Ok, so after playing heroic based decks for the last few weeks, I grew tired of always going 2-2 at FNM and decided to play something more competitive. I knew I wanted to play something with nykthos, because that is my favorite card at the moment, but couldn't afford all the stormbreath dragons and hydras for the red-green devotion deck i wanted to play. So after thinking about my local metagame, I decided on mono red devotion.
The idea behind this build was haste, haste, and more haste. my local meta is full of control strategies and mono-black decks full of spot removal. My thinking was that cards like ash zealot, shred-freak, and phoenix could get in at least one attack before the spot removal claimed them, thus lessening the blow so to speak.
After getting my opponent's life down, I would use devotion to finish them. mogis and purphoros were my finishers, while burning-tree set up for the kill. burning-tree emissary and nykthos are amazing together. I like to hold onto my emissaries untill i'm going in for the kill. Here are a few ways I was able to finish games with them:
1) haste creatures have opponent low on life. have two land, and a nykthos on field. multiple burning-trees, and a mogis in hand. tap the two lands to drop a burning-tree and use the mana they give to drop the other trees. then i use the mana from the last tree to tap nykthos for enough red mana to drop mogis for the win.
2) simular to #1 except have a purphoros on board. now my opponent takes an extra two damage for each tree and mogis i drop. pluss, now the devotion is there to let purphoros become a creature and attack.
I ended up finishing the FNM tournament 3-1, with my one lost being do to only drawing 2 land game two and having to mulligan to 4 game 3 do to drawing no land opening hand. so I might need to add more lands. idk.
Card I was surprised by: Purphoros. I originally just put him in the deck because I had him and wanted to play him, but I wasn't expecting him to be that much of a factor. Boy was I surprised. He won me at least one game in each of my matches. His burn ability really puts in work when dropping multiple creatures in a single turn with burning-tree. and his second ability is a nice mana sink, using the plethora of mana provided by nykthos to pump up all my attackers.
Card I was disappointed with: Firedrinker Satyr. Not having hast is bad enough, but the drawback of taking any damage he receives to the face makes enemy lightning strikes and helixes feel soul crushing.
Ok, so I changed the deck. I removed two of each: shock, lightning strike, Firedrinker satyr, and I added three mizzium mortars and three hammers. I know three hammer seems like a lot, but getiing a hammer on turn 3 and dropping burning trees and mogis with haste on turn 4 is game over most of the time. Plus they fill out the 3-drop spot in my curve ( can't afford Boros Reckoners ).
Anyway, I took down my local FNM 4-0 last friday using this build.