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With the release of the latest Magic: the Gathering set Ravnica Allegiance just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look back at the cards that defined the Standard format of Guilds of Ravnica.
Guilds of Ravnica came out after the home run of power and flavor that was Dominaria, with core sets making a return with M19 in between. Its introduction to Standard also coincided with the rotation of the Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks. Top decks like Black/Red Aggro headlined by Goblin Chainwhirler, Heart of Kiran, and Hazoret the Fervent ceased to exist. Control players lost much of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria’s supporting cast, including Glimmer of Genius and Torrential Gearhulk.
Fortunately, Guilds of Ravnica managed to bring a ton of powerful bombs, removal spells, and deck enablers to the Standard party. Several of the cards on this list birthed fun and competitive archetypes and strategies, while others were already staples that continued to see heavy play in the new Standard.