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The Top 50 Best Cards You Should Craft for Explorer

Looking to break into Explorer, but don't know what cards you'll need? Well DoggertQBones can help you out! Find out the top 50 cards you should consider crafting so you can make a successful foray into Magic's newest competitive format!

Hello everyone! With Standard almost at it’s big rotation, a lot of players have been playing or gained a large interest in Explorer. With 20 new Explorer Anthology 1 cards being added on July 28, 2022, I certainly can’t blame them! Explorer is an extremely fun eternal format that has a lot of powerful strategies in it.

However, it can still obviously be a little tough on the wildcards considering there are so many good decks out there! If you knew the very best cards of the format and the ones that were most likely to see play, it could save you a substantial amount of time and wildcards! As a general rule of thumb, if you are looking to play Explorer, purchasing the new Anthology bundle will be the most economical option rather than crafting them using Wildcards. With that, here’s a list by color of the top 50 cards in Explorer you should consider crafting, but before we jump right in, let’s talk lands.

When Do I Craft Lands?

Realistically speaking, a good mana base is the life blood of many of these decks. It’s a tough decision knowing when to craft lands as they technically are never mandatory for any deck, but they will make the deck substantially more consistent. However, lands are also the easiest cards to move from deck to deck as, if the lands are good and you’re playing that color(s), you’re likely to use them. I would recommend crafting them rather highly as they are so transmissible, but again, it isn’t mandatory.

Another thing to note is that all lands are not created equal, certain lands see substantially more play than others. I’ll rank those lands here, but a very important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need a playset of these lands necessarily to have the amount you need. For example, while many decks play the Kamigawa channel lands, you generally only need one copy and you’ll never need more than two. While they are powerful, you don’t need that many which is a great deal! So here’s how I would rank the lands.

You’ll likely notice that this list is split up. The first 7 lands, while still ranked, I would say are all great land cycles are you will commonly see in Explorer decks. The next 4 are significantly less common as well as weaker than the previous 7. However, before crafting any land, make sure you know what strategy you’re working towards as you don’t want to craft unnecessary or too many lands. Now that we finished the lands, we can get to the top 50 cards in Explorer!








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Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on
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