Pioneer: Rakdos Midrange Deck Tech & Sideboard Guide
We will talk in detail about Rakdos Midrange (formerly Rakdos Kroxa), a deck that gained a new dynamic after Lurrus' ban.Edit Article
About the Deck
Rakdos Kroxa, which used Lurrus of the Dream-Den + Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger to loop into a card advantage machine. This new version came after Lurrus of the Dream-Den was banned, taking advantage of high-impact cards when entering the battlefield such as Graveyard Trespasser and Bonecrusher Giant, which makes favorable 2-for-1 trades, either forcing a discard from the opponent's hand trying to kill Graveyard Trespasser, or dealing two damage with Bonecrusher Giant and then casting it as a creature.
Mulligan and Stances
Stompon the opponent's life, and then casting it trying to close the game faster, since the control will be the opponent — soon they will have a better late game than yours. The good thing about the Rakdos version is that it is possible to have favorable to even matchups against all archetypes of the format, as it has removals, discards, graveyard exile and even artifact hate in its main deck.
Sideboard against Main Matchups
Lotus FieldAgainst Lotus, our Game 1 is basically slotting in a threat on early turns and a Thoughtseize or Duress on turn three or four, trying to take a key card out of the opponent's hand. Our deck doesn't have as many threats that can win the game before our opponent can combo, so we should take a more aggressive stance as soon as possible. If we can escape Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger in turn four, it could be an excellent chance for victory.
Azorius ControlAgainst Azorius Control, we must make the most of our cards, always creating unfavorable trades for our opponent. To that end, play carefully around your opponents' counterspells, especially Censor, as our top cards such as Graveyard Trespasser, Bonecrusher Giant and Fable of the Mirror-Breaker, should resolve to make the most of our resources. Another relevant card in Game 1 is Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger, which has good recursion, but remember to take exile removals out of your opponent's hand before playing it from your graveyard. A point to consider is that the Planeswalker version is slightly better in this matchup.
Naya WinotaAgainst Winota we must adopt the Control stance, using our removals early on small creatures and playing our threats later. Our opponent's top card is Esika's Chariot, and our best answer are discard spells. That's why I don't recommend doing the discard on turn one, but waiting a turn before the opponent's four mana. Don't skimp on Fatal Push — ideally remove mana dorks like Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves from the opponent. After a favorable situation at the table, we make a threat and try to finish the game.