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Naya runes after new Expansion

Naya runes after new Expansion

New Naya Runes

Hello magic fans!
Andy”blue_robot” here , to let you know about some tourneys and stuff of the past weekend and , oh boy, it was a full one!

Lets begin with the “EVENT” on MTGA, the “Explorer metagame challenge”

First, the METAGAME CHALLENGE is the MUST event to play in mtga arena to get some wildcards and cards of the latest set`s , so is a no brainer to play as many times as possible

We already discussed ( mostly during my stream ) how pioneer and explorer works together, and knowing how the “ in person” event and competitive magic is coming, is a nice start to get into explorer and jump to pioneer ( at some point explorer will be pioneer ) so this event is nice one

But then..winnota was everywhere…so much as you “play winnota or play winnota”, so i did only a few tries with a spicy mono red list a friend of mine give me, with some -redcaps melee- main decks to answer the girl menace.

this was the list:

Deck (60)
Fervent Champion
Kumano Faces Kakkazan
Redcap Melee
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Rimrock Knight
Robber of the Rich
Bonecrusher Giant
Light Up the Stage
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Anax, Hardened in the Forge
Castle Embereth
Den of the Bugbear
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
15 Mountain
Sideboard (15)
Grafdigger’s Cage
Roiling Vortex
Redcap Melee
Chandra, Dressed to Kill

Is solid option for the actual meta on explorer, i ended up doin 2 , then 4, then 6 wins
Keep this one in mind if you like to rank up on explorer.

Then, the

A new chance to grab some money playing against a bunch of great players and a new chance to probe Naya runes( to break up the curse of 5/3 on the last ones) !

First of all, the list :

Deck (60)
Generous Visitor
Kami of Transience
Jukai Naturalist
Runeforge Champion
Legion Angel
Tamiyo’s Safekeeping
Circle of Confinement
Rune of Speed
Rune of Might
Rune of Sustenance
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Showdown of the Skalds
Needleverge Pathway
Cragcrown Pathway
Branchloft Pathway
Lair of the Hydra
Sundown Pass
Overgrown Farmland
Jetmir’s Garden
Boseiju, Who Endures
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Sideboard (15)
Guardian of Faith
Reidane, God of the Worthy
Legion Angel
Tamiyo’s Safekeeping
Snakeskin Veil
Ranger Class
Borrowed Time
Rip Apart

As i told you on my last article ( ) i pointed how Naya Runes are a good option for standard and to be true to my words, i played it again

You see, the last 3 times i played naya runes on tournaments i ended 5/3…all of the 3 times
So i had some doubts about what to play

but as soon i ranked with it i noticed 2 things

First, the new triland

is all what was needed to fix the sometimes nasty mana base of playing 3 colors and also being able to cycle…nuts

Second: there where a bunch of new decks and people leaving the Archon Of Emeria out of their decks and sb and with the add of “ strangle” aggro decks are not a bad match up( we will see it later )

This situation is great for a solid deck with a straight strategy

So , onto the tournament

-R1 vs Jund midrange:
We started the event vs the hottest new deck around and it was awful, mull to 4 on the first game , won the 2nd and lost the 3 to a mull 5 “no white mana” hand

Sb plan : + Tamiyo, Veil, Ranger class x2, Guardian of faith
– 2 visitor, 1 circle, 1 natu , 1 fable

Overall 0-1

Not a nice way to start the tournament so i cool down, opened my stream tools and started the show,” if anything, i will make a good show out of this “ i thought

-R2 vs Jeskai “ tasha’s Hideous Laughter” combo
on the first game he decked me out super super quick and it was awful, i looked to my sb and had very few tools, so the sb plan was this :
+ veil, tamiyo, ranger class x2 , Guardian of faith and Reidane

but then, it happened. “ Reidane , god of the worthy” blessed this game with his presence and granted a quick g2/3 winn, stopping my opponent to combo out with “ invoke callamity”

Overall 1-1

-R3 vs White Winnie:
This used to be an AWFULLY match up, so much that they left out the Archeon of their main deck or sb because it was not needed, but all changed with the printing of “Strangle”, a single mana to take out either archeons or thalias
First game was strange, he played 3 thalias, i had a big life linker kami who negated the attack until the “ legion angels” came and give me the game by the air
2nd game was a “ mono removal” slaughter” , and there were no much chance to him of winning
the sb plan was : + Strangle x3, Veil , Tamiyo, Rip Apart, Borrowed time x2

Overall 2-1

-R4 vs GW Angels:
Uff.. a “ new “ deck, but again Runes is a straightforward strategy who has a good range of options for those who wants to shut down the game plan
Game was a fest of combo with no real oppose and for g2 the sb worked wonderful

Sb plan : + Strangle x3, Rip apart, Borrowed Time x2
– Visitor x2, Tamiyo, Jukai naturalist, Fable, Showdown

Overall 3-1

5 vs Bw Angels :
A solid Match up, needed the tamiyos and Veils to combat their removal and you need your own removal to combat their archaeons ( if there are some ) but on this case, they play heavy creatures , so your removal is crucial
In the end, naya runes overpowers some strategies and went a 2-0 no sweet

Sb: + Veil, Tamiyo, Borrowed time x2 , guardian of faith( he had doomskar on sb )
– Visitor x2, Naturalist, Showdown

Overall 4-1

-R6 vs Esper Mid/control
this is also a new deck from the actual newcapenna standard but again, with a solid strategy and good protection, they cant stop your game plan
2-0 super quick with this sb config : + tamiyo, veil, guardian of fatih, reidane
– Visitor x2, Circle , Jukai naturalist

Overall 5-1

R7 vs white winnie
Oh , damn match, i had to mull to 5 on both games and he drew nuts, but REALLY NUTS
as i said last week, this is a game of chance and , wel, when you don’t have them, or your opponent HAS ALL THE TOOLS, nothing you could do about it ( this game is on stream and you can watch was a massacre )
sb plan, same as last time : + Strangle x3 , veil, tamiyo, rip apart, borrowed time x2
– visitors x2, naturalis, fable, showdown x4( an awful card vs thalia, archons and sometimes reidane

Overall 5-2

R8 vs Esper mid ( the last one!!)
Ok people, this was it…this round could prove if this deck is a solid 5-3 in all events or i could break the curse an be free
And again, solid strategy , good protection, no archaeons around…Runes wins in sweet 8 mins
Sb: + Veil, Tamiyo, Guardian , Reidane ( had lots of wraths on sideboard )
– Visitor x2 , Circle , Jukai naturalist

Final Récord 6-2

A solid end, sadly the “draws” on the upper tables left all 18 points players out of a chance of top8 and ended up in 13 position
Not a bad one thou, really happy with the deck and config overall and still recommend the list specially on open decklist tournaments, where you can see how many archons and stuff they can bring in

Also, a some final tips on the list:

– remember that “ boseiju” let you look for a basic tipe land, so the new trilands are even better and might let you change a basic land for another dual if needed, but in the end the triland is all you need for mana efficiency

– the sb part when i take out things is not a solid part, you can try different approaches but what i put IN from the sb, is a no brainer
look for options, but remember to still have a good strategy when doing it

This is all for today’s people! See you next time when a great topdeck comes from my own deck and we shout “ TOPI !!!!!”

Andres F. “Blue_Robot” Monsalve

Pro tour Honolulu 09 , Pro tou Austin 09 , Pro tour San Diego 2013, Strixheaven Championship 2021

Worlds 2013( captain of Team Argentina )

Finalist Gp Sao Paulo , Semi finalist GP Rio de janeiro

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