Modern Naya Pod
In preparation for Grand Prix: Columbus, I’ve been trying a fair number of Modern decks. One deck that really caught my eye was the Naya Birthing Pod deck with the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Restoration Angel combo built in (the combo debuted at Grand Prix: Yokohama).
I also wanted to discuss and play matches with Reid Duke. He decided to test his R/U/G Delver deck (the list of which can be found in an article of his soon).
Here’s the list I eventually decided on to play against Reid:
"Modern Naya Pod"
Notably, I added Deceiver Exarch, which does a lot of work for you. You can combo out from a board state of a 2- and 3-drop with Birthing Pod and 3 mana in the following fashion: Activate Pod, sacrificing the 2-drop, find Deceiver Exarch to untap Birthing Pod, then sacrifice your 3-drop to find Restoration Angel to flicker Deceiver Exarch to untap Birthing Pod, then sacrifice Restoration Angel to find Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. However, once Deceiver Exarch is added, I think I should have cut the Village Bell-Ringer. Also, you have six mana guys to hard-cast Exarch if necessary.
The deck seemed relatively strong, although the videos highlighted a key weakness: Blood Moon effects. With only two basic lands in the deck (and one of them being a Mountain), Blood Moon is a huge problem. Without Blood Moon, I feel that I am slightly ahead against Reid’s deck, but it is still relatively close since he has a lot of cheap removal to buy time.
This deck is the real deal, and I expect to see a fair amount of it doing well both on Magic Online and at Grand Prix: Columbus.
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