Finally, we know the soon-to-be legal cards from Zendikar Rising, and we can get brewing!

Not shocking to anyone who knows me: I've spent a lot of time jotting down aggressive decks, seeing what they can do and how fast the format feels in preparation for the new Standard format. With all new mana, a lot of tap lands, and a cycle of mythic rare lands encouraging people to Lava Spike themselves, I don't want to waste any time playing a midrange game. That first week, let's punish people for going slowly:

Mono-Red: Ardent Electromancer

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

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Cards

Ardent Electromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.01

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When Ardent Electromancer enters the battlefield, add {R} for each creature in your party. (Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.)

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Fireblade Charger

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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As long as Fireblade Charger is equipped, it has haste.
When Fireblade Charger dies, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.80

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Anax, Hardened in the Forge

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Anax's power is equal to your devotion to red. (Each {R} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to red.)
Whenever Anax or another nontoken creature you control dies, create a 1/1 red Satyr creature token with "This creature can't block." If the creature had power 4 or greater, create two of those tokens instead.

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Robber of the Rich

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.84

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Reach, haste
Whenever Robber of the Rich attacks, if defending player has more cards in hand than you, exile the top card of their library. During any turn you attacked with a Rogue, you may cast that card and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast that spell.

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Akoum Hellhound

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Akoum Hellhound gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Kargan Intimidator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Cowards can't block Warriors.
{1}: Choose one that hasn't been chosen this turn —
• Kargan Intimidator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
• Target creature becomes a Coward until end of turn.
• Target Warrior gains trample until end of turn.

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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.35

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Shock

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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Shock deals 2 damage to any target.

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The first place I went was to Mono-Red Aggro. Seemingly the week one winner every time a new set comes out, Mono-Red lost Scorch Spitter, Runaway Steam-Kin and… not a lot else. To be fair, it hasn't gotten much new lately either, but it's still floated around in tier 2 for the better part of the last year.

What drew my eye in this set was a card quietly hanging out in the previews: Ardent Electromancer. Generating a free spell just by curving out is well worth it, allowing Mono-Red to potentially play a card similar to Burning-Tree Emissary, recently banned in Historic. More bodies is everything an Embercleave deck wants, so even if we can only hit two of the three needed, Ardent Electromancer still generates a substantial mana and board advantage early on. All it takes is a few reasonable cards to combine with it.

While Wizards seems to have been very careful with their party creature types this past year, red actually has access to both a good Rogue and a few Warriors. Robber of the Rich fills the role of Rogue for the deck, while Kargan Intimidator and our third string one-drop, Fireblade Charger, act as Warriors.

Kargan Intimidator is a powerful card in its own right, and a way to use any excess mana from Ardent Electromancer or on the turn we play Embercleave. Given the limit on its abilities, this is the rare card that actually gets better in multiples. Preventing two creatures from blocking and swinging for between 6 and 8 damage is going to be enough to lock up the game alone in situations.

But of course, there's more than one way to attack:

Gruul: Skyclave Pick-Axe + Adventures

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gruul by Nick Prince

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

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Event:

Rank:

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Market Price: $71.16

Cards

Fabled Passage

Market Price: $4.44

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

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Primal Might

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.20

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Target creature you control gets +X/+X until end of turn. Then it fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Cragcrown Pathway // Timbercrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $3.48

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Skyclave Pick-Axe

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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When Skyclave Pick-Axe enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
Equip {2}{G}

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Kazandu Mammoth // Kazandu Valley

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.37

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Kazandu Mammoth gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Rimrock Knight // Boulder Rush

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Flaxen Intruder // Welcome Home

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.08

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Edgewall Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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Whenever you cast a creature spell that has an Adventure, draw a card. (It doesn't need to have gone on the adventure first.)

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.26

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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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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/196606_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {G}.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.58

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

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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A favorite of mine is Skyclave Pick-Axe, which should functionally be an extra 2 damage every turn from early on, as long as we can equip it to a turn one or two play. With a goal of finding green one-drops, hitting all our land drops, and playing mostly creatures, I figured there was only one man for the job:

Yes, he's not your usual aggressive play, but Lovestruck Beast's 1/1 Token also fills the requirements of a green one-drop I actually want to register. And the adventures engine should allow Gruul to routinely hit all of its land drops for the Skyclave Pick-Axe and Kazandu Mammoth. Flaxen Intruder isn't stellar by any stretch, but Flaxen Intruder holds a Skyclave Pick-Axe and will cantrip some amount of the time.

The Kazandu Mammoth plays an important role in the deck, allowing us to play both 23 and 27 lands. It isn't the most impressive three-drop, but considering the alternative is to play 25+ lands or risk missing land drops on all the landfall creatures, I'll take a split card Mediocre Creature/Land Drop if I have to.

Where we run into a little trouble in a deck like this is the mana is still not great. So I've avoided double color mana costs as much as possible, with the exception of Questing Beast at four. While we have excellent turn one mana for green creatures, it isn't fantastic for playing two different color one-drops. While I would love to be able to play Akoum Hellhound in the deck as well, and we could if we still had the shocklands, we don't have that privilege at the moment.

I'm also not currently playing Brushfire Elemental. Maybe this will prove to be a mistake, but I think I'd rather hedge my bets toward a way to exile Scavenging Ooze.

Building the list, the red cards here in particular felt unimpressive. As I edited over time, I basically cut everything that wasn't an Adventure, and at some point… why not cut the package entirely and register Mono-Green instead?

Mono-Green: Syr Faren, the Hengehammer

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

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Event:

Rank:

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Cards

Skyclave Pick-Axe

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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When Skyclave Pick-Axe enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
Equip {2}{G}

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Stonecoil Serpent

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

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Gemrazer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.40

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Mutate {1}{G}{G} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)
Reach, trample
Whenever this creature mutates, destroy target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Syr Faren, the Hengehammer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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Whenever Syr Faren, the Hengehammer attacks, another target attacking creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is Syr Faren's power.

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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Swarm Shambler

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.14

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Swarm Shambler enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it becomes the target of a spell an opponent controls, create a 1/1 green Insect creature token.
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Swarm Shambler.

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Kazandu Mammoth // Kazandu Valley

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.37

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Kazandu Mammoth gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Turntimber Symbiosis // Turntimber, Serpentine Wood

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.42

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Look at the top seven cards of your library. You may put a creature card from among them onto the battlefield. If that card has mana value 3 or less, it enters with three additional +1/+1 counters on it. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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The Great Henge

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $43.31

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.
{T}: Add {G}{G}. You gain 2 life.
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on it and draw a card.

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.26

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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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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.58

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

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Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.24

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

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There isn't a ton to say about this list, as we've seen most of it for the past few months. With a way to boost power early, I'm curious to see if we can take advantage of Syr Faren, the Hengehammer again by effectively doubling the boost we get from Skyclave Pick-Axe. The three card combo of "any one-drop" into Syr Faren, the Hengehammer followed up by a turn three Skyclave Pick-Axe and land drop will leave the opponent a turn or so from dead. Kazandu Mammoth, again, fills a dual role as both creature when flooding and land when not. It isn't fantastic in either regard, but Mono-Green has been highly susceptible to flooding in the past, and I'm eager to have some ways to mitigate that between it and Turntimber Symbiosis // Turntimber, Serpentine Wood.

Reasonably, I doubt that Mono-Green will  be casting Turntimber Symbiosis // Turntimber, Serpentine Wood almost ever, but there are worse, "I drew seven lands" plans than hoping to make a giant Questing Beast that deals the last six points of damage.

Green-White: Adventures

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

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Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

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Market Price: $68.76

Cards

Flaxen Intruder // Welcome Home

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.08

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Branchloft Pathway // Boulderloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $3.62

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Giant Killer // Chop Down

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.34

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Faerie Guidemother // Gift of the Fae

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.07

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Fabled Passage

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

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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Shepherd of the Flock // Usher to Safety

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.09

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Edgewall Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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Whenever you cast a creature spell that has an Adventure, draw a card. (It doesn't need to have gone on the adventure first.)

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Kazandu Mammoth // Kazandu Valley

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.37

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Kazandu Mammoth gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.26

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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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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.58

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

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Skyclave Pick-Axe

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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When Skyclave Pick-Axe enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
Equip {2}{G}

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The other direction to go with Edgewall Innkeeper in combination with Skyclave Pick-Axe is white, and where would I be if I didn't at least consider playing a Selesnya deck?

While white has no amazing Adventure creatures like Bonecrusher Giant, it does have several more playable ones that would appreciate carrying an equipment—especially because of Faerie Guidemother. Either boosting a creature into the air or picking up the equipment itself will let the deck hit for reasonable amounts of damage. Shepherd of the Flock's Adventure half, Usher to Safety, even works well with the Skyclave Pick-Axe to save a mana and split up the cost in case the creature holding it dies.

Nothing about this deck screams broken to me, but it does feel consistent and able to play a surprisingly longer and trickier game than Selesnya usually does.

Green-White: Conclave Mentor

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

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Basri's Solidarity

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.07

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Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

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Luminarch Aspirant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.27

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.

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Branchloft Pathway // Boulderloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Stonecoil Serpent

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

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Basri's Lieutenant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.38

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

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Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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Discard a card: Tap Seasoned Hallowblade. It gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Inscription of Abundance

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.69

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Kicker {2}{G}
Choose one. If this spell was kicked, choose any number instead.
• Put two +1/+1 counters on target creature.
• Target player gains X life, where X is the greatest power among creatures they control.
• Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control.

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Oran-Rief Ooze

Color Identity:G

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When Oran-Rief Ooze enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.
Whenever Oran-Rief Ooze attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on each attacking creature with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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The Ozolith

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

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Conclave Mentor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.41

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

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Swarm Shambler

Color Identity:G

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Swarm Shambler enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it becomes the target of a spell an opponent controls, create a 1/1 green Insect creature token.
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Swarm Shambler.

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Temple of Plenty

Color Identity:G,W

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

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Splashing around in the card pools for Mono-Green and Selesnya cards lead me to what, frankly, feels almost like a pre-constructed deck built around +1/+1 counters. Stonecoil Serpent, Swarm Shambler, Luminarch Ascension, Conclave Mentor, Oran-Rief Ooze, Basri's Lieutenant and at least a couple copies of The Ozolith are all pretty non-negotiable. They just work perfectly together.

Where that leaves us is about eleven flex slots. I know I want more two-drop creatures, specifically something difficult to kill and wears +1/+1 counters well, for all the ways to add them to creatures. Seasoned Hallowblade growing out of control is a nightmare, especially for control decks that may not otherwise have ways to get it off the battlefield. For the other seven slots, I've opted to use a third copy of The Ozolith, three Basri's Solidarity and three Inscription of Abundance. While Basri's Solidarity is more on theme, the flexibility and surprise factor from the supercharm Inscription of Abundance gives the deck something to do with a lot of mana and a decent amount of tricks early.

For what it's worth, I don't see this like other aggressive decks I've written, but a bit slower looking to build an unassailable board. Swarm Shambler isn't winning any awards for attacking early, and Stonecoil Serpent is least impressive when it's just a crappy 1/1 creature. With a lot of white spells we want to cast anyway, Temple of Plenty strikes me as the better option than trying to play all basics, so the deck doesn't get randomly hosed by its own mana. We'd rather cast our one-drops after a Conclave Mentor anyway.

While discussing Conclave Mentor this week, Baker Neenan (better known by his MTGO name, VTCLA) brought up the possibility of building the deck as a bit of a +1/+1 counter/Cleric hybrid built around Luminarch Aspirant, Conclave Mentor and Taborax, Hope's Demise. If we don't really need one-drops, we don't exactly need untapped mana early anyway:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Abzan Mentor by Nick Prince

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Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Conclave Mentor

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.41

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

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Orah, Skyclave Hierophant

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.16

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Lifelink
Whenever Orah, Skyclave Hierophant or another Cleric you control dies, return target Cleric card with lesser mana value from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Hagra Mauling // Hagra Broodpit

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.17

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This spell costs {1} less to cast if an opponent controls no basic lands.
Destroy target creature.

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Oran-Rief Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.25

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When Oran-Rief Ooze enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.
Whenever Oran-Rief Ooze attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on each attacking creature with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.53

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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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Woe Strider

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.38

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

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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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Basri's Lieutenant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.38

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

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.43

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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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Taborax, Hope's Demise

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Flying
Taborax, Hope's Demise has lifelink as long as it has five or more +1/+1 counters on it.
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Taborax. If that creature was a Cleric, you may draw a card. If you do, you lose 1 life.

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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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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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The Ozolith

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

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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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Branchloft Pathway // Boulderloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Swarm Shambler

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.14

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Swarm Shambler enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it becomes the target of a spell an opponent controls, create a 1/1 green Insect creature token.
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Swarm Shambler.

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Luminarch Aspirant

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Brightclimb Pathway // Grimclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $3.79

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Nullpriest of Oblivion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.79

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Kicker {3}{B}
Menace, lifelink
When Nullpriest of Oblivion enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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While I'm not entirely sure of the final result, and it feels like the deck probably wants to pick one lane or the other, the concept is at least there. With a few more sets to come, it's worth noting something like this is doable, even if it isn't there yet.

Also worth noting is because we're missing four of the Pathways, wedge mana is good if we want it to be, but the spell assortment is going to be tricky—or at least require us to play a lot more lands. Something like Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Escape cost is doable, but every pathway that has to be put on red or black will be that much trickier to use.

With the idea of Clerics in my head, I figured I should see if there's enough support for the Orzhov tribe in the set:

Orzhov Clerics

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

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Cards

Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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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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Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.08

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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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Heliod, Sun-Crowned

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $19.54

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

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.58

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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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Archfiend's Vessel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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

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Speaker of the Heavens

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.46

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

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Brightclimb Pathway // Grimclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Taborax, Hope's Demise

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Flying
Taborax, Hope's Demise has lifelink as long as it has five or more +1/+1 counters on it.
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Taborax. If that creature was a Cleric, you may draw a card. If you do, you lose 1 life.

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Cleric of Life's Bond

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.20

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Whenever another Cleric enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.
Whenever you gain life for the first time each turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Cleric of Life's Bond.

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Nullpriest of Oblivion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.79

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Kicker {3}{B}
Menace, lifelink
When Nullpriest of Oblivion enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt

Color Identity:B

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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

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Emeria's Call // Emeria, Shattered Skyclave

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.15

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.43

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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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Orah, Skyclave Hierophant

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.16

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Lifelink
Whenever Orah, Skyclave Hierophant or another Cleric you control dies, return target Cleric card with lesser mana value from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Luminarch Aspirant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.27

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.

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Surprisingly, there are a lot of pretty solid Clerics in Standard, from one-drops to four-drops, and they play remarkably on-theme with each other. Pretty much every cleric in the deck gains life (or can gain life, under certain circumstances), making Heliod, Sun-Crowned actually useful as an enchantment that will occasionally turn on. Speaker of the Heavens and Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose make good use of all the random lifegain in the deck, and pays for Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt that we have to play as lands. And Orah, Skyclave Hierophant is a combination of defense against wrath effects and value engine against opponents.

Speaking of Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt, that card actually does some incredible work with the various Cleric cards. With so many must kill threats, the Clerics should naturally end up in the graveyard so the opponent doesn't get run over. Orah, Skyclave Hierophant can then get them back, forcing the opponent to have more answers or lose again, and then Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt can do it a third time. Ever actually casting Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt for 3+ mana should be game over, if they haven't been done in by chip damage from Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose and a random 5/5 Demon from Archfiend's Vessel already.

It's possible the deck would rather play Woe Strider over the two Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Elspeth Conquers Death, but it's so unimpressive unless there's an Orah, Skyclave Hierophant or Taborax, Hope's Demise in play, that I'd rather try the newer cards instead.

Finally, while I was exploring a tribe that doesn't feel well supported, I decided to try something just for fun and actually am amused by the results:

Boros Dogs and Warriors

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Boros Dogs & Warriors by Nick Prince

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

Created By: Nick Prince

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Standard

Market Price: $86.91

Cards

Fabled Passage

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

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Haktos the Unscarred

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

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Whenever a non-Human creature you control attacks, look at the top six cards of your library. You may put a Human creature card from among them onto the battlefield tapped and attacking. It gains indestructible until end of turn. Put the rest of the cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Kargan Warleader

Color Identity:R,W

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Other Warriors you control get +1/+1.

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Plains

Color Identity: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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Kargan Intimidator

Color Identity:R

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Cowards can't block Warriors.
{1}: Choose one that hasn't been chosen this turn —
• Kargan Intimidator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
• Target creature becomes a Coward until end of turn.
• Target Warrior gains trample until end of turn.

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Igneous Cur

Color Identity:R

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{1}{R}: Igneous Cur gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

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Alpine Houndmaster

Color Identity:R,W

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When Alpine Houndmaster enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a card named Alpine Watchdog and/or a card named Igneous Cur, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle.
Whenever Alpine Houndmaster attacks, it gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the number of other attacking creatures.

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Akoum Hellhound

Color Identity:R

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Akoum Hellhound gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Pack Leader

Color Identity:W

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Other Dogs you control get +1/+1.
Whenever Pack Leader attacks, prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn to Dogs you control.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

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Sacrifice Selfless Savior: Another target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Alpine Watchdog

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)

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Needleverge Pathway // Pillarverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Emeria's Call // Emeria, Shattered Skyclave

Color Identity:W

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Shatterskull Smashing // Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass

Color Identity:R

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

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The problem I'm having with Winota, Joiner of Forces currently is there are not many good non-Human creatures that cost less than 3 mana running around. Everything that's even decent is a Human, and many of the previous cards Mardu Winota decks ran to support it, like Knight of the Ebon Legion and Lazotep Reaver, are gone. In their place we're left with some Nullpriest of Oblivion and a whole lot of cards I wouldn't want to register.

Weirdly, though, they gave us one more playable Dog: Akoum Hellhound. Now that we have two playable one-drop Doggos, the two-drop Dog lord Pack Leader doesn't look terrible. Alpine Houndmaster is a Human Warrior, of all things, and can find two more non-Human creatures to attack for Winota, Joiner of Forces. Suddenly we have a deck that's both adorable and probably pretty fast.

Honestly I could probably have found four more Warriors or Dogs to fill out the deck with only those two creature types, but the deck needs some removal. Enter Skyclave Apparition, a card that feels like it's gotten way too little press. Exiling any nonland permanent with less than 4 converted mana cost is good enough as is, and well worth the potential of them getting a spirit token down the line. That it's also  a non-Human for Winota, Joiner of Forces, feels like a match made in heaven. Even in Mardu versions, I'm assuming they should be tilting more toward white anyway, and probably focusing on black for a couple vampires to help trigger Winota, Joiner of Forces—meaning Skyclave Apparition is a perfect three-drop creature in these lists.

If there's one thing I'm taking away from this, it's there are several directions to go that focus on attacking in Standard. The tools are there to fight back against aggression, but it's unlikely we can get away with playing thirty lands if half enter tapped, or we pay 3 life to make multiple land drops enter play untapped. Decks will need to get on board early to interact, otherwise they can still be run over just fine.