Earlier this week on stream, a couple of users submitted to me their two different Rakano Midrange lists — the first of which was on more of Valkyrie Tribal plan with Sower of Dissent, the other a bit more aggro focused with Crownwatch Paladin. I opted to go a bit more true midrange in a more control oriented focus with Copperhall Porter as my premiere two drop.
The more that I tinkered with the list, the more I fell in love. I ended up having a ~70% win percentage every session I played it on stream. One card the surprised me more than any other was Jekk, the Bounty Hunter. The card was fantastic every time I cast it. I think the card is very well positioned in the current meta game.
Rakano Midrange is an under-appreciated archetype, generally overshadowed by its sibling, Rakano Plate. The Midrange variant of Rakano has plenty of early interaction as well as late game bombs. You can deal with units of all size. You even have plenty of tools — such as Whirling Duo, Harsh Rule, or even Silence By Law (or Leave a Witness) to help shore up matches depending on the meta.
With Set 4 drawing near, I expect this archetype to just grow stronger with both the Rakano Crest and Winchest Merchant being released soon. I know that I for one will continue to come back to this specific archetype and this color pairing for months and maybe even years to come!
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Rakano Midrange by ThePlatypusKing
4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
4 Champion of Glory (Set1 #314)
4 Copperhall Porter (Set3 #108)
2 Miner’s Musket (Set3 #10)
4 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
3 Copperhall Bailiff (Set1001 #5)
4 Valkyrie Enforcer (Set1 #151)
4 Auric Runehammer (Set1 #166)
4 Crimson Firemaw (Set1002 #3)
3 Rise to the Challenge (Set1 #320)
4 Amilli, Cloudmarshal (Set3 #136)
2 Jekk, the Bounty Hunter (Set1001 #11)
1 Starsteel Daisho (Set1 #328)
3 Icaria, the Liberator (Set1 #329)
3 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
6 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
4 Emerald Waystone (Set3 #101)
4 Granite Waystone (Set3 #1)
4 Rakano Banner (Set1 #427)
4 Seat of Glory (Set0 #56)