The Fastest Humans

Posted in Feature on February 20, 2013

By Sam Black

Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013.

I write all the decks for each week during the previous week. Right now, I'm on a plane on my way to Pro Tour Gatecrash in Montreal.

Among the most powerful cards in Gatecrash is Burning-Tree Emissary. It has played a powerful supporting role in a variety of strategies. Inspired by smh's deck that went 4–0 in a Daily Event, we built and tested our own updated version of Naya Super-Fast Humans, largely adapted by Zvi Mowshowitz.

Burning-Tree Emissary

Flinthoof Boar is amazing, but with only eight Mountains and no tribal synergies, it was a little hard to maximize. Mayor of Avabruck is a powerful replacement that can do amazing work in a deck that puts so many Humans into play so quickly.

Early on, we had big hopes for Experiment One, but we found that in decks with a lot of small creatures, it just didn't get that big. We had a lot more success with the underappreciated Wolfbitten Captive, who makes an excellent mana sink after you've emptied your hand... which happens extremely quickly in this deck.

Ultimately, we found this deck to be slightly too fragile if the opponent was prepared, but it's power is undeniable. It's actually capable of killing on turn three.

Fast Naya Humans

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