Zendikar Rising is finally upon us, and everyone is asking the same question: where the heck do I go from here?

MTG Arena has released all the new cards, and players all over the world are cracking packs and figuring out what to build in a brand new Standard format. Many sets rotated, there are a TON of new mechanics and archetypes, so a lot of people have found themselves lost in the party. Don't worry, you don't have to spend all your wildcards just yet, I'm here to do that for you. I'm going to take a look at a couple archetypes people have been most excited about and give you my initial reactions to each one so you get to decide for yourself which deck you want to throw all your wildcards at right off the bat!

Four-Color Omnath

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Four-Color Omnath by LuCaparroz

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

Created By: LuCaparroz

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $473.71

Cards

Ketria Triome

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $12.75

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

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Cragcrown Pathway // Timbercrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $2.87

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Market Price: $22.76

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+2: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon deals 3 damage to any target.
−X: Exile each permanent with mana value X or less that's one or more colors.
−10: You gain 7 life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanent cards from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Terror of the Peaks

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $24.53

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Flying
Spells your opponents cast that target Terror of the Peaks cost an additional 3 life to cast.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Terror of the Peaks deals damage equal to that creature's power to any target.

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.35

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Dryad of the Ilysian Grove

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $11.66

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You may play an additional land on each of your turns.
Lands you control are every basic land type in addition to their other types.

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Wilt

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.17

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Genesis Ultimatum

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $0.93

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Look at the top five cards of your library. Put any number of permanent cards from among them onto the battlefield and the rest into your hand. Exile Genesis Ultimatum.

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.15

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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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Lotus Cobra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.45

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, add one mana of any color.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

Market Price: $11.97

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

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Temple of Mystery

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.48

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

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $11.60

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When Uro enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Uro enters the battlefield or attacks, you gain 3 life and draw a card, then you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
Escape—{G}{G}{U}{U}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Omnath, Locus of Creation

Color Identity:G,R,U,W

Market Price: $10.67

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When Omnath, Locus of Creation enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 4 life if this is the first time this ability has resolved this turn. If it's the second time, add {R}{G}{W}{U}. If it's the third time, Omnath deals 4 damage to each opponent and each planeswalker you don't control.

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Turntimber Symbiosis // Turntimber, Serpentine Wood

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.36

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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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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

Market Price: $5.05

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

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.55

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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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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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Cultivate

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.44

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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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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Storm's Wrath

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.34

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Storm's Wrath deals 4 damage to each creature and each planeswalker.

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Shatterskull Smashing // Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $9.21

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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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Thundering Rebuke

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Thundering Rebuke deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker.

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Initial Impressions

Lotus Cobra appears to be the best card in Zendikar Rising by far. Lotus Cobra alone has the ability to make a four-color deck possible, and if we are playing four colors, we are definitely playing Omnath, Locus of Creation. Because of the cards already printed in 2020 *cough cough Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath*, it is easier to trigger Omnath, Locus of Creation two or three times with landfall.

There aren't as many ramp cards in Standard as there are in Historic, but Dryad of the Ilysian Grove and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath help ramp us into powerful spells that end the game like Genesis Ultimatum or Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. Terror of the Peaks and Omnath, Locus of Creation are both powerful with Genesis Ultimatum because of the enters-the-battlefield triggers.

I envision this Standard being a split between midrange decks, Dimir Rogues and Aggro Winota decks. Four-Color Omnath will be able to out-grind and play more game-ending spells than most midrange decks. It will likely need some help in the sideboard against Winota decks, but the matchup might end up being a race most of the time.

After the Games

After one match I have confirmed Lotus Cobra is one of the best things you can be doing in the new set. If you get to untap with it, there are so many ways to trigger landfall multiple times in one turn and end up so far ahead of your opponent.

Something I've noticed is how important your land drops and sequencing are in this deck. This relates to all of Standard now because of the Pathways lands, but especially in this deck when you are trying to cast spells with a lot of pips like Omnath, Locus of Creation and Genesis Ultimatum. It is important to think about what you want your future turns to look like and plan your land drops accordingly.

Identify which color of mana you'll need in the future turns to decide which side to play your Pathway lands on. Additionally, it can take a while to get used to identifying how much mana you'll have with Lotus Cobra triggers. There are other small things you need to be aware of as well, such as putting a Pathway land into play off of Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath will only let you put the front half into play. These new double-faced cards have fundamentally changed the way we build and play decks, and it is going to take a while to get used to.

Overall, this deck has definitely lived up to its hype. This deck will be present in Standard, and if this is your style, you should be comfortable crafting most of these cards. Some of the lines and sequencing, specifically the land drops like I mentioned, are difficult at first and take some thought before playing them. Four-Color Omnath feels like one of the best things you could be doing right away in new Standard, and I will continue to work with this archetype to tweak and perfect the deck.

Boros Winota

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Boros Winota by Filipa Carloa

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

Created By: Filipa Carloa

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $109.88

Cards

Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $4.53

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

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Basri's Lieutenant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.41

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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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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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

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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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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.59

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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: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.02

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

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Fight as One

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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Choose one or both —
• Target Human creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains indestructible until end of turn.
• Target non-Human creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Scorching Dragonfire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Scorching Dragonfire deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that creature or planeswalker would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

Market Price: $5.05

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

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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Redcap Melee deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a nonred permanent is dealt damage this way, you sacrifice a land.

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Giant Killer // Chop Down

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.34

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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

Market Price: $4.59

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

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Embereth Shieldbreaker // Battle Display

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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Kargan Intimidator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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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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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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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with mana value 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Haktos the Unscarred

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.15

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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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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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Needleverge Pathway // Pillarverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $2.78

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.96

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+1: Create a 1/1 white Kor Warrior creature token. You may attach an Equipment you control to it.
−2: Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal a Warrior or Equipment card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−3: Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients deals damage to target creature or planeswalker equal to twice the number of Equipment you control.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Initial Impressions

Winota, Joiner of Forces is inherently broken, and enables powerful gameplay. I've been enjoying the idea of Naya Winota decks because of the consistent turn-three Winota thanks to Lotus Cobra, but today I'm going to try a Boros build, focused on more aggression and consistency with the manabase.

The payoff Humans in this list include Haktos the Unscarred and Kenrith, the Returned King. However, you can still hit some other powerful and synergistic cards like Basri's Lieutenant and Kargan Intimidator. Aggro is always strong in the first weeks of new Standard, so I wouldn't be surprised if Winota decks dominate Standard until people finely tune Midrange and Ramp decks. I think Winota has some ban potential, but if you already have Winota on Arena, there aren't as many wildcards needed to complete this deck as some of the other decks in the format.

After the Games

A consistent aggro deck is exactly what you need to punish clunky three or four-color decks in week one of Standard formats. Winota is no exception now. But while I think the deck is powerful, I am skeptical that it will remain at the top of the format for long. Winota decks rely on some amount of variance to enable truly explosive starts, and this often falls to a decent amount of interaction. As the weeks progress, decks will start to adapt to Winota by playing color-specific removal, like Redcap Melee, or decks that often prey on Winota, like Sultai Ramp/Midrange.

Embercleave has been a great mirror breaker in the games that I've played today. This build of Winota also has a lot of great options on the sideboard for mirrors as well as other matchups you may face. Redcap Melee might be one of the best sideboard options in Standard currently because of its versatility. It hits Omnath, Locus of Creation and Winota, Joiner of forces, or really even anything else if you're willing to sacrifice a land as well. Overall, I rank this deck below Four-Color Omnath, and it's likely only a great deck early in the format.

Dimir Rogues

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Rogues by Ally Warfield

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

Created By: Ally Warfield

Event:

Rank:

Standard

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Cards

Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.33

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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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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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Rankle, Master of Pranks

Color Identity:B

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Flying, haste
Whenever Rankle, Master of Pranks deals combat damage to a player, choose any number —
• Each player discards a card.
• Each player loses 1 life and draws a card.
• Each player sacrifices a creature.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

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Lofty Denial

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}. If you control a creature with flying, counter that spell unless its controller pays {4} instead.

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Color Identity:B

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Merfolk Windrobber

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Whenever Merfolk Windrobber deals combat damage to a player, that player mills a card. (They put the top card of their library into their graveyard.)
Sacrifice Merfolk Windrobber: Draw a card. Activate only if an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

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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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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

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

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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Zareth San, the Trickster

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
{2}{U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacking Rogue you control to its owner's hand: Put Zareth San, the Trickster from your hand onto the battlefield tapped and attacking.
Whenever Zareth San deals combat damage to a player, you may put target permanent card from that player's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with mana value less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with mana value less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Temple of Deceit

Color Identity:B,U

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

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Nighthawk Scavenger

Color Identity:B

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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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Soaring Thought-Thief

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
Flying
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Rogues you control get +1/+0.
Whenever one or more Rogues you control attack, each opponent mills two cards.

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Agadeem's Awakening

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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Glasspool Mimic

Color Identity:U

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You may have Glasspool Mimic enter the battlefield as a copy of a creature you control, except it's a Shapeshifter Rogue in addition to its other types.

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Blackbloom Rogue

Color Identity:B

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Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)
Blackbloom Rogue gets +3/+0 as long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard.

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Initial Impressions

A lot of people are skeptical about the legitimacy of Dimir Rogues in an Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath format because milling your opponent is often beneficial to them. However, a lot of these Dimir Rogues lists do not solely rely on milling out your opponent, and they put on a decent amount of pressure to create an interactive tempo deck. Zareth San, the Trickster seems to be one of the most powerful parts of this deck, and can mitigate the Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath problem against some heavy creature decks. I also anticipate Rogues will be powerful against other creature decks.

After the Games

This deck is fun and has a lot of strong synergies and interactions. However, I don't think this deck is going to be tier 1 in Standard. It doesn't kill the midrange and ramp decks quickly enough, and it doesn't interact well enough with the aggro creature decks to be successful in Standard. I was successful against Mono-Red Aggro, but the deck can struggle against something explosive like Winota, Joiner of Forces.

If this deck is up your alley, you'll have a lot of fun and can still win games, but it will likely be a tier 2 strategy in Standard.

Conclusions

I am still convinced Lotus Cobra is the most powerful card in Zendikar Rising, largely due to everything else that was already in Standard. Because of this, I would recommend playing Four-Color Omnath, or any other ramp deck that utilizes Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. I will continue to work on Four-Color Omnath in the upcoming weeks and write a deck guide in the near future.

Zendikar is still largely unexplored, and I am excited to see where Standard goes as the format continues to develop. Happy testing!