Flavor of the Month

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Posted on Oct. 8, 2019, 5:44 p.m. by Icbrgr

My Flavor of the Month:

So I'm currently a little bit giddy over Naya Zoo. Its a deck that's been around for a long time/the inception of Modern (even prior) but until recently I have never taken the time to build with or play with the deck.

The shell of the deck is fairly affordable for anyone looking to break away from standard/Commander to dip their toes into the Modern format with some of the more expensive pieces like Tarmogoyf being fairly easy to find budget alternatives for; and because its an older deck there are tons of Primers and resources to help build the deck.

Im also finding there is an interesting amount of play/room for expression with a basic Naya Zoo shell as well and still have a deck that can hold its own at a typical FNM level of competition... I didn't have Goyf and I didn't have a mana base to support Knight of the Reliquary and opted for a budget mana base using snow lands/duals with Into the North / Skred alongside Path to Exile and I have been pretty satisfied with my games...might even entertain the idea of using On Thin Ice .

How about you?:

So how about you Tappedout? What Deck/decks have you grown to appreciate/enjoy and wanna Gush about and why?

heckproof says... #2

Skred Red has been pretty fun because it’s a red deck that doesn’t play like a red deck, and nobody ever knows how to play against it. Plus, there’s just tons of sneaky good synergy. Exiling Eternal Scourge to Chandra, Torch of Defiance ’s +1 to get the 2 damage and then casting it, using Koth of the Hammer ’s +1 as a ramp spell, tapping out for Mind Stone turn 2 and then using Dismember when your opponent lets his guard down and slams his best dude...I could just go on and on!

(Also, the new Chandra, Acolyte of Flame is stupid good in Skred Red as a 1-of and you should play it if you play Skred.)

October 8, 2019 7:03 p.m.

heckproof says... #3

(My list, in case anybody wanted to come laugh at the guy running the Dismember in a mono-Red deck: Skred Red!

October 8, 2019 7:08 p.m.

Icbrgr says... #4

No shame in running dismember in non black decks... it's a %90 chance of 1cmc removal in any color thanks to phyrexian mana (biggest design mistake ever imo).

I also love skred-red! I actually stripped my own skred red deck of its Snow-Covered Mountain s and Scrying Sheets and of course Skred to build my naya zoo brew... but I always wanted to be a UW control or control player in general and was really surprised to have as much fun and success in mono red! Awesome deck!

October 8, 2019 7:23 p.m.

wallisface says... #5

I’ve got 2 brews i’m very proud of.

The first is what is now known as Hardened Scales - i had a deck almost identical to its current rendition before it became an actual archetype. It felt pretty awesome seeing something i’d brewed up getting run by the more competitive community.

The second is a deck i’ve clunked together by the name of “Esper Taxrazi” (link below). It’s largely based of existing taxes strategies, except adding in blue for more control options and oppression. The whole idea stemmed from wanting to heavily abuse Wasteland Strangler .

Esper Taxrazi

October 8, 2019 8:01 p.m.

Icbrgr says... #6

I remember when Hardened Scales came out and all the hype around it with it potentially having a place outside of standard... but I had such a bad taste for the card due to my epic failures of trying to brew with the bolster mechanic... I'm glad other people have been able to make it work where I couldn't lol.

October 8, 2019 8:37 p.m.

Flooremoji says... #7

I do really like Shadow Zoo...

It just works for me :)

October 9, 2019 4:39 a.m.

Icbrgr says... #8

I think I can get behind any deck running/supporting Death's Shadow TBH. It certainly is a "risk it for the biscuit" high risk/high reward card.

There is certainly is a ton of synergies and support to have him fit into zoo like a glove... This might be a direction I go/explore later down the line.

October 9, 2019 7:58 a.m.

i've been using a 5c sliver deck in modern for about 3 years now with pretty good results at fnm, and recently started using a RG land destruction deck as well.

October 10, 2019 12:14 a.m.

Icbrgr says... #10

Slivers are tons of fun! Every time I've played with them as long as I was able to get Gemhide Sliver out and the opponent not spam board wipes it was basically an easy win.

I've never played with RG Land destruction before but I have seen a few decks floating around this site that look pretty wicked. I tend to be fascinated/tempted by the brews using shenanigans with Splinter .

October 10, 2019 7:01 a.m.

i use Manaweft Sliver instead of Gemhide Sliver . only noncreature spells mainboard are Collected Company and Aether Vial . my land destruction deck isn't the typical ponza you see. it goes really heavy on land destruction spells, then beats down with Goblin Dark-Dwellers or Shivan Wumpus . or an Avalanche Riders

October 10, 2019 11:55 a.m.

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