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Fish Five-0: Grixis Midrange (Standard, Magic Arena)


Well, #MTGWAR has arrived and it's quite the power bump! What decks have benefited so far? Grixis Midrange has!

The amount of bomby threats this deck has now backed behind all of its already powerful cards is absurd. With how much Esper has been running around in the meta, this is a fine deck to eat Esper with. We have so many ways to disrupt their hand and even though they can counter our spells,  we just keep jamming threats that it feels like an epic battle from an anime where we're trading punches.

We have new powerhouse. Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God which has been absurdly efficient when hitting the board because at the very least, he blows up a problematic creature or planeswalker with his -3!

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Outside of that, he's able to copy any ability of a planeswalker on the board! This is absolutely bonkers! If you ever get to live the dream of flipping Nicol Bolas, the Ravager this card gets even more ridiculous. We've also got the +1 that has been tearing away an opponent's hand and board which will become a problem after a certain point but the best thing is how it's able to draw us cards!

We also have Bolas' counterpart in Ugin, the Ineffable which comes down and starts churning out multiple 2/2 spirits that also nets you card advantage after all the decks of the format are forced to remove them. Not only that, but Ugin also blows up any permanent that is one or more colors so we finally have answers to problematic enchantments! 

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The other card that is not so silently hitting the meta is Narset, Parter of Veils

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This card's static ability makes it so opponents can only draw one card each turn! This slows down Nexus of Fate decks a lot while also eating Teferi, Hero of Dominaria's +1 ability. But wait! There's more! It even grabs you a noncreature card! This card is just oozing with value and efficiency.

Conclusion

There are some updates I'd like to make after seeing how the deck performed over the SCG weekend but this is definitely a solid starting point! Grixis Midrange feels like it's finally got enough power to fight the format before us so all Grixis mages rejoice as the time is now! Bolas tribal is a blast to play and efficient. I also can't help but feel like Angrath's Rampage should be played in higher numbers. I'm also pretty sure Grixis without a ton of counterspells is a lot better as this deck will be a lot more like a tap out control deck.

See you at the next one!

-TheAsianAvenger


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