Wednesday May 15, 2019

Kiora Beckons! How to Make Your Mana and Draw Cards Too

War of the Spark, Episode 3: Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner


War of the Spark is chock full of spicy planeswalkers, so it’s no surprise that Dan wants to go deep on… Kiora? Yes, Kiora! The Behemoth Expert ramps you like a big Arbor Elf (or a mini-Garruk, or a bootleg Amulet) and also keeps the cards flowing. This puts her in a class of her own. But can this intriguing engine find a home in Modern? David has some ideas, so let’s discuss!


Flashback: Niv-Mizzet Reborn


It was a promising week of Niv-Mizzet testing. Many dragon avatars were brought to light, and many, many cards were drawn. The control shell proved 5-0 worthy and is a solid concept, but the mana base needs more basic lands and the best ramp option has yet to be determined (Birds of Paradise? Sakura-Tribe Elder? Sarkhan Fireblood?). David also had good results with a turbo-ramp midrange shell, so there’s a lot here still to explore.



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Niv to Light: 5-0 League


Turbo-Niv Midrange: 4-1 League


Brew Session: Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner


Sketch 1.0: Little Kid Abzan


Sketch 1.1: Little Kid GW


Sketch 2.0: Temur Ferocious


Sketch 2.1: Gruul Ramp


Sketch 3: Vexing Zoo


Bonus ideas mentioned on cast:


Kiora + Nykthos (Green devotion shell)

Kiora + Eldrazi Temple (Bant Eldrazi shell)

Kiora + Sakura-Tribe Scout + karoos (Rampaging Baloths ramp)

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