When I wrote about players using Tibalt's Trickery to sneak Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play, I thought it would be the most busted thing to come out of Kaldheim. It turns out that was only the beginning. Players have since discovered an even more potent card, with even wider implications. It's in the process of taking over almost every format, from Pioneer to Modern to Legacy.

When I was first looking over the Kaldheim spoilers, Valki, God of Lies looked like a definite future staple—two mana black creatures that dig into the opponent's hand have always seen play, from the original Mesmeric Fiend and the similar Tidehollow Sculler to the recent Kitesail Freebooter and its Duress effect. The Ostracize effect of Valki is very desirable in today's world of overpowered creatures, and the ability to turn Valki into it is huge upside. Taking an Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and attacking with it the next turn sounds pretty good to me.

I could also see that Valki offering the alternative option of being an expensive, powerful planeswalker — perfect for the late game when a discard effect is at its worst—makes it a truly excellent card. What I didn't appreciate is that this double-faced nature also makes it ripe for abuse, and ultimately the most broken card in Kaldheim. 

Breaking Valki

As it turns out, cards that allow others to be cast for free, like Cascade, permit either half of Valki to be cast. Casting Violent Outburst and hitting Valki, God of Lies translates to casting Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor. Not quite as strong as Emrakul, the Aeons Torn like Tibalt's Trickery can play, but still, certainly a card capable of immediately taking over the game. And unlike Tibalt's Trickery, Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor doesn't require playing an inconsistent deck full of uncastable cards and combo pieces—Valki is already a great card!

This interaction is being abused in all sorts of ways, in every format it can be.

Valki Jund Midrange

At first Valki, God of Lies was added to Jund decks, where it makes a great combination with Bloodbraid Elf, and a solid strategic inclusion otherwise. It won't cheat Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor into play often, but it's a great extra dose of power for a deck that has struggled recently.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Valki Jund Midrange by Adam Yurchick

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Cards

Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.67

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

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.41

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Necromentia

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.38

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Choose a card name other than a basic land card name. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. That player shuffles, then creates a 2/2 black Zombie creature token for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.56

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Boil

Color Identity:R

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Destroy all Islands.

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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy target permanent an opponent controls. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Seal of Fire

Color Identity:R

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Sacrifice Seal of Fire: It deals 2 damage to any target.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

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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 mana value 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $10.24

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B} or {G}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Nurturing Peatland: Draw a card.

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Valki, God of Lies

Color Identity:B,R

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When Valki enters the battlefield, each opponent reveals their hand. For each opponent, exile a creature card they revealed this way until Valki leaves the battlefield.
{X}: Choose a creature card exiled with Valki with mana value X. Valki becomes a copy of that card.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $23.14

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles.

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Bloodstained Mire

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Bloodbraid Elf

Color Identity:G,R

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Haste
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Tarmogoyf

Color Identity:G

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Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1.

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Liliana of the Veil

Color Identity:B

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+1: Each player discards a card.
−2: Target player sacrifices a creature.
−6: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of their choice.

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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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Mishra's Bauble

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{T}, Sacrifice Mishra's Bauble: Look at the top card of target player's library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Raging Ravine

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $2.06

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Raging Ravine enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.
{2}{R}{G}: Until end of turn, Raging Ravine becomes a 3/3 red and green Elemental creature with "Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it." It's still a land.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.12

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

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Blackcleave Cliffs

Color Identity:B,R

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Blackcleave Cliffs enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.78

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Anger of the Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.86

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

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.66

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.80

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Wrenn and Six

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $99.80

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+1: Return up to one target land card from your graveyard to your hand.
−1: Wrenn and Six deals 1 damage to any target.
−7: You get an emblem with "Instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard have retrace." (You may cast instant and sorcery cards from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying their other costs.)

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $14.08

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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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Valki Ponza

This same idea has also been applied to Gruul Ponza mana denial decks, like this version that replaces Pillage and some threats with a black splash for the Valki-Cascade combo.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Valki Ponza by Adam Yurchick

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

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Modern

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Cards

Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.20

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Vigilance, deathtouch, haste
Questing Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.
Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.

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Liliana of the Veil

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $68.62

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+1: Each player discards a card.
−2: Target player sacrifices a creature.
−6: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of their choice.

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Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.88

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $1.48

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $14.08

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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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Simian Spirit Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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Exile Simian Spirit Guide from your hand: Add {R}.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.67

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

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Boil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.52

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Destroy all Islands.

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Prismatic Vista

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.14

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.98

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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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Cragcrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Throes of Chaos

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.48

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Gemstone Caverns

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If Gemstone Caverns is in your opening hand and you're not the starting player, you may begin the game with Gemstone Caverns on the battlefield with a luck counter on it. If you do, exile a card from your hand.
{T}: Add {C}. If Gemstone Caverns has a luck counter on it, instead add one mana of any color.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.77

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Seasoned Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $34.75

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When Seasoned Pyromancer enters the battlefield, discard two cards, then draw two cards. For each nonland card discarded this way, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.
{3}{R}{R}, Exile Seasoned Pyromancer from your graveyard: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens.

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Snow-Covered Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.94

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Huntmaster of the Fells

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $21.42

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Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, create a 2/2 green Wolf creature token and you gain 2 life.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.

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Valki, God of Lies

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $13.94

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When Valki enters the battlefield, each opponent reveals their hand. For each opponent, exile a creature card they revealed this way until Valki leaves the battlefield.
{X}: Choose a creature card exiled with Valki with mana value X. Valki becomes a copy of that card.

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.17

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

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Bloodbraid Elf

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $2.53

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Haste
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Blackcleave Cliffs

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $30.05

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Blackcleave Cliffs enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $10.24

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B} or {G}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Nurturing Peatland: Draw a card.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.68

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.40

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Vigilance, reach, trample
Whenever Elder Gargaroth attacks or blocks, choose one —
• Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
• You gain 3 life.
• Draw a card.

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Demonic Dread

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.23

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Target creature can't block this turn.

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Anger of the Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.86

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

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Cut // Ribbons

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.58

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Ravenous Trap

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.24

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If an opponent had three or more cards put into their graveyard from anywhere this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Exile target player's graveyard.

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Violent Outburst

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.09

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Bloodstained Mire

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.12

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

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This list highlights Throes of Chaos as a great Cascade spell for the strategy, because with Retrace, it's essentially immune to discard and can help fight through counterspells.

Legacy Shardless Valki

Valki, God of Lies is at its best with three mana cascade spells that can hit it more reliably. This makes it go very well alongside Shardless Agent in Legacy. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Legacy Shardless Valki by Adam Yurchick

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Cards

Leyline of the Void

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.82

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If Leyline of the Void is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Oko, Thief of Crowns

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $11.62

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+2: Create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
+1: Target artifact or creature loses all abilities and becomes a green Elk creature with base power and toughness 3/3.
−5: Exchange control of target artifact or creature you control and target creature an opponent controls with power 3 or less.

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.51

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

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Misty Rainforest

Market Price: $29.11

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Misty Rainforest: Search your library for a Forest or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Bayou

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $598.80

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)

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Toxic Deluge

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $23.13

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, pay X life.
All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn.

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $69.34

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.88

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.80

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $11.97

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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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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $4.69

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.

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Ancestral Vision

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.92

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Suspend 4—{U} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, pay {U} and exile it with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)
Target player draws three cards.

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Hymn to Tourach

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.19

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Target player discards two cards at random.

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Wasteland

Market Price: $28.11

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.

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Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $4.12

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
Whenever you or a permanent you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may draw a card.

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Force of Will

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $101.17

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You may pay 1 life and exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target spell.

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Force of Vigor

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $25.66

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a green card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Destroy up to two target artifacts and/or enchantments.

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Valki, God of Lies

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $13.94

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When Valki enters the battlefield, each opponent reveals their hand. For each opponent, exile a creature card they revealed this way until Valki leaves the battlefield.
{X}: Choose a creature card exiled with Valki with mana value X. Valki becomes a copy of that card.

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Underground Sea

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $964.17

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.92

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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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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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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 mana value 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Baleful Strix

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.58

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Flying, deathtouch
When Baleful Strix enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Tarmogoyf

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $21.23

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Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1.

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Sylvan Library

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $44.87

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At the beginning of your draw step, you may draw two additional cards. If you do, choose two cards in your hand drawn this turn. For each of those cards, pay 4 life or put the card on top of your library.

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Snow-Covered Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.94

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Badlands

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $468.83

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)

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Tropical Island

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $740.86

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Carpet of Flowers

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $20.96

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At the beginning of each of your main phases, if you haven't added mana with this ability this turn, you may add X mana of any one color, where X is the number of Islands target opponent controls.

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Liliana of the Veil

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $68.62

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+1: Each player discards a card.
−2: Target player sacrifices a creature.
−6: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of their choice.

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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $11.52

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Destroy target permanent an opponent controls. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Shardless Agent

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.28

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Valki has revived the Shardless Sultai archetype, which has always essentially been a blue Jund deck. Like Modern Jund, it does have other cheap spells to Cascade into, but the potential to take over the game on turn three when it gets lucky is too good to pass up, especially when Brainstorm and Ponder can help set it up. 

Jund Valki Combo

Now players have been going even further in Modern by building true Valki, God of Lies combo decks where it's the only hit for Cascade, and loading up on three-mana Cascade spells to hit it early and often.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jund Valki Combo by Adam Yurchick

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Modern

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Cards

Mindbreak Trap

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $18.79

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If an opponent cast three or more spells this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Exile any number of target spells.

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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Leyline of the Void

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.82

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If Leyline of the Void is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Anger of the Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.86

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

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Valki, God of Lies

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $13.94

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When Valki enters the battlefield, each opponent reveals their hand. For each opponent, exile a creature card they revealed this way until Valki leaves the battlefield.
{X}: Choose a creature card exiled with Valki with mana value X. Valki becomes a copy of that card.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.48

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.12

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

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $14.08

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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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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.77

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Magmatic Sinkhole

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Magmatic Sinkhole deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker.

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Violent Outburst

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.09

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Simian Spirit Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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Exile Simian Spirit Guide from your hand: Add {R}.

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Demonic Dread

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.23

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Target creature can't block this turn.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Maelstrom Pulse

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.49

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Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.

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Bloodbraid Elf

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $2.53

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Haste
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Blackcleave Cliffs

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $30.05

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Blackcleave Cliffs enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Wooded Foothills

Market Price: $35.47

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Seasoned Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $34.75

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When Seasoned Pyromancer enters the battlefield, discard two cards, then draw two cards. For each nonland card discarded this way, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.
{3}{R}{R}, Exile Seasoned Pyromancer from your graveyard: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens.

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Magus of the Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.02

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.67

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

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Gemstone Caverns

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If Gemstone Caverns is in your opening hand and you're not the starting player, you may begin the game with Gemstone Caverns on the battlefield with a luck counter on it. If you do, exile a card from your hand.
{T}: Add {C}. If Gemstone Caverns has a luck counter on it, instead add one mana of any color.

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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This Jund-color version is a great example, where any of the eight 3-mana cascade spells will turn into the planeswalker, and potentially as early as turn one with the help of Gemstone Caverns and Simian Spirit Guide. This mana acceleration goes perfectly with Blood Moon and Magus of the Moon and their potential to lock opponents out of the game. This gives the deck yet another broken angle of attack, and really forces opponents to have an answer immediately or risk losing in a variety of ways. 

While this isn't a true Jund deck with Thoughtseize and loads of disruption, it does manage to fit in some cheap removal by getting around Cascade with Dismember.

Seasoned Pyromancer helps tie it all together by filtering away any unnecessary pieces and digging into action. The curve is topped off by Bloodbraid Elf, which is likely to hit either a Blood Moon effect or another Cascade spell right into Valki. 

These creatures are also important for providing a target for Demonic Dread, which does require a creature to be cast. Lovestruck Beast comes in handy here by providing a cheap creature that gets around Cascade. It also doubles as a big body and a fill-in for the Tarmogoyf that Jund decks are accustomed to playing. It will quickly close out opponents locked down by a Blood Moon or being oppressed by Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor.

Blue Valki Combo

Players have also gone in a different direction, giving up black and Demonic Dread for the more reliable Ardent Plea and the best that blue has to offer.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Blue Valki Combo by Adam Yurchick

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Modern

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Cards

Warrant // Warden

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.10

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Simian Spirit Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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Exile Simian Spirit Guide from your hand: Add {R}.

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Snow-Covered Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

Market Price: $11.84

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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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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $20.18

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Far // Away

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.23

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Ketria Triome

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $12.58

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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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Ardent Plea

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.06

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Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Reflecting Pool

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{T}: Add one mana of any type that a land you control could produce.

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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $11.21

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

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Threads of Disloyalty

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.37

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Enchant creature with mana value 2 or less
You control enchanted creature.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $11.08

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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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Mindbreak Trap

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $18.79

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If an opponent cast three or more spells this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Exile any number of target spells.

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Commandeer

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $18.61

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You may exile two blue cards from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Gain control of target noncreature spell. You may choose new targets for it. (If that spell is an artifact, enchantment, or planeswalker, the permanent enters the battlefield under your control.)

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Violent Outburst

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.09

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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.)
Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Leyline of the Void

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.82

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If Leyline of the Void is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $69.34

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.92

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.25

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

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $20.69

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

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Gemstone Caverns

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If Gemstone Caverns is in your opening hand and you're not the starting player, you may begin the game with Gemstone Caverns on the battlefield with a luck counter on it. If you do, exile a card from your hand.
{T}: Add {C}. If Gemstone Caverns has a luck counter on it, instead add one mana of any color.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.07

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

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Leyline of Sanctity

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.34

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If Leyline of Sanctity is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.13

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

Market Price: $9.86

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

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $7.45

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $19.59

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Mana Confluence

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color.

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Valki, God of Lies

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $13.94

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When Valki enters the battlefield, each opponent reveals their hand. For each opponent, exile a creature card they revealed this way until Valki leaves the battlefield.
{X}: Choose a creature card exiled with Valki with mana value X. Valki becomes a copy of that card.

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Playing Force of Negation does sound like a good idea when opponents are jamming 7-mana planeswalkers into play on turn one, so this version has a big advantage in the mirror matches. Commandeer takes this even further, outright stealing their Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor! Teferi, Time Raveler to protect against counterspells is another benefit, but it's also a tremendous hoser against Cascade, whether it's mirror matches or against Tibalt's Trickery decks.

This version plays more like a control deck, using Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor as the centerpiece of an overall control plan. Cards like Supreme Verdict as a sweeper and Brazen Borrower to clean up problem permanents, potentially even other Tibalt, helps round out the deck. 

Brazen Borrower and Bonecrusher Giant provide two-mana interaction but get around Cascade—both of which are truly invaluable for the control strategy. The deck takes further advantage of this concept with split cards, which count both halves of their mana costs towards Cascade. This allows the deck to load up on cheap interaction like Warrant // Warden and Far // Away, which will buy plenty of time for Tibalt to take over.

Pioneer Bring to Light Valki

Valki, God of Lies is even being broken in Pioneer. The format doesn't have Cascade to play with, but Bring to Light's ability to find and cast a card for free opens up the same ability to dig for Valki but cast Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Pioneer Bring to Light Valki by Adam Yurchick

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Pioneer

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Cards

Fabled Passage

Market Price: $4.59

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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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Sunpetal Grove

Color Identity:G,W

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Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Utter End

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.33

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Exile target nonland permanent.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

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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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Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

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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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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $11.21

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

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Rootbound Crag

Color Identity:G,R

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Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Deafening Clarion

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.24

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Choose one or both —
• Deafening Clarion deals 3 damage to each creature.
• Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Slaughter Games

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.16

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This spell can't be countered.
Choose a nonland card name. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles.

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Dreadbore

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $2.76

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Jegantha, the Wellspring

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

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Companion — No card in your starting deck has more than one of the same mana symbol in its mana cost. (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.)
{T}: Add {W}{U}{B}{R}{G}. This mana can't be spent to pay generic mana costs.

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Knight of Autumn

Color Identity:G,W

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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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Valki, God of Lies

Color Identity:B,R

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When Valki enters the battlefield, each opponent reveals their hand. For each opponent, exile a creature card they revealed this way until Valki leaves the battlefield.
{X}: Choose a creature card exiled with Valki with mana value X. Valki becomes a copy of that card.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.80

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.86

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Niv-Mizzet Reborn

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

Market Price: $1.76

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Flying
When Niv-Mizzet Reborn enters the battlefield, reveal the top ten cards of your library. For each color pair, choose a card that's exactly those colors from among them. Put the chosen cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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

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Notion Thief

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.30

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Flash
If an opponent would draw a card except the first one they draw in each of their draw steps, instead that player skips that draw and you draw a card.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with mana value of the chosen quality. (Zero is even.)

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Indatha Triome

Color Identity:B,G,W

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

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Ketria Triome

Color Identity:G,R,U

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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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Omnath, Locus of Creation

Color Identity:G,R,U,W

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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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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $14.08

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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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Nahiri, the Harbinger

Color Identity:R,W

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+2: You may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.
−2: Exile target enchantment, tapped artifact, or tapped creature.
−8: Search your library for an artifact or creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle. It gains haste. Return it to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Bring to Light

Color Identity:G,U

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Converge — Search your library for a creature, instant, or sorcery card with mana value less than or equal to the number of colors of mana spent to cast this spell, exile that card, then shuffle. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Despark

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target permanent with mana value 4 or greater.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

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

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Oath of Kaya

Color Identity:B,W

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When Oath of Kaya enters the battlefield, it deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.
Whenever an opponent attacks a planeswalker you control with one or more creatures, Oath of Kaya deals 2 damage to that player and you gain 2 life.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.92

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Rakdos's Return

Color Identity:B,R

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Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent or planeswalker. That player or that planeswalker's controller discards X cards.

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.

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Sylvan Caryatid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $4.43

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Defender, hexproof
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Glacial Fortress

Color Identity:U,W

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Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

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

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Mana Confluence

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color.

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In a way, Bring to Light is just like a Cascade spell that always hits Valki, but without the need for such extreme deckbuilding restrictions. Just adding a copy of Valki or two to the Niv-Mizzet Reborn deck, where it's good as a two-drop just as much as it is a broken combo piece, is enough to unlock the combo. It has helped bring the deck to the next level, and maybe made it the new best deck in Pioneer. It completely dominated its first weekend of Challenges, taking down first place in both events!

The Future of Valki

Decks abusing Tibalt's Trickery may be capable of doing more impressive things than those with Valki, God of Lies, but it has become clear what the truly most broken card in the set is. Valki decks have to jump through fewer hoops to unlock their combo, and are more consistent and far less disrupable than those using Tibalt's Trickery. Tibalt's Trickery decks are extremely powerful but also fragile, and it's clear they never would have truly taken over the Modern metagame full of great answers. Valki decks, on the other hand, could completely upend the metagame. With Modern, Pioneer, and even Legacy all now suffering its wrath, it's going to be an interesting few weeks to come as players refine their decks and further strengthen the grip Valki now has on the game.