Birthing a New Archetype

Posted in Daily Deck on January 23, 2014

By Gerry Thompson

There might be a lot of Mono-Blue and Mono-Black in Standard right now, but there are also plenty of hidden gems.

Did you ever imagine that Molten Birth was one of them?

We've seen some Naya decks making a splash in Standard in the hands of Brad Nelson and Willy Edel, but G0D_L1k3's deck is whole new animal. The deck might come out of the gates slowly, but its damage potential on turn five is huge. Hammer of Purphoros; Purphoros, God of the Forge; Xenagos, the Reveler; and Burning-Tree Emissary are incredibly explosive cards.

You might think you're safe to set up a bunch of Pack Rats, but what happens when your opponent casts Burning-Tree Emissary into Molten Birth plus Molten Birth with Purphoros in play?

Assemble the Legion is the go-to hate card against Mono-Black while Skylasher and Mistcutter Hydra are clearly there for Mono-Blue, so I like this sideboard already. Plummet deals with Stormbreath Dragon while Boros Reckoner and Flames of the Firebrand cover you against red or white aggro. Overall, G0D_L1k3's deck looks well-built, and I wouldn't be surprised if it matched up decently with most of the decks in Standard.

G0D_L1k3's Naya Midrange

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Gerry Thompson is a former professional Magic player and strategy writer, whose career highlights includes a Top 8 at Pro Tour Gatecrash and two Grand Prix wins in Denver and Nashville. He's currently a development intern for Wizards of the Coast.

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