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Streets of New Capenna Constructed Set Review and Decklists: Cabaretti (Naya)

Streets of New Capenna Constructed Set Reviews
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Hello everyone! With the full spoiler for Streets of New Capenna live, we can finally get into breaking down the cards with constructed applications! For this set, I’m going to be splitting this into 11 articles, 5 for monocolored, one for each 3 color sect, then one for colorless and the stray multicolors. Since I did individual card reviews already, rather than repeat myself, I’ll link the article, but still give the verdict and decklist if that’s what you’re more interested in. For this, I’m going to cover every Mythic, every Rare, and then choice uncommons and commons that have potential. Let’s get into it!

As always, here’s the scale I’ll be using to label the new cards that potentially have constructed applications.

  • 0/5 – Unplayable in every sense.
  • 1/5 – Extremely niche play or very unlikely to see play.
  • 2/5 – Niche to no play, maybe playable in certain conditions.
  • 3/5 – Reasonable playable. Not format breaking, but has the power level to see play in some strategy (or strategies).
  • 4/5 – Very strong card, but not the best the format has to offer. Has the power level to see a lot of play.
  • 5/5 – The very top of the format. This card will create a huge impact going forward on the format.

Jetmir, Nexus of Revels

So for starters, a 4 mana 5/4 with a pseudo ETB ability is a pretty nice stat line for a creature. Then if you have 3 or more creatures, every creature you control gets +1/+0 and Vigilance, you manage six you get another +1/+0 and Trample, and if you manage nine then you get one more +1/+0 and Double Strike. This is a pretty reasonable lord and only asks that you go wide which is pretty reasonable in a Naya deck. Overall I don’t love 4 drops that need other pieces to get full effect, but a 4 mana 5/4 still isn’t embarrassing if that’s all you have.

Naya Tokens
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $246.23
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
4 mythic
45 rare
10 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (11)
4
Gala Greeters
$1.96
Instants (6)
2
Kabira Takedown
$0.70
4
Cabaretti Charm
$1.00
Sorceries (5)
4
Join the Dance
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (11)
Lands (23)
1
Plains
$0.25
1
Rockfall Vale
$1.49
3
Sundown Pass
$23.97
60 Cards
$349.56

Rating: 3/5


Jinnie Fay, Jetmir’s Second

Jinnie Fay is a very neat card that does the token replacement plan somewhat well. Most cards that change what type of token pops out are generally super clunky enchantments, but putting it on a 3/3 and adding options is certainly nice.

That said, I feel that playing a card that isn’t exactly a token lord is definitely awkward when you can play Anthems that will accomplish a somewhat similar goal instead that are less fragile. Jinnie seems fine, but not too exciting for me.

Rating: 2.5/5


Cabaretti Ascendancy

So a Phyrexian Arena that only draws a card AT MOST half the time? Not feeling it.

Rating: 2/5


Fleetfoot Dancer

Well well well, if it isn’t Siege Rhino… Kind of. This is a good body, a lot of keywords, and an absolute beating in every matchup. This is going to have extremely stiff competition at the 4 drop slot so I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t see much play, but the power level is certainly there.

I’m pulling for the Dancer though as this card is excellent and it’s going to be insane once powerful 4 drops like Esika's Chariot and Showdown of the Skalds rotate. That said, I think a Naya Midrange deck would be happy to have it.

Naya Ramp
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Buy on TCGplayer $340.25
Standard
Ramp
best of 1
12 mythic
40 rare
7 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (6)
Creatures (19)
3
Lotus Cobra
$8.97
4
Brutal Cathar
$27.96
Sorceries (4)
2
Emeria’s Call
$15.98
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (6)
Lands (21)
1
Plains
$0.25
2
Sundown Pass
$15.98
60 Cards
$492.84

Rating: 3.5-4/5


Incandescent Aria

This is worse than Deafening Clarion, but you know what, Clarion was pretty busted. While missing tokens can be really frustrating, this is the most effective cheap wrath in Standard now and can be a super sick board card in the Naya tokens deck.

Rating: 3.5/5


Cabaretti Charm

I hate to say it, but not only is this definitely the worst charm, but it’s pretty underwhelming overall. 3 mana for a Kabira Takedown, a slightly better Charge, and a Raise the Alarm is really not that exciting. All are 2 mana spells where all the other charms have a mode that either is or feels like a 3 mana card which makes them so valuable. This will still play in the Tokens shell, but even then it’s not too exciting.

Rating: 2.5/5


Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer

This card is such a tease. Chord of Calling is one of my favorite cards ever and while this looks similar, not having Convoke is absolutely brutal. You do get a 3/1 out of the deal instead so it’s not all downside, but this is still appreciably worse. Even still, this may be just good enough to see play as Chord is a pretty strong ability.

Rating: 2-2.5/5


Brazen Upstart

A 3 mana 4/2 with vigilance that will draw a solid card on death? That’s somewhat enticing. I’m not positive what deck this would fit into, but the base rate is definitely reasonable. The 3 drop slot is so clogged that this likely won’t see play, but it seemed good enough to at least mention.

Rating: 1.5/5


CONCLUSION

Naya is interesting as, unlike the other shards, it seems much more focused in it’s theme. My issue is that I’m not sure if it’s theme is strong enough to be viable in Constructed which puts it in really tenuous position. However, the card strength is there so I like the odds.

Thank you for reading!

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Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on
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