enough life total to "burn" them the rest of the way with spells like "Lightning Strike" and "Shock."

One of the biggest problems a deck like this runs into are blockers. They don't have to be big. They just have to get in the way. That's where Iroas comes into play. He has the ability to blow the game wide open. His ability to increase the number of blockers needed to get in the way of your creatures opens the flood gates and will let you swing for massive amounts of damage.

Iroas' second ability to prevent damage to your creatures while attacking adds insult to injury. Not only will you be able to swing with many of your creatures getting through, those who end up being blocked will live to fight another day while your opponents' blockers may get killed in action.

This god still has his downsides and may not be as hype as many think he is. There are plenty of ways to deal with him. Cards like "Detention Sphere," "Glare of Heresy," and "Revoke Existence" plenty of examples. Currently, players have one or two copies in their sideboard. However, if more gods like Iroas are spoiled, these numbers may go up to the max of four.

Another downside to Iroas is that he costs a total of four mana to cast. Remember, most Boros strategies are to get in fast and hard. At four mana, Iroas may be too high to cast in some situations. Take a look at "Purphoros, God of the Forge." He is in a similar situation where he is an overpowered god who costs too much to cast in the deck he's played in. At best, you may see only two copies of Iroas in Boros decks.

While Iroas may see limited playing time at FNMs, he will definitely be seen leading many loyal soldiers as the head of numerous commander decks.

"Journey Into Nyx" hits stores on May 2. Prerelease events will be held the weekend of April 26 and 27. It will then be released online May 12. Finally, Game Day events will be held the weekend of May 24 and 25.

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