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Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 11: Naya February 21, 2009

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I decided before that a 5 power themed Naya deck wasn’t the best idea and I continue to hold that belief. Conflux did make some 5 power themed cards, but these cards are still too risky in constructed. Instead, Naya’s strength is its overly powerful cards, such as Wild Nacatl and Wooly Thoctar. Conflux’s greatest additions to Naya are actually not for Naya decks: Noble Hierarch and Path to Exile. Cliffrunner Behemoth is the only Conflux card that can be impressive and was made specifically for Naya decks. Here is my current idea for a Naya deck:

4 Noble Hierarch (rare)
2 Sarkhan Vol (mythic rare)
2 Ajani Vengeant (mythic rare)
4 Cliffrunner Behemoth (rare)
4 Woolly Thoctar
4 Wild Nacatl
4 Path to Exile
4 Steward of Valeron
4 Oblivion Ring
4 Jungle Shrine
2 Seaside Citadel
2 Savage Lands
6 Plains
4 Forest
6 Mountain

It is possible that Meglonoth is also worth putting in the deck, but it isn’t clear what can be taken out. Steward of Valeron could be taken out, but then Meglonoth would be a lot harder to play. Some people think Thornling is a great card for Shards of Alara block, but it is very expensive to play. You want at least 7 mana to make sure it can become indestructible, and even then Oblivion Ring and Path to Exile can get rid of it.

It might also be a good idea to play more red removal such as Magma Spray or Banefire.

My next article will be posted on Tuesday 2-24-2009.

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1. Recoculous.com: Magic the Gathering Articles » Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 5: Naya - February 21, 2009

[…] This is an older article and has been replaced by a newer one found here. Naya (green-white-red) is probably my favorite color combination, but the mono green cards in Shards aren’t very good. I would be tempted to play a white-red deck with a splash of green, but there are a few factors that would prevent this. One, the best green card is mana fixing, and you don’t want to splash mana fixing. Two, the best 3-color Naya cards have a very low mana cost, so it is necessary to play all of the colors almost equally. You want to draw all three colors by the third turn. […]