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Help with T2 Naya Zoo- Attempts 1-3: Cats, Curve, Mystic Zoo



 
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loki3



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject: Help with T2 Naya Zoo- Attempts 1-3: Cats, Curve, Mystic Zoo Reply with quote

I know without Tarmagoyf and lands like Sacred Foundry, Temple Garden, etc, this deck loses most of it's steam, but I was just wondering if there is a viable Naya Zoo out there.

I was initially thinking that a Mystic Zoo would be nice, but I know that Basilisk Collar != Jitte.

Here's the first list I came up with off the top of my head:
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// Lands
4 [ZEN] Arid Mesa
4 [10E] Terramorphic Expanse
4 [ZEN] Forest (5)
4 [ZEN] Verdant Catacombs
2 [ZEN] Mountain (Cool
1 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
4 [ZEN] Plains (5)
1 [WWK] Sejiri Steppe

// Creatures
4 [ALA] Ranger of Eos
2 [WWK] Loam Lion
4 [ALA] Wild Nacatl
4 [ALA] Woolly Thoctar
4 [CFX] Knight of the Reliquary
4 [ARB] Qasali Pridemage
4 [ZEN] Steppe Lynx

// Spells
4 [CFX] Path to Exile
4 [M10] Lightning Bolt
2 [ALA] Ajani Vengeant


I initially had 4 Loam Lion, but thought that I was neglecting the Fat Cat himself, Ajani.

I know this deck is Naya, and probably should have Bloodbraid, though he gets worse with all the 1 drops.

For a good Zoo deck, what distribution of drops should it have? Right now it's:

10 1-Drops
04 2-Drops
08 3-Drops
06 4-Drops

08 1-Mana instants.


To make it 10-8-6-4, I could go:

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// Lands
4 [ZEN] Arid Mesa
4 [10E] Terramorphic Expanse
4 [ZEN] Forest (5)
4 [ZEN] Verdant Catacombs
2 [ZEN] Mountain (Cool
1 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
4 [ZEN] Plains (5)
1 [WWK] Sejiri Steppe

// Creatures
4 [ALA] Ranger of Eos
2 [WWK] Loam Lion
4 [ALA] Wild Nacatl
4 [ALA] Woolly Thoctar
2 [CFX] Knight of the Reliquary
4 [ARB] Qasali Pridemage
4 [ZEN] Kor Skyfisher
4 [ZEN] Steppe Lynx

// Spells
4 [CFX] Path to Exile
4 [M10] Lightning Bolt


OR I could try to force a Mystic Zoo:
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// Lands
4 [ZEN] Arid Mesa
4 [10E] Terramorphic Expanse
4 [ZEN] Forest (5)
4 [ZEN] Verdant Catacombs
2 [ZEN] Mountain (Cool
1 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
4 [ZEN] Plains (5)
1 [WWK] Sejiri Steppe

// Creatures
4 [ALA] Ranger of Eos
1 [WWK] Loam Lion
4 [ALA] Wild Nacatl
4 [ALA] Woolly Thoctar
4 [ZEN] Steppe Lynx
3 [WWK] Stoneforge Mystic
3 [ZEN] Kor Skyfisher
2 [ARB] Qasali Pridemage

// Spells
4 [CFX] Path to Exile
4 [M10] Lightning Bolt
1 [ALA] Sigil of Distinction
1 [WWK] Basilisk Collar
1 [ARB] Behemoth Sledge


I think the problem with Zoo in standard is the difficulty with hitting the correct T1 and T2 land drops. KotR could help with that a bit, but not much. And probably too late.
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loki3



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just Realizing: Plated Geopede would work well in a landfall zoo. Along with the Lynx, KotR, Skyfisher, Nacatal
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doc_morriar



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Posts: 82

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reall like a 2 of dragonlander outcast if you run ranger of eos.
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yokai



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Posts: 77

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait lsv mystc naya and copy paste it ^^
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kumagmd



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Posts: 307

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's called Boss Naya, designed by Tom Ross.

Mystic Naya works, just put in Mystics and basilisk collar, and a sigil of distinction.
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orphan



Joined: 18 Aug 2008
Posts: 33

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Help with T2 Naya Zoo- Attempts 1-3: Cats, Curve, Mystic Reply with quote

[quote="SugarShark"]
loki3 wrote:

edit: hey lsv! play more bant players
soft road ftw!


Yea, because the X-0 Bant opponents were seriously bad.
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orphan



Joined: 18 Aug 2008
Posts: 33

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On day 1 there were at least 3 undefeated bant decks after LSV ended the dreams of 2 other players. So even before drafting the bant players were doing okay.

This decks blood braid elves are not as good as junds bloodbraid's but that doesnt mean you shouldn't play them. Especially since you can hit mystic Stoneforge Mystic of Thoctar. Even if you just get a Loam lion or lynx, a body is better than nothing.
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loki3



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Posts: 139

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about this bump, but just checked, and this list Top 2-ed the Pro Tour–San Diego Extended PTQ:

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Main Deck
60 cards

4 Arid Mesa
1 Forest
1 Hallowed Fountain
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
2 Temple Garden
1 Treetop Village
22 lands


4 Kird Ape
4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Loam Lion
1 Qasali Pridemage
2 Ranger of Eos
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Wild Nacatl
23 creatures

4 Bant Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Lightning Helix
4 Path to Exile
15 other spells

Sideboard
2 Ancient Grudge
3 Ethersworn Canonist
4 Meddling Mage
4 Negate
1 Ranger of Eos
1 Umezawa's Jitte
15 sideboard cards


This deck is almost standard legal. Too bad the fancy-shmancy double type lands don't exist in Standard. I'd love to be able to play Meddling Mage sideboard in a Standard zoo deck.

Bant Charm > Tribal Flames? I guess so, actually... It blows up Thopter Foundry and Dark Depth tokens. And can counter instants to boot... What a hell of card for the current meta...

As I was saying, the lands are really what makes this deck work... ... along with Lightning Helix and Goyf.

God, I love Goyf. It's gotta be my favorite card.
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