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23, Jul, 21

10 Cards We Won't Miss Seeing In Standard

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Standard rotation is only a few months away, and with the Standard 2022 queues being introduced into Magic Arena, we get an early sneak peek at what greener pastures await us. We have spent the last couple years in a Standard meta dominated by Throne of Eldraine, Theros Beyond Death, and Ikoria, Lair of Behemoths. There have also been more bannings in this Standard than in any other, with 8 cards being banned over the last 2 years. Clearly this is a Standard that’s lost its luster. Today we’ll talk about 10 cards that we’ll happily say goodbye to when Standard rotates.

10. Woe Strider

Woe Strider
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Woe Strider has been a consistent sacrifice engine in the various BRx Sacrifice decks in the format. It’s incredibly efficient sacrifice ability and it’s ability to escape makes it very hard to permanently put down without being smothered by our opponent’s value.

9. Brazen Borrower

Brazen Borrower
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Brazen Borrower is the first of our adventure cards we’ll be happy to see leave. A 2 mana bounce spell coupled with a 3/1 Flash Flyer is really above the curve. It puts a really fast clock on the board, an the adventure ability is way too strong.

8. Bone Crusher Giant

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Bonecrush Giant is another really annoying adventure card. It’s adventure can go to any target, and the 4/3 for 3 is once again, above the curve. It’s painful to deal with, since it deal damage to us when we target it with a spell. Mono red loses one of it’s stronger tools and I’m not sad about it.

7. Lovestruck Beast

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[tooltip]Lovestruck Beast is probably the most insane creature in this Adventure line up. a 5/5 for 3 is absolutely nuts. It also makes a 1/1 and the downside of the creature half isn’t that big of a downside. Green has some of the strongest 1/1 creatures out there and so this can put the hurt on really quickly.

6. Questing Beast

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If we wanted to talk about the king of above the curve creatures, Questing Beast takes the crown. Sporting 3 powerful keywords, it’s “Anti-Aggro” evasion, and “Anti-Planeswalker” triggered ability all on a 4/4 for 4 creature pushes the envelope off a cliff. This creature is a must answer threat but it gets its value almost immediately so I can’t wait for this to go.

5. Yorion, Sky Nomad

Yorion Sky Nomad
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Yorion, Sky Nomad is a card that I cannot wait to leave. It pushes relatively fair cards like Omen of the Sea or Binding of the Old Gods to be over the top. The amount of value that can be generated from this card feels really strong, and it’s used in a lot of the decks in the format, so it’ll be nice to see less of this sky noodle.

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4. Embercleave

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One of the most powerful equipment to be created in Magic has to be Embercleave. In the mono red shells, they can very quickly curve out and have a double striking, trampling creature on turn 3. Giving this a mana cost reduction ability as well as flash makes this one of the most oppressive equipment to ever see play. It feels awful to feel like you’ve stabilized against a red deck and this comes down to kill you quickly.

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3. Kiora Bests the Sea God

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This one is one of the most powerful sagas to come out, and it’s not close. Kiora Bests the Sea God is really only seeing play in 1 deck, which is Sultai Control, but it feels so bad to have to give this to our opponent. the 8/8 is a fast clock that’s really difficult to beat, and then getting all of our things tapped down doesn’t feel fun either. If our opponent hasn’t won the game by the 3rd turn, they get to steal our best permanent, and at that point the game ends.

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2. Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Ugin the Spirit Dragon
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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, the big bad dragon planeswalker. This guy pretty much only saw play in the Temur Ultimatum decks, and maybe some 2 color control decks, but when he came down, he meant business. Being super ahead on board, and then having your entire field exiled doesn’t feel great. As cool of a card as this is, it’s often times a feels bad card and won’t be missed.

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1. Emergent Ultimatum

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Lastly is Emergent Ultimatum. Now don’t get me wrong, I love this card. I’m a big fan of casting big spells on the cheap, but at this point, the power level of the deck is exhausting. This is one of, if not the best deck in Standard right now, and it’s exhausting dealing with this card. Allowing players to effectively get “I win” cards in play from their libraries for free is far too powerful, and the deck is far too consistent to be left to only a standard sized card pool. This was definitely at the tail end of the “Power creep gone wrong” sets, but it’s impact on the standard format was immense.

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I definitely cannot wait for standard to rotate and we get a fresh start and a much more powered down standard format. We do have a little bit to wait for that to happen, and we have some exciting things coming for Historic in a few weeks as well! Be sure to stay tuned for that. What cards are you excited to see leave standard in a few months? Let us know in the comments!

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