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The Top 10 Journey Into Nyx Cards I’m Most Excited for in Commander - Tuesday Night Rankings

These are personal rankings for Commander depending if I have decks of the correct colors/play styles. This is what I’m excited for, not what will be good in in the format. Updated every night.

1. Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
2. Hydra Broodmaster
3. Master of the Feast
4. Keranos, God of Storms (New Commander)
5. Forgeborn Oreads
6. Mana Confluence
7. King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
8. Launch the Fleet
9. Twinflame
10. Bearer of the Heavens

I was spelling Nyx wrong. Thanks TheSundry for correcting me; I should know better.

Explanations:

Bearer of the Heavens - Because of the cute combo of this and Rescue from the Underworld I’m thinking about putting this Atlas into my Rakdos, Lord of Riots deck. The deck doesn’t need a finisher, but a 10/10 early in the game that I can sacrifice and get back seems pretty awesome. Yes, it’s a bit of a jerk move, but if it’s just one combo in the deck and not the sole focus, I think it’s alright to bust out from time to time.

Disciple of Deceit almost made it on the list, but it might be too much shuffling and searching to slow the game down. It’s good for reanimation (toss a guy and search your library for another one), but I feel that too many people will roll their eyes as you continue to search turn after turn after turn.

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The Top 10 Journey Into Nix Cards I’m Most Excited for in Commander - Monday Night Rankings

These are personal rankings for Commander depending if I have decks of the correct colors/play styles. This is what I’m excited for, not what will be good in in the format. Updated every night.

1. Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
2. Hydra Broodmaster
3. Master of the Feast
4. Keranos, God of Storms (New Commander)
5. Forgeborn Oreads
6. Mana Confluence
7. King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
8. Launch the Fleet
9. Twinflame
10. Prophetic Flamespeaker

Explanations:

Riptide Chimera/Daring Thief - I considered both of these for a while, but they didn’t make an appearance on the list. They may find their way into my Zedruu decklist, but I’m not too excited by either of them. A 3/4 Flyer for 3 seems nice, but as we’ve seen from Esperzoa the effect isn’t always powerful enough. The 4 toughness helps, but if you don’t have anything else on the board, you’re getting no where. Exclusion Ritual seems fun to play with, but for 6 mana a turn, you could be doing so much more. Any Red/Blue/White enchantment in this set it being looked at for Zedruu but only Forgeborn Oreads has made me interested.

As for Daring Thief, I don’t have too many tap effects and a 2/3 will surely get eaten alive most of the time if you want to swing with it. And yes, I am serious.

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The Top 10 Journey Into Nix Cards I’m Most Excited for in Commander - Sunday Night Rankings

These are personal rankings for Commander depending if I have decks of the correct colors/play styles. This is what I’m excited for, not what will be good in in the format. Updated every night.

1. Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
2. Hydra Broodmaster
3. Master of the Feast
4. Keranos, God of Storms (New Commander)
5. Forgeborn Oreads
6. Mana Confluence
7. King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
8. Launch the Fleet
9. Twinflame
10. Prophetic Flamespeaker

As it was pointed out to me last night, Launch the Fleet is a little better since it doesn’t cost W for each additional target. I’m liking that more and more.

Explanations:

Master of the Feast - Even though Mike Flores previewed this card as more of a tournament card, I’m very excited to see it as a Commander one. It’s “drawback” works great in a deck like Nekusar, the Mindrazer or my Sygg, River Cutthroat deck. Underworld Dreams, Mind’s Eye, Consecrated Sphinx (drawing 6 cards for free during your upkeep sounds awesome), or my favorite hidden gem: Breathstealer’s Crypt. It won’t see play in too many decks, but it will serve a pretty awesome purpose when it hits the table.

Twinflame - At two converted mana, it’s the cheapest of the “copy a creature and make a token” that Red has. Let me copy a Dragon, or something for Brion Stoutarm to fling like Serra Avatar. The bonus of during the late game you can copy a bunch of your creatures and swing for the win makes this card on the list.

Prophetic Flamespeaker - Fun crazy effect, much like King Macar. I think it’s worth a shot in my Rakdos, Lord of Riots deck to get another body on the table for cheap. Dwarven Warriors/Nomad make it unblockable in mono Red.

For those keeping track at home, Mana Confluence dropped down the list. I still like the card, but it’s only a City of Brass in Commander. Good, but not earth shattering.

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The Top 10 Journey Into Nix Cards I’m Most Excited for in Commander - Base Rankings

These are personal rankings for Commander depending if I have decks of the correct colors/play styles. This is what I’m excited for, not what will be good in in the format. Updated every night.

1. Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
2. Hydra Broodmaster
3. Mana Confluence
4. Keranos, God of Storms (New Commander)
5. Forgeborn Oreads
6. King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
7. Launch the Fleet
8. Temple of Malady/Epiphany
9. Interpret the Signs
10. Silence the Believers

Explanations:

Ajani - As a Selesnya fan, this is a long time coming. He’s got an immediate home in my Trostani deck with possible follow ups in my Rafiq and Marath. The gain 100 life is cute but makes sense in my Trostani (lifegain) deck.

Hydra Broodmaster - 7/7 for six. If you want to go Monsterous next turn, then you’ve got 3 3/3’s for 7 mana. It ramps pretty quickly and that you can do it at the end of an opponent’s turn’/attack phase is really awesome. It’ll be in my Trostani deck (tokens) but could be seen in my Damia, Sage of Stone one as well. I really wish this was Legendary.

Mana Confluence - It’s a new City of Brass. In Commander, it’s well worth that loss of life 99% of the time. Brion Stotuarm/Zedruu will love this land.

Keranos - New Commander. I’m taking apart my Melek deck since it was just “take extra turns” and felt boring. Luckily I can keep plenty of the same shell and use Keranos as well. I can run Dragonshift and have it fit.

Forgeborn Oreads - Most people won’t care, but my Zedruu is packed full of enchantments. I’m waiting for a White Constellation rare and it should be good. Does have fun with Helios.

King Macar - I’ll most likely do a deck skeleton around this guy rather than just building the deck completely. My mono-Black is Volrath and I don’t see building a second for him. There are a fair number of cars to abuse him, but he just seems fun to run.

Launch the Fleet - I don’t know how good paying 1W to get another attacker is but I’m willing to try it out in my Anax and Cymede deck and pump them up in the middle of the attack phase.

The Temples, Interpret the Signs and Silence the Beliebers will most likely be replaced in the next few days so it’s not really worth the text. Yes, that Silence the Believers would make an awesome alter.

A card could go up in interest level or it could go down depending on the day. At the moment, it’ll be hard to shake Ajani from the top spot. However, we still have 2/3rds of the set remaining to be spoiled. 

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