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Historic 101: Does Fair Magic Still Work?

We're going to make Richard proud this week by trying to play good ol value creatures and playing some good ol' one for one spells

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The year was 2010 and paper boomers around the world were all about playing value creatures and card advantage was king. So much so that people would concede to cards like Sphinx's Revelation resolving and Tarmogoyf was considered a threat (sorry Richard). We're going to go back to that play style of just grinding our opponents out of cards in a world of Hydroid Krasis. We're also ignoring Simic based strategies with cards like Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath because we believe in playing one land a turn. 

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We've got cards like Chevill, Bane of Monsters because I can't stop forcing this card and because it has such a classic Jund feel where we get value out of killing creatures! It also comes in as a 1/3 meaning we can't get Shocked! We've also got a recursive threat in Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger to eat at the opponent's hand. Scavenging Ooze will probably be one of our best creatures as Historic is moving towards a graveyard synergistic format. Mostly, we just don't want to see Uro get casted on us. 

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We've also got planeswalker that help slowly generate value every turn that don't double mana like Nissa, Who Shakes the World! Liliana, Waker of the Dead is kind of our attempt at Liliana of the Veil. While she's eating up both player's hands, we've got Chandras accruing more cards and helping us get to the meat of our deck! Don't worry, we've got other walkers to help us but these walkers just fit the vibe of Fair Magic we love!

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And of course our spells were considered haymakers in their day and though some would say Thoughtseize got bad as the years progressed, I'm still a believer! Its definitely one of the best disruption spells for it's cost. Being able to dismember opponent's gameplan early or pick off a Muxus, Goblin Grandee can determine the outcome of our match. We're also jamming Maelstrom Pulse because its easily one of the best answers in Golgari colors. Being able to pick off multiple things with the same name is just the cherry on top. The ability to blow up any nonland permanent is huge and versatile. Definitely makes the sorcery speed acceptable!


I won't lie, playing this deck was some of the most fun I've had. Maybe for nostalgic reasons but seeing this deck hit the five win mark has me proud and well aware of how lucky we got against Goblins. However, a few cards that felt like the truth was Kaervek, the Spiteful. That card just plays so well with numerous threats. Being able to weaken the opponent's creatures so that cards like Chandra, Heart of Fire could ping them down was truly a "chef's kiss" moment! Its also perfect against the Sacrifice Decks as the card instantly consumes all of their mana dorks and Blood Artist.  Scavenging Ooze is a must for any deck that plans to have a shot at winning games in Historic as it feels good in every matchup. I also really enjoyed Radha, Heart of Keld as she got us out of mana pockets and towards our gas. Shes also an aggressive Courser of Kruphix which was definitely key in closing some games. 

I don't necessarily recommend this deck if you're looking for the best Midrange deck as that has to be Sultai Midrange but if you're a fan of this play style, the deck is definitely for you. This five win run goes out to Richard. Anyways, go out there and play Magic like 2010 if you're into this playstyle!

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