Journey into Nyx Game Day and Challenge Deck (with Multiplayer)

Posted in Arcana on May 23, 2014

By Mike McArtor

Mike first played with Ice Age and became the copy editor for in December 2011. Before DailyMTG, he was an editor on D&D's Dragon magazine for four years.

Your Hero's Path has led you here. The Planeswalker Xenagos has boldly claimed a place in the Pantheon of Theros. Heliod demands a champion to strike down the insolent deity. Are you powerful enough to defeat a god and his throngs of fervent worshippers? Take up your hero's blade and meet your ultimate destiny!

Game Day for Journey into Nyx happens this weekend! In addition to a day-long Standard tournament, stores will also be running the ninth and final quest in the Hero's Path: the Defeat a God Challenge Deck.

Game Day Tournament

Bring your favorite Standard deck and do battle!

Each participant will receive a Squelching Leeches promo card (while supplies last), while those who make the Top 8 will also get a Dictate of Kruphix promo card (while supplies last). Find a store near you with the store locator.

Whether or not you plan to participate in the tournament (you totally should!), bring a sixty-card deck with you to the store, so you can face Xenagos! To wit:

Defeat a God Challenge Deck

Defeat a God is the ninth quest in the Hero's Path, which occurs this weekend, May 24–25, at the Journey into Nyx Game Day.

Bring your favorite deck with you to Defeat a God, including the Standard deck you bring to play in the Game Day tournament! (You don't have to join the tournament to perform the ninth and final Hero's Path quest.) Regardless of the deck you bring, you may also play with up to three Hero Cards you've collected from previous Hero's Path quests.

Once you finish your quest, your tournament organizer will provide you with your Game Day Hero Card, The Champion:

Dave Guskin answered many questions you might have about Challenge Decks in general and Defeat a God specifically, both of which are in the overall Hero's Path FAQ.


Elspeth has Ajani, and you have your friends! Xenagos is a tough challenge, so feel free to bring your friends along to defeat him. Here are the multiplayer rules for the Defeat a God challenge, as provided by its developer, Sam Stoddard:

Multiplayer rules: Follow the rules as printed on the playmat for Xenagos's deck. All players facing Xenagos and his revelers have a shared life total of 20 life. For each additional player in the game, the Xenagos deck starts with one additional Rollicking Throng on the battlefield.

Taking it Home

We know some players will want to bring home their own Challenge Deck in order to battle Xenagos at home. Fortunately, you can! Stores will have Challenge Decks for sale starting with the Game Day event this weekend. Talk to your store about purchasing your own Defeat a God Challenge Deck!

Good luck this weekend, and have fun!

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