Hello and welcome to another addition of Droppin' Baums! This week we are trying something new: Golgari Midrange! I know what you are thinking, Golgari Midrange, new? Have you been living under a rock, Corey? This Golgari deck is much different than your average Wildgrowth Walker plus explore package. This Golgari deck focuses on the powers of your graveyard, along with the resiliency of Molderhulk. This deck is a fine-tuned engine that punishes decks that try to answer your threats on a one-for-one basis. The inevitability that Memorial to Folly and Molderhulk gives you, really shuts down some of the most popular strategies in Standard right now.

What really made me interested in this version of Golgari compared to the normal version is the full four copies of Midnight Reaper. I think Midnight Reaper is at such a great place in the metagame right now. Lava Coil is one of the cards that has seen a huge decline in your average Steam Vents deck, which is public enemy number one with Midnight Reaper. This Standard may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you have to stop adjusting to a predicted metagame. It's good practice for when you need to adjust to a metagame for your first GP or Mythic Championship.

Sideboard Guide

Izzet Drakes

+1 Cast Down
+2 Vraska's Contempt
+1 The Eldest Reborn
+1 Assassin's Trophy

-1 Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
-1 Golgari Findbroker
-1 The Immortal Sun
-1 Vraska, Golgari Queen
-1 Stitcher's Supplier

This matchup you take out a lot of your "toolbox" cards in exchange for more ways to deal with Niv-Mizzet. We want to turn into an answer deck instead of a deck making opponents answer us.

White Aggro

+1 Golden Demise
+1 Ritual of Soot
+2 Kraul Foragers
+1 Golgari Findbroker
+1 Reclamation Sage
+2 Thrashing Brontodon

-2 Kraul Harpooner
-2 Deathgorger Scavenger
-2 Midnight Reaper
-1 Golgari Raiders
-1 The Immortal Sun

This is one of the more difficult matchups. They just spread the board so fast. We really need to find one of our board sweepers to be able to win a game with ease.

Golgari

+1 Carnage Tyrant
+1 Golgari Findbroker
+1 Assassin's Trophy
+1 The Eldest Reborn
+2 Vraska's Contempt

-2 Deathgorge Scavenger
-1 Kraul Foragers
-1 Golgari Raiders
-2 Kraul Harpooner

This is the reason to play the deck. We absolutely crush the "mirror." Molderhulks line up with Carnage Tyrants, the only real thing we have to do is to make sure we keep Vivien Reid off the battlefield.

Jeskai Control

+2 Vraska's Contempt
+1 The Eldest Reborn
+1 Carnage Tyrant

-1 Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
-1 Kraul Foragers
-2 Necrotic Wound

This is a tough one. We don't have Carnage Tyrant as the hard to deal with threat. Multiple Midnight Reapers really do help, but you do have to rely on them a lot.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you next week! Hope you had a great New Years!

See you next week,

Corey Baumeister