The Hitchhiker's Guide to Nyx

Christmas came early for Magic players – we're barely out of spoiler season for Modern Horizons, and already diving into Core 2020. Wizards of the Coast has provided us with an excusive spoiler card, and we're pumped to reveal it!

Without any further ado: Say hello to Starfield Mystic

Starfield Mystic
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Enchanters, take notes!

As I mentioned earlier, Starfield Mystic is no obvious bomb rare, but the good thing is, it doesn't need to be. For 2 mana we get a permanent cost reduction on all enchantment costs with the added bonus of growing the Starfield Mystic every time an enchantment is put into a graveyard.

Right of the bat this card reminds me of Etherium Sculptor a staple for all artifact EDH decks, or an even more recent card with a similar ability; Herald of the Pantheon.

Etherium Sculptor Herald of the Pantheon

Enchantments in Commander

In 2018, enchantment fans around the world rejoiced when Wizards revealed that one of the pre-constructed commander decks was going to revolve around enchantments. Finally, there were three distinct enchantment commanders with each their own playstyle, in the correct colors (Sorry Daxos the Returned, it's nothing personal). Tuvasa the Sunlit allows you to gain card advantage while creating a huge beater in the process. Estrid, the Masked is a perfect commander for an aura-themed control deck, while Kestia, the Cultivator answered all calls for a mix of the previous two; mostly focused on the "Bestow" mechanic. Naturally the new Starfield Mystic is an auto include in all these decks.

Starfield Mystic's first ability is a very welcome addition. Where artifact decks have no issues with ramping or reducing the cost of their spells, pure-enchantment theme decks were always left a bit in the dust. Instead, enchantment decks have to rely on cards like Fertile Ground and Overgrowth to accelerate their mana while fixing colors. Both Starfield Mystic and Herald of the Pantheon allow you to ramp faster into these enchantments and eventually your payoff enchantments.

Now Starfield Mystic's second ability is even more interesting. At first sight, it seems strange that there is a card that cares about enchantments going to the graveyard. After all, this is a domain generally relegated to artifacts. A little bit of research, however, shows that there are plenty of enchantments that care about being sacrificed. Sterling Grove, Aura of Silence and Font of Fortunes are just a few examples of this.

Sterling Grove Aura of Silence Font of Fortunes

Let's Brew

Naturally while writing about this card and enchantments that can be sacrificed, I wanted to brew a deck that cared about sacrificing and recycling enchantments, a deck where Starfield Mystic can truly shine. As a commander I have decided to go for Tuvasa the Sunlit as it provides the most value when we keep recycling our enchantments by letting us draw cards. Tusava also allows us to play the three most important colors for enchantments, White, Green and Blue respectively. A very important card in this strategy will be the new Hall of Heliod's Generosity, allowing us to truly recycle our enchantments.

Tuvasa the Sunlit

Choosing the Sacrifice Enchantments

A quick search shows that there's currently 134(!) enchantments in Bant colors that care about being sacrificed. I've selected the ones that seemed interesting to me at first glance:

Lunar Force Soul Snare Vessel of Ephemera

The power level on these cards isn't that high, but the real value comes from finding a way to keep recurring these enchantments. This way you can have a toolbox enchantment setup that allows you to adapt to the game or board state like drawing cards, ramping, removing permanents, etc.

The Recursion

So, with that said, let's look at what options we have for recurring these enchantments. These options ideally allow you to recur enchantments either en masse or repeatedly.

Hall of Heliod's Generosity Hanna, Ship's Navigator Replenish

Enchantments Matter

Naturally, having some enchantments that sacrifice themselves and recurring them isn't going to get us there. But if we throw some cards in there that generate advantage whenever we play or sacrifice these enchantments, we are getting somewhere.

Enchantress's Presence Ajani's Chosen Sigil of the Empty Throne

Ramp, Tutors, Removal, and Win Conditions

Now that we've established our theme for the deck we're going to take a look at some cards that can fill up the remaining slots, to make this deck compete with other EDH decks.

The Final List

Recycling Enchantments by Robert

DECKLIST
Commander
1 Tuvasa the Sunlit
35Lands 34Enchantments 17Creatures
1Bountiful Promenade 1Angelic Renewal 1Starfield Mystic
1Breeding Pool 1Aura of Silence 1Ajani's Chosen
1Canopy Vista 1Dawn's Reflection 1Argothian Enchantress
1Command Tower 1Enchantress's Presence 1Auramancer
1Flooded Strand 1Fertile Ground 1Courser of Kruphix
6Forest 1Font of Fertility 1Eidolon of Blossoms
1Glacial Fortress 1Font of Fortunes 1Eternal Witness
1Hall of Heliod's Generosity 1Grasp of Fate 1Femeref Enchantress
1Hallowed Fountain 1Greater Auramancy 1Hanna, Ship's Navigator
1Hinterland Harbor 1Khalni Heart Expedition 1Herald of the Pantheon
1Irrigated Farmland 1Legacy's Allure 1Mesa Enchantress
3Island 1Luminarch Ascension 1Nylea, God of the Hunt
1Krosan Verge 1Lunar Force 1Satyr Enchanter
1Misty Rainforest 1Midsummer Revel 1Silent Sentinel
3Plains 1Mirari's Wake 1Sun Titan
1Prairie Stream 1Mirri's Guile 1Verduran Enchantress
1Scattered Groves 1Overgrowth 1Yavimaya Enchantress
1Sea of Clouds 1Promise of Bunrei
1Seaside Citadel 1Seal of Cleansing
1Serra's Sanctum 1Seal of Primordium
1Sunpetal Grove 1Seal of Removal
1Temple Garden 1Sigil of the Empty Throne
1Temple of Enlightenment 1Solitary Confinement
1Temple of Mystery 1Song of the Dryads
1Temple of Plenty 1Soul Snare
1Windswept Heath 1Sphere of Safety
1Standstill
1Starfield of Nyx
1Sterling Grove
1Sylvan Library
1Unbridled Growth
1Utopia Sprawl
1Vessel of Nascency
1Wild Growth
3Instants 10Sorceries
1Cyclonic Rift 1Austere Command  
1Enlightened Tutor 1Creeping Renaissance  
1Second Sunrise 1Idyllic Tutor  
  1Nature's Lore  
  1Open the Vaults  
  1Plea for Guidance  
  1Replenish  
  1Skyshroud Claim  
  1Wargate  
  1Wrath of God  

Starfield Mystic

A big thank you to Wizards of the Coast for allowing us to spoil this card! What do you think of Starfield Mystic? Do you have a deck for it? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading and until next time!

Starfield Mystic Alternate Languages

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25 Comments

GamersLair(2019-06-19 10:14)

It goes straight into my Uril, the Miststalker.

xandi20(2019-06-18 14:21)

Auratog lets you sacrifice enchantments if needed. Add a Rancor and you can go nuts on +1/+1 counters on the Mystic.

gitbickler(2019-06-18 12:02)

For me its a solid "meh" :(

danieles(2019-06-18 11:14)

¡¡¡¡CAMEL, PLEASE!!!!

StudentzUMK(2019-06-18 10:08)

Legendary Cat - 3/2 for 1WW.

giangaleazzo(2019-06-18 09:09)

Oh mighty Nyx Gods, give us a legendary unicorn for commander!

netherspike(2019-06-18 08:38)

White leyline :)
100% sure about that one

Squeed(2019-06-18 00:18)

A white whale that has something to do with enchantments? Lol

Netscreamer(2019-06-17 23:08)

Revival of Kithkin. Giant Kithkin banner or something like that. :)

Magicfan91(2019-06-17 21:21)

Leyline reprints in Core20!

Kolaghan(2019-06-17 18:52)

Let it be a legendary whale, that would be awesome...

Anomen(2019-06-17 18:09)

Some wild cat I believe.

09031962(2019-06-17 17:07)

¡¡¡¡CAMEL, PLEASE!!!!

Gobeman(2019-06-17 17:05)

Seeing as last time the Card shown blurred had NOTHING todo with the spoiler. (So im not gonna use that as any valid idear for what it is)
All i geuss is elemental support since Nyx had alot of elementals

Locu667(2019-06-17 14:16)

Elspeth pre-planeswalker?

americo79(2019-06-17 14:09)

Is a white , death shadow? Hahaha
Are possible a creature with static ability, top for death and taxes?

Dman1986(2019-06-17 13:49)

Das wird ein lvl up verzauberung mal was neues

maxsilver(2019-06-17 13:47)

Probably a white enchantress creature or sth. To tutor for enchantments?

nicodemo90(2019-06-17 13:44)

Rest in peace effect in one creature.

pokerfish(2019-06-17 13:36)

Creature mangalho com toque mortífero, come on wizards

limenos(2019-06-17 13:32)

Clearly is an enchantment; and the art represents a towel.

Vizzled(2019-06-17 13:30)

Well if its white I don't see a dolphin or mouse, I guess it should be some leonin then but could be a returned... One thing I know for sure: Get me my towel!

Bobbo(2019-06-17 13:18)

A Cat Soldier.
Mtg loves cats.

MurphyMediji(2019-06-17 12:36)

Got to be a creature... While cat type is Nyx flavour, might this be a Poet subtype?

Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
Thy micturations are to me, (with big yawning)
As plurdled gabbleblotchits, in midsummer morning
On a lurgid bee,
That mordiously hath blurted out,
Its earted jurtles, grumbling
Into a rancid festering confectious organ squealer. [drowned out by moaning and screaming]

I've read the books a hundred times. Have the TV show on VHS box set... This will be awesome.

Happy to wait and see ..

JohnnyCroat

CH4OS(2019-06-17 12:14)

I'm curious what this guy may be. From the blurry image and the reference to Nyx and Commander, I feel like this could be a Cat Soldier type creature holding a sword or banner. I wonder if we probably get something like Brimaz #2?

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