Sultai Midrange by bolov0 on MtGO

Creatures (19)
4 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
3 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Noxious Gearhulk
4 Rogue Refiner
2 The Scarab God

Non-Creature Spells (16)
2 Confiscation Coup
2 Never // Return
3 Censor
1 Essence Scatter
3 Fatal Push
2 Hour of Glory
2 Supreme Will
1 Aethersphere Harvester

Lands (25)
4 Aether Hub
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Drowned Catacomb
2 Fetid Pools
3 Island
4 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Essence Scatter
1 Never // Return
1 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
2 Doomfall
3 Essence Extraction
3 Negate
1 Nissa, Steward of Elements
2 Shielded Aether Thief
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

Summary

Ixalan Standard is finally upon us! Hour of Devastation Standard was a good time, but many, including myself, are excited to see what Ixalan brings to the table. While real life Standard events don’t take place until the set’s launch next weekend, we still get a full week of MtGO decklists to satisfy our hunger. Unfortunately, none of the MtGO decks so far have reinvented the wheel, but we can still take a look at what Ixalan Standard might shape up like. The deck we’re featuring is Sultai Midrange, which aims to use the most value-driven cards in the format to gain an advantage over all opponents.

Arguably the most important part of this deck is its low cost creatures that let it compete against aggro decks and gain early edges against slower decks. Gifted Aetherborn presents a big problem for aggressive decks that can’t push past it, always trading with at least 1 creature in combat and gaining valuable life. Glint-Sleeve Siphoner, on the other hand, demands some help to reach its full potential, but it has the potential to bury opponents in card advantage, gaining an extra card at the beginning of each upkeep for little cost.

Further up the curve, this deck uses Rogue Refiner and Gonti, Lord of Luxury as bridges to the late game. Rogue Refiner does enough powerful things whenever it’s played that it’s an auto-include for strategies like this. It replaces itself, adds energy for cards like Glint-Sleeve Siphoner, and frequently trades with opposing creatures. Gonti has also proven its worth since it was printed, trading evenly with big creatures in combat and casting a powerful spell in the late game when time is afforded to it.

At the top end, this deck plays The Scarab God and Noxious Gearhulk. The Scarab God became a very popular option for midrange and control decks at the end of the last Standard format, and it looks like an equally appealing option in Ixalan Standard. The longer the game goes, the more powerful The Scarab God gets, reanimating creatures over and over until the opponent gets drowned in 4/4’s. Noxious Gearhulk has been used as an attractive The Scarab God reanimation target for some time. Because of this, it’s an excellent fit in this deck, which wants to constantly trade resources and get to the late game.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Essence Scatter

-2 Supreme Will

+3 Walk the Plank

Sideboard

-1 Essence Scatter

+1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

This is day 266 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 265 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that looks to take advantage of its graveyard more than any other midrange deck.

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