Players who have been playing Standard over the past year will likely remember the emergence of Orzhov Doom Foretold.

The original build included cards like Burglar Rat to attack the opponent's hand. While the hand disruption package no longer is part of the strategy, the deck remained relatively intact after the most recent Standard rotation. For the past few months Doom Foretold decks have certainly been on the Standard map, but still haven't broken through into that top tier of the metagame.

Well, that may be changing. I'm going to talk about why you might want to play a Doom Foretold deck right now, and propose a couple different versions.

All of the variants I'm going to recommend are 80-card decks. Playing 60 cards is defensible, but it's going to hurt your Rogues matchup. Also, Yorion, Sky Nomad is a key card in every list, so having access to that as your companion is a major incentive. In general, Rogues is the toughest matchup for the Doom Foretold decks, because you need to play a long game against them. The extra 20 cards are an important resource in this matchup, as games often come down to milling.

Orzhov Doom

The reason to play Doom Foretold is it preys on most matchups that aren't Rogues. Gruul is very popular right now, and you can definitely build your Doom decks to be strong versus that deck. Other adventure-based strategies and even Rakdos Midrange should be good matchups.

Here is my straight white-black list:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Orzhov Doom by Seth Manfield

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Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $176.91

Cards

Solemn Simulacrum

Market Price: $1.19

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When Solemn Simulacrum enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.

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Archon of Sun's Grace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.99

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Flying, lifelink
Pegasus creatures you control have lifelink.
Constellation — Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, create a 2/2 white Pegasus creature token with flying.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.40

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

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Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
{T}: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it or a card from their graveyard. Exile that card. You lose 1 life.

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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

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+2: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon deals 3 damage to any target.
−X: Exile each permanent with converted mana cost X or less that's one or more colors.
−10: You gain 7 life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanent cards from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Skyclave Shade

Color Identity:B

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Kicker {2}{B}
Skyclave Shade can't block.
If Skyclave Shade was kicked, it enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, if Skyclave Shade is in your graveyard and it's your turn, you may cast it from your graveyard this turn.

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.09

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.74

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.40

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Kicker {2}{B} (You may pay an additional {2}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Doom Foretold

Color Identity:B,W

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a nonland, nontoken permanent. If that player can't, they discard a card, they lose 2 life, you draw a card, you gain 2 life, you create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance, then you sacrifice Doom Foretold.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Treacherous Blessing

Color Identity:B

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When Treacherous Blessing enters the battlefield, draw three cards.
Whenever you cast a spell, you lose 1 life.
When Treacherous Blessing becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis

Color Identity:W

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−1: Up to two target creatures you control each get +2/+1 until end of turn.
−2: Create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens.
−3: You gain 5 life.
Escape—{4}{W}{W}, Exile four other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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The Birth of Meletis

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Search your library for a basic Plains card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
II — Create a 0/4 colorless Wall artifact creature token with defender.
III — You gain 2 life.

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Elspeth's Nightmare

Color Identity:B

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Destroy target creature an opponent controls with power 2 or less.
II — Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
III — Exile target opponent's graveyard.

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

Market Price: $4.39

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({T}: Add {R}, {W}, or {B}.)
Savai Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Indatha Triome

Color Identity:B,G,W

Market Price: $4.87

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({T}: Add {W}, {B}, or {G}.)
Indatha Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Golden Egg

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When Golden Egg enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: Add one mana of any color.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: You gain 3 life.

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The base of the Doom Foretold archetype remains Orzhov. You certainly can play a third color, but the two-color manabase is going to be more consistent, and allow cards like Castle Locthwain to make an appearance.

This build is heavily geared toward attacking aggressive strategies. Notice the four copies of Archon of Sun's Grace in the maindeck. This card is not easy for some decks to deal with. Red decks often play 2 and 3-damage burn spells, but not much more than that, because there aren't many 4-toughness creatures in the format. Archon should definitely be seeing more play, as it's capable of taking over the game on its own.

Right now, because of the prevalence of cards like Bonecrusher Giant and Elspeth's Nightmare, there aren't as many smaller creatures like Charming Prince. There may be a time when it's correct to bring Charming Prince back into the deck, but looping Yorion, Sky Nomad has been surprisingly difficult because of the various removal spells running around. Skyclave Apparition is still good enough because it's removal. In fact, this deck plays a ton of removal. You need a ton of redundancy, as killing early creatures is extremely important to make it to the late game.

You will notice the two-mana artifact in the deck is Golden Egg, rather than Mazemind Tome. I've gone back and forth on this slot. Golden Egg is nice because you can flicker it with Yorion, Sky Nomad for value, and it's better to sacrifice to Doom Foretold. It also draws a card immediately, without needing an additional mana investment. In my opinion Golden Egg is better versus aggro decks, but worse in the slower matchups. Being able to sacrifice it to gain life is also pretty nice. Mazemind Tome has the potential to be four cards worth of value, but sometimes it's hard to realize that card advantage. There is an argument to having a combination of both, but even though this is an 80-card deck, the slots are surprisingly tight.

After game one we need plenty of cards we can bring in for the matchups where removal spells aren't as strong. Solemn Simulacrum and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon come in together as a package for more powerful top-end plays. This is great against Yorion, Sky Nomad-based decks and other slower matchups. There is also Skyclave Shade and escape cards for Rogues. In that matchup you can generally deal with the creatures, and then play a long game where each card milled becomes quite relevant.

Esper Doom

The most popular Doom Foretold deck right now is not Orzhov, though. Blue gives you a better matchup against opposing Doom Foretold decks and more forms of card advantage.. Let's take a look at this Esper Doom list from the Top 8 of the most recent Standard Challenge:

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Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 5th-8th

Standard

Market Price: $148.60

Cards

Dance of the Manse

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.52

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Return up to X target artifact and/or non-Aura enchantment cards each with converted mana cost X or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. If X is 6 or more, those permanents are 4/4 creatures in addition to their other types.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.08

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Dream Trawler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.47

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever you draw a card, Dream Trawler gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Dream Trawler attacks, draw a card.
Discard a card: Dream Trawler gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $11.14

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.72

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.47

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Hagra Mauling

Color Identity:B

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This spell costs {1} less to cast if an opponent controls no basic lands.
Destroy target creature.

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Doom Foretold

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.31

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a nonland, nontoken permanent. If that player can't, they discard a card, they lose 2 life, you draw a card, you gain 2 life, you create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance, then you sacrifice Doom Foretold.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Archon of Sun's Grace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.99

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Flying, lifelink
Pegasus creatures you control have lifelink.
Constellation — Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, create a 2/2 white Pegasus creature token with flying.

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Flash
When Omen of the Sun enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens and you gain 2 life.
{2}{W}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sun: Scry 2.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.49

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Temple of Deceit

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.06

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Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.74

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.24

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Golden Egg

Market Price: $0.04

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When Golden Egg enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: Add one mana of any color.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: You gain 3 life.

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Shatter the Sky

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.91

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Each player who controls a creature with power 4 or greater draws a card. Then destroy all creatures.

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Elspeth's Nightmare

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Destroy target creature an opponent controls with power 2 or less.
II — Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
III — Exile target opponent's graveyard.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.87

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with converted mana cost of the chosen value. (Zero is even.)

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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.73

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Treacherous Blessing

Color Identity:B

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When Treacherous Blessing enters the battlefield, draw three cards.
Whenever you cast a spell, you lose 1 life.
When Treacherous Blessing becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

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Kicker {2}{B} (You may pay an additional {2}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Ashiok, Nightmare Muse

Color Identity:B,U

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+1: Create a 2/3 blue and black Nightmare creature token with "Whenever this creature attacks or blocks, each opponent exiles the top two cards of their library."
−3: Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand, then that player exiles a card from their hand.
−7: You may cast up to three spells from among face-up cards your opponents own from exile without paying their mana costs.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Solemn Simulacrum

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When Solemn Simulacrum enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.

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Mystical Dispute

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

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Flash
When Omen of the Sea enters the battlefield, scry 2, then draw a card.
{2}{U}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sea: Scry 2.

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The Birth of Meletis

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Search your library for a basic Plains card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
II — Create a 0/4 colorless Wall artifact creature token with defender.
III — You gain 2 life.

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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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This is a pretty typical version of Esper Doom. There are only two copies of Treacherous Blessing in the deck, because it's now possible to diversify your card advantage.

Shark Typhoon can be a great trump card, especially in sideboard games, when opponents board out their removal spells against you. Dance of the Manse is also a pretty amazing win condition to have access to. While early in the game Dance of the Manse isn't going to do anything, if you survive the first few turns and find yourself able to resolve this with eight lands in play, that will usually be enough to end the game. There are plenty of enchantments in the deck that go to the graveyard, and Golden Egg can be sacrificed before casting the Dance too. With both Dance of the Manse and Shark Typhoon, Esper doesn't have much trouble closing games out.

The biggest reason to play blue though is actually Omen of the Sea. This card does it all for the deck. It draws cards, it combos with Yorion, Sky Nomad, and it dies to sustain Doom Foretold. Esper Doom has an amazing late game, though it is going to struggle a bit more in the early game, compared to the Orzhov list, so there is a tradeoff. If you want the more powerful deck though, definitely Esper is the way to go.

Mardu Doom

There's one more Doom Foretold deck to talk about. As I mentioned earlier, Doom decks generally have trouble against Rogues, but Mardu provides access to better escape cards and additional early removal. This version in my opinion is better positioned than Esper against both Gruul and Rogues. Rivals League competitor Chris Botelho has been having a lot of success with this on the Arena ladder:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mardu Doom by Chris Botelho

'Mardu Doom' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chris Botelho

Event: October ZNR Rivals League Weekend

Rank: 7-5

Standard

Market Price: $217.35

Cards

Ruinous Ultimatum

Color Identity:B,R,W

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Destroy all nonland permanents your opponents control.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Shatterskull Smashing

Color Identity:R

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Shatterskull Smashing deals X damage divided as you choose among up to two target creatures and/or planeswalkers. If X is 6 or more, Shatterskull Smashing deals twice X damage divided as you choose among them instead.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

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Flash
When Omen of the Sun enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens and you gain 2 life.
{2}{W}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sun: Scry 2.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger

Color Identity:B,R

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When Kroxa enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Kroxa enters the battlefield or attacks, each opponent discards a card, then each opponent who didn't discard a nonland card this way loses 3 life.
Escape—{B}{B}{R}{R}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Elspeth's Nightmare

Color Identity:B

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Destroy target creature an opponent controls with power 2 or less.
II — Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
III — Exile target opponent's graveyard.

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Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis

Color Identity:W

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−1: Up to two target creatures you control each get +2/+1 until end of turn.
−2: Create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens.
−3: You gain 5 life.
Escape—{4}{W}{W}, Exile four other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Omen of the Forge

Color Identity:R

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Flash
When Omen of the Forge enters the battlefield, it deals 2 damage to any target.
{2}{R}, Sacrifice Omen of the Forge: Scry 2.

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Duress

Color Identity:B

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

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Treacherous Blessing

Color Identity:B

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When Treacherous Blessing enters the battlefield, draw three cards.
Whenever you cast a spell, you lose 1 life.
When Treacherous Blessing becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

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Temple of Malice enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malice enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

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({T}: Add {R}, {W}, or {B}.)
Savai Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Temple of Silence

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Mazemind Tome

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{T}, Put a page counter on Mazemind Tome: Scry 1.
{2}, {T}, Put a page counter on Mazemind Tome: Draw a card.
When there are four or more page counters on Mazemind Tome, exile it. If you do, you gain 4 life.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with converted mana cost of the chosen value. (Zero is even.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Necromentia

Color Identity:B

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Choose a card name other than a basic land card name. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. That player shuffles their library, then creates a 2/2 black Zombie creature token for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Needleverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Tymaret Calls the Dead

Color Identity:B

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I, II — Mill three cards. Then you may exile a creature or enchantment card from your graveyard. If you do, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
III — You gain X life and scry X, where X is the number of Zombies you control.

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Hagra Mauling

Color Identity:B

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This spell costs {1} less to cast if an opponent controls no basic lands.
Destroy target creature.

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Doom Foretold

Color Identity:B,W

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a nonland, nontoken permanent. If that player can't, they discard a card, they lose 2 life, you draw a card, you gain 2 life, you create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance, then you sacrifice Doom Foretold.

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A lot of the same elements appear in all three decks, which should be expected. They each have the same core. Doom Foretold works great alongside permanents with enters-the-battlefield effects that you can sacrifice without falling behind in value.

Omen of the Forge fits perfectly with this deck's strategy and is a huge incentive to play red. Removal spells that are permanents are much better in a Doom deck, compared to removal like Heartless Act that you can't sacrifice to Doom Foretold or blink with Yorion, Sky Nomad. The second reason to go red is Ruinous Ultimatum. This is your trump card when games go long. While seven mana is a lot, the effect is worth it, and your manabase is good enough to be able to reliably cast it once you get to seven mana.

After game one, you can bring in Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger. There is a good argument for Kroxa being the single best card in the format against Rogues. Tymaret Calls the Dead works well alongside Kroxa for some additional fuel for escape. Keep in mind, Tymaret Calls the Dead can also exile enchantments, so you aren't going to whiff on the trigger very often.

There are a couple other reasons to play this Mardu deck compared to the other Doom variants that may not be immediately obvious. Savai Triome is your best land, and having an on-color Triome really smooths out the mana significantly. Also, we have access to Shatterskull Smashing. One of the main ways Doom Foretold decks take over the late game is by getting value out of the spell/lands. Emeria's Call is always going to be in these decks as a win condition, but Hagra Mauling and Shatterskull Smashing also can play an important role. When looking at the manabase you might think 26 lands is too few for a deck like this, before taking a closer look at the decklist. These Doom decks are almost half lands, and with all the scrying and card draw, missing land drops is less likely to happen.

Doom Foretold decks are incredibly fun to play, and hopefully these three takes on the strategy spark your imagination. When the metagame is overrun with Gruul and Rakdos, Doom decks remind these decks that their huge creatures are still vulnerable to dying.