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How to Draft Sultai Sagas Stew in Neon Dynasty Limited

The Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Limited format is off to an insanely hot start and is getting positive reviews from almost everyone I’ve seen. Personally, I’m loving the format, and I want to share what’s been working for me with you in this article. Here it is in one word: Sagas. Boom… article finished. 

In all seriousness, I wish it were more complex than that, but if you haven’t gotten the memo yet, most of the Sagas in NEO are insanely powerful. Pick them more highly, cast them and profit. I’ll do my best to outline why the Sagas are so good and how to maximize them in this article. Before we get into all of that though, here is my current approach to the format in order of preference:

  1. Try to be a green-based deck with a lot of Sagas and enchantment synergies.
  2. If green isn’t open, try to be as aggressive and synergistic as possible. In my mind the two best ways to do that are Dimir Ninjas and super low-curve red decks with artifact synergies.

A word of warning when trying to draft the green-based Sagas decks that I’m advocating for here: you have to get multiple copies of the good Sagas for the deck to be great. If you don’t, you’ll just lose to the other green decks playing more copies of the good Sagas. Essentially, if you aren’t going over the top with powerful Sagas, you are better off trying to get underneath the people with the good Sagas. 

This feels very much like a DBM (Don’t Be Midrange) format to me, and honestly, the format is fairly hostile to aggro right now as well thanks to the Sagas being too underdrafted. As more folks start to pick the Sagas more appropriately, I expect the format to open up as far as which strategies are able to compete at the Tier 1 level. When one person doesn’t have four, five or more premium Sagas, the aggro decks will be able to close out the game more reliably. But I digress… let’s dive into how to draft the busted Sultai Saga decks while they are still open!

 

 

 

Header - The Sagas

Boseiju Reaches Skyward // Branch of BoseijuLife of Toshiro Umezawa // Memory of ToshiroBehold the Unspeakable // Vision of the UnspeakableMichiko's Reign of Truth // Portrait of Michiko

These are the Tier 1 Sagas, and all of them are strong pulls into their color. Boseiju Reaches Skyward, in particular, has been a near A-level bomb in almost every deck I’ve had it in. In my mind, here is why the Sagas are so powerful:

  • Most of them are significantly undercosted for the effects and body that they provide.
  • There are multiple ways in the format to recur them for even more absurd value than they already provide.
  • Many people still have not adjusted to the huge swings in tempo they create two turns down the road.
  • They are intrinsically synergistic in the format because they are enchantments, and there are many cards that care about you having or casting enchantments.

As for Sagas being undercosted, let’s take a look at Boseiju Reaches Skyward as an example. For four mana invested, you get a minimum of a 6/6 reach that guarantees you hitting your next two land drops. All for the low price of four mana. I repeat… four mana. That rate is absurdly good. Yes, it’s on a two-turn delay for the body, but the reach creature stabilizes so well that you are more than willing to wait two turns for the full effect of the card.

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