Mono-Blue Aggro won #SCGDFW. Mono-Blue Aggro holds the #1 Mythic slot on Magic Arena.
- 19 Island
How does anyone beat Mono-Blue Aggro? Here's how everyone beats Mono-Blue Aggro.
Sultai Midrange Versus Mono-Blue Aggro
- 1 Hostage Taker
- 4 Hydroid Krasis
- 1 Incubation Druid
- 4 Jadelight Ranger
- 4 Llanowar Elves
- 4 Merfolk Branchwalker
- 2 Ravenous Chupacabra
- 4 Wildgrowth Walker
There are technically three routes to victory for Sultai Midrange. It can stick early Jadelight Rangers or Wildgrowth Walkers that just outpace Mono-Blue Aggro's clock when backed by some removal, it can literally kill everything the Mono-Blue Aggro deck casts and win however it wants, or it can cast a Hydroid Krasis and brick wall the majority of the Mono-Blue Aggro deck before winning however it wants with all these extra cards.
Note: The "kill everything" draw really relies on them drawing blank cards like Island, late Spell Pierce, and Merfolk Trickster with no other pressure. If they're steady on lands and doing stuff, you should probably find a different endgame.
At the core, there's one route to victory for Sultai Midrange. Sultai has a tendency to force each game to be about your opponent's best cards trying to overcome a solid ball of consistent stuff. The Mono-Blue Aggro matchup is no different.
If Mono-Blue Aggro gets an uncontested threat, it wins. If Sultai Midrange can keep that from happening for a reasonable time, it wins. Either that means their threat is too late to race Jadelight Ranger, or Sultai gets time to set up lands and line up all its removal, or the huge Hydroid Krasis has resolved and nothing Mono-Blue Aggro does really matters.
If your opening hand doesn't effectively execute one of the big three ways to win in a way that mitigates some of their possible threat openings, what are you doing with it? Lands and spells won't win the game, and you don't need that many lands and spells to beat them if they do something good.
This probably applies to most decks in the Mono-Blue Aggro matchup, so just pretend I keep telling you this every time.