Rivals of Ixalan Brews, pt. 6 – Midrange Vampires

What did we have before Rivals?

[draft]Gifted Aetherborn
Metallic Mimic
Yahenni, Undying Partisan
Inspiring Cleric
Legion Conquistador
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
Sanctum Seeker
Vona, Butcher of Magan
Legion’s Landing[/draft]

Yes, there are other good ones as well, like we saw during the Pro Tour in a monowhite aggressive deck, but we are going for a more midrangish version here, albeit with some synergies.

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Rivals of Ixalan Brews, pt. 3 – Big Red

Big Red has always been one of my favorite archetypes. Ben Stark already showed us that it’s possible, but now we have new tools. The two that feels the best are [card]Etali, Primal Storm[/card] and [card]Dire Fleet Daredevil[/card]. There’s also, possibly, [card]Rekindling Phoenix[/card], if the metagame is right.

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Rivals of Ixalan Brews, pt. 1 – BU Pirates

I’ve sort of being looking forward to this, but there’s a problem. There just isn’t anything that would make a pirates deck better. I mean, there’s a couple of really strong Pirates. I like [card]Warsail Marauder[/card] and [card]Dire Fleet Daredevil[/card], but they both have problems. The Marauder’s ability just doesn’t do much, if all creatures you control already have evasion, and Daredevil is of the wrong color.

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Last Hurrah for the HOU Standard

This still current (for less than two weeks) Standard has been fun. Granted, I haven’t been able to do the usual attacking the meta from a different angle -thing that usually works for me the best, but the range of playable decks has been awesome and even though I don’t really like playing against decks like those revolving around [card]Approach of the Second Sun[/card], those feel like an important piece of the puzzle as they do keep certain decks from becoming prevalent.

Since this past Friday was the last opportunity for me to play a tournament, I made certain I would be able to participate in the FNM.

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