Strixhaven is officially out on Friday, so it’s time to note the best of the best so you know what to look for while you’re cracking packs! While these cards might not be the rarest of the rare, these will all absolutely help you build your next favourite deck.

Enough with the introduction – let’s get to the good stuff.

Daemogoth Titan

I am shocked this card is not getting more heat. Daemogoth Titan may have the highest potential to destroy the Standard meta-game in my opinion.

First, the mana cost. Four of green or black will help make sure you never get mana blocked again. Second, this is a non-legendary creature, so you can pack your deck with four of these bad boys.

Most people may find this card useless because of the sacrificial aspect of this card. However, Witherbloom’s whole base mechanic is sacrificing Pest cards. If you are packing a Beledros Witherbloom, Valentin, Dean of the Vein, or any Pest generating card (which there are plenty), you will have plenty to sacrifice, letting you boost your health along the way. As long as you set up your deck with plenty of Pest building, you are going to be doing fine by this guy.

Also, with a 11/10 creature, you aren’t going to need to play the long game. If you are able to get some spot removal, such as Heartless Act or Murder, you will be able to clean your opponent’s board, and swing with the heavy hitter.


Vanishing Verse & Rip Apart

I put Vanishing Verse and Rip Apart together because they are very good for similar reasons. Vanishing Verse and Rip Apart both have a two mana cost that have great removal possibilities. These puppies will become household names for W/B and R/W decks accordingly, I am sure of it.

Don’t hesitate to pick these two up if you like Orzhov or Boros. You will not be disappointed.


Test of Talents

Ah, a return to the days of annoying blue decks. Test of Talents at the right time could absolutely destroy your opponents hand. This is especially true if you see a key to an opponents combo chain about to be used. At a two mana cost, this card could destroy an opponent’s entire strategy, especially if they have no exile play capability.

Just make sure to hold onto this card until you really need it. You don’t want to use it too quickly and find out that their battle strategy was actually something else all along.


Silverquill Silencer

Silverquill Silencer is absolutely bananas. For a two mana cost, having a 3/2 that is able to drain your opponent’s health is unheard of. Not only that, but it is a great meta killer. With it’s name drain ability, any other Strixhaven decks are useless since most cards have the name Prismari, Witherbloom, Silverquill, Lorehold, and Quandrix.

As long as you are familiar with the meta, you can pull this kind of shenanigan with any deck. All you need to know are what cards in the deck are likely to have four copies, and are pivotal to the deck’s combo set up, and wait. Your opponent will either need to rethink their entire strategy, or be willing to sacrifice life to get it jump started. Either way, it is going to be a quick trip to the end game, especially if you have four of these in your deck.


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