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MTG Deck of the Week: ‘Esper Midrange’ – Draw to Death

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Feb 8 2023
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Check out the current trending decks in Magic: The Gathering! This week Esper Midrange punishes while it rewards with a pair of prickly Praetors.

Welcome Magic: the Gathering players! We’re back to showcase one of the top decks of the week for competitive Magic. We have the top lists being played on MTGO, what’s winning, and the decks that won the major events this last week. So get your playmat ready, set your spindown to 20, and let’s dive into the data, brought to us by TCGPlayer.com.

Our deck of the week is Esper Midrange by JiggiestJay, which is currently trending on TCGPlayer.com. The deck came in first place during the MTGO Standard Challenge on January 29th.

Decklist

2 Adarkar Wastes 3 Adeline, Resplendent Cathar 2 Ao, the Dawn Sky 1 Cathar Commando 2 Caves of Koilos 4 Dennick, Pious Apprentice 4 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire 2 Ertai Resurrected 3 Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor 1 Loran of the Third Path 3 Otawara, Soaring City 4 Plaza of Heroes 4 Raffine’s Tower 4 Raffine, Scheming Seer 4 Shattered Sanctum 3 Sheoldred, the Apocalypse 4 Shipwreck Marsh 2 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire 4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben 2 The Raven Man 2 Thopter Mechanic

Sideboard

2 Destroy Evil 2 Disdainful Stroke 2 Gixian Puppeteer 2 Loran of the Third Path 1 Malevolent Hermit 2 Obscura Interceptor 2 Temporary Lockdown 2 The Wandering Emperor

 

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Deck Notes

This deck is not what I expected from Esper. It’s all creatures, no spell support…is this really Esper? Well, gentle caster, the creatures do the spell work for you. Sheoldred punishes your enemy for draws, Gix offers them a dark bargain for power, and Raffine gives you all the draw power you need. Don’t count out a creature army deck when blue is present; there are shenanigans in there.

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MTG is ever-changing, with new busted and broken cards rising to the top. Check back in next week for the upcoming top deck.

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Author: Clint Lienau
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