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'Wrath of the Mortals' event deck from 'Journey Into Nyx' deck list and review

Wrath of the Mortals event deck
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Revealed today May 1, 2014 in an article by Mike McArtor on DailyMtg.com, the Wrath of the Mortals Event Deck from Journey Into Nyx is the perfect Magic: The Gathering product for players looking for a more competitive deck to compete with at their local Friday Night Magic events. Whereas the Pantheon's Power Intro Pack or Mortals of Myth Into Pack need significant improvements before heading away from your kitchen table, Wrath of the Mortals is good to go straight out of the box just like Inspiring Heroics.

Wrath of the Mortals is a full 60-card deck with 15-card sideboard. This Izzet deck can be play both an aggressive and controlling role, and you'll have to manage your resources carefully in order to pull off a win.

Featuring ten rares and a spin-down life counter, there's a lot of value featured in the Wrath of the Mortals event deck from Journey Into Nyx which will have an MSRP of $24.99 and be available just in time for the Journey Into Nyx Game Day on May 24, 2014.

The Creatures (15)
The Creatures (15) Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

The Creatures (15)

1 Ætherling
1 Battlefield Thaumaturge
1 Chandra's Phoenix
3 Guttersnipe
1 Ogre Battledriver
1 Oracle of Bones
4 Spellheart Chimera
3 Young Pyromancer

The creature list is pretty diverse, on a great mana curve boasting several fantastic early game threats and late game finishers.

Perhaps the weakest card choice here is Oracle of Bones, only if because you don't have any control over if you'll end up with a 5/3 or a 3/1 and get back one of your spells. That's not to say it isn't powerful, just not always the option you want.

Other Spells (20)
Other Spells (20) Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Other Spells (20)

1 Anger of the Gods
2 Divination
1 Fated Conflagration
2 Flames of the Firebrand
1 Harness by Force
4 Lightning Strike
3 Magma Jet
1 Mizzium Mortars
2 Searing Blood
1 Steam Augury
2 Turn // Burn

There's a nice suit of burn here that'll make red mages pretty happy. You'll be able to ignite their creatures or scorch them directly in the face.

The Lands (25)
The Lands (25) Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

The Lands (25)

9 Island
4 Izzet Guildgate
12 Mountain

Pretty standard with the land choices seen here.

You'll probably want to upgrade your mana base with some shocklands and/or temples if they're within your budget.

The Sideboard (15)
The Sideboard (15) Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

The Sideboard (15)

2 Dispel
2 Elixir of Immortality
3 Essence Scatter
2 Flames of the Firebrand
3 Izzet Staticaster
3 Negate

The sideboard helps Wrath of the Mortals deal with control decks (Dispel, Negate), burn decks (Elixir of Immortality), and mid-range creature decks (Essence Scatter, Flames of the Firebrand).

Izzet Staticaster can take out tokens produced by Elspeth, Sun's Champion or any other weenies your enemy may control.

Playing the deck
Playing the deck Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Playing the deck

Young Pyromancer is one of this deck's key cards, and we'll probably want to up the count to four. Every spell you cast will give you a token, which just happens to grow larger and have haste when you control a Ogre Battledriver on the battlefield.

Over the course of a long game Guttersnape can reward you by dealing an impressive amount of damage to your opponent.

Battlefield Thaumaturge gives this deck a lot of power, allowing you to cast your spells much more efficiently. Acquiring multiple copies of Battlefield Thaumaturge is a fantastic way of upgrading this deck.

Chandra's Phoenix can be a pesky creature for your adversary to deal with, and as you play more spells, Spellheart Chimera becomes a deadlier threat.

Ætherling shouldn't need an introduction: If the game runs long enough you should have enough mana to assume control with it.

If you have the means, we suggest adding a Ral Zarek. This powerful planeswalker may just give Wrath of the Mortals the extra oomph it needs.

Positives:

  • A fun, full "FNM ready" deck right out of the box.

Negatives:

  • Previous event decks have featured a shockland or some other rare that was highly sought after on the secondary market at that time. As of this article's publication, none of the deck's rares are worth more than $2.

Despite not having any "chase" cards in it, we're not greedy and recognize a great value when we see it. Wrath of the Mortals is the perfect entry point for newer players looking to hop into a more competitive environment away from their casual matches at home. With just a few minor upgrades to the mana base this list can easily steal a few matches at your local Friday Night Magic event.

Our Rating: Four out of Five