Top 10 Magic: the Gathering Cards That Defined Guilds of Ravnica Standard
From the moment Guilds of Ravnica hit Standard, Deafening Clarion has been a default inclusion in the various builds of Jeskai Control that share the top tier of Standard with Golgari Midrange, Blue/Red Drakes, and white aggressive strategies like Red/White Aggro.
This cheap sweeper is simply the most efficient answer available to the creature decks of the format. At only 3 mana, Clarion affects how midrange and aggro players build their decks. Weenie decks try to get around the sweeper with resilient threats like Adanto Vanguard, Dauntless Bodyguard, and even Hunted Witness. Golgari Midrange pilots, meanwhile, have made Midnight Reaper an important part of their grindy gameplan.
One of the best things about playing Deafening Clarion in Jeskai is that it can deliver a knockout one-two punch alongside Crackling Drake by sweeping the board and letting the Drake get in for a big chunk of life-linking damage. The combo is so backbreaking that some Izzet Drakes decks splash white just for the sorcery. It’s also not hard to imagine how devastating it can be when paired with a certain Dracogenius.