Pioneer's massive round of bans at the beginning of August has fulfilled its promise to cut out the combo decks defining the format, completely reshaping the metagame. Now the most popular and successful decks include Five-Color Niv to Light with its endless value from Niv-Mizzet Reborn, and Mono-Green Devotion using Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to explode onto the battlefield with creatures and planeswalkers.

Despite the large presence of these decks, together they hold less than 25% of the metagame, leaving lots of room for a huge variety of other strategies. Some of this is filled by familiar favorites like Spirits, Jeskai Fires of Invention, Mono-Black Aggro, Boros Burn and newer contenders like Naya Winota, Joiner of Forces, but there's still plenty more space.

The bans opened up room in the field, allowing some exciting new strategies to arise. And after some attention-grabbing early successes, they threaten to wedge their way into the top of the metagame.

Jund Sacrifice

A prime example is the Jund Sacrifice deck with Bolas's Citadel, which employs a strategy similar to the one in Standard before the Cauldron Familiar ban, but applies it to the Pioneer cardpool.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jund Aggro by katuo079595

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

Created By: katuo079595

Event: MTGO Pioneer Challenge - 08/16/2020

Rank: 4

Pioneer

Market Price: $341.79

Cards

Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.15

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

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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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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Woe Strider

Color Identity:B

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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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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Collected Company

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top six cards of your library. Put up to two creature cards with converted mana cost 3 or less from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Gruul Charm

Color Identity:G,R

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Choose one —
• Creatures without flying can't block this turn.
• Gain control of all permanents you own.
• Gruul Charm deals 3 damage to each creature with flying.

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Bolas's Citadel

Color Identity:B

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library. If you cast a spell this way, pay life equal to its converted mana cost rather than pay its mana cost.
{T}, Sacrifice ten nonland permanents: Each opponent loses 10 life.

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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.31

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{T}, Sacrifice two other creatures: Any number of target players each lose 2 life and sacrifice a creature. You add {B}{B} and draw a card.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.07

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Vraska, Relic Seeker

Color Identity:B,G

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+2: Create a 2/2 black Pirate creature token with menace.
−3: Destroy target artifact, creature, or enchantment. Create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
−10: Target player's life total becomes 1.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Mayhem Devil

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever a player sacrifices a permanent, Mayhem Devil deals 1 damage to any target.

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Zulaport Cutthroat

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Zulaport Cutthroat or another creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Llanowar Wastes

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Catacomb Sifter

Color Identity:B,G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Catacomb Sifter enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."
Whenever another creature you control dies, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Blisterpod

Color Identity:G

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Blisterpod dies, create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."

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Gilded Goose

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.68

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

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Blooming Marsh

Color Identity:B,G

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Blooming Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $8.22

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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The creature sacrifice strategy has become a common theme, and this Pioneer take has some great things going on. For the core of the deck, Mayhem Devil is joined by Zulaport Cutthroat as another payoff. Catacomb Sifter adds an alternative payoff, and its scry ability excels at setting up Bolas's Citadel. With Catacomb Sifter and Woe Strider controlling the top of the deck, and Zulaport Cutthroat gaining life to fuel it, it's possible to "go off" like a combo deck and rip through the library by playing creatures like Blisterpod, killing the opponent before they ever get another turn.

Priest of the Forgotten Gods

Even if it isn't outright lethal, Bolas's Citadel is a massive source of card advantage capable of taking over almost any game, and it's easily accelerated into by creatures including Gilded Goose and Priest of Forgotten Gods. Collected Company adds another source of card advantage, while its ability to dig deep for key pieces is invaluable. One of the strongest cards in Pioneer that doesn't have a great home, it shines here.

The deck's initial success in Leagues and Preliminary events set the stage for great runs in Challenge events. It reached the Top 8 of both Pioneer Challenges last weekend, and caught the attention of some high profile players. Luis "LSV" Scott-Vargas ran the deck in the Pioneer MOCS Finals last weekend, while MPL member and streamer Piotr "kanister" Glogowski could be seen playing and tuning his own two-color version to tenth place in a Challenge.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Golgari Stompy by kanister

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

Created By: kanister

Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $273.93

Cards

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.29

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Lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
{2}{B}, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

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Catacomb Sifter

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.14

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Catacomb Sifter enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."
Whenever another creature you control dies, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Collected Company

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $11.22

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Look at the top six cards of your library. Put up to two creature cards with converted mana cost 3 or less from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Zulaport Cutthroat

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Zulaport Cutthroat or another creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.31

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{T}, Sacrifice two other creatures: Any number of target players each lose 2 life and sacrifice a creature. You add {B}{B} and draw a card.

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Llanowar Visionary

Color Identity:G

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When Llanowar Visionary enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{T}: Add {G}.

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Woodland Cemetery

Color Identity:B,G

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Woodland Cemetery enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Forest.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy target permanent an opponent controls. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle their library.

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Ob Nixilis Reignited

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.00

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+1: You draw a card and you lose 1 life.
−3: Destroy target creature.
−8: Target opponent gets an emblem with "Whenever a player draws a card, you lose 2 life."

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Woe Strider

Color Identity:B

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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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Skylasher

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.23

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Flash
This spell can't be countered.
Reach, protection from blue

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Blisterpod

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.10

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
When Blisterpod dies, create a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."

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Bolas's Citadel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.98

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library. If you cast a spell this way, pay life equal to its converted mana cost rather than pay its mana cost.
{T}, Sacrifice ten nonland permanents: Each opponent loses 10 life.

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Vraska, Golgari Queen

Color Identity:B,G

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+2: You may sacrifice another permanent. If you do, you gain 1 life and draw a card.
−3: Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.
−9: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game."

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.73

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.99

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

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.54

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $8.22

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Llanowar Wastes

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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Tireless Tracker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $6.24

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Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
Whenever you sacrifice a Clue, put a +1/+1 counter on Tireless Tracker.

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Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

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Liliana, Heretical Healer // Liliana, Defiant Necromancer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $20.11

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Lifelink
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, exile Liliana, Heretical Healer, then return her to the battlefield transformed under her owner's control. If you do, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.13

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.54

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Blooming Marsh

Color Identity:B,G

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Blooming Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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On the rise, the archetype now holds 5% of the metagame as the fifth most popular deck. And if the trend continues, it will only be a matter of time before it becomes a true pillar of Pioneer.

Temur Reclamation

Another strategy ripped straight from Standard is Temur Reclamation. The awesome power of Wilderness Reclamation that earned the banning in Standard has rightfully caught the attention of players in other formats. Temur Reclamation has quickly risen into one of the most dominant decks in Modern combined with its large assortment of excellent blue tools.Now, it's arrived in Pioneer by winning Saturday's Challenge.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Temur Reclamation by wkmidori

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

Created By: wkmidori

Event: MTGO Pioneer Challenge - 08/15/2020

Rank: 1

Pioneer

Market Price: $401.27

Cards

Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.09

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Expansion // Explosion

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $2.37

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $14.79

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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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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $11.43

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Blast Zone

Market Price: $3.31

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Blast Zone enters the battlefield with a charge counter on it.
{T}: Add {C}.
{X}{X}, {T}: Put X charge counters on Blast Zone.
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Blast Zone: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Blast Zone.

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Aetherspouts

Color Identity:U

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For each attacking creature, its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $8.81

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Scorching Dragonfire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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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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Wilderness Reclamation

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of your end step, untap all lands you control.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Chemister's Insight

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.47

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Draw two cards.
Jump-start (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a card in addition to paying its other costs. Then exile this card.)

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Growth Spiral

Color Identity:G,U

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Draw a card. You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Censor

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $37.63

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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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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.73

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.09

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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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Neutralize

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.31

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Counter target spell.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Ketria Triome

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $7.79

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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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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.15

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Rootbound Crag

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $3.60

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Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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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 your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Anger of the Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.18

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Anger of the Gods deals 3 damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Izzet Staticaster

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.15

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Haste
{T}: Izzet Staticaster deals 1 damage to target creature and each other creature with the same name as that creature.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.80

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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The deck's primary counterspell role is filled by Censor, which [alternatively cycles and hits critical land drops or digs into key cards. Mystical Dispute wrecks Niv to Light and other control decks, but is still effective as a three-drop Mana Leak against non-blue decks in game one.

Expansion // Explosion

Without the same powerful counterspells that enable Modern's draw-go approach, the Pioneer deck is more similar to the Standard version. It takes a more aggressive stance that abuses Wilderness Reclamation with payoffs like Expansion // Explosion and Shark Typhoon. Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath rounds out the deck in a way only it can, dominating creature decks with its body and life gain, or out grinding control decks with its endless card advantage.

It adds up to a deck similar to the version that crushed Standard and earned a ban, but it's apparently just as effective in a Pioneer format unprepared to deal with it. With the Challenge win, joined by multiple Preliminary 4-1 runs both before and after, the deck is no fluke. And with more time and tuning it may rise to take over the format just like it did in Standard and is currently doing in Modern. Legacy, you're on watch.

Esper Yorion Control

It's not entirely new, but Esper Control with Yorion, Sky Nomad hasn't been a major part of the metagame since before the companion rule change at the beginning of June. In the final days before the ban, the deck rose to prominence for its ability to combat combo decks and other control decks due to the strength of its black splash for Thoughtseize and Thought Erasure. Today, this discard goes a long way toward beating Niv to Light and Mono-Green Devotion, while not being punished in a metagame with relatively few pure aggressive decks. After reaching the Top 4 of both Pioneer Challenges last weekend, it looks like the deck is back in a big way.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Esper Control by billsive

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

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Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $370.07

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.08

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $7.32

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $21.45

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+1: Draw a card. At the beginning of the next end step, untap up to two lands.
−3: Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library third from the top.
−8: You get an emblem with "Whenever you draw a card, exile target permanent an opponent controls."

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Flash
When Omen of the Sun enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens and you gain 2 life.
{2}{W}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sun: Scry 2.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.07

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.54

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $9.36

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.09

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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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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $9.42

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Flash
When Omen of the Sea enters the battlefield, scry 2, then draw a card.
{2}{U}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sea: Scry 2.

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Shatter the Sky

Color Identity:W

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Each player who controls a creature with power 4 or greater draws a card. Then destroy all creatures.

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Trial of Ambition

Color Identity:B

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When Trial of Ambition enters the battlefield, target opponent sacrifices a creature.
When a Cartouche enters the battlefield under your control, return Trial of Ambition to its owner's hand.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.87

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Glacial Fortress

Color Identity:U,W

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Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Geier Reach Sanitarium

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Each player draws a card, then discards a card.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.13

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Command the Dreadhorde

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.44

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Choose any number of target creature and/or planeswalker cards in graveyards. Command the Dreadhorde deals damage to you equal to the total converted mana cost of those cards. Put them onto the battlefield under your control.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.07

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Thought Erasure

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.27

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard.)

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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 your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Oath of Kaya

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.30

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When Oath of Kaya enters the battlefield, it deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.
Whenever an opponent attacks a planeswalker you control with one or more creatures, Oath of Kaya deals 2 damage to that player and you gain 2 life.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $7.17

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.67

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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 converted mana cost 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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Isolated Chapel

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $4.10

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Isolated Chapel enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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One thing standing out about the strategy is its use of three Yorion, Sky Nomad in the maindeck in addition to the companion. The deck is clearly designed to make the most of it, and plays a big suite of enchantments and planeswalkers it can blink for value.

With playsets of Narset, Parter of Veils and Teferi, Time Raveler joined by Omen of the Sea, it has plenty of ways to draw cards and grind out control decks, and they ensure every Yorion, Sky Nomad will be a game-breaking play.

Against aggressive decks it uses Oath of Kaya and Trial of Ambition, which joined by Fatal Push and Supreme Verdict give Esper great game against creatures. Elspeth Conquers Death adds a final piece of disruption and value that plays well against everyone. Not only offering great synergy with Yorion, Sky Nomad, ECD can reanimate the creature for more value.

With its well-rounded nature, it's not surprising Esper Control is back after the bans. With the metagame starting to take shape, control decks now see a clear target to attack and can tailor themselves accordingly. A pair of Murderous Rider in the maindeck, for example, is a clear nod to Mono-Green Devotion as a way to further fight back against planeswalkers that give the deck problems.

As a control deck, it relies on its sideboard—this one containing a set of Grafdigger's Cage. Its uses are numerous. The surface-level application is stopping the recursive creatures from Mono-Black Devotion—Bloodsoaked Champion, Dread Wanderer and Scrapheap Scrounger—but it goes much deeper. Against Jund Sacrifice, not only does it stop Collected Company, but also creatures cast from the deck with Bolas's Citadel. It even fights back against the escape of Woe Strider.

With their best tools against control removed, their flimsy creatures are easy to contain. It's a similar story against Naya Winota, stopping not only Eldritch Evolution, but Winota, Joiner of Forces itself from doing anything more than attacking for 4. Add its potential to lock out Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath against the many decks that use it, and blowing out any graveyard-dedicated decks—like Izzet Phoenix, Abzan Rally or Sultai Dredge-less decks—and you have an all-star sideboard staple for the current metagame.

Dimir Control

One important question to answer after the bans is what to do with the shell of Dimir Inverter. The deck was so successful, not only because its combo was so effective, but because of the disruption and card advantage tools like Dig Through Time supporting it. One of the first matches I played after the bans was against a deck that looked just like Dimir Inverter, but with a swath of planeswalkers in place of the combo. The deck seemed strong at first, but ultimately didn't do anything but churn its wheels. The challenge of the archetype is to find a reliable win condition, and while none compare to the combo, there are plenty of solid options.

The most successful attempt I've seen so far was the deck that reached 11th place in one of last weekend's Challenges:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Control by Tiemuuu

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

Created By: Tiemuuu

Event: MTGO Pioneer Challenge - 08/16/2020

Rank: 5

Pioneer

Market Price: $264.02

Cards

Thing in the Ice // Awoken Horror

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.73

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Defender
Thing in the Ice enters the battlefield with four ice counters on it.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, remove an ice counter from Thing in the Ice. Then if it has no ice counters on it, transform it.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.87

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with converted mana cost of the chosen value. (Zero is even.)

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Hero's Downfall

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.09

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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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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.40

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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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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.73

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.54

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Day's Undoing

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.20

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Each player shuffles their hand and graveyard into their library, then draws seven cards. If it's your turn, end the turn. (Exile all spells and abilities from the stack, including this card. Discard down to your maximum hand size. Damage wears off, and "this turn" and "until end of turn" effects end.)

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Dig Through Time

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.29

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Look at the top seven cards of your library. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Fabled Passage

Market Price: $6.12

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

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $9.42

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.57

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.49

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Fetid Pools

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.39

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Fetid Pools enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.13

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Cry of the Carnarium

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Exile all creature cards in all graveyards that were put there from the battlefield this turn. If a creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Legion's End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 2 or less and all other creatures that player controls with the same name as that creature. Then that player reveals their hand and exiles all cards with that name from their hand and graveyard.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.07

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Choked Estuary

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.71

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As Choked Estuary enters the battlefield, you may reveal an Island or Swamp card from your hand. If you don't, Choked Estuary enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.29

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Lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
{2}{B}, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

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Censor

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.99

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

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Ashiok, Nightmare Muse

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.28

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+1: Create a 2/3 blue and black Nightmare creature token with "Whenever this creature attacks or blocks, each opponent exiles the top two cards of their library."
−3: Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand, then that player exiles a card from their hand.
−7: You may cast up to three spells from among face-up cards your opponents own from exile without paying their mana costs.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $13.57

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Geier Reach Sanitarium

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Each player draws a card, then discards a card.

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The deck uses Thing in the Ice as a threat that plays well with its multitude of spells to trigger it. Against creature decks, it helps round out the removal suite—a valuable sweeper with a body that dominates the battlefield. Against control decks with removal, it's not so impressive, but still a must-answer threat. A couple of Brazen Borrowers double as disruption and threats. Along with singletons like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Shark Typhoon and Ashiok, Nightmare Muse, the deck applies real pressure with creatures and actually closes out games.

Dimir Midrange

It's possible the best approach for solving Dimir's problem of winning the game is to take an aggressive approach to the guild. This deck that 4-1ed a Preliminary last weekend retains the key disruption core, but gives up the card advantage of Dig Through Time for a more creature-centric approach.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Midrange by Phill_Hellmuth

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

Created By: Phill_Hellmuth

Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $246.83

Cards

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.29

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Lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
{2}{B}, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

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Aether Hub

Market Price: $0.13

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When Aether Hub enters the battlefield, you get {E} (an energy counter).
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay {E}: Add one mana of any color.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.52

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $0.41

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
{2}{G/U}{G/U}: Mill two cards, then return a nonland card of an opponent's choice from your graveyard to your hand.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.54

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Noxious Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker that's green or white. You gain 1 life.

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Enter the God-Eternals

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.24

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Enter the God-Eternals deals 4 damage to target creature and you gain life equal to the damage dealt this way. Target player mills four cards. Amass 4. (Put four +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.07

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.29

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Menace
Whenever Glint-Sleeve Siphoner enters the battlefield or attacks, you get {E} (an energy counter).
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay {E}{E}. If you do, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.49

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.57

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.84

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Thief of Sanity

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.24

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Flying
Whenever Thief of Sanity deals combat damage to a player, look at the top three cards of that player's library, exile one of them face down, then put the rest into their graveyard. You may look at and cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.98

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+2: Exile the top three cards of target opponent's library.
−X: Put a creature card with converted mana cost X exiled with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver onto the battlefield under your control. That creature is a Nightmare in addition to its other types.
−10: Exile all cards from all opponents' hands and graveyards.

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Ashiok, Nightmare Muse

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.28

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+1: Create a 2/3 blue and black Nightmare creature token with "Whenever this creature attacks or blocks, each opponent exiles the top two cards of their library."
−3: Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand, then that player exiles a card from their hand.
−7: You may cast up to three spells from among face-up cards your opponents own from exile without paying their mana costs.

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Cry of the Carnarium

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Exile all creature cards in all graveyards that were put there from the battlefield this turn. If a creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Fetid Pools

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.39

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Fetid Pools enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Pharika's Libation

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.05

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Choose one —
• Target opponent sacrifices a creature.
• Target opponent sacrifices an enchantment.

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Legion's End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 2 or less and all other creatures that player controls with the same name as that creature. Then that player reveals their hand and exiles all cards with that name from their hand and graveyard.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $9.42

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Unmoored Ego

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.22

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Choose a card name. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for up to four cards with that name and exile them. That player shuffles their library, then draws a card for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.13

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.09

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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

Market Price: $3.50

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

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Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.86

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Thought Erasure

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.27

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard.)

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If unanswered, Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and Thief of Sanity are each capable of taking over a game with a stream of card advantage. Sets of both Thoughtseize and Thought Erasure preemptively clear the way for them or disrupt the opponent's plan, while Drown in the Loch protects them once they get going. The rarely-seen Tasigur, the Golden Fang is another threat that adds card advantage for the late game.

The versatile value of Murderous Rider is well-positioned and rounded out by some heavy-hitters like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Ashiok, Nightmare Muse. This is a classic midrange strategy. This style hasn't been too popular or successful in Pioneer before, but looks to be in a strong position in this new metagame.

The most interesting inclusion is Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver. It's been mostly unknown to Pioneer, but looks strong in such a strategy. Its ability to play cheap creatures for free is a real card-advantage and tempo threat, while its ultimate ticks up fast and devastates control without ways to pressure it.

Rakdos Vehicles

For a look at another midrange deck, check out the Rakdos Vehicles deck that 4-1ed a Preliminary:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Rakdos Vehicles by exoticherman

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

Created By: exoticherman

Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $226.44

Cards

Aethersphere Harvester

Market Price: $0.21

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Flying
When Aethersphere Harvester enters the battlefield, you get {E}{E} (two energy counters).
Pay {E}: Aethersphere Harvester gains lifelink until end of turn.
Crew 1 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 1 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Heart of Kiran

Market Price: $0.49

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Flying, vigilance
Crew 3 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 3 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)
You may remove a loyalty counter from a planeswalker you control rather than pay Heart of Kiran's crew cost.

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Foreboding Ruins

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $2.61

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As Foreboding Ruins enters the battlefield, you may reveal a Swamp or Mountain card from your hand. If you don't, Foreboding Ruins enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Magma Spray

Color Identity:R

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Magma Spray deals 2 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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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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Unlicensed Disintegration

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target creature. If you control an artifact, Unlicensed Disintegration deals 3 damage to that creature's controller.

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Scrapheap Scrounger

Color Identity:B

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Scrapheap Scrounger can't block.
{1}{B}, Exile another creature card from your graveyard: Return Scrapheap Scrounger from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Soul-Scar Mage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.52

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Prowess
If a source you control would deal noncombat damage to a creature an opponent controls, put that many -1/-1 counters on that creature instead.

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Rampaging Ferocidon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.72

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Menace
Players can't gain life.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, Rampaging Ferocidon deals 1 damage to that creature's controller.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Hazoret the Fervent

Color Identity:R

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Indestructible, haste
Hazoret the Fervent can't attack or block unless you have one or fewer cards in hand.
{2}{R}, Discard a card: Hazoret deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Dreadbore

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Bomat Courier

Color Identity:R

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Haste
Whenever Bomat Courier attacks, exile the top card of your library face down. (You can't look at it.)
{R}, Discard your hand, Sacrifice Bomat Courier: Put all cards exiled with Bomat Courier into their owners' hands.

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Dragonskull Summit

Color Identity:B,R

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Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Wild Slash

Color Identity:R

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Ferocious — If you control a creature with power 4 or greater, damage can't be prevented this turn.
Wild Slash deals 2 damage to any target.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Karn, Scion of Urza

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+1: Reveal the top two cards of your library. An opponent chooses one of them. Put that card into your hand and exile the other with a silver counter on it.
−1: Put a card you own with a silver counter on it from exile into your hand.
−2: Create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control."

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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Rending Volley

Color Identity:R

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This spell can't be countered.
Rending Volley deals 4 damage to target white or blue creature.

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Goblin Chainwhirler

Color Identity:R

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First strike
When Goblin Chainwhirler enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each opponent and each creature and planeswalker they control.

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This deck is ripped straight out of Standard from a couple years ago, where such a style of deck was the best in the field. New tools like Bonecrusher Giant and Stonecoil Serpent, along with old ones like Thoughtseize, make it even more powerful, and come together to form a promising midrange approach for the new combo-less metagame.

Moving Forward from the Bans

Pioneer is only just starting to move forward after the bans, and it will be exciting to see how the metagame evolves over the coming weeks and months. The biggest winners so far have been decks from the format's past surging back into the spotlight, but the decks I shared today show there's still plenty of room for innovation, and I expect there's much more to come.