Over the past few weeks I've focused on Historic. While Historic isn't a format I used to spend much time on, or write about, with the Arena Open coming up, followed by the Mythic Invitational, Historic is arguably the most important format in Magic at the moment. 

I'll try not to go over too much of what's already been said in my previous articles, but I've learned a lot, and the format has changed significantly. Even within the past couple weeks the introduction of Jumpstart added a number of new tools that have thrown many players for a loop. Let's take a look at where the format stands right now, and what decks I recommend for this weekend. 

Temur Reclamation

This is the number one deck to beat in best-of-three play. The tools it has access to after sideboard make it much better suited to a three-game match, compared to an aggro deck for instance. Unfortunately, Historic is starting to look very similar to Standard based on the presence of Temur Reclamation. That shouldn't be too surprising, though, since there's a ton of overlap between the cards that are legal in both formats. 

Results from tournaments this past weekend, as well as the deck's presence on the ladder lead me to the conclusion that Temur Reclamation is likely to be the most played deck for day two of the Historic Open. Some versions of Reclamation choose to play the full four copies of Field of the Dead, and some even play Golos, Tireless Pilgrim, too. I'm still a fan of the more traditional approach, though incorporating a single copy of Field of the Dead makes some sense, while still playing enough colored mana sources. Here is the list I have been playing with recently:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Temur Reclamation by Seth Manfield

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

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event:

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Historic

Market Price: $353.24

Cards

Field of the Dead

Market Price: $18.51

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Field of the Dead enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
Whenever Field of the Dead or another land enters the battlefield under your control, if you control seven or more lands with different names, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Ketria Triome

Color Identity:G,R,U

Market Price: $12.47

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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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Temple of Epiphany

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.46

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

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Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.21

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

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Fabled Passage

Market Price: $4.65

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

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Storm's Wrath

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.37

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Storm's Wrath deals 4 damage to each creature and each planeswalker.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $9.03

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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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Wilderness Reclamation

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.27

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

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Search for Azcanta

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.73

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard. Then if you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, you may transform Search for Azcanta.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $11.79

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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: $0.37

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

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Magmaquake

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Magmaquake deals X damage to each creature without flying and each planeswalker.

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Temple of Mystery

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.52

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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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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.09

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

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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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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Rootbound Crag

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $3.71

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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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Explore

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.22

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You may play an additional land this turn.
Draw a card.

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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $4.15

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

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Blast Zone

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

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.21

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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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Hinterland Harbor

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $7.23

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Hinterland Harbor enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or an Island.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Commence the Endgame

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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This spell can't be countered.
Draw two cards, then amass X, where X is the number of cards in your hand. (Put X +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.89

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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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Expansion // Explosion

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $2.25

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Wilt

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.15

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.66

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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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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $20.91

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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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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.76

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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 mana value.
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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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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My theory is once Temur Reclamation becomes the established best deck, players will start to change their decks more for the mirror match. This is the same trend we've seen in Standard. I've started doing this by cutting cards like Bonecrusher Giant completely, and playing the full playset of Negate between the main and sideboard. Also, sideboarding the maximum amount of Shark Typhoon and even the one copy of Commence the Endgame allows you to execute a draw-go sort of game plan. 

Search for Azcanta can be a very high-impact card. It fuels the graveyard for Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, and when it transforms, it does some amazing work with a Wilderness Reclamation in play. There is one Wilt in the sideboard to answer opposing copies. At the same time, I'm only playing one because it's very slow against aggro. The reason why the aggressive matchups tend to be good for Reclamation is the addition of Magmaquake. This card has been very impressive, and is by far your most important card against Goblins. 

Rakdos Sacrifice

While I expected Goblins to be the second most popular deck for the Historic Open, I've already talked about it some. Instead let's talk about a version of Rakdos Sacrifice that's stood out to me as a potential answer to the Reclamation decks.

The reason is Phyrexian Obliterator. This card currently dodges the removal Reclamation decks play, leaving no good way to answer it. This is the Rakdos list I'm working on:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Rakdos Sacrifice by Seth Manfield

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

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event:

Rank:

Historic

Market Price: $319.80

Cards

Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.71

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

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Claim the Firstborn

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Gain control of target creature with mana value 3 or less until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn.

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Phyrexian Tower

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $17.85

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Embereth Shieldbreaker // Battle Display

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $20.21

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When Kroxa enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Kroxa enters the battlefield or attacks, each opponent discards a card, then each opponent who didn't discard a nonland card this way loses 3 life.
Escape—{B}{B}{R}{R}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Witch's Oven

Market Price: $0.68

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{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Create a Food token. If the sacrificed creature's toughness was 4 or greater, create two Food tokens instead. (They're artifacts with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $14.17

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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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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.95

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

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Cauldron Familiar

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.64

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When Cauldron Familiar enters the battlefield, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
Sacrifice a Food: Return Cauldron Familiar from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Robber of the Rich

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.87

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Reach, haste
Whenever Robber of the Rich attacks, if defending player has more cards in hand than you, exile the top card of their library. During any turn you attacked with a Rogue, you may cast that card and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast that spell.

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Gutterbones

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.88

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Gutterbones enters the battlefield tapped.
{1}{B}: Return Gutterbones from your graveyard to your hand. Activate only during your turn and only if an opponent lost life this turn.

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Dragonskull Summit

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $5.23

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

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Phyrexian Obliterator

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $23.00

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Trample
Whenever a source deals damage to Phyrexian Obliterator, that source's controller sacrifices that many permanents.

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Alpine Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $8.45

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As Alpine Moon enters the battlefield, choose a nonbasic land card name.
Lands your opponents control with the chosen name lose all land types and abilities, and they gain "{T}: Add one mana of any color."

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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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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Stitcher's Supplier

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.81

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When Stitcher's Supplier enters the battlefield or dies, mill three cards.

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Mayhem Devil

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $1.74

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

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Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.33

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

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Call of the Death-Dweller

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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Return up to two target creature cards with total mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a deathtouch counter on either of them. Then put a menace counter on either of them.

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Drill Bit

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Spectacle {B} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

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This deck does need to make some concessions in order to play Phyrexian Obliterator, but it's an absolute house against these decks only playing burn effects for removal. The most obvious concession is to the manabase. You want to be really careful playing an Obliterator deck, because having four lands but being unable to cast Phyrexian Obliterator feels absolutely miserable. This deck only plays lands that can produce black mana, and Phyrexian Tower even allows you to play the Phyrexian Obliterator on turn three. 

Since we are playing a bunch of black sources, red becomes more of a splash color, so we don't have early red creatures in the deck. This could even be a mono-black deck, but I've gone for the red because of the power level provided by cards like Claim the Firstborn and Mayhem Devil. Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger is also a major incentive for the self-mill aspect of the deck. Stitcher's Supplier allows you to get a lot of value from cards in the graveyard.

This is a deck that isn't quite finalized yet. I really like Phyrexian Obliterator, and I think that either Rakdos or Mono-Black Aggro is the right home for the card. You do need to play more lands, though, in order to be able to reliably cast it by turn four. But right now in a Reclamation-based metagame, Phyrexian Obliterator is a card more players should be playing. 

Mono-Blue Tempo

The next deck I want to talk about is Mono-Blue Tempo. This was very popular in Standard back when Curious Obsession was legal, because of the ability to play a one-drop and suit it up with the enchantment to draw an extra card each turn. With the addition of Curiosity in Jumpstart there are now two ways to suit up your creature, or even three with Sea-Dasher Octopus. This means you can realistically set up situations where you're drawing two cards a turn, burying the opponent in card advantage. This is my current version of the deck:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono Blue Tempo by Seth Manfield

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

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $104.50

Cards

Dive Down

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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Target creature you control gets +0/+3 and gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Entrancing Melody

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.32

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Gain control of target creature with mana value X.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.89

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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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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Sea-Dasher Octopus

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.97

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Mutate {1}{U} (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.)
Flash
Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Lookout's Dispersal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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This spell costs {1} less to cast if you control a Pirate.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {4}.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.09

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

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Pteramander

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.15

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Flying
{7}{U}: Adapt 4. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put four +1/+1 counters on it.)

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $20.18

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Spectral Sailor

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.12

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
{3}{U}: Draw a card.

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Lofty Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}. If you control a creature with flying, counter that spell unless its controller pays {4} instead.

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Brineborn Cutthroat

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Whenever you cast a spell during an opponent's turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Brineborn Cutthroat.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Siren Stormtamer

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.37

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Flying
{U}, Sacrifice Siren Stormtamer: Counter target spell or ability that targets you or a creature you control.

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Curious Obsession

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.61

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card."
At the beginning of your end step, if you didn't attack with a creature this turn, sacrifice Curious Obsession.

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Curiosity

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.31

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Enchant creature
Whenever enchanted creature deals damage to an opponent, you may 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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The idea is to play a one-drop creature, suit it up with a card draw effect, and then have countermagic and Dive Down to protect it. Generally, the Mono-Blue Tempo deck has better matchups against slower decks like Temur Reclamation, and not so good matchups against decks with lots of inexpensive spells, like other aggro decks. Choosing to play this Mono-Blue deck is definitely  a metagame call. 

You won't execute your plan perfectly every game, but having so much countermagic disrupts the opponents quite well. Sometimes you just beat down with your creatures, though they definitely don't look quite as powerful without a Curious Obsession or Curiosity. This is a deck that could be well positioned for this weekend because of the dominance of Temur Reclamation, but I don't know about its place in the metagame long-term. 

Mono-White Auras

The final deck I'm talking about today is a new strategy inspired by the existence of Kor Spiritdancer: Mono-White Auras! The deck has been popping up a good bit on the ladder over the past couple days, which is where this list comes from: 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Auras by Ginky

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

Created By: Ginky

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $35.88

Cards

Kor Spiritdancer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.74

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Kor Spiritdancer gets +2/+2 for each Aura attached to it.
Whenever you cast an Aura spell, you may draw a card.

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Alseid of Life's Bounty

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.23

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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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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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Hushbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.70

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

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Karametra's Blessing

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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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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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $6.24

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 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 mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Light of Hope

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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Choose one —
• You gain 4 life.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

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Glaring Aegis

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.01

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Enchant creature
When Glaring Aegis enters the battlefield, tap target creature an opponent controls.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+3.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Gingerbrute

Market Price: $0.26

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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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Angelic Gift

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Enchant creature
When Angelic Gift enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Enchanted creature has flying.

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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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Adanto Vanguard

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.19

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As long as Adanto Vanguard is attacking, it gets +2/+0.
Pay 4 life: Adanto Vanguard gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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All That Glitters

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.41

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

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.87

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Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
{T}: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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Solid Footing

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.01

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Flash
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1.
As long as enchanted creature has vigilance, it assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power.

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Selfless Savior

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.19

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Sacrifice Selfless Savior: Another target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Baffling End

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.16

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When Baffling End enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with mana value 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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Containment Priest

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.28

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Flash
If a nontoken creature would enter the battlefield and it wasn't cast, exile it instead.

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Sentinel's Eyes

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.08

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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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The deck is similar to some of the Selesnya Auras lists that have popped up, but instead of Season of Growth we have Kor Spiritdancer to provide some card advantage. You could build this as Selesnya to include Season of Growth as well, but there is something to be said for the consistency of a mono-color deck. There are a total of 20 Auras here, enough to fuel Kor Spiritdancer in a similar way we've seen in Modern Bogles strategies. 

This is the type of deck where you need to be careful about having the right mix of threats, Auras, and some amount of protection spells. Right now, the list plays the best protection spell:Karametra's Blessing. Then we have creatures that can provide some type of protection, or protect themselves from potential removal.

Adanto Vanguard is a pretty annoying threat, dodging a good amount of removal spells, so there are matchups where you can safely put all the Auras on it without worrying too much. Selfless Savior is another way to have a creature that doubles as a sort of protection spell. However, there are removal effects that can get around indestructibility. Alseid of Life's Bounty is an enchantment to fuel All That Glitters and Kor Spiritdancer, but at the same time can be a Gods Willing-type effect. 

This deck wins a lot of games with All That Glitters, so it makes sense to have some artifact creatures in the deck as well. Stonecoil Serpent and Gingerbrute do the trick, also allowing us to keep our permanents under three mana. Lurrus of the Dream-Den is a companion worth playing here, since there aren't expensive spells the deck wants anyway. Plus it provides you with an important resource to play a longer game if necessary. 

The other aspect of the deck I want to highlight is the sideboard, which is geared toward beating Goblins. Cards like Hushbringer and Containment Priest are amazing at stopping Muxus, Goblin Grandee. With Goblins seeing so much play right now, and being a difficult deck to beat game one, it makes sense to dedicate a good amount of sideboard to the matchup. Light of Hope is a cheap answer to Wilderness Reclamation as well. This is a deck we should see more of moving forward.

Good luck everyone who is playing in the Open this weekend! I plan to play and stream the event as well.