s Standard continues to settle into place, we continue to see an influx of midrange strategies taking hold of the format. The range of these decks is certainly wide, but they are all slower than traditional aggro decks and faster than traditional control decks. This leaves a lot of cards and decks fighting for spots in the metagame, often knocking out other cards of similar power levels. For example, with Thragtusk picking up so much popularity and Restoration Angel working so well with it, Huntmaster of the Fells has fallen a bit out of favor, just for space reasons. But as Jun.I on Magic Online might have asked, why not just run 'em all?
Bant decks have seemingly become the go-to midrange deck of the format, but if you are willing to ditch Snapcaster Mage and Jace, Architect of Thought, you can pick up Huntmaster of the Fells, Bonfire of the Damned, and Mizzium Mortars—which is certainly not a bad trade for either side! With Huntmaster providing life and utility, weaker cards like Centaur Healer are not as needed, theoretically increasing the overall power of the deck.
Of course, all of the normal green-white powerhouses are in the deck still. From Garruk, Primal Hunter to Angel of Serenity, the deck is not lacking in haymakers. Red provides great resources against aggro decks, though, as Huntmaster and both sweepers apply a ton of pressure to an overcommitted board. While I think it would be foolish to declare this deck a better version of Bant, I do think it is another viable option that has not been as thoroughly explored, so give it a shot!
Jun.I's Naya Midrange
Standard – 4–0 Magic Online Daily Event, November 6