Strixhaven Mystical Archive brings a slew of new powerful cards (and incredible art) over to Historic. While a few of them were preemptively banned, the rest are set to take Historic by Storm.

Storm is an absurdly strong mechanic that has never played fair. It's so strong that Mark Rosewater named a scale after it for grading how unlikely it is WotC will repeat a mechanic. And yet, here we are.

When trying to abuse storm, the most important factors are card advantage and mana generation, since casting a lot of spells requires both. Historic doesn't have the ritual effects normally associated with storm, nor does it have the burst of card advantage from Past in Flames.

Storm in Historic is going to need to look a little different as a result, but the core demands of card advantage and mana generation remain. There are a few ways to go about this, across a surprising number of colors.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Blue Emry Storm by Yoman5

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

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Event:

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Cards

Chromatic Sphere

Market Price: $0.81

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{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color. Draw a card.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.24

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Solve the Equation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.31

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Search your library for an instant or sorcery card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.91

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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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Mind's Desire

Color Identity:U

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Shuffle your library. Then exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card without paying its mana cost.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Ornithopter

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Flying

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Blink of an Eye

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

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Kicker {1}{U} (You may pay an additional {1}{U} as you cast this spell.)
Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If this spell was kicked, draw a card.

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Mox Amber

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{T}: Add one mana of any color among legendary creatures and planeswalkers you control.

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Aetherflux Reservoir

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Whenever you cast a spell, you gain 1 life for each spell you've cast this turn.
Pay 50 life: Aetherflux Reservoir deals 50 damage to any target.

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Whir of Invention

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.34

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Improvise (Your artifacts can help cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for {1}.)
Search your library for an artifact card with mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Sai, Master Thopterist

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.38

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Whenever you cast an artifact spell, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying.
{1}{U}, Sacrifice two artifacts: Draw a card.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Emry, Lurker of the Loch

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each artifact you control.
When Emry, Lurker of the Loch enters the battlefield, mill four cards.
{T}: Choose target artifact card in your graveyard. You may cast that card this turn. (You still pay its costs. Timing rules still apply.)

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Paradox Engine

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Whenever you cast a spell, untap all nonland permanents you control.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile target player's graveyard.

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Paradoxical Outcome

Color Identity:U

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Return any number of target nonland, nontoken permanents you control to their owners' hands. Draw a card for each card returned to your hand this way.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Karn, Scion of Urza

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+1: Reveal the top two cards of your library. An opponent chooses one of them. Put that card into your hand and exile the other with a silver counter on it.
−1: Put a card you own with a silver counter on it from exile into your hand.
−2: Create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control."

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Inventors' Fair

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control three or more artifacts, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}, Sacrifice Inventors' Fair: Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. Activate only if you control three or more artifacts.

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Hope of Ghirapur

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Flying
Sacrifice Hope of Ghirapur: Until your next turn, target player who was dealt combat damage by Hope of Ghirapur this turn can't cast noncreature spells.

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Inspiring Statuary

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Nonartifact spells you cast have improvise. (Your artifacts can help cast those spells. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for {1}.)

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Ratchet Bomb

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{T}: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb.
{T}, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.

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One of the most obvious homes for storm is, well, Mono-Blue Storm. Aetherflux Reservoir has honorary storm, and the deck is already designed to draw a bunch of cards and cast a lot of spells. Instead of generating mana the "traditional" way, these decks combine a bunch of cheap artifacts with Inspiring Statuary to power out Paradoxical Outcome, draw a whole bunch of cards, and do it again.

Now that we have Mind's Desire as a secondary payoff spell, it's much easier to go off instead of passing the turn with a bunch of nothing. Solve the Equation is a "third payoff" that's really just a consistency tool. You can tutor up Mind's Desire, Paradoxical Outcome, or Whir of Invention while comboing off, or simply grab a combo spell a turn early to save mana for the following turn.

This is probably one of the more linear storm builds and unfortunately one of the least resilient because you're so reliant on Aetherflux Reservoir to win the game. It's possible that Mono-Blue Storm should try to fit in Brainstorm as an instant-speed way to trigger Aetherflux Reservoir. Hell, it's possible Brainstorm should just be in the deck for consistency reasons, but you need a certain threshold of cheap artifacts as well as payoffs and lands.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Storm by Yoman5

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

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Cards

Crash Through

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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Creatures you control gain trample until end of turn. (A creature with trample can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)
Draw a card.

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Experimental Frenzy

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library.
You can't play lands or cast spells from your hand.
{3}{R}: Destroy Experimental Frenzy.

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Grapeshot

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Grapeshot deals 1 damage to any target.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Anger of the Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.90

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Anger of the Gods deals 3 damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Frost Bite

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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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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Grinning Ignus

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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{R}, Return Grinning Ignus to its owner's hand: Add {C}{C}{R}. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Warlord's Fury

Color Identity:R

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Creatures you control gain first strike until end of turn.
Draw a card.

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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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Runaway Steam-Kin

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast a red spell, if Runaway Steam-Kin has fewer than three +1/+1 counters on it, put a +1/+1 counter on Runaway Steam-Kin.
Remove three +1/+1 counters from Runaway Steam-Kin: Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.54

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Birgi, God of Storytelling

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.40

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Whenever you cast a spell, add {R}. Until end of turn, you don't lose this mana as steps and phases end.
Creatures you control can boast twice during each of your turns rather than once.

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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Fry

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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This spell can't be countered.
Fry deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker that's white or blue.

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Magmatic Channeler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.47

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As long as there are four or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, Magmatic Channeler gets +3/+1.
{T}, Discard a card: Exile the top two cards of your library, then choose one of them. You may play that card this turn.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Faithless Looting

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.44

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards.
Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Hazoret's Monument

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Red creature spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever you cast a creature spell, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

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Birgi, God of Storytelling and Runaway Steam-Kin are some of the best ways to generate mana in Historic, but the "Storm" decks they've been in so far relied on cards like Experimental Frenzy and Song of Creation for card advantage.

Grinning Ignus being printed into Historic entirely removes the need for card advantage in these decks, as you can cast and return Grinning Ignus an infinite arbitrarily large number of times with either Birgi, God of Storytelling or Runaway Steam-Kin in play. This means that Mono-Red has the most compact storm-generation package in Historic.

Grapeshot takes a much higher storm count to kill than Tendrils of Agony, but when you're capable of generating infinite storm that doesn't matter. When you're done casting and recasting Grinning Ignus, simply pick it back up one more time and cast Grapeshot to kill the opponent.

We have mana generation and a way to storm off. The final piece of the puzzle is consistency. Since Mono-Red Storm behaves more like a traditional "Splinter Twin" combo than a traditional Storm deck, we want ways to dig to our three-card combo.

Faithless Looting is one of the best ways to dig through your deck in the history of Magic. It's cheap and it's recastable, both of which are incredible with Birgi, God of Storytelling and Runaway Steam-Kin. Hazoret's Monument on the other hand doesn't have any pedigree at all. Our combo takes at least six mana to get started though, and Hazoret's Monument discounts every piece of the combo while also being a suitable stand-in for Grapeshot when comboing off. Every time you cast Grinning Ignus you can discard and draw, allowing you to draw your entire deck to find the Grapeshot.

Mono-Red Storm is just as linear as Mono-Blue Storm, but it's more resilient. Every piece of the combo except Grinning Ignus has a backup. Faithless Looting allows you to play through disruption more easily and unlike Paradoxical Outcome it doesn't require any prior setup. Grinning Ignus picks itself up as a cost, so your opponent can't simply Abrade your finisher. This is the list I'm most excited to start with when Strixhaven releases.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Karn Storm by Yoman5

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

Created By: Yoman5

Event:

Rank:

Historic

Market Price: $159.20

Cards

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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Anger of the Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.90

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Anger of the Gods deals 3 damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Fry

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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This spell can't be countered.
Fry deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker that's white or blue.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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The World Tree

Color Identity:B,G,R,U,W

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The World Tree enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
As long as you control six or more lands, lands you control have "{T}: Add one mana of any color."
{W}{W}{U}{U}{B}{B}{R}{R}{G}{G}, {T}, Sacrifice The World Tree: Search your library for any number of God cards, put them onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Coldsteel Heart

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Coldsteel Heart enters the battlefield tapped.
As Coldsteel Heart enters the battlefield, choose a color.
{T}: Add one mana of the chosen color.

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Mind Stone

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Mind Stone: Draw a card.

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Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

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Flying
Whenever Skysovereign, Consul Flagship enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker an opponent controls.
Crew 3 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 3 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Faithless Looting

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.44

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards.
Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Aetherflux Reservoir

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Whenever you cast a spell, you gain 1 life for each spell you've cast this turn.
Pay 50 life: Aetherflux Reservoir deals 50 damage to any target.

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Golos, Tireless Pilgrim

Color Identity:B,G,R,U,W

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When Golos, Tireless Pilgrim enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.
{2}{W}{U}{B}{R}{G}: Exile the top three cards of your library. You may play them this turn without paying their mana costs.

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Sorcerous Spyglass

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As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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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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Birgi, God of Storytelling

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.40

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Whenever you cast a spell, add {R}. Until end of turn, you don't lose this mana as steps and phases end.
Creatures you control can boast twice during each of your turns rather than once.

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Banefire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.73

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Banefire deals X damage to any target.
If X is 5 or more, this spell can't be countered and the damage can't be prevented.

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Sweltering Suns

Color Identity:R

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Sweltering Suns deals 3 damage to each creature.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Valakut Awakening

Color Identity:R

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Put any number of cards from your hand on the bottom of your library, then draw that many cards plus one.

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Grinning Ignus

Color Identity:R

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{R}, Return Grinning Ignus to its owner's hand: Add {C}{C}{R}. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Platinum Angel

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Flying
You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.

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Grapeshot

Color Identity:R

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Grapeshot deals 1 damage to any target.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Blast Zone

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Blast Zone enters the battlefield with a charge counter on it.
{T}: Add {C}.
{X}{X}, {T}: Put X charge counters on Blast Zone.
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Blast Zone: Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value equal to the number of charge counters on Blast Zone.

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Hazoret's Monument

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Red creature spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever you cast a creature spell, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Karn, the Great Creator

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Activated abilities of artifacts your opponents control can't be activated.
+1: Until your next turn, up to one target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its mana value.
−2: You may reveal an artifact card you own from outside the game or choose a face-up artifact card you own in exile. Put that card into your hand.

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God-Pharaoh's Statue

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Spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast.
At the beginning of your end step, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Meteor Golem

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When Meteor Golem enters the battlefield, destroy target nonland permanent an opponent controls.

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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While I don't think this version is quite as lean or powerful as the previous list, Grinning Ignus is the closest thing to a ritual effect in Historic besides Irencrag Feat. Karn, the Great Creator has always been an excellent mana sink and can grab Hazoret's Monument from the sideboard in addition to the usual silver bullets.

When you have both Hazoret's Monument and Birgi, God of Storytelling in play, each Grinning Ignus loop actually nets a colorless mana, making Banefire a suitable kill condition as well. It's possible this deck shouldn't be playing Grapeshot at all, favoring the more flexible kill condition that doubles as a removal spell.

This version of Storm is capable of playing the "Big Red" style of game with a more reliable finisher than its predecessors. There are going to be metagames where the linear Mono-Red Storm deck falls behind, and I think this Karn-centric version will shine when it's important to have just a little more interaction to play a longer game.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Sultai Storm by Yoman5

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

Created By: Yoman5

Event:

Rank:

Historic

Market Price: $322.05

Cards

Tangled Florahedron

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

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Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Explore

Color Identity:G

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You may play an additional land this turn.
Draw a card.

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Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

Color Identity:G,U

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause you to discard cards or sacrifice permanents.
+1: Choose a nonland card name, then reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all cards with the chosen name from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
−3: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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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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Bolas's Citadel

Color Identity:B

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library. If you cast a spell this way, pay life equal to its mana value rather than pay its mana cost.
{T}, Sacrifice ten nonland permanents: Each opponent loses 10 life.

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Tendrils of Agony

Color Identity:B

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Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Growth Spiral

Color Identity:G,U

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Draw a card. You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Time Warp

Color Identity:U

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Target player takes an extra turn after this one.

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Botanical Sanctum

Color Identity:G,U

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Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Gilded Goose

Color Identity:G

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Flying
When Gilded Goose enters the battlefield, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
{1}{G}, {T}: Create a Food token.
{T}, Sacrifice a Food: Add one mana of any color.

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Mind's Desire

Color Identity:U

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Shuffle your library. Then exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card without paying its mana cost.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Darkbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

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

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Barkchannel Pathway

Color Identity:G,U

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Weather the Storm

Color Identity:G

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You gain 3 life.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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This is the spiciest deck of the lot. Bolas's Citadel solves both the card advantage and mana generation demands in a unique way. As long as you don't hit an unfortunate land pocket, Bolas's Citadel lets you cast basically your entire deck if you have enough life. Brainstorm is very good at making sure the top of your deck is full of gas.

These new storm payoffs generate incredible amounts of life to keep you going, and Tendrils of Agony kills very quickly in multiples. It's possible this archetype should be playing more Weather the Storm maindeck, but I valued the "backup" plan of ramping and taking extra turns higher.

We're going to be seeing these cards together a lot in Historic. Accelerating into additional turns gets out of hand incredibly quickly, and Brainstorm allows you to efficiently set up that acceleration. Turn-three Time Warp into turn-four Bolas's Citadel isn't remotely fair, and Mind's Desire is an excellent alternative payoff when you draw too many accelerants.

This is one of the flashier Storm lists, and one with plenty of space to customize and build in more interaction and resiliency as the format develops. Mind's Desire can be swapped out with planeswalkers to abuse the extra turns and acceleration, you can trim on Tendrils of Agony for more ways to abuse Bolas's Citadel like the explore creatures (which can quickly make Time Warp turns lethal). There's a lot of potential here, and Sultai is one of the most powerful color combinations in Historic.

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Historic is about to get incredibly powerful and finally distance itself from its current identity as "a bunch of powerful old Standard decks, plus Goblins." We're going to get some unfair decks, we're going to see a lot of discard, and we're going to see some of the most consistent decks in the format.

Brainstorm and Faithless Looting are now the best cantrips in the format. Inquisition of Kozilek is reunited with its partner in crime Thoughtseize. Memory Lapse is a true two-mana counterspell. Storm is back.

Also, all of these new cards have absolutely stunning new arts and frames—seriously, just look at these.

I'm excited.