Personally, I've been in a weird place with Magic for the moment. It's been harder to focus on the game with the heightened awareness of the current state of the world. None of these problems are new, we're just paying more attention to them than before: The COVID-19 pandemic has not gone anywhere in the United States, our government is just by and large trying to ignore it, while us in the working class have to cope with re-entering a world that is unsafe. Black lives are realistically no more threatened than they were last week, last month, or six years ago in Ferguson, but we are all more aware of how important the Black Lives Matter movement is. It felt like, even for someone as deeply invested as I am in Magic, that it hasn't been the time.

Because of that, M21 preview season came and went in a flash. We have our full eight sets of Standard, and a defining piece of what we'll be allowed to play for the next two years is effectively in the books. Now, it's our job to figure out what it all means.

This core set is much more interesting than most have been, historically. Where M20 was impactful in its own way, it was largely on the back of a massively impactful cycle of sideboard hate cards that was likely too strong for Standard. Core Set 2021, on the other hand, doesn't feel like it's relying on a narrow gimmick like that to leave a dent on Standard, but is doing so through a variety of intriguing additions to the format that benefit both competitive and casual Magic, all without completely warping every format from Standard to Vintage

Unfortunately, while M21 is showcasing that Wizards can print meaningful, fun cards in Standard without completely breaking Magic every three months, it isn't clear that this set can unseat the current best decks: Temur Reclamation and Bant Ramp. Wilderness Reclamation is effectively the last best Mana Flare available in the format, and Teferi, Time Raveler is still the only thing holding the line against Temur completely taking over the format. If only someone had told them these cards were a problem a month ago, perhaps they would have seen this coming. Until then, they're just letting Ally Warfield add to her resume as a Temur Rec master.

That said, core sets occupy a unique position in Magic where they will exist in one Standard for only three months, and another for 12. In every set, it's worth brewing, thinking, and even testing new cards even if it isn't clear that they will be part of the tier 1 or 2 decks, because it is useful as a learning exercise. With core sets, the vast majority of the set's time in Standard will actually be spent in a relatively different format, once the fall rotation hits. In this case, it's important to know how these powerful cards work in the format, and see what we can learn now to get a better understanding of Standard later.

Mono-White Aggro

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Aggro by Nick Prince

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

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

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Market Price: $33.67

Cards

Tithe Taker

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.72

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During your turn, spells your opponents cast cost {1} more to cast and abilities your opponents activate cost {1} more to activate unless they're mana abilities.
Afterlife 1 (When this creature dies, create a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying.)

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.29

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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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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Loyal Pegasus

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.06

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Flying
Loyal Pegasus can't attack or block alone.

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Faerie Guidemother // Gift of the Fae

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.07

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Raise the Alarm

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.01

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Create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Gideon Blackblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.14

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As long as it's your turn, Gideon Blackblade is a 4/4 Human Soldier creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Gideon Blackblade during your turn.
+1: Up to one other target creature you control gains your choice of vigilance, lifelink, or indestructible until end of turn.
−6: Exile target nonland permanent.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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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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Basri Ket

Color Identity:W

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+1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature. It gains indestructible until end of turn.
−2: Whenever one or more nontoken creatures attack this turn, create that many 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens that are tapped and attacking.
−6: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token, then put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control."

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Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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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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Giant Killer // Chop Down

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.34

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Glorious Anthem

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.23

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Creatures you control get +1/+1.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.23

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Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
{T}: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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Venerated Loxodon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Convoke (Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color.)
When Venerated Loxodon enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature that convoked it.

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Devout Decree

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.03

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Exile target creature or planeswalker that's black or red. 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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Before we get on to that next format, though, what sort of aggro player would I be if I didn't pay tribute to one of my favorite cards from the last two years of Standard: Venerated Loxodon. They finally, finally printed a low-cost aggressive threat in white for the first time in multiple sets in the form of Seasoned Hallowblade, and it wouldn't do my Elephant friend justice not to pay him respect with this.

While Seasoned Hallowblade is the primary motivator for a resurgence in Mono-White Aggro, as white finally has a resilient 3 power creature in the two-drop slot again, it wasn't the only pickup the deck got. Selfless Savior is both adorable and provides utility, making cards like Shatter the Sky incredibly awkward against a Venerated Loxodon deck. 

Basri Ket is the sort of card that works very well when ahead—which is where this deck mostly needs to be in order to function—and not at all when behind. I assume that he is among the first cards cut from the deck every game, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just a part of how best-of-three matches play out. Glorious Anthem is similar, but probably can stay in post-board because there are enough ways to use it. I tried to build the sideboard to take advantage of this, by letting it side in to a more sweeper-proof, planeswalker centric-plan with Gideon Blackblade and some utility cards, so that the deck has a better standalone card.

Generally, this is the sort of deck that will ebb and wane in the format as people are more aware of it. As the number of Storm's Wrath and Shatter the Sky increases or decreases, this sort deck becomes more and less viable.

As a sidenote, I agree with yoman5: "white weenie" is a juvenile name, stop calling it that.

"Mono-White" Winota

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - White Winota by Nick Prince

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

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

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Market Price: $109.38

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235541_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {W}.)

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Tithe Taker

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.72

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During your turn, spells your opponents cast cost {1} more to cast and abilities your opponents activate cost {1} more to activate unless they're mana abilities.
Afterlife 1 (When this creature dies, create a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

Market Price: $4.83

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{R}: All creatures gain trample and haste until end of turn.
{1}{G}: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
{2}{W}: Target player gains 5 life.
{3}{U}: Target player draws a card.
{4}{B}: Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Loyal Pegasus

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.06

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Flying
Loyal Pegasus can't attack or block alone.

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Garrison Cat

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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When Garrison Cat dies, create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.

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Silverwing Squadron

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.47

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Flying, vigilance
Silverwing Squadron's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.
Whenever Silverwing Squadron attacks, create a number of 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with vigilance equal to the number of opponents you have.

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Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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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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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $17.08

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

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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $4.24

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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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Basri Ket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.16

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+1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature. It gains indestructible until end of turn.
−2: Whenever one or more nontoken creatures attack this turn, create that many 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens that are tapped and attacking.
−6: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token, then put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control."

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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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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Raise the Alarm

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.01

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Create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Haktos the Unscarred

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.16

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Haktos the Unscarred attacks each combat if able.
As Haktos enters the battlefield, choose 2, 3, or 4 at random.
Haktos has protection from each mana value other than the chosen number.

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My foray into various mono-white builds also had me tinkering with splashing in red for Winota, Joiner of Forces. A large part of this is that Basri Ket makes non-Human Soldier tokens that are perfect for triggering Winota on the next turn. The other is that Selfless Savior works incredibly well with Winota, both protecting her from removal spells and triggering her ability if it attacks. Perhaps it's a little too Magic Christmas Land, but the sequence of turn-one Selfless Savior, turn-two Seasoned Hallowblade, turn-three Basri Ket, turn-four Winota, Joiner of Forces, get four triggers seems incredibly powerful. 

A big problem with this deck is that with Agent of Treachery banned, there isn't a clear Winota, Joiner of Forces target. Haktos the Unscarred and Kenrith, the Returned King are both decent but don't take over the game in the same way that Angrath's Marauders and Agent of Treachery do in other places. Most likely this one is going to stay on the shelf for a while once I've gotten a few games in it to solidify numbers while I watch for impactful Human creatures to be printed that will work with Winota, Joiner of Forces.

Thankfully, there are other Venerated Loxodon decks that are worth exploring, thanks largely due to the print of Conclave Mentor.

Selesnya Counters

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Selesnya Counters (Slanting Green) by Nick Prince

'Selesnya Counters (Slanting Green)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Freeform

Market Price: $64.11

Cards

Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.82

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+1: Distribute two +1/+1 counters among up to two target creatures. They gain trample until end of turn.
−3: Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature or planeswalker.
−5: You may reveal a creature card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Chamber Sentry

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

Market Price: $0.11

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Chamber Sentry enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana spent to cast it.
{X}, {T}, Remove X +1/+1 counters from Chamber Sentry: It deals X damage to any target.
{W}{U}{B}{R}{G}: Return Chamber Sentry from your graveyard to your hand.

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Conclave Mentor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.40

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If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on that creature instead.
When Conclave Mentor dies, you gain life equal to its power.

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Stonecoil Serpent

Market Price: $0.73

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Pelt Collector

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.15

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Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, if that creature's power is greater than Pelt Collector's, put a +1/+1 counter on Pelt Collector.
As long as Pelt Collector has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has trample.

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $9.31

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.20

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Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it.
Whenever another green creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Yorvo. Then if that creature's power is greater than Yorvo's power, put another +1/+1 counter on Yorvo.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.59

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Huatli's Raptor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.16

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Vigilance
When Huatli's Raptor enters the battlefield, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Knight of Autumn

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.52

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When Knight of Autumn enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Put two +1/+1 counters on Knight of Autumn.
• Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
• You gain 4 life.

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Temple of Plenty

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.47

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Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Unbreakable Formation

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.35

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Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Addendum — If you cast this spell during your main phase, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and they gain vigilance until end of turn.

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Barkhide Troll

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.11

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Barkhide Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
{1}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Barkhide Troll: Barkhide Troll gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Selesnya Counters (Slanting White) by Nick Prince

'Selesnya Counters (Slanting White)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Freeform

Market Price: $98.94

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235541_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {W}.)

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The Ozolith

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Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if The Ozolith has counters on it, you may move all counters from The Ozolith onto target creature.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Ajani, the Greathearted

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.17

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Creatures you control have vigilance.
+1: You gain 3 life.
−2: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control and a loyalty counter on each other planeswalker you control.

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Huatli's Raptor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.16

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Vigilance
When Huatli's Raptor enters the battlefield, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Conclave Mentor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.40

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If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on that creature instead.
When Conclave Mentor dies, you gain life equal to its power.

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Unbreakable Formation

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.35

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Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Addendum — If you cast this spell during your main phase, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and they gain vigilance until end of turn.

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $9.31

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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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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Stonecoil Serpent

Market Price: $0.73

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Giant Killer // Chop Down

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.34

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Venerated Loxodon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Convoke (Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color.)
When Venerated Loxodon enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature that convoked it.

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Chamber Sentry

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

Market Price: $0.11

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Chamber Sentry enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana spent to cast it.
{X}, {T}, Remove X +1/+1 counters from Chamber Sentry: It deals X damage to any target.
{W}{U}{B}{R}{G}: Return Chamber Sentry from your graveyard to your hand.

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Basri Ket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.16

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+1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature. It gains indestructible until end of turn.
−2: Whenever one or more nontoken creatures attack this turn, create that many 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens that are tapped and attacking.
−6: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token, then put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control."

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Doing its best Hardened Scales impression, Conclave Mentor is a build around and a half in Standard. There have been a surprising number of cards that both place and care about +1/+1 counters over the last two years, and Conclave Mentor seems poised to push them all over the edge in one step.

The Ozolith is perhaps one of the best cards in Standard that hasn't really found a home yet, and I'm incredibly interested to see how it plays out. MTGO grinder Felix Sloo already spent time trying to make the card work over the course of Ikoria Standard, and it wasn't that far off on power level from the rest of Standard. Having a creature version of Hardened Scales could be what tips it over the edge.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Selesnya Lurrus by Nick Prince

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

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Freeform

Market Price: $117.61

Cards

Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/125584_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {G}.)

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Pelt Collector

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.15

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Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, if that creature's power is greater than Pelt Collector's, put a +1/+1 counter on Pelt Collector.
As long as Pelt Collector has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has trample.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $6.03

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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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Huatli's Raptor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.16

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Vigilance
When Huatli's Raptor enters the battlefield, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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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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Conclave Mentor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.40

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If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on that creature instead.
When Conclave Mentor dies, you gain life equal to its power.

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Stonecoil Serpent

Market Price: $0.73

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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The Ozolith

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Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if The Ozolith has counters on it, you may move all counters from The Ozolith onto target creature.

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Temple of Plenty

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.47

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Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $9.31

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Chamber Sentry

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

Market Price: $0.11

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Chamber Sentry enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana spent to cast it.
{X}, {T}, Remove X +1/+1 counters from Chamber Sentry: It deals X damage to any target.
{W}{U}{B}{R}{G}: Return Chamber Sentry from your graveyard to your hand.

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Venerated Loxodon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Convoke (Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color.)
When Venerated Loxodon enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature that convoked it.

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Unbreakable Formation

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.35

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Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Addendum — If you cast this spell during your main phase, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and they gain vigilance until end of turn.

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One less obvious inclusion is Lurrus of the Dream-Den. Lurrus and Venerated Loxodon both want to get played with a similar subsection of cards. Cheap creatures, especially X spells like Stonecoil Serpent and Chamber Sentry, work perfectly with both Venerated Loxodon and Lurrus of the Dream-Den as payoffs. Loxodon provides upfront power, whie Lurrus provides some ability to stick around in a longer game, and threatens to take over if it isn't removed immediately. The fact that it stacks well with The Ozolith is just a useful bonus.

Selfless Savior really pulls its weight with all of these payoffs. It can be used effectively with The Ozolith to move counters around, making a creature indestructible and moving the counters it has on to that, or another, creature. It protects Lurrus of the Dream-Den and can be replayed with Lurrus of the Dream-Den, creating a dream scenario where it's a nightmare for the opponent to remove Lurrus from play. And of course, Selfless Savior is a one-drop creature for Venerated Loxodon.

"Affinity"

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Selesnya Artifacts by Nick Prince

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

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Freeform

Market Price: $117.08

Cards

The Ozolith

Market Price: $14.55

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Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if The Ozolith has counters on it, you may move all counters from The Ozolith onto target creature.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/125584_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {G}.)

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Chamber Sentry

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

Market Price: $0.11

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Chamber Sentry enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana spent to cast it.
{X}, {T}, Remove X +1/+1 counters from Chamber Sentry: It deals X damage to any target.
{W}{U}{B}{R}{G}: Return Chamber Sentry from your graveyard to your hand.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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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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Conclave Mentor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.40

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If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on that creature instead.
When Conclave Mentor dies, you gain life equal to its power.

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Steel Overseer

Market Price: $0.98

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{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $9.31

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Venerated Loxodon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Convoke (Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color.)
When Venerated Loxodon enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature that convoked it.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $6.03

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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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Stonecoil Serpent

Market Price: $0.73

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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All That Glitters

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.43

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact and/or enchantment you control.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235541_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {W}.)

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Gingerbrute

Market Price: $0.25

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Haste
{1}: Gingerbrute can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with haste.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Gingerbrute: You gain 3 life.

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Of course, once we've gone down the path of so many artifact creatures and Lurrus of the Dream-Den, it's worth exploring a slightly different route by embracing some payoffs for them: Steel Overseer and All That Glitters. Lurrus of the Dream-Den and All That Glitters were all the rage briefly, just prior to the Arena Open a couple weeks ago. Chamber Sentry and Stonecoil Serpent are already attractive with Lurrus, Venerated Loxodon and Conclave Mentor, so adding a dimension of going tall as well as wide lets the deck get aggressive in a variety of ways. Selfless Savior, again, puts in absolute overtime here: covering an All That Glitters threat from Shatter the Sky is exactly what these decks wanted but never had before. 

In both of these decks, really, the adorable doge feels like the key to making it work. Putting effort into going wide with +1/+1 counters walks perfectly into wrath effects. Selfless Savior undoes a fair amount of that work, and if The Ozolith is ever in play when they play something like Shatter the Sky, it practically nullifies their card completely, as all the counters that were on all the destroyed creatures will move to The Ozolith before being put on the surviving creature. Assuming that we can then untap and attack, that should probably be game over for the opponent.

Orzhov Lurrus

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Orzhov Lurrus by Nick Prince

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

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Freeform

Market Price: $123.66

Cards

Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $13.03

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

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Alseid of Life's Bounty

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.21

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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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Call of the Death-Dweller

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.40

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Return up to two target creature cards with total mana value 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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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.27

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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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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.02

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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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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.59

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Dead Weight

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.02

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.

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Mire's Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.02

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -3/-3.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.77

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+1: Each player discards a card. Each opponent who can't loses 3 life.
−3: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your graveyard.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste."

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.03

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it or a card from their graveyard. Exile that card. You lose 1 life.

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Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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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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Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.13

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−1: Up to two target creatures you control each get +2/+1 until end of turn.
−2: Create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens.
−3: You gain 5 life.
Escape—{4}{W}{W}, Exile four other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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

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Serrated Scorpion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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When Serrated Scorpion dies, it deals 2 damage to each opponent and you gain 2 life.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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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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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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Noxious Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker that's green or white. You gain 1 life.

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Lazotep Reaver

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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When Lazotep Reaver enters the battlefield, amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $6.03

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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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Archfiend's Vessel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.26

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Selfless Savior had me looking very closely at Lurrus of the Dream-Den. The cards are almost tailor made to work with each other, to the point that it's almost questionable that Wizards didn't see the problem with companions before Ikoria was released. There's no way that someone there didn't realize they could play the two cards together, right?

Along the same lines is Archfiend's Vessel. There aren't that many ways to return a one-drop to play that makes sense (nobody is going to be wasting time using Blood for Bones to return a one-drop), but the most notable are Lurrus of the Dream-Den and the previous "copies #2-5 of Lurrus," Call of the Death-Dweller. Giving both cards a massive payoff in the form of a 5/5 Demon is incredibly powerful. Being a token in a world of Brazen Borrower isn't great, but surviving Storm's Wrath is. 

Frankly the only thing that's disappointing about Archfiend's Vessel is that, presumably, you have to actually cast the card sometimes. Priest of Forgotten Gods can turn the initial body into something useful, but I'm most interested in using Seasoned Hallowblade to discard it either for value when it would die, or once the deck hits four mana and plays Lurrus of the Dream-Den, so that it effectively enters play with a 5/5 flying Demon token. Either way, there are likely enough ways to get it into the graveyard that it will be powerful.

I rounded out the list with a couple Liliana, Waker of the Dead. She has some incidental use as a way to discard Archfiend's Vessel, as a removal spell, and as a way to constrict an opponent's resources when this deck has Lurrus of the Dream-Den in play accumulating value already. I'm not convinced that it is worth it, but I'd like to try the card before dismissing it out of hand. At the very least, a Priest of Forgotten Gods deck is going to have excess mana sometimes that can power her out. 

Rakdos Lurrus

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Rakdos Lurrus by Nick Prince

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Market Price: $146.74

Cards

Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.33

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Temple of Malice enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malice enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Dreadhorde Butcher

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.88

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Haste
Whenever Dreadhorde Butcher deals combat damage to a player or planeswalker, put a +1/+1 counter on Dreadhorde Butcher.
When Dreadhorde Butcher dies, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Archfiend's Vessel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.26

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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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Witch's Oven

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{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Create a Food token. If the sacrificed creature's toughness was 4 or greater, create two Food tokens instead. (They're artifacts with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Noxious Grasp

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker that's green or white. You gain 1 life.

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Mayhem Devil

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever a player sacrifices a permanent, Mayhem Devil deals 1 damage to any target.

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Call of the Death-Dweller

Color Identity:B

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Return up to two target creature cards with total mana value 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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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

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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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Gutterbones

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.01

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Gutterbones enters the battlefield tapped.
{1}{B}: Return Gutterbones from your graveyard to your hand. Activate only during your turn and only if an opponent lost life this turn.

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Claim the Firstborn

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Gain control of target creature with mana value 3 or less until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn.

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Cauldron Familiar

Color Identity:B

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When Cauldron Familiar enters the battlefield, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
Sacrifice a Food: Return Cauldron Familiar from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $14.74

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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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Act of Treason

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. (It can attack and {T} this turn.)

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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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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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.02

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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

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Mire's Grasp

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -3/-3.

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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

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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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While Orzhov Lurrus looks very fun, and potentially uses Lurrus of the Dream-Den better in conjunction with Selfless Savior, this is probably the best place to start with Archfiend's Vessel. Rakdos has been a powerful deck before, and a boost from the Archfiend's Vessel to actually close out games more quickly is quite possibly what it needs. While powerful, I don't want to waste time creating a damage engine via Mayhem Devil and Woe Strider any more if I can help it. Instead, I would rather try to get in early damage with the deck's aggressive creatures and a large Demon, and then wrap things up with the typical Cauldron Familiar/Witch's Oven/Mayhem Devil engine… at least until Mayhem Devil rotates.

Orzhov Life Gain

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Orzhov Life Gain by Nick Prince

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Cards

Ajani, Strength of the Pride

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $12.14

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+1: You gain life equal to the number of creatures you control plus the number of planeswalkers you control.
−2: Create a 2/2 white Cat Soldier creature token named Ajani's Pridemate with "Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Ajani's Pridemate."
0: If you have at least 15 life more than your starting life total, exile Ajani, Strength of the Pride and each artifact and creature your opponents control.

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.29

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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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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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $13.03

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine 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: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.23

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Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
{T}: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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Tormod's Crypt

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

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Ajani's Pridemate

Color Identity:W

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Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Ajani's Pridemate.

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Gideon Blackblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.14

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As long as it's your turn, Gideon Blackblade is a 4/4 Human Soldier creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Gideon Blackblade during your turn.
+1: Up to one other target creature you control gains your choice of vigilance, lifelink, or indestructible until end of turn.
−6: Exile target nonland permanent.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

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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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Heliod, Sun-Crowned

Color Identity:W

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn't a creature.
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature or enchantment you control.
{1}{W}: Another target creature gains lifelink until end of turn.

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Devout Decree

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature or planeswalker that's black or red. 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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Soul-Guide Lantern

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

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Alseid of Life's Bounty

Color Identity:W

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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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Call of the Death-Dweller

Color Identity:B

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Return up to two target creature cards with total mana value 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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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

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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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Archfiend's Vessel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.26

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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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Speaker of the Heavens

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.22

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Vigilance, lifelink
{T}: Create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying. Activate only if you have at least 7 life more than your starting life total and only as a sorcery.

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Unbreakable Formation

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.35

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Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Addendum — If you cast this spell during your main phase, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and they gain vigilance until end of turn.

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For the last deck, there's one other thing I wanted to explore. Seemingly out of nowhere, Magic 2021 includes two different one-mana lifelink creatures that are actually worth playing. Mono-White Devotion's best draws were a life gain creature into Ajani, Strength of the Pride, and to facilitate that it played cards like Healer's Hawk that were otherwise quite mediocre. Now, however, with the combination of Alseid of Life's Bounty, Archfiend's Vessel and the new card Speaker of the Heavens, an Orzhov version of the deck can play twelve one-drop lifelink creatures that are worth playing in and of themselves.

Call of the Death-Dweller and Lurrus of the Dream-Den are a natural pairing, but the sorcery works well with… basically everything in the deck, functioning as extra copies of Heliod, Sun-Crowned, Lurrus of the Dream-Den, Ajani's Pridemate, Speaker of the Heavens and Archfiend's Vessel. With such a synergy-driven deck, buying back any two cards for just three mana feels incredibly powerful in many situations. This deck can go big very quickly, or play a long game making a host of Angels and Demons to fight for it. 

There are a lot of cards that work with this theme to some degree, and finding the right mix will matter a lot. Sixteen lifelink one-drops (with Healer's Hawk) means that Ajani's Pridemate could work with Venerated Loxodon, for example, though the lands don't make me confident that Archfiend's Vessel can really count. Despite being a Lurrus of the Dream-Den deck, this deck also forgoes Selfless Savior, and it's possible that a Heliod, Sun-Crowned/Lurrus deck could exist as well. Until we see how the format shapes up, it'll be hard to know exactly how to build the deck. 

With under a week left, though, we're going to be getting a sense of just what this new Standard looks like very soon. There isn't anything that clearly screams that Temur Reclamation or Bant Ramp will be unseated as the top decks of the format, but at some point if there are enough decks with powerful options, there could be shifts week to week on what people play and how people build decks. By next week, we'll see what everyone is playing and have a better sense of whether anything else can stand with the Growth Spiral decks.