Adventures in the Forgotten Realms preview season has arrived with a bang.

Creature lands are some of the most powerful lands in the history of the game. The ability to animate into a creature has traditionally come with one of two drawbacks: either the land enters the battlefield tapped, or the land is unable to produce colored mana. This new cycle of lands has neither drawback, and that means they're all very good regardless of the activation cost or body size.

While the ability to enter play untapped is restricted to the first two land drops, most decks that want creature lands are either already okay with utility tap lands, or they're aggro decks. Decks interested in the extra resource don't mind these lands entering tapped later into the game and still appreciate them in the early game. Aggro decks want to curve out, and while these aren't great as your third land drop, they're excellent as one of the first land drops that gives you something to do with your mana to mitigate mana flood and play around sweepers.

#1 and #2: Mono-Red and Mono-White Aggro

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Aggro by Punchilleno

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

Created By: Punchilleno

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 3rd-4th

Standard

Market Price: $110.94

Cards

Frost Bite

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230127_200w.jpg

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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Phoenix of Ash

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.26

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Flying, haste
{2}{R}: Phoenix of Ash gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
Escape—{2}{R}{R}, Exile three other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Phoenix of Ash escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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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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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.81

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Rimrock Knight // Boulder Rush

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.72

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If a red source you control would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, it deals that much damage plus 2 instead.

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Anax, Hardened in the Forge

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Anax's power is equal to your devotion to red. (Each {R} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to red.)
Whenever Anax or another nontoken creature you control dies, create a 1/1 red Satyr creature token with "This creature can't block." If the creature had power 4 or greater, create two of those tokens instead.

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Scorching Dragonfire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Scorching Dragonfire deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that creature or planeswalker would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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The Akroan War

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Gain control of target creature for as long as The Akroan War remains on the battlefield.
II — Until your next turn, creatures your opponents control attack each combat if able.
III — Each tapped creature deals damage to itself equal to its power.

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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.21

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Robber of the Rich

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.82

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Reach, haste
Whenever Robber of the Rich attacks, if defending player has more cards in hand than you, exile the top card of their library. During any turn you attacked with a Rogue, you may cast that card and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast that spell.

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Soul Sear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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Soul Sear deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker. That permanent loses indestructible until end of turn.

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Fireblade Charger

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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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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Faceless Haven

Market Price: $4.01

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{T}: Add {C}.
{S}{S}{S}: Faceless Haven becomes a 4/3 creature with vigilance and all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow source.)

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Ox of Agonas

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.67

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When Ox of Agonas enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.
Escape—{R}{R}, Exile eight other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Ox of Agonas escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Redcap Melee deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a nonred permanent is dealt damage this way, you sacrifice a land.

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Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Aggro by DINGLIS

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

Created By: DINGLIS

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 5th-8th

Standard

Market Price: $138.92

Cards

Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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Discard a card: Tap Seasoned Hallowblade. It gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Luminarch Aspirant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.01

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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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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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Banishing Light

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.12

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When Banishing Light enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Banishing Light leaves the battlefield.

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Giant Killer // Chop Down

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.34

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.09

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

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Drannith Magistrate

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.56

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Your opponents can't cast spells from anywhere other than their hands.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.63

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Sacrifice Selfless Savior: Another target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Legion Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.30

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Flying
When Legion Angel enters the battlefield, you may reveal a card you own named Legion Angel from outside the game and put it into your hand.

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Maul of the Skyclaves

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.29

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When Maul of the Skyclaves enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has flying and first strike.
Equip {2}{W}{W}

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Faceless Haven

Market Price: $4.01

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{T}: Add {C}.
{S}{S}{S}: Faceless Haven becomes a 4/3 creature with vigilance and all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow source.)

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Snow-Covered Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.28

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Shadowspear

Market Price: $13.58

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has trample and lifelink.
{1}: Permanents your opponents control lose hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.
Equip {2}

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $10.68

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.27

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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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Archon of Emeria

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.31

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Flying
Each player can't cast more than one spell each turn.
Nonbasic lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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Alseid of Life's Bounty

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.70

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Lifelink
{1}, Sacrifice Alseid of Life's Bounty: Target creature or enchantment you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.

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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.00

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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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Baneslayer Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.42

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Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons

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The most obvious home for these in the current Standard format is mono-colored aggro. These decks are already low to the ground and in the market for creature lands. While they probably can't support a full playset due to Snow requirements, it's pretty easy to slot in two copies to complement Faceless Haven with minimal drawback.

Cave of the Frost Dragon is admittedly a harder sell, as six mana is a lot to pay in a deck this low to the ground. Den of the Bugbear, however, costs only one more than Faceless Haven to activate and leaves behind a token after every attack.

#3: Winota Decks

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

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

Created By: Yoman5

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $73.90

Cards

Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199286_200w.jpg

Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $4.48

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Whenever a non-Human creature you control attacks, look at the top six cards of your library. You may put a Human creature card from among them onto the battlefield tapped and attacking. It gains indestructible until end of turn. Put the rest of the cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Kargan Intimidator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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Cowards can't block Warriors.
{1}: Choose one that hasn't been chosen this turn —
• Kargan Intimidator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
• Target creature becomes a Coward until end of turn.
• Target Warrior gains trample until end of turn.

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Furycalm Snarl

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.49

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As Furycalm Snarl enters the battlefield, you may reveal a Mountain or Plains card from your hand. If you don't, Furycalm Snarl enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Needleverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $4.21

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Blade Historian

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.55

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Attacking creatures you control have double strike.

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Rimrock Knight // Boulder Rush

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Anax, Hardened in the Forge

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Anax's power is equal to your devotion to red. (Each {R} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to red.)
Whenever Anax or another nontoken creature you control dies, create a 1/1 red Satyr creature token with "This creature can't block." If the creature had power 4 or greater, create two of those tokens instead.

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Arni Brokenbrow

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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Haste
Boast — {1}: You may change Arni Brokenbrow's base power to 1 plus the greatest power among other creatures you control until end of turn. (Activate only if this creature attacked this turn and only once each turn.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.21

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Fireblade Charger

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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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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Remember this brew? Winota decks appreciate both the tokens and the ability to convert extra mana into damage from Den of the Bugbear. You don't need to get synergy from these creature lands to play them, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

#4: Azorius Control

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Control by Autumn Burchett

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

Created By: Autumn Burchett

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $149.51

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.12

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/115936_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {W}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.92

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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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Midnight Clock

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}: Put an hour counter on Midnight Clock.
At the beginning of each upkeep, put an hour counter on Midnight Clock.
When the twelfth hour counter is put on Midnight Clock, shuffle your hand and graveyard into your library, then draw seven cards. Exile Midnight Clock.

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Archon of Sun's Grace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.31

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

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Mystic Subdual

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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Flash
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0 and loses all abilities. (Mutating onto the creature won't give it new abilities. It can gain abilities in other ways.)

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.02

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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

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Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

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

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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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Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.39

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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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Fabled Passage

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

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $3.04

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

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Mazemind Tome

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

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Hengegate Pathway

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.63

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Saw It Coming

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.73

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Counter target spell.
Foretell {1}{U} (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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The Birth of Meletis

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.15

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

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $7.45

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

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.08

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.34

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

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.27

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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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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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

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Jwari Disruption

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

Market Price: $12.08

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

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.09

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

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Niko Aris

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.75

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When Niko Aris enters the battlefield, create X Shard tokens. (They're enchantments with "{2}, Sacrifice this enchantment: Scry 1, then draw a card.")
+1: Up to one target creature you control can't be blocked this turn. Whenever that creature deals damage this turn, return it to its owner's hand.
−1: Niko Aris deals 2 damage to target tapped creature for each card you've drawn this turn.
−1: Create a Shard token.

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Doomskar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.69

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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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Standard already had Faceless Haven and Crawling Barrens as creature lands, but the real winners here are the slow decks. Many slower decks would love the additional mana sink or win condition provided by creature lands, but the mana could not support Faceless Haven or Crawling Barrens in higher numbers. These new fast lands now compete more directly with the modal double-faced lands than Crawling Barrens. When you're looking to squeeze the most you can out of your manabase there are now a myriad of options to choose from.

#5: Knights

We don't quite yet have enough cards to really build new decks, but here's a new Knights build taking advantage of these creature lands:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mardu Knights by Yoman5

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

Created By: Yoman5

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Standard

Market Price: $121.23

Cards

Cave of the Frost Dragon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.70

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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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Stormfist Crusader

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.40

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Menace
At the beginning of your upkeep, each player draws a card and loses 1 life.

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Needleverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $4.21

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Showdown of the Skalds

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.62

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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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Kabira Takedown

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.23

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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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Tournament Grounds

Color Identity:B,R,W

Market Price: $0.10

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R}, {W}, or {B}. Spend this mana only to cast a Knight or Equipment spell.

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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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Weaselback Redcap

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.03

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{1}{R}: Weaselback Redcap gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.21

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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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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Blightstep Pathway

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $5.52

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Nadaar, Selfless Paladin

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.18

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Vigilance
Whenever Nadaar, Selfless Paladin enters the battlefield or attacks, venture into the dungeon. (Enter the first room or advance to the next room.)
Other creatures you control get +1/+1 as long as you've completed a dungeon.

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Worthy Knight

Color Identity:W

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Whenever you cast a Knight spell, create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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Inspiring Veteran

Color Identity:R,W

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Other Knights you control get +1/+1.

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Venerable Knight

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.09

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When Venerable Knight dies, put a +1/+1 counter on target Knight you control.

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

Market Price: $8.21

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

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Den of the Bugbear

Color Identity:R

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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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Rimrock Knight // Boulder Rush

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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There is simply no way for a deck like this to ever play Faceless Haven. The mana is simply too strict and the deck is built around casting a ton of cheap creatures. It can however fit in a few of these fast lands to help mitigate flood, as a mana sink was something this deck sorely lacked.

Nadaar, Selfless Paladin is potentially a bit too weak without any additional venture creatures, but venturing into the Lost Mine of Phandelver is a reasonable amount of value to get out of your three-drop. If you want to speedrun a dungeon to get the anthem effect, Tomb of Annihilation isn't bad either, but that's still at least three turns without any additional help.

There are also some small tribal synergies with these lands, but we haven't seen enough of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms yet to see if that will truly have an impact. In Modern and beyond most of these lands are likely too expensive to see play, as decks in older formats are incredibly lean and efficient. The sweet spot may be Historic and Pioneer where decks like Burn will appreciate the extra utility with relatively little cost.

It's a bit frustrating that we don't yet have the green one in the cycle, as it's the most powerful for its given color. Big green decks are more likely to have the extra mana to spend, and aggressive green decks would absolutely love a creature land that isn't colorless. Faceless Haven is a powerful land, but it's hard to include when your best curves involve G, GG, and GGG casting costs.

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Adventures in the Forgotten Realms so far is a complete slam dunk. The flavor with named abilities and modes on cards, the Legendary creatures and artifacts we know from D&D, and even a wish named Wish. This preview season has brought me so much joy, and I desperately need to assemble a pod for IRL drafts when it's safe to do so.

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