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June 20, 2024
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Introduction
Most Recent Changes
The Core of Domain Zoo
Flex Slots
Current List
Sideboard Guide
Bonus Decklist

Flex Slots

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With the printing of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Gruul monsters is able to take two different forms, the more consistent midrange version using Mutavault & Ghor-Clan Rampager or the more devotion heavy version with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx & Burning-Tree Emissary. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and in this guide, I will take you through what has yielded me the best results.

Sideboarding

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  • Mono Blue

  • Mono Black

  • UW Control

  • Mirror

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The mono-blue deck heavily relies on a critical mass of creatures, because of this if you can remove a few of the threats their individual card power level will be much lower. After sideboarding this match-up gets much easier due to the 7 board wipes we have access to with 4 4 Mizzium Mortars & 3 Anger of the Gods.

Out
2 Xenagos, the Reveler
1 Xenagos, God of Revels
4 Stormbreath Dragon
4 Domri Rade

In
4 Mistcutter Hydra
3 Anger of the Gods
4 Magma Spray

The mono-black match-up can be very long and drawn out, because of this we sideboard in planeswalkers which are hard for them to interact with and allow us to tax their Hero’s Downfalls. Ruric Thar, the Unbowed is simply a large threat which forces them to take 6 damage before they can deal with it.


Out
4 Mizzium Mortars


In
2 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
2 Chandra, Pyromaster

This will almost certainly be a long and drawn-out game. Planeswalkers are essential here to prevent us from overextending into a Supreme Verdict. Post sideboard we have some great answers to all their counter-magic in Mistcutter Hydra.


Out

4 Mizzium Mortars

3 Sylvan Caryatid


In

1 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

2 Chandra, Pyromaster

4 Mistcutter Hydra

The mirror tends to have a few different directions the games can go;
-A tempo game where someone goes underneath the other with a Ragavan or an early threat that sticks, backed up with countermagic for protection.
-A midrange fight where you trade resources until someone sticks a creature and the other can’t remove it
-A “Free win” game where someone assembles the Scion of Draco – Leyline of the Guildpact Combo which doesn’t get answered.
The last one only should happen in game 1 as post-sideboard both players should be prepared for that situation.

Out
-3 Wild Nacatl

In
+3 Pick Your Poison

Wild Nacatl comes out as it lines up very poorly against Scion of Draco & Territorial Kavu. As mentioned these games can very easily end up being a midrange slog, so we don’t want low-impact creatures. Sure Ragavan also lines up poorly against all the blockers, but it is significantly more impactful if it hits the opponent, getting a high-impact card from Ragavan’s trigger can be game-winning. 

Pick Your Poison is fantastic in this matchup. It can break the Scion Leyline combo or in a more midrange resource-exchanging game it can answer a Leyline Binding or simply take out a Draco from the air.

Bonus Decklist

Devotion Style Gruul Monsters – Smurfyyy
Current List

Whilst I do not recommend this list for any competitive events, if you want a fun deck to play at FNM, this is a blast! You can play Ruric Thar, the Unbowed as soon as turn 2! Yes you heard that right, turn 2! Whilst very unrealistic it did actually happen to me at an event once! The exact order of cards is;


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