After seeing what happened at the SCG Open last weekend we wanted to express our opinions on ways to possibly combat the ever popular Mardu Vehicles deck. One deck list in the top 8 was actually an intriguing start to what we think could fight back against the onslaught of vehicles and that was Zach Stern’s W/R Humans list. We will be going over the changes we would have made to solidify the match-up and keep the deck strong against the field.
One of the problems with the list is that it’s forced to run one-drops that feel underwhelming just to extract value from Thalia’s Lieutenant and in the process makes the deck feel a little clunky. Another issue we have with Stern’s list is that it has a majority of it’s power cards in the sideboard that would likely be pulled in for every match against Mardu and are still very powerful in a lot of other match-ups. Here is what it would look like if we were running it.
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
The changes we made still keep intact an aggressive style of play to beat down B/G Delirium before they get set up while giving a wider range in game one versus the barrage of attacks from Mardu Vehicles. Taking out all of the clunky one-drops and replacing them with Glorybringer and Gideon give you a strong top end and board advantage while Thalia gives the opportunity to slow them down as you gain control. Replacing Declaration in Stone with Cast Out ensures that you have answers to all of the different threats that Mardu has to offer while being able to cycle if you are ahead. Insult // Injury gives you the ability to close the game out. Release the Gremlins, Magma Spray and Thalia out of the board can help clean up the Mardu match even more, and moving Declaration in Stone to the board still gives you tools against the B/G Delirium match.
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