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Getting Rid of the Blues

In Legacy, Blue is the undisupted best color in the format. The overwhelming majority of aggressive, combo, and control decks play Blue cards, relying on cantrips to let you play fewer lands and find key cards. Even the midrange decks frequently touch on Blue. That’s part of why it’s always so exciting to see decks performing well that don’t rely on Blue cards. In particular, this wb midrange deck is a flashback to a time when Vindicate was a commonly played card in Legacy:

This is an exciting midrange deck that plays a very similar gameplan to Jund. Your goal is to exchange resources as efficiently as possible and then beat your opponent with whatever remains. This deck is very good at whittling away at your opponent’s options with the likes of Thoughtseize, Hymn to Tourach, and Liliana of the Veil. You also have cards like Lingering Souls that can break the symmetry of Liliana of the Veil punish opponents who are relying on spot removal to interact with the board.

Your goal is to use your discard to prevent opponents from leveraging their combotastic or card advantage-based gameplans while your spot removal prevents them from pulling ahead on the board. Then you can utilize Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Dark Confidant, or Stoneforge Mystic to stay ahead on resources. With Deathrite Shaman to help you ramp out your interactive elements and keep opponents from utilizing the graveyard to pull ahead of you, you can frequently keep yourself one step ahead of your opponents who aren’t applying fast pressure.

If you’re looking for a non-Blue midrange deck with the efficiency of interaction and card advantage necessary to take on the rest of the format, this seems like a very reasonable choice. You’ve got plenty of options if you’re looking to customize your deck to match your metagame. Cards like Cabal Therapy and Inquisition of Kozilek are completely reasonable, as are Bitterblossom and other White and Black Planeswalkers. There’s a lot to explore here, and different flavors of midrange are always a good thing for a format.

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