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Gameplan

I would be lying if I said I wasn't going to force Lord Xander, the Collector in Standard. My love for him stems from Commander and now I want to see if we can steal some wins with it in a 60 card format. Of course, we're not fairly casting this card as it's way too expensive.

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We're looking to bring him back from the graveyard as I believe Grixis looks to have a ton of enablers for some kind of reanimator deck. 

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These three cards will allow us to fill our graveyard pretty quick while also being able to help us dig for our reanimation spell! Of course, Newsie and Charm are also great as they can help slow down aggression. Newsie can get lifelink with Manalirium and of course Charm can be burn or removal on top of a Forbidden Alchemy

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At the time of filming, I totally forgot that Graveyard Shift exists so you can cut Okiba Salvage and Junji, the Midnight Sky for Graveyard Shift. However, Return Upon the Tide having Foretell is big as it comes down on turn four and can be tucked away to avoid Elite Spellbinder or a Duress. Sadly, I dont think we have any better reanimation spells like an Invoke Justice in Grixis so we'll take what we can get. 

Conclusion

This is a week 0 list and will need to be heavily tuned but I think this is a fun starting point. With something like Reanimator, it works even better in best of one as our deck gets bodied by graveyard hate. If I were to build a sideboard for this deck, it would probably play more counter magic or discard for control and get fully ready to hate creatures with sweepers and etc. Funny enough, Ob Nixilis, the Adversary, can be used to our advantage to help us throw away clunky threats and turn on manalirium ( 5 different MV).

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