Through sheer dumb luck and some inferences based on reality and not pipe dreams, I had predicted the Standard ban (almost) correctly.

As I started to read through the actual announcement I began to realize that while we thought we'd slayed the demon, we were left with big questions.

So today I wanted to talk about Winota, Joiner of Forces in Standard and Pioneer, because let's be honest:

Winota in Standard

Since Ikoria spoilers were released at the same time as some Commander spoilers, I genuinely thought Winota, Joiner of Forces was part of the Commander set. Turns out that is not the case.

Towards the end of Agent of Treachery's life, the Winota, Joiner of Forces decks were four colors, adding green for mana acceleration and Neoform. Now that Agent of Treachery is banned, we will be able to explore non-blue versions of the deck, which will help the manabase more than anything.

When building Standard Winota, Joiner of Forces decks, consider cheap, disposable non-humans with the capability of creating more than one body. Your humans, on the other hand, can be expensive (but castable), large, impactful and can have static/activated abilities or an enters-the-battlefield ability. Examples of non-humans include Hanged Executioner, Legion Warboss, and Raise the Alarm. Examples of humans include Kenrith, the Returned King, Charming Prince, Tajic, Legion's Edge, and Haktos the Unscarred.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Naya Winota (Umori) by Jessica Estephan

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

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Event:

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Standard

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Cards

Haktos the Unscarred

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.23

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

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Umori, the Collector

Color Identity:B,G

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Companion — Each nonland card in your starting deck shares a card type. (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.)
As Umori, the Collector enters the battlefield, choose a card type.
Spells you cast of the chosen type cost {1} less to cast.

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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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Temple of Abandon

Color Identity:G,R

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Temple of Abandon enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Abandon enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Gilded Goose

Color Identity:G

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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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Tajic, Legion's Edge

Color Identity:R,W

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Haste
Mentor (Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature with lesser power.)
Prevent all noncombat damage that would be dealt to other creatures you control.
{R}{W}: Tajic, Legion's Edge gains first strike until end of turn.

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Gruul Spellbreaker

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.42

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Riot (This creature enters the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)
Trample
As long as it's your turn, you and Gruul Spellbreaker have hexproof.

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Gallia of the Endless Dance

Color Identity:G,R

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Haste
Other Satyrs you control get +1/+1 and have haste.
Whenever you attack with three or more creatures, you may discard a card at random. If you do, draw two cards.

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Hushbringer

Color Identity:W

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Flying, lifelink
Creatures entering the battlefield or dying don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

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

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

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

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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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Legion Warboss

Color Identity:R

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Mentor (Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature with lesser power.)
At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token. That token gains haste until end of turn and attacks this combat if able.

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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $12.43

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

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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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Temple of Triumph

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance, deathtouch, haste
Questing Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.
Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.

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Arboreal Grazer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.32

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Reach
When Arboreal Grazer enters the battlefield, you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield tapped.

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Destiny Spinner

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.19

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Creature and enchantment spells you control can't be countered.
{3}{G}: Target land you control becomes an X/X Elemental creature with trample and haste until end of turn, where X is the number of enchantments you control. It's still a land.

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Knight of Autumn

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.60

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When Knight of Autumn enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Put two +1/+1 counters on Knight of Autumn.
• Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
• You gain 4 life.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $0.25

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When Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves enters the battlefield, create Voja, Friend to Elves, a legendary 3/3 green and white Wolf creature token.
Whenever a Wolf enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 3 life and that creature fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Bonecrusher Giant and Gallia of the Endless Dance provide card advantage while Tajic, Legion's Edge offers some protection to our team. We are leaning on our creatures to make up for the lack of non-creature spells. A lot of the maindeck and sideboard decisions were a result of having Umori, the Collector as a companion. Not only does Umori, the Collector want us to maximize our creature spells, we also need our creatures to do the heavy lifting spells normally do post-board. Each of the creatures we play in our sideboard are impactful and attempt to provide answers to the various matchups we will face.

If we eliminate Umori, the Collector from this deck, we are able to play Incubation // Incongruity which allows us to find Winota, Joiner of Forces now that we're not playing blue for Neoform. While red and white are mandatory, the third color is flexible. While I like having access to green for Arboreal Grazer and friends, it's possible that mardu colors are the way forward:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mardu Winota by Jessica Estephan

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

Created By: Jessica Estephan

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $242.19

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Legion Warboss

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.09

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Mentor (Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature with lesser power.)
At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token. That token gains haste until end of turn and attacks this combat if able.

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Mortify

Color Identity:B,W

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Destroy target creature or enchantment.

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Despark

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target permanent with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Dire Tactics

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target creature. If you don't control a Human, you lose life equal to that creature's toughness.

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General's Enforcer

Color Identity:B,W

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Legendary Humans you control have indestructible.
{2}{W}{B}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.

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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

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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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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Leyline of the Void

Color Identity:B

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If Leyline of the Void is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Temple of Triumph

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Judith, the Scourge Diva

Color Identity:B,R

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Other creatures you control get +1/+0.
Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, Judith, the Scourge Diva deals 1 damage to any target.

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.35

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it or a card from their graveyard. Exile that card. You lose 1 life.

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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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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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Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord

Color Identity:B,W

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As long as it's your turn, creatures and planeswalkers you control have lifelink.
+2: Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord deals 1 damage to target player or planeswalker.
−X: Return target creature card with converted mana cost X from your graveyard to the battlefield. That creature is a Vampire in addition to its other types.

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Tajic, Legion's Edge

Color Identity:R,W

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Haste
Mentor (Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature with lesser power.)
Prevent all noncombat damage that would be dealt to other creatures you control.
{R}{W}: Tajic, Legion's Edge gains first strike until end of turn.

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Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

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Temple of Malice enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malice enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Haktos the Unscarred

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.23

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

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

Market Price: $4.80

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

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Raise the Alarm

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.06

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Create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Flame Sweep

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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Flame Sweep deals 2 damage to each creature except for creatures you control with flying.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.36

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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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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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Kenrith, the Returned King

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

Market Price: $4.53

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

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The Mardu version cuts mana acceleration for a more aggressive and synergistic deck. The deck is able to reliably function without having Winota, Joiner of Forces on turn four, which cannot be said for all Winota, Joiner of Forces decks. The deck maintains the typical creature package of Kenrith, the Returned King, Legion Warboss and Winota, Joiner of Forces. Cards like Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord give us reach, while Tajic, Legion's Edge and General's Enforcer provide protection to the team. 

My prediction for companions moving forward is that many will be impacted by the "pay three mana at sorcery speed" errata. However, I do not envision that Yorion, Sky Nomad decks will care too much about the nerf. With that in mind, by playing black, we access removal spells as well as discard. Duress, Agonizing Remorse, and Despark have proved effective against the types of decks that Yorion, the Sky Nomad breeds. 

Pioneer

Over in Pioneerland, Agent of Treachery is still legal, but there are a couple of different ways to play Winota, Joiner of Forces and not all of them involve playing blue. I came across a Boros goblins deck on Magic Online; in game one it played out like any normal goblins deck would. I assumed the white was for Boros Charm. I won easily and didn't think too much of it when sideboarding. In game two my opponent finally cast their Winota, Joiner of Forces

"But they're a goblins deck! What humans could they possibly be playing?"

I got my answer real quick when I went from about 18 life to -82 life. I knew then that I had to try it out.

I attempted to reverse engineer the deck I played against while making some additions based on what I would have liked to see in it. This Winota, Joiner of Forces deck makes an attempt at being a very aggressive goblins deck that uses Winota, Joiner of Forces to close out games, almost out of nowhere. If you are unable to find your Winota, Joiner of Forces, there are three Embercleaves to help you win the classic mono-red way. And if you find neither Winota, Joiner of Forces nor Embercleave, you have a reasonable beatdown plan—it's not great, but it can get the job done when necessary. 

You will notice that we're not playing a large amount of humans. The idea is that you have enough creatures in play when Winota, Joiner of Forces is cast to look through enough of your deck to find Angrath's Marauders, or an attacking Winota, Joiner of Forces if you're less lucky. At the very least, I can make the same guarantee I make with all of my Winota, Joiner of Forces decks: you will almost always have more fun than your opponent. 

If you're just looking to do normal, broken Winota, Joiner of Forces things, check out this Jeskai list I've been working on:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jeskai Winota by Jessica Estephan

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

Created By: Jessica Estephan

Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $280.33

Cards

Selfless Spirit

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $8.40

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Flying
Sacrifice Selfless Spirit: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.12

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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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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Incubation // Incongruity

Color Identity:G,U

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

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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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Agent of Treachery

Color Identity:U

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When Agent of Treachery enters the battlefield, gain control of target permanent.
At the beginning of your end step, if you control three or more permanents you don't own, draw three cards.

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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Goblin Rabblemaster

Color Identity:R

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Other Goblin creatures you control attack each combat if able.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token with haste.
Whenever Goblin Rabblemaster attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking Goblin.

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Chandra, Acolyte of Flame

Color Identity:R

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0: Put a loyalty counter on each red planeswalker you control.
0: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens. They gain haste. Sacrifice them at the beginning of the next end step.
−2: You may cast target instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Clifftop Retreat

Color Identity:R,W

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Clifftop Retreat enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Plains.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Angrath's Marauders

Color Identity:R

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If a source you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Inspiring Vantage

Color Identity:R,W

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Inspiring Vantage enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $8.63

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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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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

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Sulfur Falls enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Raise the Alarm

Color Identity:W

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Create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Gideon of the Trials

Color Identity:W

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+1: Until your next turn, prevent all damage target permanent would deal.
0: Until end of turn, Gideon of the Trials becomes a 4/4 Human Soldier creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
0: You get an emblem with "As long as you control a Gideon planeswalker, you can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game."

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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

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Dire Fleet Daredevil

Color Identity:R

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First strike
When Dire Fleet Daredevil enters the battlefield, exile target instant or sorcery card from an opponent's graveyard. You may cast it this turn, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell. If that spell would be put into a graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Goblin Instigator

Color Identity:R

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When Goblin Instigator enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.59

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

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This is a nice, quick way to play out your Pioneer Leagues on Magic Online or weekly Friday Night Magic. Most of this list is based off of Standard Winota, Joiner of Forces decks. While we are not accelerating our way into Winota, Joiner of Forces, we are able to provide ample protection, with the ability to rebuild after any wrath effects we run into. 

Chandra, Acolyte of Flame was a card I hesitated on initially, but she kept appearing in everyone else's lists so I gave her a shot. She was more impressive than expected, but likely needs you to have your Winota, Joiner of Forces in play beforehand. 

Post board, the main idea is to protect our game plan, while trying not to lose to combo decks or aggro decks. Most 75-card Winota, Joiner of Forces configurations are pretty on-rails. Since Plan A takes up so many cards, they can't afford to have a transformational sideboard plan. With only 15 slots in the sideboard, and so much of the maindeck dedicated to streamlining Winota, Joiner of Forces, there is very little wiggle room. 

If you're interested in having a more formidable plan B, I recommend looking at 95 card Winota, Joiner of Forces decks playing Yorion, Sky Nomad as a companion. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jeskai Winota (Yorion) by AlsoD

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

Created By: AlsoD

Event: MTGO Pioneer League - 05/05/2020

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $248.73

Cards

Lena, Selfless Champion

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.40

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When Lena, Selfless Champion enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token for each nontoken creature you control.
Sacrifice Lena: Creatures you control with power less than Lena's power gain indestructible until end of turn.

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Fire Prophecy

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Fire Prophecy deals 3 damage to target creature. You may put a card from your hand on the bottom of your library. If you do, draw a card.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $8.63

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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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Clifftop Retreat

Color Identity:R,W

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Clifftop Retreat enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Plains.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Temple of Triumph

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.36

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

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.15

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Chained to the Rocks

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.46

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Enchant Mountain you control
When Chained to the Rocks enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Chained to the Rocks leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)

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Phyrexian Revoker

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As Phyrexian Revoker enters the battlefield, choose a nonland card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated.

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Deafening Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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Each player can't cast more than one noncreature spell each turn.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Inspiring Vantage

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $2.15

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Inspiring Vantage enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Apostle of Purifying Light

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.13

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Protection from black (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, enchanted, or equipped by anything black.)
{2}: Exile target card from a graveyard.

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Reflector Mage

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.82

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When Reflector Mage enters the battlefield, return target creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand. That creature's owner can't cast spells with the same name as that creature until your next turn.

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Battlefield Forge

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.93

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

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Eldrazi Displacer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.45

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
{2}{C}: Exile another target creature, then return it to the battlefield tapped under its owner's control. ({C} represents colorless mana.)

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.45

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

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Goblin Instigator

Color Identity:R

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When Goblin Instigator enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Chandra, Awakened Inferno

Color Identity:R

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This spell can't be countered.
+2: Each opponent gets an emblem with "At the beginning of your upkeep, this emblem deals 1 damage to you."
−3: Chandra, Awakened Inferno deals 3 damage to each non-Elemental creature.
−X: Chandra, Awakened Inferno deals X damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a permanent dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Blast Zone

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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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Agent of Treachery

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.59

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When Agent of Treachery enters the battlefield, gain control of target permanent.
At the beginning of your end step, if you control three or more permanents you don't own, draw three cards.

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Drannith Magistrate

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.40

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

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Hanged Executioner

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.23

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Flying
When Hanged Executioner enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.
{3}{W}, Exile Hanged Executioner: Exile target creature.

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Cloudblazer

Color Identity:U,W

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Flying
When Cloudblazer enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life and draw two cards.

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Winota, Joiner of Forces

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $4.37

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

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.12

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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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Lavinia of the Tenth

Color Identity:U,W

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Protection from red
When Lavinia of the Tenth enters the battlefield, detain each nonland permanent your opponents control with converted mana cost 4 or less. (Until your next turn, those permanents can't attack or block and their activated abilities can't be activated.)

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Chandra, Acolyte of Flame

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.81

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0: Put a loyalty counter on each red planeswalker you control.
0: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens. They gain haste. Sacrifice them at the beginning of the next end step.
−2: You may cast target instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

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

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $12.43

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

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.90

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Eldrazi Displacer was a welcome surprise. The age-old combination with Reflector Mage returns, and we can't forget the Agent of Treachery synergies. At first glance it appears like an upgrade to Charming Prince, however, it has a non-zero impact on our mana base and a version without the Eldrazi Displacers is something to consider. 

AlsoD's deck looks like it's built and tuned for creature matchups, which is fitting, given the current state of Pioneer. 

Winota, Joiner of Forces decks have been nothing short of impressive since the moment somebody figured out how to actually build them. With format bans and shake ups, we're looking to establish the new norm, and I think Winota, Joiner of Forces has a strong chance of being one of the best decks in Standard. In Pioneer, the strategy is easier to play around, but removal spells for four toughness creatures are lacking, so this is Winota, Joiner of Forces's time to shine.

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Writing articles has been a nice escape from the pandemic and isolation. I very much appreciate the opportunity I've been given by TCGplayer to write about whatever topic is buzzing in Magic's metagame. But this week, it felt weird to write an article with everything that's going on. It was hard not to be distracted by the overwhelming urge to check social media every few minutes and see if there's been any news or updates from people who have been on the front lines protesting. I'm proud of the Magic community for being vocal and outspoken about the issues black people are facing, but realistically, it's about time we as a community addressed these issues. 

Take care of yourselves. 
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