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4.02.2014

Journey into Nyx Gods

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Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

As anticipated, the Magic Creative Team has posted the next installment of the Planeswalker's Guide series to the mothersite ahead of the start of Journey into Nyx previews next week.  If you love the storyline / vorthos of Magic: the Gathering or want to start speculating on cards given the card art posted today we encourage you to read that great article there.

We've been collecting at least one of each god from 'Theros' and 'Born of the Gods' and will certainly pre-order the new 'Journey into Nyx' gods from MTG Mint Card.  As for today's post to MTG Realm, before we get in to any speculations, we want to do the final head count on all the Theros major and minor gods and check out all the very exceptional card art for the last five minor cards - lets' go -

Minor gods (Journey into Nyx)
Athreos, God of Passage (w/b)
Iroas, God of Victory (w/r)
Keranos, God of Storms (r/u)
Kruphix, God of Horizons (g/u)
Pharika, God of Affliction (g/b)

Minor gods (Born of the Gods)
Ephara, God of the Polis (w/u)
Karametra, God of Harvests (w/g)
Mogis, God of Slaughter (r/b)
Phenax, God of Deception (u/b)
Xenagos, God of Revels (r/g)


Major Gods (Theros)
Heliod, God of the Sun (w)
Thassa, God of the Sea (u)
Erebos, God of the Dead (b)
Purphoros, God of the Forge (r)
Nylea, God of the Hunt (g) 
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Following - a brief run-down of the new gods in Journey into Nyx -

Athreos, God of Passage (w/b)
illustrated by Ryan Barger 

Athreos is never without his signature staff, a gnarled length of dark wood. When the dead arrive on the shores of the Rivers, he lays it across the water to transform it into a barge. In his role of easing the passage from life to death, he is associated with white and black mana.
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Iroas, God of Victory (w/r)
illustrated by Slawomir Maniak

The god of victory is associated with red and white mana. His devotees include champions of the Games and charismatic commanders of troops. King Anax of Akros, a ferocious warrior and skilled tactician, is a longtime worshipper of Iroas, although in recent years he has also embraced Purphoros as he forges his polis into an empire.

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Keranos, God of Storms (r/u)
illustrated by Daarken 

A bolt from the blue can be both devastating and inspirational. Likewise, Keranos embodies the fury of the storm and the sudden blaze of epiphany. A god of little patience and less mercy, he dispenses insights and blasts of lightning in equal measure. As such, he is associated with blue and red mana.
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Kruphix, God of Horizons (g/u)
illustrated by Daarken 

The reclusive god speaks rarely and counts few worshippers. He often takes no real form but appears only as a Nyx-filled space in the sky. Kruphix is associated with green and blue mana, and his temple is built over a cataract at the very edge of the world.

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Pharika, God of Affliction (g/b)
illustrated by Peter Mohrbacher
 
Pharika is associated with black and green mana, and her dual nature also governs aging—the stretch of life and the approach of death. Stories say that the secretive god has hidden medicinal knowledge within the natural world. None know whether she did so to reward or to toy with mortals who quest to unearth them.
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