Rhystic Study: Mayael the Aria

by Prophet of Kruphix on 27 December 2016, Tuesday

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Rhystic Study: Mayael the Anima

Mayael the Anima


Greetings, chosen one... Welcome to the 30th column of "Rhystic Study"! It's been an exciting year and this will be the final column for 2016. To finish off the year with a bang, we're going to Mayael the Anima, a Naya-colored Commander that oozing with goodness!



Building Blocks #1: Large Creatures with Power 5!


Because of your Commander's ability, it is intuition to load up your deck with as many creatures with power 5 as much as possible! The beauty this deck is that you can pretty much throw in anything that you like. Just keep the number of big creatures at around 20 - 30 so that you have a decent hit rate with Mayael the Anima.


Stonehoof Chieftain Terastodon Archetype of Endurance Angel of Serenity Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Worldspine Wurm Spearbreaker Behemoth Xenagos, God of Revels Avacyn, Angel of Hope Ruric Thar, the Unbowed Combustible Gearhulk Sigarda, Host of Herons Spellbreaker Behemoth Dragonlord Dromoka Gruul Ragebeast Balefire Dragon Godsire Avenger of Zendikar


Do you have any other ideas? I'm also throwing in annoying, utility creatures such as Void Winnower, Woodfall Primus, Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger and Dragonlord Atarka. Amazing, right? Customize this deck to your whim and fancy!




Building Blocks #2: Library Thinners


In order to make Mayael the Anima even more effective, you want to be able to thin down your deck of lands. This is why you we opt for Rampant Growth and fetch land effects rather than traditional mana rocks.


Not only will this reduce the number of lands in your deck, it also increases the threat density of your deck!


Rampant Growth Farseek Cultivate Kodama's Reach Explosive Vegetation Skyshroud Claim Wooded Foothills Arid Mesa Windswept Heath




Building Blocks #3: Cheat Creatures Into Play


Because you are running a lot of big-costed creatures, this is also a drawback. You might often be stuck with cards that you cannot cast, simply because they are too expensive. However, there are many ways to cheat them onto the battlefield, and here are some of the best cost-saving methods!


Quicksilver Amulet Lurking Predators Elvish Piper Selvala's Stampede Tooth and Nail See the Unwritten




Building Blocks #4: Tutors & Library Manipulation


Aside from finding the correct creature you want, you also don't mind having them on top of your library. What some of the ways to help you get the creature you want onto the top of your deck?


Worldly Tutor Sylvan Library Congregation at Dawn Scroll Rack Sylvan Library Sensei's Divining Top


Some of these cards also combo pretty well with the large number of fetch lands in your deck, in a sense that you will be able to swap away cards you don't want for a chance to find the cards you want!




Building Blocks #5: Synergy


Last but not least, whenever you activate Mayael the Anima you want to double up on the action. Cards like Illusionist's Bracers and Rings of Brighthearth are perfect for this purpose.


Warstorm Surge and Where Ancients Tread also play very nicely along a deck loaded with threats, while Mayael's Aria doubles up as a win condition!


Illusionist's Bracers Rings of Brighthearth Warstorm Surge Where Ancients Tread Mirari's Wake Mayael's Aria




The Final Product!


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Mayael the Anima is a great Commander for Naya fans and those who love accompanying big monsters. Terrorize your table with early beatsticks and annoying threats that come one after another! Have a merry, stomping Christmas, guys! See you next year!



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