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February 16, 2017

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Next Level Nahiri

Welcome back past readers and new readers alike, it has been a few weeks since I have been able to write an instalment of Next Level Analysis. I have been busy with Wizard’s Tower recently opening a retail location in the United States. With our recent delve into the Red, White and Blue; I will continue that theme into my article. This week we will be looking at my very own Nahiri Control list I have tweaking the past few months. While many players have been shifting to Mardu builds around Nahiri, The Harbinger, I still am a diehard blue control player at heart. Ever since this card was spoiled in Shadows over Innistrad, all I could think was Emrakul, The Aeons Torn. Ever since then I have been building and testing this simple combo and can’t seem to shake the idea.

Recently I have been playing the deck more and more, I just enjoy playing it that much. If you like playing control, but, are not fans of every game going to time this is the perfect deck for you. However, in a small play group you eventually will need to change things up as, players start playing disruption to your combo in the main deck. Cards like Lost Legacy can hurt your combo, big time. This is why I like to have counter magic to protect our combo. A good timed Mana Leak or Remand can change the game in the long run. Without further ado lets look at my current list before I explain some of the choices.

Next Level Nahiri

Threats: (11)
Nahiri, The Harbinger
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Snapcaster Mage
Vendilion Clique
Melek, Izzet Paragon

Spells: (25)
Cryptic Command
Mana Leak
Spell Snare
Path to Exile
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Serum Visions

Lands: (24)
Scalding Tarn
Arid Mesa
Flooded Strand
Celestial Colonnade
Prairie Stream
Cavern of Souls
Sacred Foundry
Steam Vents
Hallowed Fountain
Sulfur Falls
Ghost Quarter

Sideboard: (15)
Relic of Progenitus
Crumble to Dust
Stony Silence
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Anger of the Gods
Leyline of Sanctity
Wear / Tear
Turn / Burn
Pithing Needle
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy

Now I am sure there are some cards you do not agree with in my list but hear me out, the cards have a lot of synergy together. So let’s talk about the black sheep in the article: Melek, Izzet Paragon.

Yes, I know it is a 6 drop. Yes, I know it’s a 2/4. Yes, I know this card is considered bad, but let me tell you have you ever won a game you shouldn’t have with a card and found a new spot in your heart for it? Well this is that card for me. For years, I have made space for this guy in my builds. Just last week he came though one more time for me. After having a poor start and having both Snapcaster Mage and Nahiri, the Harbinger being hit by Lost Legacy, we turned the game around on the back of Melek, Izzet Paragon! I mean 1 red mana for double Lightning Bolt seems pretty good.

Let’s look at some of the spells we love hitting with Melek, Izzet Paragon….

Anything that does damage and draws cards just goes nuts with this guy on the field. Not to mention he is out of Lightning Bolt range. At the same time, I do not play Ancestral Vision, I have tested it and it just seems too slow in our build. My goal is to never have a dead card on the top of my library during an opponent’s turn, unless it is a land.

As this is a deck I have been playing a lot of I would like to make this a two-part article and next week will do a tournament report from FNM this week where I plan on having someone else pilot my deck so I can watch 3rd person and see if it’s just me being bias to the choices. Until next time thank you for taking the time to check out my deck list and reading my article along with the other great ones that can be found here on MTG Canada. Hopefully I will be able to provide a more in depths analysis of the deck next week as we now have our new location open and I can take more time to analyze the match results and I look forward to sharing them with you next week.

Until, next time best of luck in taking your game to the next level.