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Rogue Refiner

Rogue Refiner keeps the top slot to represent how good the energy package is. While this may not be the best card in the format, it represents a card that’s just good all of the time, no questions asked. While this is likely obvious at this point, there just isn’t much to say about the deck that hasn’t been said.
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Fatal Push

Sultai Energy went from week-1 wonder to nonexistent, making people wonder if the deck was ever good in the first place. Well, we’ve come full circle, and Sultai Energy winning Pro Tour Ixalan answers that question. Fatal Push offers a cheap answer to Longtusk Cub and red threats without being linked to your energy count at any given moment. Having this as removal is one of the primary reasons that using black as a primary color is even palatable.
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Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

This is the other reason Sultai is a realistic option. Glint-Sleeve offers a potent threat in the energy mirror and further backs your 1-for-1 cards like Fatal Push, Vraska’s Contempt, and Duress. You can justify a slightly slower game plan if you draw a few cards off of Siphoner and have other card advantage resources like The Scarab God and Hostage Taker. Said bluntly, Siphoner and Longtusk are a scarier tag team than Servant and Longtusk.
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God-Pharaoh's Gift

Speaking of decks that were largely written off after an impressive week 1—Pascal Maynard piloted U/W Gift to the Pro Tour Finals. Moving back toward Refurbish to power out an early Gift makes a lot of sense when Abrade is seeing less main-deck play in Temur Energy and graveyard hate is at an all-time low. It turns out that reanimating Champion of Wits and Angel of Invention as 4/4s is still enough to win most games of Magic.
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Hazoret the Fervent

Red had quite a bit more success at the Pro Tour compared to Worlds. Part of this could be linked to the more open metagame and larger range of players at the Pro Tour instead of a field of only 24 top players. Another reason could be simple variance—the deck doing badly at Worlds was an outlier. Whatever the reason, Ramunap Red is here to stay and shouldn’t be underestimated.
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Rampaging Ferocidon

Adding Ferocidon to the main deck of Red is looking more like a no-brainer as a way to punish Whirler Virtuoso and as hate against decks like U/W Gift, Approach, and Tokens. While it may not seem like much, often you can steal games by denying life gain for even a turn if that’s how they were going to swing the game back. Plus, as a 3/3 menace, it's a solid threat that can’t easily be blocked, Pushed, or Sprayed.
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Heart of Kiran

Mardu had a surprise finish in the Top 8 of the PT and reminded people that Heart of Kiran and Unlicensed Disintegration are still very good Magic cards. While the Heart of the Cards may have been with Samuel Ihlenfeldt, a word of warning: This deck’s viability is based around how long Abrade's stock remains low. If people go back to running the playset main deck in Temur and Ramunap Red, you lose a lot of free wins.
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Vraska, Relic Seeker

While Vraska is far from the most powerful planeswalker in Standard, she provides a catch-all ability almost no other card does. Being able to take down artifacts or enchantments is a huge boon since otherwise you often need a dedicated card to do so in the Sultai colors. She’s solid utility, which is something a lot of decks lack for game 1. Even in Temur Energy, it backs up the low Abrade count against decks like Gift while providing a card that can be a threat later in the game.
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Rankings Updated:  November 9, 2017
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Rankings Updated:  November 15, 2016
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Rankings Updated:  11/12/2015

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