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UpperDeckerTaco Thanks for the comment. Another user already suggested taking out the two drops for knights. Here was my answer:

"I like Knight of Malice since it plays both roles in this deck. I would consider it depending on how removal shapes up. I do however want to specify that having two agressive two drops in a midrange shell is really important for having some sort of pressure versus control. Midrange typically beats up on aggro since it has more removal, bigger butts and this deck especially with mainboard Lyra Dawnbringer. Tithe Taker is an okay card versus aggressive strategies since it blocks fairly reasonable and leaves behind a body. Versus control it's supposed to shine, but I haven't played with it yet, and something else might be better in the two drop slot."

I've been beating up on mono red and rakdos burn all day on Arena today. I dont think you need to cut any of the shocks, and if you do, it would hamper the deck a lot. There might be a better version of this deck, and while I playtest for upcoming tournaments, I will for sure make some changes :)

January 17, 2019 6:23 p.m.

GoneGold Yep if Rakdos Burn becomes a tier deck in the format I could for sure see the deck having trouble against it. The sideboard is not final. No idea how the meta will shape until two weeks to a month from now. I would add some life gain if burn becomes a staple in the format for sure!

January 16, 2019 10:55 a.m.

Kingcosmo7 Thanks for the comment and the upvote! I had Bedevil in my initial list, but if you want to run Bedevil you need 18 sources of black mana to consistenly cast it. Mortify and Contempt was the replacement. It's a bit easier on the mana and serves the same purposes. Bedevil might be that good that you dont mind the inconsistency, then I would change it back to 4x Bedevil!

January 16, 2019 5:22 a.m.

GoneGold Thanks for the comment and suggestion. This version is kinda the beta version. We still dont dont know which decks are going to be tier 1. I've definitely considered adding Mortify. The sideboard is still a work in progress, but if Wilderness Reclamation decks become a real threat I would for sure add some to the sideboard, even mainboard.

January 10, 2019 9:22 p.m.

Zimmers_0 Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not a huge fan of Font of agonies in the sideboard. The games where you want to sideboard Font in, are the games we sideboard out the pieces that enable it. If I were to play card:Font of agonies it would be with Doom Whisperer and the rest you suggested, but that is a different deck. Wouldn't replace Aurelia unless it's for another 4 drop. Need to consider the curve.

PeachSchnaawps Thanks for the comment! Regarding Bo1 I dont have a good answer since I mainly expect to be playing this traditionally. However if I were to play this in bo1 I would look to change Adanto with something else. Linear aggressive decks are heavily played in Bo1 and Adanto is really bad against those strategies. You could also change Kaya's Wrath with Vraska Contempt to make up for a worse control matchup without Adanto. So I suggest changing Adanto with lets say Knight of Grace (it's fine versus aggressive decks and Golgari) or Tocatli Honor Guard main again (the free wins versus Golgari is nice). Not sure if I would take out Kaya's Wrath for Deafening Clarion unless it's tokens or mono red everywhere. Being able to take down Niv Mizzet og Carnage Tyrant is still valueable.

Theater of Horrors Seems a tad bit too slow for the maindeck. Getting some card advantage was one of the problems for Boros Angels (also why they dipped into Jeskai), and cutting the Resplendent Angel's for something like midnight Reaper should help mediate that. Also I might go back to Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip if the new card doesn't work out.

Thanks again for the comment! Love some suggestion and spitballing ideas. Let me know if you have more questions. I try to tune my newest decks each week so be sure to check back at any time :)

January 10, 2019 7:52 p.m.

Sidebrowns Well it's a competitive midrange deck. They can be pretty meh if you are not into that kind of thing.

January 9, 2019 8:26 p.m.

rpbxiii Thanks for the comment and the upvote!

I like Knight of Malice since it plays both roles in this deck. I would consider it depending on how removal shapes up. I do however want to specify that having two agressive two drops in a midrange shell is really important for having some sort of pressure versus control. Midrange typically beats up on aggro since it has more removal, bigger butts and this deck especially with mainboard Lyra Dawnbringer. Tithe Taker is an okay card versus aggressive strategies since it blocks fairly reasonable and leaves behind a body. Versus control it's supposed to shine, but I haven't played with it yet, and something else might be better in the two drop slot.

Mortify is really cool and a awesome reprint. However the deck does need some form of interaction on turn two against aggressive strategies, and it's really good versus most of the field we just had in standard. You could definitely change the removal choices in the future, but the exile effect is so good. Also the deck also runs Bedevil against planeswalkers and has a bit more utility. There is also curve considerations. If some enchantment based deck pops up I would like to run some if only in the sideboard

Kaya's Wrath mainboard is just a concession to week 1 standard where the meta is a lot more aggressive. Also we don't mind wrath the board since we got Afterlife triggers, Midnight Reaper or Adanto Vanguard

However I do believe that these two are flex spots. If you want to you could run more removal or creatures instead. I would not recommend going above 10 removal/wrath spells since it slows you way down versus control game 1.

Hope it clarified you thoughts on the deck choices. Spoilers are still coming so the deck might be due for a makeover depending on new cards!

Thanks again :)

January 8, 2019 9:04 a.m.

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