Naya Pod: 2nd Place at Nottingham 2012 WMCQ by Cameron Simmonds

Avacyn Restored MTG Set Review – White by Grant Hislop


Right, when I open up an article the first thing I look for is deck lists, so here is my little baby in all her glory:

Naya Pod (Alana MK2)

4 Copperline Gorge
4 Razorverge Thicket
2 Sunpetal Grove
2 Rootbound Crag
2 Cavern of Souls
2 Gavony Township
6 Forest
1 Plains
1 Mountain
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Avacyn’s Pilgrim
1 Daybreak Ranger
2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Strangleroot Geist
2 Borderland Ranger
4 Blade Splicer
4 Restoration Angel
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
3 Huntmaster of the Fells
1 Zealous Conscripts
2 Wolfir Silverheart
2 Incinerate
2 Garruk Relentless
2 Birthing Pod

2 Oblivion Ring
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Fiend Hunter
1 Ray of Revelation
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Bonfire of the Damned
2 Zealous Conscripts
1 Wolfir Silverheart
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Sword of War and Peace

I give all my decks girls names (slightly queer I know). It is based largely on Brian Kiblers Angel Pod. I chose this deck due to my inability to play UW Delver properly, plus it has a pretty good match up vs. Delver, the deck I thought would be most abundant.


I played Alana MK1 in the PTQ the day before and went 6-2, I only lost to Marco OJ and Manveer Samra, which was pretty decent, the PTQ allowed me to gather some information on the Meta and get an idea on how to change my deck for the next day.



The Swiss

R1: George Burrow – Naya 2-0

I had tested the mirror quite a bit so I was quite confident, we both played Blade Splicers and Angels and other large creatures, but I seemed to have the edge.



R2: Rick Parker – Delver 2-1

Rick had beaten my friend Paul Richardson in the PTQ and top 8ed; I was ready to take revenge.

Game 1 was horrible, I got murdered, however Games 2 and 3 Rick kept some very sketchy hands, I was able to capitalize and take the victory.



R3: Mikey Brown – Delver 2-1

According to my score sheet I destroyed Mikey in G1, he destroyed me in G2. We had a close game 3 but mana screw on Mikey’s side cost him the match.



R4: Levi Mochan – Ramp 2-1

Game 1: Was very one sided, I ended the game on 22 life and 0 poison counters.

Game 2: Was annoying, Levi ended up on 1 life after I miscalculated with my Zealous Conscripts, and he killed me on the next turn.

Game 3: Levi mulled twice, this meant we didn’t really have a G3 :(



R5: Dan Harborne – Delver 2-0

Game 1: Was interesting; Dan kept some sort of 1 land, triple Delver hand, he spent 5 turns trying to flip them, He eventually got there but it was a bit too late.

Game 2: Some stuff happened.


R6 and R7 were ID’s, this allowed me to scout around and watch a few games.



The Top 8

R8: Eduardo Sajgalik – Delver 2-1

Eduardo is easily one of the best players in the country, he managed to win the PTQ on the previous day. I wasn’t going to allow him to take back to back victories.

Game 1: Was close but Eduardo got there.

Game 2: Ed got crushed, I had a bit of a scare when I dropped to 19 life because of a Vapor Snag.

Game 3: I faltered on mana for a while, but got going due to Birds and Pilgrims, the field got pretty clogged up, I had to draw a Gavony Township or a Bonfire of the Damned to win, obviously ripped the Gavony and went on to win.



R9: Sean Brooks – RG aggro 2-1

Game 1: Was a landslide victory for me.

Game 2: Another miscalculation with Conscripts cost me the game, I got him to 1 but this was not enough and he killed me in the next turn. Oops.

Game 3: I played a T2 Sword of War and Peace and got it on a Restoration Angel and rode her to victory.



R10 FINALS: Carrie Oliver – Mono Pink Ponies 1-2

With a large crowd gathered around nerves got the better of me and I basically went on tilt, this lead to me making some horrible plays and some terrible mulligan decisions.

Game 1: Was a close fight but I got there.

Game 2: Got crushed slightly, didn’t even deal a single point of damage.

Game 3: Got her to 17 :-), and then I went from 19 to 0 in one turn, ouch.



Final Thoughts

Random observations:

Neo-Nationals – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let us have Nationals back, the guys inNottingham did a great job running the event, but it was no Nationals.

Looking out for the PV’s of tomorrow – Aaron Biddle, He joined us in the top 8 playing Delver, and the thing is he is only 14!

Delver domination – Both the events had 5 Delver decks in the top 8, it doesn’t really bother me, but a lot of people are complaining about it.


Thanks: (In no particular order).

Team MK: some of the best players I know attend the TNM’s here, we are so close to having a breakthrough, but I’m sure our time will come.

Team Bedford: Did 90% of my testing with these guys, they are a great bunch.

Jamie Burnett: Cheers for the Bonfires buddy.

Scott Benson, Ashley Pinder and Paul Richardson: Travel and accommodation.

Rich Hagon: Thanks for the words of wisdom, they were really boring.

Brian Kibler: The foundation for an awesome deck.

Alana Healy: Had a rough time in March and April, you helped me through it and gave me a massive Zenith.x

Mum: convincing me to play a child’s card game instead of going to COLDPLAY.

Lewis and Alistair Simmonds: wanted a name drop, here it is.

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