Cards Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Cards RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network MtG: 11 Most Expensive Modern Horizons 2 Cards https://www.gameskinny.com/k9hzy/mtg-11-most-expensive-modern-horizons-2-cards https://www.gameskinny.com/k9hzy/mtg-11-most-expensive-modern-horizons-2-cards Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:50:19 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

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  • Regular art price: $79.94
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  • Borderless art price: $99.99
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Ragavan is basically Robber of the Rich but for one mana, which is a strong contender for the best new red card in Modern Horizons 2.

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Everybody loves this card across all legal formats. This is why the prices have been soaring and there is no indication of a drop.

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EDH players are already betting on it to be one of the best red commander cards. This should keep its high value throughout the release weekend and beyond.

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Those are the most expensive cards in Modern Horizons 2. For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, head over to our MtG hub page here.

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Grief

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  • Regular art price: $69.92
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  • Borderless art price: $84.99
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As is the case with Solitude and Subtlety, this card is going to drop in price at the release and then slowly build up the price as the time goes.

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Grief will be played in most eternal formats, but it looks like commander crowd is not particularly big on this one. This could be an indication of an even steeper drop as soon as the card hits the secondary market.

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But it could perform exceptionally well in modern and legacy, and if that's the case, then the price will correct itself. The question remains: how strong this correction will be?

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Cabal Coffers

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  • Regular art price: $60.75
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  • Borderless art price: $79.99
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Here is another high value reprint, but this time from the Torment set. It's a huge commander card, which has been evaluated at nearly $100, but with the current Modern Horizons 2 release, it has fallen to $60.

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Everything indicates that the fall will continue, so buying this now is not advisable. Wait before the prices settle, and then it would be wise to get them at $30-40 range as a long-term investment.

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Since cards like these stand the test of time, it will gain more value in the next few years unless Wizards of the Coast decide to reprint it once again, which is doubtful.

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Subtlety

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  • Regular art price: $58.72
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Force of Negation from the first Modern Horizons set was a real hit. While Subtlety isn't as good, it still holds some value in control decks that want to get rid of an early aggressive creature or planeswalker.

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The current price is getting revved up due to the manaless casting cost, but once people realize that this effect isn't as strong as it seems, then the price will most likely go down.

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It should end up at around the same price range as Solitude, which is about $40-45 per card or even less.

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Verdant Catacombs

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  • Regular art price: $54.99
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All five enemy fetch lands from the original Zendikar set make a return in Modern Horizons 2. Verdant Catacombs, Scalding Tarn, and Misty Rainforest are all priced at $50+, while Arid Mesa and Marsh Flats at $30+.

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These lands are obviously very pricey but valuable nonetheless. The various arts will hold their high price, while the regular prints may settle at around $40-50 range due to reprint factor and then go up in time, just like it was the case with Modern Masters 2017.

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Investing in these lands during the release can be a good deal at the current price, but it will take the market a few months to evaluate the real prices of these newly reprinted fetches.

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Ignoble Hierarch

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  • Regular art price: $54.99
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Jund players must have been elated when this card was revealed. It's an instant staple that will be played as much in modern as its predecessor Noble Hierarch did.

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Since this is the very first printing of Ignoble Hierarch, it can easily sustain its current price, and may even go up a bit in the coming months. But if Wizards of the Coast decide to reprint it as much as they chose to do with Noble Hierarch, then the price will inevitably go down.

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For now, it's an excellent investment, and probably the safest one in the entire Modern Horzions 2.

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Grist, the Hunger Tide

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  • Regular art price: $49.99
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  • Borderless art price: $56.27
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Grist is both planeswalker and a creature that can be used as a commander. Such combination is destined to do well in various formats, but nobody knows for sure how well it actually performs.

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This creates a sense of uncertainty on the market. Commander players will push it as much as they can, but its price will tank if it turns out to be just a gimmicky card with some questionable value.

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Since this is a very new card that requires thorough testing, there is no definite answer as to the best strategy. Just wait and see how Grist performs in different formats before the prices settle.

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Sword of Hearth and Home

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  • Regular art price: $44.92
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The new cycle of swords in Modern Horizons 2 is getting a lot of support from the EDH crowd. Sword of Hearth and Home is a very good ramp card with protection from relevant colors for the format, as well as, very useful blink effect.

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The old cycle of swords, with Sword of Feast and Famine being the leader, is still better, but that doesn't mean that commander players won't find another slot for this new card.

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However, there isn't much hype amongst the modern players, so Sword of Feast and Famine may not have such a solid growth as expected. The current price is well adjusted, unless it dips a bit in the next few months.

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Solitude

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  • Regular art price: $42.54
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The Evoke cycle of cards in Modern Horizons 2 is a real winner. Solitude is just one of the pieces, but it's truly grand in scope and will change the landscape of the modern format, and perhaps other eternal formats as well.

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It has already been proclaimed as the "Force of Plowshares", referring to Swords to Plowshares removal spell, but with the manaless casting cost of the infamous Force of Will. If you add the Ephemerate spell to the combo, then you get something very dangerous.

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The current price seems perfectly balanced for such a strong but new card. If it doesn't get banned, then it may find itself on a steady growth throughout the years.

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Dauthi Voidwalker

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  • Regular art price: $40.00
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Dauthi Voidwalker is undoubtedly a very strong card, but it also has a few drawbacks that can be easily overlooked.

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Right now it's getting some love from both commander and modern players. The upsides are obvious: almost unblockable due to Shadow ability, hates on opponent's graveyard, and provides card advantage. What's not to like?

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But it can also easily die to something like Fatal Push, and maybe get resurrected by Lurrus of the Dream Den for a turn or two. But that is not enough to justify the $40 price tag, so expect it to dwindle down to about $25  a piece on the secondary market.

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Chatterfang, Squirrel General

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This card started really low during the spoiler season at around $10 a card. But once players looked beyond the "squirrel" tag and actually started building decks with it, that's where the price started to soar.

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Chatterfang can become a very useful token generator with some extra abilities, which will see a huge demand in commander format. It can easily support the green token archetype with Deranged Hermit and Deep Forest Hermit at play.

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However, this kind of hype doesn't extend into the modern format, where there isn't much room for Squirrels tribal deck. Still there is a slight indication that Chatterfang may go up in price.

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The sequel to the highly acclaimed Modern Horizons set, designed specifically for modern and other eternal formats, is now live on Magic Online. The printed set will be released on June 18, which isn't that far off.

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As expected, Modern Horizons 2 is a set of high power and value, including three new planeswalkers, fetch land reprints, strong Squirrel and Merfolk tribal support, and many other cool features.

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Currently the Magic: The Gathering market is experiencing a serious shake up, so it's time to review some of the most expensive cards in Modern Horizons 2.

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Note that the listed prices correspond to the date of this article's publishing: June 03, 2021.

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MtG: Best Strixhaven Combos for Standard Format https://www.gameskinny.com/xiz2x/mtg-best-strixhaven-combos-for-standard-format https://www.gameskinny.com/xiz2x/mtg-best-strixhaven-combos-for-standard-format Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:11:52 -0400 Sergey_3847

Combo decks are some of the most favorite archetypes of many Magic: The Gathering players. While many eternal formats have always had plenty of them, standard has never seen such a huge emergence of combo decks like we are seeing in the Strixhaven set.

This guide will provide you with the list of the best and most powerful Strixhaven combos in standard format. Maybe you've already heard about some of them, but there are sure to be a few surprises on this list.

Witherbloom Apprentice Combo

         

As soon as the Golgari apprentice card from Strixhaven was spoiled, players immediately knew that there would be some kind of a drain combo in standard.

Now the path of destruction is clear, and it requires the following cards:

  • Witherbloom Apprentice
  • Sedgemoor Witch
  • Plumb the Forbidden

You can also add the Bastion of Remembrance to the equation in order to increase the drain effect.

Here's how the Witherbloom Apprentice combo works:

  1. Create a number of creature tokens
  2. Play Witherbloom Apprentice and Sedgemoor Witch 
  3. Use Plumb the Forbidden to sacrifice tokens
  4. Drain your opponent
  5. Rinse and repeat

Once the tokens die, Witherbloom Apprentice will drain your opponent and Sedgemoor Witch will create the same number of tokens you've scarified for another copy of Plumb the Forbidden.

This means that you can win the game with either several copies of Plumb the Forbidden or several copies of Witherbloom Apprentice.

If you have five tokens, two copies of Witherbloom Apprentice and two copies of Plumb the Forbidden will instantly drain your opponent for 20 damage and kill them. That's the terrifying power of this card combination.

Body of Research Combo

         

Body of Research generated a lot of buzz when it was first revealed. It offers players a way to create the biggest creature token MtG has seen yet.

Since the token created by Body of Research can be easily disrupted with blockers and removal spells, it will need some support.

The lethal one-shot combo with Body of Research looks like this:

  1. Use draw spells or Grim Tutor to get both Body of Research and Kazuul's Fury or Fling into your hand
  2. Make sure that your library has a number of cards that is more or equal to your opponent's HP
  3. Play Body of Research
  4. Use Kazuul's Fury or Fling on Body of Research to instantly kill your opponent

Use ramp spells, such as Lotus Cobra and Cultivate, to get to six mana as quickly as possible and execute your perfect combo early on.

Echoing Equation Combo

         

This sort of approach hasn't traditionally been a popular mechanic among standard format players. However, something similar was introduced in the Kaldheim set last season.

With the release of Echoing Equation in Strixhaven, players can use Fynn, the Fangbearer to insta-kill their opponents.

Here is how this combo looks like:

  1. Generate at least five 1/1 creature tokens
  2. Play Fynn, the Fangbearer
  3. Cast Echoing Equation on Fynn, the Fangbearer
  4. Attack with all creatures for 10 infect damage, which is lethal

You can quickly generate the necessary amount of tokens with the help of Sedgemoor Witch, Pest Summoning, Tend the Pests, and many other similar spells.

Harness Infinity Combo

         

Harness Infinity is another extreme card from Strixhaven that allows you to put your entire graveyard into your hand. Such effects are usually more fitting for formats like modern or legacy, but not standard.

Fortunately, we still have access to Syr Konrad, the Grim from the Throne of Eldraine set, a card that has a perfect synergy with Harness Infinity. In short, when you return creatures from your graveyard to your hand, Syr Konrad deals 1 damage to each opponent equal to the number of those creatures.

Here's a step-by-step sequence of the combo:

  1. Use a self-mill or discard ability to put 20 creatures into your graveyard
  2. Play Syr Konrad, the Grim
  3. Cast Harness Infinity
  4. Deal damage to opponent equal to the number of creatures in your graveyard

A self-mill effect can be easily achieved with the help of such cards like Merfolk Secretkeeper, Mire Triton, Tymaret Calls the Dead, and other similar spells.

Grinning Ignus Combo

         

The only actual reprinted card in Strixhaven is Grinning Ignus, an elemental creature that originally appeared way back in the Future Sight set.

Today, with the help of Birgi, God of Storytelling and Terror of the Peaks, you can kill your opponent in one turn. Grinning Ignus can be played an infinite number of times using his ability and mana generated by Birgi, while Terror of the Peaks will deal 2 damage to an opponent every time Grinning Ignus comes into play.

The Grinning Ignus combo runs as follows:

  1. Play Terror of the Peaks
  2. Play Birgi, God of Storytelling
  3. Play Grinning Ignus
  4. Activate Grinning Ignus's ability using mana generated by Birgi, God of Storytelling
  5. Play Grinning Ignus as many times as needed

For example, if your opponent has 20 HP, then you need to play Grinning Ignus ten times. If more damage is needed, then just keep repeating the same pattern until you opponent is dead.

The best part about this combo is that you can play it in a simple Mono-Red shell.

Jadzi Ultimatum Combo

         

When most players think of casting big spells in their decks, they always turn to ramp archetypes for help. But this combo offers players something extraordinary, and the key is hidden in the new Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios card.

It's a very expensive card at eight mana, but when you put it on board, all of your spells can be cast for just a single colorless mana, which is impressive.

If you cast a sorcery or an instant card using Jadzi's ability, then you can keep casting your big spells for just one mana. That's why playing such popular finishers like Ultimatum spells usually means that the game is over for your opponent.

The combo with Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios can be done with other spells, too, such as:

  • Explosive Welcome
  • Magma Opus
  • Creative Outburst
  • Elemental Masterpiece
  • And many others

Jadzi can also be cheated into the game with the help of Gyruda, Doom of Depths. That won't happen every time, but when it does, then it's basically all over.

Wandering Archaic Combo

         

This next combo must be one of the most complicated to execute, but the result is really cool and totally worth exploring.

The return of modal double-faced cards in Strixhaven has generated a lot of positive buzz, and the new Extus, Oriq Overlord legendary creature allows players to exploit this card type to a great effect.

Wandering Archaic is a simple creature card on the front side, but the flip side is a sorcery: Explore the Vastlands. Thus, Extus, Oriq Overlord can help you bring back Wandering Archaic to your hand after casting Explore the Vastlands.

This simple loop becomes really exciting, when you manage to reduce the sorcery's mana cost from three to zero with the help of such cards like:

  • Rowan, Scholar of Sparks
  • Will, Scholar of Frost
  • Umori, the Collector

Once you have all the pieces in play, all you need is Quakebringer that will prevent your opponent from gaining life off of the Explore the Vastlands. When the combo goes off, you will have an infinite life gaining loop that can't be beaten.

This combo can be played like this:

  1. Play Rowan, Scholar of Sparks
  2. Play Will, Scholar of Frost
  3. Play Umori, the Collector (choosing sorcery)
  4. Play Quakebringer
  5. Play Extus, Oriq Overlord
  6. Cast Explore the Vastlands
  7. Return Wandering Archaic from your graveyard to your hand
  8. Rinse and repeat steps 6 and 7

Just keep repeating the loop until your opponent concedes, as they will soon realize that your infinite life loop is never going to end.

Those are the best Strixhaven combos for standard in Magic: The Gathering. For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, head over to our MtG hub page here.

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MtG: 11 Most Expensive Strixhaven Cards https://www.gameskinny.com/mi7a1/mtg-11-most-expensive-strixhaven-cards https://www.gameskinny.com/mi7a1/mtg-11-most-expensive-strixhaven-cards Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:38:07 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Kasmina, Enigma Sage

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The biggest selling point of the Kasmina planeswalker is her passive ability that gives all your other planeswalkers her active abilities.

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This means that you can give your uncommon planeswalkers, such as Ashiok, Dream Render and Narset, Parter of Veils, a plus ability that will keep them active.

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Those are the most expensive cards in Strixhaven. For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, head over to our MtG hub page here.

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Professor Onyx

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Just like Jadzi, the new Liliana planeswalker was severely overhyped right after the reveal.

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In just a couple of weeks the price dropped from $50 to 20$, which indicates uncertainty among Magic investors. On one hand it's a new Liliana, but on the other it's too costly at six mana and the abilities aren't exactly overwhelmingly powerful.

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It is an interesting planeswalker that will be played as a single copy in the Tergrid decks in standard and in some commander decks as well. But for most of the part it will be quickly forgotten and drop in price heavily.

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Beledros Witherbloom

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Beledros is a very solid commander that will have no impact on any other format except EDH.

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Golgari players will have a blast playing Beledros, and activating that untap ability. But other than that, it's simply too expensive at seven mana, and the ability, although quite strong, has a few other, more viable alternatives already in the metas of other competitive formats.

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That's why this card will not be able to hold such a high price for long. Expect it to drop to at least $10 or less.

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Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios

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  • Regular art price: $16.73
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  • Extended art price: $35.77
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Jadzi is one of the very first victims of extreme pre-release hype. This card started the pre-order train at $50 after the reveal, and has since dwindled to just $15-16 per copy.

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This happens to cards that have strong and unique abilities, but unfortunately, are too expensive mana-wise to be viable in any of the competitive formats.

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For example, the flip side is represented by the Journey to the Oracle sorcery that puts all lands from your hand onto the table. How many decks would want this? Not that many, which sort of hints on the playability of this card.

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In that case, Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios won't get over the $10 price tag.

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Galazeth Prismari

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  • Regular art price: $16.61
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  • Borderless art price: $18.53
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Among those few Elder Dragons presented in this list, Galazeth Prismari is a much better option than Velomachus Lorehold.

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Galazeth Prismari is already gaining a lot of popularity among the EDH crowd that claim it to be one of the best new commanders from Strixhaven. It also gains traction in modern, standard, and historic formats.

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This means that people really put a lot of faith in this card, and if it does meet all those expectations, then Galazeth Prismari could possibly reach the $30 price tag in just a few months.

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Harness Infinity

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  • Regular art price: $13.57
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  • Extended art price: $21.24
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This is another spell in the vein of Body of Research that offers some extraordinary effect for a lot of mana.

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Putting your entire graveyard in your hand can make up for some incredible plays, but it doesn't save you from graveyard hate cards that can easily disrupt your strategy.

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Most likely, Harness Infinity will be a very flashy niche card in graveyard archetypes that will produce some amazing Twitch clips online. But that alone doesn't make it a solid investment.

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As it stands, Harness Infinity will repeat the destiny of Body of Research and will go down to about $6-7 per card.

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Wandering Archaic

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  • Regular art price: $11.45
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  • Extended art price: $18.71
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Wandering Archaic is proving to be the staple commander card due to its wonderful taxing ability and colorless mana cost. This means that everyone can play it regardless of the archetype.

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There is no doubt that this Avatar creature will gain huge popularity in the coming season and beyond. Expect it to double up in price in the course of the year.

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If Wandering Archaic doesn't stop at $20 a piece, then it will easily become even more expensive. You also should count in the fact that it's an MDFC card, which won't be reprinted that often.

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Blex, Vexing Pest

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  • Regular art price: $11.35
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The front side of this MDFC card is a very unusual lord that will likely never see play, but the flip side, Search for Blex, is a sorcery that can draw you five cards for four mana.

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Of course, there is a huge downside, as you lose three points of life for each card you put in your hand. But you can choose to put them all in your graveyard instead.

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In any case, there are plenty of decks in all formats that wouldn't mind either of those "downsides". This puts Search for Blex in an interesting position, which may keep its price quite high.

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Mila, Crafty Companion

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  • Regular art price: $10.67
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  • Borderless art price: $19.93
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Modal double-faced cards are back in Strixhaven, and Mila, Crafty Companion is one of the most exciting new cards of that type.

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The main spotlight here is the flip side represented by the 6-mana planeswalker: Lukka, Wayward Bonder. His second ability can put any creature on board from your graveyard and give it haste until end of turn.

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That is one powerful ability that could be used to a great extent in any format. Such broad range of application could keep the card's current price long and steady.

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Body of Research

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  • Regular art price: $8.61
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  • Extended art price: $27.98
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This is another example of a card hyped by the commander community. The Simic Token players are understandably very excited about Body of Research, but it will most likely have no serious impact beyond that specific archetype in any other format.

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It can be well paired with The Ozolith from Ikoria, which has doubled up in price since the release. So there is definitely a very powerful synergy there. The question is: Will players find it attractive enough to invest in Body of Research, too?

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The current sentiment is that this sorcery will stumble at around $4-5 price tag.

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Velomachus Lorehold

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  • Regular art price: $8.51
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  • Borderless art price: $17.86
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The abundance of keywords and a really strong ability make Velomachus Lorehold one of the more exciting cards from Strixhaven.

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However, all this hype comes from just one source, which is EDH community. The card has no attractive points for any other competitive formats, which makes this Elder Dragon a short-lived star.

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It's a very expensive card at seven mana and it's just too slow for most of the formats. This means that the price will drop significantly, even for the borderless art, which usually stays quite high. Expect it to end up at the $2-3 range per card by the end of the year.

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Magic: The Gathering community has been on spot during the release of the Kaldheim set earlier this year, when it came to predicting the market direction for its most expensive cards.

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This time we enter the world of Strixhaven that has a few truly unique cards, so let's see if the community will be as farsighted as it has been before.

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There are some really impactful commanders in Strixhaven that will shake up the market, as well as some cool new planeswalkers. But there is also too much hype surrounding some of the spells, and that's where you need to be careful.

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Hopefully, our list of the most expensive MtG cards from Strixhaven will help you find the best possible investement this season.

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MtG: 15 Best Strixhaven Cards for Commander https://www.gameskinny.com/2iinh/mtg-15-best-strixhaven-cards-for-commander https://www.gameskinny.com/2iinh/mtg-15-best-strixhaven-cards-for-commander Mon, 12 Apr 2021 10:35:01 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Fervent Mastery

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Fervent Mastery is by far the most controversial card in Strixhaven. Some players say it's one of the best cards in the set, while others can't stop hating it.

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The best part about this spell is its multi-tutor ability, which allows you to grab three cards from your deck using a single spell.

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It's a great tool for decks that rely on complex combos, but it also puts a lot of new cards into your opponent's hands.

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But, if you know that you will win anyhow, and there is no way your opponents can crush your game after getting all of your combo pieces, then there is basically no downside.

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That's all for the best 15 cards in MtG's Strixhaven set. In addition to this list of the best Strixhaven cards for commander, be sure to check out our other MtG guides and card lists here

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Tempted by the Oriq

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Here is another blue spell that will be quite impactful this season in commander.

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It is clearly designed for multiplayer format, where you can steal commanders and other creatures or planeswalkers that your opponents control.

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Note that this is a permanent effect, and you get to keep those cards until the end of the game.

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The best targets for Tempted by the Oriq, except the cheap commanders, would be hate creatures, as those usually cost less than three mana.

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Resculpt

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Exiling a creature at instant speed in blue color is a really big deal. But Resculpt also takes care of artifacts, which is a solid bonus.

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The only downside is the 4/4 token, but when you can get rid of the biggest threat on board for just two mana, that is a downside that can be easily ignored.

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The card is really powerful. It's actually so strong that even lead designer of Strixhaven, Mark Rosewater, decided not to release these types of effects in blue anymore in the near future.

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Storm-Kiln Artist

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Magecraft ability is the most valuable one on Storm-Kiln Artist. In a Storm shell it can produce an infinite number of mana via Treasure tokens.

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Also each one mana spell can be basically cast for free, when Storm-Kiln Artist is on the table, as he will instantly recoup that cost by producing a mana token.

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The first ability is also quite strong in an offensive way, but when you have such a powerful mana generator, you almost forget about the existence of that pump ability.

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Witherbloom Apprentice

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Witherbloom Apprentice is probably the safest choice for all Golgari decks in all of the Strixhaven. It's just that kind of simple design that commander players are looking for.

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Life drain in combination with Magecraft is a very dangerous effect that can become absolutely devastating in the Storm shell.

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It's really easy to overlook this card amongst all the amazing choices in Strixhaven, especially in the black and green colors, but Witherbloom Apprentice is by far one of the best new cards for competitive EDH.

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Codie, Vociferous Codex

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Codie is another new commander from Strixhaven with huge potential.

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It restricts you to play only sorceries and instants, and its mana base will require you to play lots of Mox artifacts just to be able to activate its ability.

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But with all that work you will be able to do something amazing. For example, you could cheat the permanent spells restriction by using Hypergenesis that puts permanents onto the battlefield regardless of Codie.

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In this way you could play any huge threat you wish, and then another one, and another one, and so on.

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Extus, Oriq Overlord

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Extus is a modal double-faced commander, which makes it possible to cast a sorcery on the flip side from the command zone.

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That other side is Awaken the Blood Avatar that gets cheaper when you sacrifice creatures. So the best way to utilize this commander is the following:

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  1. Play at least three creatures
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  3. Cast Awaken the Blood Avatar by sacrificing them
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  5. Play Extus, Oriq Overlord from the commander zone
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  7. Cast spells to bring back the sacrificed creatures to your hand
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It's a simple loop that can become a very powerful tool in almost any Mardu shell.

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Decisive Denial

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You don't see flexible counterspells in Simic colors every day in Magic: The Gathering.

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This would be an excellent addition to the Tasigur Control lists in commander format, where both of the given effects will be of great value.

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Also, don't be surprised if you see it in Omnath, Locus of Creation or even Muldrotha, the Gravetide decks.

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Players like to have plenty of options when it comes to counterplays, and Decisive Denial looks solid from top to bottom.

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Rushed Rebirth

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Tutor spells have always been highly valued in various formats, and there happens to be a really cool combo with this card in commander that goes like this:

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  1. Play Tasigur, the Golden Fang
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  3. Cast Birthing Pod
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  5. Target Tasigur with Rushed Rebirth
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  7. Activate Birthing Pod using Tasigur
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  9. Search your library for Seedborn Muse and Nezahal, Primal Tide
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When both of those cards land on the table, you can offer your opponent to concede, or just watch them struggle until they lose anyway.

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Galazeth Prismari

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There aren't that many cards in Magic that could rival Urza, Lord High Artificer as the ultimate mana generator. But this Elder Dragon has a chance to prove it this season.

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The biggest upside of Galazeth Prismari is the ability to produce any color of mana you need, while Urza can produce nothing but blue mana.

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But these two exceptional cards don't have to compete, and you can combine the powers of both for something extraordinary.

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Ecological Appreciation

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Ecological Appreciation has a very strong tutor effect, but it is also quite expensive.

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However, you could play it with commanders like Selvala, Explorer Returned that can generate a lot of mana really quickly and get your cards from the graveyard.

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The lethal combo with this commander can be achieved in two ways. You can either combine Ashaya, Soul of the Wild with Quirion Ranger, or Mirror Entity with Wirewood Symbiote.

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Ecological Appreciation can quickly get any of these two pieces and give you a quick win.

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Wandering Archaic

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Here is a different kind of a hate card. It's a bit too expensive for commander format, being a five mana card, but that effect can be played out really well in certain types of decks.

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It can be used to a great extent alongside such commanders like Orvar, the All-Form and Kykar, Wind's Fury, generating plenty of tokens in both cases.

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Unfortunately, the flip side of this modal double-faced card isn't as good and is a simple fetch spell that also gains you life.

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Strict Proctor

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If you're trying to stop Thassa's Oracle combo decks from getting on with their plan, then Strict Proctor is a great card to have for disrupting those kinds of plays.

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This card has been compared to Hushbringer from Throne of Eldraine set, but Strict Proctor is not limited to creatures only. It can deal with pesky lands, such as Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and Bojuka Bog, as well as with enchantments and artifacts.

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That's why Strict Proctor is a much better choice if you're looking for a cheap and effective hate card for your deck.

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Dina, Soul Steeper

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Here is a perfect addition to almost any Elves shell, where you can quickly generate a lot of creatures and sacrifice them, turning Dina, Soul Steeper into a serious threat early on.

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This strategy can be combined with Exquisite Blood enchantment that will increase the overall damage dealt by Dina.

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If you find Dina a lackluster commander, then you can use her with Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose. In that case it would provide the double effect alongside Exquisite Blood.

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Culling Ritual

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This removal spell is going to be one of the most important tools for many commander players this season.

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It removes some of the most important cards in the format, such as Sol Ring, Tormod's Crypt, tokens, any of the Mox cards, and so much more. The list just goes on and on.

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On top of that, it recoups its own mana cost for each destroyed permanent.

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Culling Ritual can be played alongside most Golgari commanders, such as Lathril, Blade of the Elves and Atraxa, Praetors' Voice. But there is so much more room for it in many other black-green shells.

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Strixhaven is the latest Magic: The Gathering set, which takes players into the realm of mages. Sorceries and instant spells are the focal points of the set, which gives you an idea where the commander format might be heading.

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Obviously, there are a few powerful commander creatures in the new expansion, but those are not without the surprises of their own. However, for most of the part, Strixhaven's best commander cards are all non-creature spells that will benefit some archetypes more than others.

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There won't be too many changes in the top tier EDH decks, but those that are one tier below may find new ways to shine with the help of our selection of the best 15 MtG cards from Strixhaven.

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MtG: 15 Best Strixhaven Cards for Standard https://www.gameskinny.com/ozg4x/mtg-15-best-strixhaven-cards-for-standard https://www.gameskinny.com/ozg4x/mtg-15-best-strixhaven-cards-for-standard Fri, 09 Apr 2021 11:23:50 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Teach by Example

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If there was a card in Strixhaven that would define its flavor, then it would definitely be Teach by Example. Although it can't copy your opponent's spells, but only your own, it's still a very solid effect for any spell-heavy deck.

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It's a strictly better Doublecast from Core Set 2019 and has instant speed and two optional colors in its mana cost. This provides flexibility and range for many decks, and the common rarity just makes it so much more affordable for Magic players.

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Those are the best 15 cards in MtG's Strixhaven set. In addition to this list of the best Strixhaven cards for standard, be sure to check out our other MtG guides and card lists here

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Flamescroll Celebrant

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This new aggro creature is a clear nod to the good old days of Harsh Mentor from the Amonkhet set.

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Flamescroll Celebrant has a very strong ability that can prevent any opponent from taking any actions, especially when they're low on life.

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Since this is a modal double-faced card, it can also be used as a spell on a flip side that stops opponents from playing spells or activate planeswalkers.

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Both of these effects are very relevant in the current state of standard, so expect some fun strategies this season with Flamescroll Celebrant.

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Venerable Warsinger

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Boros Aggro players will have some really fun time playing Venerable Warsinger, especially when it's combined with Selfless Savior, who can make it indestructible.

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It can also bring back the other copies of itself from the graveyard, which will require opponents to look out for board wipes that exile creatures and not just destroy them.

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The most obvious place for this card would be a deck with Embercleave, which can increase not only the power of Venerable Warsinger, but also its reanimator ability.

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Solve the Equation

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It seems that every new Magic set has some kind of a tutor card, so it's completely natural that the set focused on spells, such as Strixhaven, has a spell tutor.

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Solve the Equation will still only be a niche card in standard, but those few decks will absolutely need this one. This mostly concerns spell-based combo decks and the control archetype.

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Tibalt's Trickery will probably be the most sought out target for Solve the Equation, but there are plenty other options as well.

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Rip Apart

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Here is another flexible removal spell that can be used in Boros decks, but will most likely end up in Jeskai Control lists.

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It targets almost all types of permanents except lands, which is seriously good. Abrade has been a staple removal in standard for a long time, and Rip Apart is an excellent alternative.

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If it were an instant spell it would probably be too good, but since it's a sorcery, the mana cost is totally justifiable in this case.

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Emergent Sequence

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Here is one of the strangest ramp spells in Strixhaven, but it's got plenty of potential.

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Heartless Act, currently the most played removal spell, can't do much against it. The creature can't be destroyed, because it has no counters, and if it tries to remove the counters, then your card simply turns back into a land.

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Emergent Sequence also has the obvious synergy with the Landfall archetype and Magecraft mechanic. So there is a lot of room for maneuvering when using this spell in standard.

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Expressive Iteration

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Izzet and Jeskai players will love this one!

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In short, this spell lets you draw two cards and scry three for just 2 mana. You can also exile the land card and immediately put it on the table.

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It can be used as an early play that will set up your next turn with an exiled card, or serve as a cantrip in the mid or late game.

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In any case, Expressive Iteration looks like a real winner in the set that is focused on non-creature spells.

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Leonin Lightscribe

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Such a powerful effect cannot be ignored and it won't be this season in standard. In a well-built Orzhov list this card can kill almost any opponent very quickly.

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This will grow super fast with the help of pump spells, and if there is no removal in the opponent's opening hand, then there is a big chance that Leonin Lightscribe will survive and finish them off in two or three turns at most.

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If Mono White players will be willing to give up a few of their creatures for some spells, then Leonin Lightscribe would be a great addition to their decks as well.

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Culling Ritual

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This sorcery basically pays for itself, while doing its job.

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Standard is currently infested with all sorts of permanents that cost 2 mana or less, such as Omen of the Sea, Mazemind Tome, and many others. Culling Ritual will gladly remove them for you and fill up your mana pool for extra moves on your part.

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Since this is a black-green card, it will most likely go into Sultai and Golgari decks that have been waiting for a removal like this for quite some time.

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Bayou Groff

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Groff or Goyf? This card has Tarmogoyf written all over it, and it is legal in standard.

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Sure, you have to sacrifice a creature to cast it, but it could be something like a token from Lovestruck Beast, or you could cast it from your graveyard using Lurrus of the Dream-Den or Call of the Death-Dweller.

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It also has a great set up for an early The Great Henge, which can go on board as quickly as turn three or four with the help of Bayou Groff.

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Strict Proctor

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Typically, hate cards always find their way into the standard meta, whether they come in as a maindeck choice or as a strong sideboard option.

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Strict Proctor is a great hate card that can be used against a whole number of decks, such as Landfall and Embercleave that will have a problem with all those taxed mana costs.

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It can also be used for your own benefit, mitigating negative effects, such as the one in Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger. Play them together, and you'll have a 6/6 for 4 mana.

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Baleful Mastery

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As it stands, Baleful Mastery is definitely going to be a new staple removal in standard.

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Although the price for 2 mana cost reduction is pretty steep, you don't actually have to do it, and just pay 4 mana in case you feel that you don't want to give your opponent a card.

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Sultai Ultimatum players, as well as control players, will most likely snatch a few copies of Baleful Mastery for their main decks. After Vraska's Contempt rotation, this is the best option we've got so far.

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Plumb the Forbidden

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Village Rites from Kaldheim had a pretty good run in standard. But it looks like this new spell from Strixhaven is a much better upgrade.

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It has a significant synergy with Sedgemoor Witch, another new card from Strixhaven. You can cast Plumb the Forbidden, and then recoup the sacrificed creatures with the Witch's tokens and even restore your lost life.

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This is also an excellent tool against board wipes, which won't save your creatures, but will draw you plenty of cards.

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Test of Talents

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This unique counterspell will be of great value in both Temur Adventures and Sultai Ultimatum decks, as well as against them.

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Most players will play two copies of Test of Talents in the main deck and two more in the sideboard, which is an indication of a strong utility card that will be much sought out by most control and midrange players.

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This card will be very effective against all kinds of combo pieces that rely on instant or sorcery spells, such as Tibalt’s Trickery.

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Prismari Command

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The entire new command cycle of spells in Strixhaven set is really powerful. But standard players will most likely end up using Prismari Command the most.

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It has a relatively low cost of only 3 mana and allows you to choose two actions at an instant speed.

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It fits Izzet Flash and Jeskai Cycling decks really well, solving most of their needs and problems. Since both of these decks are top tier in the current meta, there is a big future for Prismari Command in the new season.

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Strixhaven is the latest Magic: The Gathering set that delves deep into the magical knowledge of spell-casting.

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This expansion is heavy on instant and sorcery spells, and introduces two new relevant mechanics: Magecraft and Ward. Magecraft rewards players for casting and copying spells, while Ward protects permanent cards in case they become the target of enemy spells.

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Strixhaven also has no reprints, since Wizards of the Coast decided to dedicate a whole other set for that purpose. So expect to see only brand-new cards in this expansion.

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In this guide you will find only the best Strixhaven cards for standard meta, so check them all out, if you're aiming to win many games this season.

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MtG: 11 Most Expensive Kaldheim Cards https://www.gameskinny.com/j9tyw/mtg-11-most-expensive-kaldheim-cards https://www.gameskinny.com/j9tyw/mtg-11-most-expensive-kaldheim-cards Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:43:31 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider

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  • Regular art price: $41.81
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Vorinclex is definitely a very powerful card, which could be utilized well alongside other cards like planeswalkers. But at 6 Mana it's a bit too expensive even with such powerful abilities.

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It's basically a Doubling Season on a stick, but you don't see that card in anything except commander format. However, Doubling Season still holds $40 price, so why wouldn't Vorinclex be able to sustain a similar price?

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If it shows good results in standard and proves to be a great finisher in such decks like Gruul Adventures or Mono-Green Stompy, then it will likely preserve the current price tag.

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Those are the most expensive cards in Kaldheim. For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, head over to our MtG hub page here.

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Valki, God of Lies

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Valki is the only new God creature from Kaldheim that garners universal acclaim throughout all formats.

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First of all, it's very cheap and has a powerful effect. Second, it can be used in both combo decks or serve as a commander. Lastly, it has a very strong flip side represented by the new Tibalt planeswalker, albeit a bit too expensive at 7 Mana.

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All this wraps up nicely into one of the most surefire investments in Kaldheim. The good indication of this is the initial market price that has been trumped since its reveal. Could it be the beginning of the steady rise? It looks very much like it.

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Orvar, the All-Form

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Orvar is considered one of the best new commanders in Kaldheim, which is the main reason for its initial high price. It doesn't seem to fit any other format and will be determined by its success in both competitive and casual EDH.

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The only other card that could be compared to Orvar is Riku of Two Reflections from Double Masters. It has a similar effect and application in commander. It also started at $15 per card, and then slowly dwindled to $7 a piece.

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We may assume a similar pattern for Orvar, unless it breaks new unexpected ground in other formats.

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Goldspan Dragon

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Here is a card that has some semblance of proper market evaluation. Goldspan Dragon is going to be really good in all constructed formats.

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The main selling point is the ability to make 2 Mana out of a single treasure token, which is super strong. This is a major foundation for a huge number of combo decks in modern, legacy, and commander.

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On top of that, it has Flying and Haste, which makes it a solid threat. Goldspan Dragon is more likely underpriced at this point, and there is a chance for it to go much higher than $15 a piece.

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The World Tree

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  • Regular art price: $14.27
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The World Tree will undoubtedly become a staple card in 5-color decks in commander format. It may also find its place in standard, or even modern and pioneer alongside Niv-Mizzet.

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But it's the commander format that will drive the price of this land card. The current market value is still a tad too high, and it should see a slight downgrade to about $9-10 a piece, when things settle down.

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It's also interesting to note that The World Tree started at around $30 per card, then dropped off to $7-8 and then corrected to the current $14-15 price tag. This just shows how unsure marketeers are on this one.

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Esika, God of the Tree

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Esika is in a similar position to Tergrid. It has a very strong effect, but the one only a few niche decks would want to play, and only in commander. Other formats will rarely rely on its abilities.

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The showcase art looks strong and shares the same market position as Tergrid's showcase art, both foil and non-foil prints. But Esika's effect isn't new either unlike that of Tergrid's, which should pull her price even lower.

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If this card doesn't break out in some remarkable way in standard or modern, then don't expect it to go anywhere higher than $3-4 a piece.

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Tergrid, God of Fright

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  • Regular art price: $12.55
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  • Showcase art price: $17.45
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This is the new star of commander format that has a very strong ability. It's a bit too expensive for standard or modern at 5 Mana, and the effect is too controversial. Tergrid a bit of a gamble at this point.

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The initial market price is quite high for a simple rare, but people seem to love the showcase art, especially foil one that goes for around $30 each. These can sustain their value thanks to commander players.

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But other than that the regular art card should settle at around $5, which is a perfectly good price for this kind of concept.

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Tyvar Kell

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  • Regular art price: $11.43
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  • Regular foil price: $19.46
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Elves players have just got a whole new planeswalker just for themselves. Tyvar Kell will not do too well in any other archetype except Elves, and it's going to be more prominent in commander, standard and maybe modern.

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The card's ultimate ability is very strong, but it will take you three whole turns to get there, unless you employ some sort of counter accelerator. This does make Tyvar Kell a bit too slow for constructed formats.

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Niche planeswalkers rarely do too well on the market, and thus will lose at least half of its current pricing. Expect to see it at around $3-5 a piece once the meta settles.

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Mystic Reflection

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  • Regular art price: $10.80
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  • Extended art price: $10.03
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This little spell is getting a lot of hype lately due to some cool tricks it can help you do in commander format. Of course, it is currently overpriced, but don't expect it to drop too much as the card is really good.

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Usually, rare spells seem to settle at around $5 mark, which is a perfect place for Mystic Reflection. If it gains popularity in other constructed formats as some kind of a miraculous combo breaker, then it can go above $5 a piece.

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Most players will still prefer to play classic counterspells, and that may put Mystic Reflection into a niche market.

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Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire

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  • Regular art price: $9.58
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  • Showcase art price: $9.37
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A repeatable tutor spell on a stick is a very attractive offering. But Varragoth doesn't seem to fit anywhere except the commander format, where players will feel less pressure to pay 5 Mana for finding a specific card.

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In any other format it's just too expensive and not worth the effort. The price it's getting right now is based on the tutor effect, which has always been very influential. But the way it is implemented in this card is just too slow for any constructed format.

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Just like Resplendent Marshal this should go down in price in the near future, which is indicated by the alternative art that doesn't seem to hold the price too well either.

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Resplendent Marshal

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  • Regular art price: $8.44
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  • Extended art price: $17.99
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Kaldheim is strongly focused on supporting tribal decks and effects. Resplendent Marshal is an example of a pushed constructed card for tribal synergies, and that's probably the reason why it's a mythic rare.

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Its main application will be seen in Angel and Warrior tribal decks, but other tribal lists using white Mana will also want a copy or two of Resplendent Marshal in the main deck.

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The card is gaining traction due to it being a mythic rare, but the steam should go out as soon as the meta settles. This means that Resplendent Marshal will most likely not be able to hold the current price for too long.

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Last year was devastating to Magic: The Gathering in terms of card bannings and potentially high losses for card investors. The overall value of the previous Zendikar Rising set has diminished significantly, and there is a chance that a similar thing will happen to the new Kaldheim set.

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That's why pre-ordering cards is probably not the best idea these days, and it's better to wait before things settle on the market after the release. However, there is still enough data to go through in terms of current market share of certain new cards from Kaldheim.

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If you are looking forward to buy some of the new Magic cards, then check out this list of 11 most expensive Kaldheim cards.

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MtG: 15 Best Kaldheim Cards for Commander https://www.gameskinny.com/13pbm/mtg-15-best-kaldheim-cards-for-commander https://www.gameskinny.com/13pbm/mtg-15-best-kaldheim-cards-for-commander Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:07:13 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Jorn, God of Winter

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Jorn is a commander that can quickly put your opponents into a deadlock, but he needs to be combined with cards like Stasis or Winter Orb.

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Once you have the pieces together and you have enough snow permanents, including lands to keep playing, your opponents will have no other alternative but to concede.

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Sure, it's a very niche type of commander, but it is very interesting.

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That's all for the best 15 cards in MtG's Kaldheim set. In addition to this list of the best Kaldheim cards for commander, be sure to check out our other MtG guides and card lists here

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Reidane, God of the Worthy

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At first glance, Reidane is your typical Hatebear piece like many others before it. However, this is a modal double-faced card, which has a fantastic artifact on the flip side.

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This artifact not only only protects your own hate cards, but also prevents a significant number of combo commanders, such as Najeela, the Blade-Blossom, Heliod, Sun-Crowned, Niv-Mizzet, Brallin, Skyshark Rider, and others.

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It may not be the best commander, but it is an excellent piece for all hate lists.

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Search for Glory

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This is one of the many tutor cards that can be now played in almost any white combo list. It has its own restrictions, but it will still find its place in the meta.

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Boros decks that run Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker will need this to execute the combo quicker. Decks that run legendary lands, such as Dark Depths or Inventor's Fair will also benefit from Search for Glory.

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It's not a top-tier card for commander, but it gives an extra push to the white combo decks that need it the most.

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Esika, God of the Tree

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The front side of Esika is a decent commander that can be used for fixing mana. But the flip side is where things get really exciting.

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It's an enchantment that can search your library for a creature or planeswalker and put it onto the battlefield. You can repeat this action each upkeep and flood your board with all the powerful creatures and planeswalkers that you have.

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It will take some time to get there, but when you do, the outcome will be enormous.

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Pyre of Heroes

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Here is a good alternative to Birthing Pod, if you don't want to spend $20-40 on the original sacrificial tutor.

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Since its a colorless artifact, it can be played in any deck that needs either a combo piece or some kind of urgent hate creature that also shares the same creature type with the sacrificed one.

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Pyre of Heroes is a really nice utility card, which will see play in many EDH decks.

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Fynn, the Fangbearer

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Fynn, on the other hand, is a very good commander, which would also be the best in a Mono-Green shell with plenty of Deathtouch and Infect creatures.

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This kind of deck would also benefit greatly from spells and artifacts that give those creatures Trample. In that way you can be sure that damage will go through, so you can kill your opponents quicker.

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Fynn, the Fangbearer can also be played under other commanders, but in that case you will need tutors to find him in your deck.

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Toski, Bearer of Secrets

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You don't see legendary squirrels too often in competitive Magic, but Toski is one of a kind that can change that.

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It may not be a very good commander, but it is definitely an excellent companion to have. It works great with mutate creatures making them indestructible and can basically fit any green deck with its built-in card draw engine.

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If you do want to try it out in a role of a commander, then Mono-Green shell would be the best fit.

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Valki, God of Lies

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Here is another modal double-faced card that could be both a great commander and supporter.

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The flip side of the card is Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor, a very strong planeswalker, but slightly overcosted. If you consider the 2 Mana cost of playing commander, then Tibalt will require 9 Mana, which is quite steep even for such a greedy format like EDH. 

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However, Valki's copy ability is the one that plays the most important role here. It will be most impactful in Rakdos and Mardu shells.

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Orvar, the All-Form

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Orvar is strong enough to become a totally unique commander on its own. The decks using it should be filled with powerful non-legendary creatures that can be copied in multiples.

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Consider cards like Blightsteel Colossus, then using cantrips, such as Whim of Volrath, and multiplying the copying effect with the help of Lithoform Engine and Mind Games.

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It's a complicated combo, but can be achieved to an outraging effect that will be hard to counter.

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Birgi, God of Storytelling

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Birgi is a combo master with so many possibilities. Here are just a few that will generate an infinite number of mana or combo triggers:

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  • Grinning Ignus and Impact Tremors
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  • Kroll, the Forgemaster and Skirk Prospector
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  • Kroll, the Forgemaster and Wild Cantor
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  • Kroll, the Forgemaster and Burning-Tree Emissary
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This list goes on and it's not nearly over. There are plenty of ways to break it with the help of Elsha of the Infinite or Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain.

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If you like reliable combo decks, then make sure to include Birgi, God of Storytelling into one of them.

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Koll, the Forgemaster

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This little commander is a force of nature. It provides the basis for an infinite damage combo using the following tactics:

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  1. Play Koll, the Forgemaster
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  3. Play Deathrender
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  5. Play Mogg Fanatic
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  7. Attach Deathrender to Mogg Fanatic
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  9. Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic
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  11. Deal 1 damage to your opponent
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  13. Use Koll, the Forgemaster to put Mogg Fanatic into your hand
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  15. Use Deathrender to put Mogg Fanatic onto the battlefield
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  17. Repeat steps 4-7 for infinite damage
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You can also use other cards for this combo besides Mogg Fanatic, such as Fanatical Firebrand or Skirk Prospector.

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Tibalt's Trickery

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A brand-new counterspell in red? It looks like Wizards of the Coast have gone above and beyond to make this happen.

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It has a slight drawback, which can be easily fixed using cards like Rule of Law or Drannith Magistrate. Players that don't play in blue color can now virtually counter any spell just as if they were running blue.

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It's also a great companion piece to older generation of red counterspells, such as Pyroblast, Red Elemental Blast, and Burnout. Mono-Red and Boros players rejoice!

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Magda, Brazen Outlaw

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Mono-Red Dwarves can get really spicy this season in commander, and all because of this cool new Dwarf Berserker creature.

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You can also easily exploit Magda's ability and create infinite number of treasure tokens with the help of this combo:

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  1. Play Magda, Brazen Outlaw
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  3. Play Liquimetal Coating
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  5. Play Clock of Omens
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  7. Tap Magda, Brazen Outlaw and one treasure token using Clock of Omens
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  9. Untap Magda, Brazen Outlaw using Clock of Omens
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  11. Repeat steps 4-5 for infinite treasure tokens
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Then, you can tutor for any number of deadly threats using Magda's second ability and win.

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Weathered Runestone

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Here is one of the ultimate hate cards in the Kaldheim set, which will shut off a lot of potential win conditions in commander format.

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Cards such as  Panglacial Wurm, Zur the Enchanter, Sisay, Weatherlight Captain, Godo, Bandit Warlord will be heavily impacted by Weathered Runestone, just to name a few.

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This means that players who have been relying on those cards will have to include more artifact removal spells in order to get rid of not only Grafdigger's Cage, but also Weathered Runestone.

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Mystic Reflection

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Stax players now have a new cool trick in the form of Mystic Reflection, a card that can easily counter commanders by turning them into something completely different.

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It also counters planeswalkers! Imagine your opponent trying to play Oko, Thief of Crowns or one of the Teferi planeswalkers, and you just turn them into Llanowar Elves or some useless 1/1 token.

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This little nasty trick will block your opponents from re-casting their commanders, making their turns far less effective in the long run.

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Kaldheim is a very exciting Magic: The Gathering set for the commander format. It offers a huge number of potentially game-breaking commander cards that will tickle both casual and competitive players.

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A few main themes here are hate cards, combo cards, and some unusual solutions you never knew you needed. But these cards work and they will be viable in many well-established and new archetypes.

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Here are 15 of the best new MtG: Kaldheim cards for commander that you can't miss out on.

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MtG Kaldheim: 11 Best Cards for Standard https://www.gameskinny.com/rciuq/mtg-kaldheim-11-best-cards-for-standard https://www.gameskinny.com/rciuq/mtg-kaldheim-11-best-cards-for-standard Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:45:28 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Narfi, Betrayer King

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There aren't that many playable zombie creatures in standard, but this lord also buffs snow creatures. This closes the gap significantly, taking into account all the new snow creatures printed in Kaldheim.

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Narfi can also be a great addition to any mill deck, as it can easily return from your graveyard to the battlefield for just three Mana.

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These factors are more than enough to make Narfi, Betrayer King one of the more exciting new lords in the standard format.

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That's all for the best 11 cards in MtG's Kaldheim set. In addition to this list of the best Kaldheim cards for standard, be sure to check out our other MtG guides and card lists here

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The World Tree

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The last ability on The World Tree looks very flavorful and definitely powerful in an the all-Gods decks. But you could easily play The World Tree in any multicolor deck for its second ability only and you would have a real winner on your hands.

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Fixing Mana is not an easy task and The World Tree solves this problem as soon as you ramp up to six Mana, which isn't that hard in the current standard meta. Plus, it has no legendary rule, which is another little bonus to consider.

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Decks that run Genesis Ultimatum would benefit greatly from this land and those are top-tier right now.

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Doomskar

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Here is another example of an excellent Foretell mechanic implementation. This is the card that will go into almost all control lists that may benefit greatly from such a strong AoE effect.

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The Foretell cost on Doomskar is also very generous and allows you to play another card on the turn you decide to swipe the board, which would be harder if you spent 5 Mana at once.

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Aggro players should be twice as careful in this coming meta and not play too many creatures due to a higher chance of stumbling against Doomskar, which will be one of the main strategies of many Blue-White Control players.

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Quakebringer

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Quakebringer does a lot and is not afraid of removal spells!

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Each copy of Quakebringer will keep dealing 2 points of damage to your opponent each turn, which means 8 points of damage, if you have all four copies discarded.

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Of course, you will need a strong base of Giant creatures to stay on board for this effect to work, which shouldn't be too hard in the Kaldheim meta, where Giants are favored not only in quantity, but also in quality.

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Changelings could help a lot in this case, as they fit any tribal deck. So it looks like due to Quakebringer this season's Giants players will have a blast winning many games in the future.

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In Search of Greatness

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This card is not exactly an infamous As Foretold from the Amonkhet set, but it has its moments that you can't ignore.

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The enchantment restricts you to play cards of specific converted Mana cost, which does set certain limitations on the way you build your deck. However, the Superfriends archetype that plays planeswalkers of various costs, or decks that play expensive creatures can really benefit from In Search of Greatness.

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This is clearly a very experimental card, but it has all the right to be one of the greatest new concepts in standard deck-building.

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The Bloodsky Massacre

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This Saga is very similar in design to History of Benalia that saw a lot of play in past standard seasons. This one focuses on Berserker creatures that have a lot of support in Kaldheim.

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Although it has the same little problem like History of Benalia had, when your third chapter doesn't matter much if you don't have an established board, the first two levels are still enough to make this a viable option.

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The Berserker tribal players will want all four copies of The Bloodsky Massacre to be in their decks. Also, since most Berserker creatures are either in red or black colors, it means that this Saga will fit right in.

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Cosmos Charger

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Foretell is a new mechanic in Kaldheim that lets you put cards on the battlefield before actually playing them. This is clearly a control-themed mechanic, which gives players a lot of flexibility and new possibilities for reactive plays besides typical instant spells.

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Cosmos Charger can easily become the axis of any Foretell deck in standard due to its cost reduction ability. You can also use this ability on your opponent's turn, which gives you even more flexibility.

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This mechanic is excellent for hiding your intentions from your opponents, especially if they use hand-revealing spells. They won't have access to the Foretell cards in the exile, and thus will have no idea what is it that you're preparing to play.

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Harald Unites the Elves

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The Saga enchantments are back in Kaldheim!

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The first chapter on this card is quite unusual, as it not only returns Elf creatures from the graveyard, but also a planeswalker, a new Tyvar type. This is obviously very good on its own, but there are two more chapters.

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The second one is especially strong, if you already have an established board, which shouldn't be a problem for an Elves tribal deck. The last one could be relevant as well, but you don't want to attack other creatures. You'd rather attack to win!

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You still get two very relevant abilities and they're the ones that activate first, which is great. So be sure to keep an eye on this Saga, if you plan on running an all-Elves deck this season.

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Calamity Bearer

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Obosh-based decks have been doing exceptionally well last year due to the double damage of their creatures. But Calamity Bearer is 1 Mana cheaper and basically works in the similar fashion as Obosh, the Preypiercer.

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Kaldheim offers a huge support to the Giants tribal decks and players should exploit all of it. You will see all kinds of Giants decks this season, including Mono-Red Giants, Jeskai Giants, Temur Giants, Naya Giants, and all of them will play Calamity Bearer.

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The card itself is actually a 6/4 Giant for 4 Mana and not a 3/4. Plus it has a huge upside, which definitely makes it a tribal winner of the Kaldheim set.

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Skemfar Avenger

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Here is another tribal highlight, but this time only for Elf decks. Since these types of decks always swarm the battlefield with multiple copies, Skemfar Avenger can generate a huge number of card draws.

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Its cost is also unprecedented for such a unique effect at only 2 Mana. On top of that, it includes the Berserker creature type, which is another possibility for aggro decks in standard.

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If you're deciding to play it in the Elves deck, then put it in the Golgari (green-black) list alongside new planeswalker Tyvar Kell. But if you want to try out the Berserker tribal, then go for Rakdos (red-black) list with Quakebringer.

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Realmwalker

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This amazing new creature is not only a Shapeshifter that can take on any other type of creatures, which is essential for any tribal deck in standard, but also a Changeling, which makes it possible to chain several copies of Realmwalker in the same turn, if they happen to be on top of your library.

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The two most powerful tribal decks in standard right now are Giants and Elves. You could also throw in Cats and Goblins into the mix for good measure. But the first two archetypes will definitely need all four copies of Realmwalker in their main decks.

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Another great possibility is the Party mechanic decks, which could definitely fit a copy or two of Realmwalker.

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Kaldheim, a new Norse mythology-inspired Magic: The Gathering set, is heavily based on tribal interactions. That is the reason why Wizards of the Coast decided to bring back one of the most beloved creature types into Kaldheim - the Changelings, creatures that are all creature types.

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The modal double-faced cards also return and continue the tradition of the previous Zendikar Rising set. However, there are also two brand-new mechanics: Foretell and Boast.

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Foretell is the most interesting one as it allows players to play little mind games with their opponents, which is always welcome in such a highly competitive game like MtG.

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Here you will find 11 best new cards from Kaldheim that many standard players will be on the lookout for this season.

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MtG Guide: Oops! All Spells Deck (Pioneer, Modern, Legacy) https://www.gameskinny.com/mc6xt/mtg-guide-oops-all-spells-deck-pioneer-modern-legacy https://www.gameskinny.com/mc6xt/mtg-guide-oops-all-spells-deck-pioneer-modern-legacy Tue, 06 Oct 2020 10:31:36 -0400 Sergey_3847

After the release of new modal double-faced cards in the Zendikar Rising set for Magic: The Gathering, players have discovered a way to exploit these cards in a highly effective manner. The result is the Oops! All Spells combo deck that now available across multiple formats.

This guide will showcase the three most popular lists for pioneer, modern, and legacy formats with a complete breakdown of the deck's combos.

Oops! All Spells Essentials

The new combo relies on modal-double-faced cards that provide you with mana without actually being lands, and two creatures that are essential for the combo execution across the formats.

        

Both Balustrade Spy and Undercity Informer put all your cards in the graveyard, which gives you space to execute one of the three possible combos in different formats.

Oops! All Spells Deck Tech (Pioneer)

Mana Sources
Combo Pieces
Other Spells
Sideboard
4x Gilded Goose
4x Prized Amalgam 2x Thoughtseize 4x Duress
4x Tangled Florahedron
4x Silversmote Ghoul 1x Thassa's Oracle 4x Assassin's Trophy
4x Agadeem's Awakening
4x Undercity Informer 1x Driven // Despair 4x Leyline of Sanctity
4x Bala Ged Recovery 4x Balustrade Spy 1x Claim // Fame 3x Abrupt Decay
4x Pelakka Predation 4x Creeping Chill 1x Cling to Dust -
4x Hagra Mauling
2x Worldspine Wurm - -
4x Sea Gate Restoration
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4x Turntimber Symbiosis - - -

 

The Oops! All Spells combo in pioneer relies on the synergy of Silversmote Ghoul and Prized Amalgam.

  1. Play mana sources until you get to 4 mana
  2. Play Undercity Informer or Balustrade Spy
  3. Put all your cards in your graveyard
  4. Let at least one Creeping Chill activate from your graveyard
  5. After you gain 3 life, put all copies of Silversmote Ghoul from your graveyard onto the battlefield
  6. This will trigger all copies of Prized Amalgam entering the battlefield
  7. Attack for 24 damage next turn

During the combo you will automatically put the two copies of Worldspine Wurm back into your library, so you can safely attack for two more turns if needed.

In case your opponents manage to blow up your graveyard using hate spells, such as Leyline of the Void or Grafdigger's Cage, you can use Thassa's Oracle to win the game with an empty library.

Oops! All Spells Deck Tech (Modern)

Mana Sources
Combo Pieces
Other Spells
Sideboard
4x Simian Spirit Guide 4x Narcomoeba 1x Memory's Journey 4x Thoughtsieze
4x Talisman of Resilience 4x Vengevine 1x Thassa's Oracle 4x Fatal Push
4x Agadeem's Awakening
4x Undercity Informer - 4x Leyline of Sanctity
4x Emeria's Call 4x Balustrade Spy - 3x Nature's Claim
4x Pelakka Predation 4x Creeping Chill - -
4x Turntimber Symbiosis 2x Salvage Titan - -
4x Sea Gate Restoration
4x Sword of the Meek - -
4x Pentad Prism - - -

 

The modern variant of the combo is a bit more complicated, but due to special mana sources, it is possible to get a turn-1-kill:

  1. Play mana sources until you get to 4 mana
  2. Play Undercity Informer or Balustrade Spy
  3. Put all your cards in your graveyard
  4. Return Narcomoeba copies to the battlefield
  5. Return Sword of the Meek copies to the battlefield
  6. Exile three copies of either Pentad Prism or Talisman of Resilience from your graveyard and return Salvage Titan to your hand
  7. Sacrifice three copies of Sword of the Meek and put Salvage Titan onto the battlefield
  8. This will trigger Vengevine copies to return from your graveyard to the battlefield

As a result, you will have four 4/3 haste creatures ready to attack. Taking into account the four copies of Creeping Chill, you should be able to deal 28 points of damage in a turn.

If you need another turn to attack, use Memory's Journey from your graveyard, and put a few cards from your graveyard back into your library.

If your graveyard gets destroyed by Nihil Spellbomb or Tormod's Crypt, use Thassa's Oracle to win the game.

Oops! All Spells Deck Tech (Legacy)

Mana Sources
Combo Pieces
Other Spells
Sideboard
4x Elvish Spirit Guide
4x Goblin Charbelcher 4x Pact of Negation 4x Carpet of Flowers
4x Simian Spirit Guide
4x Creeping Chill 1x Thassa's Oracle 4x Nature's Claim
4x Agadeem's Awakening
4x Undercity Informer 2x Thoughtseize 4x Leyline of Sanctity
4x Cabal Ritual 4x Balustrade Spy 1x Bridge from Below 3x Veil of Summer
4x Dark Ritual - 4x Narcomoeba -
4x Chrome Mox
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4x Lotus Petal
- - -
4x Turntimber Symbiosis - - -

 

The main combo piece in this legacy list is Goblin Charbelcher, which doesn't require you to use Undercity Informer or Balustrade Spy. But you may still need them as an alternative win condition with Thassa's Oracle.

Here's how you can easily win by simply using Goblin Charbelcher:

  1. Play mana sources until you get to 7 mana
  2. Play and activate Goblin Charbelcher
  3. Deal lethal damage to your opponent

You can also play Narcomoeba and Bridge from Below combo as an extra measure if neither of your two combos worked.

Also, be generous with your Pact of Negation copies and counter everything that will try to prevent you from winning.

That's all you need to know on how to play the Oops! All Spells decks in pioneer, modern, and legacy. For more MtG content, please visit our dedicated hub page.

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MtG: 11 Most Expensive Zendikar Rising Cards https://www.gameskinny.com/ifj3b/mtg-11-most-expensive-zendikar-rising-cards https://www.gameskinny.com/ifj3b/mtg-11-most-expensive-zendikar-rising-cards Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:38:11 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Lithoform Engine

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Lithoform Engine is currently the most expensive card in Zendikar Rising, and that's mostly due to commander players.

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However, it has a lot of potential for standard as well because of its last ability, which copies permanents. That's a massive upside, which will be attractive to many players.

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Since Lithoform Engine is a colorless artifact, it can be played in any deck, opening up a lot of possibilities. It can easily go up in price and become the next best artifact card in Magic: The Gathering's history. But we'll just have to wait and see.

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Those are the most expensive cards in Zendikar Rising. For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, head over to our MtG hub page here.

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Ancient Greenwarden

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Ancient Greenwarden is already labeled as broken by some standard players, alongside Nahiri's Lithoforming spell. But as with many other cards, this doesn't seem to go beyond standard format.

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It would be better to play Crucible of Worlds or even Panharmonicon in eternal formats than a 6-mana monster, so financially, this card isn't going to hold its price for too long — unless it breaks commander format as well.

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Currently, commander players are pairing it with Lord Windgrace, which benefits well from Ancient Greenwarden's mechanics, so it could be a hit for sure. But that's just speculation at this point.

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Ashaya, Soul of the Wild

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Ashaya is definitely one of the hardest cards to evaluate in Zendikar Rising. It has all the markings of a format breaker. But at the same time, it's too expensive at 5 mana.

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It could be a solid replacement for Nissa, Who Shakes the World after standard rotation because of its ramping effect, but this only applies to non-token creatures, making things more complicated.

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The general feeling for this card is good, but there just isn't enough information for it to be a solid investment right now. 

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Moraug, Fury of Akoum

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Standard Gruul and commander players will find Moraug, Fury of Akoum highly valuable. Its Landfall mechanic is powerful, giving it an advantage in a number of matchups. 

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Out of all the cards in Zendikar Rising, this card seems to have the highest monetary potential. But as usual, Wizards of the Coast could ban it if it is truly overpowered.

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For now, Moraug, Fury of Akoum is a great investment for investors; it will likely break $15 in the future. 

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Agadeem's Awakening

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Unlike Turntimber Symbiosis, Agadeem's Awakening is a modal double-faced card that seems to have far more potential.

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It would be a great addition to Death's Shadow decks, which will appreciate both sides of this spell. The land side can bolt you for 3 damage, which works better than shocklands, and the spell side can bring Death's Shadow back from the graveyard. 

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Agadeem's Awakening is also obviously very good in commander and Mono Black standard lists. Out of the five mythic rare modal cards in Zendikar Rising, Agadeem's Awakening looks like a sure winner.

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Turntimber Symbiosis

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There are two main reasons why Turntimber Symbiosis is currently priced where it is. First, it's a great addition to commander decks that need to run out big creatures and easily tap for 7 mana. Second, it's a modal double-faced card, which enables Mono Green players in standard to keep mana flood under control.

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It's hard to determine how well this card will do, but there is substantial amount of support for these types of cards, so it could go either way. As usual, the best strategy with brand new cards is to just wait and see how the market moves.

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Omnath, Locus of Creation

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Although the new Omnath is one of the best-looking commanders in Zendikar Rising, it will rarely see play in any other format.

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Niv to Light players may find its extra utilities very useful, but other than that exception, Omnath will tread water for now.

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The last Omnath printing from Core Set 2020 faced a similar situation. It started off as a $20 card, before dropping to about $5.

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Omnath, Locus of Creation is a bit better than its M20 alternate, so it may still fetch around $10, but don't expect it to push that envelope very much.

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Forsaken Monument

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Colorless support in the form of an artifact is a big deal for commander format, since there are tons of colorless mana artifacts that will benefit greatly from Forsaken Monument.

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However, other formats will find it a bit too slow. The only deck that may consider Forsaken Monument is Eldrazi Tron in modern. Though this card will most likely find itself as a one-off in the sideboard.

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With that in mind, the price of Forsaken Monument will surely drop. It has all the signs of a $2 mythic that awaits inclusion in yet another bulk collection.

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Nissa of Shadowed Boughs

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Zendikar Rising's Nissa planeswalker is very well polished and balanced, and since Nissa, Who Shakes the World rotates out of standard, Sultai and Jund players will definitely be looking for a replacement.

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However, every other Magic: The Gathering format will continue using Nissa's cousin because of her incredible passive ramp ability.

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Unfortunately, standard can't hold the value of this card on its own, so it looks like Nissa of Shadowed Boughs will have a hard time maintaining its current price.

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The only deck that could seriously consider this new iteration of Nissa planeswalker is Niv to Light in pioneer. But one deck, even one so highly regarded, will not make this card as sought after as others.

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Leyline Tyrant

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Leyline Tyrant's Fires of Invention enchantment (currently banned in standard) may be the most broken synergy in MtG. But formats outside of standard will definitely take advantage of the opportunity to build up more damage with this card.

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If Leyline Tyrant performs as intended, its price will rise significantly, and players may be looking at a $20 card right now — with an even higher ceiling in the future.

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This card will mostly find its place in pioneer format — and to a certain extent in modern. Commander players will be glad to have it as well, but more as a tribal dragon filler than an actual engine.

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In any case, this is the card that is worth noting in your investment booklet.

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Sea Gate Stormcaller

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Sea Gate Stormcaller has already been comparedto the eternal staple that is Snapcaster Mage. Of course, it's not as flexible as Snapcaster Mage, but it may find its place in decks like Izzet Prowess.

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The current price for this card is pretty steep, so expect it to drop a few dollars by the end of 2020. It should settle somewhere in the $6-7 range per copy.

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Control decks will still keep their Snapcasters because of its Flash mechanic, but Sea Gate Stormcaller is still well-positioned in the commander format, where there is a need for more proactive cards.

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Zendikar Rising set is ripe ground for all Magic: The Gathering investors and speculators. Mythic rare card numbers will increase from the usual 15 to 20 in this set because of the inclusion of new cycle of modal double-faced cards.

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This means that the chance of opening mythic rare cards in booster boxes will be slightly higher than before; modal spells will have their own dedicated card slot in the boosters, according to set's designer Mark Rosewater. This may artifically decrease prices a little bit because of the higher supply of mythics, but that is not a certainty.

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Regardless of the outcome, this list outlines the 11 most expensive MtG cards in Zendikar Rising, not including extended or promo cards.

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MtG: 14 Best Zendikar Rising Cards for Commander https://www.gameskinny.com/uokb6/mtg-14-best-zendikar-rising-cards-for-commander https://www.gameskinny.com/uokb6/mtg-14-best-zendikar-rising-cards-for-commander Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:09:10 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Orah, Skyclave Hierophant

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Orah, Skyclave Hierophant is another card that could be added to the Athreos mix, but it can also serve well as a commander in its own right.

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It can be used alongside Taborax, as well as other new cards from Zendikar Rising, such as Angel of Destiny and Cleric of Life's Bond. All these creatures are synergistic.

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Orah can also benefit from Edgewalker, which can reduce its mana cost to just two colorless, and of the rest of the cleric creatures that have similar mana bases.

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Those are the best cards for commander in Zendikar Rising. For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, head over to our MtG hub page here.

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Taborax, Hope's Demise

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Taborax and Athreos, God of Passage commander can be combined together to gain power by sacrificing creatures. You can then use Faith's Reward, Immortal Servitude, and Rally the Ancestors spells to bring back all the dead creatures from your graveyard and repeat the process.

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Of course, you need another piece for this combo to work: Shadowborn Apostle. It will serve as a sacrifice, and you can have as many copies of it as you want, neglecting the commander format rule.

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Akiri, Fearless Voyager

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Akiri works well in any Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale commander deck that focuses on equipped creatures. Colossus Hammer and Embercleave weapons will be put to a good use with Akiri, Fearless Voyager, making any equipped creature indestructible.

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If that creature is a knight, then Syr Gwyn can re-equip that equipment for free, and you can attack again.

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Zareth San, the Trickster

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Zareth San is a fantastic addition for lists running Anowon, the Ruin Thief commander, which synergizes well with rogue creatures.

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Together, they can mill an opponent and then steal their creatures from the graveyard, putting them under your control. Zareth could also be a commander on its own, but his ninjutsu-like ability is better reserved for your hand.

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Valakut Awakening

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Mono Red players will definitely want a copy of Valakut Awakening in their decks because it can relieve mana flood. 

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Also, it is a great tool for Rakdos lists that run Grenzo, Dungeon Warden commander. You can use Valakut Awakening to manipulate the bottom cards of your library, and then use Grenzo's ability to put those cards onto the table.

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Lastly, you can simply combine Valakut Awakening with The Locust God commander and produce a whole army of insect tokens.

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Skyclave Relic

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Artifact-based mana ramp plays a large role in many commander decks. Skyclave Relic may not be the best of the existing mana producing artifacts, but it is indestructible, which makes it increasingly useful.

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It can be compared to Darksteel Ingot, but Skyclave Relic is better because it can create copies of itself. 

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Felidar Retreat

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Commander players that use Karametra, God of Harvests may consider Felidar Retreat as a new pillar in their lists. Alongside Karametra, Felidar has the potential to make your board grow fast, both vertically and horizontally, using its two Landfall abilities.

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It is also advisable to run Field of the Dead and Cathars' Crusade alongside these both cards.

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Malakir Rebirth

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Malakir Rebirth is another useful black spell that immediately brings back one of your creatures from the dead.

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What really makes this card special is that it's an instant spell and not an aura, which gives you a massive advantage over your opponent's choice on where to use their removal spells.

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This will be a vital card for all decks focused on ETB and LTB effects. On top of that, Malakir Rebirth is a modal double-faced card that has swamp land printed on its back.

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Nahiri's Lithoforming

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Korvold, Fae-Cursed King commander players will want to run Nahiri's Lithoforming in their lists due to Nahiri's sacrifice ability, which doubles the number of all the drawn cards and helps Korvold grow in size significantly.

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Some say Scapeshift is better because it's cheaper, but Nahiri's Lithoforming has a card draw advantage. That's a big deal, especially in a commander format that runs many different cards.

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Ashaya, Soul of the Wild

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This new elemental commander has a high power level, but what really matters here is that not only will lands trigger the Landfall ability, but they will also trigger your non-token creatures entering the battlefield.

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Ashaya can be combined with the Storage Matrix artifact, which allows you to untap one type of permanent card on the battlefield. Since all your creatures will be lands, you can choose to untap lands and still attack, while your opponent will be in a much more difficult position.

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Scute Swarm

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Scute Swarm is similar to Scute Mob, and it can be a very dangerous card in any list focused on lands. It creates a copy token if you control six or more lands. 

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If your opponent can't remove it before the sixth land drop, then you're essentially assured victory. 

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Omnath, Locus of Creation

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This is the fourth iteration of the Omnath commander in Magic: The Gathering. They've all been good and worthy of inclusion, and Omnath, Locus of Creation is no exception.

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The Landfall ability for Omnath, Locus of Creation is pretty spectacular, but it does stop after the fourth land drops. When that happens, though, you can bounce Omnath back to your hand, replay it, and use the ability once again. This version will also let you draw a new card every time you replay it.

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Feed the Swarm

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Mono Black players never had the chance to destroy enchantments in the past. Thankfully, Wizards of the Coast printed Feed the Swarm, which allows all black commander players to stand a chance against Rest In Peace, Ground Seal, and Leyline of the Void enchantments.

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The only other card that could be used prior to this was Pharika's Libation. But it did not have a targeted removal ability, and simply asked an opponent to sacrifice one of their enchantments, which is totally useless if they control more than one enchantment.

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Now that problem for Mono Black players has finally been solved.

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Lithoform Engine

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Lithoform Engine is an amazing artifact that combines three previously-printed (and very useful) abilities into one card. Suffice to say, it's a perfect card for commander format.

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The best commander for Lithoform Engine is Yarok, the Desecrated, which doubles up all of Lithoform Engine's triggered abilities.

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If you also run Mirror Gallery in your deck, you can create copies of Lithoform Engine using its third ability. 

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Wizards of the Coast have introduced both new mechanics and commanders in the latest Zendikar Rising set for Magic: The Gathering. Commander format will surely benefit the most from the returning Landfall mechanic, and the new commanders could create entirely unique archetypes. 

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On top of that, there are some non-Landfall cards that will surely see play in commander format. However, most of the legendary creatures in Zendikar Rising will likely serve more as supporters rather than leaders.

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This list highlights 14 of the best new MtG cards from Zendikar Rising for commander format that will see the most play. 

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MtG Zendikar Rising: 11 Best Cards for Standard https://www.gameskinny.com/t85pn/mtg-zendikar-rising-11-best-cards-for-standard https://www.gameskinny.com/t85pn/mtg-zendikar-rising-11-best-cards-for-standard Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:38:29 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Moraug, Fury of Akoum

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Moraug, Fury of Akoum is the perfect top-end card for Gruul decks in the vein of Carnage Tyrant. With it, you will have enough time to build up your board before playing Moraug, and then you will have two sequential attacks that have the possibility of dealing lethal damage.

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Lands like Fabled Passage and Evolving Wilds could trigger Moraug twice, too, providing you with another combat phase on top of the first two. So there is a lot of potential in this minotaur warrior if you enjoy playing big finishers in your decks.

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That's all for the best 11 cards in MtG's Zendikar Rising set. In addition to this list of the best Zendikar Rising cards for standard, be sure to check out our other MtG guides and card lists here

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Scourge of the Skyclaves

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Every modern MtG player will see the resemblance to Death's Shadow in Scourge of the Skyclaves. Of course, it's not as good as Death's Shadow, since you need to control your opponent's life total, too. But aggro decks with burn spells can easily turn this creature into a huge threat for just 2 mana.

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Expect to see Scourge of the Skyclaves in Red Black Aggro decks and lists that utilize Lurrus of the Dream-Den companion. In the latter case, don't worry about losing your creature, as it can be easily replayed from the graveyard.

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Confounding Conundrum

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Ramp decks are now the most played decks in competitive standard. That's why Confounding Conundrum is such an important addition for Zendikar Rising — it basically prevents any decks from ramping. However, it's only available in blue decks, where white would have been more appropriate. 

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In any case, if every ramp decks begins playing Confounding Conundrum, there will be no point of playing ramp decks in the first place. If Wizards of the Coast wanted to change the MtG meta with this card, then it looks like they may have succeeded.

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Phylath, World Sculptor

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Phylath will be a remarkable card in the post-rotation world of standard. It is very similar in effect to Avenger of Zendikar from the original Zendikar block.

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Now, it works well alongside cards like Bolt Hound, which makes all plant tokens attack with +1 damage, and Return of the Wildspeaker, which gives all non-human creatures +3/+3. 

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Since all of these cards require a lot of mana, you will probably see Phylath only in ramp decks.

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Jace, Mirror Mage

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The new Jace planeswalker is one of the most entertaining cards that Wizards of the Coast have printed recently. The best way to utilize this planeswalker is to:

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  5. Create a copy of Jace, Mirror Mage with 1 loyalty counter
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  7. Activate the first ability on the copy to scry and determine the next card draw
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You can repeat this pattern each turn, intertwining the roles of both Jace planeswalkers.

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Charix, the Raging Isle

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This card may look ridiculous at first sight, but there is actually a really neat combo that allows Charix to attack for 19 points of damage. Here's how it works:

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It's simple and only requires three cards, but its upside is tremendous. If your opponent does not have targeted removal, it's basically game over.

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Raging Isle could also be used in Mono Blue decks and White-Blue Control decks that need a good blocker and an occasional attacker.

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Leyline Tyrant

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Leyline Tyrant allows you to build up red mana quickly, attacking your opponent for 4 damage in the air while doing it. If your opponent finds a removal spell, you can use all of your accumulated red mana to deal the accumulated amount in damage to them. 

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This could make for an easy win, especially for an aggressive mono-red deck, which can afford to include a couple of 4-mana creatures. If you are flooded with lands and have the Leyline Tyrant on-board, you will be able to convert all of that mana into damage.

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There is also an Irencrag Feat spell that can quickly add an extra 3 red mana to Leyline Tyrant's pool, which practically equates to a free Lightning Bolt.

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Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients

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Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients is a new planeswalker without a passive ability, and since this card has a very specific focus, many players will most likely skip over it. But when used in the right list, it is a borderline broken card.

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Nahiri's second ability plays an important role for players who run the warrior creature Winota, Joiner of Forces. Currently, Mardu Winota is one of the top-tier decks in MtG, and it looks like Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients will find its rightful place in the list, especially when you consider that Nahiri can dig for Embercleave equipment. 

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Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager

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Grakmaw is the perfect card to have on-board when your opponent tries to remove cards of wipe the whole board because it simply replaces itself with a token of the same power level.

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Since The Ozolith and the Conclave Mentor are included in standard, you could easily find a way to turn Grakmaw into a monster card that never leaves the battlefield.

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Grakmaw also synergizes well with the mutate mechanic, and the legendary rule in this case helps your board state. Either way, Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager will find its way into any Golgari or Abzan decks this season, especially those that care about counters.

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Thieving Skydiver

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It appears this flying Merfolk creature will be a force to be reckoned with in all blue decks this season. Thieving Skydiver can easily steal an opponent's Stonecoil Serpent for a mere 3 mana, though you will still need to pay 1 mana for the kicker effect, even if Serpent Coil technically costs 0 mana.

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Aside from that, there are plenty of artifacts that can be used alongside this card in competitive decks. 

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Thieving Skydiver is not on par with Agent of Treachery, a card that can steal any permanent card in your opponent's control, but it doesn't mean that it won't be loathed by the community for similar reasons. Especially, when the stolen artifact acts as an equipment card.

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Ancient Greenwarden

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Ancient Greenwarden is a new elemental creature that really cares about lands in graveyards, and it synergizes perfectly with Nahiri's Lithoforming, another card in  Zendikar Rising.

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You can use Nahiri's Lithoforming to sacrifice all your lands, draw the corresponding cards, then immediately replay all those lands from your graveyard using Ancient Greenwarden's ability. Doing so will allow you to trigger any card you need on-board twice that many times.

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One of the best new solutions for this combo is the Felidar Retreat enchantment, which creates a 2/2 cat token for each land entering the battlefield. You will get two tokens for each land, which could escalate quickly in a proper ramp deck.

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The world of Zendikar is back in the new Magic: The Gathering set, Zendikar Rising. The new set includes 285 new cards, and only a few of those cards are reprinted from previous sets.

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Zendikar Rising introduces a new card type to the world of MtG: modal double-faced cards. With these cards, players choose which side of the card to play before they put it on the battlefield. All of these cards are lands, in addition to other types of spells.

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But the most exciting new feature in this set is the introduction of Parties, which reward you with extra abilities and consist of four types of creatures:

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This list highlights the 11 best MtG cards from Zendikar Rising, pinpointing the cards you should seek out for your deck in the upcoming standard season.

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MtG: 11 Most Expensive Core Set 2021 Cards https://www.gameskinny.com/mdk04/mtg-11-most-expensive-core-set-2021-cards https://www.gameskinny.com/mdk04/mtg-11-most-expensive-core-set-2021-cards Wed, 24 Jun 2020 16:20:22 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Teferi, Master of Time

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  • Online price: $31.00
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Both previous versions of the Teferi planeswalker  Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and Teferi, Time Raveler  have been exceedingly popular in all constructed formats. But even then, Teferi, Time Raveler has stabilized at $15 a card and Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is hovering around $25 per card.

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This means that Teferi, Master of Time will end up somewhere in between, perhaps around $20. However, if the passive ability turns out to be popular, the price is very likely to spike.

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For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, check out the links above or our MtG hub page.

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Grim Tutor

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  • Online price: $6.50
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The original print of Grim Tutor from the Portal set is valued at $200 a card, which is a perfectly fine price for legacy and vintage players.

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The high price of the original is dictated by its extremely limited print run, which should not be the case for this Core Set 2021 reprint. 

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Thought the alternate art versions will still be quite expensive, if you're going for the standard print, wait for it to drop to $20 or less.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

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  • Online price: $3.00
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This card is another staple reprint in Core Set 2021, this time from Fate Reforged. Ugin has been priced at around $40 for an original print, which means that the reprint's normal price should be somewhere around $20 — or even less.

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The current price is high because of the hype surrounding the card. Everyone wants to play Ugin, the Spirit Dragon in their standard ramp deck, but a decline in price is inevitable.

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So expect Ugin, the Spirit Dragon to eventually end up at around the $15-$20 range.

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Terror of the Peaks

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  • Online price: $13.00
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This new dragon is incredibly powerful, and it is much better than Baneslayer Angel, another mythic 5-mana flyer from Core Set 2021.

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Terror of the Peaks could be played across all formats, including commander. Its combo possibilities are huge, and generally, it's just a very strong card no matter how you look at it. 

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The card's current price is stable and will most likely climb until it reaches one or two top-tier decks. This is a relatively safe purchase at this point, which may actually turn out to be an excellent investment in the long run. 

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Fiery Emancipation

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  • Online price: $8.00
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Red Obosh decks have proven to be disgustingly powerful in standard, and it looks like Fiery Emancipation is going to compete with the Obosh companion for its place in the red aggro decks.

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Commander players will surely use it to some extent, and this may increase its price quite a bit. That's a bit of a gamble, though, and no one knows if red players will want to pay 6 mana for such a strong effect.

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Elder Gargaroth

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  • Online price: $10.00
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This card has been compared to Questing Beast from Throne of Eldraine, though unlike Questing Beast, Elder Gargaroth has haste.

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This means that Elder Gargaroth may go in two directions. If it proves itself as a great card in standard, then the price will slowly rise up to around $15 mark. But if it shows no significant results, then it will sink to about $4-$5 — or even less.

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Azusa, Lost but Seeking

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In modern, only an Amulet Titan deck would want to play Azusa, Lost but Seeking, which is a reprint in Core Set 2021. 

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There are plenty commander lists that include Azusa, but neither standard nor pioneer players will want to pay over $10 for a card that has so much competition in both of these formats.

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This means that the reprint from Core Set 2021 will settle at exactly that range, and those who wish to purchase collectible prints should look at either an original Champions of Kamigawa print or alternate promo from Core Set 2021, which now stands at around $40 a piece.

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead

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  • Online price: $10.00
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None of the new Core Set 2021 planeswalkers — except Teferi, Master of Time — have been all that impressive. The same goes for this new version of Liliana of the Veil, though it is still a favorite for many Magic players.

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead is a solid card, so it should maintain its price at around $10. But if it performs less than expected, then it should drop to around $5-$7 per card.

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Since Liliana of the Veil is available in modern, players will never pick a more expensive Liliana, Waker of the Dead, so this one will only see play in standard, pioneer, and commander.

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Chromatic Orrery

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  • Online price: $7.00
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Although Chromatic Orrery looks very exciting — it is the only artifact in MtG that produces so much mana, due to its initial steep price of 7 mana  it will probably not see that much play in constructed formats.

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Of course, there will be demand in commander, so this should keep the price at somewhat acceptable levels. The most probable threshold is somewhere around $5 per card.

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This means that you should wait before the price drops, and then you can start buying it for future trading.

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Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

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  • Online price: $9.00
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In addition to the main Core Set 2021 expansion, Wizards of the Coast will release a supplemental Jumpstart set on July 17.

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This set will include a reprint of Exquisite Blood, an enchantment from the Avacyn Restored set. It synergizes perfectly with Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, a new card from Core Set 2021.

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This lethal combo will be huge in commander and eternal formats, such as legacy and vintage, which drives up the prices on Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose. However, don't expect prices to go too high; Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose will have no impact on standard or pioneer.

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Massacre Wurm

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  • Online price: $2.25
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This reprint from Mirrodin Besieged has solid potential as a sideboard against aggro decks in standard, and it will see some play in commander format as well.

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The price still holds up pretty well because of its popularity and an overall lack of supply. The current price is the perfect fit for this new reprint, while the original print remains at about $15.

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Usually, old cards have the potential to remain valuable for a long time, so this is a pretty safe investment. There are no prices for the alternate art yet, but they should be around $10 each.

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Market speculations over new and reprinted Magic: The Gathering cards from Core Set 2021 have already begun, and there is a lot to talk about.

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The set focuses on the Teferi, Master of Time planeswalker, which has increased in price like no other recent standard card. A few staple reprints from old Magic eras have also grown in popularity. But that doesn't mean much unless those cards show good results in the current metas.

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If you're looking to purchase some of the new cards from Core Set 2021, then take a look at our list of the most expensive MtG cards from this new expansion. Note that the listed prices correspond to the date of this article's publishing: June 24, 2020.

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MtG: 13 Best Core Set 2021 Cards for Pioneer https://www.gameskinny.com/ebkp7/mtg-13-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-pioneer https://www.gameskinny.com/ebkp7/mtg-13-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-pioneer Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:31:42 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Grim Tutor

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To the surprise of many players, this legacy format staple has been reprinted in Core Set 2021. Such a powerful effect can be used in plenty of decks, but it will mostly find a home in combo decks that look for specific cards, such as Dimir Inverter.

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The best part about Grim Tutor is that there are no restrictions regarding the type of card(s) to look for, whether it's a land, a creature, or a spell card. The only drawback to Grim Tutor is that it deals 3 points of damage to you.

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For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, check out the links above or our MtG hub page.

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Chandra's Incinerator

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Burn players have been wanting for Chandra's Incinerator since the moment it was officially revealed. And it's totally understandable; for Burn players, this is basically a 1-mana 6/6 trampler.

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Though many consider the card to be completely broken, it looks like Chandra's Incinerator will either get banned entirely or restricted in certain formats. So let's enjoy it while we still can.

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Feline Sovereign

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Since the release of Ikoria, Kaheera, the Orphanguard has been used in many cat and beast tribal decks. Since Core Set 2021 also focuses on the cat tribe, there are tons of new cats pioneer players should consider for their decks.

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Feline Sovereign is a brand-new cat lord that has protection from dogs, which may not be that significant now, but may be in the future when dogs get some recognition.

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However, its second ability is useful against Ensoul Artifact decks, so it's worth looking to in the meantime.

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Elder Gargaroth

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Big, green beasts are typically designed for Mono Green Stompy decks, which is where Elder Gargaroth will end up in this meta, though it can also be included in Naya Midrange lists that run Angrath's Marauders.

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Other archetypes like Gyruda Combo, Gruul Midrange, and lots of control decks that run green mana could potentially take at least a copy or two of Elder Gargaroth into their main decks.

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Terror of the Peaks

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Terror of the Peaks is by far one of the best dragon cards that Wizards of the Coast has ever printed. It will go straight into all Gruul Midrange and dragon tribal decks with Sarkhan, Foreblood and Dragon Tempest.

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The card's last ability also shows potential for combo kills using huge creatures, such as Emrakul, the Promised End or Ghalta, Primal Hunger.

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Lastly, you can combine it with phoenix creatures from the graveyard for repeatable damage.

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Conspicuous Snoop

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Goblin tribal decks can be extremely aggressive, and with the abundance of goblin cards in pioneer format, Conspicuous Snoop should be instantly included in all goblin lists.

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Even if you don't care much about the card's activated ability effect, you will absolutely love the card advantage part, which allows you to cast any goblin creature that is on top of your library.

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If those cards are Goblin Rabblemaster or Reckless Bushwhacker, then it's a done deal for your opponent.

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

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Mill decks have always been very potent, but they could never break into the top-tier shelf of the format.

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer gives all mill decks another chance to prove themselves. But it is also a great candidate for the Mono Black Aggro archetype, where mill is used more like a pump mechanic for Thieves' Guild Enforcer than anything else.

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In either case, a 1-mana creature with flash can always bring interesting twists to almost any game.

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Stormwing Entity

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This elemental likes spells and prowess, which makes it a perfect candidate for blue-red decks that run a ton of spells, especially those that can make Stormwing Entity cheaper to cast and increase its prowess ability.

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Stormwing Entity is an excellent partner card for Sprite Dragon and Monastery Swiftspear. Since Boros Burn decks have been doing really well in pioneer, it looks like Izzet Burn will have a chance, too.

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Ghostly Pilferer

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Ghostly Pilferer can bring value to two types of decks: spirit decks and discard decks. For a small price, Ghostly Pilferer offers a lot of value.

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In spirit tribal decks, the card's first and second abilities will let players draw a massive amount of cards. The last ability is a great fit for decks that value discard mechanics, such as Sultai Delirium.

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Basri's Lieutenant

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Sacrifice decks have done well in both standard and pioneer, and Basri's Lieutenant looks like a great addition to those types of black and white decks.

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Cruel Celebrant and Cartel Aristocrat can sacrifice creatures with counters on them, and Basri's Lieutenant will put more tokens on board for them to eat up. This simple trick will easily double up the overall damage of the deck.

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The protection from multicolored cards also saves Basri's Lieutenant from certain types of removal in the format, such as Abrupt Decay and Assassin's Trophy.

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Nine Lives

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Players in modern have access to one of the most broken combos in MtG, which includes Phyrexian Unlife and Solemnity enchantments. This combo makes players completely immune to any damage.

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However, in pioneer, Phyrexian Unlife is not legal, so players never had the chance to test the combo. That changes with Nine Lives in Core Set 2021.

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Nine Lives also has the advantage of Hexproof, which protects it from removal spells.

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead

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Unfortunately, one of the best Liliana planeswalkers  Liliana of the Veil  is not legal in pioneer. But Wizards of the Coast has circumvented that by giving players Liliana, Waker of the Dead.

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The difference between the cards is that the new Liliana costs 1 mana more than Liliana of the Veil. That's okay, though, because the card also has an extra loyalty counter. This can play a big role in your strategy if you're aiming to use the card's powerful ultimate ability.

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Liliana will be terrific in Sultai Delirium and Dimir Control decks in pioneer.

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Conclave Mentor

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Conclave Mentor is a great new addition to the Hardened Scales deck, which has been making serious waves in the pioneer format.

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Conclave Mentor essentially functions as an additional counter-producer and thus, makes all your tokens and small creatures bigger.

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A Walking Ballista and Heliod, Sun-Crowned combo can also be added to the deck for an additional win condition if your opponent has a group of effective blockers.

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The current meta in pioneer format is quite versatile and includes some amazing combo, control, midrange, and aggro decks. But this doesn't mean that there isn't room for new cards from Core Set 2021, the latest Magic: The Gathering expansion.

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Pioneer players now have access to some very valuable reprints that have been legal only in modern and legacy. It's a great time for brewing very strong decks in pioneer. This list of the 13 best MtG cards from Core Set 2021 can get you started.

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MtG: 15 Best Core Set 2021 Cards for Commander https://www.gameskinny.com/ksn6k/mtg-15-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-commander https://www.gameskinny.com/ksn6k/mtg-15-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-commander Mon, 22 Jun 2020 14:26:57 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner

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Subira is an excellent new commander for red aggro decks that run hordes of small creatures. You can quickly empty your hand and refill it with Subira's last ability while making one or more of your attacking creatures unblockable.

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This is one of the best new commanders in Core Set 2021, so if you prefer playing aggressively, definitely consider Subira for your next deck.

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For more Magic: The Gathering content, card lists, and guides, check out the links above or head over to our MtG hub page.

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Teferi, Master of Time

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The new Teferi planeswalker from Core Set 2021 is nothing short of amazing. It fits the multiplayer mode of commander especially well because of its passive ability, which allows you to activate its active abilities on each of your opponents' turns.

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This alone can bring you close to activating Teferi's ultimate ability, which gives you two extra turns.

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Sanctum of All

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Shrines are back!

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There haven't been any new shrine enchantments since the Kamigawa block, and now we have six new shrines to make a new shrine deck for commander.

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The best commander for the shrine deck would be Sisay, Weatherlight Captain. Her activated ability can search your deck for all 11 shrines and put them on board consecutively.

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When you have all the shrines, you basically win the game, so the value of Sanctum of All is practically unbeatable.

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Barrin, Tolarian Archmage

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It looks as though Barrin, Tolarian Archmage was designed for Naban, Dean of Iteration mono-blue commander decks.

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You can also throw in Panharmonicon for more double trigger effects to get the most out of Barrin.

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Lastly, this card synergizes with Inalla, Archmage Ritualist and bounce effects, or even Yorion, Sky Nomad as your companion.

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Animal Sanctuary

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Animal Sanctuary is a very unusual land for Core Set 2021. But lands like this usually become very popular in format like commander.

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There are already three tribes well-supported in the format by this land: bird, cat, and snake. Also, there is a possibility that dogs will become a thing sooner rather than later, bumping that to four

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Lastly, Animal Sanctuary fits perfectly with changeling decks, where they will surely benefit from its pump ability.

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Terror of the Peaks

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All dragon tribal players should rejoice; Terror of the Peaks is a perfect companion for Lathliss, Dragon Queen and Utvara Hellkite commanders.

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The card also synergizes with The Ur-Dragon, which has 10 points of power. You deal 10 damage to your opponent with the help of Terror of the Peaks' last ability when you combine the two.

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You can also combine Terror of the Peaks with Obosh, the Preypiercer and get twice as much damage. 

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Chromatic Orrery

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Commander players love their mana fixers and producers, and it looks like Chromatic Orrery is a perfect card for the format.

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It can be used in decks with Kruphix, God of Horizons and change all the unspent mana from colorless cards into any colors you want. Also, it ramps significantly in decks that run Kozilek, the Great Distortion.

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With Chromatic Orrery, you can cast Kozilek, a 10-mana commander, on turn four. Here's how to do it:

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  1. Play land and Sol Ring
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  3. Play another land and Thran Dynamo
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  5. Play a third land and Chromatic Orrery
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  7. Play your fourth land and cast Kozilek
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Basri Ket

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Basri Ket is a brand-new planeswalker for Core Set 2021. It is an inexpensive and very aggressive white planeswalker that can fit a variety of decks in commander.

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Players who run Odric, Lunarch Marshal will love Basri's first ability, which makes a creature indestructible. Odric can copy this effect to the rest of the creatures on-board and never lose a board — unless your opponent can swipe the board with an exile AoE.

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Radha, Heart of Keld

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Radha, Heart of Keld's most important ability is playing lands from the top of your library. This card is basically a Courser of Kruphix effect, which is utilized to great effect in commander decks that run Omnath, Locus of Rage.

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Radha can also turn into a terribly-powerful creature by using their last ability. It's repeatable, and it allows them to buff themselves as long as you can pay for it. For example, if you have 12 lands, you can pump twice, which will turn Radha into a 27/27 creature.

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Unleash Fury

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This instant card was made for Xenagos, God of Revels players, who want to take their opponents down quickly.

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However, that is not the place Unleash Fury could fit. A commander like Zada, Hedron Grinder could also work. This commander allows you to copy Unleash Fury on every other attacking creature on the board, which could be lethal for your opponent.

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Basically, think of Unleash Fury as another copy of Temur Battle Rage.

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Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

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The Sanguine Bond enchantment has been a favorite of many commander players. But for 5 mana, it was still quite expensive. So now we get Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose. It only costs 3 mana and has the same effect in a commander shell.

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Vito will most likely end up in Orzhov Life Drain decks alongside a copy of Sanguine Bond and Defiant Bloodlord. Vampire tribal decks can be quite dangerous, and with Vito in the format, they just got even better.

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Rin and Seri, Inseparable

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Cat tribal decks have existed for some time already, but Rin and Seri introduces both creatures types in a commander shell. Wizards of the Coast has also changed the hound creature type to a dog to allow players to more easily create dog tribal decks.

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The best way to utilize both creature types is to play the card alongside a number of changeling cards.

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Elder Gargaroth

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Cards that have no immediate ETB effects are usually a bit too slow for constructed formats, but commander will embrace a card like Elder Gargaroth to its fullest. The only drawback is that it can't actually be your commander, since it's not legendary. However, you can still play it to three great effects.

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The first and the third ability are probably the best: create a 3/3 green Best creature token and draw a card, respectively. Though, its second ability, gaining life, isn't bad either.

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You can also give Elder Gargaroth haste for an immediate effect with commanders like Samut, Voice of Dissent, and Xenagos, God of Revels.

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Fiery Emancipation

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Triple damage in commander format is a serious business. Run it alongside Maelstorm Wanderer and you can kill your opponent in two turns with no other help.

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Another great commander choice would be Neheb, the Eternal, which can produce 12 mana a turn, so you can cast your burn spells and kill all your opponents.

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There is also an option of playing it with Heartless Hidetsugu, protecting your own life total with Angel's Grace or similar effects, and kill your opponent in one turn.

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Mangara, the Diplomat

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Finally, a white commander card with the card draw ability. The omission of this card type in previous sets was the weakest point of the white color.

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Mangara's second draw ability is especially interesting, because it can draw more than one or two cards per turn. 

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Though Mangara doesn't have to be a commander in many decks, it will still be auto-included in every white deck due to its rare effects.

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Wizards of the Coast put a lot of effort into developing cards that would fit each Magic the Gathering format, including the highly popular EDH Commander. That's why you will find a slew of new cards in Core Set 2021 that fit specifically this long-standing casual format.

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In this selection of the top commander cards from Core Set 2021, you will find cards that can serve as new commanders and utility cards that can fit certain well-established archetypes. 

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MtG: 15 Best Core Set 2021 Cards for Limited https://www.gameskinny.com/x38s3/mtg-15-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-limited https://www.gameskinny.com/x38s3/mtg-15-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-limited Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:43:28 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Sublime Epiphany

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Rarely do we get a super solid spell for limited formats, but Sublime Epiphany is absolutely devastating.

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You will most likely never need the card's second option, which counters triggered or activated abilities, but everything else is practically a win condition in draft and sealed.

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Your opponents lose so much and you gain as much when you cast Sublime Epiphany. So beware of all the control decks with blue, as they will surely have Sublime Epiphany in their main decks.

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Related Content
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In addition to this list of the best Core Set 2021 cards for MtG limited, be sure to check out the links above or our many other Magic the Gathering guides and lists here

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Garruk's Harbinger

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This card is clearly made for offense, and you will want to activate its draw ability each and every turn.

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If you happen to deal combat damage, then you can look at the top four cards of your library and put a creature card in your hand. And, if you draft a Garruk planeswalker, then you can draw him as well.

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Being hexproof from black is also very good, especially against Grasp of Darkness and Finishing Blow removal spells.

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Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge

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Although Gadrak (most likely) won't be able to attack for the first few turns on the field, it will be able to block lots of incoming attacks. 

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However, once you accumulate enough artifacts on board, you can start hitting your opponent for 5 damage each turn.

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The best way to support Gadrak is to draft cards like Short Sword, Silent Dart, and Witch's Cauldron, so you can quickly activate its attack ability.

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Tolarian Kraken

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Tolarian Kraken, a repeatable tap effect that is guaranteed at each draw step, is incredibly powerful in limited.

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For that reason, Tolarian Kraken is a terrific limited card, which synergizes with Enthralling Hold, Leafkin Avenger, Teferi's Protege, and Obsessive Stitcher.

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Control players will want to draft this card, making it a definitive "pack one pick one" card for Azorius Control decks.

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Aven Gagglemaster

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Paying 5 mana for a 4/3 flyer is a deal made in limited heaven. On top of that, you gain at least 2 points of life when it enters the battlefield. So what's not to like?

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Obviously, Aven Gagglemaster is not a bomb, but this cool bird can win the late-game by attacking through the air and keeping you alive.

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Once again, this is a great card for Lifegain decks, though practically every white deck, including Azorius Control, will want at least one copy.

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Experimental Overload

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Experimental Overload is the standard bearer for all blue-red decks in Core Set 2021 limited. To make the most of this card, put at least four instant or sorcery cards in your graveyard before playing it — because you can return any of those spells to your hand.

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Imagine that you have two copies of Experimental Overload in your deck. You can put one in your graveyard and return it with the help of a second copy. Rinse and repeat for unlimited tokens.

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Thrashing Brontodon

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Artifacts and enchantments appear in almost every limited deck. Although Thrashing Brontodon has an excellent body for just 3 mana, you wouldn't hesitate to sacrifice it to remove one of those threat types.

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Thrashing Brontodon has been reprinted many times in recent years, so players have already become accustomed to the card's power level. This trend will only continue with Core Set 2021, and all green decks will surely include multiple copies of it.

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Kitesail Freebooter

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Most MtG players would never play Duress in their limited games, but almost every player would surely pick up Kitesail Freebooter, which is basically Duress on a stick.

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With it, you can remove the best spell from your opponent's hand, forcing them to spend a removal spell to break it. If they don't, you can keep pinging them for 1 damage each turn in the air.

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Heartfire Immolator

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Burn is now possible in limited!

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Heartfire Immolator is no Monastery Swiftspear, of course, but it has Prowess and an extra ability that can finish off a creature or a planeswalker.

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This will also work great in Izzet Spells deck alongside Spellgorger Weird and a bevy of removal spells. But in general, Heartfire Immolator is a solid 2-drop, which would find a home in any red deck.

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If you see it in your first pack, don't hesitate to pick it up — unless there is a bomb rare right next to it.

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Conclave Mentor

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Out of all draft signposts in Core Set 2021, Conclave Mentor is one of the best because of its ability to increase the number of +1/+1 counters.

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Aggro archetypes are (mostly) very successful in limited formats, and this card enables the Lifegain archetype to be even more powerful than it already is.

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Additionally, the introduction of Lifegain taplands in Core Set 2021 also works in this deck type's favor.

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Roaming Ghostlight

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Roaming Ghostlight is a brand-new card that you will want to hoard; draft as many copies as you possibly can. 

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It's very similar in effect to Chillbringer from Ravnica Allegiance, which was a real powerhouse in that limited season.

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Play Roaming Ghostlight and bounce the biggest creature on the opponent's side of the table, forcing them to replay it again during the next turn. They will spend all their mana while you attack in the air. It's a simple strategy that has won many limited games in the past.

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Spellgorger Weird

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Core Set 2021 is heavy on solid reprints, and Spellgorger Weird is another one from the War of the Spark set.

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This card was a favorite of many Izzet Spells players because it only took a few turns to push Spellgorger Weird to impressive sizes.

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There is a good amount of support for this archetype this season as well, so expect to see players using it to achieve amazing results. Though, preferably, you'll want to be that player.

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Skyscanner

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Colorless cards with a solid effect have always been highly regarded by limited players because of their inclusiveness in all types of decks.

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Skyscanner, a reprint from Core Set 2019, is a diamond in the rough for all limited decks. It replaces itself by drawing a card and blocks any big creature with flying.

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It was a favorite of many players during the Core Set 2019 season, and it will surely perform in Core Set 2021 as well. 

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Llanowar Visionary

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Llanowar Visionary is a mashup of Llanowar Elves and Elvish Visionary in both the name and effect. 

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Although 3 mana may be a little too steep for a mana producer, its ability to draw a card when it enters the battlefield balances things out. All green decks will want this card.

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Many MtG players have already proclaimed this to be the best common card for limited, so don't sleep on it.

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Deathbloom Thallid

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Deathbloom Thallid is a reprint from Dominaria, which performed well in the Golgari deck during Dominaria's limited season. Now, since there isn't much support for saprolings, Deathbloom Thallid will be mainly played in Rakdos Sacrifice shell because of its ability to produce a token after it dies.

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Deathbloom Thallid is a good aggressive card that can sacrifice either itself or a token for Direfleet Warmonger, Obsessive Stitcher, or Twinblade Assassins.

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MtG Core Set 2021, just like many other core sets, offers a variety of reprints from Magic: The Gathering's vast pool of cards. In this limited season, you will see plenty of familiar cards — unless you are a completely new player.

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With that said, there are some important new cards in almost every color. Though, it looks as if aggro strategies will take over this format, meaning that red and white decks will dominate the format. Games will be fast and intense.

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This selection of best limited cards from Core Set 2021 looks at both reprints and new cards that will surely make your draft and sealed decks better.

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MtG: 15 Best Core Set 2021 Cards for Standard https://www.gameskinny.com/o6p2j/mtg-15-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-standard https://www.gameskinny.com/o6p2j/mtg-15-best-core-set-2021-cards-for-standard Thu, 18 Jun 2020 16:15:21 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Conspicuous Snoop

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Currently, there are 11 goblins with activated abilities legal in Standard format. This means that it is possible to create a working goblin-tribal deck in Standard using Conspicuous Snoop's amazing third ability.

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The two best goblins in Standard right now are Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin and Legion Warboss. Although these two goblins have no activated abilities, they will greatly benefit from Conspicuous Snoop's second card advantage ability.

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This card will not break the meta, but it's definitely one of the most interesting cards to look out for.

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Related Content: 

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In addition to this list of the best Core Set 2021 cards for standard, be sure to check out the links above or our many other MtG guides and lists here

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Garruk, Unleashed

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Historically, Garruk planeswalkers have never been too special, but they have always been very practical and functional. Garruk, Unleashed is exactly like that and continues the tradition of Garruk planeswalkers.

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As usual, it will go into Gruul decks, and Mutate players will like it as well because of its Minus ability, which produces beasts.

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Garruk's ultimate ability puts an extra creature on the table at the end of each turn, which is great for any offensive gameplan.

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Fiery Emancipation

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Red Obosh decks have been relying on double damage to an excellent effect. But what if you could triple your damage instead?

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Fiery Emancipation costs just one more mana than Obosh, but its damage is triple that of Obosh, which makes a mere Shock deal 6 points of damage.

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Now imagine how much damage you can deal with a full table of creatures or a full hand of burn spells. Zenith Flare decks have already been quite annoying with all the amounts of damage they can deal, but now they become almost unbeatable.

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Sparkhunter Masticore

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Planeswalkers are getting more and more attention in Standard. It's no surprise, as recently-introduced planeswalkers have been exceedingly powerful.

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Finally, there is a counter to all the superfriends decks in the form of Sparkhunter Masticore, which is fully-protected from all planeswalker effects.

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Teferi planeswalkers will no longer have a target for bouncing and Ugin will not be able to remove Sparkhunter Masticore.

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Saprkhunter Masticore is also a colorless card, which means it can be in any deck.

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Containment Priest

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Many players have been waiting for a way to counter the effect of Winota, Joiner of Forces. Containment Priest does exactly that, sending all creatures that would enter the battlefield from Winota's triggered ability into exile.

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Unfortunately, the Escape mechanic is still considered a cast mechanic, so that one won't work, but every other effect will, including the dreaded Cauldron Familiar and Witch's Oven combo.

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Discontinuity also prevents effects from Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast and Transmogrify. So, if you've grown weary of all these combos, then consider Containment Priest for your sideboard.

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Discontinuity

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Discontinuity is an incredible spell that can be used in many useful ways. Obviously, most players will try to use it on their turns for the discounted price.

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First, you can play it on your turn to negate the Uro's self-sacrifice ability and keep the 6/6 creature for 3 mana. Second, you can use it on your opponent's upkeep and take an extra turn, which is an excellent option for any control deck.

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Lastly, you can use it as a hard counterspell that denies anything your opponents try to do, regardless of if their cards can't be countered. All-in-all, this is a super powerful card that will definitely see play in specialized decks.

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Terror of the Peaks

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There are two solid places for Terror of the Peaks in Standard right now: Gruul and Dragon tribal decks.

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Gruul players also got a new Garruk planeswalker, which looks a lot better than Vivien. With Terror of the Peaks, it creates a solid combo with the Garruk's Minus ability.

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Terror of the Peaks also fits into decks with Kroxa and Rotting Regisaur, so there are plenty of ways how you can break this in Standard.

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Archfiend's Vessel

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Although MtG companion ruling has been slightly fixed, Lurrus of the Dream Den is still very much eligible in Standard, which makes Archfiend's Vessel one of the most important cards for any deck that runs Lurrus.

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Actually, many aggro decks don't even play Lurrus as their companion anymore, but simply include it in their maindecks, which is still very strong taking into consideration its exceptionally powerful ability.

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This also works great in decks that run Call of the Death-Dwellers and Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord planeswalker.

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Necromentia

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Necromentia is an excellent alternative for Unmoored Ego players, and to some degree, Necromentia is even better than Unmoored Ego, as many players would rather have their opponents create tokens than draw extra cards.

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Also, color-wise, it's easier to cast Necromentia, since Unmoored Ego requires blue mana. In any case, you could run both in your sideboard to be prepared for any sort of shenanigans from your opponent's side.

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Control players will definitely look into this sorcery, especially as Sultai Control lists become increasingly dominant in the current meta.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

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The one and only Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is getting another reprint, and this time for standard format.

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This is an epic planeswalker, which requires no introduction. All control decks will want to run at least two copies of Ugin in the main deck and a couple more in the sideboards.

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The Minus X ability is absolutely devastating against all the aggro decks, even if they use Heroic Intervention. Ugin's ability exiles are permanent, which doesn't care for Hexproof or Indestructible protection.

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Teferi, Master of Time

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The most exciting feature of the new Teferi planeswalker is its static ability, which allows you to use its active abilities twice: once on your own turn and once on your opponent's turn.

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The ultimate ability is also extremely strong and gives you enough time to win the game. You're in a really bad spot if you can't set up a victory in three consecutive turns.

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Lastly, this is obviously the best planeswalker in Core Set 2021, which will dominate most formats, including Standard.

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Heroic Intervention

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Heroic Intervention is another excellent reprint and this time, it's from Aether Revolt set. Heroic Intervention will instantly become a favorite protection spell for all green creature-based decks in Standard.

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Since Veil of Summer has been banned, there has been no real way of defending your creatures and tokens against all removal spells. But now there is a way to keep your creatures alive after the devastating effect of Shatter the Sky, which is now in every control deck in the format.

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Kaervek, the Spiteful

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Usually, we see cards that buff other creatures, but Kaervek, the Spiteful is an anti-lord, which reduces the power and toughness of all creatures by 1.

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This is a great effect against decks like Black-Red Sacrifice and Mono-Red, which mostly use creatures with only 1 point of toughness. This means that Kaervek will be an auto-include in many sideboards.

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Generally, this would be a great strategy against all token-based decks, as well, and it looks like there are going to be plenty of those in the Core Set 2021 meta.

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Village Rites

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Village Rites is clearly the best common card in the Core Set 2021. This 1-mana instant spell draws a card and requires you to sacrifice a creature, which could be a simple token.

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This card will be played in Black-Red Sacrifice decks and lists that run Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger. You could use Village Rites to sacrifice Kroxa before it naturally sacrifices itself on the stack, and basically draw two cards for just 1 mana.

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Village Rites is an excellent partner to Witch's Oven and basically any other sacrifice-based card in Standard.

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Scavenging Ooze

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Scavenging Ooze is one of the most important reprints in Core Set 2021. This card will fit in all green decks in Standard, and it will do really well against cards like Uro, Cauldron Familiar, Woe Strider, and Zenith Flare.

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Scavenging Ooze also fits in mutate-based decks, since it's not a human. The Green-White Counters deck will also find a couple of slots for this creature, and it will perform really well in all of them.

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Taking into account how many top-tier graveyard-based decks are played in Standard right now, it's clear that Scavenging Ooze will dominate the format this season.

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Core Set 2021 is the 20th core set in Magic: The Gathering, which includes 274 cards. It is based on the Teferi planeswalker, which offers three alternative arts for the Teferi, Master of Time card.

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The new MtG set also includes a lot of reprints of some of the most popular cards in Magic history. But there are also brand-new cards, and a whole new planeswalker named Basri Ket.

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Tribal deck players will have a blast playing this season because of the introduction of five new lord cards for creature types like dogs, spirits, rogues, goblins, and cats. So there is a lot for everyone to enjoy!

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If you're looking to test your skills in Standard Format, then here are 15 of the most competitive new MtG cards from Core Set 2021.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy Will Take You to School https://www.gameskinny.com/ll50v/pokemon-trading-card-game-battle-academy-will-take-you-to-school https://www.gameskinny.com/ll50v/pokemon-trading-card-game-battle-academy-will-take-you-to-school Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:11:02 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) has evolved into a powerhouse since it first appeared in the late 1990s, and like all long-lived card games, it can be tough to jump into. But The Pokemon Company says it has a solution to help introduce new players to the game: Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy.

Battle Academy is actually a board-game version of Pokemon TCG, and it's set to launch at Target starting June 21 and everywhere else from July 31.

The Pokemon Company International's Senior Director of Consumer Marketing, J.C. Smith, said:

Battle Academy is designed to be easy to learn and fun to play for all types of Trainers, including children and parents that may be new to the Pokmon TCG.

Battle Academy introduces new players to the game by walking them through the basics with tutorials and guides. So if you or anyone you know has ever wondered how to play the game, this is a great place to learn the rules. 

But there's also advanced rule books and deck advice for veteran players, as well as a number of as-yet-unannounced "accessories" to help you expand your experience. However, details on that last bit are currently sparse.

In addition to those guides and accessories, Battle Academy comes with three decks of 60 cards each and a board that can accommodate two players. It's not certain yet what each deck consists of, but from the game's promo site, it seems they'll be a Pikachu GX deck, Charizard GX deck, and Mewtwo GX deck.

Finally, there's a code card that lets players enjoy the Pokemon Trading Card Game app download on iOS and Android.

And if all this sounds very appealing indeed, make sure to check out our starter guide for the Pokemon Sword and Shield trading card game expansion sets. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news as it develops.

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Three Games Based on Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/dx753/three-games-based-on-dragon-quest-the-adventure-of-dai-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/dx753/three-games-based-on-dragon-quest-the-adventure-of-dai-announced Wed, 27 May 2020 14:51:10 -0400 Erroll Maas

During a May 27 livestream, Square Enix announced three separate games based on the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai manga and anime series.

The first game announced was Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai – Spirit of Bonds (Tamashii no Kizuna in Japanese) for iOS and Android. It has been described as an RPG with the simple objective of just moving forward, with the lead character protecting the other party members while those members provide support.

Besides featuring characters from the manga and anime series, the game will also feature equipment found throughout the Dragon Quest video game series. Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai – Spirit of Bonds is planned to launch on iOS and Android devices in Japan in 2021.

The second game revealed was Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai – Xross Blade, a "competitive arcade card game" that sees players place cards on an arcade cabinet to move characters and perform other specific actions. It is planned to release for arcades in Japan in Fall 2020.

The final game revealed was Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai – Infinity Strash, which is currently planned for release on unspecified consoles. Not much else was revealed besides another teaser trailer with some action-oriented gameplay, but Square Enix stated the footage is from a very early stage of development. It is planned for release on consoles in Japan in 2021.

Additionally, it was revealed that the remake of the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime series is planned to premiere in Japan in October 2020. It is a remake of the 1989 manga and 1991 anime series of the same name, the latter of which was never finished. The main character Dai has also appeared as a playable character in Jump Force.

It is not yet known if any of these games will release outside of Japan but make sure to stay tuned for any updates.

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Pokemon TCG: Best Rebel Clash Decks for Standard https://www.gameskinny.com/e6x6g/pokemon-tcg-best-rebel-clash-decks-for-standard https://www.gameskinny.com/e6x6g/pokemon-tcg-best-rebel-clash-decks-for-standard Mon, 25 May 2020 10:44:35 -0400 Sergey_3847

Rebel Clash, the latest Pokemon TCG expansion, has been very influential on the standard format. Several new archetypes have been born out of the V and VMAX Pokemon combos, and this guide will show you the five best Rebel Clash decks for standard.

The decklists below aren't definitive, and are designed to give you an idea of what to put in your own builds. But of course, you can still use them as they are, since these exact lists have been dominating the standard meta.

Click the images with cards to enlarge.

Pikachu and Zekrom Tag Team

This deck is currently the biggest winner in Pokemon TCG with some exciting synergies and a few impactful new cards from the latest Rebel Clash set.

The basis of the list consists of Dedenne-GX, which draws you six cards when played; and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, which fetches energy cards and deals with opponent's benched Pokemon.

The new additions to the deck are Boltund V, another energy fetcher and potentially a massive damage dealer; and Eldegoss V, which brings back important supporter cards from your discard pile.

Lightning energy plays a big role in this deck, and that's why there are 10 pieces of basic lightning energy cards and four copies of Speed Lightning Energy, which also draws you cards.

The most important supporter card in the list is the brand-new Boss's Orders, which switches benched Pokemon with active ones. This disrupts the opponent's gameplan and puts you in a clear advantage of the match-up.

Dragapult

This new archetype is based on the new evolution pair of Pokemon from Rebel Clash expansion: Dragapult V and Dragapult VMAX.

On its own Dragapult V isn't terribly dangerous, but if it evolves into the VMAX form, then you can distribute five damage counters on the opponent's benched Pokemon as you prefer. This will prompt your opponent to take a defensive position.

Horror Psychic Energy can help produce even more damage counters on opponent's Pokemon, including the active ones, which will further assert your dominance in the given match-up.

In case your Dragapult VMAX becomes threatened, you can use Scoop Up Net, a new supporter card, to bring him back into your hand and save the day.

Rillaboom

Another evolution Pokemon from Rebel Clash has a surprising breakthrough in this meta. Rillaboom V and Rillaboom VMAX are quite incredible, as it turns out.

The basic form of Rillaboom has a devastating 220 damage attack called Wood Hammer, which is unusual for a basic Pokemon card. When it evolves into the VMAX card, it gains a huge boost to its HP and has an ability to grow its attack by discarding grass energy.

Speaking of grass energy: this Rillaboom deck has a new Turffield Stadium card from Rebel Clash that fetches grass energy from your deck, which makes the combo so easy to execute.

Toxtricity

Poison effect is the star of this decklist, which focuses on three cards from Rebel Clash: Toxtricity V, Toxtricity VMAX, and Garbodor.

Toxtricity V must first poison an opponent's active Pokemon, and then it can hit for 180 points of damage using the Electric Riot ability.

This gets even better when evolved into VMAX, in which case Toxtricity deals 240 damage, which is more than enough to knockout almost any basic Pokemon and get a prize or two.

Garbodor helps this evolution team to set up these devastating beats using its Poisonous Puddle ability, which inflicts poison status effect on opponent's active Pokemon.

Cinderace

The current standard format wouldn't be complete without some kind of the Welder deck. Cinderace V and Cinderace VMAX fully embrace the power of Welder and fire energy in this meta.

Here you want to get to the VMAX evolution as quickly as possible and allow your opponent to attack your Cinderace with as much power as they can. Cinderace VMAX has a massive 320 HP pool, and soaks up all the damage dealt. Then, it uses all that extra damage and fights back.

This is definitely a very unusual approach to a Welder deck, but it works. That's why it is currently one of the top-tier decks in Pokemon TCG standard.

That's it on the best Rebel Clash decks for standard, and check out more Pokemon TCG guides right here.

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