Naya Humans is a fairly popular deck in Magic: the Gathering’s standard format as of right now. Naya Humans is a relatively inexpensive deck to build from a competitive standpoint, and it can pack a powerful punch if played correctly. This article will discuss some of the key cards to include in your deck if you want to play Naya Humans, along with some reasoning and tactics.
- Champion of the Parish – this card has the potential to be your biggest creature, as each human you bring out after your Champion of the Parish only pumps him up even higher.
- Huntmaster of the Fells – one of the most sought after and powerful cards in Magic: the Gathering standard, Huntmaster of the Fells/Ravager of the Fells provides you with a nasty dual-threat that your opponents must deal with quickly.
- Mayor of Avabruck – by providing a +1/+1 to each other human, this card effectively buffs every other creature you put out. Mayor of Avabruck also provides a potential threat by himself once he flips into a Howlpack Alpha, at which point and time he will also buff the wolf tokens as well as your Huntmaster of the Fells/Ravager of the Fells.
- Avacyn’s Pilgrim – these mana dorks not only provide ramp to get out multiple creatures in a round, but they also benefit from Champions of the Parish and Mayor of Avabruck, making them potential damage threats.
- Frontline Medic – the only thing better than swinging with a bunch of creatures is swinging with a bunch of indestructible creatures, Frontline Medic can make that happen.
- Silverblade Paladin – this card pumps up your Champion of the Parish, gives itself and another creature double strike, and can prove fatal for anyone unlucky enough to be on the other side of the table from you.
- Thalia, Guardian of Thraben – since this deck consists almost entirely of creatures, Thalia only hurts your opponents.
- Zealous Conscripts – when your opponent puts out a nice card that you’d like to borrow, play Zealous Conscripts and take it for your own, albeit temporarily.
- Restoration Angel – a great way to rescue a creature or provide an unforeseen blocker in a pinch, Restoration Angel is worthy enough to be one of the few non-humans in this deck.
- Ghor-Clan Rampager – +4/+4 with trample on a bloodrush is no laughing matter, throw a couple of these on a Champion of the Parish paired with a Silverblade Paladin on turn 4 and swing for 24 damage courtesy of double-strike and trample.
This deck relies almost entirely of creatures, which presents a major problem to most opponents. Even decks built entirely around control will have a difficult time keeping up with a Naya Humans deck that just continually throws out one threat after another every single round. With that said, let’s take a look at a single non-creature spell you may want to consider including.
- Oblivion Ring – this is really the only spell you need, use this to remove a pesky creature or Planeswalker long enough to rip your opponent to shreds.
Naya Humans is meant to simply overpower your opponent. They will have a very difficult time trying to keep up with your constant threats, and that difficulty will only increase as the game goes on. If you’re looking for a fun deck to build and play for around $250.00 that can actually be competitive, consider playing Naya Humans. I’ll see you at Friday Night Magic!
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