Standard Naya Prowess

Posted in Daily Deck on December 8, 2015

By Melissa DeTora

Melissa is a former Magic pro player and strategy writer who is now working in R&D on the Play Design team.

Prowess made its debut in Khans of Tarkir, and since its inception, it has not only been promoted to evergreen keyword status, it has also been the backbone of many decks across multiple formats. Monastery Swiftspear is a Modern all-star, and Monastery Mentor is even popular in Vintage! Given the importance of spells in older formats, creatures that incentivize you to play more spells are very strong cards.

Today's deck is a Standard deck that abuses the prowess mechanic. Kinkade took this deck to a 5-0 finish in the last Magic Online Standard League. Every creature in this deck has prowess, and creatures with prowess love noncreature spells. Specifically, creatures with prowess love combat tricks, and this deck has plenty of them. Combat tricks are mostly known for their impact in Limited games, and they don't really see much play in Constructed formats, but if all of your creatures get an extra bonus whenever a combat trick is cast, it really does make a big difference.

Kinkade's list plays eleven one-mana spells that enhance creatures. Defiant Strike and Titan's Strength are great here, as they either draw you a card or help set up a future draw, respectively. Become Immense costs six mana, but in a deck full of fetch lands and spells, casting it for one mana is quite common. Even Dromoka's Command acts as a combat trick in this deck, and sometimes it does so much more than that.

The real kicker in this deck is Temur Battle Rage. This card does some powerful things when combined with prowess creatures and one-mana spells. For example, if you cast a Titan's Strength, a Defiant Strike, and a Temur Battle Rage on your Swiftspear, you are dealing 16 trample damage with only one creature!

Another really cool card in this deck is Myth Realized. Although it's an enchantment, it's actually a prowess creature in disguise. Every spell you cast while this is on the battlefield will give it a counter, and when you're ready you can turn it into a creature. This card plays around sweepers and sorcery-speed spot removal very nicely, and you can even add counters to it during turns where you don't have anything else to do.

Kinkade's Naya Prowess

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