Card of the Day - April, 2014

Posted in Feature on April 1, 2014

By Mike McArtor

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

Dreadbringer Lampads
Dreadbringer LampadsJourney into Nyx. It's hard to see the interesting details in the art at card size, so here is part of the art description: "Only their faces and their clawed hands are clearly visible, with the rest of their bodies obscured by darkness. Shrieking, ghostly shapes are following them, streaming from what would be their hair into a single trailing vapor. The nymphs' face and skin bear jagged black markings that suggest madness and death."

Whitewater Naiads
Whitewater NaiadsJourney into Nyx. In Greek mythology, naiads were freshwater nymphs, although there was some overlap with their saltwater kin. Local cults worshipped naiads and some coming-of-age rites incorporated them. Despite the worship, naiads were said to have jealous personalities and could be dangerous beings.

Harvestguard Alseids
Harvestguard AlseidsJourney into Nyx. There are sixteen cards with constellation. Most constellation cards are in black (six, including one multicolor) and green (five). Constellation triggers with all enchantments, though, of which there are 59 in Journey into Nyx alone, and 143 in Theros block. Before Journey's release this Friday, Standard contains 176 and Modern, 854.

Launch the Fleet
Launch the FleetJourney into Nyx. From the Journey into Nyx Release Notes:

You choose how many targets each spell with a strive ability has and what those targets are as you cast it. It's legal to cast such a spell with no targets, although this is rarely a good idea. You can't choose the same target more than once for a single strive spell.

Agent of Erebos
Agent of ErebosJourney into Nyx. From the Journey into Nyx Release Notes:

A constellation ability triggers whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control for any reason. Enchantments with other card types, such as enchantment creatures, will also cause constellation abilities to trigger.

Worst Fears
Worst FearsJourney into Nyx. From the Journey into Nyx Release Notes:

While controlling another player, you can see all cards that player can see. This includes cards in that player's hand, face-down cards that player controls, his or her sideboard, and any cards in his or her library that he or she looks at.

Silence the Believers
Silence the BelieversJourney into Nyx.The growing tension between the mortals and gods has exploded into all-out war! Uncharted Realms has stories of the war, here and here.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is complete. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Extinguish All Hope
Extinguish All HopeJourney into Nyx.The growing tension between the mortals and gods has exploded into all-out war! Uncharted Realms has stories of the war, here and here.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is complete. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Godsend
GodsendJourney into Nyx. Godsend is a gift from Heliod to Elspeth. Read more of that story in the Godsend Godsend eBook by Jenna Helland.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Prophetic Flamespeaker
Prophetic FlamespeakerJourney into Nyx. Dave Humpherys writes about the development of this card (and all of Journey into Nyx) in this feature article.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Pharika, God of Affliction
Pharika, God of AfflictionJourney into Nyx. The five major gods of Theros each represent one of the colors of Magic. Pharika is one of the ten minor gods, each of whom belongs to one of the ten color pairs.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Athreos, God of Passage
Athreos, God of PassageJourney into Nyx. The five major gods of Theros each represent one of the colors of Magic. Athreos is one of the ten minor gods, each of whom belongs to one of the ten color pairs.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Ajani, Mentor of HeroesJourney into Nyx. Ajani travels to the plane of Theros to aid his friend, Elspeth. Read about his search for her in this this Uncharted Realms story.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Kruphix, God of Horizons
Kruphix, God of HorizonsJourney into Nyx. The five major gods of Theros each represent one of the colors of Magic. Kruphix is one of the ten minor gods, each of whom belongs to one of the ten color pairs.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Sage of Hours
Sage of HoursJourney into Nyx. Find a couple decks that feature the Sage of Hours in this From the Lab.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Keranos, God of Storms
Keranos, God of StormsJourney into Nyx. The five major gods of Theros each represent one of the colors of Magic. Keranos is one of the ten minor gods, each of whom belongs to one of the ten color pairs.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Iroas, God of Victory
Iroas, God of VictoryJourney into Nyx. The five major gods of Theros each represent one of the colors of Magic. Iroas is one of the ten minor gods, each of whom belongs to one of the ten color pairs.
The Journey into Nyx Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Be prepared for the Prerelease on April 26–27, 2014!

Hall of Triumph
Hall of TriumphJourney into Nyx. A promo version of Hall of Triumph will be available at Game Day (while supplies last), as Trick Jarrett talks more about Hall of Triumph in this Arcana.

Crabapple Cohort
Crabapple CohortShadowmoor. Getting the +1/+1 bonus for the Cohort shouldn't be too difficult, regardless of what other colors you're playing. Shadowmoor alone has 45 green creatures, and that goes up to 82 if you add in Eventide (136 in the entire Lorwyn-Shadowmoor block). That number explodes to 1,061 in Modern, where even if you cut out all multicolor creatures you still have 770 to choose from.

121172
Juniper Order RangerColdsnap. The Juniper Order was made up of dissatisfied human druids and knights who left Kjeldor to live in the Fyndhorn Forest, where they allied with the elves. Even though the Order itself only has three cards, its members were quoted in twenty-seven cards in Ice Age and Alliances.

Genju of the Cedars
Genju of the CedarsBetrayers of Kamigawa. The Genju of Kamigawa (pronounced GEN-joo) are great spirits of the land, as revealed in Part 2 of the Kamigawa Glossary. The glowing things around this Genju are, as the art description explains, orbiting energy objects, whose exact appearance was left to the artist's discretion.

Black Oak of Odunos
Black Oak of OdunosBorn of the Gods. In "The M Files: Born of the Gods," Sam Stoddard explained the Black Oak's primary role as an inspired enabler. Phenax (in the flavor text), also enables inspired, and gives you a solid draft plan, as Marshall Sutcliffe explains in "The Gods of Born."

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