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The Rakdos Midrange Core in Dominaria United MTG Standard

The release of Dominaria United is right around the corner, and with it comes a major Standard rotation. In analyzing the new format, my mind is swirling with what’s leaving, what’s staying and crucially, what’s being added from the new set. Combining all of these, a picture begins to form that Rakdos midrange decks are sure to have a lot of powerful weapons. Since it also happens to be one of my favorite archetypes, I can’t wait to sketch out a few options!

 

 

Header - What's Staying?

On a foundational level, we can be confident that R/B/x Midrange will work because of what’s staying. In other words, there are tried and true cards that are surviving rotation.

Bloodtithe HarvesterFable of the Mirror-Breaker // Reflection of Kiki-Jiki

Most competitive players would tell you that Fable of the Mirror-Breaker is the best card currently legal in Standard. Fable survives rotation and, quite honestly, any red deck with four Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and a reasonable core of supporting cards will probably perform very well on day one of new Standard.

Bloodtithe Harvester isn’t quite as flashy, but it’s a solid two-drop that curves well into Fable, and makes a great pairing with Reflection of Kiki-Jiki. As we’ll see, Harvester also pairs well with some of the new options from Dominaria United.

All of the deck lists today will begin with four each of Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Bloodtithe Harvester.

Xander's LoungeZiatora's Proving Ground

Another reason I’m confident that the R/B color combination will thrive is that it’s included in both the Maestros and the Riveteers. These three-color combinations are featured and well-supported in Streets of New Capenna. While New Capenna was already an impactful set, it will have an even larger footprint in the smaller, post-rotation card pool. 

Mana bases will be a bit worse after rotation, since we’re losing key lands like Pathways. So starting off with a triland as strong as Xander’s Lounge or Ziatora’s Proving Ground is quite desirable. 

 

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