Naya Spiritbinder


naya spiritbinder


Naya Spiritbinder

Standard Format

Creatures: 27

4 Aurelia, the Warleader
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Felhide Spiritbinder
4 Loxodon Smiter
3 Stormbreath Dragon
4 Sylvan Caryatid
4 Voyaging Satyr

Instants: 3

3 Boros Charm

Planeswalkers: 7

2 Domri Rade
2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
3 Xenagos, the Reveler


Lands: 23

4 Forest
3 Sacred Foundry
4 Stomping Ground
4 Temple Garden
4 Temple of Abandon
4 Temple of Triumph


2 Archangel of Thune
1 Domri Rade
2 Hammer of Purphoros
4 Mistcutter Hydra
3 Mizzium Mortars
1 Purphoros, God of the Forge
2 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed


We’ve seen the traditional RG Monsters or Naya decks in Standard before. They have mana dorks, beatsticks, some planeswalker action plus a few instants/sorceries (Burn/removal). This deck is more or less that but with a combo thrown in for good measure. It involves Felhide Spiritbinder and Aurelia, the Warleader plus mana dorks. You basically need both creatures to be attacking and then either Boros Charm your team with the Aurelia untap ability on the stack. Your Felhide Spiritbinder will then untap along with a couple of mana dorks (one of which needs to provide red mana). You pay 1R to then make a copy of Aurelia, the Warleader from his inspired ability. Sacrifice the original Aurelia and attack again. Rinse and repeat.

Note that your Felhide Spiritbinder needs to go unblocked over and over or as stated before: you can cast Boros Charm and have all your guys become indestructible.


aurelia the warleader


You can always just content yourself with 1 additional combat phase

Of course, when you’re not comboing your opponent to death – you can always do what the Naya decks usually do : Attack! With Domri Rade and Xenagos, the Reveler , your control matchup is pretty good. Fatties like Loxodon Smiter and Stormbreath Dragon guarantee you get the beatdown in early and often. With not much time left until Journey into Nyx Standard, why not give the deck a try? You’ll be very pleasantly surprised. Heck, I’d play it even once Journey into Nyx is Standard legal and everyone is busy trying out the new cards. You even get to accelerate into an Elspeth if things go bad.


elspeth 3Still one of the best cards in Standard


One thought on “Naya Spiritbinder

  1. New Journey into Nyx inclusions:


    – 1 Loxodon Smiter
    +1 Ajani, Mentor of Heroes

    He does so much more for this deck, such as ramping into Elspeth or finding a combo piece.


    + 2 Deicide
    + 3 Banishing Light

    these are too good to ignore.

    – 1 Ruric
    -1 Mizzium Mortars
    -1 Hammer
    -1 Miscutter Hydra
    -1 Domri Rade

    It’s been working really great thus far. Won a Game Day a GPT and a few other events. Mono black is still the worst matchup followed by really aggressive/burn style decks.


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