Modern goes through phases where existing strategies are reinvigorated to keep up with trends within the metagame. An example of this is Rakdos Midrange, which is now unofficially the new Jund of Modern. It seems the disruptive strategy Ponza has gone through a similar evolution, leading to the deck most commonly called Gruul Midrange.

Previously, Gruul Midrange was commonly known as Ponza since it primarily attacked opponents' mana bases, using spells such as Molten Rain, Stone Rain, and Blood Moon to great effect. More recently, the deck has adopted a midrange approach with Blood Moon as backup, since attacking the mana base isn't enough anymore. There is some overlap between the two versions of the deck, but in general the archetype is shifting toward a broader game plan compared to before.

Since this shift, Gruul Midrange has put up results, as it offers pressure with Klothys, God of Destiny and Chandra, Torch of Defiance alongside the Blood Moon support.

Budget Gruul Midrange

Midrange decks overwhelm their opponents with high-quality cards—which are typically expensive. But the core of Gruul Midrange is remarkably affordable .

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gruul Midrange (Budget) by Emmmzyne

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Modern

Market Price: $184.26

Cards

Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Grafdigger's Cage

Market Price: $1.89

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Relic of Progenitus

Market Price: $2.77

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Utopia Sprawl

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.98

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Enchant Forest
As Utopia Sprawl enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever enchanted Forest is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional one mana of the chosen color.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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Flame Slash

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.34

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Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $8.25

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Bloodbraid Elf

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $1.70

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Haste
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.05

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.54

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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Glorybringer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.03

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Flying, haste
You may exert Glorybringer as it attacks. When you do, it deals 4 damage to target non-Dragon creature an opponent controls. (An exerted creature won't untap during your next untap step.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Fire-Lit Thicket

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $4.59

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{T}: Add {C}.
{R/G}, {T}: Add {R}{R}, {R}{G}, or {G}{G}.

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Rampaging Ferocidon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.11

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Menace
Players can't gain life.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, Rampaging Ferocidon deals 1 damage to that creature's controller.

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Boil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.37

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Destroy all Islands.

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Unravel the Aether

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.30

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Choose target artifact or enchantment. Its owner shuffles it into their library.

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Karplusan Forest

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $4.24

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}. Karplusan Forest deals 1 damage to you.

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Cinder Glade

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $1.15

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
Cinder Glade enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.87

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Rootbound Crag

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $3.91

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Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.98

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.24

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Legion Warboss

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.77

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Mentor (Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature with lesser power.)
At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token. That token gains haste until end of turn and attacks this combat if able.

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There are a couple of cards that are essential for building Ponza or Gruul Midrange. These can be pricey, but they're required to carry out your game plan.

Both Blood Moon and Utopia Sprawl are critical for the strategy to function. Blood Moon preys on the greedy mana bases that you usually see in Modern. Utopia Sprawl ramps, which enables you to cast Blood Moon or any other threat ahead of schedule—which is why Arbor Elf plays a pivotal role. All of these cards are unique in what they do, and the one-mana cost on Utopia Sprawl is incredibly relevant. There are other versions of Utopia Sprawl, but they cost two or three mana, which is too cumbersome for the strategy to operate.

As for the budget list, it's key to run a high density of Forests to ensure Utopia Sprawl and Arbor Elf can function. Cinder Glade contributes to this game plan, and you can untap the Cinder Glade with Arbor Elf if you are unable to meet the untapped criteria. There is an aggressive subtheme with Legion Warboss as a way to push through damage early on. With the potential of having three mana on turn two, Legion Warboss can snowball if left unresolved. Goblin Rabblemaster would be the better option, but it commands a higher price since it's playable in Pioneer. This is a temporary option until you can upgrade.

Semi-Optimal Gruul Midrange

Your main focus should be improving your manabase and expanding your threats.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gruul Midrange (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

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Modern

Market Price: $363.18

Cards

Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $8.25

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Cinder Glade

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $1.15

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
Cinder Glade enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.87

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Flame Slash

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.34

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Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Boil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.37

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Destroy all Islands.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.24

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Unravel the Aether

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.30

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Choose target artifact or enchantment. Its owner shuffles it into their library.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.05

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Glorybringer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.03

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Flying, haste
You may exert Glorybringer as it attacks. When you do, it deals 4 damage to target non-Dragon creature an opponent controls. (An exerted creature won't untap during your next untap step.)

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Utopia Sprawl

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.98

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Enchant Forest
As Utopia Sprawl enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever enchanted Forest is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional one mana of the chosen color.

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Windswept Heath

Market Price: $16.87

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Bloodbraid Elf

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $1.70

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Haste
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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Wooded Foothills

Market Price: $25.03

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.98

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $11.98

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Vigilance, reach, trample
Whenever Elder Gargaroth attacks or blocks, choose one —
• Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
• You gain 3 life.
• Draw a card.

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Grafdigger's Cage

Market Price: $1.89

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Relic of Progenitus

Market Price: $2.77

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $7.86

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.54

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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Rampaging Ferocidon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.11

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Menace
Players can't gain life.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, Rampaging Ferocidon deals 1 damage to that creature's controller.

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Main Deck

Sideboard

As usual, you'll want to pick up Stomping Ground and fetches to promote mana consistency. Fortunately, Wooded Foothills and Windswept Heath are among the more affordable fetches since their reprint in Khans of Tarkir, and they work well within the Gruul pairing.

Another benefit to running Gruul Midrange is the built-in graveyard hate thanks to Scavenging Ooze and Klothys, God of Destiny.

Modern decks often use the graveyard as an extension of the library, and both these cards shut down graveyards with ease. Klothys is a recent addition that doubles as a threat, since the devotion criteria is easy to achieve. Not to mention, Klothys presents a small amount of ramp which can power out Lightning Bolt, Bonecrusher Giant, or a Scavenging Ooze activation. Then, you can upgrade into bigger win conditions such as Elder Gargaroth.

Elder Gargaroth is packed with value. It's ideal against aggressive strategies as a way to stem life-loss, and even against the mirror as it offers card draw. Notably, at five mana it pairs well with Utopia Sprawl—with the right hand, you can cast Elder Gargaroth as early as turn three.

You don't want to run too many copies, as you are running a lower land count compared to other midrange archetypes, but one copy in the mainboard is enough to reap the rewards.

Optimal Gruul Midrange

To optimize Gruul Midrange, you'll want to add a couple extra fetch lands and consider picking up a couple of high-end cards.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gruul Midrange (Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Gruul Midrange (Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $621.61

Cards

Prismatic Vista

Market Price: $23.41

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Unravel the Aether

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.30

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Choose target artifact or enchantment. Its owner shuffles it into their library.

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Tranquil Thicket

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.11

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Tranquil Thicket enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
Cycling {G} ({G}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Utopia Sprawl

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.98

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Enchant Forest
As Utopia Sprawl enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever enchanted Forest is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional one mana of the chosen color.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $7.86

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.24

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Wooded Foothills

Market Price: $25.03

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $8.25

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Seasoned Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $26.41

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When Seasoned Pyromancer enters the battlefield, discard two cards, then draw two cards. For each nonland card discarded this way, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.
{3}{R}{R}, Exile Seasoned Pyromancer from your graveyard: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $11.98

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Vigilance, reach, trample
Whenever Elder Gargaroth attacks or blocks, choose one —
• Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
• You gain 3 life.
• Draw a card.

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Windswept Heath

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Bloodbraid Elf

Color Identity:G,R

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Haste
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Flame Slash

Color Identity:R

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Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Relic of Progenitus

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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Boil

Color Identity:R

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Destroy all Islands.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Wrenn and Six

Color Identity:G,R

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+1: Return up to one target land card from your graveyard to your hand.
−1: Wrenn and Six deals 1 damage to any target.
−7: You get an emblem with "Instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard have retrace." (You may cast instant and sorcery cards from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying their other costs.)

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Main Deck

*Moving 4 Pillage to the sideboard replacing 1 Unravel the Aether, 1 Grafdigger's Cage, and 2 Rampaging Ferocidon.

Since the deck runs a high number of basic lands, you can run a couple copies of Prismatic Vista to ensure you hit a Forest to avoid the downside of Blood Moon. Also, it guarantees a target for Utopia Sprawl, since you can only target Forests with the enchantment.

Modern Horizons is out of print, and singles from the set are tricky to acquire at a sensible price since demand is high. Wrenn and Six and Seasoned Pyromancer were headline mythics from the set, and they've both impacted Modern in a massive way. As a result, their prices are high. Running both of these in Gruul Midrange will provide value at all points in the game. However, for a lot of players they're just not financially attainable.

Out of the two, Seasoned Pyromancer is more beneficial to the strategy as it offers card draw and late-game interaction. As you are in Gruul, card draw is tricky to come by, and the Human Shaman solves this weakness. At worst, it can generate a couple of tokens to contribute to your board state. You can pick up two copies of Seasoned Pyromancer for the price of one Wrenn and Six, which will yield better results than running one expensive card. If you aren't looking to run Wrenn and Six, you don't need to acquire Tranquil Thicket as it's just here for its neat interaction with the planeswalker.

Often you see optimal Gruul Midrange lists run a single copy of Verdant Catacombs and Misty Rainforest to avoid Pithing Needle effects. For the sake of budget, you can comfortably run a set of Windswept Heath and Wooded Foothills instead without worrying about small margins. As long as you have green-based fetches to ensure you can grab a Forest or Stomping Ground, then the strategy will play out fine.

Optimal Gruul Midrange with Karn, the Great Creator

Utilizing Karn, the Great Creator is a sensible approach if you want to go a different way. Incorporating Karn is straightforward, but you'll want to adjust your sideboard heavily to reflect trends in the metagame.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gruul Midrange (Optimal - w/ Karn) by Emmmzyne

'Gruul Midrange (Optimal - w/ Karn)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Modern

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Cards

Ensnaring Bridge

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Creatures with power greater than the number of cards in your hand can't attack.

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Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

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Flying
Whenever Skysovereign, Consul Flagship enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker an opponent controls.
Crew 3 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 3 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Tranquil Thicket

Color Identity:G

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Tranquil Thicket enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
Cycling {G} ({G}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Liquimetal Coating

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{T}: Target permanent becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Pithing Needle

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As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Walking Ballista

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Walking Ballista enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
{4}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Walking Ballista.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Walking Ballista: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance, reach, trample
Whenever Elder Gargaroth attacks or blocks, choose one —
• Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
• You gain 3 life.
• Draw a card.

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Relic of Progenitus

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Torpor Orb

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Seasoned Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

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When Seasoned Pyromancer enters the battlefield, discard two cards, then draw two cards. For each nonland card discarded this way, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.
{3}{R}{R}, Exile Seasoned Pyromancer from your graveyard: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens.

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Bloodbraid Elf

Color Identity:G,R

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Haste
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Wurmcoil Engine

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Deathtouch, lifelink
When Wurmcoil Engine dies, create a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with deathtouch and a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with lifelink.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Windswept Heath

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Prismatic Vista

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Utopia Sprawl

Color Identity:G

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Enchant Forest
As Utopia Sprawl enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever enchanted Forest is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional one mana of the chosen color.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Boil

Color Identity:R

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Destroy all Islands.

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Karn, the Great Creator

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Activated abilities of artifacts your opponents control can't be activated.
+1: Until your next turn, up to one target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.
−2: You may reveal an artifact card you own from outside the game or choose a face-up artifact card you own in exile. Put that card into your hand.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Main Deck

Sideboard

Every time Wizards of the Coast prints a new artifact, they make Karn's -2 ability even more flexible. If you are unwilling to pick up Wrenn and Six due to price, then running Karn is a fantastic substitute. If you want to run extra Blood Moon effects, then Magus of the Moon is an excellent option that offers no downside with Karn in play.

Typically you want at least nine or 10 sideboard cards you can nab with Karn to make the most of Karn's -2 ability. The sideboard above is a decent foundation for an unknown or unsolved Modern metagame. However, you may want to run Trinisphere or Witchbane Orb if you anticipate combo-heavy strategies such as Oops All Spells or Ad Nauseam, for example. Even then, Karn refers back to the traditional Ponza theme with Liquimetal Coating. You can use the artifact to turn your opponent's land into an artifact, then use Karn's plus ability to destroy the land.

Gruul Midrange has all the charm of Ponza, with a slightly more competitive edge. Whether your particular list runs more land destruction, more aggro, or more silver bullets, you can be sure your opponent is going to be frustrated when they see a Blood Moon across the table.