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.

Sideboard Guide:

Vs. W/U Aggro

Vs. Esper Control

Vs. U/G Nexus of Fate

Vs. Sultai Midrange

Vs. Mono-Blue

Vs. Red

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,

Corey Baumeister