Core Set 2020 Standard Decks Day 2 – Spirits, Scapeshift, Flash and Hydras

Golos, Tireless Golem (M20) Art by Joseph Meehan
Golos, Tireless Golem (M20) Art by Joseph Meehan

People are tinkering even more decks for for Core Set 2020 (M20) Standard. Today we put the spotlight on Spirits, Scapeshift Combo with Field of the Dead, Flash, and Hydras!


If you missed yesterday’s edition, click here for Core Set 2020 Decks from Day 1!

Players are refining their decks for the new Core Set 2020 Standard format (especially with Elementals) – let’s explore some deck archetypes that we may be facing on the ladder today.

Scapeshift + Field of the Dead Combo

There’s a new combo in Standard that is relatively easy to assemble – that involve Scapeshift and Field of the Dead:

If multiple lands enter the battlefield simultaneously, possibly including Field of the Dead itself, all of those lands are counted. For example, if you sacrifice eight lands while resolving Scapeshift and search your library for five different basic land cards, two Field of the Dead cards, and one other land card with a different name, you’ll create 16 Zombie tokens.

Core Set 2020 Release Notes

Here’s another decklist from @yoman5 based on the Gates synergy, which he is having success with.

4 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim (M20) 226
2 Archway Angel (RNA) 3
4 Growth Spiral (RNA) 178
4 Gates Ablaze (RNA) 102
3 Guild Summit (GRN) 41
3 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
4 Circuitous Route (GRN) 125
4 Scapeshift (M19) 201
4 Chandra, Awakened Inferno (M20) 127
2 Azorius Guildgate (RNA) 243
1 Boros Guildgate (GRN) 244
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
2 Field of the Dead (M20) 247
4 Gruul Guildgate (RNA) 249
1 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
2 Izzet Guildgate (GRN) 251
4 Plaza of Harmony (RNA) 254
1 Rakdos Guildgate (RNA) 255
1 Selesnya Guildgate (GRN) 256
4 Simic Guildgate (RNA) 257
1 Steam Vents (GRN) 257
1 Stomping Ground (RNA) 259

3 Negate (RIX) 44
2 Cavalier of Thorns (M20) 167
2 Cerulean Drake (M20) 53
1 Archway Angel (RNA) 3
2 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
1 Shivan Fire (DAR) 142
2 Deafening Clarion (GRN) 165
2 Fry (M20) 140

Here’s another variant that only runs 2 colors from @SeanSchwager. Cavalier of Flame can give all your Zombie tokens haste!

4 Arboreal Grazer (WAR) 149
4 Merfolk Branchwalker (XLN) 197
3 Wildgrowth Walker (XLN) 216
4 Jadelight Ranger (RIX) 136
3 Nissa's Triumph (WAR) 170
4 Wayward Swordtooth (RIX) 150
3 Circuitous Route (GRN) 125
4 Scapeshift (M19) 201
3 Cavalier of Flame (M20) 125
1 Chandra, Awakened Inferno (M20) 127
2 Gruul Guildgate (RNA) 249
3 Stomping Ground (RNA) 259
3 Rootbound Crag (XLN) 256
2 Rugged Highlands (M20) 250
3 Mountain (XLN) 273
8 Forest (XLN) 277
2 Timber Gorge (DAR) 279
1 Arch of Orazca (RIX) 185
3 Field of the Dead (M20) 247

They all look super fun to play and we cannot wait to check them out on the ladder.

Spirits and Flyers

Did you know that we now also have a critical mass of Spirits in Standard? @OndrejStrasky played this version in his stream:

4 Siren Stormtamer (XLN) 79
4 Spectral Sailor (M20) 76
4 Departed Deckhand (M19) 49
4 Remorseful Cleric (M19) 33
4 Supreme Phantom (M19) 76
4 Empyrean Eagle (M20) 208
3 Hanged Executioner (M20) 22
2 Dive Down (XLN) 53
2 Spell Pierce (XLN) 81
2 Icon of Ancestry (M20) 229
2 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
3 Unsummon (M20) 78
3 Unclaimed Territory (XLN) 258
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
4 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255
7 Island (XLN) 265
4 Plains (XLN) 261

This is another fun variant played by @HueyJensen – going with the Flying creatures theme featuring Sephara, Sky’s Blade. The goal is to bring her out early and seal the deal.

4 Siren Stormtamer (XLN) 79
4 Spectral Sailor (M20) 76
4 Healer's Hawk (GRN) 14
4 Faerie Miscreant (M20) 58
1 Rally of Wings (WAR) 27
4 Favorable Winds (XLN) 56
4 Hanged Executioner (M20) 22
2 Empyrean Eagle (M20) 208
1 Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer (M20) 68
2 Dovin, Grand Arbiter (RNA) 167
4 Depose // Deploy (RNA) 225
4 Sephara, Sky's Blade (M20) 36
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
4 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255
8 Island (XLN) 265
6 Plains (XLN) 261

Flash Arkbow

Jeff Hoogland has a brew for us, featuring the new Nightpack Ambusher. There were a few cool decks built around Vivien’s Arkbow last Standard season – who doesn’t like surprising their opponents with creatures at the end of their turn?

4 Arboreal Grazer (WAR) 149
2 Blossoming Sands (M20) 243
2 Cavalier of Dawn (M20) 10
8 Forest (XLN) 276
4 Jadelight Ranger (RIX) 136
4 Llanowar Elves (DAR) 168
4 Nightpack Ambusher (M20) 185
6 Plains (XLN) 260
4 Sunpetal Grove (XLN) 257
4 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
4 Thorn Lieutenant (M19) 203
4 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves (WAR) 224
2 Trostani Discordant (GRN) 208
4 Vivien's Arkbow (WAR) 181
4 Vivien, Champion of the Wilds (WAR) 180

3 Baffling End (RIX) 1
1 Cavalier of Dawn (M20) 10
3 Devout Decree (M20) 13
1 Grafdigger's Cage (M20) 227
3 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148
1 Trostani Discordant (GRN) 208
3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198

Hydras

We’re not getting sick of the Green decks yet! Here’s another tribal theme that @LiquidSjow used to climb the ladder from Diamond to Mythic rank today. Voracious Hydra provides lots of power and flexibility with the ramp provided by Nissa, Who Shakes the World.

4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
9 Forest (XLN) 276
2 Gargos, Vicious Watcher (M20) 172
3 Growth Spiral (RNA) 178
4 Hinterland Harbor (DAR) 240
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
4 Incubation Druid (RNA) 131
6 Island (XLN) 264
4 Jadelight Ranger (RIX) 136
4 Llanowar Elves (DAR) 168
2 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
2 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
4 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200

2 Aether Gust (M20) 42
4 Entrancing Melody (XLN) 55
1 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42
4 Negate (RIX) 44
2 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148
2 Vivien Reid (M19) 208

Wrapping Up

We hope you enjoyed today’s edition as well! We plan to continue this column at least until the end of the week. If you have any other decks you want to share or showcase with us, leave a comment below or on our Discord channel and we will feature it in tomorrow’s edition.

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