Hello and welcome to another addition of Droppin' Baums. This week I am going to be shifting gears and trying a classic hit with some new spicy tech. Blue-Black Midrange was one of the most dominant decks in Standard pre-Dominaria. The deck got worse in a few ways but it also got better in other ways. It's worse against Goblin Chainwhirler, which kills Glint-Sleeve Siphoner. Before, Glint-Sleeve Siphoner wasn't great in the matchup but it was still able to do some blocking and maybe get an extra card or two. Now that is not the case, the card has become a liability in the matchup, along with Champion of Wits. You wouldn't think that one small interaction like that would cause such a problem in the matchup, but it does. Mono-Red Aggro use to be a close but favorable matchup without Goblin Chainwhirler, but that is no longer the case.
On the other hand, the deck got better because of the overwhelming amount of White-Blue Control/Historic – this deck destroys white-blue. Sultai is just able to out grind games better than any other deck, which is what attracted me to this deck. If you can handle destroying the grindy matchups while sacrificing percentage points against Red, then dust off your The Scarab God and let's make reanimating creatures great again. Let's get to the deck!
One huge addition is the very powerful six-drops, Vraska, Relic Seeker and Muldrotha, the Gravetide. Vraska, Relic Seeker is a card that only had its 15 minutes of fame in Standard – it was around that time that was all Temur Energy mirrors. The card was so good at creating a very difficult-to-kill and high-loyalty planeswalker that could actually block attacking creatures like the shackled Rogue Refiner. The powerful planeswalker went back into the darkness when Vraska's Contempts were running rampant. With the decline of the powerful removal spell and the increase in enchantment removal, I believe that Vraska, Relic Seeker is back!
As far as Muldrotha goes, the card adds a very powerful effect of inevitability. In being able to activate the -3 ability of Liliana's, Death's Majesty, getting back Muldrotha, AND being able to play a powerful creature or planeswalker is big game. One thing I learned from the games is The Scarab God is a card that has gotten weaker mainly because of all the exile effects out there. You must make a deck that gets creatures into its own graveyard to make The Scarab God consistently powerful. This deck does that.
These matchups are the reason to play this deck. It is a fantastic matchup. You simply have so many cheap threats that they have to care about along with being able to mess with their plans with Duress. You leave in all your Vraska's Contempts just to make sure they don't run away with the game with Lyra Dawnbringer. You have the chance to win before it ever feels like a game with Glint-Sleeve Siphoner or buckle up for a long game where you grind out all their threats and win with Champion of Wits and Muldrotha, the Gravetide.
Like I said earlier, this matchup is very tough. You have to get a mixture of early removal along with on time big threats. Not always an easy combination.
This matchup is very good. You have a lot of efficient removal spells to stop them from snowballing threats; Fatal Push is at its best in this situation and matchup. You also have the joy of all your expensive spells being excellent.
This is a tricky matchup when it comes to sideboarding. They can go in so many different directions that you must be flexible. This is the configuration I would start with, but if they try to side out some combo pieces I would keep in more removal instead of the Duress.
This is a matchup where The Scarab God is amazing. Whenever you have a matchup where the card is good, you always just want to kill as many creatures as possible, drop the powerful God and win the game. A lot of lists are shaving on Struggle // Survive, so this matchup is a favorable one.
I hope you all enjoyed casting Muldrotha, the Gravetide as much as I did. As always leave your comments or concerns about the deck below, and keep Droppin' those Baums! I'll see you all next week, my friends!
- Corey Baumeister