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Arena Explorer (BO1) Metagame Tier List and Rankings: Week of May 26, 2022

Our latest update to the Arena Explorer (BO1) metagame tier list in MTG Arena.

Introduction

Explorer is a brand new constructed non-rotating format for Magic: The Gathering Arena to be introduced on April 28, 2022 with the release of Streets of New Capenna. It is a “true-to-tabletop” format using all the Pioneer-legal cards (Standard sets from Return to Ravnica onwards, initially using the same banlist) available on MTG Arena. Learn more about the format in our beginner’s guide!

Discover the best Magic: The Gathering Arena Explorer decks and archetypes that the players are using to win tournaments. View and explore our Arena Explorer (best-of-one, BO1) metagame tier list as we rank the top decks, as well as our comprehensive analysis and review. Updated for Streets of New Capenna (SNC).

  • Click here to view the separate analysis and tier list for Traditional Explorer (BO3).
  • On the tier list table, click on the deck archetype name to find the latest decklists representing it from Mythic ladder, events, and tournaments. Each deck will be ranked in numerical order as well as tier order. The higher something is within the tier, the better it is than other decks.
  • The tier list is updated weekly along with a metagame snapshot article.
  • You will also find the latest decklist in rank order, along with a brief description.

Metagame Snapshot

Our weekly metagame snapshot provide analysis on the standout decks, whether they stand out for their strength, weaknesses, or they have a large change in positioning.


Explorer Tier List and Rankings

  • Tier 1: The best of the best. The most consistent decks that sport the highest win rates and generally, the highest play rates.
  • Tier 2: Very solid decks that are slightly lacking in some capacity, whether it’s consistency or power compared to the Tier One archetypes. These can still be strong choices for ladder or for tournaments if you are highly skilled with the archetype or play them during the right metas.
  • Tier 3: Either these decks are poorly positioned or have a lot of power/consistency issues. These are decks that see play, but are generally worse choices than your other options.
  • Tier 4: Off-meta or decks that are not in the rankings, but we have coverage on.

Tier 1 Decks

Mardu Greasefang

(E) Bo1 Mardu Greasefang
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 3
1 mythic
41 rare
10 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
1
Lightning Axe
$0.25
3
Deadly Dispute
$14.97
Sorceries (2)
Artifacts (5)
4
Parhelion II
$5.96
Enchantments (4)
60 Cards
$387.76

Abusing the power of Greasefang, Okiba Boss, this deck looks to turbo out wins by getting a huge, hasty vehicle on board as early as turn 3.

Mono Red Aggro

(E) Bo1 Mono Red Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
7 mythic
17 rare
16 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Artifacts (3)
3
Embercleave
$29.97
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
14
Mountain
$3.50
2
Castle Embereth
$0.70
4
Ramunap Ruins
$2.36
60 Cards
$106.5

With blistering speed and extremely efficient threats, Mono Red looks to close out the game before the opponent can enact their game plan.

Mono Blue Spirits

(E) Bo1 Mono Blue Spirits
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
6 mythic
22 rare
12 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (26)
4
Spectral Sailor
$1.40
4
Rattlechains
$1.40
4
Supreme Phantom
$3.16
4
Shacklegeist
$1.40
4
Brazen Borrower
$63.96
Instants (7)
2
Spell Pierce
$0.50
1
Dive Down
$0.29
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
3
Faceless Haven
$2.37
60 Cards
$139.38

Combining the synergy of the Spirit cards and the cheap interaction of going just blue, Mono Blue Spirits applies pressure quickly and can interact enough to constantly keep the opponent off balance.

Gruul Aggro

(E) Gruul Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
5 mythic
32 rare
12 uncommon
11 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (32)
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.00
4
Pelt Collector
$3.96
4
Voltaic Brawler
$1.00
2
Scavenging Ooze
$0.70
2
Questing Beast
$23.98
Instants (2)
Artifacts (3)
3
Embercleave
$29.97
Lands (23)
5
Forest
$1.25
2
Mountain
$0.50
2
Ramunap Ruins
$1.18
2
Hashep Oasis
$0.50
4
Stomping Ground
$63.96
60 Cards
$261.54

Looking to close out games as fast as possible, Gruul is just an amalgamation of the best threats in the colors that can get the opponent dead the fastest.


Tier 2 Decks

Selesnya Angels

(E) Bo1 Selesnya Angels
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
4 mythic
37 rare
4 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
60 Cards
$460.7

Powered by a lot of Flying and synergistic creatures, Angels is excellent against fair creature decks as it can easily outscale the opposition!

Boros Feather

(E) Bo1 Boros Feather
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
0 mythic
28 rare
19 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
4
Soul-Scar Mage
$11.16
Instants (17)
4
Gods Willing
$1.00
4
Defiant Strike
$1.00
4
Reckless Rage
$1.96
4
Play with Fire
$9.16
Sorceries (6)
4
Ancestral Anger
$1.00
60 Cards
$238.58

Utilizing the power of Feather, the Redeemed, this deck looks to get on the board quickly and kill the opponent out of nowhere!

Rakdos Midrange

(E) Rakdos Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
7 mythic
41 rare
9 uncommon
3 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
Instants (6)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
2
Power Word Kill
$0.50
Sorceries (7)
4
Thoughtseize
$79.96
Enchantments (4)
60 Cards
$511.42

A great blend of proactivity and interaction, Rakdos has the tools to beat any deck in the format with it’s efficient threats and varied ways to attack the opponent.

Esper Greasefang

Esper Greasefang
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
0 mythic
41 rare
14 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (10)
2
Undead Butler
$0.50
Instants (16)
3
Fatal Push
$7.47
2
Deadly Dispute
$9.98
Sorceries (8)
4
Thoughtseize
$79.96
Artifacts (4)
4
Parhelion II
$5.96
60 Cards
$408.72

Using the many looting options Blue provides, Esper Greasefang is all in on cheating in a Parhelion II early in the game.

Jeskai Agent

(E) Bo1 Jeskai Agent
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
9 mythic
38 rare
0 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
Creatures (4)
Instants (4)
Sorceries (10)
4
Strangle
$1.00
Enchantments (12)
4
Shark Typhoon
$83.96
Lands (25)
1
Island
$0.25
2
Mountain
$0.50
2
Plains
$0.50
4
Fabled Passage
$25.96
4
Steam Vents
$91.96
4
Raugrin Triome
$79.96
4
Dwarven Mine
$1.00
4
Sacred Foundry
$87.96
60 Cards
$701.58

A pile of interaction and a combo finish, Jeskai Yorion plays a mostly fair game plan until it starts stealing all the opponent’s best permanents with Agent of Treachery.

Rakdos Anvil

Rakdos Anvil
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
3 mythic
22 rare
19 uncommon
16 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
Creatures (14)
4
Mayhem Devil
$19.96
Instants (8)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
4
Deadly Dispute
$19.96
Sorceries (2)
2
Thoughtseize
$39.98
Artifacts (11)
4
Witch’s Oven
$5.96
4
Oni-Cult Anvil
$1.00
60 Cards
$401.5

Using the power of Cat/Oven and Oni-Cult Anvil, Rakdos can be very interactive as it whittles away at the opponent’s life total.

Mono Black Aggro

(E) Bo1 Mono Black Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
6 mythic
36 rare
2 uncommon
16 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (6)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
2
Heartless Act
$0.70
Sorceries (4)
4
Thoughtseize
$79.96
Lands (24)
16
Swamp
$4.00
4
Castle Locthwain
$23.96
60 Cards
$204.12

Utilizing early pressure and interaction, Mono Black Aggro can keep the opponent off balance as it quickly kills them with efficient threats.


Tier 3 Decks

Izzet Phoenix

(E) Bo1 Izzet Phoenix
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
6 mythic
22 rare
13 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Ledger Shredder
$79.96
4
Crackling Drake
$1.00
4
Arclight Phoenix
$51.96
Instants (13)
4
Opt
$1.00
4
Lightning Axe
$1.00
4
Consider
$11.96
1
Kazuul’s Fury
$0.79
Sorceries (14)
4
Strangle
$1.00
4
Chart a Course
$2.36
Lands (21)
2
Island
$0.50
1
Mountain
$0.25
4
Spirebluff Canal
$91.96
4
Steam Vents
$91.96
60 Cards
$488.14

Looking to bring back as many Arclight Phoenix as they can, Phoenix is a powerful tempo deck that can easily accrue free threats and generate a lot of card advantage.

Azorius Control

(E) Bo1 Azorius Control
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
8 mythic
53 rare
11 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Planeswalkers (10)
Instants (19)
4
Fateful Absence
$7.96
4
Absorb
$9.96
4
Memory Deluge
$7.96
Sorceries (5)
2
Shatter the Sky
$0.70
3
Farewell
$20.97
Artifacts (4)
4
Portable Hole
$9.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Omen of the Sea
$1.00
4
Shark Typhoon
$83.96
80 Cards
$759.1
Sideboard
1 Cards
$3.99

Looking to stymie every relevant play the opponent could have, Azorius is a great counter to the proactive decks of the meta.

Jund Citadel

(E) Jund Citadel
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
0 mythic
45 rare
8 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (30)
4
Gilded Goose
$15.96
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.00
2
Shambling Ghast
$1.18
4
Mayhem Devil
$19.96
4
Woe Strider
$1.40
Instants (4)
Artifacts (4)
Lands (22)
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Darkbore Pathway
$35.96
3
Deathcap Glade
$32.97
2
Stomping Ground
$31.98
4
Overgrown Tomb
$71.96
2
Blood Crypt
$55.98
60 Cards
$433.38

With an unbeatable top end of Bolas's Citadel and a bunch of mana dorks to power it out, Jund Citadel is a great midrange deck that quickly transitions into a combo deck in the late game.

Jund Sacrifice

(E) Jund Sacrifice
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
6 mythic
32 rare
18 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (14)
4
Gilded Goose
$15.96
4
Mayhem Devil
$19.96
Instants (11)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
2
Power Word Kill
$0.50
4
Deadly Dispute
$19.96
Artifacts (4)
4
Witch’s Oven
$5.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Trail of Crumbs
$1.00
Lands (23)
4
Blooming Marsh
$35.96
4
Darkbore Pathway
$35.96
1
Stomping Ground
$15.99
4
Overgrown Tomb
$71.96
2
Blood Crypt
$55.98
60 Cards
$710.96

Jund Sacrifice is a pile of synergy with many interweaving combos predominately centered around Cauldron Familiar and Trail of Crumbs.

Mono Black Vampires

(E) Mono Black Vampires
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
4 mythic
31 rare
6 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (6)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
2
Heartless Act
$0.70
Sorceries (4)
4
Thoughtseize
$83.96
Lands (24)
15
Snow-Covered Swamp
$11.85
3
Castle Locthwain
$17.97
3
Faceless Haven
$2.97
60 Cards
$294.96

Utilizing the power of the insanely strong Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord, Vampires has great tribal synergies, excellent interaction, and powerful starts powered by a good curve or Sorin itself.

Dimir Rogues

(E) Dimir Rogues
by DoggertQBones
Explorer
best of 1
2 mythic
25 rare
26 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Ruin Crab
$3.96
Instants (14)
3
Heartless Act
$1.05
1
Eliminate
$0.25
4
Into the Story
$1.00
Sorceries (6)
4
Thoughtseize
$79.96
Lands (24)
5
Island
$1.25
2
Swamp
$0.50
4
Fabled Passage
$25.96
2
Shipwreck Marsh
$7.98
4
Watery Grave
$79.96
60 Cards
$317.12

Using the powerful Rogues in recent history with the mill payoffs from Throne of Eldraine, Dimir Rogues is a deck that’s equal parts aggressive and interactive.


Tier 4 Decks

Coming soon!

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