Nyx Fit is an Abzan build of Nic Fit that wants to establish an enchantment based lock established by the “dies” trigger on Academy Rector to prevent your opponent from being able to play the game at all.
This deck is able to lock most common Legacy strategies out of the game after 1-2 triggers of Academy Rector, and most of the deck is built around making this happen.
History of the Deck
The origins of Nyx Fit go back a ways before the release of Amonkhet block where the deck played mostly as an enchantment value deck that also played Humility, Living Plane, Curse of Death’s Hold, and Starfield of Nyx (thus where the name “Nyx” comes from).
With the release of Amonkhet, the deck moved into adopting Cruel Reality and Sandwurm Convergence along with the Dovescape lock.
However, the release of Hour of Devastation brought with it the glory of Bolas in Overwhelming Splendor and solidified the deck’s lock piece suite into the 4 primary pieces it runs today. After this, the deck moved to adopting Evolutionary Leap as a powerful engine to power through the deck and trigger Academy Rector.
4 Veteran Explorer
4 Academy Rector
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Eternal Witness
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Lingering Souls
3 Green Sun’s Zenith
3 Swords to Plowshares
2 Collective Brutality
1 Abrupt Decay
3 Evolutionary Leap
2 Sylvan Library
2 Pernicious Deed
1 Curse of Death’s Hold
1 Overwhelming Splendor
1 Cruel Reality
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
2 Phyrexian Tower
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Toxic Deluge
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Lost Legacy
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
1 To The Slaughter
1 Gaddock Teeg
Core Deck Construction/ Play Style
Being the prison deck amongst the Nic Fit variant, Nyx Fit aims to lock its opponent out of the game. It does this by resolving big and powerful enchantments that completely shut down an opponents’ gameplan. The key to succes for this particular archetype is knowing when you can go for it and what enchantment you need to land. After resolving your first lock piece the game usually quickly tilts in your favor.
To get to that point there are two things you’ll have to do:
- Develop your mana
- Disrupt your opponent
This means making your land drops, resolving Veteran Explorer triggers and killing or blocking whatever your opponent sends your way. Cards like Swords to Plowshares, Collective Brutality, Cabal Therapy, Toxic Deluge, Pernicious Deed and Lingering Souls help you accomplish this.
Once you’ve made it to the late game and stripped your opponent of means to interact with your plan it’s time to resolve Academy Rector, sacrifice it and power out the haymakers. The haymakers you want to run are a very specific list. These are:
- Overwhelming Splendor
- Curse of Death’s Hold
- Cruel Reality
Overwhelming Splendor shuts down any and all decks that aim to kill you with creatures. From Delver variants to Elves to Sneak & Show, Eldrazi, D&T, Food Chain and Reanimator.
Dovescape shuts down the combo plan, turning every spell into doves. This can be risky as you can still be overwhelmed by opposing 1/1 tokens, so do be careful and power out Curse of Death’s Hold as fast as you can. After resolving Dovescape, the only way of getting it in play is via Academy Rector. Remember this.
Curse of Death’s Hold kills all the 1/1s your opponent now has. His/her clock is now officially dead and gone.
Cruel Reality seems underwhelming but actually is incredibly powerful once your opponent is in topdeck mode or has no more creatures in hand and a near empty or completely empty board. Your opponent will likely not be able to draw more than one card and therefor creature per turn and thus has no more way of establishing a clock. Coincidentally, Cruel Reality also puts a clock on your opponent.
This little guy turns all your fetchlands into creatures so you can start the Evolutionary Leap chain. A single Arbor in your deck equates to have 8 or 9 extra creatures in your list.
The means by which you power out your lock pieces. Please do remember that it has to be in your graveyard when its trigger resolves, so a timely Surgical Extraction on the Rector when the trigger is on the stack means you get nothing.
More creatures, more food for Evolutionary Leap and Collective Brutality and a potential secondary win-condition. If you happen to have 2 in hand at any time, feel free to go on the aggressive.
Tutor and sac outlet in one. This card is a crucial piece of the deck. It helps you develop your mana and find and power out your lock pieces in rapid succession. It gives the deck some much needed consistency.
Mirri’s Guile / Sylvan Library
Allow you to draw what you need when you need it and keep the lock pieces where they should be – in your library. Often conceived as lackluster but actually quite vital to the deck’s performance. Always run a couple of these.
The deck has two main weaknesses. Faster combo decks like any other Nic Fit variant and graveyard hate. As such, you should prepare to deal with and answer that. Useful sideboard cards:
- Gaddock Teeg – a GSZ-able must-answer for ANT/TES
- Lost Legacy – swiss army knife that strips away whatever you don’t want to deal with
- Ground Seal – Stops Snapcaster Mage, and any other targeted graveyard shenanigans like Reanimator or Dredge with Dread Return.
- Golgari Charm – has value vs. Elves! and can destroy Leylines/Rest in Peace
- Thoughtseize/Duress – helps deal with faster combo decks
- Reclamation Sage – GSZ-able answer to Leylines/Rest in Peaces and opposing lock pieces that can also jumpstart the Evolutionary Leap engine
- Pithing Needle – Stops Wasteland if you need to protect your Phyrexian Tower.
- Sigarda, Host of Herons / Titania, Protector of Argoth – Most agree that sometimes having a large creature to bring into certain grindy long matchups can help power through them easier. Nyx does not lean as hard on Green Sun’s Zenith, so having a Zenithable fatty to put in front of your opponent can sometimes win the game on its own.
Another common sideboard tactic is to have an additional win condition in the form of Helm of Obedience & Leyline of the Void, which can be useful in attacking opponents that are boarding in Surgical Extraction for Academy Rector.