May 14, 2015

Draconic Mardu Midrange

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Today's deck is one of the breakout decks from Grand Prix Toronto. Mardu Midrange was pretty popular during Khans of Tarkir Standard but has fallen off the radar since Fate Reforged. Now that it received some sweet new tools from Dragons of Tarkir, it's back and better than ever. Quite a few pro players played this deck at GP Toronto, including Hall of Famer Ben Stark and finalist Edgar Magalhaes.

There are a few things that make this deck shine. The first is the suite of removal spells it has access to, including the spells with the "reveal or control a Dragon" ability (nicknamed Dragon-Have in R&D) Draconic Roar and Foul-Tongue Invocation. This deck plays plenty of Dragons and it's very probable that you'll gain value from them. Crackling Doom is the next big contender. In a format full of hexproof dragons, Crackling Doom does a pretty good job of removing them from the battlefield.

Next up we have Dragons, lots and lots of Dragons. The set is called Dragons of Tarkir for a reason. The funny thing is most of the Dragons aren't even from the dragon-named set. Stormbreath Dragon is probably the most important Dragon in the deck due to its haste and protection from white ability. This guy is good at swinging past Dragonlord Ojutai and can block a monstrous Fleecemane Lion all day. Activate his monstrous ability and he can even swing past Silumgar, the Drifting Death. Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury is another Dragon that has been in Standard for a while and hasn't really gotten much love. It really shines in this deck as another hasty Dragon and gets better the more Dragons you have in play.

Another great boost for this deck was Haven of the Spirit Dragon. I played a lot of Mardu Midrange back during Khans of Tarkir Standard and, with twenty-five lands in the deck, drawing too many lands was a common occurrence. Haven of the Spirit Dragon is a great utility land that can help you cast spells in the early game and get your hasty Dragons back in the late game. Most players can't deal with one Stormbreath Dragon, let alone two.

This deck is packed with power, and I'm not surprised it performed as well as it did.

Edgar Magalhaes’s Mardu Dragons



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