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Just a Little Crazy


We’ve seen plenty of decks return to Standard in the wake of the Aetherworks Marvel banning. However, we haven’t seen a whole lot of new and exciting technology being adopted beyond Oketra's Monument. However, there’s plenty of additional space in the format for new and exciting things now. Here’s just one fresh take put together by FLN:

Traverse the Ulvenwald
This is an odd little deck; one that’s trying to do a lot of things. We’ve seen a handful of takes on Delirium in this format, but almost all of them have been bg based. This one is wg, touching just a little bit of Blue. You fuel delirium with a suite of ramp spells, cycling Enchantments, lands, and creatures. You even have Grapple with the Past to function as an early way to fuel Delirium and a late game means of buying back key threats.

The goal is to play a reasonable midrange game, spending the early game buying time with blockers like Primal Druid and Thraben Inspector that net you a little bit of value along the way. Then you can curve into removal spells and high-impact threats like Cast Out and Ishkanah, Grafwidow. You can spend the early game using Spring and Primal Druid to develop your mana base, and then start turning the corner with Nissa's Renewal, Mind, and Descend upon the Sinful.

In addition to that, you’ve got an incredible Traverse the Ulvenwald engine. If you need to generate more value, you can find Tireless Tracker. If you have to answer key permanents, you’ve got Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and Angel of Sanctions. If you’re far behind, you can find Linvala, the Preserver or Gisela, the Broken Blade. One of the most exciting things about this deck is that you can easily assemble the combination of Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela as the game goes late, since you have Traverse to find both pieces and Grapple with the Past to buy them back later.

If you’re looking for a way to go just a little bigger than all the other decks that are trying to walk a line between aggro and midrange, then this is a great place to start. Having the ability to cast Descend upon the Sinful with delirium with some modicum of consistency is an incredible place to be, particularly when you can back it up with such an incidentally powerful endgame in the form of Spring // Mind and Grapple with the Past. This seems like a great deck to start with if you’re looking to get your midrange on.

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