Brewing with Grixis Planeswalkers.

Journey into Nyx Spoiler season is here and recently we got spoiled a card that looks like it has a home in Grixis Planeswalkers. That card is Keranos, God of Storms. Here is a breakdown of that the god does:

So for 5 mana we get a guy who can either draw us a land or Lightning Bolt every turn. While we are still early in spoiler season, and things can change, it’s always fun to brew with new cards. Here is a look at the home for Keranos in Grixis:

Grixis Walkers

Creatures (10)
Thassa, God of the Sea
Mogis, God of Slaughter
Stormbreath Dragon
Keranos, God of Storms

Planeswalkers (9)
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
Jace, Architect of Thought
Ral Zarek
Chandra, Pyromaster

Spells (16)
Thoughtsieze
Mizzium Mortars
Dreadbore
Izzet Charm
Hero’s Downfall
Dictate of Kruphix
Whelming Wave
Rakdos’s Return
Lands (26)
Blood Crypt
Steam Vents
Watery Grave
Temple of Deceit
Temple of Malice
Temple of Epiphany
Swamp
Mountain
Island

Sideboard (15)
Anger of the Gods
Underworld Connections
Doom Blade
Dark Betrayal
Lifebane Zombie
Mizzium Mortars
Rakdos’s Return

The plan is simple; keep their creatures off the board with removal, build up card advantage, and win with the planeswalkers and Stormbreath. Maybe, it’s not as simple as it seems but I’ll go through the breakdown.

Removal:
A heavy removal package of Hero’s Downfall, Dreadbore, Izzet Charm, Thoughtseize, and a few singletons should be enough to keep the threats low. We also have removal in the form of Ral Zarek, Chandra, and Keranos. This is ideally more than enough to handle most decks but our sideboard provides us with mass removal from Anger of the Gods, and more spot removal.

Whelming Wave:
A special side note for Whelming Wave. Yes, the card looks underwhelming. But this acts as a mini Cyclonic Rift, bouncing their creatures while leaving your inactive gods and planewalkers. It makes a difference. Even if it’s a pseudo fog effect at worse, it can clear pesky enchantments and tokens from the board is some scenarios.

Dictate of Kruphix:
This is currently a one of in the deck but it helps with card draw and devotion. The extra draw should be better than their extra draw since you can typically 1 for 1 their cards better. Flash and the double blue means that Thassa and Keranos can be live quicker and provide a little more pressure from the gods if needed.

Planeswalkers and Gods:
With 9 planeswalkers, we should have a problem dropping a couple each game. Jace is the planeswalker all star as usual, providing card advantage and some protection. Ral can remove small creatures, and Chandra provides small removal along with card advantage. Ashiok can be a major player as it cna put pressure on the board for you or exile key cards from the opponent.

Next we have 3 different Gods in our deck. Thassa and Keranos compliment each other well, allowing you to ether draw the extra card or deal three damage to a target. the odd one out is Mogis, but he helps with a soft removal or dealing damage. The benefit of these Gods is they all have potential to turn into creatures with the amount of planeswalkers we are playing.

Stormbreath Dragon :
Stormbreath is our only true creature in the deck. Besides being a hasty attacker, he also add to the devotion of Keranos and Mogis. This allows you to come in for a surprise attack with him and your potential gods.

 

Sideboard Options:

Our sideboard package is meant to be flexible. Besides adding more removal when needed, we have Lifebane Zombie for the Monster decks, another Rakdos’s Return and Underworld Connections for the control match, and Dark Betrayals for Mono Black. This should be able to answer most decks in the format.

 

Since we still have a good amount of Journey Into Nyx to be spoiled, this deck could change course before release. At the moment though, it looks like a fun control style deck that gives you lots of options and ways to interact with opponents. One thing to worry about is Fated Retribution, since that can wipe most of our board. So we will have to test options against that card.

Next, we are going to try to take a look at RUG Walkers/Gods and see how that deck compares to our Grixis build. We will be waiting for Kruphix to be revealed first to see if that deck would be viable. In the meantime, keep an look out for more Journey into Nyx Deck ideas!