Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Sultai Midrange by Gabriel Nassif

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

Created By: Gabriel Nassif

Event: Zendikar Rising Championship

Rank: 5th-8th

Historic

Market Price: $441.26

Cards

Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.14

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's mana value.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $7.98

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.98

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.63

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with mana value of the chosen quality. (Zero is even.)

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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $11.17

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({T}: Add {B}, {G}, or {U}.)
Zagoth Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.21

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $10.94

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When Uro enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Uro enters the battlefield or attacks, you gain 3 life and draw a card, then you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
Escape—{G}{G}{U}{U}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Cry of the Carnarium

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Exile all creature cards in all graveyards that were put there from the battlefield this turn. If a creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $4.86

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Whenever you tap a Forest for mana, add an additional {G}.
+1: Put three +1/+1 counters on up to one target noncreature land you control. Untap it. It becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with vigilance and haste that's still a land.
−8: You get an emblem with "Lands you control have indestructible." Search your library for any number of Forest cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Hydroid Krasis

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $9.30

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When you cast this spell, you gain half X life and draw half X cards. Round down each time.
Flying, trample
Hydroid Krasis enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $12.98

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

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Essence Scatter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.02

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Counter target creature spell.

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Maelstrom Pulse

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.53

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Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.71

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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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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Grafdigger's Cage

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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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Growth Spiral

Color Identity:G,U

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Draw a card. You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

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

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.25

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.20

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Fetid Pools

Color Identity:B,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Fetid Pools enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.58

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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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Vs. Sultai (The Mirror)

+3 Narset, Parter of Veils
+1 Eliminate
+3 Shark Typhoon
+3 Negate
+1 Aether Gust

-3 Fatal Push
-1 Essence Scatter
-2 Extinction Event
-2 Maelstrom Pulse
-2 Cry of the Carnarium
-1 Disdainful Stroke

This is a challenging matchup to sideboard for. It's clear that you want to cut your mass removal, but there are a ton of sideboard cards you can bring in. This leads to cutting cards like Disdainful Stroke, Fatal Push, or you can even trim a Hydroid Krasis depending on the Sultai list the opponent is playing.

The last couple cuts are the toughest, but post-sideboard you want to be on the plan of leaving up mana on the opponent's turn so you can cast countermagic or Shark Typhoon.

Vs. Rakdos Sacrifice

+1 Cry of the Carnarium
+1 Grafdigger's Cage
+1 Aether Gust
+1 Elder Gargaroth
+1 Scavenging Ooze
+1 Negate

-1 Disdainful Stroke
-1 Shark Typhoon
-1 Hydroid Krasis
-3 Thoughtseize

Negate may seem like a weird inclusion here, but countering an opposing removal spell that tries to kill your creature or Nissa, Who Shakes the World can be a big deal. The number of copies of Negate you want can fluctuate. I generally side in the third Aether Gust, but it depends how many red cards the opponent has.

The plan against Jund Sacrifice is similar to this one, but there are many versions of Sacrifice, so there is no plan that I use every time for these matchups.

Vs. Goblins

+1 Cry of the Carnarium
+1 Aether Gust
+1 Eliminate
+1 Elder Gargaroth
+1 Grafdigger's Cage

-1 Shark Typhoon
-3 Hydroid Krasis
-1 Extinction Event

I am always a bit unsure about whether or not to bring in the Grafdigger's Cage here. It can be great, but the fact that it shuts down your own copies of Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is a big deal. As of now my teammates have convinced me to have it, but I could take it out of the sideboard plan and feel fine too. Extinction Event is much worse than Cry of the Carnarium here.

Vs. Azorius Auras

+1 Cry of the Carnarium
+3 Narset, Parter of Veils
+1 Elder Gargaroth
+1 Eliminate

-1 Shark Typhoon
-1 Disdainful Stroke
-2 Aether Gust
-2 Hydroid Krasis

I like having Narset, Parter of Veils in this matchup to both stop their card draw, and also find your key removal spells.

Vs. Azorius Control

+3 Narset, Parter of Veils
+1 Eliminate
+3 Shark Typhoon
+3 Negate

-3 Fatal Push
-2 Extinction Event
-2 Cry of the Carnarium
-2 Aether Gust
-1 Essence Scatter

If they have Search for Azcanta or Torrential Gearhulk you can consider bringing in Scavenging Ooze. This matchup is bad game one but favorable after sideboard, once you get to take out all your useless removal.

Vs. Colorless Ramp

+3 Narset, Parter of Veils
+3 Negate
+3 Shark Typhoon

-2 Cry of the Carnarium
-3 Fatal Push
-2 Aether Gust
-2 Extinction Event

This matchup isn't nearly as bad as people think it is. Game one is tough, but similar to many other matchups, I you are favored in games two and three.