While I am looking forward to getting a chance to play some New Capenna Standard, there is no harm in trying to predict what the format will look like before the set release. Currently there are many viable decks in Standard, though some of the decks that are already strong are about to become even better. Today I will be looking at three decks that are poised to break out within the next few days.

Esper Control

Even before New Capenna, Esper Control may very well have been the best deck in Standard. The fact that this is one of the shards featured in New Capenna means there are a slew of additional new cards provided to the Esper colors. The key will be picking the right cards to get the job done, because there are so many options you can go with.

The easiest addition here is Raffine's Tower. A land that is able to produce mana of each of the deck's colors and cycle later on in the game is exactly what this archetype wants. The manabase can be built in a way where you don't need to have many basic lands, which will allow the deck to maximize the number of colored sources in each color.

Void Rend is perhaps the strongest removal spell in New Capenna due to its versatility. Being able to deal with anything that isn't a land means the Esper Control deck now has the perfect catch-all removal spell. With access to both Void Rend with Vanishing Verse, the removal spells in Esper are much better than what other colors have access to. Void Rend is actually a good removal spell against control decks, which is something that can't be said for most removal. Being able to deal with a flash creature or an annoying planeswalker through a potential counterspell is pretty nice.

Obscura Interceptor isn't as obvious an inclusion as Raffine's Tower and Void Rend, but it's definitely worth it. A four-mana flash creature that loots, has lifelink, and serves as a counterspell of sorts is exactly the sort of creature you want in Esper Control. Connive is my personal favorite New Capenna mechanic, and I think we will see it make its way into Standard.

Obscura Interceptor is first and foremost a tempo play. If your opponent taps out to cast a spell and you respond with an Obscura Interceptor it can really swing the game in your favor.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Esper Control by Seth Manfield

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Void Rend

Color Identity:B,U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Hengegate Pathway

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Doomskar

Color Identity:W

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Destroy all creatures.
Foretell {1}{W}{W} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Reckoner Bankbuster

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Reckoner Bankbuster enters the battlefield with three charge counters on it.
{2}, {T}, Remove a charge counter from Reckoner Bankbuster: Draw a card. Then if there are no charge counters on Reckoner Bankbuster, create a Treasure token and a 1/1 colorless Pilot creature token with "This creature crews Vehicles as though its power were 2 greater."
Crew 3

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Raffine's Tower

Color Identity:B,U,W

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({T}: Add {W}, {U}, or {B}.)
Raffine's Tower enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Obscura Interceptor

Color Identity:B,U,W

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Flash
Lifelink
When Obscura Interceptor enters the battlefield, it connives. When it connives this way, return up to one target spell to its owner's hand. (To have a creature connive, draw a card, then discard a card. If you discarded a nonland card, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.)

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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Portable Hole

Color Identity:W

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When Portable Hole enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls with mana value 2 or less until Portable Hole leaves the battlefield.

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Shipwreck Marsh

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Shipwreck Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Shattered Sanctum

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Shattered Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Emeria's Call

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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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Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Vanishing Verse

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Exile target monocolored permanent.

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The Meathook Massacre

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When The Meathook Massacre enters the battlefield, each creature gets -X/-X until end of turn.
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life.
Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, you gain 1 life.

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The Wandering Emperor

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Flash
As long as The Wandering Emperor entered the battlefield this turn, you may activate her loyalty abilities any time you could cast an instant.
+1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature. It gains first strike until end of turn.
−1: Create a 2/2 white Samurai creature token with vigilance.
−2: Exile target tapped creature. You gain 2 life.

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March of Otherworldly Light

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may exile any number of white cards from your hand. This spell costs {2} less to cast for each card exiled this way.
Exile target artifact, creature, or enchantment with mana value X or less.

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Lolth, Spider Queen

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Whenever a creature you control dies, put a loyalty counter on Lolth, Spider Queen.
0: You draw a card and you lose 1 life.
−3: Create two 2/1 black Spider creature tokens with menace and reach.
−8: You get an emblem with "Whenever an opponent is dealt combat damage by one or more creatures you control, if that player lost less than 8 life this turn, they lose life equal to the difference."

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Hive of the Eye Tyrant

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If you control two or more other lands, Hive of the Eye Tyrant enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
{3}{B}: Until end of turn, Hive of the Eye Tyrant becomes a 3/3 black Beholder creature with menace and "Whenever this creature attacks, exile target card from defending player's graveyard." It's still a land.

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Deserted Beach

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Deserted Beach enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Kaito Shizuki

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At the beginning of your end step, if Kaito Shizuki entered the battlefield this turn, he phases out.
+1: Draw a card. Then discard a card unless you attacked this turn.
−2: Create a 1/1 blue Ninja creature token with "This creature can't be blocked."
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, search your library for a blue or black creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle."

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Takenuma, Abandoned Mire

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {B}.
Channel — {3}{B}, Discard Takenuma, Abandoned Mire: Mill three cards, then return a creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to your hand. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature you control.

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Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {W}.
Channel — {2}{W}, Discard Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire: It deals 4 damage to target attacking or blocking creature. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature you control.

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This list is still able to play the planeswalkers we see in current versions of Esper Control, as the mix of Kaito Shizuki, The Wandering Emperor, and Lolth, Spider Queen has proven very effective in this deck. In particular though, The Wandering Emperor is the most important planeswalker, and that's why there are the full four copies. Having plays to make on the opponent's turn besides Obscura Interceptor is important for the deck. That way if the opponent doesn't play a spell during their turn you can punish that by playing The Wandering Emperor.

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Esper Control is going to be one of the top decks moving forward, and I can say that with a lot of confidence. The removal this deck has access to is high quality, and the threats provide the deck a ton of card advantage, which is the perfect recipe for success in a control deck. If the opponent tries to go wide with creatures, Doomskar is still a perfectly serviceable wrath effect.

Naya Tokens

Of the decks I'm going over today Naya Tokens is the least well known in the current Standard format, simply because most players play Selesnya Tokens over Naya. However, now it makes sense for Selesnya Tokens to add the red in, while still maintaining the core powerful token generators. Naya Tokens is about to become a lot better with the addition of New Capenna.

This will be a theme with many New Capenna decks, but the on-color tri-lands are essentially automatic inclusions in the shard focused decks. Having access to Jetmir's Garden is going to make adding the red much easier.

Gala Greeters will to start to get the nod as a two-drop that can be played alongside Prosperous Innkeeper and provide a ton of value over the course of multiple turns. For decks that can trigger Gala Greeters two or three times each turn it becomes too good not to play. Whether you are generating Treasures, gaining life, or making Gala Greeters into a more formidable threat, all three of these different triggers are very relevant for a tokens deck.

Besides being an exciting Commander card, Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second is useful when you are trying to upgrade a small creature token into a better creature token. Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second works really nicely alongside a card like Wedding Announcement for example. It also can allow you to turn Treasure tokens into actual creatures as well. Since Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second is legendary I don't see players wanting to play four copies, but it is a nice supplement to the three-drops already available.

The three modes of Cabaretti Charm all can be very important in a tokens deck. The way Cabaretti Charm removal mode gets better the more creatures you have in play highlights the importance of going wide with your threats.

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Cards

Wedding Announcement

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your end step, put an invitation counter on Wedding Announcement. If you attacked with two or more creatures this turn, draw a card. Otherwise, create a 1/1 white Human creature token. Then if Wedding Announcement has three or more invitation counters on it, transform it.

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Gala Greeters

Color Identity:G

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Alliance — Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, choose one that hasn't been chosen this turn —
• Put a +1/+1 counter on Gala Greeters.
• Create a tapped Treasure token.
• You gain 2 life.

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Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second

Color Identity:G,R,W

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If you would create one or more tokens, you may instead create that many 2/2 green Cat creature tokens with haste or that many 3/1 green Dog creature tokens with vigilance.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Cragcrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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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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Esika's Chariot

Color Identity:G

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When Esika's Chariot enters the battlefield, create two 2/2 green Cat creature tokens.
Whenever Esika's Chariot attacks, create a token that's a copy of target token you control.
Crew 4

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Jetmir's Garden

Color Identity:G,R,W

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({T}: Add {R}, {G}, or {W}.)
Jetmir's Garden enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Cabaretti Charm

Color Identity:G,R,W

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Choose one —
• Cabaretti Charm deals damage equal to the number of creatures you control to target creature or planeswalker.
• Creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain trample until end of turn.
• Create two 1/1 green and white Citizen creature tokens.

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The Wandering Emperor

Color Identity:W

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Flash
As long as The Wandering Emperor entered the battlefield this turn, you may activate her loyalty abilities any time you could cast an instant.
+1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature. It gains first strike until end of turn.
−1: Create a 2/2 white Samurai creature token with vigilance.
−2: Exile target tapped creature. You gain 2 life.

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Needleverge Pathway

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Rockfall Vale

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Rockfall Vale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Join the Dance

Color Identity:G,W

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Create two 1/1 white Human creature tokens.
Flashback {3}{G}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Prosperous Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

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When Prosperous Innkeeper enters the battlefield, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.

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Overgrown Farmland

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Overgrown Farmland enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Fable of the Mirror-Breaker

Color Identity:R

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter.)
I — Create a 2/2 red Goblin Shaman creature token with "Whenever this creature attacks, create a Treasure token."
II — You may discard up to two cards. If you do, draw that many cards.
III — Exile this Saga, then return it to the battlefield transformed under your control.

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Branchloft Pathway

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Kabira Takedown

Color Identity:W

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Kabira Takedown deals damage equal to the number of creatures you control to target creature or planeswalker.

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Showdown of the Skalds

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile the top four cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.
II, III — Whenever you cast a spell this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.

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Adding red gives the deck access to Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Showdown of the Skalds, two extremely powerful cards that were around before the addition of New Capenna. The deck has a ton of late-game power because of the Sagas, Esika's Chariot, and Wedding Announcement. In order to make room for the red you can't play four copies of The Wandering Emperor, but the sacrifice is worth it.

In the early game both Gala Greeters and Prosperous Innkeeper are excellent turn-two plays for this deck. I also have added in Join the Dance to further enhance the token-based theme here. This deck has a ton of power behind it, and I think there is a high probability Selesnya Tokens turns into Naya Tokens with the addition of New Capenna.

Rakdos Sacrifice

While Rakdos Sacrifice was already a major player in Standard, it about to get perhaps the most anticipated Magic card in New Capenna, Ob Nixilis, the Adversary.

Ob Nixilis, the Adversary is a sacrifice outlet, as you are always going to want to be able to make two copies of this powerful planeswalker when possible. As a turn-three play it's going to be hard for the opponent to get both planeswalkers off the board, and they can take over the game by themselves by attacking the opponent's hand and life total.

Unlucky Witness is good sacrifice fodder. While the sacrifice decks didn't need another good one-drop, they certainly won't complain about getting one! You do want to time when Unlucky Witness dies in order to make use of getting to play the top card of your deck. While I don't necessarily think Unlucky Witness is better than Eyetwitch or Shambling Ghast, having another one-drop to play helps make the Rakdos Sacrifice deck more consistent.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Rakdos Sacrifice by Seth Manfield

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Cards

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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Shambling Ghast

Color Identity:B

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When Shambling Ghast dies, choose one —
• Brave the Stench — Target creature an opponent controls gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
• Search the Body — Create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Oni-Cult Anvil

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever one or more artifacts you control leave the battlefield during your turn, create a 1/1 colorless Construct artifact creature token. This ability triggers only once each turn.
{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Oni-Cult Anvil deals 1 damage to each opponent. You gain 1 life.

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Voltage Surge

Color Identity:R

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may sacrifice an artifact.
Voltage Surge deals 2 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If this spell's additional cost was paid, Voltage Surge deals 4 damage instead.

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Experimental Synthesizer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.52

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When Experimental Synthesizer enters or leaves the battlefield, exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card.
{2}{R}, Sacrifice Experimental Synthesizer: Create a 2/2 white Samurai creature token with vigilance. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Shatterskull Smashing

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.24

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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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Necrotic Fumes

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, exile a creature you control.
Exile target creature or planeswalker.

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Bloodtithe Harvester

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.12

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When Bloodtithe Harvester enters the battlefield, create a Blood token. (It's an artifact with "{1}, {T}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
{T}, Sacrifice Bloodtithe Harvester: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is twice the number of Blood tokens you control. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Unlucky Witness

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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When Unlucky Witness dies, exile the top two cards of your library. Until your next end step, you may play one of those cards.

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Start from Scratch

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.03

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Choose one —
• Start from Scratch deals 1 damage to any target.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Haunted Ridge

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $13.64

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Haunted Ridge enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.24

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{T}: Add {R}.
Channel — {3}{R}, Discard Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance: Create two 1/1 colorless Spirit creature tokens. They gain haste until end of turn. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature you control.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.03

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Confront the Past

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.15

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Choose one —
• Return target planeswalker card with mana value X or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
• Remove twice X loyalty counters from target planeswalker an opponent controls.

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Pest Summoning

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.03

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Create two 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Eyetwitch

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.35

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Flying
When Eyetwitch dies, learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Deadly Dispute

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.64

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice an artifact or creature.
Draw two cards and create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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The Meathook Massacre

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $60.77

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When The Meathook Massacre enters the battlefield, each creature gets -X/-X until end of turn.
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life.
Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, you gain 1 life.

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Takenuma, Abandoned Mire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.04

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{T}: Add {B}.
Channel — {3}{B}, Discard Takenuma, Abandoned Mire: Mill three cards, then return a creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to your hand. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature you control.

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Blightstep Pathway

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $5.52

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Environmental Sciences

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. You gain 2 life.

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Mascot Exhibition

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying, a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token, and a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Hive of the Eye Tyrant

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.19

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If you control two or more other lands, Hive of the Eye Tyrant enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
{3}{B}: Until end of turn, Hive of the Eye Tyrant becomes a 3/3 black Beholder creature with menace and "Whenever this creature attacks, exile target card from defending player's graveyard." It's still a land.

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Den of the Bugbear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.26

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If you control two or more other lands, Den of the Bugbear enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
{3}{R}: Until end of turn, Den of the Bugbear becomes a 3/2 red Goblin creature with "Whenever this creature attacks, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token that's tapped and attacking." It's still a land.

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Ob Nixilis, the Adversary

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $22.92

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Casualty X. The copy isn't legendary and has starting loyalty X. (As you cast this spell, you may sacrifice a creature with power X. When you do, copy this spell. The copy becomes a token.)
+1: Each opponent loses 2 life unless they discard a card. If you control a Demon or Devil, you gain 2 life.
−2: Create a 1/1 red Devil creature token with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target."
−7: Target player draws seven cards and loses 7 life.

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The lists I am including today are still in their early stages, which is why they don't have sideboards. However, in the case of Rakdos Sacrifice I have made an exception in order to showcase the Lessons in the sideboard you can get when Eyetwitch dies.

With the addition of Ob Nixilis, the Adversary, Rakdos Sacrifice must decide whether or not the artifact package is actually worth it. I have included Oni-Cult Anvil, Voltage Surge, Bloodtithe Harvester, and Experimental Synthesizer because they do all work well together. However, I cut Voldaren Epicure, because I think it is a weaker card than Unlucky Witness. It does mean you will have fewer Blood tokens compared to previous versions of the deck, but that should be just fine.

https://infinite.tcgplayer.com/article/robot/01c8bb20-89f5-4e7b-b015-a89b43fe2293

Building a Rakdos Sacrifice deck is all about finding the perfect balance of each element of the deck, as the cards aren't necessarily individually powerful, but they become much better when played alongside each other. I have gone down to 23 mana sources, which I'm happy about considering the low curve of the deck, and how quickly you can start to filter through the deck by drawing cards, or exiling cards from your deck. With the addition of New Capenna to Standard, Rakdos Sacrifice is the deck I'm most excited to see in action.

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield