Solving Standard is back! For now, at least – the new format with Guilds of Ravnica seems incredibly fun, and brewing in new formats is something I love about Magic. Today, though, I'm going to yield the floor to Riley Knight, who shared this incredible Muldrotha, the Gravetide list earlier this week. After playing the deck quite a bit, I can say it most definitely lives up to its billing as an incredibly fun way to attack the new format.
Riley really went in-depth with his explanation of the deck – make sure you check it out. After playing the deck, I can say that it probably has a few too many "cute" inclusions. If you untap with Muldrotha, you're almost always going to be able to get insane value, so something like Orazca Relic is probably being a little too greedy.
What I do like, though, is Dead Weight. Aggro decks are running absolutely rampant over the format right now, and Dead Weight is the perfect answer. It helps that it's one of the easiest cards to cast immediately after putting Muldrotha into play, which makes for some big turns that can get value from the 6/6 even if your opponent can remove it.
The same probably goes for The Mending of Dominaria. It's a sweet card, but it has some anti-synergy with Muldrotha and is really slow for what it provides – I'd almost always rather cast The Eldest Reborn, which might just be my favorite card in Standard.
I do think this deck is very close to being good enough to compete at the top of the format. With a few more Dead Weight, the aggro matchup should be reasonable – we have plenty of removal packed into the deck already – and it Muldrotha is just one of several value engines to grind out games against other decks.
We're super early in the new format right now – I mean, we haven't even had a single high-level event – but now is the perfect time to brew with cards like Muldrotha, and you can be sure that's exactly what I'll be doing for the next several weeks. Let me know if there's any new Standard decks you want to see, and I'll do my best to make it a reality!
Thanks for reading,