It's been 405 days since War of the Spark was released. 

9,740 hours since Nissa, Who Shakes the World came out and, well… shook up our world.

It's also been 584,400 minutes of Magic players complaining.

In the 13 or so months since she was printed, Nissa has dominated the Standard format, rarely taking a break and constantly being the card to beat. Let's be honest—it is not a fair or fun Magic card. 

But no matter how many bans Standard was hit with, Nissa, Who Shakes the World was never one of them. 

When companions were released, it was almost a reprieve. For the first time since War of the Spark was printed, green decks weren't automatically playing four copies of Nissa, Who Shakes the World.

As soon as companions were nerfed, Nissa was back on her nonsense. 

So I guess it's time to start complaining about Nissa again.

Play What You Can't Beat

I have a basic rule when it comes to Magic. If something is worth complaining about, you should probably just be playing it. Not only do you save yourself from the mental exhaustion that comes with complaining, you also start winning more. 

Mono-blue tempo decks being pesky? Start playing them. 

Sick of Nightpack Ambusher and Brineborn Cutthroat ruining your day? Start playing them. 

Yorion, Sky Nomad decks generating enough value early and late game that no other deck can keep up with? Pick up the deck (BYO clap emojis). 

Complaining is defined as the expression of dissatisfaction or annoyance. If something is worth complaining about, and you're a competitive Magic player, stop being annoyed and just play the best deck if you are able to. 

With the recent Banned and Restricted announcement and companion updates, we basically have a brand new Standard format on our hands—or a slightly older one, depending on how you look at it.

The key difference between Standard now and Standard pre-Ikoria is that Fires of Invention has (finally) gotten the chop.

Initially I thought Bant Ramp, Jund Sacrifice and Temur Reclamation were the winners of the update, so I decided to put them to the test. If you're looking to read about Temur Reclamation after the companion errata, I recommend Seth Manfield's article

If you're still trying to make Jund Sacrifice happen, I think you're brave. The deck certainly has the ability to win, but every deck you face will be armed with the appropriate tools to take you down. You will definitely win some games, but you will struggle in a lot more. I believe that Jund Sacrifice is the red herring of the format, but I'm happy to be proven wrong this weekend. 

Bant Ramp

If you're looking to actually win matches of Magic, sleeve up your Breeding Pools and Nissa, Who Shakes the Worlds because I've got some lists for you!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Bant Ramp by Jess Estephan

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

Created By: Jess Estephan

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $425.33

Cards

Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.25

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment 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 {W} or {U}.

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Temple of Plenty

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $1.21

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Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Plenty 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 {G} or {W}.

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Planar Cleansing

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.26

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Destroy all nonland permanents.

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Growth Spiral

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.42

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

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Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.96

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause you to discard cards or sacrifice permanents.
+1: Choose a nonland card name, then reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all cards with the chosen name from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
−3: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $18.90

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

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.57

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $6.71

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Whenever you tap a Forest for mana, add an additional {G}.
+1: Put three +1/+1 counters on up to one target noncreature land you control. Untap it. It becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with vigilance and haste that's still a land.
−8: You get an emblem with "Lands you control have indestructible." Search your library for any number of Forest cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

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Hydroid Krasis

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $14.77

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When you cast this spell, you gain half X life and draw half X cards. Round down each time.
Flying, trample
Hydroid Krasis enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.50

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

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $23.15

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

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Fabled Passage

Market Price: $9.57

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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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Dream Trawler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.23

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever you draw a card, Dream Trawler gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Dream Trawler attacks, draw a card.
Discard a card: Dream Trawler gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.

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Knight of Autumn

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $2.00

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.69

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.43

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

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.69

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

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $11.80

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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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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $13.82

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

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.29

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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

Market Price: $7.89

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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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Shatter the Sky

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.76

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $7.94

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

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Temple of Mystery

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $1.00

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

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Due to the delay in deploying the companion and ban updates, I've only been testing for three days. Based on my three days, this Bant Ramp deck is what I consider to be the best deck in the format.

Along with Nissa, Who Shakes the World, War of the Spark also brought us Teferi, Time Raveler. These two planeswalkers are a dynamic duo that will thrive in the format we are currently looking at.

While Teferi, Time Raveler is not as devastating as it once was against Wilderness Reclamation decks, it is still incredibly powerful and difficult for them to deal with once it resolves. It is definitely the key to an easy success in this matchup. 

Our mainboard copies of Aether Gust and Mystical Dispute are another nod to this matchup, which can appear challenging but breaks in our favor if navigated well. 

While I have been beating the Sultai decks consistently, I do not believe this is a good matchup for this deck. If you are able to apply pressure and either counter their Casualties of War or have it not be too devastating, you can close out the game. Otherwise, Sultai has better resources to come out on top of a topdeck war.

Elspeth Conquers Death is your best card against these grindy decks. Without Yorion, Sky Nomad to reset your permanents, you are relying on your Teferi, Time Raveler to return Elspeth Conquers Death to your hand where possible. I approach this matchup rather greedily and attempt to extract as much value out of every single card we draw, so that we are not drowned out by their card advantage. 

I would not recommend taking this Bant deck to a tournament without getting a reasonable amount of practice in. Learning how to sequence early land drops for your upcoming turns is important, and small mistakes can be punishing. 

I have liked the 60-card ramp version of Bant in Standard more than the 80-card Yorion, Sky Nomad versions. The Yorion builds lean toward being a control deck. This isn't where I want to be in a format where four copies of Mystical Dispute will be the norm by the end of the week. If you are interested in playing a more controlling version of Bant that features Yorion, I would highly recommend playing a couple copies of Brazen Borrower and more copies of Shark Typhoon.

Sultai Ramp

If you're looking to be the one casting the Casualties of War instead of being on the receiving end, I've got a list for you here:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Sultai Ramp by Jess Estephan

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

Created By: Jess Estephan

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $451.11

Cards

Fabled Passage

Market Price: $9.57

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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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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.17

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/207044_200w.jpg

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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Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.96

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause you to discard cards or sacrifice permanents.
+1: Choose a nonland card name, then reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all cards with the chosen name from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
−3: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $12.13

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

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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $15.25

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

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Return to Nature

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.12

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Choose one —
• Destroy target artifact.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Exile target card from a graveyard.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $12.65

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

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Tyrant's Scorn

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.24

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less.
• Return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Thought Distortion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.09

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This spell can't be countered.
Target opponent reveals their hand. Exile all noncreature, nonland cards from that player's hand and graveyard.

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Hydroid Krasis

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $14.77

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When you cast this spell, you gain half X life and draw half X cards. Round down each time.
Flying, trample
Hydroid Krasis enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Eat to Extinction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.21

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Exile target creature or planeswalker. Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card into your graveyard.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $23.15

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

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Thought Erasure

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.29

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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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Temple of Deceit

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.04

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Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Deceit 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 {U} or {B}.

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Temple of Mystery

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $1.00

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

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $18.90

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

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Growth Spiral

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.42

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

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Cry of the Carnarium

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.14

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

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Casualties of War

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.60

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Choose one or more —
• Destroy target artifact.
• Destroy target creature.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Destroy target land.
• Destroy target planeswalker.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.65

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

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.69

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Temple of Malady

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.43

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

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.69

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

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $7.94

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

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Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $6.71

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Whenever you tap a Forest for mana, add an additional {G}.
+1: Put three +1/+1 counters on up to one target noncreature land you control. Untap it. It becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with vigilance and haste that's still a land.
−8: You get an emblem with "Lands you control have indestructible." Search your library for any number of Forest cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

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In previous iterations of Standard, Sultai ramp decks have been a worse version of Bant Ramp decks. That's no longer the case. Now that Yorion, Sky Nomad is seeing less play, Sultai can finally have its turn in the sun.

Most decks require countermagic or two removal spells to clean up a resolved Nissa, Who Shakes the World. But for Sultai, a simple Casualties of War does the trick. Nothing feels quite as good as resolving a Casualties of War and eviscerating your opponent's board. 

The list I've included above is hateful. You hate your opponents having creatures and planeswalkers. But most of all, you hate it when your opponent has cards in hand.

Thought Erasure, Agonizing Remorse and Thought Distortion are the best reasons to be playing black over white right now. Thought Distortion being uncounterable makes it backbreaking for Temur Reclamation and even Bant Ramp. 

In addition to having favorable Growth Spiral matchups, you're able to contend with Standard's sacrifice decks. Casualties of War is still a great card in this matchup, and post-board you have access to Cry of the Carnarium and Return to Nature

Cards I considered but which did not make this iteration of the list include:

Of these, Vraska, Golgari Queen is at the top of my waiting list to make it into the 75 cards. If you wish to play it, I would remove the Tyrant's Scorn and replace it with the Vraska.

When the World is Too Much (Money)

Nissa, Who Shakes the World was my starting point for this new format. Every other banned card has paid the price for Nissa to remain in Standard, and it would be a waste not to play her. 

The only drawback to Nissa is that the decks she plays well in tend to be pretty expensive. Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath especially is not a cheap piece of cardboard. If you refuse to play the World Shaker for budget reasons, here are a couple decks you can try instead.  

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono Red Aggro by medvedev

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

Created By: medvedev

Event: MTGO Standard Showcase Challenge - 06/06/2020

Rank: 1st

Standard

Market Price: $19.74

Cards

Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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

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Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.50

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If a red source you control would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, it deals that much damage plus 2 instead.

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Tin Street Dodger

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Haste
{R}: Tin Street Dodger can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with defender.

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Forbidden Friendship

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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Create a 1/1 red Dinosaur creature token with haste and a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.

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Embereth Shieldbreaker // Battle Display

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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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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Blazing Volley

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Blazing Volley deals 1 damage to each creature your opponents control.

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Tibalt, Rakish Instigator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Your opponents can't gain life.
−2: Create a 1/1 red Devil creature token with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target."

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Scorch Spitter

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Whenever Scorch Spitter attacks, it deals 1 damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.

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Cavalcade of Calamity

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Whenever a creature you control with power 1 or less attacks, Cavalcade of Calamity deals 1 damage to the player or planeswalker that creature is attacking.

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Heartfire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature or planeswalker.
Heartfire deals 4 damage to any target.

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Grim Initiate

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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First strike
When Grim Initiate dies, amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Scorching Dragonfire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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

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Chandra, Acolyte of Flame

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.04

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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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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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There's very little in this deck that commands a high price, but the deck's ability to apply significant pressure early on is real. Once you've whittled down your opponent's life total, Heartfire and Torbran, Thane of Red Fell are there to help you seal the deal. 

The other budget-conscious deck to put up some surprise results last weekend is Mono-Green Aggro. This deck was piloted by Jamie Katz to a second-place finish in the Battle Against Racism tournament.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Green Aggro by Jamie Katz

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

Created By: Jamie Katz

Event: Battle Against Racism - 06/07/2020

Rank: 2nd

Standard

Market Price: $104.33

Cards

Gingerbrute

Market Price: $0.24

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Haste
{1}: Gingerbrute can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with haste.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Gingerbrute: You gain 3 life.

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Stonecoil Serpent

Market Price: $2.12

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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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Kraul Harpooner

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.05

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Reach
Undergrowth — When Kraul Harpooner enters the battlefield, choose up to one target creature with flying you don't control. Kraul Harpooner gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the number of creature cards in your graveyard, then you may have Kraul Harpooner fight that creature.

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Giant Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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

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Ram Through

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.19

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Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature you don't control. If the creature you control has trample, excess damage is dealt to that creature's controller instead.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Pelt Collector

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.35

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Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, if that creature's power is greater than Pelt Collector's, put a +1/+1 counter on Pelt Collector.
As long as Pelt Collector has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has trample.

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Thrash // Threat

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.16

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.71

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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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Titanic Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.

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Gemrazer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.13

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Mutate {1}{G}{G} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)
Reach, trample
Whenever this creature mutates, destroy target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls.

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Syr Faren, the Hengehammer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.09

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Whenever Syr Faren, the Hengehammer attacks, another target attacking creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is Syr Faren's power.

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.19

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Barkhide Troll

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.16

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Barkhide Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
{1}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Barkhide Troll: Barkhide Troll gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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There are a couple of cards in this deck that cost more than $2.00, however Questing Beast and Stonecoil Serpent are integral to how the deck functions. 

Your goal with Mono-Green Stompy is simple: play cheap creatures, use your Titanic Growth and Giant Growth effects to make them big, and push a lot of damage early on. Syr Faren, the Hengehammer is your best two-drop, comboing with your Giant Growth spells to create creatures that are large and in charge.

While this deck's ability to play a late game may seem limited, Gemrazer and Questing Beast are able to capitalize off the early damage dealt to help you end games.

If you are looking for budget-conscious but competitive decks, I highly recommend this mono-green list, or the mono-red Cavalcade of Calamity deck listed above it. Not only are they within a much more reasonable price range, they have already proven themselves in a tournament setting, so you know that they are going to perform for you. 

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Whenever I finish a piece of writing these days it always seems to end with "so it's been a rough time."  

It has definitely been a rough 2020 for most of us.

So this is your weekly reminder to drink lots of water, take time off the internet when you need to, and watch as much anime as your brain will let you. 

Good luck in your Players Tour, Magic Arena grind, FNM or Magic Online event!