Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,
Today over on the mothership, the WotC crew posted Journey into Nyx Release Notes. We were expecting as well today to have the new set also uploaded to the Gatherer Card Database, but apparently not. Something odd did happen earlier today - it appears that the mothersite was down - perhaps this was an issue with promoting the new database (?). Anywhoos, things did indeed get set back in to order eventually. Ahead of your Journey into Nyx PreRelease Event, we suggest reading over the Release Notes with an eye to the individual card notes to ensure your event goes smoothly and hopefully no confusion as what a particular card may or may not do. Here's a brief overview -
The Journey into Nyx set contains 165 cards (60 common, 60 uncommon, 35 rare, and 10 mythic rare).
Prerelease events: April 26–27, 2014
Launch Weekend: May 2–4, 2014
Game Day: May 24–25, 2014
The Journey into Nyx set becomes legal for sanctioned Constructed play on its official release date: Friday, May 2, 2014. At that time, the following card sets will be permitted in the Standard format: Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, Dragon's Maze, Magic 2014, Theros, Born of the Gods, and Journey into Nyx.
Returning Ability Words
Bestow, Heroic, Inspired, Scry, Monstrosity and Devotion
New Ability Word - Constellation
An enchantment's constellation ability triggers every time it or another enchantment enters the battlefield under the player's control. Most of the enchantments with constellation abilities in Journey into Nyx are enchantment creatures, but not all of them.
New Ability Word - Strive
Strive is an ability word introduced in Journey into Nyx, where it is connected to the hero theme of the block. A spell with a strive ability lets you pump more mana into it to increase the number of targets. Similar abilities had been featured before on cards like Fireball and some multikicker cards in Zendikar block. As you cast a spell with strive, you can choose any number of targets, paying an additional cost for each target beyond the first.
Of particular note with regards to some of the card specific notes is the wording on Banishing Light which is very similar to that of Oblivion Ring. The rewording sidesteps some of the crazy perma-exile and / or infinite loop shenanigans which Oblivion had allowed.