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rdubyeah

For anyone not playing \[\[Unlicensed Hearse\]\] , \[\[Rotten Reunion\]\] , \[\[Graveyard Trespasser\]\] -- take note that graveyard hate works very well against 5/10 of these. Rotten Reunion has been my favorite tech against Lilliana players, especially in the mirror. Free sac target + exile an underdog? Count me in. Oh they're bringing back Sheoldred with Gix? Naw 1 mana instant, Gix resolves nothing. Lilliana making me discard? Oh well it has flashback anyways.


im_always_fapping

What's graveyard hate?


rdubyeah

Graveyard Hate is the term given to cards that can interact or exile cards from a player's graveyard. Its used to combat reanimating, dredge, delirium, and other general cards that have effects while being in the graveyard (ie. Tenacious Underdog, Memory Deluge, Cult Conscriptor). With Dominaria came several cards that either discard cards to the graveyard (making good discard targets like underdog a strong deckbuilding choice) and also brought many strong tools for reanimate like Cruelty of Gix.


mokomi

I also want to add. A reason why we use a strong word like hate. Most of the early Graveyard hate cards just removed the graveyard or made it uninteractable. Now there are a lot of cards that remove specific cards from the graveyard. At instant, sorcery, or conditional(E.G. attacking, ETB) speeds Edit: I kind of dislike all the graveyard hate is also in black. So the answer to blacks graveyard shenanigans is also black.


Adveeee

And no more Go Blank since rotation, sadly. Loved the card and the art...


CookieLeader

Rotten Reunion is my favorite anti-graveyard tech. It is rarely worth a slot in the mainboard, but now I would definetly run a couple.


[deleted]

Forgot about Reunion. Nice.


MTGCardFetcher

[Unlicensed Hearse](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/9/3/93ee60f7-31dd-4bc6-b71f-57a1a0d19d20.jpg?1660721494) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Unlicensed%20Hearse) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/snc/246/unlicensed-hearse?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/93ee60f7-31dd-4bc6-b71f-57a1a0d19d20?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Rotten Reunion](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/9/7/97398ad2-675b-4a34-aab7-935dd6714f1c.jpg?1634350215) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Rotten%20Reunion) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/mid/119/rotten-reunion?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/97398ad2-675b-4a34-aab7-935dd6714f1c?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Graveyard Trespasser](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/d/a/daa2a273-488f-4285-a069-ad159ad2d393.jpg?1634347903)/[Graveyard Glutton](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/back/d/a/daa2a273-488f-4285-a069-ad159ad2d393.jpg?1634347903) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=graveyard%20trespasser%20//%20graveyard%20glutton) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/mid/104/graveyard-trespasser-graveyard-glutton?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/daa2a273-488f-4285-a069-ad159ad2d393?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


sobrique

I've taken to [[Pithing Needle]] in combination with [[Farewell]]. Farewell is absurdly good, but it's major weakness is not being able to deal with planeswalkers. So a few walkers of your own along with Pithing Needle to shut down their Liliana (or Ob Nixilous, or Kaito, or whatever) does a lot to 'control' the game.


MTGCardFetcher

[Pithing Needle](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/7/7/776899f8-e977-42b7-8b54-6f726a349e3c.jpg?1662531437) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Pithing%20Needle) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/2x2/312/pithing-needle?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/776899f8-e977-42b7-8b54-6f726a349e3c?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Farewell](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/e/1/e1068723-d1ef-4007-97d9-b10dccdbade4.jpg?1654566260) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Farewell) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/neo/13/farewell?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/e1068723-d1ef-4007-97d9-b10dccdbade4?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


Repulsive-Ad-3191

We're missing an OP 2 drop, WotC screwed black this set /s


sobrique

[[Knight of dusk's Shadow]] I think will see play more. Pretty good in Sheoldred mirrors.


MTGCardFetcher

[Knight of Dusk's Shadow](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/3/3/33dfd2fe-e0e0-465c-b730-a30e6f5c271c.jpg?1661530457) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Knight%20of%20Dusk%27s%20Shadow) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/dmu/96/knight-of-dusks-shadow?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/33dfd2fe-e0e0-465c-b730-a30e6f5c271c?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


Repulsive-Ad-3191

True, forgot about the new black knight. Pretty good I think, definitely a good point and might find some sideboard.


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sobrique

Having cut down used on my 2-drop doesn't bother me too much. Especially not if you can pump for 2, and have cut-down fizzle.


Unhappy-Match1038

I almost flipped my keyboard until I saw the /s WP good sir


ecnarongi

Top 5 all black... hmmm


xerozarkjin

I’ve been waiting 25 years for this moment


Xanthos_Obscuris

25 years, and waiting? Did...you miss Odyssey/Torment? Before they dropped Judgement I distinctly remember MBC being the question any other deck had to be able to answer back then.


xerozarkjin

True! but now I can afford to buy whatever cards I need.


MarvelsTK

5 all black that are used in 10% or more of decks whereas the highest non black is in the single digits


nosven7

yep, that makes sense.


Elesettek

Sheoldred + Fell Stinger is a ridiculous finisher in my G/B list. Doing 8 damage to your opponent in a turn for 3 mana without even attacking is very nice.


Glad-Tax6594

4 sheoldred+2 felstinger+2?


Elesettek

pass to your opponent and they take 2 off their draw step before they get a chance to respond in most cases. Technically it's a turn cycle that they take the 8.


UntappedGG

Visit us for more: 👉https://mtga.untapped.gg/meta


MegaMasterYoda

[[Lagamos, Hand of Hatred]] plays quite nicely with [[Body Dropper]] and [[Forge Boss]]. Have it in a deck with a couple blitz cards Shakedown Heavy, Hungry for More and Corpse Explosion.


Odelind

Decklist?


MegaMasterYoda

Deck 2 Corpse Explosion (SNC) 179 4 Swamp (NEO) 297 4 Swamp (NEO) 298 4 Lagomos, Hand of Hatred (DMU) 205 2 Ob Nixilis, the Adversary (SNC) 206 2 Garna, Bloodfist of Keld (DMU) 200 4 Forge Boss (SNC) 189 2 Shakedown Heavy (SNC) 95 4 Riveteers Requisitioner (SNC) 121 4 Body Dropper (SNC) 168 4 Hungry for More (MID) 228 4 Infernal Grasp (MID) 107 4 Hero's Downfall (VOW) 120 4 Mountain (NEO) 299 4 Mountain (NEO) 300 4 Bloodfell Caves (NEO) 264 4 Reckoner's Bargain (NEO) 120 2 Wake to Slaughter (MID) 250 4 Geothermal Bog (DMU) 247


MegaMasterYoda

I want to add 2 more shakedown heavys and Corpse Explosion. Its pretty strong so far but still tweaking here and there. Wake to slaughter was literally just added. Figured some grave return would be nice and if I have the mana I can sac rather than exile for a benefit. Debating on adding mirror box as well.


Odelind

Thank you for the list! I lack a lot of the DMU cards from the list, so it's still early for me to test, but I like it because I tested several of the cards before in Rakdos Anvil and midrage. They just didn't fit the shell. What do you think about \[\[Fatal Grudge\]\], \[\[Body Launderer\]\] or \[\[Braids, Nightmare Arisen\]\]?


MTGCardFetcher

[Fatal Grudge](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/e/c/ec7de8d6-edad-4845-9868-781351480258.jpg?1660720002) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Fatal%20Grudge) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/snc/187/fatal-grudge?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/ec7de8d6-edad-4845-9868-781351480258?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Body Launderer](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/2/4/24d7d77a-35b6-451a-af44-ecaf38facccb.jpg?1660716925) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Body%20Launderer) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/snc/68/body-launderer?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/24d7d77a-35b6-451a-af44-ecaf38facccb?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Braids, Arisen Nightmare](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/4/f/4ff97c69-6a6b-401c-b0a1-55fa81045d19.jpg?1660840654) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Braids%2C%20Arisen%20Nightmare) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/dmu/84/braids-arisen-nightmare?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/4ff97c69-6a6b-401c-b0a1-55fa81045d19?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


MegaMasterYoda

Fatal Grudge I've thought of my issue is it's only useful against red or black for me so its too situational to take up a space. I'll have to try Body Launderer and I have yet to get Braids Arisen Nightmare.


Odelind

If it helps, I got my 2 copies of Braids via Jump In (cultists), although the mode is kinda ruined due Baldur's Gate


DxLaughRiot

You may also consider [[jadar, ghoul caller]]


FunProduct2677

I love the deck diversity new set rotations bring.


xaritscin

Cant believe the chick is going up the charts. How?


PauleyBaseball

One mana flyer with haste? Seems very good in an aggro build


sobrique

Goes quite nicely with the other amazing red 1-drop [[Kumano Faces Kakkazan]]. A 2/2 haster that early gets in a useful amount of damage. (And of course has the recursion, not that I use it all _that_ much).


MTGCardFetcher

[Kumano Faces Kakkazan](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/2/8/28d92cad-45b0-479d-97fc-c175f3a3f259.jpg?1660075559)/[Etching of Kumano](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/back/2/8/28d92cad-45b0-479d-97fc-c175f3a3f259.jpg?1660075559) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=kumano%20faces%20kakkazan%20//%20etching%20of%20kumano) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/neo/152/kumano-faces-kakkazan-etching-of-kumano?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/28d92cad-45b0-479d-97fc-c175f3a3f259?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


Serpens77

Hot chicks are always pretty popular


Ghorrhyon

Look at it, he angy.


DDronex

He also is a good thing to self sack if it gets blocked, sack the bird attack with 3 tokens, get the bird back to sack it


forbin99

Because it's a really good card


disorder1991

No blue in sight. Today is good.


shudzsi

Good job Wotc ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


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Cut down is so sweet. Deserves the top spot.


sobrique

I think it'll be as meta shaping as 'Stomp' was. Lots of stuff will become unplayable because it dies to cut down. I'm thinking mostly 3 drops (and higher) there. Losing a 2 drop isn't quite so problematic - Bloodchief's thirst could already do that. But much like how Meathook has encouraged people to ensure they have creatures with enough toughness to survive it the turn after, I think Cut Down will skew the meta the same way. (Kinda like Spikefield Hazard did, only more so)


[deleted]

Every so often they get burned by 1 mana removal and every so often it’s a surprise to everyone again. Blacks dominance is as much due to cutdown as it is to lotv. It could eat a ban easily. It would only be 4 uncommon wild cards.


sobrique

Leyline Binding is also really nice, but that's a lot more hoops to jump through to get your '1 mana' removal.


forbin99

I'm having a blast playing red aggro. I love me some red aggro!!


UncleGael

I’m surprised that Shivan Devastator is in this list. What’s it being played in?


Lejaun

Finisher for mono red.


DaisyCutter312

Fireball on a stick works pretty damn well in red aggro


forbin99

I have honestly used it early way more often than late playing pretty much exclusively red aggro. I don't think I've ever used it as a finisher, my games don't get that far lol. Haste makes it very playable


Lejaun

Fair enough. I haven't played much mono red yet. Just what I've seen happen to me. Could have been them just drawing them late against me.


forbin99

I only play bo1s too and I play very aggressively fwiw. I actually haven't seen another person even play this card yet. And for all the bitching about black, yeah I see a bunch of it but I see a ton of variety in my matchups. I'm still only playing at plat 4, and maybe the deck I play and matchmaking have something to do with it, but I haven't got sick of playing against black yet


Tyson367

I'm at plat 1 and playing red aggro. Feels like almost all my matches are against black. I basically have to win most of my matches before meathook massacre hits the field.


RONALDROGAN

Dude what. That card is insanely flexible.


forbin99

I love seeing a playable red hydra in standard. I haven't played a ton of magic, but I played a fair bit of arena for a year before stopping, and coming back now, again. The first time I ever played was revised and I was in 4th grade and rock hydra and wheel of fortune were my rares in my starter deck. I actually still have them! So I've always had an affinity for red. I didn't play that much anymore after that year until arena came out and I started out on a cavalcade of calamity deck. What fun! I got really into simic flash after that and made mythic, but counterspelling people isn't nearly as fun as just bashing someone in the face. I'm happy to be back and seeing my archetype thriving and seeing this particular card in the new set and in the meta


sobrique

Yeah, I'm really liking it. I remember discussions about how meathook was bad, because for any value of X, it was more expensive than the competition. (Stop laughing at the back - this was spoilers time, before 'everyone' had realised how busted it was) This is - sort of - the same. A 4/4 haster for 5 ain't no goldspan dragon. A 6/6 haster for 7 doesn't keep up with Inferno. But being able to choose? That's what makes it strong. It's a flying fireball, that you get to re-use (maybe. If they don't kill it. But either way it's probably soaking up some removal)


UncleGael

I didn’t say the card was bad? I just haven’t seen it in any of my matches so I was surprised.


RONALDROGAN

Ah fair enough. I haven't seen as much mono R as usual either (lots of mono B obviously) but as soon as I saw this hastey boi spoiled I knew it was going to be an all star in red aggro.


sobrique

You don't need many in a deck. I might go up in number, but I think 2 does well enough. Just about the time you've got flooded out a bit, and have a load of mana on a mostly stalled/empty board, it's an incredible top deck.


dragonsdemesne

Hmm... I've only even seen five of these played so far. All the black ones except Evolved Sleeper, and I've seen lots of Serra Paragon. edit whoops I've seen Shivan Devastator used as well, so six.


fractalspire

I've seen a fair bit of all of them. Phoenix Chick in mono red, Paragon in Orzhov/Mardu midrange, Squee in Rakdos/Jund mid, Leyline in 5-color domain and Esper Zur.


sobrique

Crokeyz has been going heavy on Jund which I think it's where the "other" cards are coming from.


patrickclegane

Mono Red is playing the two red cards. Leyline Binding is good in 5C Domain Decks


Discmaniac94

Something from black is getting banned 100%. I haven’t played against a none black deck all day.


Unhappy-Match1038

Kinda curious tbh why this is downvoted. Pls don’t downvote me I just wanna know.


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Van_der_Mark

Well, considering that MonoB variants and rakdos midrange (which is basically MonoB splashing fable and harvester) make up about 40% of the meta, it's not really a surprise.


rogomatic

>Mind you, the jump between 3rd (1 every 3 decks) and 4th (1 every 8 decks). Not even close. Percent games with at least 1 copy != percent decks.


Brief-One-2635

Squee stole my heart ❤️


forbin99

I honestly find squee to be just ok. I love the card just as a card though haha


Brief-One-2635

He’s great as a one or two-of in the Jund meta for bo3


forbin99

Fair point I've basically only been playing mono red aggro bo1. I just picked up magic again the beginning of this month after a like 2 year hiatus


sobrique

Just generally seems a good Liliana counter. 3 points of haste on 2 bodies can often kill it, and give you a token to sac for next time


DaintyParakeet

Squee surprises me only because I have not seen him yet myself


forbin99

I play 2x of him but he's honestly one of the weaker and less played cards in my deck


donieduave

I don't know if I should say this, but as someone who's been playing mostly mono-black in standard with DMU now out, 2 copies of \[\[Duress\]\] have been mostly a great game changer for me. It makes a huge difference in those mirror matches.


MTGCardFetcher

[Duress](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/c/0/c0a72721-2a4a-4d48-a7b0-2370b90b8619.jpg?1634349768) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Duress) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/mid/98/duress?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/c0a72721-2a4a-4d48-a7b0-2370b90b8619?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


azetsu

Interesting. Can you do the same for Explorer?


ckrono

When I started arena red was exiting a period of being the best, then war of the spark happened and green became the best color, then white starting with zendikar (not sure), now is black and in the future will probably be red again. It's a cycle


ohbigginzz

Shocked pikachu face


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-Storm_

Cut down doesn't effect power. It cares about *combined* power and toughness


hog-of-cheese

Why squee? He doesn't seem very good


LoudTool

He's good against Liliana which is everywhere right now.


LoudTool

Honestly I am kind of surprised Evolved Sleeper is still that high. Its just not a good Standard card other than giving black a creature they don't care about sacrificing to Liliana in the mirror. Concealed Curtains would be so much better in that slot.


[deleted]

Forgot Invoke Despair


HeirOfLight

That famous DMU card, Invoke Despair.


Potential-Resource64

Poster may have thought this was referring to the format "DMU Standard" rather than "DMU cards in standard." My head initially went there, too.


ShueiHS

Top 10 in usage. Far from being the 10 best cards of the set.


Sushiki

But that's not "best" it's "most popular" Black and red are more fun to play that white, green or blue this block change my mind.


Lycang6KRLH0

Green got tear asunder giving me happiness exiling a dude on curve. Naice