No, I'm not ending the series on the second article (at least I hope not). It's time to talk about one of the more powerful Limited rares in Strixhaven, Dramatic Finale.

How do we best utilize this card in Constructed? First off, there are only really three color "combinations" we can play it in and reliably cast it: Orzhov, mono-white, and mono-black. The four white-black hybrid pipped mana cost may look like a drawback, but with devotion being a thing currently available in Standard, it might be a boon instead.

How do we get the most out of the death trigger? Sacrifice outlets seem like a good way to go about it? Maybe stuff that needs to be killed by the opponent can work as well. Hopefully a way to have creatures die on your opponent's turn so we can get it to trigger twice a turn cycle. If possible, a few incidental tokens could be useful as well. Luckily, learn/Lesson packages lend themselves to providing tokens.

With all that in mind, let's look at some lists.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Tokens by David Pargh

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

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Standard

Market Price: $71.01

Cards

Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.15

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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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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.39

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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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Luminous Broodmoth

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.98

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Flying
Whenever a creature you control without flying dies, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a flying counter on it.

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Drannith Magistrate

Color Identity:W

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

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Environmental Sciences

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

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Spirit Summoning

Color Identity:R,W

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Create a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token.

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Dramatic Finale

Color Identity:B,W

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Creature tokens you control get +1/+1.
Whenever one or more nontoken creatures you control die, create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying. This ability triggers only once each turn.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Reverent Hoplite

Color Identity:W

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When Reverent Hoplite enters the battlefield, create a number of 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens equal to your devotion to white. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.)

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Daxos, Blessed by the Sun

Color Identity:W

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Daxos's toughness is equal to your devotion to white. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.)
Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, you gain 1 life.

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Garrison Cat

Color Identity:W

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

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Clarion Spirit

Color Identity:W

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Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.

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Usher of the Fallen

Color Identity:W

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Boast — {1}{W}: Create a 1/1 white Human Warrior creature token. (Activate only if this creature attacked this turn and only once each turn.)

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Professor of Symbology

Color Identity:W

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When Professor of Symbology enters the battlefield, learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Reduce to Memory

Color Identity:W

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Exile target nonland permanent. Its controller creates a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Archon of Absolution

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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Flying
Protection from white (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, enchanted, or equipped by anything white.)
Creatures can't attack you or planeswalkers you control unless their controller pays {1} for each of those creatures.

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Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis

Color Identity:W

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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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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with mana value 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the mana value of the exiled card.

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Inkling Summoning

Color Identity:B,W

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying.

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Mascot Exhibition

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying, a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token, and a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Glorious Anthem

Color Identity:W

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Creatures you control get +1/+1.

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This is a very rough Tokens list. Leaning heavily into the Glorious Anthem effect of Dramatic Finale, we even find space for Glorious Anthem itself.

The goal is to build as wide a board as possible, pump up our creatures, and swing for large amounts of damage at once. Usher of the Fallen and Garrison Cat are the best white one-drops for a token-centric strategy. With an Anthem out, Garrison Cat is Isamaru, Hound of Konda, but twice. and often in this deck it will be better than that. Clarion Spirit making flying tokens is nice and can help get in some chippier damage before we really get big. Professor of Symbology helps double spell with Clarion Spirit, and even brings along a token from the board.

Luminous Broodmoth lets your creatures with enters-the-battlefield and dies triggers (nearly every creature in this deck) come back for a second shot, while at the same time blocking Elite Spellbinder and Galazeth Prismari pretty well. It can even shut down a Goldspan Dragon if you have an Anthem out. If you ever get a chance to play Reverent Hoplite with Dramatic Finale in play, you will get a large number of 2/2s. Hoplite can really shut the door fast, and is the most powerful thing going on when you have eight anthem effects.

The rest of the deck is interaction that can leave behind white pips for Reverent Hoplite. Glass Casket and Skyclave Apparition are extra good here because of the Hoplites, and Elspeth Conquers Death is a generically powerful card that can rebuy Luminous Broodmoth, but even getting a Professor of Symbology back to go and get your Mascot Exhibition is a big play that fits on curve.

The Lesson sideboard is a work in progress. As of now, I'm more than happy having only one of each of the Lessons currently there. Each Lesson is relatively self-explanatory, but as mentioned before, Mascot Exhibition in the late game is extra good with all the Anthems. Disenchant is for the big, game plan-defining permanents that are floating around. Titans' Nest, Embercleave, The Great Henge, and Shark Typhoon are all great cards that demand immediate removal, and Disenchant can neutralize these cards with little to no value gained from the opponent.

Daxos, Blessed by the Sun is a gigantic butt against the Mono-Red decks that can gain life, allowing you to block effectively, and with all of your white pips it can potentially survive a hit from an Embercleave. Drannith Magistrate can stop Adventures from being cast from exile as well as stop Emergent Ultimatum from doing its thing. Archon of Absolution is great against opposing white decks, specifically Mono-White. Finally, Glass Casket is just a generically good removal spell for when you feel like you could really use one more.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Orzhov Disruption by David Pargh

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

Created By: David Pargh

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $89.71

Cards

Drannith Magistrate

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.29

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

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Shineshadow Snarl

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $1.27

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

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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.93

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Flying
When Elite Spellbinder enters the battlefield, look at target opponent's hand. You may exile a nonland card from it. For as long as that card remains exiled, its owner may play it. A spell cast this way costs {2} more to cast.

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Reduce to Memory

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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Exile target nonland permanent. Its controller creates a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token.

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Vanishing Verse

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target monocolored permanent.

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Daxos, Blessed by the Sun

Color Identity:W

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Daxos's toughness is equal to your devotion to white. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.)
Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, you gain 1 life.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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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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Skyclave Cleric

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Cleric enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Clarion Spirit

Color Identity:W

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Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.

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Humiliate

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.10

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. Put a +1/+1 counter on a creature you control.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

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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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Garrison Cat

Color Identity:W

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

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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.03

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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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Usher of the Fallen

Color Identity:W

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Boast — {1}{W}: Create a 1/1 white Human Warrior creature token. (Activate only if this creature attacked this turn and only once each turn.)

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Environmental Sciences

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

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Inkling Summoning

Color Identity:B,W

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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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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Archon of Absolution

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Protection from white (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, enchanted, or equipped by anything white.)
Creatures can't attack you or planeswalkers you control unless their controller pays {1} for each of those creatures.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with mana value 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the mana value of the exiled card.

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Reidane, God of the Worthy

Color Identity:W

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Flying, vigilance
Snow lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.
Noncreature spells your opponents cast with mana value 4 or greater cost {2} more to cast.

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Professor of Symbology

Color Identity:W

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When Professor of Symbology enters the battlefield, learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Mascot Exhibition

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying, a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token, and a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Dramatic Finale

Color Identity:B,W

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Creature tokens you control get +1/+1.
Whenever one or more nontoken creatures you control die, create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying. This ability triggers only once each turn.

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Turns out, the mana for two-color decks is not that great in Standard. We get the Pathways and Snarls as untapped lands on turn one that can be two colors. Because of that, any two-color aggressive deck is probably a little better suited to be base one color, and touching the other color.

Because of this, we are playing a list that looks very similar to the mono-white list above. Touching black gives us two powerful interactive effects in Humiliate and Vanishing Verse. In exchange for dropping our powerful late-game effects, we pick up more great disruptive, interactive effects in the World Champion himself, Elite Spellbinder, and Reidane, God of the Worthy. Many mono-color decks are packing Snow Basic Lands in order to utilize Faceless Haven, so slowing them down is useful, and in general Reidane just gives deck headaches and needs to be killed. All of these creatures that are just begging to be killed is how we are attempting to utilize Dramatic Finale. Pick apart their threats with interaction, and minimize the effect of their interaction with our over-performing enchantment.

There isn't much to say about the Sideboard in this deck that hasn't already been said before. We pick up a couple Duress to more proactively target the scary spells as well as help double spell with Clarion Spirit.

I wish there was more to say here but I would just be repeating myself, so I'll move on to what I feel is the most exciting of the three decks I've been working on.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Black Devotion by David Pargh

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

Created By: David Pargh

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $89.46

Cards

Witch's Vengeance

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Creatures of the creature type of your choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.21

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Color Identity:B

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

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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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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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.03

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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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Ayara, First of Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Ayara, First of Locthwain or another black creature enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
{T}, Sacrifice another black creature: Draw a card.

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Dramatic Finale

Color Identity:B,W

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Creature tokens you control get +1/+1.
Whenever one or more nontoken creatures you control die, create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying. This ability triggers only once each turn.

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Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

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Tymaret, Chosen from Death

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Tymaret's toughness is equal to your devotion to black. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)
{1}{B}: Exile up to two target cards from graveyards. You gain 1 life for each creature card exiled this way.

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Fiend Artisan

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Fiend Artisan gets +1/+1 for each creature card in your graveyard.
{X}{B/G}, {T}, Sacrifice another creature: Search your library for a creature card with mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Plumb the Forbidden

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may sacrifice one or more creatures. When you do, copy this spell for each creature sacrificed this way.
You draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Castle Locthwain

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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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Feed the Swarm

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's mana value.

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Pest Summoning

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Create two 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Eyetwitch

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Eyetwitch dies, learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Eliminate

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

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Daemogoth Titan

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Whenever Daemogoth Titan attacks or blocks, sacrifice a creature.

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Nighthawk Scavenger

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

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Agadeem's Awakening

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

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Sedgemoor Witch

Color Identity:B

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Menace
Ward—Pay 3 life. (Whenever this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays 3 life.)
Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Massacre Wurm

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When Massacre Wurm enters the battlefield, creatures your opponents control get -2/-2 until end of turn.
Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, that player loses 2 life.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

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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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Environmental Sciences

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

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Hunt for Specimens

Color Identity:B

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Create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."
Learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Mascot Exhibition

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying, a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token, and a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Pelakka Predation

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

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This deck uses every part of the Dramatic Finale buffalo. We have sacrifice outlets in Fiend Artisan and Ayara, First of Locthwain. We have tokens in Eyetwitch getting Lessons, and Sedgemoor Witch. We have Devotion paying off with Gray Merchant of Asphodel. What more could you ask for?

It really feels like all of the creatures were meant to be together in this deck. Fiend Artisan lets you loop Eyetwitch every turn to essentially draw a free card. At any point, you can get Ayara, First of Locthwain to make all your copies of Pest Summoning drain your opponent, Gray Merchant of Asphodel to drain your opponent for a large chunk, or Massacre Wurm to gun down your opponents small creatures and likely kill them. Ayara triggers off of every creature in the deck, slowly pinging them down to Gary range. Your opponent will have to kill it on sight, or it will accrue value by sacrificing tokens and Eyetwitch, or by making large flyers if Dramatic Finale is in play.

Nighthawk Scavenger 

Having a varied removal suite is useful. You don't want to get caught with your pants down when your opponent plays the thing you aren't able to kill. It is also nice that some of the removal spells are also creatures, namely Murderous Rider and Nighthawk Scavenger. This means that Fiend Artisan can fetch removal spells, and you get value when they die with Dramatic Finale in play. The two copies of Agonizing Remorse go a long way to preventing you from getting blown out by things like Emergent Ultimatum or Shark Typhoon.

Most games will end when you Gray Merchant of Asphodel them. It is not uncommon for Gary to drain your opponent for 10. Because of this, you really need to make sure you don't miss any damage. Daemogoth Titan may be too fancy, but a large creature with four black pips you can search out with Fiend Artisan is a solid tool to have. Just be careful not to get it stolen with The Akroan War. We struggle a little with sweepers that exile, especially Extinction Event and Shadows' Verdict. The full Sultai Ultimatum list is a little scary but shouldn't be unbeatable. Pelakka Predation should help there a little bit at tagging the aforementioned sweepers as well as Ultimatum itself.

As far as sideboarding goes: I never found myself getting Necrotic Fumes so I cut it from the board, but the other Lessons are all useful. Most commonly found is Environmental Sciences as we are a little mana hungry. Tymaret, Chosen from Death is good against aggressive decks as it gets big pretty fast, and it gains life. It's also useful against Cycling as it can turn off Zenith Flare, which is their only card you should really be scared of. We have effectively four copies of Massacre Wurm that single-handedly win the game against them.

Duress is self explanatory but is a must-have against Sultai. Plumb the Forbidden is also here for decks with multiple sweepers so we can refill our hand instead of being swept. This should allow you to force them to discard haymakers instead of sweepers. The removal suite is for when your maindeck discard spells are not as good, allowing you to improve matchups like Mono-White, Mono-Red, and Mono-Green. Against Rogues, Witch's Vengeance especially is a beating, and bringing in Duress to nab Into the Story could be helpful.

As I said before, Mono-Black is the deck that excites me the most of the three. The midrangey, disruption package Silverquill deck also has promise. Mono-White is more of a budget-friendly deck, but is fun to play and makes a million tokens. I would love to hear from you on my Twitter if you want to talk about any of the decks. Ideas for cards I may have missed, or cards that aren't working for you, will always be appreciated. If you have a suggestion for an interaction you had while drafting that you want to look at under a Constructed lens, don't hesitate to let me know about it.

Until then...

Go get 'em.