Mardu Greasefang is the Future

Mardu Greasefang is the Future

Mardu Greasefang is the Future

Hi Everyone!

In my last article here for the site I wrote about Naya Winota from Explorer and how strong the deck was… And apparently it was, because the ban was pretty quick.

About this ban, I agree that a deck with high winrate and dominance in the metagame should be banned, but I think it was a little too fast and had a lot of influence on the results of the Metagame Challenge, which was an event that benefited full goldfish, like I also commented in the last article. So I would even ban it at some point, but maybe it was a little too soon.

Anyway, the ban happened and it’s time to find another good option for the format. Without Winota I see more aggro options getting interesting, as before you were forced to interact more and Jund is still a nice deck, however I want to continue being unfair in the format and we still have an option for that:

Greasefang, Okiba Boss

Greasefang, Okiba Boss is a great option on Pioneer and at the beginning of Explorer I liked the card a lot. We have two options for how to make the deck, the first is Mardu, taking advantage of Lightning Axe, Fable of the Mirror-Breacker and Blood tokens, the other is Esper, which became much more interesting with the release of Ledger Shredder, a card that helps a lot on Looting effects and it’s still a clock can only be good, but as we still don’t have access to cards with delve, such as Dig Throught Time and Treasure Cruise, I preferred at this first moment to focus on the Mardu version, more complete (but nothing prevents that I work at Esper soon)

Deck (60)
Blightstep Pathway
Blood Crypt
Brightclimb Pathway
Can’t Stay Away
Concealed Courtyard
Bloodtithe Harvester
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Godless Shrine
Greasefang, Okiba Boss
Inspiring Vantage
Lightning Axe
Needleverge Pathway
Parhelion II
Sacred Foundry
Stitcher’s Supplier
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Thrilling Discovery
Voldaren Epicure
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Sideboard (15)
Go Blank
Soul-Guide Lantern
Portable Hole
The Wandering Emperor
Elspeth Resplendent
Sorin the Mirthless

The deck can be divided into 3 blocks:

The strategy is about Greasefang, Okiba Boss, Parhelion II and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and these are the cards that you always need. You can play a good game with the vampires and Fable of the Mirror-Breacker if you don’t get to these cards, you just lose. Also, Skysovereign, Consul Flagship is a card that we cast against aggros and midranges, keep that in mind.

Stitcher’s Supplier and Thrilling Discovery are to support the deck only, so they make our vehicles fall into the graveyard and our “combo” happens.

And finally the “general cards”, which can do more than one thing, synergizing with the game. A great example is Fable of the Mirror-Breacker. Does the card help us to discard? Yes. But it’s also an extra threat, calling the answer and creating value for us to win long games. Mardu has very good support when it comes to cards that do more things, vampires does board but are also a draw/discard source, Lightning Ax is a removal but also a discard source. In games where our opponent has a removal and it is difficult to combo, a plan can be to wait for Thoughtseize and clear the way, but we can also just develop the game, like a Rakdos Midrange, calling the opponent to answer the table, thus opening a situation where we “combo off”. Also, post side against controls that use Rest in Peace, this plan B is very important.

About the sideboard, as the format has just changed, it’s still hard to know what the best answers are. I know I want plan B versus midranges and controls that have graveyard hate, I know I want removals against aggros. But while we still don’t have a mastery of any specific aggro, for example, Mono Red being very good and Redcap Melee being the best card, we have to use cards like Abrade, which cover more options, but always thinking that as soon as the field is normal , we can optimize the choices. Another thing about the side is that a lot of people like to use Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger and I disagree with this line because it goes against the main plan of midranges and controls (matches where I would use Kroxa) which is the cemetery hate, so I prefer to bring in more planeswalkers, who run away from that plane. In planeswalkers there are those who like Ob Nixilis, the Adversary, and I don’t see a problem with that, I just like options that have more pressure on their own.

About sideboard plans:


In: 2 Go Blank, 2 Soul-Guide Lantern, 3 Abrade

Out: 4 Voldaren Epicure, 2 Bloodtithe Harvester, 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

Azorius Control

In:1 Portable Hole, 2 Duress, 2 Go Blank, 1 Bedevil, 2 The Wandering Emperor, 1 Sorin the Mirthless, 1 Elspeth Resplendent

Out: 2 Can’t Stay Away, 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship , 2 Greasefang, Okiba Boss, 2 Parhelion II, 3 Lightning Axe


In: 2 Go Blank, 2 Soul-Guide Lantern 2 Duress

Out: 4 Voldaren Epicure, 2 Bloodtithe Harvester


In: 1 Portable Hole, 1 Bedevil, 3 Abrade

Out: 4 Thoughtseize, 1 Fable of the Mirror-Breacker

Rakdos Midrange

In: 2 Go Blank, 1 Bedevil, 2 The Wandering Emperor, 1 Sorin the Mirthless, 1 Elspeth Resplendent, 3 Abrade

Out: 2 Greasefang, Okiba Boss, 2 Parhelion II, 4 Thoughtseize, 2 Stitcher’s Supplier

Rakdos/Jund Sacrifice

In: 3 Abrade, 1 Bedevil, 2 Soul-Guide Lantern

Out: 4 Voldaren Epicure, 2 Bloodtithe Harvester

The Explorer became an open field again and the race for the best deck began again!

Rudá dos Reis

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