Two week ago, after I wrote about a 4-Color Humans deck, one of my regular viewers posted a YouTube comment that made me think. His suggestion was to add Burning-Tree Emissary and Lightning Mauler to the deck. I had tried many different Humans in my deck, but had not considered these two.
This is one of the great things of writing for Rogue Deckbuilder and having a YouTube channel. Often when you build rogue decks you have to do all the building and testing by yourself, but through this channel I often get valuable feedback that helps me improve the decks I build.
I wanted to give it a try, and immediately decided to remove Black. I was not entirely happy with the land base in my 4-Color deck, because it was virtually impossible to meld Hanweir Garrison and Hanweir Battlements. It meant I was going to cut Dark Confidant and Xathrid Necromancer, but I had to cut something to make space for the new cards.
The result is a new version of Modern Humans that is more aggressive but less resilient. I’m not sure which version is more powerful; I think it depends on the match-up. If your metagame is mainly other aggro and combo decks and you need to race your opponent, you want to go with Naya. If players at your LGS play control decks such as Jeskai and Jund, you probably want the resilience of the 4-color deck.
The Naya Humans deck has a couple of fun interactions. For example, you can use Aether Vial to bring Burning-Tree Emissary into play, and use the ‘free’ mana to cast Collected Company. You can do this at instant speed, at the end of your opponent’s turn or as a combat trick. Or you can cast Hanweir Garrison, use vial to play Lightning Mauler, and attack immediately for 6 damage.
Both decks are fun to play at FNMs, but I’m not sure if they are competitive enough for larger tournaments. You can customize the deck to your liking, and can probably get away with a cheaper land base. However, I don’t believe you can make this deck without Aether Vial or Collected Company, so the deck is not going to be extremely budget-friendly.