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BUG Midrange (Vintage) Deck Primer

Understand the In’s and Out’s of BUG Midrange and the crazy fast vintage format!

Art: Deathrite Shaman by Steve Argyle

The Deck

In a format filled to the brim with fast mana and carddraw a midrange deck may seem odd. Through various hate cards we can lock down our opponents and force them to play at our speed.

BUG Midrange

Creatures (12)
Deathrite Shaman
Collector Ouphe
Snapcaster Mage
Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Planeswalkers (23)
Narset, Parter of Veils
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Ancestral Recall
Gitaxian Probe
Mental Misstep
Spell Pierce
Abrupt Decay
Assassin’s Trophy
Demonic Tutor
Time Walk
Force of Vigor
Force of Will
Dig Through Time
Treasure Cruise

Artifacts (4)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire

Enchantments (1)
Sylvan Library
Lands (18)
Misty Rainforest
Strip Mine
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
Fatal Push
Grafdigger’s Cage
Energy Flux
Virtue’s Ruin
Force of Vigor
Leyline of the Void

Vintage is Magic’s Craziest Format with more Power than Commander or Legacy. Vintage is a tough format to get into due too High Prices and the average player doesn’t know enough about it. With this deck primer we are going to help introduce players to one of Magic’s most fun formats!

General Gameplay Strategy:

Like most midrange decks the main goal of the deck is to force the opponent to play at your speed. We can accomplish this by punishing fast decks with Cards like Leovold, Emissary of Trest and Collector Ouphe to force them to play at our speed. Since this is a vintage deck we of course are playing many pieces of power. The main win condition is a large tarmogoyf.

Important Cards in Bug Midrange:

Deathrite Shaman has found success in all eternal formats Including being banned in Modern and Legacy, while it is not at its highest power in vintage it is still a great piece of targeted hate and feels fair in all matchups.

Collector Ouphe is great in any matchup against artifact decks, specifically shops and paradoxical outcome decks.

Leovold is very good against any spells deck that wants to use card advantage and great against land destruction such as wasteland.

Hullbreacher is also great against any fast blue decks like storm.

Good Matchups for BUG Midrange:



Blue Decks

Bad Matchups for BUG Midrange:


Survival of the Fittest

Oath of Druids

Sideboard Guide

Against Dredge:



Sultai Midrange Mirror Match



Against Shops:



Visual View of the Deck:

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Vs Video Featuring BUG Midrange coming soon