Strixhaven Preview Highlight: Tending the Pests in Standard

Strixhaven Preview Highlight: Tending the Pests in Standard


Tend the Pests


Tend the Pests is a card that could fit straight into some Standard Jund Sacrifice deck, featuring the usual cards like Claim the Firstborn, Woe Strider, The Akroan War and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King.


Claim the FirstbornThe Akroan WarKroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger


The most common use for Tend the Pests in Standard would be to steal your opponent’s creature with Claim or The Akroan War and then sacrifice for tokens. Another interesting use is playing Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger from your hand, letting your opponent discard and then still, with the sacrifice trigger on the stack, use Tend the Pests to create six 1/1 tokens. It’ll cost you two cards and four mana, but your opponent discarded a card, lost three life and you got six creatures in the process, which is a reasonable deal.

The mana in this deck might be a bit shaky, but we’ve learned time and time again that the sacrifice decks are not just a Historic thing – they’re playable in Standard as well.


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