Naya-lea's Presence

Posted in Daily Deck on January 29, 2014

By Gerry Thompson

Brad Nelson took a Naya Midrange deck to a 1st-place finish at the end of October, but that deck essentially disappeared after that. He insisted it was a metagame deck that he'd bring back once the time was right. Perhaps JonteB feels the time is right?

JonteB's deck is a little different than Brad's, as it has mana acceleration that doesn't play well with Anger of the Gods. Instead of sweeping the board, JonteB is trying to power out big threats—Polukranos, Stormbreath Dragon, and Elspeth—quicker than normal.

At first glance, the decklist might appear to be “budget” due to the lack of shocklands but that’s because the deck is entirely Theros block! You'd mostly want shocklands like Sacred Foundry to give you more lands to enchant with Chained to the Rocks, but Nylea's Presence fixes that problem quite nicely. The deck could use a couple more Mountains, but the advantage of having a three-color mana base that isn't incredibly painful seems huge.

When a Block deck finishes well in a Standard tournament, it’s time to take a second look. With the dominance of Mono-Black and Mono-Blue Devotion, is it time for a new Naya deck to shine

JonteB'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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