Standard Rakdos Midrange by Sapoa
Last Sunday, Sapoa won the Standard MTGO Challenge, defeating three Gruul decks in the Top 8 with a unique version of Standard Rakdos Midrange.
The deck is playing a high number of removal spells and uses Bloodthirsty Adversary as a Goblin Dark-Dwellers to gain extra value from them.
You also have Kalain, Reclusive Painter, which acts as a Prosperous Innkeeper-like ramp spell for a turn three Immersturm Predator or turn four Goldspan Dragon, which will itself work very well with Kalain’s ability to pump your other creatures.
The three drop slot is filled by two Werewolves: Graveyard Trespasser and Reckless Stormseeker. I’ve been very impressed with Graveyard Trespasser; it’s a Scavenging Ooze that’s hard to one-for-one kill with a removal spell that can turn into a seriously large threat. I’m a bit less excited about Reckless Stormseeker in this deck, since you’re not that aggressive and the card just dies to removal too easily without any value left over.
A card that overperformed from the sideboard was You Find Some Prisoners, which I promoted to the main deck since Esika’s Chariot is so dominant and since I felt the need to have some spells that you’re able to flashback with Bloodthirsty Adversary even whenever you don’t have a creature to remove.