Glittering Kavu

Posted in Feature on May 8, 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.

As more gold sets come out, the card Glittering Wish gets better and better. I was optimistic about this card's future before Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, but it never really took off. Gatecrash and Dragon's Maze have offered a wide variety of additional options for the card, so now is a great time to try to take advantage, possibly at Grand Prix Portland this weekend?

Glittering Wish

Today's deck was played by Segal on May 1 to a 4–0 finish on Magic Online without Dragon's Maze. Dragon's Maze offers too wide a variety of additional options for me to consider all of them, but off the top of my head, Blood Baron of Vizkopa and Wear & Tear might be good fits.

I suspect the most common card Segal intends to Wish for is Fiery Justice, which made a name for itself in Time Spiral Block Constructed by killing the opponent's creatures while giving +5/+5 to Kavu Predator, and it's looking to do exactly the same thing in this deck.

The rest of the deck is similar to the Naya/Jund/Junk hybrid that has been popular in Modern, with regular staples like Dark Confidant, Lingering Souls, Deathrite Shaman, Lightning Bolt, Inquisition of Kozilek, Path to Exile, and Liliana of the Veil joined by what may be the new heir to Bloodbraid Elf: Ajani Vengeant. It's the use of Kavu Predator as a potential trump to its more popular sibling from the same block, Tarmogoyf, and the exceedingly versatile Glittering Wish, that really set this deck apart.

As a final note, there really needs to be a better way to refer to the increasingly popular Modern color combination "everything but blue"—the Nephilim from Guildpact are occasionally suggested as a way to refer to decks of their colors, but Dune-Brood isn't really the kind of name that rolls off the tongue. Here, I've decided to refer to that collection of colors simply as the "brood."

Segal's Glittering Brood

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