Quote from mirrislegendI'm surprised that KotR is still seeing play. Between the ubiquity of Deathrite and the impending presence of Ooze, has anyone been working on replacing KotR?
Quote from KhiefkabooseSo I brought Naya Zoo to my local GPT, and as the title says I took first (well technically, I'll explain later). Here is the deck I ran:
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Creatures (25)3x Noble Hierarch3x Deathrite Shaman2x Scavenging Ooze3x Voice of Resurgence4x Tarmogoyf4x Loxodon Smiter3x Knight of the Reliquary3x Thundermaw HellkiteSpells (8)4x Path to Exile4x Lightning BoltPlaneswalkers (4)4x Domri RadeLands (23)4x Verdant Catacombs4x Arid Mesa2x Misty Rainforest1x Marsh Flats2x Stomping Ground2x Temple Garden1x Sacred Foundry1x Blood Crypt1x Kessig Wolf Run1x Horizion Canopy2x Forest2x PlainsSideboard (15)2x Torpor Orb2x Qasali Pridemage2x Combust2x Ancient Grudge1x Thrun, the Last Troll2x Aven Mindcensor2x Blood Moon2x Kitchen Finks
Basically I took Kibler's Zoo and made changes to what I saw fit. Anyway here is how my day went (I won't go into full details of each match, but just the highlights).
Round 1 vs Infect 2-0 / 1-0
Just had way too much removal for him to keep up, easy match win. I sided in 2x Ancient Grudge to deal with the Inkmoth Nexus and Spellskite. Took out 2x Domri Rade.
Round 2 vs Ajundi 1-2 / 1-1
My opponent was playing the Glittering Wish version of this deck, which is neat. I lost due to too many misplays on my part (when he activated a +1 Liliana of the Veil I had mana open to crack a Horizon Canopy and instead did not and discarded a Path to Exile). I ended up cracking the canopy at the EoT and drew into a Loxodon Smiter :-/. I swapped in 2x Blood Moon and 2x Kitchen Finks for 2x Knight of the Reliquary and 2x Domri Rade I believe.
Round 3 vs Jund 2-0 / 2-1
Only thing I remember is blowing my opponent out with Blood Moon game 2
Round 4 vs Affinity 2-1 / 3-1
My win and in was of course against my worst MU. Game 1 he was way too fast for me, games 2 and 3 Ancient Grudge and Qasali Pridemage got there Sideboarding was -3 Voice of Resurgence -2 Domri Rade -1 Knight of the Reliquary +2 Ancient Grudge +2 Qasali Pridemage +2 Kitchen Finks
Round 5 vs UWR Twin 0-0-3 ID / 3-1-1
Not much to say here, but he did get knocked out in the quarterfinals vs Tron, which made me somewhat happy.
Quarterfinals vs UW Control 2-1 / 4-1-1
Played very carefully, not to overextend and made him use his counterspells when he did not want to. Voice of Resurgence, Loxodon Smiter, and Thrun, the Last Troll were all-stars.
Semifinals vs Ajundi (same guy as before) 2-0 / 5-1-1
Game 1 he punted hard by looking at my hand with Inquisition of Kozilek, not writing down my hand which had a Loxodon Smiter and he +1 Liliana of the Veil the next turn giving me a free 4/4
Game 2 he just got flooded out. I think I got lucky in this match, but I still think I could have beaten him even if he did not flood out.
Finals vs Gifts
Found out my opponent was not sure if he was going to Detroit, so we ended up splitting prizes and I got the byes I think with the maindeck Ooze's, I probably would have gotten there.
I like this deck. It can hold its ground pretty decently against other fair decks of this format. I think we need to focus our sideboard for the unfair matches in this format (Pod, Twin, Storm etc...). Other than that, with proper sideboarding and preparation, I think this deck has potential for doing decently well at GP Detroit. I would probably want some number of Grafdigger's Cage, Sowing Salt, Ethersworn Canonist if GP Detroit was happening this weekend.
Quote from Dutch253I'm a bit confused how Blood Moon doesn't shut down Zoo as well? It runs so many fetches and shocks! How does that work? Also, why Combust in the SB?
Quote from FargsbyThe same way that Armageddon didn't shut down old White Weenie lists.
You drop it when you're ahead in terms of board presence. And then you really don't have to play anything but bolts for the rest of the game.
Quote from Dutch253Interesting. And what about the Combust in the SB?
Quote from Dutch253I'm a bit confused how Blood Moon doesn't shut down Zoo as well? It runs so many fetches and shocks! How does that work?
Quote from IzioThis list is really awesome! I'd like to play something similar but more aggressive in the early turns. For doing that, I need one drop beaters like loam lion, so I thought about a list like this
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I think I will probably miss Kotr, he's a great midrange beater, but there aren't any empty slot for him in this list, 'cause smiter is better than the knight in this current meta. So, what do you guys think?
Quote from SaskyNaya Zoo is better positioned against Pod than Gruul Zoo.
Quote from IzioWell, gruul zoo wins in a couple of turns or it loses. POD has a lot of creatures, like kitchen finks, wall of roots, murderous redcap, that can easily get rid all of the gruul zoo's small creatures.
Naya is different: we have big buddies and, most important, GY hate, thanks to deathrite shaman and the new arrived scavenging ooze
Quote from LectrysThis is what Willy Edel played at the 2013 World Championship:
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Lands4 Arid Mesa1 Blood Crypt1 Copperline Gorge1 Grove of the Burnwillows1 Horizon Canopy1 Kessig Wolf Run1 Marsh Flats1 Misty Rainforest1 Raging Ravine1 Sacred Foundry1 Stirring Wildwood1 Stomping Ground1 Temple Garden4 Verdant Catacombs3 Forest1 PlainsCreatures2 Aven Mindcensor3 Deathrite Shaman2 Linvala, Keeper of Silence3 Loxodon Smiter3 Noble Hierarch2 Scavenging Ooze4 Tarmogoyf2 Thrun, the Last Troll2 Thundermaw Hellkite3 Voice of ResurgenceSpells4 Lightning Bolt2 Path to Exile4 Domri RadeSideboard1 Ancient Grudge1 Aven Mindcensor3 Blood Moon2 Bonfire of the Damned2 Combust1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence1 Oblivion Ring1 Path to Exile1 Scavenging Ooze1 Spellskite1 Torpor Orb
Sadly, he did not get in the Top 4.
It looks like an intriguing hybrid of Hatebears and Zoo--what do you all think?
Quote from peke12I'm preparing for a grand prix and would like to play naya zoo.
when I was going over the metagame, I didn't see any solutions against tron.
when this Karn Liberated drops, it is game over.
Quote from photodyerCommon sense is now a Mythic Rare.
Quote from Lauphiette Kincey... I have no doubt that they've got a factory of second rate Hams crunching numbers...