Nykthos Green

nykthos green



Here’s a little something to do with your extra copies of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx copies you have lying around:



Nykthos Green

Modern Format

Creatures: 23

4 Arbor Elf
4 Burning Tree Emissary
4 Eternal Witness
3 Birds of Paradise
3 Wistful Selkie
3 Primeval Titan
1 Joraga Treespeaker
1 Craterhoof Behemoth

Sorceries: 6

2 Genesis Wave
4 Primal Command

Planeswalkers: 4

4 Garruk Wildspeaker

Enchantments: 6
2 Abundant Growth
4 Utopia Sprawl


Lands: 21

1 Temple Garden
Stomping Ground
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Kessig Wolf Run
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx


1 Stony Silence
1 Spellskite
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Rest in Peace
2 Ghost Quarter
2 Fracturing Gust
1 Dismember
2 Courser of Kruphix
1 Combust
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Beast Within
1 Obstinate Baloth


The original list ran 1 x Grafdigger’s Cage, but I opted to run 1 x Beast Within instead (also cage stops your Genesis Wave from putting creatures into play). I also cut a Stony Silence in favor of an Obstinate Baloth. I find it is a rather decent surprise card against non-targeted discard (Liliana of the Veil) as well as being a nice pocket of life for when you are not being the aggressor.



You also get to cast this sweet card. It still looks awesome despite being about 10 + years old.

The deck can have some absurd sequences, such as:


Turn 1 : Forest (or Stomping Ground or Temple Garden) into Utopia Sprawl

Turn 2: Burning-Tree Emissary, Burning-Tree Emissary, play Nykthos, tap for 5 green mana. Cast Garruk Wildspeaker, untap Nykthos and Utopia Sprawl land, tap Nykthos for 7 (plus the one mana you still have leftover) to cast Primeval Titan or Primal Command (putting one of their lands back on top and getting Eternal Witness maybe?)

Turn 3: Opponent is completely disgusted and is unsure that this even actually turn 3.

Some cards like Wistful Selkie can be Boggart Ram-Gang or Leatherback Baloth if you’re feeling slightly more aggressive, but I prefer the cantrip and they both pretty much contribute the same towards devotion. Having only run the deck once, I can’t really say that Selkie is the right card here. I also adore Eternal Witness in this particular deck since it does a lot for it. It can even do ‘unimpressive’ things like grab back a fetchland if you haven’t accelerated at all, so that you can cast your turn 4 Garruk Wildspeaker. The deck also features another card that’s been slightly underplayed in Modern thus far:

primeval titan

Remember this guy ?

Playing Nykthos Green will oftentimes feel like you are playing a game of Commander (minus Primeval Titan, since he’s banned). It’s actually one of the more reasonably priced Modern decks out there ( you don’t ‘have’ to run the fetches) and its cost to fun ratio is pretty great. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.

Warning:  Casting Primal Command versus mill decks might cause opponents to rage quit.