Journey into Nyx

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Journey into Nyx
Set symbol
JOU symbol.png
Symbol description
Combination of an altar and the Horns of Xenagos
Design team
Ethan Fleischer (lead) [1]
Dan Emmons
Erik Lauer
Mark Rosewater
Matt Tabak
Development team
David Humpherys (lead)
Ian Duke
Tom Jenkot
Erik Lauer
Ken Nagle
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
May 2, 2014
Themes and mechanics
"enchantments matter"
Keywords and/or ability words
Constellation, Strive, Bestow, Heroic, Inspired, Scry, Monstrosity and Devotion
Set size
165 cards
(60 commons, 60 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
Expansion code
Development codename
Theros block sets
Theros Born of the Gods Journey into Nyx
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska Journey into Nyx Modern Event Deck

Journey into Nyx is the third and final set in the Theros block. It is the 64th Magic expansion and was released May 2014.[2][3]

Set details[edit]

Rival the Gods

Like its predecessors, Journey into Nyx has an ancient Greek themed top-down design, making use of many mythological tropes. The set contains 165 cards (60 Common, 60 Uncommon, 35 Rare, 10 Mythic) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Fitting in with the "enchantment matters" theme, 59 of the set's 165 cards carry the enchantment type. The set introduces the Lamia creature type.

Flavor and storyline[edit]

The plane of Theros is in chaos. Gods and mortals are pitted against each other, and terrifying monsters stalk the land. Heroes strive for glory while new and terrifying constellations take shape in the night sky. Supported by Ajani, Elspeth travels to Nyx and kills Xenagos. Afraid of her power, Heliod kills Elspeth. [4]


Journey into Nyx is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), five intro packs, one event deck and a fat pack. [5] The 15-card boosters feature artwork from Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, Pharika, God of Affliction and Cyclops of Eternal Fury . The set features the continuation of the Hero's Path.

God packs[edit]

Random Journey into Nyx boosters were seeded to be literally and figuratively "God Packs": the contained all 15 Gods of Theros. [6] [7]


Forge a Godslayer

Quest 7 on the Hero's Path takes place at the Journey into Nyx Prerelease events, April 26 and 27, 2014. [8] Players will forge a Godslayer based on a favorite mana color and receive a Seeded Prerelease Pack based on that color (Forged in Glory Manaw.gif, Intellect Manau.gif, Tyranny Manab.gif, War Manar.gif or Pursuit Manag.gif). The Prerelease Pack contains a Spindown™ Life Counter, one of five Hero Equipment cards (respectively Spear of the General, Cloak of the Philosopher, Lash of the Tyrant, Axe of the Warmonger or Bow of the Hunter), one of five quiz activity cards, five Theros block boosters, and a seeded booster featuring cards appropriate for that player's chosen path — including one of the five Prerelease promo cards. During the prerelease, players have the opportunity to win three mystical components, represented by reward stickers. Three component stickers combine in specific ways to create one of seven different enhancements. The activity card is handed in to the tournament organizer to receive the corresponding "enhancement sticker". That sticker is put on the player's Hero Card in the blank space as a new permanent ability, thus forging one the most powerful weapons on Theros: a customized Godslayer.

Launch Weekend[edit]

Journey into Nyx launches May 2-4, 2014 and the month's first Friday Night Magic starts off the festivities. Players on the Hero's Path come to their stores to "Journey into Nyx" and solve a puzzle hidden within the poster included in the Journey into Nyx Launch Weekend kit. Players who solve the puzzle receive a copy of the Quest 8 Hero Card (The Destined).

Game Day[edit]

On May 24-25, 2014 Journey into Nyx Game Day players can use their Standard decks for the ninth quest on the Hero's Path: Defeat a God, a special Challenge Deck provided to the retailer. By winning against the Challenge deck, players win a ninth Hero card (The Champion). Players will be able to use three of the Hero Cards they have collected and the Godslayer that they forged at the Prerelease to complete this final quest of the Hero's Path!

Magic online[edit]

For Magic Online, Journey into Nyx Prerelease Events begin Friday, May 9. The set officially goes on sale in Magic Online and Release Events begin on Monday, May 12. [9]

Promotional Cards[edit]


A sixteenth card in the boosters can be a token creature card, with advertisements on the back side: [12]

  1. Manau.gif 4/4 Sphinx with flying for Hour of Need
  2. Manab.gif */* Zombie for Ritual of the Returned
  3. Manar.gif 2/3 Minotaur for Flurry of Horns
  4. Manag.gif */* Hydra for Hydra Broodmaster
  5. Manag.gif 1/3 Spider enchantment creature with reach for Renowned Weaver
  6. Managb.gif 1/1 Snake enchantment creature with deathtouch for Pharika, God of Afflictions

Themes and mechanics[edit]

See also: Theros block/Trivia.

Journey into Nyx has a heavy team of "enchantments matter", which was pushed deliberately pushed to the third set of the block. [13] [14] The keywords Bestow, Heroic, Scry, Monstrosity, Inspired and Devotion returned from the previous sets (with monstrosity skipping one set). [15] [16] Two new ability words were added: constellation and strive. Enchantments with constellation abilities represent the divine constellations that fill the night sky. [17] [18] An enchantment's constellation ability triggers every time it or another enchantment enters the battlefield under the player's control. Most of the enchantments with constellation abilities are enchantment creatures, but not all of them. A spell with a strive ability lets you pump more mana into it to increase the number of targets. [19]


Journey into Nyx has nine cycles. Some cards are part of a Theros block mega cycle.

Mirrored pairs[edit]

Journey into Nyx has one mirrored pair.

  • Self-sacrificing auras: a pair of common auras that cost 1 colored mana. Both grant +1/+1 and can be sacrificed to destroy an artifact or enchantment when the creature deals damage to a player. — Mortal Obstinacy, Flamespeaker's Will.

Reprinted cards[edit]

Functional reprints[edit]

Creature enchantment functional reprints[edit]


Strictly better or worse[edit]

Preconstructed decks[edit]

Intro packs[edit]

Journey into Nyx has five bicolored intro packs: [22]

Intro pack name
Colors included
Foil rare
White Blue Black Red Green
Mortals of Myth Dawnbringer Charioteers
Fates Foreseen Scourge of Fleets
Pantheon's Power Doomwake Giant
Voracious Rage Spawn of Thraxes
The Wilds and the Deep Heroes' Bane

Event deck[edit]

Journey into Nyx has one event deck. [23]

Event deck name
Colors included
White Blue Black Red Green
Wrath of the Mortals


  1. Ethan Fleischer. (April 07, 2014.) "My Journey", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Trick Jarrett. (November 11, 2013.) "Announcing Journey into Nyx", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (April, 2014.) "Journey into Nyx Credits", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Creative Team. (May 26, 2014.) "Journey's End", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Trick Jarrett. ( April 08, 2014.) "Journey into Nyx Packaging", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Jason Alt (April 26, 2014) Taking “God Pack” Literally (Reddit)
  7. Wizards of the Coast. (April 28, 2014.) "A Divine Gift", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mike McArtor. (April 21, 2014.) "Journey into Nyx Prerelease Primer", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Clayton Kroh. (April 21, 2014.) "Magic Online Journey into Nyx Prerelease and Release Events", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Trick Jarrett. (April 09, 2014.) "Journey into Nyx Promos", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards of the Coast. (April 21, 2014.) "Buy a Box Promotion", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Trick Jarrett. (April 22, 2014.) "Journey into Nyx Tokens", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Sam Stoddard. (April 11, 2014.) "A Matter of Structure", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Sam Stoddard. (May 02, 2014.) "Making Enchantments Matter", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Kelly Digges. (April 07, 2014.) "Mechanics of Journey into Nyx", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Dave Humpherys. (April 14, 2014.) "A Developmental Journey", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Mark Rosewater. (April 07, 2014.) "The Incredible Journey, Part 1", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Mark Rosewater. (April 28, 2014.) "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Mark Rosewater. (April 14, 2014.) "The Incredible Journey, Part 2", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Marshall Sutcliffe. (April 09, 2014.) "Bestow the Line", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Mark Rosewater. (April 21, 2014.) "Journey to the Center of the Set, Part 1", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Wizards of the Coast. (January 29, 2013.) "Journey into Nyx Intro Pack Decklists", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Mike McArtor. (May 01, 2014.) "Journey into Nyx Event Deck", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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