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'Journey Into Nyx' preview week: 'Satyr Hoplite'

Don't be fooled by it's small stature. This guy packs quite a punch.
Wizards of the Coast

This week begins the "Journey Into Nyx" previews on There is no particular order to the previews on the "Magic: The Gathering" site and there is no particular order here as well. With that in mind, here is the next card:

Satyr Hoplite - R - Common - Creature - 1/1 - Heroic - Whenever you cast a spell that targets Satyr Hoplite, put a +1/+1 on Satyr Hoplite.

It's so simple that it's wonderful. A 1/1 for one red mana. The first night of previews have presented quite a number of aggressive strategies and creatures. While this one is just a common, it hangs with the best of them.

At one mana to cast, this creature is extremely affordable. With such a cheap cost, a 1/1 body is expected. It's "Heroic" ability more than makes up for it. A simple pump spells, and this Hoplite becomes a menacing threat to anyone in its way.

Imagine this scenario: turn one you play a mountain and cast this guy. Turn two can be a large number of things. The first thing that comes to mind is swinging and casting "Titan's Strength." Not only will it get +3/+1, but it will get an additional +1/+1 counter from its heroic ability. Also, don't forget to scry for your next pump spell or creature. That means, on turn two, your swinging with a four-powered creature.

Then there is always the golden scenario where you might cast two "Titan's Strength" for a total of eight damage if your opponent doesn't block. One could be considered "living the dream" if, on turn three, would then cast the "Armed" side of "Armed//Dangerous" and then finish of their opponent with another pump spell or burn spell.

What's your dream scenario for defeating your opponent with "Satyr Hoplite?"

"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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