Hello and welcome to another edition of Droppin' Baums! This week we are taking another look into a strategy that hasn't quite made it into the tier 1 world. Grixis Midrange does not lack the powerful cards to make a deck great. Not by a long shot. What Grixis Midrange does lack, is synergy. Grixis Midrange really reminds me of Brad Nelson's Grand Prix New Jersey's 2nd place deck, W/R Angels. It's just a giant pile of mythic rares dropped into one place and told to play nice together. Play nice is one thing these cards don't do! A "smooth" draw with this deck was any draw that let me cast my spells on time. When my cards were on time, so was my opponent's concession hand. Whenever I missed a land drop, I struggled.
Grixis Midrange takes advantage of the most powerful cards in Standard right now: Hostage Taker, Thief of Sanity, Rekindling Phoenix and Niv-Mizzet, Parun. Shove some Curious Obsessions in there and you really have all the Standard all-stars in one place. The one problem I find with this deck is the number of dead cards it has game one against Nexus/Reclamation decks and Esper Control. You lose a lot of equity in a Standard tournament with those problems.
On the flip side of the coin, if you play against creature strategies you have a dominating game one. If you nail an aggressive metagame on the head, you are going to have an easy tournament! Let's check out this list by sokos13.
Thank you so much for reading everyone! This weekend I am heading to MagicFest Tampa to give this crazy format called Modern a try. Wish me luck, I am going to need it!
See you next week,