Faithless Brewing

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

May 15, 2019

Faithless Brewing, 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.

 

Niv to Light: 5-0 League
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1885348#online

 

Turbo-Niv Midrange: 4-1 League
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1910829#online

 

Brew Session: Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner

 

Sketch 1.0: Little Kid Abzan
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1910904#online

 

Sketch 1.1: Little Kid GW
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1910921#online

 

Sketch 2.0: Temur Ferocious
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1910934#online

 

Sketch 2.1: Gruul Ramp
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1910948#online

 

Sketch 3: Vexing Zoo
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1911962#online

 

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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