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Ding Dong! Alrund’s Epiphany Is (Not) Dead

Brad Nelson is telling you right now: Alrund’s Epiphany is far from dead in Innistrad: Crimson Vow Standard. He surveys the metagame and offers his latest Izzet Epiphany list.

Alrund’s Epiphany, illustrated by Kieran Yanner

Here we are, Week 2 of Innistrad: Crimson Vow Standard. I guess technically Innistrad: Crimson Vow technically isn't even released yet physically, but in the digital space we've already learned so much about what the set can offer the format. Now I don't want to call it too early, but my initial opinion is that Magic's newest set hasn't changed all that much. Pessimistic, yet realistic, I'd say. Today I'm going to go over my findings, what baskets I suggest you put your eggs into, and dismantle some opinions I've been seeing in social posts and articles. 

Let's kick things off with the one that's been boiling my blood for the past 48 hours. 

Hullbreaker Horror Is Not Replacing Alrund’s Epiphany

I repeat, Hullbreaker Horror is not replacing Alrund's Epiphany in Standard. I don't even know how this narrative started. Like, why do people think this is going to happen? Who knows, maybe it's just people within my echo chamber playing off each other. Maybe it's because I made a tongue-in-cheek response to one of Cedric's Tweets. Regardless, for those of you who are also affected by the same noise, I'm here to tell you how patently wrong it is. Hullbreaker Horror is good, probably even great, but it's not ending Alrund's Epiphany's life. 

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