The current Magic: The Gathering block is based on Greek and Roman mythology and it is my favorite block yet. Journey into Nyx represents the journey
into the underworld. There are going to be five demi-Gods released in this set.
The five Gods in the original set were named Heliod, God of the Sun, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Erebos, God of the dead, Purpheros, God of the Forge, and
Thassa, God of the Sea. In the following two sets, which are Born of the Gods and Journey into Nyx, they have offspring - dual-colored Gods.
Nyx represents the Godess of the night, and she has her own shrine, although she is not a creature.
Note that as with all good art, there is symbolism embedded in all aspects. That is one reason I never think that it is too out there for there to be
hidden meaning in art, as an artist, there is almost always hidden meaning in art.
The five new Gods
It is interesting to see the five new Gods and their artwork.
This God is very O.P. in my opinion. Yes, it is a centaur.
Looks like Thor.
Looks like a martial arts Pokemon.
Looks like a Gorgon. That is what the kids call Medusas these days. And they do turn creatures to stone a lot. And it is dangerous to look into their
eyes, even after they are beheaded.
Looks like Old Greg.
Constellation - a new ability probably based off of the Greek's navigation of the seas or astronomy usage for farming. Naiads are a type of Nymph - a
Nymph is a spirit that protects a certain place, like a lake, for example. If someone does something good for the lake, then the nyad will give him or
her its blessing.
I like the Starfish creature, this makes me want to make a starfish deck now. Scrying is the ability to see the future. All of the ten temples in
Theros have the ability to scry, as they are home to the oracles. This starfish seems to have a prophecy written on it using runes.
Here is a Merfolk, good for any Fish decks out there - I am working on Modern Fish. Don't forget the theories that the truth is out there... about
remaining merfolk civilizations even today. I believe that the black and white pearls could be referencing
Urim and Thummim
from The Alchemist - these stones are used to help make choices to follow
A non-enchantment board wipe - a bit costly, but black board wipes are rare. I believe the God in the center there is Erebos, God of the Dead.
Minotaurs are big in Theros. This mangled guy is just one of the many, many, many - and yes, I could not resist making a Minotaur deck. What I need to
do is throw in some Maze's End in there just because Minotaurs like mazes. My decks can be very trollzy.
It is rare for a green creature to have vigilance.
Satyrs are the other big creature in Theros besides Minotaurs. They are often hedonists. One of them meets up with the four children in the original
Chronicles of Narnia, I believe.
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