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Mayael and Garruk's Wild Pair-ty


"The sun was born within its coils, but it fled to the sky. The wurm hungers for its child, and the world will bear it's loss." - Screed of the Mul Daya

Mayael travels with her retinue as the Wurm wreaks havoc on the lands. She has assembled her advisors and they seek the one who can tame the Wurm...Mayael has called on the God of Revels and God of Victory, and with the aide of her ally Garruk Wildspeaker , she will prevail.

This is my Mayael the Anima toolbox deck. Its kind of aggro-y but it takes enough time to set up that it's kind of midrange-y too.

I like to put all my ducks in a row before I go on offense.

Academy Rector helps me find Mirari's Wake , Privileged Position or Wild Pair depending on what is appropriate. Enlightened Tutor does the same thing OR grabs me my Birthing Pod or mana rocks if/when I need them.

In the past, I've found it ridiculously hard to kill Academy Rector off...enter Birthing Pod ! I can find a useful but expendable five drop to pod away next turn, cough cough Karmic Guide cough cough Double Score! I like toolbox decks. Between Wild Pair and Pod, there are few creatures I don't have access to at a moments notice.

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger is the mana doubler I've been looking for. (supplemented by Mirari's Wake ) I can now power out creatures AND my artifacts and enchantments. Too bad he's a Wild Pair loner. (again, unless Mirari's Wake is active)

Wild Pair is the main engine for the deck. I like to think it all works nicely in isolation, but with Wild Pair everything falls together. Answers and card advantage start falling out of my hand. Now that I have Vorinclex, I dont have to choose between Mayael activations and casting enchantments.

Regal Force and Knollspine Dragon provide one-shot draw power, so much of it at times that I've ended up adding Reliquary Tower . Those heavy one-timers are supplemented by Soul of the Harvest , Garruk, Primal Hunter and Garruk's Packleader and they pull pretty decent grinder minutes.

Warstorm Surge +Knollspine Dragon draws me a fresh hand. Both of these cards sat on the bench for awhile during testing, but they're both too useful to ignore.

Privileged Position , Lightning Greaves , Dauntless Escort and Avacyn, Angel of Hope provide some general protection.

Novablast Wurm and Balefire Dragon serve as convenient board wipers.

Warstorm Surge creates some EtB burn. Spot removal on demand...theoretically.

What does everyone think? It's reaching a happy point, and I find it very fun to play, but suggestions, +1's and conversation are always welcome. The game is always evolving.


Small tweaks — Jan. 5, 2014

Sylvan Tutor out Survival of the Fittest in. I'm playing around with more graveyard interactions and Survival makes me able to get the creature I want/need. Now.

Chromatic Lantern out, Ancient Tomb in: with this mana base the speed of the extra mana is more valuable than the color fixing.

Wild Pairs! — Oct. 7, 2012

1: null set

2: Elvish Piper , Fierce Empath

3: Stoneforge Mystic , Academy Rector , Eternal Witness , Azusa, Lost but Seeking

4: Karmic Guide , Oracle of Mul Daya

5: null set

6: Dauntless Escort , Seedborn Muse

7: Aurelia, the Warleader , Linvala, Keeper of Silence

8: Garruk's Packleader , Urabrask the Hidden

9: null set

10: Craterhoof Behemoth , Sigarda, Host of Herons , Gisela, Blade of Goldnight , Hellkite Charger , Regal Force , Paleoloth , Reya Dawnbringer

11: Angel of Serenity , Hellkite Tyrant , Krosan Tusker , Iroas, God of Victory , Xenagos, God of Revels

12: Admonition Angel , Akroma, Angel of Wrath , Sun Titan , Soul of the Harvest , Knollspine Dragon , Balefire Dragon

13: Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger

14: Novablast Wurm , Iona, Shield of Emeria

15: null set

16: Godsire , Avacyn, Angel of Hope .

Edit: 06/04/13

With the addition of Mirari's Wake this becomes even more fun and complicated.

Interactions. — Oct. 6, 2012

This deck has some very fun things going on in it now.

Aggravated Assault +Sword of Feast and Famine = infinite attack phases as long as you have five lands.

Hardcast Craterhoof Behemoth + Wild Pair always equals Gisela, Blade of Goldnight and a ridiculous amount of doubled trampling damage.

Mayael the Anima +Seedborn Muse +3RGW= a fatty for each untap step

Godsire +Warstorm Surge =boom! You better have some hexproof, shroud or protection.

Avacyn, Angel of Hope +Privileged Position = I win? Pretty much until someone destroys my enchantment.

Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Dauntless Escort +Novablast Wurm =one sided board wipes are fun (less fun if somebody controls a Grave Pact though.)

Wild Pair +Warstorm Surge =blast away.

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight +Balefire Dragon = You better have removal, flying or reach, or not care about your creatures very much...

Admonition Angel +Sun Titan +fetchlands= exile party

Knollspine Dragon +Warstorm Surge +Wild Pair =card draw!!

Sun Titan +Harrow +Mosswort Bridge /Spinerock Knoll = recur Hideaway? Ok. (especially good in combination with Worldly Tutor or Enlightened Tutor ) (Harrow is currently removed for testing June 10/13)

Sun Titan +Garruk's Packleader /Soul of the Harvest +Dauntless Escort = indestructible card drawing engine.

Wild Pair +Birthing Pod = tutor value!

Birthing Pod +Paleoloth +Assorted power 5 or greater creatures= recursion engine

Birthing Pod +Sun Titan +Eternal Witness = powerful recursion engine.

Birthing Pod +Academy Rector = Warstorm Surge +Acidic Slime . Value town!

Survival of the Fittest +Reya Dawnbringer +Karmic Guide = Whatever creatures I want...Reya's kind of expensive though.

I wish Birthing Pod could be used at instant speed...

More to come. Let me know if there are any you see!

DarkRequiem says...


You are aware that Wild Pair only triggers from creatures played from your hand, right? Mayael won't trigger it, Birthing Pod won't trigger it... Just stuff that you cast from your hand...

April 5, 2014 8:33 p.m.

MindAblaze! says...


That's fine. The deck is built to compensate for that

April 5, 2014 10:25 p.m.

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