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Journey into Nyx spoilers: Defensive livestock from Hong Kong Magic Facebook

Freeloading sheep, demanding piggyback rides...

The second week of Journey into Nyx previews chugs on, all over the world. And one of the block's big gimmicks, enchantment creatures, seem to be getting elaboration in this last set. Continuing from Born of the Gods, some of the Journey into Nyx enchantment creatures are not Gods or bestow creatures but in fact just Nyx-created beings that emulate global enchantments mechanically. The latest to be previewed is baaaaa-d news for aggressive decks, as a Hong Kong Magic Facebook page gives us Star-Woolen Sheep. In translation, the fleecy thing is:

Star-Woolen Sheep 1W

Enchantment Creature - Sheep (Uncommon)

At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life.


So it turns out that a wall that reverses the clock on aggro while it stops attacks is, in fact, a hell of a wall. This little lamb can mean a lot of frustration for your weenie-drafting opponents in Limited when you make it as a second-turn drop, essentially invalidating their first one or two turns of work. 0/5 for two mana is pretty good defensively on its own, as the playability of Murmuring Phantasm in certain niche builds proves. Two particular white-blue-black control decks particularly may want Star-Woolen Sheep to join their armies in the early game: Phenax, God of Deception and Oloro, Ageless Ascetic. And, of course, anything that has high toughness for cheap can be effective Doran, the Siege Tower fodder.

What do you think of this woolly bully? Let me know in the comments.

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