Magical Christmas Land – by Jeff Milton

Journey to Nyx spoilers are in full swing and if there’s one thing about spoiler season that I can’t get enough of is the magical Christmas land you find yourself in brainstorming new deck ideas with the new toys we get to play with. Today we talk about the most recently spoiled god, Kruphix, God of Horizons.

People know me as being one of Travis Woo’s biggest fans. He showcased one of the most fun decks I’ve ever played in standard last year; Unexpected Omnibor! I was the guy who played Unexpected Omnibor during FNM last year because it was too fun to pass up. The deck played the highest converted mana costs in the format including Omniscience and Enter the Infinite.

Unexpected Omnibor!

Creatures:4
2 Thragtusk
1 Borborygmos, the Enraged
1 Angel of Serenity

Other Spells:30
4 Farseek
2 Detention Sphere
4 Verdant Haven
4 Supreme Verdict
4 Unexpected Results
2 Increasing Ambition
4 Urban Evolution
1 Garruk, Primal Hunter
1 Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
3 Omniscience
1 Enter the Infinite

Lands:26
4 Glacial Fortress
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Watery Grave
1 Blood Crypt
1 Stomping Ground
3 Sunpetal Grove
3 Temple Garden
1 Godless Shrine
1 Overgrown Tomb
4 Breeding Pool
4 Hinterland Harbor
1 Kessig Wolf Run

Sideboard:15
2 Rest in Peace
2 Negate
2 Loxodon Smiter
1 Restoration Angel
2 Vraska the Unseen
2 Thragtusk
2 Terminus
1 Angel of Serenity
1 Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

I LOVE BEING GREEDY!!!

Just look at all the epic spells you can cast! All 5 colors! Allow me to give you a glimpse at what this deck could do.

Turn 2 Farseek into turn 3 Unexpected Results revealing Omniscience. If you didn’t have Enter the Infinite in your hand at this point, you could play Urban Evolution (for free) to try and find it or a copy of Increasing Ambition to tutor up Enter the Infinite AND CAST IT FOR FREE. Once you had your whole deck in your hand, you cast Borborygmos (for free) and used his ability to throw all the lands in your hand to your opponents face. This deck was a blast to play! Aside from that Unexpected Results could also reveal mediocre spells like Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker which I guess is okay.

I feel like the time I opened up a bunch of Christmas gifts and I’m glad for what I got. I hug my mom, thank her when she casually gets up and says:

“Oh wait a minute… I forgot something.”

Mom comes from the back room and sets another box in front of you. You feel satisfied with what you’ve gotten so far so you don’t expect much It’s probably another box of cool shirts and socks… maybe a hat too. You tear the upper corner off…

“Is this really happening?”

Your whole body freezes in complete disbelief of what’s in front of you. You feel your eyes start to water, you want to say something but your jaw is on the floor so all you do is scream as loud as humanly possible. You’re running down the hallway like a mad lunatic!!! And then you calm down and take another look at the gift to make sure it’s real… There it is. The Nintendo 64!

As of this writing, I just woke up to another Christmas morning of spoiler to find Kruphix, God of Horizons. HO! LEY! COW! I’m not saying I’m Nintendo 64 excited but it’s close. I haven’t been this excited about a card in a long time.

Onto the card!

A 5 mana 4/7 might not seem all that exciting at first glance but remember that in Standard, he’s able to avoid Last Breath, Selesnya Charm so that’s relevant (sort of). We’re living in magical Christmas land here so you need to work with me a bit.

You have no maximum hand size.

This ability is just gravy and doesn’t even need to be on the card to be honest. It’s a nice bonus after I play Sphinx’s Revelation for 17. Don’t forget, I’m greedy. I want so many cards in my hand that it looks like I’m looking through my library every time I want to play something while laughing hysterically.

If unused mana would empty from your mana pool, that mana becomes colorless instead.

Did anybody say Omnath 2.0?

Omnath, Locus of Mana

I’ve payed against Omnath in EDH and let me tell you that this guy is hard to deal with once he gets suited up with a Lightning Greaves. Now think about how hard it would be if the Omnath deck had counterspells in it.

Did you know that tapping out all of your lands at the end of your opponents turn can’t be responded to? This small fact is crucial when playing counterspells. Your opponent is sitting on a single copy of Unravel the Aether to deal with Kruphix but it has to resolve in order to get ahead in the game. He know you have a grip full of counterspells so when he passes the turn, hoping for you to tap out thinking he has a chance. This is where you throw in your extreme knowlege of the game (or call a judge) and watch your opponent sink into his chair and drown in your massive pool of mana! Once the mana in your pool turns colorless, your opponent does not get priority to play spells or abilities.

I’m in love with the idea that I can use Kruphix as a Commander. Even though Omnath gets bigger, there’s one thing Omnath doesn’t have…

Indestructible

Like any Theros god, Kruphix is Indestructible. While this might not surprise anybody, it’s fair to note that it is very much relevant in all the formats that the gods see play. You don’t see Omnath surviving a Wrath of God without some help.

Now for the Fun Part!

Building a deck with Kruphix in mind might be easier said than done. I don’t consider myself the best deck builder by any means but when I see good synergy, I can’t help but start brewing bad decks on my phone app and playing hands out on my spare time.

Kruphix is a type of card that allows us to do similar things. It’s the enabler Standard needs to start playing epic spells again. I’m sure the deck plays quite differently but it looks just as fun.

Kruphix Control

Creatures: 22
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Kiora’s Follower
4 Manaweft Sliver
2 Polukranos, World Eater
3 Kruphix, God of Horizons
4 Prophet of Kruphix
1 Worldspine Wurm

Other Spells: 14
1 Biomass Mutation
1 Cyclonic Rift
3 Dissolve
4 Sphinx’s Revelation
2 Kiora, the Crashing Wave
3 Primeval Bounty

Lands: 24
4 Breeding Pool
5 Forest
2 Island
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
2 Temple Garden
2 Temple of Enlightenment
4 Temple of Mystery
4 Temple of Plenty

The basic game plan with this deck is to ramp into Primeval Bounty. Once it resolves, you cast a few mana dorks to get some 3/3 beasts, once your army is built, Biomass Mutation allows any unblocked creature to win the game on the spot.

So where does Kruphix fit in? The Simic god builds up unused mana that we can use on the most important spells in the deck, Sphinx’s Revelation and Biomass Mutation. Sphinx’s Revelation is an obviously great choice in a deck like this. You can sphinx for a ton at the end of your opponents turn and drop a Kruphix on yours to keep everything in your hand.

When brewing a deck, I don’t like making sideboards until I’m comfortable with the main deck. I’m going to give this deck a try once the whole set is out and I give you updates to where I’m headed. The only disappointing thing about this deck is that it isn’t as epic as the deck I played last year. I know I might be missing some awesome spells that I can’t think of right now so if you think of anything let me know in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed my first article! Thanks for reading and good luck at the pre-release!

Article submitted by Jeff Milton

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