Prepare to get anNAYAlated

Welcome back folks to another edition of Dan’s decks.

The flavour to the start of this month shall be Naya which is better known as the Shard from the Alara block that derives it’s power from the colours of green, red and white. First up I’d like to share a decklist from a member of my crew that I worked with in preparation for the previous Pro Tour. His name is Omar Coker as he comes from San Diego of Southern California in the U.S.A. and was recommended by mutual friends via facebook as someone a few friends and I should team up with to form our very own team at Pro Tour Dublin. As most of you already know through my previous article, I had my heart set on Junk but for many other members in my crew, Naya looked very appealing. I’m pretty sure the 3 Sydney players (Juzza, Garry and Rob) all used Naya as well but it was Omar’s deck that I had a lot of influence with which is why I am able to share this with you all. Omar’s list was no different to most of the tradional lists that did well at Pro Tour as the main power cards in this deck were Boros Reckoner, Domri Rade and Stormbreath Dragon. Here is a link to his list –


4   Sacred Foundry

4   Stomping Ground

4   Temple Garden

3   Temple of Abandon

3   Temple of Triumph

1   Selesnya GuildgateBoros_Reckoner

3   Forest

1   Mountain

1   Plains


4   Fleecemane Lion

4   Voice of Resurgence

2   Boon Satyr

4   Boros Reckoner

3   Loxodon Smiter

4   Ghor-Clan Rampager

4   Stormbreath Dragon

OTHER 11Domri_Rade

2   Mizzium Mortars

3   Selesnya Charm

4   Domri Rade

2   Advent of the Wurm


2   Destructive Revelry

2   Glare of Heresy

2   Mizzium Mortars

1   Selesnya Charm

1   Loxodon Smiter

3   Unflinching Courage

2   Xenagos, the Reveler

2   Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

Omar’s record was 4 wins out of the 10 rounds of constructed. He went to game 3 in all of his rounds except for the one blowout bad match up against a devotion to blue deck splashing green. All of his games were so close that it came down to who was luckier which proves that his choice of deck for the tournament was not a bad one at all. Both Garry and Juzza had better luck with their games as they both went 5-5 each but I did notice they were both running Boros Charms which is a probably more relevant but Omar stuck with the Selesnya Charms to play out other sort of tricks up his sleeve.

Since the Pro Tour, Omar and I had become great friends and we still keep in contact via Facebook hoping that one day soon again, he and I can team up together at another Pro Tour. I do host a small deck discussion group with members that play worldwide. We all try out each others ideas at our local FNMs and using the feedback, we try to improve all of our decklists. Naya has been the flavour for our group for the past month and we’ve come up with many different versions of this archetype and fortunately for you all, I’m about to share a unique version of Naya that I’ve personally had a lot of success with lately. It is much more aggressive than the traditional lists to try and out race all the devotion decks, especially the devotion to red deck which has been dominating my local gaming store up here in Townsville. Here is my latest list –


4   Sacred Foundry

4   Stomping Ground

4   Temple Garden

3   Temple of Abandon

3   Temple of Triumph

2   Forest

3   Plains

CREATURES 24GhorClan_Rampager

4   Soldier of the Pantheon

4   Fleecemane Lion

4   Voice of Resurgence

4   Boros Reckoner

4   Loxodon Smiter

4   Ghor-Clan Rampager


3   Boros Charm

4   Lightning Strike

2   Brave the Elements

4   Advent of the Wurm

SIDEBOARD 15Boros_Charm

1   Boros Charm

3   Mizzium Mortars

3   Selesnya Charm

4   Fiendslayer Paladin

2   Unflinching Courage

2   Chandra, Pyromaster

There are a few things that I’d like to highlight.  If you want to win fast, Domri does not race as it is just a great card drawing/game stabilizing engine for the mid range version.  If you want to play 12 shock lands in a deck, it needs to be super fast as red decks love free damage or can stabilize quickly so you don’t get punished for sacrificing your life for efficient mana.  This is why I feel Naya should be designed to give the quickest victories more often just like the old traditional zoo decks.  All of the creatures are above the mana curve’s power so they should be able to rush into play and pulverize their way through any defense, especially when backed up with the combination of Boros Charm giving a lucky fatty double strike after you blood rushed it with Ghor-Clan Rampager.  From a Loxodon Smiter, that is 16 points of trample damage that your opponent has to suck up.  I chose Soldier of the Pantheon over Experiment One as Brave the Elements helps to shroud more creatures in the deck while making the mana base more prominent towards the white spells.  You can compare this deck to the popular white weenie decks out there but I’ve splashed the green source to put in the extra fat in my creatures plus I just I love Loxodon Smiters and Voice of Resurgences.  As for mana base, 23 lands is not too much as I hate getting mana screwed.  With 6 scry lands, you can scry through for more consistent draws plus getting to 4 lands on turn 4 will allow the power play of dropping an unsuspected Wurm during your opponent’s turn.  Sideboard is self explanatory, life gain to deal with red, Selsnya Charm and Mizzium Mortars to deal with bigger creatures in mid range decks and Chandra plus the 4th Boros Charm to battle the control decks.

As Naya is my flavour of the month, I went out to purchase the “Nature of the Beast” commander deck. The commander pre-constucted decks are the best way for anyone to get into the exciting commander format.  Commander is designed to be fun and I’ve always had much joy with constructing decks to a theme.  This deck was screaming out to be a Beast deck so I splashed in a tribal flavour to tweak this deck.  Keep in mind, I kept it to a budget so I didn’t chase up all the rare dual coloured lands and I rummaged through all my boxes to chase up unused rares and many beasts that would fit great into this deck.  To make a commander deck tribal legal, you need 33 cards in the deck that share the creature type with your commander.  For this I chose Beasts which will be lead by the pesky Marath, Will of the Wild.  Garruk has always been my favourite Planeswalker since the day Planeswalkers were introduced and seeing how he has been the master of Beasts, this deck is the perfect home for his abilities to flourish.  Here I present to you my Naya Beasts –

COMMANDER – Marath, Will of the WildMarath


5   Forest

4   Mountain

4   Plains

Arctic Flats

Boros Garrison

Boros Guildgate

Command Tower

Contested Cliffs

Drifting Meadow

Evolving Wilds

Kessig Wolf Run

Forgotten Cave

Gruul Guildgate

Gruul Turf

Highland Weald

Jungle Shrine

Mosswort Bridge

Naya Panorama

Opal Palace

Secluded Steppe

Selesnya Guildgate

Selesnya SanctuaryContested_Cliffs

Shimmering Grotto

Shivan Oasis

Slippery Karst

Smoldering Crater

Temple of the False God

Terramorphic Expanse

Tranquil Thicket

Unknown Shores

Unstable Frontier


Sol Ring

Lightning Greaves

Swiftfoot Boots

Behemoth Sledge

Loxodon Warhammer

CREATURES 34Wirewood_Savage

Krosan Warchief

Renegade Krasis

Wirewood Savage (only non beast creature in the deck)

Woolly Thoctar



Chameleon Colossus

Ghor-Clan Rampager

Mold Shambler

Obstinate Baloth

Ravenous Baloth

Spellbreaker Behemoth

Terra Ravager

Beacon Behemoth

Game-Trail Changeling

Gahiji, Honored One

Indrik Stomphowler

Rakeclaw Gargantuan

Territorial Baloth

Uril, the MiststalkerUril

Alpha Tyrranax

Baloth Woodcrasher

Crater Hellion

Rampaging Baloths

Valley Rannet

Chancellor of the Tangle

Garruk’s Horde

Gruul Ragebeast

Kalonian Behemoth

Krosan Tusker

Vagrant Plowbeasts

Craterhoof Behemoth

Skarrg Goliath

Greater Gargadon

PLANESWALKERS 4Garruk_Wildspeaker

Domri Rade

Garruk Wildspeaker

Garruk, Primal Hunter

Garruk, Caller of Beasts



Armadillo Cloak

Aura Shards

Unflinching Courage

Angelic Destiny

Where Ancients Tread


Summoner’s Pact

Boros Charm

Beast Within

SORCERIES 6Titanic_Ultimatum


Kodama’s Reach



Titanic Ultimatum

Green Sun’s Zenith

I have a few ideas for my next few articles but if you want to see more commander, please comment below to show your support for this awesome format as I may focus heavily on commander next as I have a few ideas to introduce new multi-player variants to keep commander exciting for all, along with many more decklists as I currently have 18 commander decks in my collection.


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  1. Dan
    December 14, 2013 | Reply

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