Pioneer: Rakdos Midrange and Metagame Adaptation
In today's article, we dissect the Rakdos Midrange, deck that is showing impressive results on Pioneer, functioning in a Metagame where the answers are as important as the threats!Edit Article
Rakdos Midrangefits in as one of the best meta calls Pioneer has today.
Understanding Rakdos Midrange
hugetarget in the current Metagame. With Izzet Phoenix being the best deck of the format, other archetypes that interact with graveyards, including Rakdos Arcanist, suffer a side effect that all opponents are expecting to interact against graveyards, which makes them relatively bad choices because many of them don't have the resilience that Izzet Phoenix demonstrates to play around opponents. A deck like Rakdos Arcanist, for example, has great answers to deal with the most diverse situations, like Feed the Swarm against Rest in Peace or Abrade against Grafdigger's Cage, but when these cards aren't present, a significant portion of the archetype functions so suboptimally that it gives the opponent too much time to establish their own game plan, there's no pressure in a Dreadhorde Arcanist hitting 1 every turn, and Young Pyromancer, along with its tokens, are easily blocked or dealt with. So, to bet on a Midrange stance, Rakdos decks may need to move away from Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger and get closer to cards that, in the not-too-distant past, were format Staples, like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Chandra, Torch of Defiance, allowing the archetype to reinvent itself and be on the side of the “answer decks”, which seek to cope and adapt to the Metagame.
Alternate Card Choices
reallywant more Instant-Speed interactions, as there were occasions where needing to play everything on my turn didn't open up possibilities for playing around counterspells and other cards. Possibly, I would trade one copy of Dreadbore and one copy of Bloodchief's Thirst for a copy of Bedevil which has the advantage of dealing with the occasional Ensoul decks and can be replayed from the Graveyard with Bloodthirsty Adversary, or a copy of Murderous Rider, which has the flexibility to be a threat and a good blocker and delay the clock against aggressive decks.