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'Pantheon's Power' intro pack from 'Journey Into Nyx' deck list and review

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"Pantheon's Power" Intro Pack

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"Pantheon's Power" is one of five new intro packs from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert "Magic: The Gathering" expansion set "Journey Into Nyx." As we've seen with previous intro packs such as "Manipulative Monstrosities," "Blazing Beasts of Myth," "Devotion to Darkness," "Favors From Nyx," and "Anthousa's Army", each "Journey Into Nyx" intro pack includes a how to play insert, tip guide, and two unopened "Journey Into Nyx" booster packs for an MSRP of $14.99.

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"Pantheon's Power" features two rares: A premium foil Doomwake Giant and a Fate Unraveler.

"Pantheon's Power" Intro Pack
Creatures (24)
2 Akroan Mastiff
1 Archetype of Courage
1 Archetype of Finality
1 Brain Maggot
1 Doomwake Giant
2 Dreadbringer Lampads
1 Eagle of the Watch
1 Fate Unraveler
2 Grim Guardian
2 Harvestguard Alseids
2 Nyx-Fleece Ram
2 Odunos River Trawler
1 Pharika's Chosen
1 Rotted Hulk
2 Thoughtrender Lamia
2 Underworld Coinsmith
Other Spells (10)
1 Armament of Nyx
1 Aspect of Gorgon
1 Banishing Light
1 Cast into Darkness
1 Font of Return
1 Font of Vigor
2 Nyx Infusion
2 Oppressive Rays
Lands (26)
11 Plains
15 Swamp

Your success with "Pantheon's Power" will hinge on its use of constellation cards, which feature a benefit every time an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control. "Pantheon's Power" is rather slow, and against aggressive decks getting an early Nyx-Fleece Ram can be one of the deciding factors (which can become incredibly tough for your rival to get around when enchanted with Aspect of Gorgon). It's pivotal for you to acquire several constellation cards like Harvestguard Alseids, Underworld Coinsmith and Grim Guardian on the battlefield, in order to fully reap the boons you'll gain every time you cast an enchantment such as Brain Maggot or Font of Return.

There's some cute tricks here, such as giving your Pharika's Chosen first strike with Archetype of Courage, transforming it into an amazing blocker. With "removal" cards in enchantment form such as Oppressive Rays, Armament of Nyx, Banishing Light, Nyx Infusion, and Cast into Darkness you'll be able to slow down your adversary while you fortify your position. Akroan Mastiff will lock down their best threat allowing your larger creatures such as Doomwake Giant to cross over and connect with your rival. Dreadbringer Lampads can also help ensure an inevitable victory.

As with all intro packs, you'll need to do some significant upgrading if you plan on taking this deck away from the kitchen table and into a more competitive environment such as your local Friday Night Magic. The included insert suggests adding Athreos, God of Passage. Its an incredibly powerful addition for sure, however it's also currently one of the Top ten most expensive cards from "Journey Into Nyx." You'll be able to get a lot more for your money and/or trades with a few other options instead (though if you have the means, we really do recommend this sexy new god).

Ajani's Chosen makes a fantastic inclusion. Because the constellation creatures are enchantments, a couple of Extinguish All Hope can really devastate your adversary. If you're blowing up the world Nighthowler will be an MVP and other bestow creatures such as Celestial Archon and Herald of Torment will trigger constellation too. Another card we feel would really be at home in "Pantheon's Power" is Blind Obedience, which will slow down your opponent and perhaps give the right amount of life gain to help pull off a slow victory through attrition.

When you consider that the two booster packs of "Journey Into Nyx" would run you $8 anyways and you're really only paying $7 for the deck, "Pantheon's Power" delivers a flavorful taste of "Journey Into Nyx" that's great for new players and casual players alike.

Positives:

  • Smorgasbord sampling of new constellation cards and accompanying enchantments.
  • Great value for price.

Negatives:

  • Needs significant improvements for competitive play.

Our rating: 4 of 5

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