Here are the best Magic: The Gathering cards being played at Mythic Championship V

The Standard meta is all about ramp and zombies.

Seb McKinnon artwork on MTG card Growth Spiral
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The Standard meta is taking shape after the release of Throne of Eldraine (ELD), and several cards are among the favorites at Mythic Championship V. 

A majority of the archetypes being played at Mythic Championship V are in the colors of Blue and Green, with White creeping its way in via one of the best performing planeswalkers in Standard. With Simic and Bant (Blue, Green, White) being the top two archetypes in the meta, players are choosing only the best to include in their Mythic Championship V decks. 

Once Upon a Time

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Able to fetch lands or creatures, Once Upon a Time is a must-have card in any archetype with Green in it. The ELD Instant has been called the best in the set. And with 169 copies at MCV, Once Upon a Time lives up to its reputation as the most-played card in Standard at the moment. 

Hydroid Krasis

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Due to a large number of Simic and Bant decks, Hydroid Krasis is a card everyone wants to play. While not a card players will utilize in the early stages of a match, it provides stability in the late game through evasion, cantrip, and lifegain. With 156 copies being played at MCV, expect to see Hydroid Krasis take to the air a lot. 

Growth Spiral

The Standard meta is taking shape following rotation and the release of the Throne of Eldraine (ELD) set with several cards being a favorite at Mythic Championship V.   A majority of the archetypes being played at Mythic Championship V are in the colors of Blue and Green, with White creeping its way in via one of the best performing planeswalkers in Standard. With Simic and Bant (Blue, Green, White) being the top two archetypes in the meta, players are choosing only the best to include in their Mythic Championship V decks.   Once Upon a Time  Able to fetch lands or creatures, Once Upon a Time is a must have card in any archetype with Green in it. The ELD Instant has been called the best in the set. And with 169 copies at MCV, Once Upon a Time lives up to its reputation as the most-played card in Standard at the moment.   Hydroid Krasis  Due to the large number of Simic and Bant decks, Hydroid Krasis is a card everyone wants to play. While not a card players will utilize in the early stages of a match, it provides stability in the late game through evasion, cantrip, and lifegain. With 156 copies being played at MCV, expect to see Hydroid Krasis take to the air a lot.   Growth Spiral  Growth Spiral has been one of the most played cards in Standard since its release. Providing card draw while also opening up the opportunity to drop an additional land is a must have in a Simic deck when attempting to drop Nissa early or Oko on turn three.   Likewise with Bant, in that an additional land gets a player closer to amassing zombies or casting Golos to search for Field of the Dead. There are 138 copies of Growth Spiral being played and if Once Upon a Time didn’t exist, it would likely be the most-played card in Standard.   Fabled Passage  Bant Golos decks love Fabled Passage because it triggers Field of the Dead twice in one turn. As a land it comes onto the battlefield (creating zombies) and then is sacrificed by the player to search their library for another basic land (triggering more zombies). It also works well in other archetypes too, providing a needed land to cast a non-dominant color spell within the deck.   With 128 copies being played at MCV, Fabled Passage is a card every Magic player should have at least two copies of.   Veil of Summer  Primarily a sideboard card, Veil of Summer provides a player hexproof from Blue and Black spells. In a best-of-three tournament match, having protection from Black removal and Blue counters is a huge benefit. With a 120 copies being played, Veil of Summer protects cards from being turned into elks by Oko while also preventing counter spells to drop a necessary finisher into the battlefield.   Field of the Dead  With 116 copies being played at MCV, Field of the Dead might set a Magic record for being the most-played non-basic land in a major tournament. A majority of the meta revolves around the zombie creating engine and is listed as the number one card that might be banned following the tournament.
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Growth Spiral has been one of the most played cards in Standard since its release. Providing card draw while also opening up the opportunity to drop an additional land is a must-have in a Simic deck when attempting to drop Nissa early or Oko on turn three. 

Also, an additional land gets a player closer to amassing zombies or casting Golos to search for Field of the Dead. There are 138 copies of Growth Spiral being played and if Once Upon a Time didn’t exist, it would likely be the most-played card in Standard. 

Fabled Passage

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Bant Golos decks love Fabled Passage because it triggers Field of the Dead twice in one turn. As a land, it comes onto the battlefield (creating zombies) and then is sacrificed by the player to search their library for another basic land (triggering more zombies). It also works well in other archetypes too, providing a needed land to cast a non-dominant color spell within the deck. 

With 128 copies being played at MCV, Fabled Passage is a card every Magic player should have at least two copies of. 

Veil of Summer

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Primarily a sideboard card, Veil of Summer provides a player hexproof from Blue and Black spells. In a best-of-three tournament match, having protection from Black removal and Blue counters is a huge benefit. With 120 copies being played, Veil of Summer protects cards from being turned into elks by Oko while also preventing counterspells to drop a necessary finisher into the battlefield. 

Field of the Dead

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With 116 copies being played at MCV, Field of the Dead might set a Magic record for being the most-played non-basic land in a major tournament. A majority of the meta revolves around the zombie creating engine and is listed as the top card that might be banned after the tournament.

Until then, however, expect to see Field of the Dead in a majority of the matches being played at Mythic Championship V.