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Top 10 Standard Cards from Zendikar Rising


It's release week (at least, digitally) for Zendikar Rising, which means it's time to start talking about what the cards from Magic's newest set can do in various constructed formats. Over the next few days, Seth and Crim will count down their top 10 cards from Zendikar Rising for Historic, Pioneer, and Modern, but today is Standard day! What Zendikar Rising cards can make an impact in our fresh, post-rotation Standard format? Let's find out! After the video, make sure to let us know what Zendikar Rising cards you are most excited to play in Standard in the comments!

Three quick notes before we get to the video. First, the list in the video is a combination of Seth's and Crim's individual lists. You can find both of their personal lists below. Second, as usual, the dual-land cycle was excluded from the countdown. Every rare dual-land cycle sees play in Standard almost by default because mana fixing is important and there are only so many dual lands in the format at any given time, and the double-faced model lands are no exception. They would likely be near the top of the list if they were eligible. Finally, we decided to group the mythic double-faced modal cards together; otherwise, the lists would be dominated by this cycle. Anyway, without further ado, here are our top 10 Standard cards from Zendikar Rising!

Top 10 Standard Cards from Zendikar Rising

Combined Lists

Individual Lists
Ranking Seth Crim
10 Skyclave Apparition Crawling Barrens
9 Valakut Exploration Leyline Tyrant
8 Zagras, Thief of Heartbeats Zareth San, the Trickster
7 Hagra Mauling Zagras, Thief of Heartbeats
6 Phylath, World Sculptor Hagra Mauling
5 Lotus Cobra Sea Gate Stormcaller
4 Magmatic Channeler Skyclave Apparition
3 Nighthawk Scavenger Soul Shatter
2 Omnath, Locus of Creation Lotus Cobra
1 Mythic Modal Double-Faced Cards Mythic Model Double Faced Cards



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