CKL Plays (Modern) – “Naya Allies”

This week we run Naya Allies through the gauntlet and feature three matches recorded for Card Knock Life Plays.  This modern deck is composed similarly to the Zendikar block and standard lists but uses more recent cards like Collected Company to power out a team of creatures who nearly all have ETB triggers that boost the size of your team.  With just 4 main deck Path to Exile to clear the way, the deck relies on a very aggresive (typically turn 4) onslaught to close out game one.  The deck can seemingly “out-aggro” some of the fastest decks in the format (Burn, Zoo, Goblins) as nearly every creature has potential to grow to considerable size very quickly if the deck curves out properly.  Instant-speed Collected Company and Aether Vialed creatures plus hasty Battlesingers can give the deck reach against control builds and cards like Boros Charm can protect a team from mass removal.

Sideboard options include lifegain creatures like Ondu Cleric and Kor Firewalker, artifact/enchantment destruction, Spellskites, and a full set of Supression Fields (which come in very handy in twin, tron, and melira match ups).

Having played this deck in about 7 unique match-ups, I’ve found that it can perform well against most of the field and most often loses to it’s own bad draws.  Off camera, I won matches vs. Junk, Hatebears, Delver, and other rogue brews, only losing one set to GR Tron (with the help of terrible mulligans).  Deckbuilding credit goes to Daniel Mulato who placed in the top 4 in PPTQ Montecatini in July.


4 Cavern of Souls
3 Windswept Heath
3 Wooded Foothills
3 Temple Garden
2 Plains
1 Stomping Ground
1 Mountain
1 Forest
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Arid Mesa

4 Kazandu Blademaster
4 Hada Freeblade
4 Kabira Evangel
4 Akoum Battlesinger
3 Harabaz Druid
3 Oran-Rief Survivalist
2 Talus Paladin
2 Adaptive Automaton
4 Path to Exile
4 Collected Company
2 Boros Charm
4 AEther Vial

SB: 4 Suppression Field
SB: 2 Ondu Cleric
SB: 1 Ancient Grudge
SB: 2 Kor Firewalker
SB: 2 Return to the Ranks
SB: 2 Wear // Tear
SB: 2 Spellskite

Round 1 vs. Boros Burn

Round 2 vs. Little Kid Junk

Round 3 vs. Goblins


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