Bow of Nylea

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Theros (THS) Rare

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Bow of Nylea

Legendary Enchantment Artifact

Attacking creatures you control have deathtouch.

1G, T : Choose one -- Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature; or Bow of Nylea deals 2 damage to target creature with flying; or you gain 3 life; or put up to four target cards from your graveyard on the bottom of your library in any order.

Bow of Nylea Discussion

SubduedRhombus on GW Proliferate

2 days ago

hullos and kamarupa, I love the suggestions.

This is the first deck I ever built dating back to the 2015 prerelease. It's evolved a ton since then, clearly, with all the cards from later sets in it. That's kinda why the cards are so seemingly random. I haven't purchased cards for this deck yet. Everything I have was either pulled or traded for.

There's currently 69 cards because to be honest, I really struggle with deciding what to remove to meet 60 cards. I feel like they are all pretty good and serve a distinct purpose in the deck.

I definitely want those lands. I don't really like Fertile Thicket either. Probably remove the Selesnya Guildgate s because they're too slow too, huh? I like Oran-Rief, the Vastwood , Sunpetal Grove , and Temple of Plenty . I love the combo of Canopy Vista + Windswept Heath , but that seems like a lot of money for land, although I might justify it if I could see it's worth. What are the most important things I'm looking for when choosing land?

The Wanderer , Suspension Field , Wanderer's Strike , Hunt the Weak , and Prison Realm all help with protecting from creatures that I otherwise wouldn't be able to deal with, and Dragonscale Boon and Stony Strength surprise my opponent when they're attacking or try to mess with tapped creatures. What I really need are a couple cards that exile permanents rather than creatures, though. I have a couple of Generous Gift s in another deck that I could pull out and put into here.

I could see cutting The Wanderer , Retreat to Kazandu , New Horizons , and a lot of the kind of piddly creatures that are just there to get beefed or beef others.

If I cut The Wanderer , all instants, sorceries, and enchantments and dropped down to 24 creatures, I could have space for 8 cards if I kept 23 lands. What do you think the best would be the best 8 cards to have? Right now I'm thinking: 2x Generous Gift , Bow of Nylea , Nissa, Voice of Zendikar , 2x Blessed Alliance , Oblivion Ring , maybe Hardened Scales (how bad is it really if you play it first turn, considering all I would have to play other than that would be a hexdrinker, and it benefits massively from it if I can beef him before he gets protection from everything?) or Harvest Season ? (but that wouldn't that only be good with some landfall stuff or Vinelasher Kudzu , like you had said?)

Would that provide me with enough board removal to be consistently successful?

kamarupa on GW Proliferate

2 days ago

These are your best creatures: Evolution Sage, Hexdrinker, Huatli's Raptor, Managorger Hydra, Mistcutter Hydra, Tuskguard Captain. I suggest you increase most of those creatures to a full set (4x each) and cut the rest.

Other creatures worth considering: Grateful Apparition , Rishkar, Peema Renegade , Marwyn, the Nurturer , and Vinelasher Kudzu - (only with Harvest Season ), Incubation Druid , Predator Ooze .

You currently have 69 cards included. That number should be reduced to 60. I suggest cutting all the Instants, Sorceries, and Enchantments except Pledge of Unity. If after all the cutting there is room left over, I've outlined a number of spells that will add dynamism and range both with the creatures above and with other spells below.

I believe good lands are more important than Planeswalkers. Llanowar Reborn and Oran-Rief, the Vastwood are perhaps valuable enough to consider. Sunpetal Grove , Canopy Vista , Temple of Plenty , Fortified Village , Temple Garden , Windswept Heath are all worth considering, depending on your budget. Swapping out your slow lands for those listed above will improve both speed and reliability.

Other mainboard possibilities: Song of Freyalise , Bow of Nylea , Harvest Season , Beast Within , Generous Gift , Seal Away , Oblivion Ring , Journey to Nowhere , Blessed Alliance .

I completely support Inspiring Call and Avatar of the Resolute as well as Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter . The only other Planeswalker I consider worth including would be Nissa, Voice of Zendikar .

My thoughts on +1/+1 counters decks: Hardened Scales is overkill, over-rated, and slow. It's a very powerful card that doesn't necessarily speed decks to a win. The best +1/+1 counter decks include only low CMC creatures that can repeatedly provide their own counters. Creatures, especially any that get really big, will get removed pretty consistently. So getting lots of creatures down and swinging quickly and consistently is essential. This is all, of course, just my 2 cents.

I'll point out that there are enough creatures and spells that it's very possible to build solid mono-white or mono-green +1/+1 creature decks. I actually think it's easier to build a solid deck staying mono-colored - it's possible to go mono-color tribal with Humans, Soldiers, Elves, Allies, Oozes etc. The advantage to going tribal is more than just synergy - it's also a handy framework to round out a deck with advantages while also keeping the deck focused. Going tribal also opens the door to Cavern of Souls and Unclaimed Territory . I'd go so far as to say there are so many really solid +1/+1 counter spells, one of the hardest things about building a deck is narrowing it down to a well-honed point. I'm not saying I think you need to go mono-colored and/or tribal here, just pointing out ways to help focus the deck.

Veitanah on Elf Commander

6 days ago

Suggestions

  • CREATURES - I've already told you this, but due to the nature of your deck and simply due to the sheer amount of elves at your disposal, I'd suggest ~35 creatures to put in your deck, although there are more good elves out there that aren't currently in your deck (such as Skyshroud Poacher ), a non-elf creature that has great synergy in your deck is Protean Hulk .

  • Wild Pair , this card is GREAT in a tribal deck, nonetheless a mono-green Elf deck. As once this card is on the battlefield anytime you cast an elf you'll search your deck for another and put it directly on the battlefield; this works for all your elves except for the following four elves Druid of the Cowl , Sylvan Advocate , Talara's Battalion , Steel Leaf Champion ).

  • An alternative to Wild Pair, or another great enchantment to have, is Hibernation's End as it does what Wild Pair does but better as it guarantees a creature on your field every turn that it's on the field.

  • Creature Tutor, another good card that'll help you search for your good/big creatures is Time of Need and Eldritch Evolution .

Possible cards to get rid of:

  • Warped Landscape , Evolving Wilds , and Terramorphic Expanse these cards are, despite their commander staple nature, entirely unnecessary as you're mono-green and every land you have minus one is a forest. Ideally, in my opinion, you want 33 lands in your deck.

  • Presence of Gond , as it's only creatures one elf, and your better off attacking with the tapped elf (or tapping one of your mana dorks for mana) due to your commander

  • Ramp Spells - You have six ramp spells, and as such I've removed two based on personal preferences: Explosive Vegetation and Cultivate

  • Desert Twister , this spell is too high of a cost for it's simple removal, and while mono-green doesn't have much creature removal, creature removal in green is your own creatures.

  • Prism Ring , this artifact is also necessary as it more so helps early game and while it works well in tandem with your commander, in an average game it'll gain you 10-15 life on your own. And while it's a nice artifact, and a cheap one at that, it doesn't progress you towards any sort of tactic or strategy towards winning.

Potential Replacements

Stalkton on Earth Benders Arise

1 week ago

Sure! Bow of Nylea or something similar could help make your trees more dangerous, too.

dingusdingo on Reki, Kamigawa doing its best

2 weeks ago

Alrighty roo, let's spend 10 minutes fixing your deck

Thoughts

Aluren + Cloudstone Curio + any 2 legends 3 CMC or below = draw your deck.

Don't run Reap . It depends on opponents board state to function, meaning it is unreliable.

You are running Snow-Covered Forest but don't have Mouth of Ronom slotted. Low opportunity cost land that allows mono G to have a targeted creature nuke.

Add Prismatic Vista for increased deckthinning.

There are a whole host of other legendary cards you can be running that are 3 CMC or less. Replace any combat oriented or random buff artifacts/creature (most of the 2/3/4 CMC legendary artifacts, and also Skyship Weatherlight) with some of the following

Voltaic Key works with Paradox Engine and Sensei's Divining Top to draw deck. You already slot the other two. Key also lets you ramp or get value from other artifacts.

Inventors' Fair opens many winning lines from many board states, usually by fetching Paradox. Expedition Map lets you get to Inventors' Fair more often.

You should really up creature tutor density, and add some value targets. Eldritch Evolution Chord of Calling Finale of Devastation Natural Order Time of Need Woodland Bellower Summoner's Pact Uncage the Menagerie Weird Harvest

Adding in value creatures that can be grabbed from tutors gives you a far greater chance to escape from nasty artifacts/enchantments Caustic Caterpillar Reclamation Sage Manglehorn

Burgeoning Mirri's Guile Earthcraft and Oath of Nissa have far less value here than you think. I would cut them all, except possibly Earthcraft due to how well it works with Paradox engine. You should add Squirrel Nest as an alternate wincon if you keep it.

Why are you running Strip Mine ? You run no other stax pieces and no land recursion.

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Bow of Nylea occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Green: 0.2%