[Magic Mondays] Standard, Week Six: I hate Midrange

MY co,umn about Magic: The GahteringOnly played FNM this week, so I’ll skip on the podcast (not that anyone has said anything about it one way or the other) Went 1-2 with my Dirty Red build and I’m pretty sure that I might abandon it. Like I love playing it, but in my meta everyone is playing midrange decks with 8 or more life gain in their curve…there’s just no way for me to overcome that. In what is likely my Johnny streak flaring up, I don’t want to play any of the midrange archetypes currently in power–I want to come up with a solution, not stagnate the format. So I’m brewing something and seeing how it goes. I’m thinking RBW, but I’m not 100% on the game plan. I feel like Aggro control is the way to victory, but not sure what the threat would be. Stromkirk Noble is the likely go to but a deck centered on white with humans as the core might do well also. Then again, Geralf’s Messenger is another potential pick. I will continue to brew and see how things come out.

So then, the brew:

4 Blood Crypt
4 Clifftop Retreat
4 Isolated Chapel
5 Plains
2 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
4 Kruin Striker
3 Silverblade Paladin
4 Sublime Archangel
4 Faithless Looting
4 Cavern of Souls
1 Swamp
1 Mountain
3 Knight of Glory
2 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
2 Duress
2 Appetite for Brains
2 Divine Reckoning
3 Knight of Infamy
4 Krenko’s Command
2 Krenko, Mob Boss

The plan is getting there on the back of Kruin Striker and lots of token generation. If I have to board in the sweepers, Sorin can recover quickly and even take control of the game. Using Divine Reckoning instead of Terminus means that I can keep out two creatures if I have the Aristocrat out and I can turn the game in my favor. Toying with some control effects and other ETB guys. Resto Angel is (as always) a real possibility. Feel free to post your own ideas in the comments below. ‘Til next time!




About Trevor Gulley

Trevor Gulley is a writer, cartoonist, and gamer. He works full time in the IT industry and judges Magic most weekends.

Posted on 11/12/2012, in Gaming, Magic Mondays and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m not even focusing on damage any more. I’m brewing a UW life mill control deck because I think putting cards like Thragtusk in the graveyard are better than trying to fight against it. Keep your life up, stall with counters and the like, then mill them with Mind Sculpt, Thought Scour, and other cards.

    • Aggro’s in my bones though, I gotta smash!

      Really, I just want to build a deck that uses Gisela (which is funny since the current iteration of this deck doesn’t even have her included)

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