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Day 1 Rakano midrange

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Testing out some of the new toys from Valley Beyond, all the Rakano stuff looks to tend towards a more midrange game plan. This deck shifts an aggro deck away from 1 drops and towards more of a top end with Hojan, Ijin, and magniventris.

Update after a bit: dropped Ijin (too slow, win-more), added in bullseyes to double up on relic hate and add some more early removal. Inferno phoenix is a flex spot at the moment, I think you could reasonably cut it for something cheaper (Varbuk or another campaign card, maybe).

Expedition Information


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements
2 2

Power Sources
15 16 8 2

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Deck Rarities
12 15 32 3

Card Types
35 0 15 0 25

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Hour of Glass [Set1115]
Valley Beyond [Set1125]


February 6, 2022

February 2, 2022


Eternal Version
Valley Beyond

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Revisions (Since last major patch) February 6, 2022



efertik Eternal Version: 22.02.02
A couple of comments:

1) Bullseye - do you really need that much relic removal?

2) Draconic Looting - don't get this one. In my experience you need to be at least at 5 power to use this well, and your deck isn't that slow. If you want a card with Inscribe, I'd suggest Wyatt.

3) Overall, I'm not sure that Rakano is the best midrange deck - that's probably Hooru or maybe even Combrei. Rakano, aggro, on the other hand, still is quite good.
newershadow Eternal Version: 22.02.02
1) It's not really about having 8 dedicated relic removal as much as it is about allowing me flexibility to use both Bullseye and Inciter without worrying too much about missing out on their relic removal mode. Both Bullseye and Inciter are playable in their other modes (and I rate the warhelm half of Inciter fairly highly), and having a lower-curve option for debt turns was something the deck needed.
2) Fair, I don't have a ton of experience with Wyatt; though the deck just might not need fire inscribes as much at this point.
3) you don't have to tell me that Rakano aggro is good :p. Part of this was an exercise to see if Ijin was viable in expedition (I don't think she really is), part of this was me wanting to pivot away from 1-drop aggro a bit after seeing Magniventris come out and with Rakano not having great ways to deal with something with 5 health. At least on ladder, midrange has still been successful, but I'll probably continue tuning as the meta shakes out a bit more.
efertik Eternal Version: 22.02.02
I agree that Magniventris is not something Rakano Aggro wants to see on the other side of the board. In my experience, the best way to beat it is to race it in the air - which is why Hooru midrange is my current deck of choice. But I've seen recent versions of Combrei with anti-flyer stuff, so who knows.
Candy Edited Eternal Version: 22.02.02
I don't Think Trail Stories is usable
newershadow Eternal Version: 22.02.02
Sorry, it wasn't meant to be in there at all; the card UI floats over the deck description text box on my device so it probably got added when I was trying to edit it.