BFZ Spotlight: Sultai Midrange

This deck looks like it could be a ton of fun because getting a lot of value out of your graveyard is great. Plus it lets you play the new Kiora….

Kiora, Master of the Depths is the focus card here. I think she is super powerful when you build your deck to get the most out of her, and that’s precisely what we’re trying to do with this deck. Let’s break down her two non-ultimate abilities and how we plan to get a lot of value:

+1: Untapping a creature and a land is Kiora’s method of defending herself. The land part is not super good in the deck I’m building here, as we’re not using her to ramp. The creature is either somebody we’re looking to use to prevent an attack with (Deathmist Raptor), or a card we plan to get value out of using a tap ability on (Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy or Hangarback Walker). Hangarback is especially good here as we also get a land to pay for the ability.

-2: This is where we get to draw 2 cards while also dumping two into the graveyard. Standard is going to be heavily creature focused, as it is currently, so having enough to consistently hit on this ability is going to be pretty easy. The duo of Den Protector and Deathmist Raptor gives us a lot of value from the graveyard, and Protector will easily be able to get stuff back. Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy can be chosen with the -2 ability, and after flipping lets us cast our non-creatures out of the graveyard. Delve spells (most likely Murderous Cut, Tasigur, the Golden Fang, and/or Dig Through Time also make good use out of having cards in the graveyard.

From here we just need to figure out the mana base and decide what cards we can support (plus what interesting interactions we want to build in). The deck is primarily , which limits the options a little bit. Here’s a quick sample list, again without sideboard:

Creatures (23)
Deathmist Raptor
Den Protector
Dragonlord Silumgar
Hangarback Walker
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Rakshasa Deathdealer
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells (13)
Dig Through Time
Kiora, Master of the Depths
Murderous Cut
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Sultai Charm
Lands (24)
Canopy Vista
Flooded Strand
Forest
Island
Llanowar Wastes
Lumbering Falls
Opulent Palace
Polluted Delta
Sunken Hollow
Swamp
Yavimaya Coast

This is a very rough first draft, but I think this deck has a lot of potential. A lot depends on if the removal is workable, which comes down to if we should add Ultimate Price or try to find an alternative because Eldrazi are huge.

Chris Wendelboe

Chris is a level 2 judge from Ashland, New Hampshire. He enjoys Scapeshift, modern, and putting on the best events possible.