Arena Standard - Dimir Midrange

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Main 60 cards (16 distinct)
Creature (13)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (22)
Land (24)
Planeswalker (1)
Side 15 cards (6 distinct)

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The DeckHub Twitch extension is used by Twitch streamers to display their currently played deck in the video overlay. After a quick install you can select any public deck on AetherHub to be displayed in your overlay, here is how you set it up:

How to install

Open your Aetherhub Profile editor
  • Select "My Account" top right corner, then "Edit Profile". Click the "Copy" button where it says "Twitch Secret"
Install DeckHub Twitch extension on
  • Install DeckHub on Twitch by clicking this link
Configure App
  • After install click the app and select "Configure" put in Aetherhub Username and the Twitch Secret, click "Connect".
  • Make sure the Extension is active! Go back to Extensions, you will see a list of your installed extensions. Set it is set as an Active Component overlay and put it on the far left side and on the top for the best experience. If you only use one extension you can set it as Overlay 1 instead of Component
You are done!
  • Clicking the Twitch button on any public deck will now set it as your current Deck in the extension

Good evening Magic Midrange Aficionados! Hope you all had a good Monday and are settling in for a well-deserved rest at the end of the beginning of your work week. So in watching AliasV and her piloting of Grzegorz Kowalski's Dimir Control deck, I decided to look at a Dimir Midrange build. Control, straight up Control, has never been my thing. I like to play flexible decks that give me options as the game develops, akin to my chess-playing style. I like having that security blanket of beating face when the moment arises and that is why I enjoy Midrange over straight up control. I tried Grzegorz's deck and it did not suit me, so I decided to give my own build a chance. This deck does not disappoint for sure and it has some surprising additions to it.

DECK TIME: [[Duress]] gives us a peek at their hand on turn one, never a bad thing to eliminate threats before they can hit the board. [[Thought Erasure]], staple in this build, mops up what Duress cannot. [[Tyrant's Scorn]] get rid of those pesky Pteramanders and Steamkins and Steel Leafs and anything annoying that is under CMC 3. Now here is where I throw a nice twist: [[Lazotep Plating]]. It is like a [[Dive Down]] but better I think as it dodges Settles and spot removal and it gives us a zombie army. I think it is a good add and it has given me advantage in several games. [[Gleaming Overseer]] gives us zombie army and makes it hexproof with menace. [[Thief of Sanity]], cuz if our deck isn't cutting it then our opponent's sure as heck will! I love this card, the concept of exploiting an opponent's weight against them, akin to judo, is just a great sign of a flexible deck builder I think. [[Sinister Sabotage]] gives us a nice spot counter, again we only run two because really all we need to do is drop one and whenever we hold up three blue mana, we might bluff our way out of a tight spot. [[God-Eternal Kefnet]] is just a must have with its ability to play a copy of an instant or sorcery. [[Hostage Taker]] cuz see Thief of Sanity... [[Vraska's Contempt]] gives us a nice spot removal piece and lifegain, must have! [[Enter the God-Eternals]] has spot removal, lifegain, and mill while dropping or beefing our zombie army. This card changes games, as does [[Liliana, Dreadhorde General]], in fact she just outright finishes them. Sideboard has more flexibility: mass removal with [[Ritual of Soot]] and [[Cry of the Carnarium]], bounce and amassing with [[Callous Dismissal]], creature discard with [[Divest]], [[Negate]] for some counters, and two more Sabotages for added flexibility.

ADVANTAGES: 1) Flexibility: we run counters, creatures that are beefy late game, and cards that bolster our zombie army, 2) This deck matches up surprisingly well against Esper, we just seem to outlast and outgun that deck and 3) any creature heavy or planeswalker heavy build will run into trouble with this deck due to the spot removal.

DISADVANTAGES: 1) With a better land base, this deck would hum 2) true control matchups with counters and what not really make our life miserable and 3) we rely solely on two counters to keep mass removal from screwing us

Overall, I love this build. It has few frills or tricks about it, just a flexible deck that has something for everyone. Until next time, may all your hands be God-like and may your spells never get eaten by a counter. Good hunting!


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Thanks for your feedback! Plating has saved me from targeted effects and the Overlord is a pain to get rid of and it gives us zombie armies...
Let´s say it like this. I don´t want to play against this deck. Gleaming Overseer and Lazotep Plating are an interesting choice
Last Updated: 21 May 2019
Created: 21 May 2019
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