So I built 50 Standard decks in about four days. There's a lot I've learned in this process about deck building in the upcoming format, and I'm very much looking forward to Zendikar Rising Standard. I won't be going over all 50 decks in this article (I feel like my editors would be upset with my word count), but they're all available in a neatly sorted list here:

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In the course of brewing 50 decks, I explored a wide range of archetypes and did a LOT of Scryfall searches. The biggest benefit I get from doing this every set is I familiarize myself with the possibilities and limitations in the format. This is especially important during rotation as so few of the previous limitations carry over, and the new set has a disproportionate impact on the format. Here are the lessons I learned exploring Zendikar Rising:

We now have real one-drops (except where we don't)

Akoum Hellhound || Archpriest of Iona || Fireblade Charger

Zendikar Rising gave us some incredible power in the early game. Akoum Hellhound and Archpriest of Iona can both consistently swing for two and scale past that with help. Fireblade Charger is a Goblin Arsonist that scales with Castle Embereth, Rimrock Knight, and Embercleave.

Consistent pressure from multiple good one-drops in the same color hasn't been achievable in over a year. Both white and red can now play two or more playsets of actively good one-drops, meaning you'll need to address aggro in the format.

That said, green, black, and blue all lack good one-drops. Pelt Collector and Knight of the Ebon Legion are gone, and there's nothing remotely close to replace them. These colors will need to lean into more synergy-centric one-drops, or skip that slot on the curve in favor of taplands for more powerful decks. This means either adding temples and another color, or leaning into Modal Dual-Faced Cards (MDFCs) to consistently hit land drops while maintaining high spell density.

Mana is good, but it comes with a cost

Branchloft Pathway|| Brightclimb Pathway|| Clearwater Pathway|| Cragcrown Pathway|| Needleverge Pathway||Riverglide Pathway

We lose shock lands, which are some of the strongest dual lands we've ever gotten. In return, we're getting painless pseudo-fetch lands. But there's a catch: we only get six pairs. Simic, Rakdos, Azorius, and Golgari are all left out. This creates some weird mana issues for decks with three or more colors with the sole exception of Naya—the only color combination that gets a full set of flip duals.

You're still allowed to play with a lot of colors, and your life total will be much healthier than it was playing a bunch of shocks, but there are costs. It's much easier to cast a card like Narset of the Ancient Way than Murderous Rider in multicolor decks. Some colors in your deck will need to be small splashes unless you want to play a large number of tapped lands.

Two-Color decks mana is manageable, but they need to lean on either temples or Fabled Passage as the secondary dual land. This means a generally slower game plan or setting up for a more explosive one. Landfall incentivizes Fabled Passage, and Fabled Passage also frees up tapland slots for MDFCs.

You cannot build decks and just fill in the mana later in this format. The manabase is now an absolutely integral part of deck design.

Top ends are significantly weaker

Turntimber Symbiosis || Emeria's Call || Agadeem's Awakening

Nissa, Who Shakes the World is gone. Hydroid Krasis is gone. Many of the large creatures worth cheating into play rotate. Zendikar Rising and rotation have left a huge hole in the top end of the format, with the top candidates being Shark Typhoon, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, and Yorion, Sky Nomad.

The most powerful late game additions in Zendikar Rising are the MDFCs, as lands that become late game haymakers are exactly what you want in the late game. The mythic cycle of MDFCs in particular comes without the drawback of entering the battlefield tapped.

This could mean the late game of Zendikar Rising Standard is focused around traditional battles of attrition, and MDFCs are incredibly important in fighting on that axis. This could also mean that aggression is the name of the game, as the goal might be to sneak under [Ugin](Ugin, the Spirit Dragon) and [Yorion](Yorion, Sky Nomad) and punish decks with too many MDFCs.

Interaction is important, but available

Bloodchief's Thirst || Roil Eruption || Into the Roil

As I built more decks in this format, I noticed very little of the premier removal in the format was rotating, and Zendikar Rising brought with it some excellent new tools. Bloodchief's Thirst is powerfully cheap removal that scales well and targets planeswalkers. Roil Eruption finally gives red decks a good density of face-targetable damage. Into the Roil is a cheap interaction that can replace itself.

Remaining in the format are Heartless Act, Eliminate, Brazen Borrower, Bonecrusher Giant, and a whole host of sweepers. As the top end of Standard comes down and the low end speeds up, all this interaction is important. I don't know that we'll be going back to pre-War of the Spark levels of interaction, but you'll certainly see more interaction than the past few months.

Planeswalkers no longer define the format

Jace, Mirror Mage || Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients || Nissa of Shadowed Boughs

Speaking of War of the Spark: it's gone! With it go a whole host of troublesome and format defining planeswalkers. While there are still 26 planeswalkers in Zendikar Rising Standard, many are too narrow or expensive to make an impact.

After War of the Spark, WotC seems to have shifted planeswalkers' power to more narrow spaces. Calix, Destiny's Hand, Narset of the Ancient Way, and Nissa of Shadowed Boughs are all good cards, but they need support. The last remaining planeswalkers with the power to potentially shape the format are Teferi, Master of Time, Ashiok Nightmare Muse, and Garruk, Cursed Huntsman.

With those lessons in mind, here are the five decks I'm most excited about in the new format. These decks are some of the cleanest, most powerful decks I came up with and show off what's possible in Zendikar Rising Standard.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Naya Winota Party by yoman5

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

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Event: 50 Decks for Zendikar Rising

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $130.80

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.46

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Lotus Cobra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.05

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, add one mana of any color.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Needleverge Pathway // Pillarverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $3.01

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Cragcrown Pathway // Timbercrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.24

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Basri's Lieutenant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.32

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Vigilance, protection from multicolored
When Basri's Lieutenant enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.
Whenever Basri's Lieutenant or another creature you control dies, if it had a +1/+1 counter on it, create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance.

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Tajuru Paragon

Color Identity:G

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Tajuru Paragon is also a Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.
Kicker {3}
When Tajuru Paragon enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, reveal the top six cards of your library. You may put a card that shares a creature type with it from among them into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Tazri, Beacon of Unity

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

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature in your party.
{2/U}{2/B}{2/R}{2/G}: Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal up to two Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, Wizard, and/or Ally cards from among them and put them into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Emeria's Call // Emeria, Shattered Skyclave

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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Shatterskull Smashing // Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass

Color Identity:R

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Shatterskull Smashing deals X damage divided as you choose among up to two target creatures and/or planeswalkers. If X is 6 or more, Shatterskull Smashing deals twice X damage divided as you choose among them instead.

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Fireblade Charger

Color Identity:R

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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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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $3.89

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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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Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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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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Branchloft Pathway // Boulderloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Sejiri Shelter // Sejiri Glacier

Color Identity:W

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Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.

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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 your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.33

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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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Archpriest of Iona

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Archpriest of Iona's power is equal to the number of creatures in your party. (Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.)
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if you have a full party, target creature gets +1/+1 and gains flying until end of turn.

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Kargan Warleader

Color Identity:R,W

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Other Warriors you control get +1/+1.

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The manabase for Naya decks is so smooth, and Lotus Cobra makes it even smoother. Lotus Cobra is the best possible "mana dork" for Winota, Joiner of Forces, because it's nonhuman and can attack the same turn it ramps you into [Winota](Winota, Joiner of Forces). The party sub theme allows you to play Tazri, Beacon of Unity as an early threat, helping you play through sweepers. This is a deck that demands early interaction, but is capable of grinding through it.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Black Devotion by yoman5

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

Created By: yoman5

Event: 50 Decks for Zendikar Rising

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $100.62

Cards

Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.82

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Mire Triton

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.21

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Deathtouch
When Mire Triton enters the battlefield, mill two cards and you gain 2 life.

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Nightmare Shepherd

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.60

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Flying
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, you may exile it. If you do, create a token that's a copy of that creature, except it's 1/1 and it's a Nightmare in addition to its other types.

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Archfiend's Vessel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.38

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Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
When Archfiend's Vessel enters the battlefield, if it entered from your graveyard or you cast it from your graveyard, exile it. If you do, create a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying.

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Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.12

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

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.33

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When Gray Merchant of Asphodel enters the battlefield, each opponent loses X life, where X is your devotion to black. You gain life equal to the life lost this way. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.02

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $5.18

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has converted mana cost 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 converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.51

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Kicker {2}{B} (You may pay an additional {2}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Acquisitions Expert

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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When Acquisitions Expert enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals a number of cards from their hand equal to the number of creatures in your party. You choose one of those cards. That player discards that card. (Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.)

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Malakir Rebirth // Malakir Mire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.31

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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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Woe Strider

Color Identity:B

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When Woe Strider enters the battlefield, create a 0/1 white Goat creature token.
Sacrifice another creature: Scry 1.
Escape—{3}{B}{B}, Exile four other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Woe Strider escapes with two +1/+1 counters on it.

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Mono-Black Devotion on the other hand gets to play a ton of interaction and scales super well. Acquisitions Expert and Archfiend's Vessel play incredibly well with Lurrus of the Dream-Den, but the real centerpiece of the deck is Agadeem's Awakening. Agadeem's Awakening is a haymaker in the late game you can never flood on. Returning even a few creatures is valuable in the midgame, but if the game goes late an Agadeem's Awakening for X=5 will straight up win the game most of the time.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Cycling by yoman5

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

Created By: yoman5

Event: 50 Decks for Zendikar Rising

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $81.61

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.46

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Frostveil Ambush

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Tap up to two target creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Brightclimb Pathway // Grimclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.85

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $4.99

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Shatterskull Smashing // Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.35

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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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Memory Leak

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.02

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from that player's graveyard or hand and exile it.
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Needleverge Pathway // Pillarverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $3.01

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Valiant Rescuer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Whenever you cycle another card for the first time each turn, create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Flourishing Fox

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.24

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Whenever you cycle another card, put a +1/+1 counter on Flourishing Fox.
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Footfall Crater

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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Enchant land
Enchanted land has "{T}: Target creature gains trample and haste until end of turn."
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Go for Blood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has converted mana cost 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 converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Emeria's Call // Emeria, Shattered Skyclave

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.30

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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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Drannith Stinger

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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Whenever you cycle another card, Drannith Stinger deals 1 damage to each opponent.
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Boon of the Wish-Giver

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.08

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Draw four cards.
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Drannith Healer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.09

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Whenever you cycle another card, you gain 1 life.
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Zenith Flare

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.17

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Zenith Flare deals X damage to any target and you gain X life, where X is the number of cards with a cycling ability in your graveyard.

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Startling Development

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.03

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Until end of turn, target creature becomes a blue Serpent with base power and toughness 4/4.
Cycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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This is probably the single cleanest deck in the deck dump. You never have to play a tapped land, you can cast every single one of your "splash" cycling cards, and Emeria's Call gives the deck outs against hate cards and flooding out. Probably one of the best week one decks out there.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Sacrifice by yoman5

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

Created By: yoman5

Event: 50 Decks for Zendikar Rising

Rank:

Historic

Market Price: $306.73

Cards

Sea Gate Stormcaller

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.43

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Kicker {4}{U}
When Sea Gate Stormcaller enters the battlefield, copy the next instant or sorcery spell with converted mana cost 2 or less you cast this turn when you cast it. If Sea Gate Stormcaller was kicked, copy that spell twice instead. You may choose new targets for the copies.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $9.44

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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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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $6.51

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Spark Harvest

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

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

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Phyrexian Tower

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $19.19

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.45

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{T}, Sacrifice two other creatures: Any number of target players each lose 2 life and sacrifice a creature. You add {B}{B} and draw a card.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.58

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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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Call of the Death-Dweller

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.49

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Return up to two target creature cards with total converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a deathtouch counter on either of them. Then put a menace counter on either of them.

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Archfiend's Vessel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.38

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Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
When Archfiend's Vessel enters the battlefield, if it entered from your graveyard or you cast it from your graveyard, exile it. If you do, create a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying.

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Acquisitions Expert

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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When Acquisitions Expert enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals a number of cards from their hand equal to the number of creatures in your party. You choose one of those cards. That player discards that card. (Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.)

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Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.12

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

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $12.97

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

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Stitcher's Supplier

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.44

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When Stitcher's Supplier enters the battlefield or dies, mill three cards.

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Claim // Fame

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.20

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $5.18

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has converted mana cost 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 converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Village Rites

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.49

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Draw two cards.

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Clearwater Pathway // Murkwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.43

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{T}: Add {U}.

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This deck is my baby. As I was looking at the cards that played well with Sea Gate Stormcaller, I kept coming back to Village Rites, Malakir Rebirth, and Archfiend's Vessel, giving the deck a powerful core with [Lurrus](Lurrus of the Dream-Den) and additional payoffs for Agadeem's Awakening. Brazen Borrower plays well with the tempo-centric nature of Sea Gate Stormcaller (as well as [Stormcaller's](Stormcaller's Boon) etb) and Skyclave Shade was the missing piece. A recursive threat that enables Village Rites while maintaining an aggressive stance. I absolutely love this deck and will be working on the archetype a lot going forward.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Genesis Ultimatum by yoman5

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

Created By: yoman5

Event: 50 Decks for Zendikar Rising

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $419.87

Cards

Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

Market Price: $6.07

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Cragcrown Pathway // Timbercrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $4.05

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Omnath, Locus of Creation

Color Identity:G,R,U,W

Market Price: $20.93

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When Omnath, Locus of Creation enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 4 life if this is the first time this ability has resolved this turn. If it's the second time, add {R}{G}{W}{U}. If it's the third time, Omnath deals 4 damage to each opponent and each planeswalker you don't control.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $34.98

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When Uro enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Uro enters the battlefield or attacks, you gain 3 life and draw a card, then you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
Escape—{G}{G}{U}{U}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Migration Path

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.65

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Search your library for up to two basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Genesis Ultimatum

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $0.59

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Look at the top five cards of your library. Put any number of permanent cards from among them onto the battlefield and the rest into your hand. Exile Genesis Ultimatum.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.24

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Radha, Heart of Keld

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $1.25

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As long as it's your turn, Radha, Heart of Keld has first strike.
You may look at the top card of your library any time, and you may play lands from the top of your library.
{4}{R}{G}: Radha gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of lands you control.

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Glasspool Mimic // Glasspool Shore

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.45

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You may have Glasspool Mimic enter the battlefield as a copy of a creature you control, except it's a Shapeshifter Rogue in addition to its other types.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.93

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Terror of the Peaks

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $12.75

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Flying
Spells your opponents cast that target Terror of the Peaks cost an additional 3 life to cast.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Terror of the Peaks deals damage equal to that creature's power to any target.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.46

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Fabled Passage

Market Price: $6.06

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

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Ketria Triome

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $7.32

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

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Branchloft Pathway // Boulderloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $2.35

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $4.99

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Beanstalk Giant // Fertile Footsteps

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.10

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Lotus Cobra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.05

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, add one mana of any color.

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This is the new endgame. Genesis Ultimatum is a card I had already put a lot of work into, and Aether Gust is finally gone! Lotus Cobra, Omnath, Locus of Creation, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, and Genesis Ultimatum form an incredibly synergistic core. You're going to be able to get to seven mana early, and with plenty of life. Terror of the Peaks and Beanstalk Giant ensure you truly get paid when you resolve [Ultimatum](Genesis Ultimatum). The rest of the deck enables you to play to the board until you reach seven mana, because you no longer get to lean on Risen Reef and Cavalier of Thorns. This deck is Powerful with a capital "P" and is the other deck I'd recommend for week one.

By the time you finish reading this article, I may already be playing the new format! Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, I'll be streaming Zendikar Rising Standard as part of the Early Access Event! If you want to watch me go wild with a free preview account and put some of these decks to the test, be sure to tune in over on Twitch!