Thursday, 23 October 2014

U/G Madness

It’s Madness, U/G Madness I say! Here’s a deck that was popular in Standard, Extended, and even Legacy (before losing a key card to the banhammer). Suffice to say, U/G Madness used to be a pretty popular choice. One of the most fun things about Madness is that it offers players a unique mechanic that they can use in tandem with their spells for various effects. Another interesting thing about the deck is that many of the creatures on their own are nothing special, but the way they interact with the other cards just makes it work.

The list I’ve provided is a sort of combination of Legacy decks used by Roland Chang and Caleb Durward. Chang’s deck was very similar to the Standard decks before it, but Durward’s use of Survival of the Fittest made for some really interesting lines of play. In fact, at the time of writing this, Survival of the Fittest is the only card on the present Legacy Banned List that was removed for Ancient’s. The reason for this is that the old philosophy for creatures was quite different back then and allowed the card to be good without being broken.

One card I omitted from this list that I really wanted to fit in was Rancor. I think that its cheap efficiency, combined with its natural recursion, make Rancor a strong choice for the deck. Of course, there are a lot of good cards that can be added and it’s up to you to decide how you want to build your own U/G Madness. Happy brewing!

UG Madness


4 Tropical Island
4 Wasteland
4 Island
4 Forest
5 Fetchlands

Total: 21


4 Arrogant Wurm
4 Aquamoeba
4 Basking Rootwalla
4 Wild Mongrel
1 Wonder

Total: 17


4 Survival of the Fittest
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
4 Stifle
2 Obsessive Search

Total: 22


4 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Obsessive Research
4 Naturalize
2 Waterfront Bouncer
2 Hydroblast
1 Counterpell

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