Groot Naya

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Here’s another deck that I found quite interesting coming off the Pro Tour. It features the big guy in the article banner ‘Groot’ of Guardians of the Galaxy fame or as he is known in the Magic: the Gahtering Universe : Scion of  Vitu-Ghazi (guess he had to change his name once he got to Ravnica). He does a few neat things here – making:

1) a second 1/1 bird token

2) a Voice of Resurgence token

3) a 2/2 Selesnya Charm knight token

4) a 2/2 Satyr token from the deck’s main planeswalker – Xenagos

5) a 1/1 Cat Soldier Token from Elspeth’s buddy Brimaz

Groot Naya

Standard Format

Creatures: 26

3 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
4 Elvish Mystic
1 Phyrexian Revoker
3 Polukranos, World Eater
2 Purphoros, God of the Forge
4 Scion of Vitu-Ghazi
4 Sylvan Caryatid
1 Skylasher
4 Voice of Resurgence

Instants: 5

2 Chord of Calling
3 Selesnya Charm

Enchantments: 2

2 Banishing Light

Planeswalkers: 3
3 Xenagos, the Reveler


Lands: 24

4 Battlefield Forge
3 Forest
4 Mana Confluence
1 Plains
4 Stomping Ground
4 Temple Garden
4 Temple of Plenty


2 Ajani Steadfast
1 Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
2 Archangel of Thune
1 Chord of Calling
1 Reclamation Sage
3 Skylasher
3 Setesan Tactics
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
1 Xenagos, the Reveler

The list looks pretty good in the maindeck, but I have to question the sideboard choices. Skylasher over Mistcutter Hydra? Then again, I am not the one that performed well with it, am I? Still, I would really try to fit in things like Advent of the Wurm or something like Elspeth, Sun’s Champion in the sideboard.

purphoroHammer Time!

Contrary to a few decks running Purphoros, God of the Forge this deck doesn’t ever get him to become a creature (much like my Commander deck, but that’s because I don’t want people messing with him). Scion coming into play gives you 6 free damage with Purphoros in play (same as Elspeth, but for one less mana). It’s not exactly a fair comparison either, because Elspeth is clearly the better card. Sorry Groot!

The deck seems to play long-forgotten cards of Standard past. Voice of Resurgence? Isn’t that a Modern card? Brimaz? Didn’t his hype die down? It feels somewhat refreshing to me because the last Naya deck I played was that Aurelia Spiritbinder combo deck. The addition of Chord of Calling in Standard gives us many many nice possibilities here, like Chording for a Spirit of the Labyrinth post-board. Reclamation Sage makes a small appearance too, giving us a reason to flash our recently ‘won’ copies in a Standard deck.

card_promo_reclamation_sageReclaim some beatdown!

If you’re going to be playing in the upcoming WMCQ later this month, then give this deck a serious try in your testing gauntlet. You might be pleasantly surprised, or at the very least want to play it more often in your local FNM events. It’s got a few silver bullets, more planeswalkers after sideboard and overall fun stuff. To quote a wise being: “We are Groot!”



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