This week we’re happy to share a new article by Abby Rose Gibson. Read on below. And thanks Abby!

Heading into the Mythic Championship weekend, the format felt solved for a lot of people. We all know that Food Decks exist, and that Jeskai Fires continues to build momentum. Outside of those 2 options we always had Golgari/Selesnya Innkeeper, Mardu Knights, and Rakdos Cats.

Rakdos Cat Oven, Jake Lamb

Mainboard (60)
Cauldron Familiar
Gutterbones
Mayhem Devil
Midnight Reaper
Priest of Forgotten Gods
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Chandra, Acolyte of Flame
Angrath's Rampage
Claim the Firstborn
Witch's Oven
Blood Crypt
Castle Locthwain
Fabled Passage
Mountain
Swamp
Sideboard (15)
Dreadhorde Butcher
Duress
God-Eternal Bontu
Lava Coil
Massacre Girl
Noxious Grasp

Coming away from the weekend, we have seen Jund emerge as the premier Green food deck edging out the Simic and Sultai Variants. Jeskai Fires found a new toy that lets them get a good blocker a turn earlier in Sphinx of Foresight, and Simic Flash evolved as the simic do from a Tempo deck to a much more control oriented build. The removal of Brineborn Cutthroat and Spectral Sailor changes the way the deck plays now, pushing much more along the lines of what we saw from the Oko style decks we once dealt with. Nissa, who Shakes the World will always be a threat that needs answers. Thankfully Rankle and Crew have some play to this strategy.

With the results of the Mythic Championship in I am moving more toward some different answers and sideboard choices at this time.

Rakdos Cat Oven, Abby Rose Gibson

Mainboard (60)
Cauldron Familiar
Gutterbones
Mayhem Devil
Midnight Reaper
Priest of Forgotten Gods
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Chandra, Acolyte of Flame
Angrath's Rampage
Claim the Firstborn
Witch's Oven
Blood Crypt
Castle Locthwain
Fabled Passage
Mountain
Swamp
Sideboard (15)
Dreadhorde Butcher
Duress
Massacre Girl
Noxious Grasp
Epic Downfall

Angrath’s Rampage is better than ever in this field. The majority of the decks played have a very important target that we can easily choose. Planeswalkers in Flash and Fires are always choice targets. Teferi not as much if it goes minus first however since we can value it off the table instead most times. The low creature count in Fires can make the spell ideal there, and on the play it can catch an Innkeeper before it gains value as well. Claim the Firstborn would be the first card to shave for new technology and if Hydroid Krasis starts to die down it will be one of the first cuts, but until the jelly snake sees less play this is one of our premier tricks.

Epic Downfall has emerged as new technology in the war against Wicked Wolf. The 2 mana sorcery does not line up with all the things we want to exile (Krasis, Cauldron Familiar, Steam-kin), but we do get to use it against Mayhem Devil, Korvold, Sphinx, both Cavaliers, Questing Beast and Regisaur in addition to the Wicked-boy. Simic Flash is where this card is weaker, so I am relegating my copies to the side for now. Flash being one of the new tier one decks, as seen at the Mythic Championship, might make the card too much of a liability in the main deck. Additionally against the aggro decks that still exist, it may not always line up correctly.

Theros previews are not to far away and if Devotion is worth running the sleeker 2 color food decks will still be the way to go. I can’t wait to see what we come up with in Rankle’s Pizza Kitchen next.