As Streets of New Capenna gets closer and closer, now is a great time to look at Standard decks that are close to breaking through in today's metagame. Depending on the support these decks get in the next set, we could see a lot more of them in the weeks to come.

#1: Orzhov Clerics

We have seen Clerics decks perform well in Alchemy, but this hasn't really been the case in Standard. Here is what the current version of Orzhov Clerics looks like:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Orzhov Clerics by Joey Wittman

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

Created By: Joey Wittman

Event: MMA Ma Melee Arena Standard Mars#9

Rank: 17th-32nd

Standard

Market Price: $305.16

Cards

Righteous Valkyrie

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.62

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Flying
Whenever another Angel or Cleric enters the battlefield under your control, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.
As long as you have at least 7 life more than your starting life total, creatures you control get +2/+2.

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Voice of the Blessed

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.61

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Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Voice of the Blessed.
As long as Voice of the Blessed has four or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has flying and vigilance.
As long as Voice of the Blessed has ten or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has indestructible.

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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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Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.46

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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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Cleric of Life's Bond

Color Identity:B,W

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Whenever another Cleric enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.
Whenever you gain life for the first time each turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Cleric of Life's Bond.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.52

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with mana value 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 mana value of the exiled card.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Doomskar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.50

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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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Brutal Cathar

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.79

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When this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Brutal Cathar, exile target creature an opponent controls until this creature leaves the battlefield.
Daybound (If a player casts no spells during their own turn, it becomes night next turn.)

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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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Rite of Oblivion

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.25

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a nonland permanent.
Exile target nonland permanent.
Flashback {2}{W}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost and any additional costs. Then exile it.)

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Portable Hole

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.83

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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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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $4.58

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Taborax, Hope's Demise

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.17

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Flying
Taborax, Hope's Demise has lifelink as long as it has five or more +1/+1 counters on it.
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Taborax. If that creature was a Cleric, you may draw a card. If you do, you lose 1 life.

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Luminarch Aspirant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.55

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.

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Nullpriest of Oblivion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.40

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Kicker {3}{B}
Menace, lifelink
When Nullpriest of Oblivion enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Kaya the Inexorable

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.85

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+1: Put a ghostform counter on up to one target nontoken creature. It gains "When this creature dies or is put into exile, return it to its owner's hand and create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying."
−3: Exile target nonland permanent.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your upkeep, you may cast a legendary spell from your hand, from your graveyard, or from among cards you own in exile without paying its mana cost."

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Reidane, God of the Worthy

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.80

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Flying, vigilance
Snow lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.
Noncreature spells your opponents cast with mana value 4 or greater cost {2} more to cast.

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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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Shattered Sanctum

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $8.21

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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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Skyclave Cleric

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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When Skyclave Cleric enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.

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Hagra Mauling

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.75

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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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Baleful Mastery

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.53

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You may pay {1}{B} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
If the {1}{B} cost was paid, an opponent draws a card.
Exile target creature or planeswalker.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.03

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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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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Pyre of Heroes

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card that shares a creature type with the sacrificed creature and has mana value equal to 1 plus that creature's mana value. Put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Cleric Class

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.97

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(Gain the next level as a sorcery to add its ability.)
If you would gain life, you gain that much life plus 1 instead.
{3}{W}: Level 2
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.
{4}{W}: Level 3
When this Class becomes level 3, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. You gain life equal to its toughness.

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Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.07

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First strike
Noncreature spells cost {1} more to cast.

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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.00

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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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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.57

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Flying
When Elite Spellbinder enters the battlefield, look at target opponent's hand. You may exile a nonland card from it. For as long as that card remains exiled, its owner may play it. A spell cast this way costs {2} more to cast.

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Valorous Stance

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.08

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Choose one —
• Target creature gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)
• Destroy target creature with toughness 4 or greater.

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Orah, Skyclave Hierophant

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.12

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Lifelink
Whenever Orah, Skyclave Hierophant or another Cleric you control dies, return target Cleric card with lesser mana value from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Vanishing Verse

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.65

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Exile target monocolored permanent.

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Hive of the Eye Tyrant

Color Identity:B

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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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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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Angel of Destiny

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.19

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Flying, double strike
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you and that player each gain that much life.
At the beginning of your end step, if you have at least 15 life more than your starting life total, each player Angel of Destiny attacked this turn loses the game.

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Cave of the Frost Dragon

Color Identity:W

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If you control two or more other lands, Cave of the Frost Dragon enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}.
{4}{W}: Cave of the Frost Dragon becomes a 3/4 white Dragon creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Infernal Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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Destroy target creature. You lose 2 life.

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March of Otherworldly Light

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.66

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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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The Deck's Strengths

This deck gains its power from getting multiple Clerics into play, which can create lifegain triggers through cards like Cleric of Life's Bond and Righteous Valkyrie. The lifegain triggers also help grow your creatures into larger threats, and Voice of the Blessed can become absolutely massive.

The Deck's Weaknesses

Orzhov Clerics wants to play against linear aggressive decks. Those decks tend not to have a lot of removal, and the lifegain is more relevant against decks with lots of creatures trying to attack you. Unfortunately, right now Standard is full of midrange decks. that play a healthy amount of removal.

Between all the midrange decks and efficient removal spells in Standard right now, it's difficult to get lots of Clerics into play. Without a high density of Clerics on the battlefield this deck loses a lot of its power.

What Does Orzhov Clerics Need?

The metagame needs to shift back toward aggro decks being popular, and we need one more playable Cleric, preferably one that provides card advantage. Inquisitor Captain makes all the difference for the deck in Alchemy. A creature that produces some type of card advantage but is also a Cleric is exactly what this deck is looking for. As currently constructed, the deck simply isn't playing enough Clerics in it.

#2: Mono-Red Aggro

It's been a while since Mono-Red has been a major force in Standard. The combination of the Faceless Haven ban and the presence of other good monocolored aggressive decks in Standard has stopped Mono-Red Aggro from seeing that much play. It still pops up here and there, but it hasn't put up very strong results over the past few months.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Aggro by Anonymous Platinum-Mythic Rank Player

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

Created By: Anonymous Platinum-Mythic Rank Player

Event:

Rank: 6-0

Standard

Market Price: $180.42

Cards

Voldaren Epicure

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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When Voldaren Epicure enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each opponent. Create a Blood token. (It's an artifact with "{1}, {T}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Flame-Blessed Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Flame-Blessed Bolt deals 2 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that creature or planeswalker would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Rabbit Battery

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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Haste
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has haste.
Reconfigure {R} ({R}: Attach to target creature you control; or unattach from a creature. Reconfigure only as a sorcery. While attached, this isn't a creature.)

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Reinforced Ronin

Color Identity:R

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Haste
At the beginning of your end step, return Reinforced Ronin to its owner's hand.
Channel — {1}{R}, Discard Reinforced Ronin: Draw a card.

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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Frost Bite

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Frost Bite deals 2 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If you control three or more snow permanents, it deals 3 damage instead.

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Bloodthirsty Adversary

Color Identity:R

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Haste
When Bloodthirsty Adversary enters the battlefield, you may pay {2}{R} any number of times. When you pay this cost one or more times, put that many +1/+1 counters on Bloodthirsty Adversary, then exile up to that many target instant and/or sorcery cards with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard and copy them. You may cast any number of the copies without paying their mana costs.

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Rowan, Scholar of Sparks

Color Identity:R,U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
+1: Rowan, Scholar of Sparks deals 1 damage to each opponent. If you've drawn three or more cards this turn, she deals 3 damage to each opponent instead.
−4: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay {2}. If you do, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy."

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Chandra, Dressed to Kill

Color Identity:R

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+1: Add {R}. Chandra, Dressed to Kill deals 1 damage to up to one target player or planeswalker.
+1: Exile the top card of your library. If it's red, you may cast it this turn.
−7: Exile the top five cards of your library. You may cast red spells from among them this turn. You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a red spell, this emblem deals X damage to any target, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast that spell."

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Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance

Color Identity:R

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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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Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Roiling Vortex deals 1 damage to them.
Whenever a player casts a spell, if no mana was spent to cast that spell, Roiling Vortex deals 5 damage to that player.
{R}: Your opponents can't gain life this turn.

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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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Fireblade Charger

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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As long as Fireblade Charger is equipped, it has haste.
When Fireblade Charger dies, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Play with Fire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.21

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Play with Fire deals 2 damage to any target. If a player is dealt damage this way, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Kumano Faces Kakkazan

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter.)
I — Kumano Faces Kakkazan deals 1 damage to each opponent and each planeswalker they control.
II — When you cast your next creature spell this turn, that creature enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
III — Exile this Saga, then return it to the battlefield transformed under your control.

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Roil Eruption

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Kicker {5} (You may pay an additional {5} as you cast this spell.)
Roil Eruption deals 3 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 5 damage instead.

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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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Cemetery Gatekeeper

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.95

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First strike
When Cemetery Gatekeeper enters the battlefield, exile a card from a graveyard.
Whenever a player plays a land or casts a spell, if it shares a card type with the exiled card, Cemetery Gatekeeper deals 2 damage to that player.

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End the Festivities

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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End the Festivities deals 1 damage to each opponent and each creature and planeswalker they control.

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The Deck's Strengths

This is arguably the fastest deck in Standard. Notice all the cards that cost only one mana to cast. The deck is able to get on the board very quickly, and easily capitalizes on any stumbles by the opponent. Mono-Red has lots of cheap removal to get rid of any early blockers the opponent may have, and the burn spells can also target the opponent directly to finish them off.

The Deck's Weaknesses

This deck doesn't have a good late game. While that's typically true for Mono-Red Aggro, it is especially true for this particular version of Mono-Red Aggro. Chandra, Dressed to Kill is the only card that costs more than two mana in the maindeck. There are very powerful four-mana cards in Standard like Esika's Chariot and The Wandering Emperor that can stop the aggression of Mono-Red Aggro in its tracks.

The creatures in this deck are tiny, and without a card like Embercleave or Torbran, Thane of Red Fell to buff them up, the creatures in Mono-Red Aggro get outclassed quickly. This deck can certainly win games on the back of fast starts, but it's extremely reliant on having a good opening hand and winning the die roll.

What Does Mono-Red Aggro Need?

A good three-drop or two-drop creature to replace one of the redundant one-mana plays would be nice. Also, Mono-Red Aggro would love some type of card advantage card like Light up the Stage. The deck doesn't want to play this many one-mana creatures that only have 1 power. At the end of the day, this deck just needs better card quality if it's going to compete.

#3: Selesnya Enchantments

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty introduced lots of white and green cards that rewarded players for building around enchantments, like Generous Visitor, Kami of Transience, and Jukai Naturalist. After some experimentation, players started adding red to their enchantment decks, to great effect.

While the Naya version of the deck is probably stronger, I still have a soft spot for regular Selesnya Enchantments.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Selesnya Enchantments by James Bryant

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

Created By: James Bryant

Event: Best Of 3 Cup Preliminary

Rank: 3rd-4th

Standard

Market Price: $114.76

Cards

Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Branchloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $2.38

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Ranger Class

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.71

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(Gain the next level as a sorcery to add its ability.)
When Ranger Class enters the battlefield, create a 2/2 green Wolf creature token.
{1}{G}: Level 2
Whenever you attack, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature.
{3}{G}: Level 3
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells from the top of your library.

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Curse of Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.19

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Enchant player
As Curse of Silence enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Spells with the chosen name enchanted player casts cost {2} more to cast.
Whenever enchanted player casts a spell with the chosen name, you may sacrifice Curse of Silence. If you do, draw a card.

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Wedding Announcement

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.70

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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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Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr

Color Identity:W

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Flying, lifelink, protection from Vampires
Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr's power and toughness are each equal to the number of permanents you control that are Spirits and/or enchantments.
Disturb {3}{W}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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Boseiju, Who Endures

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.
Channel — {1}{G}, Discard Boseiju, Who Endures: Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or nonbasic land an opponent controls. That player may search their library for a land card with a basic land type, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature you control.

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Kami of Transience

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.21

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Trample
Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Kami of Transience.
At the beginning of each end step, if an enchantment was put into your graveyard from the battlefield this turn, you may return Kami of Transience from your graveyard to your hand.

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Tamiyo's Safekeeping

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.41

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Target permanent you control gains hexproof and indestructible until end of turn. You gain 2 life. (A permanent with hexproof and indestructible can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Snakeskin Veil

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. It gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Borrowed Time

Color Identity:W

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When Borrowed Time enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Borrowed Time leaves the battlefield.

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Hallowed Haunting

Color Identity:W

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As long as you control seven or more enchantments, creatures you control have flying and vigilance.
Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, create a white Spirit Cleric creature token with "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Spirits you control."

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Michiko's Reign of Truth

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter.)
I, II — Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each artifact and/or enchantment you control.
III — Exile this Saga, then return it to the battlefield transformed under your control.

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Spirited Companion

Color Identity:W

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When Spirited Companion enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Valorous Stance

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.08

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Choose one —
• Target creature gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)
• Destroy target creature with toughness 4 or greater.

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Overgrown Farmland

Color Identity:G,W

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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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Circle of Confinement

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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When Circle of Confinement enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with mana value 3 or less until Circle of Confinement leaves the battlefield.
Whenever an opponent casts a Vampire spell with the same name as a card exiled with Circle of Confinement, you gain 2 life.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.03

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Rune of Might

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.22

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Enchant permanent
When Rune of Might enters the battlefield, draw a card.
As long as enchanted permanent is a creature, it gets +1/+1 and has trample.
As long as enchanted permanent is an Equipment, it has "Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has trample."

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Cave of the Frost Dragon

Color Identity:W

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If you control two or more other lands, Cave of the Frost Dragon enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}.
{4}{W}: Cave of the Frost Dragon becomes a 3/4 white Dragon creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Guardian of Faith

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.09

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Flash
Vigilance
When Guardian of Faith enters the battlefield, any number of other target creatures you control phase out. (Treat them and anything attached to them as though they don't exist until their controller's next turn.)

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Paladin Class

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.51

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(Gain the next level as a sorcery to add its ability.)
Spells your opponents cast during your turn cost {1} more to cast.
{2}{W}: Level 2
Creatures you control get +1/+1.
{4}{W}: Level 3
Whenever you attack, until end of turn, target attacking creature gets +1/+1 for each other attacking creature and gains double strike.

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Lair of the Hydra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.98

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If you control two or more other lands, Lair of the Hydra enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
{X}{G}: Until end of turn, Lair of the Hydra becomes an X/X green Hydra creature. It's still a land. X can't be 0.

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Generous Visitor

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.12

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Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

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Jukai Naturalist

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.59

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Lifelink
Enchantment spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.46

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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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The Deck's Strengths

The deck plays in a similar way to Naya Runes. There are a ton of enchantments in the deck, which makes cards like Generous Visitor and Kami of Transience very powerful. While this deck does play Rune of Might, it isn't as reliant as Naya on getting a Rune onto a creature.

Since the deck only plays four Runes, it can play more threats. Cards like Michiko's Reign of Truth and Ranger Class push through damage over the course of multiple turns. With four copies of Snakeskin Veil in the maindeck, the deck has a good way to protect its creatures from opposing spot removal. As a two color deck, the mana is pretty consistent.

The Deck's Weaknesses

While the deck is reasonable as-is, the red splash for Showdown of the Skalds is too powerful to pass up. There isn't one card in the deck that match Showdown of the Skalds on power level, which is a problem when you look at late game situations. Notice the deck plays the maximum amount of cards like Borrowed Time and Spirited Companion. Ideally there would be better options, but there are only so many enchantments within these two colors.

What Does Selesnya Enchantments Need?

If there was another enchantment or two printed in the Selesnya colors that this deck wanted to play, it wouldn't need to add red. This would be especially true if a new enchantment gets printed that can generate card advantage, in a similar way to Showdown of the Skalds. If that doesn't happen, Selesnya Enchantments is going to remain a worse version of Naya Runes.

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#4: Dimir Control

The best control decks in Standard right now play white cards. What would it take for a different flavor of control to make its mark on the format?

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Control by friedpetable

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

Created By: friedpetable

Event: MTGO Standard League

Rank: 5-0

Standard

Market Price: $250.73

Cards

Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.15

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Lolth, Spider Queen

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.07

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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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Ray of Enfeeblement

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Target creature gets -4/-1 until end of turn. If that creature is white, it gets -4/-4 until end of turn instead.

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Shipwreck Marsh

Color Identity:B,U

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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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Kaito Shizuki

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $8.77

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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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Kairi, the Swirling Sky

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.87

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Flying, ward {3}
When Kairi, the Swirling Sky dies, choose one —
• Return any number of target nonland permanents with total mana value 6 or less to their owners' hands.
• Mill six cards, then return up to two instant and/or sorcery cards from your graveyard to your hand.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.74

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Ice Tunnel

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.39

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Ice Tunnel enters the battlefield tapped.

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Port of Karfell

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.11

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Port of Karfell enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{3}{U}{B}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice Port of Karfell: Mill four cards, then return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped. (To mill a card, put the top card of your library into your graveyard.)

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The Meathook Massacre

Color Identity:B

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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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Infernal Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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Destroy target creature. You lose 2 life.

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Siphon Insight

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.15

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Look at the top two cards of target opponent's library. Exile one of them face down and put the other on the bottom of that library. You may look at and play the exiled card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast that spell.
Flashback {1}{U}{B}

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The Reality Chip

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.79

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
As long as The Reality Chip is attached to a creature, you may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library.
Reconfigure {2}{U} ({2}{U}: Attach to target creature you control; or unattach from a creature. Reconfigure only as a sorcery. While attached, this isn't a creature.)

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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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Syncopate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.02

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Memory Deluge

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.97

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Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast this spell. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
Flashback {5}{U}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Soul Shatter

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.95

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Each opponent sacrifices a creature or planeswalker with the highest mana value among creatures and planeswalkers they control.

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Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.24

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Blood on the Snow

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.14

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Choose one —
• Destroy all creatures.
• Destroy all planeswalkers.
Then return a creature or planeswalker card with mana value X or less from your graveyard to the battlefield, where X is the amount of {S} spent to cast this spell. ({S} is mana from a snow source.)

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Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.60

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Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that spell and exile them. That player shuffles, then draws a card for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Power Word Kill

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target non-Angel, non-Demon, non-Devil, non-Dragon creature.

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Hullbreaker Horror

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.23

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Flash
This spell can't be countered.
Whenever you cast a spell, choose up to one —
• Return target spell you don't control to its owner's hand.
• Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.

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Invoke Despair

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.30

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Target opponent sacrifices a creature. If they can't, they lose 2 life and you draw a card. Then repeat this process for an enchantment and a planeswalker.

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Otawara, Soaring City

Color Identity:U

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{T}: Add {U}.
Channel — {3}{U}, Discard Otawara, Soaring City: Return target artifact, creature, enchantment, or planeswalker to its owner's hand. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature you control.

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Kotose, the Silent Spider

Color Identity:B,U

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When Kotose, the Silent Spider enters the battlefield, exile target card other than a basic land card from an opponent's graveyard. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles. For as long as you control Kotose, you may play one of the exiled cards, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast it.

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Shadows' Verdict

Color Identity:B

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Exile all creatures and planeswalkers with mana value 3 or less from the battlefield and all creature and planeswalker cards with mana value 3 or less from all graveyards.

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Hall of Storm Giants

Color Identity:U

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If you control two or more other lands, Hall of Storm Giants enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{5}{U}: Until end of turn, Hall of Storm Giants becomes a 7/7 blue Giant creature with ward {3}. It's still a land. (Whenever it becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays {3}.)

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The Celestus

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If it's neither day nor night, it becomes day as The Celestus enters the battlefield.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{3}, {T}: If it's night, it becomes day. Otherwise, it becomes night. Activate only as a sorcery.
Whenever day becomes night or night becomes day, you gain 1 life. You may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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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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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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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 mana value 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Sorin the Mirthless

Color Identity:B

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+1: Look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card and put it into your hand. If you do, you lose life equal to its mana value.
−2: Create a 2/3 black Vampire creature token with flying and lifelink.
−7: Sorin the Mirthless deals 13 damage to any target. You gain 13 life.

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March of Wretched Sorrow

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may exile any number of black cards from your hand. This spell costs {2} less to cast for each card exiled this way.
March of Wretched Sorrow deals X damage to target creature or planeswalker and you gain X life.

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The Deck's Strengths

Dimir Control plays oodles of removal and countermagic. With lots of one and two-ofs in the deck, it's tough for opponents to know what to play around. Mass removal like The Meathook Massacre, Shadows' Verdict, and Blood on the Snow do a good job cleaning up any small creatures that the opponent may present. Dimir Control is also able to leverage the opponent's own cards against them with Siphon Insight and Kotose, the Silent Spider.

The Deck's Weaknesses

Most of the top decks in Standard right now play white, either for The Wandering Emperor, Vanishing Verse, March of Otherworldly Light, or all three. Dimir has access to some strong removal spells like Bloodchief's Thirst and Infernal Grasp, but blue and black struggle at exiling opposing threats. A simple Kami of Transience can be a big problem for this deck.

What Does Dimir Control Need?

Having more removal options would go a long way. A way to gain life early in the game would be nice as well, in order to protect against aggressive draws from the opponent. If this deck could play some inexpensive threats to try and bring the curve down that would be a nice way to provide more options on the early turns. If the format moves in a direction where Azorius Control is very popular, I think that Dimir Control can be built to have a strong matchup against opposing control strategies.

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield