If you play Magic: The Gathering, there is a good chance you are aware of Pioneer but haven't had the opportunity to dive in. This article is for you!

In late 2019, Wizards of the Coast announced the creation of a new format called Pioneer. Pioneer took inspiration from the player-created format Frontier, which was designed as a cheap and convenient format for players who wanted to use their rotated Standard cards. Frontier encompassed sets between Magic 2015 and onward, using the M15 frame as a reference for legality. In this way, it was similar to Modern, which uses an earlier change of card frames as its cutoff point.

Since Pioneer's announcement, Frontier sees little play with players jumping to the officially supported format.

Why Play Pioneer?

For new players, Standard is the easiest way to jump into the game due to its narrow card pool: only cards printed in the last two years are legal. As a result, it offers a smooth path into the game since it allows you to focus on fundamentals. Standard rotates every year to keep the format fresh and exciting. As a result, the Standard cards you own will become illegal in the future, which can be frustrating.

Pioneer is an in-between point for players who are looking for more ways to use their collection once cards rotate out of Standard. Like Modern and Legacy, Pioneer is a non-rotating format, which means a Pioneer deck you buy now will remain legal indefinitely. At the same time, because the card pool is smaller than Modern and Legacy, a deck that was strong enough for Standard will also be able to compete in Pioneer.

If you are not one for brewing, this is a great way to keep playing your favorite Standard deck. Pioneer can be whatever you want it to be, and most of the work is done if you are coming from Standard.

What Is Legal In Pioneer?

All Standard-legal sets from Return to Ravnica forward are legal in Pioneer. That means if you your old Standard deck was legal at any time after September 27th 2013, it's legal in Pioneer, unless any of its cards are on the Pioneer ban list.

The current ban list is as follows:

The biggest attraction to Pioneer is the omission of fetch lands. These often play a pivotal role in Modern and Legacy, creating intricate play patterns and a high financial barrier to entry. Because they're banned in Pioneer, the format is a fantastic entryway to affordable competitive MTG—plus, there's far less shuffling every game.

During the early days, Wizards of the Coast employed a different approach to banning cards to aid the growing format. Instead of publishing the bans and unbans on the usual schedule, the company decided to announce the bans without any prior communication. Often these bans occurred weekly, and WotC used the rapid changes as an experiment to see which cards were too powerful for the format. This meant that in the first few months of Pioneer it was difficult for players to settle on one particular archetype, as there was no guarantee that WotC wouldn't ban a card from that archetype next week.

Since then, the format has stabilized, and WotC has adopted a more traditional, conservative approach to banning cards.

Staple Cards

There are a handful of staples that are worth keeping in your collection or picking up for future usage. A good barometer to see if a card has Pioneer potential is to look at its performance in Standard. If it's good for Standard, it's likely to be good in Pioneer too.

Thoughtseize

Thoughtseize saw extensive play both times it was legal in Standard and is a well-known Modern staple. Extending to Pioneer, Thoughtseize is the premier discard spell and one of the best things you can do in the early game. At one point, there were calls for the sorcery to see a ban due to its cheap cost and powerful effect.

Despite these complaints, Thoughtseize plays an important role within the Pioneer landscape. Often you'll play Thoughtseize to combat spell-heavy strategies such as Oops All Spells, Lotus Combo, and Jeskai Lukka as a way to disrupt combos that would otherwise cause you to lose the game.

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Self-Inflicted Wound

Color Identity:B

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Target opponent sacrifices a green or white creature. If that player does, they lose 2 life.

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Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

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Spawn of Mayhem

Color Identity:B

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Spectacle {1}{B}{B} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Flying, trample
At the beginning of your upkeep, Spawn of Mayhem deals 1 damage to each player. Then if you have 10 or less life, put a +1/+1 counter on Spawn of Mayhem.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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

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Aethersphere Harvester

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

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

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

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Bloodsoaked Champion

Color Identity:B

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Bloodsoaked Champion can't block.
Raid — {1}{B}: Return Bloodsoaked Champion from your graveyard to the battlefield. Activate this ability only if you attacked this turn.

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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

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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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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

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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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Dread Wanderer

Color Identity:B

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Dread Wanderer enters the battlefield tapped.
{2}{B}: Return Dread Wanderer from your graveyard to the battlefield. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery and only if you have one or fewer cards in hand.

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Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Rankle, Master of Pranks

Color Identity:B

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Flying, haste
Whenever Rankle, Master of Pranks deals combat damage to a player, choose any number —
• Each player discards a card.
• Each player loses 1 life and draws a card.
• Each player sacrifices a creature.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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

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Scrapheap Scrounger

Color Identity:B

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

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

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

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

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

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Knight of the Ebon Legion

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{2}{B}: Knight of the Ebon Legion gets +3/+3 and gains deathtouch until end of turn.
At the beginning of your end step, if a player lost 4 or more life this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Knight of the Ebon Legion. (Damage causes loss of life.)

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Skyclave Shade

Color Identity:B

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Kicker {2}{B}
Skyclave Shade can't block.
If Skyclave Shade was kicked, it enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, if Skyclave Shade is in your graveyard and it's your turn, you may cast it from your graveyard this turn.

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Legion's End

Color Identity:B

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

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Mono-Black Aggro is the ideal shell for Thoughtseize, as you can couple the discard with pressure, which is always a recipe for success. You can also expect to see Thoughtseize in Esper Control, Orzhov Auras and in Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath builds as an important piece (sometimes the only piece) of early interaction. Thoughtseize is a compelling card and will remain an evergreen card of the format.

Mana Dorks

Thanks to Magic 2015 and Dominaria, you can run both of these mana creatures in the same build in Pioneer. Mana acceleration is a powerful approach to pull ahead in a game, and both of these serve that purpose well. Running four of both of these is a powerful way to begin your Pioneer journey.

The Shock Lands

Featured in Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance, this cycle will remain evergreen within the Pioneer landscape. Practically every deck with more than one color in it runs shock lands.

At the cost of 2 life, shock lands grant you access to two colors of mana the turn they come into play. Even without fetch lands, running these lands will provide excellent consistency for your decks. This is the best cycle of lands in Pioneer, and nothing in the future is likely to come close to their effectiveness.

Budget-Friendly Decks

Compared to other non-rotating formats, the price of entry into Pioneer is affordable. There are plenty of cheap Pioneer decks you can build that will offer a competitive edge in local and online events.

Gruul Pummeler

Gruul Pummeler is a favorite from Standard's past. Back then, not only was it an affordable option, but it saw plenty of success. Gruul Pummeler centers around the use of energy and the namesake card: Electrostatic Pummeler.

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Cards

Aether Hub

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

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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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Blossoming Defense

Color Identity:G

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Target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Collision // Colossus

Color Identity:G,R

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Voltaic Brawler

Color Identity:G,R

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When Voltaic Brawler enters the battlefield, you get {E}{E} (two energy counters).
Whenever Voltaic Brawler attacks, you may pay {E}. If you do, it gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Temur Battle Rage

Color Identity:R

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Target creature gains double strike until end of turn. (It deals both first-strike and regular combat damage.)
Ferocious — That creature also gains trample until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Rhythm of the Wild

Color Identity:G,R

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Creature spells you control can't be countered.
Nontoken creatures you control have riot. (They enter the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)

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Ghor-Clan Rampager

Color Identity:G,R

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Trample
Bloodrush — {R}{G}, Discard Ghor-Clan Rampager: Target attacking creature gets +4/+4 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Electrostatic Pummeler

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When Electrostatic Pummeler enters the battlefield, you get {E}{E}{E} (three energy counters).
Pay {E}{E}{E}: Electrostatic Pummeler gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is its power.

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Become Immense

Color Identity:G

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Target creature gets +6/+6 until end of turn.

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Greenbelt Rampager

Color Identity:G

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When Greenbelt Rampager enters the battlefield, pay {E}{E} (two energy counters). If you can't, return Greenbelt Rampager to its owner's hand and you get {E}.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Destructive Revelry

Color Identity:G,R

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Destructive Revelry deals 2 damage to that permanent's controller.

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Rootbound Crag

Color Identity:G,R

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

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Bristling Hydra

Color Identity:G

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When Bristling Hydra enters the battlefield, you get {E}{E}{E} (three energy counters).
Pay {E}{E}{E}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Bristling Hydra. It gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Attune with Aether

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. You get {E}{E} (two energy counters).

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Longtusk Cub

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Longtusk Cub deals combat damage to a player, you get {E}{E} (two energy counters).
Pay {E}{E}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Longtusk Cub.

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Harnessed Lightning

Color Identity:R

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Choose target creature. You get {E}{E}{E} (three energy counters), then you may pay any amount of {E}. Harnessed Lightning deals that much damage to that creature.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Radiant Flames

Color Identity:R

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Converge — Radiant Flames deals X damage to each creature, where X is the number of colors of mana spent to cast this spell.

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Akin to Modern Infect, Gruul Pummeler cares about dealing an immense amount of damage as quickly as possible.

Timing is a huge aspect of the strategy, as you can deal lethal damage from an activated Electrostatic Pummeler alongside a Temur Battle Rage or Become Immense.

Gruul Pummeler is far from linear, as you can attack with Voltaic Brawler or Bristling Hydra since you have so much energy stored up. Also, Harnessed Lightning is an excellent removal spell due to how effortless it is to accrue energy. Gruul Pummeler is ideal for anyone who is a format beginner, as it follows one plan incredibly well and teaches you how to combat effectively.

Orzhov Auras

Orzhov Auras is another aggressive strategy with a low price point.

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Caves of Koilos

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.

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Concealed Courtyard

Color Identity:B,W

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Concealed Courtyard enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Sentinel's Eyes

Color Identity:W

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has vigilance.
Escape—{W}, Exile two other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Alseid of Life's Bounty

Color Identity:W

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Lifelink
{1}, Sacrifice Alseid of Life's Bounty: Target creature or enchantment you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.

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Apostle of Purifying Light

Color Identity:W

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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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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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Hateful Eidolon

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
Whenever an enchanted creature dies, draw a card for each Aura you controlled that was attached to it.

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Karametra's Blessing

Color Identity:W

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Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. If it's an enchanted creature or enchantment creature, it also gains hexproof and indestructible until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.23

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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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Isolated Chapel

Color Identity:B,W

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

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.04

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Ethereal Armor

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.59

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control and has first strike.

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Cartouche of Solidarity

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.24

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Enchant creature you control
When Cartouche of Solidarity enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Warrior creature token with vigilance.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has first strike.

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Sram, Senior Edificer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.04

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Whenever you cast an Aura, Equipment, or Vehicle spell, draw a card.

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Brain Maggot

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.09

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When Brain Maggot enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals their hand and you choose a nonland card from it. Exile that card until Brain Maggot leaves the battlefield.

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Gryff's Boon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.56

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 and has flying.
{3}{W}: Return Gryff's Boon from your graveyard to the battlefield attached to target creature. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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

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Baffling End

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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When Baffling End enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less.
When Baffling End leaves the battlefield, target opponent creates a 3/3 green Dinosaur creature token with trample.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Aphemia, the Cacophony

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

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Flying
At the beginning of your end step, you may exile an enchantment card from your graveyard. If you do, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Dead Weight

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.02

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.

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All That Glitters

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.62

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact and/or enchantment you control.

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Favored Hoplite

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.34

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Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Favored Hoplite, put a +1/+1 counter on Favored Hoplite and prevent all damage that would be dealt to it this turn.

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The objective of Orzhov Auras is to deploy cheap threats, equip them with powerful Auras, and turn sideways. It plays similar to Modern Bogles, where your curve is low so you can run pack as much action as possible.

It may be easy to default to an aggressive mindset, but the strategy boasts resiliency that can extend into the late game. Hateful Eidolon provides card draw both when your enchanted creatures die and when you remove your opponent's threats with Dead Weight. Lurrus of the Dream-Den is a free companion given the low the converted mana cost of the build, and enables you to recur permanents to keep the action going. Lastly, Sram, Senior Edificer provides card draw to ensure you can keep the threat density high. All in all, it's a great starting point for anyone who wants diversity in their game plan.

Established Archetypes You'll Likely Face

Pioneer is full of strategies that make the format truly unique. You see some familiar faces thanks to Standard's influence, but there is a lot of creativity and charm in the strategies on display too.

Mono-Green Planeswalkers

Mono-Green Planeswalkers (or Mono-Green Devotion) is one of the best things you can play in Pioneer. It provides consistency, flexibility, and raw power that feels akin to Mono-Green Tron in Modern. The card quality is powerful enough to be suitable in unknown metagames, and it's a popular choice with competitive players.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Green Planeswalkers by Michael Jacob

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

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Event: 2019 Magic Online Championship - Pioneer

Rank: 1st

Pioneer

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Cards

Verdurous Gearhulk

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.62

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Trample
When Verdurous Gearhulk enters the battlefield, distribute four +1/+1 counters among any number of target creatures you control.

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God-Pharaoh's Statue

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Spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast.
At the beginning of your end step, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Orbs of Warding

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You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
If a creature would deal damage to you, prevent 1 of that damage.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.24

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Darksteel Citadel

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Wolfwillow Haven

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.12

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Enchant land
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional {G}.
{4}{G}, Sacrifice Wolfwillow Haven: Create a 2/2 green Wolf creature token. Activate this ability only during your turn.

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Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $4.26

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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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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Choose a color. Add an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

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When you cast this spell, exile two target permanents.
Indestructible
Whenever Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger attacks, defending player exiles the top twenty cards of their library.

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Oath of Nissa

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.18

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When Oath of Nissa enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal a creature, land, or planeswalker card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
You may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast planeswalker spells.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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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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Aligned Hedron Network

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When Aligned Hedron Network enters the battlefield, exile all creatures with power 5 or greater until Aligned Hedron Network leaves the battlefield. (Those creatures return under their owners' control.)

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The Great Henge

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.
{T}: Add {G}{G}. You gain 2 life.
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on it and draw a card.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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

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Burning-Tree Emissary

Color Identity:G,R

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When Burning-Tree Emissary enters the battlefield, add {R}{G}.

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Karn, the Great Creator

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Activated abilities of artifacts your opponents control can't be activated.
+1: Until your next turn, up to one target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.
−2: You may reveal an artifact card you own from outside the game or choose a face-up artifact card you own in exile. Put that card into your hand.

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Llanowar Visionary

Color Identity:G

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

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $11.98

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Vigilance, reach, trample
Whenever Elder Gargaroth attacks or blocks, choose one —
• Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
• You gain 3 life.
• Draw a card.

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Pithing Needle

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As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

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Flying
Whenever Skysovereign, Consul Flagship enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker an opponent controls.
Crew 3 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 3 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Color Identity:G

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+1: Distribute two +1/+1 counters among up to two target creatures. They gain trample until end of turn.
−3: Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature or planeswalker.
−5: You may reveal a creature card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand.

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Voracious Hydra

Color Identity:G

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Trample
Voracious Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Voracious Hydra enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Double the number of +1/+1 counters on Voracious Hydra.
• Voracious Hydra fights target creature you don't control.

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Hashep Oasis

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.13

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {G}.
{1}{G}{G}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.59

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Heart of Kiran

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

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The goal is to deploy Llanowar Elves and Elvish Mystic to push out threats ahead of the curve such as Nissa, Who Shakes the World. Then, you cast a massive Voracious Hydra to either close out the game or break parity on the battlefield. There are various sideboard options, and Karn, the Great Creator makes them accessible game one.

There are plenty of ways to tailor the strategy to your metagame, but Mono-Green is inherently strong and has remained a feature of the format since its inception.

Boros Burn

If you prefer something aggressive, Boros Burn is pulling in results due to its blistering pace against slower archetypes. Often the default for any unknown metagame is to go aggressive, and Burn achieves this with Lurrus of the Dream-Den at the helm.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Boros Burn by Oliver Tiu

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

Created By: Oliver Tiu

Event: 2019 Magic Online Championship - Pioneer

Rank: 3rd-4th

Pioneer

Market Price: $153.66

Cards

Chained to the Rocks

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.59

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Inspiring Vantage

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $2.60

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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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Lightning Strike

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Strike deals 3 damage to any target.

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Wizard's Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if you control a Wizard.
Wizard's Lightning deals 3 damage to any target.

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Searing Blood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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Searing Blood deals 2 damage to target creature. When that creature dies this turn, Searing Blood deals 3 damage to the creature's controller.

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Battlefield Forge

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.47

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

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Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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

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Boros Charm

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.60

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Choose one —
• Boros Charm deals 4 damage to target player or planeswalker.
• Permanents you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
• Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

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Soul-Scar Mage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.49

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

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Eidolon of the Great Revel

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a player casts a spell with converted mana cost 3 or less, Eidolon of the Great Revel deals 2 damage to that player.

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Ghitu Lavarunner

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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As long as there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, Ghitu Lavarunner gets +1/+0 and has haste.

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Viashino Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

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When Viashino Pyromancer enters the battlefield, it deals 2 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.37

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Exile the top two cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.

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Shock

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Shock deals 2 damage to any target.

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Wayward Guide-Beast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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Trample, haste
Whenever Wayward Guide-Beast deals combat damage to a player, return a land you control to its owner's hand.

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Wild Slash

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.41

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

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $12.17

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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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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.00

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Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 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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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $6.75

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has converted mana cost 2 or less. (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.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard.

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The plan is to curve out with cheap aggressive creatures, deplete the opponent's life total, and finish them off with burn spells. But within this overarching strategy, there are ways to prolong the game if you are unable to close out quickly. Lurrus of the Dream-Den allows you to recast threats to push through those last points of damage.

Also, this is a great starting point if you want to extend into Modern Burn in the future. Pioneer's purpose is to narrow the gap between Standard and Modern, and Boros Burn is a fantastic example of how cards can overlap for other formats.

Niv to Light

Like Standard, Pioneer can fall into a midrange slug-fest due to the card quality on offer. However, there is one midrange strategy that rules them all.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Niv to Light by Xerk

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

Created By: Xerk

Event: MTGO Pioneer Challenge

Rank: 5th-8th

Pioneer

Market Price: $486.62

Cards

Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $6.56

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

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Solar Blaze

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.29

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Each creature deals damage to itself equal to its power.

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Thought Erasure

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.26

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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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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $9.76

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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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Omnath, Locus of Creation

Color Identity:G,R,U,W

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When Omnath, Locus of Creation enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 4 life if this is the first time this ability has resolved this turn. If it's the second time, add {R}{G}{W}{U}. If it's the third time, Omnath deals 4 damage to each opponent and each planeswalker you don't control.

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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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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $15.33

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

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.15

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

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Shadows' Verdict

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Exile all creatures and all planeswalkers with converted mana cost 3 or less from the battlefield and all creature and planeswalker cards with converted mana cost 3 or less from all graveyards.

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Rakdos's Return

Color Identity:B,R

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Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent or planeswalker. That player or that planeswalker's controller discards X cards.

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Detention Sphere

Color Identity:U,W

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When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.72

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Slaughter Games

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.26

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This spell can't be countered.
Choose a nonland card name. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Indatha Triome

Color Identity:B,G,W

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

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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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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $9.18

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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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Knight of Autumn

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $2.04

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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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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

Market Price: $9.48

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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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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.39

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

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $9.75

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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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Bring to Light

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.50

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Converge — Search your library for a creature, instant, or sorcery card with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of colors of mana spent to cast this spell, exile that card, then shuffle your library. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Ashiok, Nightmare Muse

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.76

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

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $5.20

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

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Sylvan Caryatid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.31

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Defender, hexproof
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Dreadbore

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $4.00

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $9.31

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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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Rootbound Crag

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $3.91

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

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Warleader's Helix

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.11

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Warleader's Helix deals 4 damage to any target and you gain 4 life.

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Ketria Triome

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $7.92

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

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $9.52

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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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Utter End

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.05

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Exile target nonland permanent.

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

Market Price: $5.22

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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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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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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager // Nicol Bolas, the Arisen

Color Identity:B,R,U

Market Price: $24.06

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Flying
When Nicol Bolas, the Ravager enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.
{4}{U}{B}{R}: Exile Nicol Bolas, the Ravager, then return him to the battlefield transformed under his owner's control. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.04

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Nahiri, the Harbinger

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.39

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+2: You may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.
−2: Exile target enchantment, tapped artifact, or tapped creature.
−8: Search your library for an artifact or creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. It gains haste. Return it to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.37

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

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Mana Confluence

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color.

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Niv-Mizzet Reborn

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

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Flying
When Niv-Mizzet Reborn enters the battlefield, reveal the top ten cards of your library. For each color pair, choose a card that's exactly those colors from among them. Put the chosen cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Niv to Light is incredibly unique and sees frequent play in Modern, but sees more success in Pioneer. What may seem like something cobbled together from a trade binder, Niv to Light is a robust strategy that never runs out of action.

Since Pioneer begins at Return to Ravnica, there is a swath of multi-colored guild spells that complement well with the namesake card, Niv-Mizzet Reborn. Plus, every gold card in future sets has the potential to fit in the strategy, making it an attractive option for players. It's versatile, powerful, and incorporates cards you may not know existed. Best of all, it's a lot of fun to play.

Where to Find Other Players

In typical circumstances, going down to your local game store would be the ideal approach to jumping into Pioneer. But with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this may not be an option for you.

Fortunately, Magic Online is a suitable way to jam a bunch of games to see whether the format is for you. Also, if you play MTG Arena, Pioneer will be available in the future in addition to Historic. So if you play a bunch of Historic or Standard, you are amassing a collection that can transfer into Pioneer once it's available on the digital client.

Pioneer remains in its infancy, yet there is a lot of charm in a format that remains uncharted. Pioneer is full of character and promotes creativity if you are willing to put in the time. Plus, it will only become more exciting the more cards are added to the format, and being involved from the beginning is a great way to amass a collection.