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New Standard Decks With Old Cards!


Hello everyone. Now that the prerelease for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan has taken place, many people are starting to build new decks containing these cards. However, for the first week or two after a new set releases, you might not have all of the cards you need to build the deck you want to play. If that pertains to you, you'll be happy to know that I'm providing you with a few more new decks built from older cards that you can use while you acquire the cards you need. Just because these decks don't contain any new cards doesn't mean they are bad or unfun. Let's get started.

Temur Infinite Silly Goose Combo

We'll get things started by taking a look at a deck that can go infinite. Let's check it out.

The Goose Mother
You'll want to begin setting things up by getting Sleep-Cursed Faerie into your graveyard. That's so you can use the activated ability of Sleep-Cursed Faerie that allows it to be untapped by all of your other creatures that have a +1/+1 counter on them while Agatha's Soul Cauldron is on the battlefield. Agatha's Soul Cauldron also allows you to spend any mana to activate abilities of creatures you control, plus it has an activated ability itself that can be used to put a +1/+1 counter on a creature you control. You'll then want to have a copy of Kami of Whispered Hopes on the battlefield. This will not only increase the number of +1/+1 counters your creatures will receive, but it also has an activated ability that allows you to produce mana of any one color equal to the power of Kami of Whispered Hopes. This provides you with an infinite source of mana.

In order to utilize that mana, you'll want to have The Goose Mother in play. You can make this Bird Hydra as large as you want, if you cast it after your infinite mana engine is up and running. You'll also have access to a large amount of life thanks to the Food tokens The Goose Mother creates. With a copy of Bitter Reunion in play, you can give The Goose Mother haste, allowing you to attack the turn it enters the battlefield, surprising your opponent for the win.

Jeskai Icy Forge

Next, I have a deck for you that focuses on tapping down its opponent's creatures. Let's take a look at the deck.

Hylda of the Icy Crown
Hylda of the Icy Crown allows you to pay one mana when you tap an untapped creature your opponent controls to do a variety of cool things. You can create a 4/4 Elemental creature token. You can put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Finally, you can scry 2 and then draw a card. All of these options are very different, but they all allow you to gain an advantage over your opponent.

There are numerous ways in this deck to allow you to tap your opponent's creatures. You can remove an oil counter from Tamiyo's Immobilizer to tap an artifact or creature. You can use Succumb to the Cold to tap up to two of your opponent's creatures, giving them a stun counter in the process. There's also the +1 loyalty ability of Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset, which allows you to tap permanents your opponent controls and untap permanents you control, plus gains you two points of life.

Bant Control

The final deck I have for you this week is a control deck, which happens to be one of the best decks to use against their control decks. Let's take a look.

Tamiyo, Compleated Sage
Three Blind Mice

Even though this is a control deck, there are a lot of various ways to win the game. Since this deck is Bant in color, it utilizes the combo of Tamiyo, Compleated Sage and Three Blind Mice as a means of flooding the battlefield with Mouse creature tokens. Another way is with Wrenn and Realmbreaker. While this planeswalking duo is on the battlefield, you can turn a land into a creature by activating the +1 loyalty ability of Wrenn and Realmbreaker. You also have The Wandering Emperor, who can create 2/2 Samurai creature tokens with vigilance.

The Eternal Wanderer can also create 2/2 Samurai creature tokens, but these will have double strike. This deck also includes three copies of Horned Loch-Whale, which provides you with a massive attacker. Finally, there's even a pair of Restless Vinestalk which you can activate each turn to become a 5/5 creature. All of these creatures become even better when there is a copy of Virtue of Loyalty on the battlefield, pumping up their stats and enabling you to win more quickly.

Wrapping Up

Now that we've reached the end of the WOE Standard period, I think it's safe to say that Wilds of Eldraine provided us with a ton of decks that were fun to play, yet could still win matches. Hopefully we'll find The Lost Caverns of Ixalan to be similar.

What do you think of these decks? Feel free to share this article with your friends anywhere on social media. And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in Standard. I'll see you then!

- Mike Likes

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