If you've interacted with Strixhaven Limited at all, you know the learn//lesson mechanic is powerful. It's already made its way into Standard Constructed with Professor of Symbology. I wanted to know how far you can take a Lesson plan, and got some interesting results.

First things first—what color gets the best learn//lesson? Professor of Symbology is good, and so is Sparring Regimen, but Study Break and Guiding Voice are not quite constructed caliber. The three-mana blue spells are all feasible, but the two-mana spell isn't close to good enough.

Red gives us a combat trick and awkward removal spell, as well as a strong rare, a good removal spell, and an unplayable/combo card. Eyetwitch is great, Hunt for Specimens is a slightly worse Professor of Symbology, and Poet's Quill might be really good in the right deck. All the green learn spells seem great to me. Overgrown Arch will be a great roadblock, Gnarled Professor is huge, and Field Trip ramping all seem to work well together. Add Cram Session to the green and black pool of learn spells, and I think you have a strong pull into Witherbloom.

In the lesson realm, Environmental Sciences is likely the most important one. No matter what colors we play, we'll be learning about biomes and the flora and fauna of Strixhaven. White gives us a strong, Beast Within-style removal spell, and a sort of Silence effect. I'm into the first one, but not the latter.

Blue gives us an awful creature enhancement/buff and a mediocre situational draw spell. Black gives us a planeswalker removal/raise dead, and an overcosted Bone Splinters. Red gives us a versatile yet weak removal spell and a 3/2 that rummages your hand for four. Green gives us a Naturalize that sometimes makes a Pest and an awkward Impulse for creatures. Each color gets access to two summonings as well.

To round it all out, Mascot Exhibition is a thing to do if the game goes really long, Introduction to Prophecy is an expensive Preordain, Introduction to Annihilation is awful, and Expanded Anatomy is a two +1/+1 counters for three mana.

Outside of what the cards actually do, what do you get for playing with a lesson//learn package? You give up a little power, but in return you get a wide swath of options on every spell you cast with learn. You also gain some card advantage, if you can make both sides of the card worth more than half a card. Each lesson is a sorcery, so you'll have more spells being cast to trigger magecraft or prowess. You also gain access to a reliable rummaging effect, if you want to get specific cards in the graveyard.

Taking all this into account, my first attempt was a GB deck trying to take advantage of the fact you can trigger magecraft reliably and repeatedly.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Golgari Learn by David Pargh

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

Created By: David Pargh

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Standard

Market Price: $135.03

Cards

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.37

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Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.
{3}{B}{B}: Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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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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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

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

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Plumb the Forbidden

Color Identity:B

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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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Confront the Past

Color Identity:B

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Choose one —
• Return target planeswalker card with mana value X or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
• Remove twice X loyalty counters from target planeswalker an opponent controls.

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Professor Onyx

Color Identity:B

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
+1: You lose 1 life. Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
−3: Each opponent sacrifices a creature with the greatest power among creatures that player controls.
−8: Each opponent may discard a card. If they don't, they lose 3 life. Repeat this process six more times.

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Hall of Oracles

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature. Activate only as a sorcery and only if you've cast an instant or sorcery spell this turn.

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Basic Conjuration

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. You gain 3 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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Fabled Passage

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

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Darkbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Gnarled Professor

Color Identity:G

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Trample
When Gnarled Professor 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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Cram Session

Color Identity:B,G

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You gain 4 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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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

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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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Temple of Malady

Color Identity:B,G

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

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Witherbloom Apprentice

Color Identity:B,G

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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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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Gilded Goose

Color Identity:G

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Flying
When Gilded Goose enters the battlefield, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
{1}{G}, {T}: Create a Food token.
{T}, Sacrifice a Food: Add one mana of any color.

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Duress

Color Identity:B

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

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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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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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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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Overgrown Arch

Color Identity:G

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Defender
{T}: You gain 1 life.
{2}, Sacrifice Overgrown Arch: 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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Containment Breach

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If its mana value is 2 or less, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Hunt for Specimens

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.09

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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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After a few attempts, what I discovered the BG deck was great at was making the game go really long. It also gained a lot of life, and made a large number of 1/1s. Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose a good way to turn all that life gain into damage, as well as turning the pest tokens into little Shock at your opponents face.

Lovestruck Beast is a perfect fit in this deck since you're never without a 1/1 creature to make it attack, and you also get a spell to trigger magecraft. Professor Onyx can drain your opponent for a large amount if you get to untap with it—and if you're lucky enough to cast Plumb the Forbidden with it in play, you win unless they're at an absurd life total.

The rest of the deck is mostly learn spells. Notable missing cards are Field Trip and Poet's Quill. I felt like we didn't have much use for the mana off Field Trip, or the time to for it to take off, either. But Hall of Oracles is great, and it's possible to activate it every turn.

I found myself learning for Containment Breach way more often than expected, and even wishing I had a second one. Environmental Sciences is most often the thing you're getting, because the extra land and the two life are both on plan.

Pest Summoning is the only summoning, because two pests fits the theme better than a 2/1 flyer. And I think Mascot Exhibition is a better Fractal Summoning. Basic Conjuration gains one extra life if you have Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, and digs to it if you don't. The actual spells in the board are a mix of removal and discard for whatever type of deck you're playing against.

Taking the deck forward, I'd think more about Plumb the Forbidden and Professor Onyx—that combo seems powerful. ean heavier on the Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose interactions using cards like Bastion of Remembrance to drain your opponent for heaps whenever a pest dies.

Abzan Midrange

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Abzan Midrange by David Pargh

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

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Standard

Market Price: $197.06

Cards

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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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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Professor Onyx

Color Identity:B

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
+1: You lose 1 life. Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
−3: Each opponent sacrifices a creature with the greatest power among creatures that player controls.
−8: Each opponent may discard a card. If they don't, they lose 3 life. Repeat this process six more times.

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Pest Summoning

Color Identity:B,G

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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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Leonin Lightscribe

Color Identity:W

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

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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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Darkbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Hall of Oracles

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature. Activate only as a sorcery and only if you've cast an instant or sorcery spell this turn.

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Humiliate

Color Identity:B,W

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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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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Plumb the Forbidden

Color Identity:B

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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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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Containment Breach

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If its mana value is 2 or less, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Sedgemoor Witch

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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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Elder Gargaroth

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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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Gilded Goose

Color Identity:G

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Flying
When Gilded Goose enters the battlefield, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
{1}{G}, {T}: Create a Food token.
{T}, Sacrifice a Food: Add one mana of any color.

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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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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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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

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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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Branchloft Pathway

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Brightclimb Pathway

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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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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Vanishing Verse

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Exile target monocolored permanent.

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Gnarled Professor

Color Identity:G

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Trample
When Gnarled Professor 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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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

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

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One of the nice things about the lesson//learn package is you have a lot of raw materials. Something that midrange grindy decks love to have. This deck doesn't gain as much life as the last deck, but it goes wide, and can potentially get big with Gnarled Professor and Lovestruck Beast.

Leonin Lightscribe helps you close the game once you've built a large board presence, either by casting two spells or Plumb the Forbidden. Splatter in some removal and a powerful planeswalker that can combo kill to end the game, and you have a game plan that can be very entertaining to accomplish.

[[card-showcase id="[Drannith Magistrate|| Elder Gargaroth|| Gilded Goose"]]

Drannith Magistrate has been a popular sideboard card recently, and I see no reason why it wouldn't work great here—hindering Adventure and Ultimatum decks alike. Elder Gargaroth is a powerhouse against aggressive strategies like Mono-Red and Mono-White, and it's a strong tool to have—especially with Gilded Goose to ramp into it early. Since we're expecting to play a little bit of a longer game, a bigger lesson board is in order. In any given game we may want to get a second copy of any of our major lessons, and if the game goes long we can get Mascot Exhibition.

Abzan Reanimator

Something often forgotten is if you don't have a lesson you want, you can discard a card to draw a card (rummage). What if you wanted to rummage instead? This next list turns the lesson//learn paradigm on it's head, and does just that.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Abzan Reanimator by David Pargh

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

Created By: David Pargh

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Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $201.83

Cards

Eerie Ultimatum

Color Identity:B,G,W

Market Price: $2.31

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Return any number of permanent cards with different names from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Cram Session

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.04

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You gain 4 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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Cultivate

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal those cards, put one onto the battlefield tapped and the other into your hand, then shuffle.

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Kogla, the Titan Ape

Color Identity:G

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When Kogla, the Titan Ape enters the battlefield, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.
Whenever Kogla attacks, destroy target artifact or enchantment defending player controls.
{1}{G}: Return target Human you control to its owner's hand. Kogla gains indestructible until end of 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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Shadows' Verdict

Color Identity:B

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Exile all creatures and planeswalkers with mana value 3 or less from the battlefield and all creature and planeswalker cards with mana value 3 or less from all graveyards.

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Burning-Rune Demon

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Burning-Rune Demon enters the battlefield, you may search your library for exactly two cards not named Burning-Rune Demon that have different names. If you do, reveal those cards. An opponent chooses one of them. Put the chosen card into your hand and the other into your graveyard, then shuffle.

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Containment Breach

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If its mana value is 2 or less, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

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

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $16.12

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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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Field Trip

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.05

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Search your library for a basic Forest card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.
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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Beledros Witherbloom

Color Identity:B,G

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Flying
At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."
Pay 10 life: Untap all lands you control. Activate only once each turn.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Koma, Cosmos Serpent

Color Identity:G,U

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This spell can't be countered.
At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 3/3 blue Serpent creature token named Koma's Coil.
Sacrifice another Serpent: Choose one —
• Tap target permanent. Its activated abilities can't be activated this turn.
• Koma, Cosmos Serpent gains indestructible until end of 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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Branchloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Phylath, World Sculptor

Color Identity:G,R

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When Phylath, World Sculptor enters the battlefield, create a 0/1 green Plant creature token for each basic land you control.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put four +1/+1 counters on target Plant you control.

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Basic Conjuration

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. You gain 3 life.

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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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Duress

Color Identity:B

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

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Expanded Anatomy

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Put two +1/+1 counters on target creature. It gains vigilance until end of turn.

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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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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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Fabled Passage

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

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Unbreakable Bond

Color Identity:B

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Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield with a lifelink counter on it.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Return Upon the Tide

Color Identity:B

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Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. If it's an Elf, create two 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature tokens.
Foretell {3}{B} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Velomachus Lorehold

Color Identity:R,W

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Flying, vigilance, haste
Whenever Velomachus Lorehold attacks, look at the top seven cards of your library. You may cast an instant or sorcery spell with mana value less than or equal to Velomachus Lorehold's power from among them without paying its mana cost. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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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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Darkbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {B}.

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The idea here is to use the learn cards to get a large monster in the graveyard, and bring it back with either Return Upon the Tide, or Unbreakable Bond. If the game goes super long, you can get everything back with an Eerie Ultimatum. A common curve is: turn two learn away a large creature, turn three either suspend Return Upon the Tide or play a ramp spell, turn four reanimate the large creature.

I tried Poet's Quill instead of Hunt for Specimens, but the chump blocker seems more helpful than giving a large creature lifelink—which might already have lifelink from the Unbreakable Bond. Cram Session is your best learn spell, because it's easily cast and gains a bunch of life to buy you time to recreate a finisher. Elder Gargaroth is just too good not to have access to when we're running six three-mana ramp spells to get it online a turn early.

If you only have one way to get a creature in the graveyard, pick a larger creature that isn't Velomachus Lorehold. If you can get two monsters in the yard before reanimating, you can try getting them both by attacking and triggering Velomachus Lorehold into another reanimation spell, making the dragon even better. Koma, Cosmos Serpent is a great target to have in play ahead of schedule, and often wins the game on its own. A cool thing that can happen is, if you survive a turn attacking with Velomachus Lorehold, you can learn for an Expanded Anatomy, and then you can hit Eerie Ultimatum with it's trigger. Certainly an achievement I'm going for.

I had a lot of fun playing these decks this week. I got to Plumb the Forbidden someone with Professor Onyx in play, dealing 12 damage. I got to Eerie Ultimatum four giant creatures. I even got to kill someone with a Leonin Lightscribe, which is slowly becoming one of my favorite creatures of all time.

Thanks for reading, and if you want to connect, you can find me on twitter @ghpar4. Until next time…

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