We are at a very interesting point in time for this Standard format. Forgotten Realms was of course released not too long ago, though it comes at a time where the format is pretty well established. We still have a lot of familiar decks like Sultai Ultimatum, Gruul Adventures, Izzet Dragons, Dimir Rogues, and more that see lots of play. The sheer number of sets available in Standard is going to lessen the impact of one single set like Forgotten Realms—or at least, that's what you might expect.

Decks based around Winota, Joiner of Forces have largely been tier 2 for as long as Ikoria has been in Standard. However, that completely changed with the release of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, and Winota is in a better position now than it ever has been.

Winota Goes Green

There are currently two different directions you can go in while choosing to play Winota. If you were to take a step back and look out over the past year I think you would find the majority of Winota decks to be straight Boros, but over the past month, most versions also include green. Boros Winota almost plays like White Weenie with a red splash.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Boros Winota by Morrie Cunningham

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

Created By: Morrie Cunningham

Event: SCG Tour Online - Satellite #6

Rank: 33rd-64th

Standard

Market Price: $116.29

Cards

Ox of Agonas

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.31

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When Ox of Agonas enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.
Escape—{R}{R}, Exile eight other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Ox of Agonas escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

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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

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Inkling Summoning

Color Identity:B,W

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

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Giant Killer // Chop Down

Color Identity:W

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Needleverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {R}.

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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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Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Roiling Vortex deals 1 damage to them.
Whenever a player casts a spell, if no mana was spent to cast that spell, Roiling Vortex deals 5 damage to that player.
{R}: Your opponents can't gain life this turn.

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Usher of the Fallen

Color Identity:W

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

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Professor of Symbology

Color Identity:W

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

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Spirit Summoning

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Blade Historian

Color Identity:R,W

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Attacking creatures you control have double strike.

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Reidane, God of the Worthy

Color Identity:W

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

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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

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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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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Drannith Magistrate

Color Identity:W

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

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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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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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Seasoned Hallowblade

Color Identity:W

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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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Furycalm Snarl

Color Identity:R,W

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As Furycalm Snarl enters the battlefield, you may reveal a Mountain or Plains card from your hand. If you don't, Furycalm Snarl enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R} or {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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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

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

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Boros Winota didn't really receive anything useful in Forgotten Realms. It's a classic beatdown deck, and the pure power of Winota, Joiner of Forces arguably makes it better than Mono-White. However, as we look at recent results it becomes quite clear that the reason why Winota has been performing so well in events lately is directly attributed to switching away from Boros, and adding in the green.

While there are multiple Forgotten Realms cards that Naya Winota can play, there is none more important than Prosperous Innkeeper. Not many people anticipated Prosperous Innkeeper's potential Standard. This is also the perfect home for the card, as it combos with Winota, Joiner of Forces so beautifully, enabling Winota to trigger on turn three rather than on turn four.

Winota, Joiner of Forces decks need a critical mass of inexpensive, non-Human creatures that give you some type of additional bonus. Then you can attack with them early on to trigger Winota. If you are getting Winota triggers as early as turn three, that's when the deck is going to look at its best, which is why the Treasure token created by Prosperous Innkeeper is extremely important. You would still want to pay Prosperous Innkeeper in this deck even if it didn't provide incidental life gain,, though that extra life can be really nice when racing other aggressive strategies.

With the addition of Prosperous Innkeeper, the deck changes from a white-based aggro deck that incidentally plays Winota, Joiner of Forces, into a deck focused on ramping into Winota. The mana of course does change, though there are also other ramp creatures the deck can play to ensure you get Winota into play as quickly as possible. If Winota triggers by turn three, opponents have less time to find blockers or removal.

Building Naya Winota

While a few cards are automatic inclusions, there is no stock build of this deck at the moment. The version I want to start with is the one played by Chase Masters in a recent Insight Esports event:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Naya Winota by Chase Masters

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

Created By: Chase Masters

Event: Insight Esports Presents: Standard Invitational Qualifier

Rank: 3rd-4th

Standard

Market Price: $169.04

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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Esika's Chariot

Color Identity:G

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When Esika's Chariot enters the battlefield, create two 2/2 green Cat creature tokens.
Whenever Esika's Chariot attacks, create a token that's a copy of target token you control.
Crew 4

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Jaspera Sentinel

Color Identity:G

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Reach
{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Reidane, God of the Worthy

Color Identity:W

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

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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

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

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

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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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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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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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Lair of the Hydra

Color Identity:G

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If you control two or more other lands, Lair of the Hydra enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
{X}{G}: Until end of turn, Lair of the Hydra becomes an X/X green Hydra creature. It's still a land. X can't be 0.

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Ox of Agonas

Color Identity:R

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When Ox of Agonas enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.
Escape—{R}{R}, Exile eight other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Ox of Agonas escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Lotus Cobra

Color Identity:G

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

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Drannith Magistrate

Color Identity:W

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

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Prosperous Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

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When Prosperous Innkeeper enters the battlefield, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.

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Minsc, Beloved Ranger

Color Identity:G,R,W

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When Minsc, Beloved Ranger enters the battlefield, create Boo, a legendary 1/1 red Hamster creature token with trample and haste.
{X}: Until end of turn, target creature you control has base power and toughness X/X and becomes a Giant in addition to its other types. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

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

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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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Needleverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Branchloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Burning Hands

Color Identity:R

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Burning Hands deals 2 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that permanent is green, Burning Hands deals 6 damage instead.

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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

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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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Cragcrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Shatterskull Smashing

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 Akroan War

Color Identity:R

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Gain control of target creature for as long as The Akroan War remains on the battlefield.
II — Until your next turn, creatures your opponents control attack each combat if able.
III — Each tapped creature deals damage to itself equal to its power.

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Blade Historian

Color Identity:R,W

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Attacking creatures you control have double strike.

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Ranger Class

Color Identity:G

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(Gain the next level as a sorcery to add its ability.)
When Ranger Class enters the battlefield, create a 2/2 green Wolf creature token.
{1}{G}: Level 2
Whenever you attack, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature.
{3}{G}: Level 3
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells from the top of your library.

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Let's break down the most important elements of this deck.

Early Mana Acceleration

Prosperous Innkeeper falls in this category, but so do Lotus Cobra and Jaspera Sentinel. These green ramp elements ensure you get your most important threats like Winota, Joiner of Forces and Esika's Chariot into play a turn early.

Protection

You want to play four copies of Selfless Savior in the deck because it allows you to cast Winota even if the opponent has potential removal. This is one of the few white creatures that has been ported over from the Boros Winota deck, and it definitely earns it spot in the list.

Disruption

Naya Winota runs very few cards that interact with the opponent's game plan. There isn't any maindeck removal outside of Shatterskull Smashing.

The one piece of disruption the deck does play is Elite Spellbinder, because it's also just a high-quality creature. Winota, Joiner of Forces decks really need almost all their spells to be creatures, and Elite Spellbinder is a Human that can be put into play off a Winota trigger.

Minsc, Beloved Ranger

While Prosperous Innkeeper is the most important new addition to this deck, that doesn't take away anything from Minsc, Beloved Ranger. I love that there are three copies here, rather than only two, even though it's legendary. Minsc's Hamster (Boo) can trigger Winota, Joiner of Forces, and Minsc itself can be put into play off Winota since it's a Human, so it's both an enabler and a payoff card for the deck.

Other Payoffs

When you trigger Winota, Joiner of Forces, the hope is you can close out the game right away, and having high-impact creatures that are also Humans like Kenrith, the Returned King and Blade Historian allow that to happen. I don't think you need too many of these cards though because Winota lets you dig an absurd six cards deep, and there are still other Humans you can find off a Winota trigger.

As much as this deck is built around Winota, Joiner of Forces, you won't draw Winota every game. You need some other high-impact threats to accelerate into, which is why there are four copies of Esika's Chariot. This is another card you are very happy to play on turn three, and which is capable of winning the game mostly by itself.

There is also a single Ranger Class. While it's not a key part of the deck, running one copy does give you a way to use all your extra mana if you do have a mana-heavy draw. The deck is half creatures, which makes the third level of Ranger Class quite relevant here.

Sideboarding with Naya Winota

This deck does not sideboard well, and it never will. Naya Winota is a combo deck in some ways, so you aren't ever going to want to take out that many cards.

That's why I like high-impact cards in small numbers. It's fine to have cards like Ox of Agonas even though you only bring it in for one matchup. Burning Hands is important to be able to get rid of huge creatures like Elder Gargaroth or Koma, Cosmos Serpent. Being able to deal with these creatures for two mana is a big deal, as previously this deck had no good answer to those cards.

Other Options in Naya Winota

If I were to choose a list to play in a tournament right now, it would be Chase Masters' version of Winota. However, I will present another version for comparison:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Naya Winota by Seth Manfield

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

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event:

Rank: 0-0

Standard

Market Price: $174.22

Cards

The Akroan War

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Gain control of target creature for as long as The Akroan War remains on the battlefield.
II — Until your next turn, creatures your opponents control attack each combat if able.
III — Each tapped creature deals damage to itself equal to its power.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

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

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Esika's Chariot

Color Identity:G

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When Esika's Chariot enters the battlefield, create two 2/2 green Cat creature tokens.
Whenever Esika's Chariot attacks, create a token that's a copy of target token you control.
Crew 4

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Jaspera Sentinel

Color Identity:G

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Reach
{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Drizzt Do'Urden

Color Identity:G,W

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Double strike
When Drizzt Do'Urden enters the battlefield, create Guenhwyvar, a legendary 4/1 green Cat creature token with trample.
Whenever a creature dies, if it had power greater than Drizzt's power, put a number of +1/+1 counters on Drizzt equal to the difference.

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Den of the Bugbear

Color Identity:R

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If you control two or more other lands, Den of the Bugbear enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
{3}{R}: Until end of turn, Den of the Bugbear becomes a 3/2 red Goblin creature with "Whenever this creature attacks, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token that's tapped and attacking." It's still a land.

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Needleverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Shatterskull Smashing

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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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Blade Historian

Color Identity:R,W

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Attacking creatures you control have double strike.

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Vivien, Monsters' Advocate

Color Identity:G

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells from the top of your library.
+1: Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token. Put your choice of a vigilance counter, a reach counter, or a trample counter on it.
−2: When you cast your next creature spell this turn, search your library for a creature card with lesser mana value, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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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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Tangled Florahedron

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Reidane, God of the Worthy

Color Identity:W

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

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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

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

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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Branchloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Minsc, Beloved Ranger

Color Identity:G,R,W

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When Minsc, Beloved Ranger enters the battlefield, create Boo, a legendary 1/1 red Hamster creature token with trample and haste.
{X}: Until end of turn, target creature you control has base power and toughness X/X and becomes a Giant in addition to its other types. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Burning Hands

Color Identity:R

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Burning Hands deals 2 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that permanent is green, Burning Hands deals 6 damage instead.

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Lair of the Hydra

Color Identity:G

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If you control two or more other lands, Lair of the Hydra enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
{X}{G}: Until end of turn, Lair of the Hydra becomes an X/X green Hydra creature. It's still a land. X can't be 0.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Ox of Agonas

Color Identity:R

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When Ox of Agonas enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.
Escape—{R}{R}, Exile eight other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Ox of Agonas escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Cragcrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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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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Magda, Brazen Outlaw

Color Identity:R

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Other Dwarves you control get +1/+0.
Whenever a Dwarf you control becomes tapped, create a Treasure token.
Sacrifice five Treasures: Search your library for an artifact or Dragon card, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Ranger Class

Color Identity:G

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(Gain the next level as a sorcery to add its ability.)
When Ranger Class enters the battlefield, create a 2/2 green Wolf creature token.
{1}{G}: Level 2
Whenever you attack, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature.
{3}{G}: Level 3
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells from the top of your library.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Turntimber Symbiosis

Color Identity:G

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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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Prosperous Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

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When Prosperous Innkeeper enters the battlefield, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

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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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This version doesn't play Lotus Cobra, and plays fewer copies of Minsc, Beloved Ranger, which opens the door for cards like Magda, Brazen Outlaw. Magda is an alternative way to ramp, though it's not going to allow you to actually trigger Winota, Joiner of Forces on turn three, in the same way a different ramp creature would. However, Magda is better alongside Jaspera Sentinel. Getting to play a couple copies of Vivien, Monsters' Advocate gives the deck another really powerful top-end play, and you can get it down as early as turn three.

There is a lot of overlap between these two lists, which should provide an idea of which cards shouldn't be touched and which cards can be played around with a bit. For instance, you can adjust numbers on cards like Blade Historian or Minsc, Beloved Ranger.

Winota's Future

Winota is finally a tier 1 Standard deck, and there is a real argument it is straight-up the best deck to play right now. The shift to green gives the deck far more explosive power, and the addition of Burning Hands means that big midrange creatures like Elder Gargaroth can't halt its assault.

Decks have not shifted enough to try to beat Winota. Likely, the way to do that is by adding more removal to try to kill the early creatures. This deck is fast enough to win before Sultai can cast Emergent Ultimatum, and has enough variety of threats that a small amount of spot removal out of a deck like Izzet Dragons isn't enough to stop it. We should be seeing a ton of Naya Winota over the course of the next few months.