We know that one of the rare cycles in Theros will be an unprecedented combination of card types - enchantment artifacts. These are the five major gods' weapons: Heliod's solar spear Khrusor, Thassa's tide-controlling bident Dekella, Erebos's ensnaring whip Mastix, Purphoros's lava hammer Akmon, and Nylea's unerring bow Ephixis. Well, we've finally gotten a glimpse of the latter, Nylea's great bow, on a Reddit post, and it, like the previously-spoiled Bident of Thassa, follows a clear pattern of one static ability and one activated ability, representing its enchantment and artifact halves.
Here it is in text form:
Bow of Nylea 1GG
Legendary Enchantment Artifact (Rare)
Attacking creatures you control have deathtouch.
1G, T: Choose one - Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature; or Bow of Nylea deals 2 damage to target creature with flying; or you gain 3 life; or put up to four target cards from your graveyard on the bottom of your library in any order.
Now this is a weapon. That static ability would be a hell of a decisive boost in combat in Limited even if it were on the card at its current cost alone; I really want to put it in a green-white aggro deck with first strikers and double strikers to make my attackers nearly unkillable and to make blocking a very difficult proposition for my opponents. But then check out that activated ability. Four-mode choices have previously only been used on the Command cycle of Lorwyn; and modal activated abilities provide a dangerous combination of repeatability and versatility. This should remind us all of Umezawa's Jitte (though without the free activations, two charges per turn, and multiple activations in a row that made that card utterly broken) - none of these abilities is bad, and some of them are quite good in any situation. The +1/+1 counter mode in particular will definitely see a lot of use. The fact that there are four modes that go one, two, three, and four with the numerals associated with them; there are four seasons (pump for spring growth, flyer damage for autumn winds, lifegain for summer sunshine, and graveyard tucking for winter snowdrifts); and four arrows in the quiver make this a homerun design for Vorthos and Melvin alike. All in all, this looks like a fun, powerful card for every format that supports aggro decks - it'll surely be very popular.
What do you think of Nylea's signature item? Let me know in the comments.