When players look at Standard nowadays sometimes it's hard to see beyond the surface of the top handful of decks. On the MTG Arena ladder you're likely to run into the same handful of Standard decks again and again. But there's more to this format than meets the eye.

The top Standard decks like Mono-White Aggro, Izzet Epiphany, and Mono-Green Aggro have received enough press at this point. My goal today is to go beneath the surface and highlight some decks with a ton of potential that are very capable of rising in popularity. These are the best Standard decks that aren't (yet) getting the respect they deserve from MTG players.

Deck #1: Mono-Black Zombies

Let's start with a deck that players may have seen from the Innistrad Championship this past weekend. Simon Gortzen was able to make the Top 8 of the event playing this Mono-Black Zombies list. While many MTG players were very surprised to see Mono-Black Zombies do so well, I was not one of them. This is a deck I have been keeping an eye on for a little while now, and it has been quite impressive.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Black Zombies by Simon Gortzen

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

Created By: Simon Gortzen

Event: Innistrad Championship (Standard)

Rank: 2nd

Standard

Market Price: $311.37

Cards

Eaten Alive

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature or pay {3}{B}.
Exile target creature or planeswalker.

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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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Faceless Haven

Market Price: $3.20

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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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Blood on the Snow

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.71

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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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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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Hive of the Eye Tyrant

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.17

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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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Ray of Enfeeblement

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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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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Infernal Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.84

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Destroy target creature. You lose 2 life.

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The Meathook Massacre

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $41.15

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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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Agadeem's Awakening

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.58

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Return from your graveyard to the battlefield any number of target creature cards that each have a different mana value X or less.

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Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.69

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At the beginning of your end step, if you control no creatures with decayed, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token with decayed. (It can't block. When it attacks, sacrifice it at end of combat.)

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Fell Stinger

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

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Deathtouch
Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)
When Fell Stinger exploits a creature, target player draws two cards and loses 2 life.

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Malakir Rebirth

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.95

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Choose target creature. You lose 2 life. Until end of turn, that creature gains "When this creature dies, return it to the battlefield tapped under its owner's control."

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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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Tainted Adversary

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.59

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Deathtouch
When Tainted Adversary enters the battlefield, you may pay {2}{B} any number of times. When you pay this cost one or more times, put that many +1/+1 counters on Tainted Adversary, then create twice that many 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens with decayed. (A creature with decayed can't block. When it attacks, sacrifice it at end of combat.)

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Champion of the Perished

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.96

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Whenever another Zombie enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of the Perished.

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Headless Rider

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.38

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Whenever Headless Rider or another nontoken Zombie you control dies, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Undead Butler

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.20

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When Undead Butler enters the battlefield, mill three cards. (Put the top three cards of your library into your graveyard.)
When Undead Butler dies, you may exile it. When you do, return target creature card 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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Inscription of Ruin

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Kicker {2}{B}{B}
Choose one. If this spell was kicked, choose any number instead.
• Target opponent discards two cards.
• Return target creature card with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
• Destroy target creature with mana value 3 or less.

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Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.93

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Go Blank

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.49

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Target player discards two cards. Then exile that player's graveyard.

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Shambling Ghast

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.68

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

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Simon arrived at a very synergistic version of this deck which capitalizes on getting lots of Zombies onto the battlefield. There are actually a ton of good Zombies in Standard. Some of them are obvious inclusions like Champion of the Perished at the one-drop slot, but then other choices like Undead Butler I found a bit more surprising.

This deck doesn't mind its creatures dying—in fact, it wants its creatures to go to the graveyard. Creatures like Shambling Ghast and Headless Rider provide a benefit upon your creatures dying, and there are four copies of The Meathook Massacre to tax the opponent's life total. In addition, creatures dying means you can start putting more loyalty on your Lolth, Spider Queen, bring a creature back from the graveyard with Undead Butler, or even bring back multiple creatures with an Agadeem's Awakening. The four copies of Fell Stinger here are great for sacrificing creatures to get some extra cards, and allow this deck to not run out of plays.

As far as matchups against the top Standard decks are concerned, Zombies seems to be doing just fine. I got frustrated playing against this deck with Mono-Green. MTG players still need to learn how to play against Standard Zombies. As I mentioned, you don't really want to kill the Zombies most of the time, unless you can exile them. This makes cards like Spikefield Hazard very important to fight this deck.

Deck #2: Orzhov Midrange

There are multiple ways to play Orzhov colors in Standard right now. You don't have to be a snow-based control deck, even though currently most MTG players associate Orzhov with control. The following list is very much a midrange strategy.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Orzhov Midrange by melody_5233

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

Created By: melody_5233

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 5th-8th

Standard

Market Price: $299.53

Cards

Shattered Sanctum

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $6.29

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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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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $4.58

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.01

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Kaya the Inexorable

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.78

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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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Silverquill Silencer

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.13

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As Silverquill Silencer enters the battlefield, choose a nonland card name.
Whenever an opponent casts a spell with the chosen name, they lose 3 life and you draw a card.

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Hive of the Eye Tyrant

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.17

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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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Graveyard Trespasser

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.85

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Ward—Discard a card.
Whenever Graveyard Trespasser enters the battlefield or attacks, exile up to one target card from a graveyard. If a creature card was exiled this way, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
Daybound (If a player casts no spells during their own turn, it becomes night next turn.)

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Sorin the Mirthless

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.51

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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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Edgar, Charmed Groom

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.80

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Other Vampires you control get +1/+1.
When Edgar, Charmed Groom dies, return it to the battlefield transformed under its owner's control.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Legion Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.33

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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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Crippling Fear

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.66

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Choose a creature type. Creatures that aren't of the chosen type get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.15

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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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Vanishing Verse

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.10

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Exile target monocolored permanent.

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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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Wedding Announcement

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.20

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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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Luminarch Aspirant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.82

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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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Shineshadow Snarl

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $1.93

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

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Brutal Cathar

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.43

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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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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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Intrepid Adversary

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $8.40

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Lifelink
When Intrepid Adversary enters the battlefield, you may pay {1}{W} any number of times. When you pay this cost one or more times, put that many valor counters on Intrepid Adversary.
Creatures you control get +1/+1 for each valor counter on Intrepid Adversary.

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The Meathook Massacre

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $41.15

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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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Henrika Domnathi

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.66

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Flying
At the beginning of combat on your turn, choose one that hasn't been chosen —
• Each player sacrifices a creature.
• You draw a card and you lose 1 life.
• Transform Henrika Domnathi.

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Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.19

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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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If you want to attack with white creatures in Standard, but want a better late game than Mono-White Aggro, this is a good direction to go in. You can win the game quickly with a turn-two Luminarch Aspirant into a Graveyard Trespasser on turn three, as the damage can add up quickly. However, the game isn't over if your early threats get removed.

Orzhov Midrange has high quality interaction in the form of Vanishing Verse and The Meathook Massacre to slow other creature decks down. When playing against other creature-based Standard strategies you assume a more controlling role because this deck should have the better late game. Edgar, Charmed Groom always provides a ton of value even after it dies and remains one of the main incentives to play Orzhov in Standard.

However, one card that makes Orzhov Midrange unique is Wedding Announcement. This is a really powerful Magic card that not enough people are playing. It is able to give you a board presence and generate a lot of value over the course of a few turns. Then all of a sudden your tokens become much more formidable once Wedding Festivity is on the battlefield.

It's nice to see some under-loved Standard cards seeing more play in such a powerful deck. Henrika Domnathi is a threat capable of winning the game on its own, and Silverquill Silencer is a nice interactive two-drop that can make life difficult for the opponent. If you like making creature tokens, gaining life, and attacking, this is a deck I would recommend picking up.

Deck #3: Selesnya Lifegain

I just finished an event where I was playing Selesnya Heliod lifegain combo in Historic, so I'm quite familiar with lifegain-based decks. In fact, the Standard Selesnya Lifegain deck plays many of the same cards as the Selesnya Historic deck, though it can't make infinite tokens. What this deck can do is gain a ton of life, and make some very large creatures.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Selesnya Lifegain by Kellyan Quintana

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

Created By: Kellyan Quintana

Event:

Rank: 0-0

Standard

Market Price: $107.20

Cards

Snakeskin Veil

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.14

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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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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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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.15

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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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Cleric Class

Color Identity:W

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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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Wrenn and Seven

Color Identity:G

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+1: Reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
0: Put any number of land cards from your hand onto the battlefield tapped.
−3: Create a green Treefolk creature token with reach and "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of lands you control."
−8: Return all permanent cards from your graveyard to your hand. You get an emblem with "You have no maximum hand size."

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Revitalize

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.01

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You gain 3 life.
Draw a card.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Kor Celebrant

Color Identity:W

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Whenever Kor Celebrant or another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.

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Cathar Commando

Color Identity:W

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Flash
{1}, Sacrifice Cathar Commando: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Voice of the Blessed

Color Identity:W

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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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Arctic Treeline

Color Identity:G,W

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
Arctic Treeline enters the battlefield tapped.

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Lair of the Hydra

Color Identity:G

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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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Righteous Valkyrie

Color Identity:W

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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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Trelasarra, Moon Dancer

Color Identity:G,W

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Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Trelasarra, Moon Dancer and 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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Lunarch Veteran

Color Identity:W

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.
Disturb {1}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Color Identity:W

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

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Branchloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.40

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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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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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Ollenbock Escort

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.02

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Vigilance
Sacrifice Ollenbock Escort: Target creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it gains lifelink and indestructible until end of turn.

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Valorous Stance

Color Identity:W

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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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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Prosperous Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.13

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

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This deck relies on its redundancy of Soul Warden-type effects. Each time a creature enters the battlefield under your control you gain 1 life for every Kor Celebrant, Prosperous Innkeeper, and Lunarch Veteran you control. These lifegain triggers allow your creatures like Trelasarra, Moon Dancer and Voice of the Blessed to become really significant threats. Cleric Class also creates additional lifegain triggers to essentially double your Soul Warden effects.

Selesnya Lifegain naturally preys on other Standard creature decks, though it will have some issues against the more controlling decks with lots of removal. The deck is somewhat polarized in that respect, and so based on what deck you are facing the games will play out very differently. Certainly, playing with Selesnya Lifegain against creature decks is more fun, as you are more likely to execute your game plan against decks with less removal.

Deck #4: Azorius Control

Many MTG players are aware of Izzet Control and even the black-based control decks in Standard, but how about Azorius? This is the color combination that can take the most advantage of all the various foretell cards in the format, and is a great home for Fateful Absence as well.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Control by Pedro Urquisa Barbosa

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

Created By: Pedro Urquisa Barbosa

Event: Red Bull Untapped 2021 International Stop V

Rank: 33rd-64th

Standard

Market Price: $159.65

Cards

Strixhaven Stadium

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{T}: Add {C}. Put a point counter on Strixhaven Stadium.
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, remove a point counter from Strixhaven Stadium.
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to an opponent, put a point counter on Strixhaven Stadium. Then if it has ten or more point counters on it, remove them all and that player loses the game.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Alrund's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

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Create two 1/1 blue Bird creature tokens with flying. Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Alrund's Epiphany.
Foretell {4}{U}{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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Devastating Mastery

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.18

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You may pay {2}{W}{W} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
If the {2}{W}{W} cost was paid, an opponent chooses up to two nonland permanents they control and returns them to their owner's hand.
Destroy all nonland permanents.

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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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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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Jwari Disruption

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Hengegate Pathway

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset

Color Identity:U,W

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+1: Choose up to one target artifact, up to one target creature, and up to one target land. Untap the chosen permanents you control. Tap the chosen permanents you don't control. You gain 2 life.
−2: Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
−7: You get an emblem with "Untap all permanents you control during each opponent's untap step" and "You draw a card during each opponent's draw step."

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Malevolent Hermit

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.35

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{U}, Sacrifice Malevolent Hermit: Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {3}.
Disturb {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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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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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

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

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Teachings of the Archaics

Color Identity:U

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If an opponent has more cards in hand than you, draw two cards. Draw three cards instead if an opponent has at least four more cards in hand than you.

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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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Memory Deluge

Color Identity:U

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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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Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.85

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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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Divide by Zero

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.30

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Return target spell or permanent with mana value 1 or greater to its owner's hand.
Learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Cave of the Frost Dragon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.03

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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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Deserted Beach

Color Identity:U,W

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

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.40

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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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Behold the Multiverse

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

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Scry 2, then draw two cards.
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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Saw It Coming

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.75

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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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Doomskar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.71

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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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Fateful Absence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.22

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker. Its controller investigates. (They create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Sunset Revelry

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.56

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If an opponent has more life than you, you gain 4 life.
If an opponent controls more creatures than you, create two 1/1 white Human creature tokens.
If an opponent has more cards in hand than you, draw a card.

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While many top Standard decks rely on expensive sweepers, Azorius Control can reliably cast Doomskar on turn three. This is super scary for any deck trying to attack you with lots of creatures. The deck also plays other foretell cards, so it's hard to know how much to respect the threat of a Doomskar. Azorius Control relies on Doomskar and spot removal to shore up its early game, and after sideboarding it can go to Sunset Revelry as well.

Against slower Standard decks, Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset can be an amazing way to take over the game allowing you to have plenty of mana available on both your turn and the opponent's. Alrund's Epiphany is present here as well. While you aren't combining it with Galvanic Iteration like the Izzet decks can, it is still a perfectly serviceable way to close out games and is another card you can foretell.

If you want to win the game in style however, Strixhaven Stadium is capable of winning the game for you. It is primarily here as a mana producer, but having Strixhaven Stadium also means you don't need to overload your deck with win conditions. Strixhaven Stadium wins games of Magic on its own if left completely unchecked, which comes up against other control decks that don't attack you very much.

Deck #5: Dimir Rogues

Many people don't know that Dimir Rogues still exists in Standard. Yes, some of the key cards did rotate out during the last set rotation, but there are still some very powerful Rogues available in the format. Blue and black also have access to a lot of disruption which can make life difficult for slower MTG decks like Izzet Epiphany.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Rogues by William Bingham

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

Created By: William Bingham

Event:

Rank: 0-0

Standard

Market Price: $189.98

Cards

Alrund's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $6.94

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Create two 1/1 blue Bird creature tokens with flying. Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Alrund's Epiphany.
Foretell {4}{U}{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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Crippling Fear

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.66

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Choose a creature type. Creatures that aren't of the chosen type get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Fading Hope

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.63

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. If its mana value was 3 or less, 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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Concerted Defense

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.08

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1} plus an additional {1} for each creature in your party. (Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.)

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Teachings of the Archaics

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.15

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If an opponent has more cards in hand than you, draw two cards. Draw three cards instead if an opponent has at least four more cards in hand than you.

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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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Divide by Zero

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.30

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Return target spell or permanent with mana value 1 or greater to its owner's hand.
Learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Siphon Insight

Color Identity:B,U

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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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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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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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Memory Deluge

Color Identity:U

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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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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Duress

Color Identity:B

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

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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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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Environmental Sciences

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

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Infernal Grasp

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature. You lose 2 life.

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Zareth San, the Trickster

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
{2}{U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacking Rogue you control to its owner's hand: Put Zareth San, the Trickster from your hand onto the battlefield tapped and attacking.
Whenever Zareth San deals combat damage to a player, you may put target permanent card from that player's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Jwari Disruption

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Soaring Thought-Thief

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
Flying
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Rogues you control get +1/+0.
Whenever one or more Rogues you control attack, each opponent mills two cards.

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Agadeem's Awakening

Color Identity:B

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Return from your graveyard to the battlefield any number of target creature cards that each have a different mana value X or less.

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Malevolent Hermit

Color Identity:U

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{U}, Sacrifice Malevolent Hermit: Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {3}.
Disturb {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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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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Soul Shatter

Color Identity:B

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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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Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

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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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Mind Flayer

Color Identity:U

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Dominate Monster — When Mind Flayer enters the battlefield, gain control of target creature for as long as you control Mind Flayer.

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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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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Suspicious Stowaway

Color Identity:G,U

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Suspicious Stowaway can't be blocked.
Whenever Suspicious Stowaway deals combat damage to a player, draw a card, then discard a card.
Daybound (If a player casts no spells during their own turn, it becomes night next turn.)

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Nighthawk Scavenger

Color Identity:B

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Flying, deathtouch, lifelink
Nighthawk Scavenger's power is equal to 1 plus the number of card types among cards in your opponents' graveyards. (Cards in graveyards have only the characteristics of their front face.)

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Barkchannel Pathway

Color Identity:G,U

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Darkbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Ray of Enfeeblement

Color Identity:B

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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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The idea of this deck is you only need to present one or two threats, and then allow them to snowball. You have a variety of ways to interact with opposing creatures, as well counterspells, and Divide by Zero to slow down the control decks. The Rogues theme isn't as pronounced here as in previous versions of Rogues, but Soaring Thought-Thief is a very good card in its own right.

You can use Suspicious Stowaway to loot, but many times it will be transformed and straight up draw an extra card each turn, which is going to allow you to get way ahead on resources. Zareth San, the Trickster pulls the Rogues theme together here, as the card can completely swing a game in your favor. It's very difficult to actually block the creatures in this deck, so it's not that difficult to find an opening to hit the opponent with Zareth San.

Beyond the Rogues, this deck also can use Siphon Insight to get ahead on resources or close out a game with Alrund's Epiphany. This deck wins surprisingly quickly as Nighthawk Scavenger can become quite large. If you want to play a blue tempo deck, this is an off-the-radar choice that I believe to be perfectly viable against the top Standard decks on MTG Arena or anywhere else.