I’m sick. Very sick actually. I was fine for a bit of the weekend, but Sunday was the worst day. It involved me seeing my best friend for about five minutes while she stopped by to pick up some presents I bought for her kids. I cut the visit short, came inside to take some medication, and passed out for another six hours. I’m stuffy and achy and everything sucks.
Also a Christmas episode of Full House is on right now, and I cannot find my remote, so being awake is not really in my best interests anymore.
Last week we took a look at Jeskai Aggro and I told a story about the only Pro Tour I played. This week we are taking a look at Mardu Midrange. I like the idea of Story Time with Joshua, so I’ll keep that up for this week.
A long time ago I worked for Nate Lawrence. I guess I still do. However, my job now is considerably different from my job then. I moved down to Owensboro, KY to help Nate start his own shop. It was known as The Lotus Guardian, its changed locations and names since then. My job then was to do retail stuff at the shop, do shipping, and help out with tournaments, be it the ones ran in house or the ones we would set up a booth at.
It was a pretty good gig for a PTQ grinder. I had access to every deck in the format thanks to the large inventory, I would be able to travel to events easily thanks to booth responsibilities, and the best part was going to conventions! It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun.
The story takes place in St Charles, Missouri. Well not really St Charles, but more like the bridge that crosses the Mississippi River to take you in to Missouri. This was about ten years ago, Nate had a newborn and did not really sleep well, but he was able to sleep behind the wheel easily. We left fairly early, much too early for normal people to be awake, and we were off to the PTQ. I was sorting cards in the front seat while talking to Nate to help us both stay awake.
He stopped responding around the time we hit the bridge. I glanced over to notice that he had nodded off at the wheel and went into a mild panic. I was able to wake Nate up (Obviously right? How else would this article be going up?) and to this day I refuse to get into a car with Nate.
He’ll deny every bit of this.
Let’s get to the decklist. That’s what you all came to see right?
Mardu Midrange by Ryan Scullin
Casper is joining us again this week. He’s playing Sidisi Whip. It’s a fairly stock list, so let’s take a look at it as well.
So heartwarming music is now playing on Full House. What am I doing with my life?
I really liked the look of the Mardu deck. Crackling Doom is a really neat spell, and Butcher of the Horde is a really neat creature. We have some outstanding removal that can deal with a large variety of threats and the planeswalkers that we do have can work in concert with the creatures.
I’m still not a fan of Goblin Rabblemaster though. I’m almost positive that the little dork Goblin has no place in Standard. I just do not think it is a good card. It’s negated by too many things. It’s bad against too many cards in the format. Maybe every time I have played with the Rabblemaster it has been against a bad matchup for the creature, but it hits my sideboard in just about every deck I have played as soon as game one is over. I hate seeing it in my hand, and hate drawing it. Sure it should be an “army in a can”, but it almost always dies before I can get any use out of it. I’m really hoping for a hot new three drop in Fate Reforged just so I can replace the Rabblemaster. I’m not entirely sure what Rabblemaster is great against. I know against Sidisi it is answered by Hero’s Downfall and Murderous Cut easily. Abzan has an common answer in Downfall. Mardu has access to just about every playable removal spell in the format. Is it good against Blue Black control? I do not think so. Jeskai can answer it. I’ve played a lot of Standard since Khans has been released and I just cannot figure out what Rabblemaster is good against.
Mickey Rooney was in that episode of Full House. Rooney was an outstanding actor.
Anyways, I still cannot figure out what makes Rabblemaster tick, and it may take me a while to figure it out. Am I missing something? Is it a matchup thing? Have I yet to play against a deck where Rabblemaster gets to shine?
I spent most of this Standard season playing Sidisi Whip, so I was pretty comfortable in this series with Casper. Let’s take a look at the videos!
That was some fun Magic! I really enjoyed the Mardu deck, it felt pretty powerful, and the mana was pretty great throughout the series. I was really impressed with this deck!
Next week I’ll have another story, and a look at Red Green Monsters in Standard. We’re close to wrapping up Khans Standard and will be moving on to Fate Reforged in the coming weeks, and I for one cannot wait to see what the new set will add!
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