We've had a few weeks of Midnight Hunt Standard now, and things have started to narrow down. A lot.

Izzet Epiphany and Izzet Dragons hit a ridiculous level of popularity early on Friday in the SCG Satellite events, and the metagame reacted hard. Mono-Green Aggro and Mono-White Aggro rose up as foils to the Izzet decks, and just about everything else dropped off the face of the planet.

Because the only reliable way to interact with Alrund's Epiphany is on the stack, Temur Midrange is the only real surviving midrange deck, and even the Storm the Festival decks or Festival-less ramp decks are largely blue decks. The other way to beat Alrund's Epiphany is to just kill them before they can set up a lethal set of combo turns. Mono-color linear aggro is now more than half the metagame.

I'm honestly not sure that Mono-White Aggro sticks around in these numbers. Because Mono-Green Aggro and Izzet mirrors were the most common matchups, many Izzet decks trimmed on Cinderclasm or cut it entirely. Cinderclasm is far and away the best card against Mono-White Aggro, and without it Izzet lacks efficient answers to an early board of many smaller threats instead of Mono-Green's singular, larger threats.

The World Championship metagame even reflects this future shift to a degree:

Izzet Epiphany is the best deck in the format, and the main goal is to find the tech to beat mirrors without sacrificing the matchup against mono-colored aggro. While a team of players splashed black for cards like Go Blank, Duress, and Power Word Kill, the Czech House brought a much more linear version of the deck. Recognizing that Izzet Epiphany is essentially a combo deck, they packed a full playset of Galvanic Iteration and paired it with a playset of Unexpected Windfall to jump ahead on mana while digging to the combo.

While I recognize that the Worlds metagame is a very small one, often containing inbred decklists, it's still indicative of what the best players in the world think. What's the best deck, what decks can target it, and what decks do not survive against good versions of the best deck.

Izzet Epiphany is the best deck in Standard, and Mono-Green Aggro is its biggest foil. The format will revolve around these two decks until we get Innistrad: Crimson Vow. As they target each other, holes in the format will appear and other decks may steal a weekend or two, but the base power level of these decks is just so much higher than anything else in Standard.

For those of us not in the World Championship, the metagame is about to get just as narrow. Izzet Epiphany may look like it had a "bad weekend," but the truth is that Izzet decks still made up almost a quarter of the winners' metagame despite being hard targeted. If you're playing a tournament anytime soon you need a damn good reason to play anything other than Izzet Epiphany or Mono-Green Aggro. Mono-White Aggro is still fine for now, but as Izzet decks put Cinderclasm back in and Mono-Green Aggro assembles a postboard strategy, I expect Mono-White Aggro to make up tier 2, just ahead of "everything else."

Here's the metagame I expect:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Izzet Epiphany by onewaygarden

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

Created By: onewaygarden

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 1st

Standard

Market Price: $190.88

Cards

Expressive Iteration

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.97

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand, put one of them on the bottom of your library, and exile one of them. You may play the exiled card this turn.

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Spikefield Hazard

Color Identity:R

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Spikefield Hazard deals 1 damage to any target. If a permanent dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Saw It Coming

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell.
Foretell {1}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Prismari Command

Color Identity:R,U

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Choose two —
• Prismari Command deals 2 damage to any target.
• Target player draws two cards, then discards two cards.
• Target player creates a Treasure token.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.00

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Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that spell and exile them. That player shuffles, then draws a card for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Arcane Infusion

Color Identity:R,U

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Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
Flashback {3}{U}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles.

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Demon Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Demon Bolt deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker.
Foretell {R} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Divide by Zero

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.26

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Return target spell or permanent with mana value 1 or greater to its owner's hand.
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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Cathartic Pyre

Color Identity:R

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Choose one —
• Cathartic Pyre deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker.
• Discard up to two cards, then draw that many cards.

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Malevolent Hermit

Color Identity:U

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{U}, Sacrifice Malevolent Hermit: Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {3}.
Disturb {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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Teachings of the Archaics

Color Identity:U

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If an opponent has more cards in hand than you, draw two cards. Draw three cards instead if an opponent has at least four more cards in hand than you.

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Burning Hands

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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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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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Shatterskull Smashing

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.24

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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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Hall of Storm Giants

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.48

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If you control two or more other lands, Hall of Storm Giants enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{5}{U}: Until end of turn, Hall of Storm Giants becomes a 7/7 blue Giant creature with ward {3}. It's still a land. (Whenever it becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays {3}.)

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Burn Down the House

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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Choose one —
• Burn Down the House deals 5 damage to each creature and each planeswalker.
• Create three 1/1 red Devil creature tokens with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target." They gain haste until end of turn.

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Memory Deluge

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $6.46

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Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast this spell. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
Flashback {5}{U}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Environmental Sciences

Market Price: $0.12

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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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Frostboil Snarl

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $3.09

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As Frostboil Snarl enters the battlefield, you may reveal an Island or Mountain card from your hand. If you don't, Frostboil Snarl enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Smoldering Egg

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.71

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Defender
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a number of ember counters on Smoldering Egg equal to the amount of mana spent to cast that spell. Then if Smoldering Egg has seven or more ember counters on it, remove them and transform Smoldering Egg.

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Alrund's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.41

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Create two 1/1 blue Bird creature tokens with flying. Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Alrund's Epiphany.
Foretell {4}{U}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Mascot Exhibition

Market Price: $1.42

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying, a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token, and a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Riverglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.76

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Jwari Disruption

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Galvanic Iteration

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.98

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When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
Flashback {1}{U}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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This is the best deck in the format. It's combo control with access to incredible tempo tools, and both combo pieces can be used to buy time. Mono-Green Aggro is the biggest pain point right now, but decks can and will maindeck Burning Hands and Smoldering Egg. The aggro decks will still be good against this deck, but the margins will shrink.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Green Aggro by Simon Nielsen

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

Created By: Simon Nielsen

Event: $5K SCG Tour Online Championship Qualifier

Rank: 1st

Standard

Market Price: $180.50

Cards

Blizzard Brawl

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose target creature you control and target creature you don't control. If you control three or more snow permanents, the creature you control gets +1/+0 and gains indestructible until end of turn. Then those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Lair of the Hydra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.83

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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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Briarbridge Tracker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.18

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Vigilance
When Briarbridge Tracker enters the battlefield, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
As long as you control a token, Briarbridge Tracker gets +2/+0.

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Unnatural Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $6.66

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At the beginning of each combat, double the power and toughness of each creature you control until end of turn.

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Tajuru Blightblade

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.07

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Deathtouch

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Esika's Chariot

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.27

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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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Devouring Tendrils

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature or planeswalker you don't control. When the permanent you don't control dies this turn, you gain 2 life.

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Ranger Class

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.91

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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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Wrenn and Seven

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $19.05

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+1: Reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
0: Put any number of land cards from your hand onto the battlefield tapped.
−3: Create a green Treefolk creature token with reach and "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of lands you control."
−8: Return all permanent cards from your graveyard to your hand. You get an emblem with "You have no maximum hand size."

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Sculptor of Winter

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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{T}: Untap target snow land.

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Kazandu Mammoth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.20

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

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Inscription of Abundance

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.65

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

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Old-Growth Troll

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.44

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Trample
When Old-Growth Troll dies, if it was a creature, return it to the battlefield. It's an Aura enchantment with enchant Forest you control and "Enchanted Forest has '{T}: Add {G}{G}' and '{1}, {T}, Sacrifice this land: Create a tapped 4/4 green Troll Warrior creature token with trample.'"

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Snakeskin Veil

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.11

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Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. It gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Faceless Haven

Market Price: $3.80

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{T}: Add {C}.
{S}{S}{S}: Faceless Haven becomes a 4/3 creature with vigilance and all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow source.)

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Tangletrap

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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Choose one —
• Tangletrap deals 5 damage to target creature with flying.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Werewolf Pack Leader

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.39

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Pack tactics — Whenever Werewolf Pack Leader attacks, if you attacked with creatures with total power 6 or greater this combat, draw a card.
{3}{G}: Until end of turn, Werewolf Pack Leader has base power and toughness 5/3, gains trample, and isn't a Human.

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Outland Liberator

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.17

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{1}, Sacrifice Outland Liberator: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Daybound (If a player casts no spells during their own turn, it becomes night next turn.)

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Snow-Covered Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.86

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Second best deck in the format, and the only one remotely close to taking the crown from Izzet Epiphany. It's probably the best-positioned deck in the format when everyone is gunning for Izzet Epiphany. The answers to both of the top decks are simply too disparate to properly hit both at once. Spot removal sucks against Izzet Epiphany, and discard and countermagic sucks against Mono-Green Aggro.

This week I think Mono-Green Aggro will be the more targeted deck and people will slack on their respect for Izzet, at least until late Friday when they realize that they should always be targeting Izzet Epiphany.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Aggro by Lennny

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

Created By: Lennny

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 1st

Standard

Market Price: $148.52

Cards

Intrepid Adversary

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $9.37

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Lifelink
When Intrepid Adversary enters the battlefield, you may pay {1}{W} any number of times. When you pay this cost one or more times, put that many valor counters on Intrepid Adversary.
Creatures you control get +1/+1 for each valor counter on Intrepid Adversary.

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Snow-Covered Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Luminarch Aspirant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.81

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

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Clarion Spirit

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.31

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Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.

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Battlefield Raptor

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Flying, first strike

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Portable Hole

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.80

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When Portable Hole enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls with mana value 2 or less until Portable Hole leaves the battlefield.

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Fateful Absence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.44

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker. Its controller investigates. (They create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.43

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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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Faceless Haven

Market Price: $3.80

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{T}: Add {C}.
{S}{S}{S}: Faceless Haven becomes a 4/3 creature with vigilance and all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow source.)

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Glorious Protector

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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Flash
Flying
When Glorious Protector enters the battlefield, you may exile any number of non-Angel creatures you control until Glorious Protector leaves the battlefield.
Foretell {2}{W}

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Elite Spellbinder

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.89

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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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Gavony Dawnguard

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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Ward {1}
If it's neither day nor night, it becomes day as Gavony Dawnguard enters the battlefield.
Whenever day becomes night or night becomes day, look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card with mana value 3 or less from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Chaplain of Alms

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.12

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First strike
Ward {1} (Whenever this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays {1}.)
Disturb {3}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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Adeline, Resplendent Cathar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.75

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Vigilance
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar's power is equal to the number of creatures you control.
Whenever you attack, for each opponent, create a 1/1 white Human creature token that's tapped and attacking that player or a planeswalker they control.

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Maul of the Skyclaves

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.22

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When Maul of the Skyclaves enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has flying and first strike.
Equip {2}{W}{W}

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Usher of the Fallen

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.21

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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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Reidane, God of the Worthy

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.80

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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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Mono-White Aggro is the only deck this past weekend with a positive win rate against both Izzet Epiphany and Mono-Green Aggro. I don't expect this to hold, but it's an impressive feat. This deck wasn't really on the map last weekend, and Cinderclasm was at an all-time low. With Izzet Epiphany and Mono-Green Aggro adapting heavily in the coming days, I expect Mono-White Aggro to fall out of the top tier while remaining a decent deck.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Bant Ramp by _Batutinha_

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

Created By: _Batutinha_

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 9th-16th

Standard

Market Price: $303.15

Cards

Barkchannel Pathway

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $5.46

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Esika's Chariot

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.27

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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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Prosperous Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.84

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Tangled Florahedron

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.38

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Fateful Absence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.44

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker. Its controller investigates. (They create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Memory Deluge

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $6.46

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Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast this spell. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
Flashback {5}{U}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Sunset Revelry

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.51

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If an opponent has more life than you, you gain 4 life.
If an opponent controls more creatures than you, create two 1/1 white Human creature tokens.
If an opponent has more cards in hand than you, draw a card.

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Branchloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $2.38

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Felidar Retreat

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.17

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, choose one —
• Create a 2/2 white Cat Beast creature token.
• Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Those creatures gain vigilance until end of turn.

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Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.00

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Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that spell and exile them. That player shuffles, then draws a card for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Wrenn and Seven

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $19.05

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+1: Reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
0: Put any number of land cards from your hand onto the battlefield tapped.
−3: Create a green Treefolk creature token with reach and "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of lands you control."
−8: Return all permanent cards from your graveyard to your hand. You get an emblem with "You have no maximum hand size."

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Overgrown Farmland

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $4.15

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Overgrown Farmland enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Rootcoil Creeper

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.03

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{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Add two mana of any one color. Spend this mana only to cast spells from your graveyard.
{G}{U}, {T}, Exile Rootcoil Creeper: Return target card with flashback you own from exile to your hand.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Koma, Cosmos Serpent

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $9.61

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

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Hall of Storm Giants

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.48

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If you control two or more other lands, Hall of Storm Giants enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{5}{U}: Until end of turn, Hall of Storm Giants becomes a 7/7 blue Giant creature with ward {3}. It's still a land. (Whenever it becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays {3}.)

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Deserted Beach

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.39

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Deserted Beach enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Malevolent Hermit

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.06

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{U}, Sacrifice Malevolent Hermit: Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {3}.
Disturb {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.43

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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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Hengegate Pathway

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.63

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Doomskar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.02

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Destroy all creatures.
Foretell {1}{W}{W} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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I'm lumping the ramp decks in with the festival decks here as well. These decks are supposed to beat up the aggro decks, but they're not really doing so in practice. Mono-Green and Mono-White are both capable of killing the first mana dork, and these decks don't function very well if you don't skip ahead to four mana. On top of this, these decks can't beat a copied Alrund's Epiphany in a million years, and they're all incredibly weak to Divide by Zero.

If you're going to play these decks, at least play Negate over Disdainful Stroke. Hitting Goldspan Dragon is irrelevant if you can't protect your spells from Divide by Zero and opposing countermagic.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Temur Midrange by Sapoa

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

Created By: Sapoa

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge

Rank: 5th-8th

Standard

Market Price: $372.27

Cards

Magda, Brazen Outlaw

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.55

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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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Goldspan Dragon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $31.36

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Flying, haste
Whenever Goldspan Dragon attacks or becomes the target of a spell, create a Treasure token.
Treasures you control have "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add two mana of any one color."

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Prosperous Innkeeper

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.84

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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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Burning Hands

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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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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Den of the Bugbear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.80

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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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Lair of the Hydra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.83

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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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Riverglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.76

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Cragcrown Pathway

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $2.99

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221845_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {R}.

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Esika's Chariot

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.27

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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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Tangletrap

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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Choose one —
• Tangletrap deals 5 damage to target creature with flying.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Rockfall Vale

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $4.72

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Rockfall Vale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more other lands.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Burn Down the House

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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Choose one —
• Burn Down the House deals 5 damage to each creature and each planeswalker.
• Create three 1/1 red Devil creature tokens with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target." They gain haste until end of turn.

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Toski, Bearer of Secrets

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.53

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This spell can't be countered.
Indestructible
Toski, Bearer of Secrets attacks each combat if able.
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

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Alrund's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.41

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Create two 1/1 blue Bird creature tokens with flying. Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Alrund's Epiphany.
Foretell {4}{U}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Ranger Class

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.91

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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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Wrenn and Seven

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $19.05

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+1: Reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
0: Put any number of land cards from your hand onto the battlefield tapped.
−3: Create a green Treefolk creature token with reach and "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of lands you control."
−8: Return all permanent cards from your graveyard to your hand. You get an emblem with "You have no maximum hand size."

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Barkchannel Pathway

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $5.46

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Jaspera Sentinel

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.09

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

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Dragon's Fire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may reveal a Dragon card from your hand or choose a Dragon you control.
Dragon's Fire deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If you revealed a Dragon card or chose a Dragon as you cast this spell, Dragon's Fire deals damage equal to the power of that card or creature instead.

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Briarbridge Tracker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.18

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Vigilance
When Briarbridge Tracker enters the battlefield, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
As long as you control a token, Briarbridge Tracker gets +2/+0.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Shatterskull Smashing

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.24

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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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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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What if we played midrange, but also played Alrund's Epiphany and countermagic. If this deck can prove that it actually beats Mono-Green Aggro, I'm listening. Until it proves that, I'm going to recommend one of two decks: Mono-Green Aggro or Izzet Epiphany.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Izzet Epiphany by Stanislav Cifka

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

Created By: Stanislav Cifka

Event: World Championship XXVII

Rank: 9th-16th

Standard

Market Price: $214.56

Cards

Divide by Zero

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.26

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Return target spell or permanent with mana value 1 or greater to its owner's hand.
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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Memory Deluge

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $6.46

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Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast this spell. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
Flashback {5}{U}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Riverglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.76

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Jwari Disruption

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Hall of Storm Giants

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.48

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If you control two or more other lands, Hall of Storm Giants enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{5}{U}: Until end of turn, Hall of Storm Giants becomes a 7/7 blue Giant creature with ward {3}. It's still a land. (Whenever it becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays {3}.)

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Smoldering Egg

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.71

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Defender
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a number of ember counters on Smoldering Egg equal to the amount of mana spent to cast that spell. Then if Smoldering Egg has seven or more ember counters on it, remove them and transform Smoldering Egg.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles.

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Goldspan Dragon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $31.36

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Flying, haste
Whenever Goldspan Dragon attacks or becomes the target of a spell, create a Treasure token.
Treasures you control have "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add two mana of any one color."

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Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.00

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Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that spell and exile them. That player shuffles, then draws a card for each card exiled from their hand this way.

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Unexpected Windfall

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.36

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards and create two Treasure tokens. (They're artifacts with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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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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Teachings of the Archaics

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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If an opponent has more cards in hand than you, draw two cards. Draw three cards instead if an opponent has at least four more cards in hand than you.

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Expressive Iteration

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.97

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand, put one of them on the bottom of your library, and exile one of them. You may play the exiled card this turn.

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Mascot Exhibition

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Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying, a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token, and a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Burning Hands

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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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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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Shatterskull Smashing

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.24

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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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Demon Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Demon Bolt deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker.
Foretell {R} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Burn Down the House

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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Choose one —
• Burn Down the House deals 5 damage to each creature and each planeswalker.
• Create three 1/1 red Devil creature tokens with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target." They gain haste until end of turn.

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Galvanic Iteration

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.98

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When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
Flashback {1}{U}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Fading Hope

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.33

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. If its mana value was 3 or less, 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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Malevolent Hermit

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.06

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{U}, Sacrifice Malevolent Hermit: Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {3}.
Disturb {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its disturb cost.)

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Spikefield Hazard

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Spikefield Hazard deals 1 damage to any target. If a permanent dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Alrund's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.41

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Create two 1/1 blue Bird creature tokens with flying. Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Alrund's Epiphany.
Foretell {4}{U}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Frostboil Snarl

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $3.09

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As Frostboil Snarl enters the battlefield, you may reveal an Island or Mountain card from your hand. If you don't, Frostboil Snarl enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Look, I'm recommending Izzet Epiphany. I really liked the look of the Grixis build until I saw the Czech House list. Go Blank is one of the best hate cards against Izzet Epiphany since it denies them both resources and graveyard access, but Stanislav Cifka and Ondřej Stráský have taken Izzet Epiphany to its logical extreme, and I'm all about it.

Unexpected Windfall isn't true card advantage, but you don't care about that quite as much when you're skipping ahead to your eight-mana turns and taking four or more turns in a row. Demon Bolt is excellent removal that camouflages your Alrund's Epiphany turns and pairs well with your extra copies of Galvanic Iteration. This list looks really clean, and if Worlds was Standard-only I'd put the Czech House as favorites for this event.

While I expect that one or both of them will post the sideboard content you all crave once Worlds ends, this week's newsletter is my own sideboard plans with this 75! Make sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss out on sideboard guides, deck techs, and—most importantly—access to my metagame breakdown a day early every week.

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Standard has narrowed down to a very small metagame, but it's also five-set Standard. There aren't many cards to work with, and Crimson Vow is coming soon to give us a new chunk of cards. Even then, the metagame has given us churn every week, and even the top decks have room to tweak week-to-week.

The World Championship is this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing this format played at the highest level. Who's gonna take it down? It's hard to bet against PVDDR, but I really like the look of the Czech Izzet list. No matter who wins, I'll be here next week to break it down along with all the usual weekend tournaments, so keep your eyes peeled to see if Worlds sets the meta or if the the hive mind finds a way to break Izzet Epiphany's and Mono-Green Aggro's stranglehold on the meta.