I got a freebie at the Tangled Web Journey Into Nyx Pre-release tournament…”The Wilds and the Deep” starter deck from the new Journey Into Nyx expansion of the Theros Block in Magic the Gathering.
Here is my unboxing and review!
Let’s dig in!
Now for a look at the cards.
This is a pretty good deck all around. I mean, it certainly can be improved…but that is the point, isn’t it? It is a deck archetype that the wizards suggest and serves as a starting point, especially for a beginner. So I gave the deck to SpartanSmurf #2, knowing that he was going to LOVE casting that Hero’s Bane Hydra and making him huge!
Now for something I have never done before. I am going to open my booster packs and slowly reveal the contents to you, Oh Hub City Geeks!
Of these, I would like to point out Satyr Gravedancer, one of my new favorites simply because once I wrote a song called “Gravedancer”! My opponents played Sigiled Skink against me during the Pre-Release. I personally don’t think the Font cards are that good, at least for the most part. You are generally paying more in the long run for something other cards can do faster and better. I guess since Constellation is a big deal, it is good to have access to those abilities as enchantments.
This pack had a Rare and a Foil…
The Eidolon of Blossoms is touted as a new Enchantress type of card. I’m glad to own her! And I guess Triton Cavalry is alright too. (I don’t generally play the Merfolk.)
Time for pack two….
The cards in this pack “speak to me” a little more. The white cards really got a boost this time. This pack has a few things with Strive, and also Heroic, two mechanics born for each other. I like the Golden Hind, though it’s no Elvish Mystic, and also the Cloaked Siren, who can flash in.
The rare in this deck is “Bearer of the Heavens.” A totally unplayable card in Standard. This pack came with a Spider token. What I need is a Snake token!
All around I was happy to be one of the first to unbox one of these starter decks for the whole internet to see. I grade this deck as a 2/5 as far as playable in standard right out of the box. But as a product as a whole, it gets 5/5, because it does what it says it does well. And I was glad to give the cards to my son. (I gave the Booster Pack cards to my other son.)
What would you rate “The Wilds and the Deep?” Let me know in the comments!