Crafters Challenge All-Access Event Guide and Decklists: The Best Bo1 Decks in the Metagame

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Hello everyone! This weekend is the Crafter’s Challenge All-Access Event which gives you access to every card in Standard to duke it out with opponent’s on an even playing field. This is a cool event if you’re looking to finally try out that Tier 1 deck you didn’t have the wildcards for, or if you’re really confident, to even grind and earn a bunch of wildcards! Considering the entry cost to this event is steep, you definitely don’t want to be messing around if you choose to enter, so I’ll be providing the absolute best Bo1 lists to take down the competition.

Event Details

Confident you can do well with a deck, but you just don’t have the wildcards to craft what you’re missing? The Crafter’s Challenge is the event for you.

Crafter’s Challenge is All Access—you can play any legal Standard deck, regardless of whether you have the cards in your collection! It’s a perfect opportunity to try your dream deck builds before investing wildcards to craft what you’re missing.

Crafter’s Challenge is also the perfect event to earn those wildcards you need to craft cards. Perform well and earn wildcard rewards!

  • Duration: November 5, 2021 at 8:00 AM PT – November 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM PT
  • Format: Standard
  • Entry Fee: 2,000 Gems
  • Ends After: 7 wins or 3 losses (whichever comes first)
  • Match Structure: Single matches (BO1)

Event Rewards

  • 0 Wins: No rewards
  • 1 Win: No rewards
  • 2 Wins: No rewards
  • 3 Wins: 500 gems and 1 rare wildcard
  • 4 Wins: 1,000 gems and 2 rare wildcards
  • 5 Wins: 1,500 gems and 2 rare wildcards + 1 mythic rare wildcard
  • 6 Wins: 2,000 gems and 4 rare wildcards + 1 mythic rare wildcard
  • 7 Wins: 2,500 gems and 4 rare wildcards + 2 mythic rare wildcard

Crafter’s Challenge All-Access Decklists (November 2021)

Bo1 Monowhite Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
4 mythic
46 rare
10 uncommon
0 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Artifacts (2)
2
Portable Hole
$3.98
Lands (23)
4
Faceless Haven
$29.96
60 Cards
$209.54
Sideboard
3
Legion Angel
$2.37
3 Cards
$2.37

For my absolute best recommendation, look no further than Monowhite. It’s been at the top of the Tier list since the Standard 2022 queues and it’s not going anywhere soon. Between it’s explosiveness and the ability to interact with the opponent, you can’t do better than this in Bo1 queues. There are many different versions, but one teched for the creature mirror seems like the wisest choice for this event.

Bo1 Monogreen Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
4 mythic
46 rare
6 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Seven
$103.96
Creatures (18)
Instants (1)
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
$47.96
Lands (25)
2
Faceless Haven
$14.98
60 Cards
$277

Just getting eeked out by Monowhite, Monogreen is also an excellent choice if you’re looking to tackle the Bo1 queues. You won’t have the broken starts that Monowhite is capable of more often than not, but your card quality is higher so you can battle against attrition based decks on more even footing than Monowhite can. If you are more experienced in Monogreen than Monowhite, this should be your choice.

Bo1 Monoblack Control
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Control
best of 1
9 mythic
25 rare
16 uncommon
10 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (6)
2
Professor Onyx
$27.98
Creatures (12)
4
Eyetwitch
$1.00
4
Shambling Ghast
$3.16
Instants (8)
4
Deadly Dispute
$11.16
4
Infernal Grasp
$7.16
Sorceries (7)
Enchantments (3)
Lands (24)
16
Snow-Covered Swamp
$28.64
4
Field of Ruin
$1.00
4
Faceless Haven
$29.96
60 Cards
$398.9
7 Cards
$4.97

Although Monoblack Control is a great choice for the event, it’s definitely a bit riskier than the previous 2 options. You will definitely have an excellent matchup against the aggressive decks that you come across, but if you face something unexpected or a deck looking to go bigger than you, you can really struggle for your wins. If you believe you’re going to be facing 90% aggro, this is your best choice.

Bo1 Izzet Turns
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Control
best of 1
4 mythic
29 rare
19 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (25)
3
Fading Hope
$0.75
1
Dragon’s Fire
$0.25
1
Demon Bolt
$0.25
3
Divide by Zero
$0.75
2
Prismari Command
$27.98
Sorceries (10)
Enchantments (2)
Lands (23)
5
Island
$1.25
7
Mountain
$1.75
2
Field of Ruin
$0.50
3
Frostboil Snarl
$10.47
60 Cards
$166.1
7 Cards
$4.83

My final recommendation for this article is Izzet Turns, but this is my lowest recommendation of the four. I like Izzet Turns as it’s the biggest you can go in the format so no deck is going over you and it has a very reasonable matchup spread across the board. Although this version is stronger against creature decks than other versions, it’s still not necessarily favored in those matchups which makes playing this in a aggro dominated environment a bit risky. However, if you’re really confident with your play, this seems like a fine choice.

I wish I could provide more recommendations, but with how steep the entry fee is, you really need to be playing the absolute best lists you can get your hands on. Best of luck in the queues and I hope you take it down!


End Step

We’ll be adding more decks as more interesting ones come up! In the meantime, if you are after more decks, check out our best-of-one metagame tier list and our full database!

DoggertQBones

Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on Twitch and Discord.

6 Responses

  1. ratkorga says:

    What are your thoughts on the trend of Unnatural Growth over one of the copies of Wrenn in mono-green? I find it amazing in the aggro mirrors, though Wrenn is of course much stronger against decks with lots of removal (especially board clears). I’ve even been seeing decks that drop Wrenn altogether, though I don’t think I’d go that far. I’m also a big fan of Gnarled Professor in Bo1 mono-green decks, though that one is a bit awkward to fit at times.

    I’ve been waffling between Bant Party, Gruul/Temur Treasures and Sultai or Golgari midrange for this event, though there’s like a 40% chance I’ll just fall back on mono-green. I do really like how explosive Bant Party and Temur Treasures can be, though, and Treasures packs some decent interaction as well. Golgari snow midrange (or Sultai if I splash for a couple of maindeck Negates, just depends on how prevalent Turns is) always feels strong against the aggro decks without running into some of the pacing issues that I feel like I hit with mono-black though.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      Unnatural Growth is definitely a solid card, I just prefer W&7 since it’s good at every stage in the game where growth you need to be at parity or ahead. That said, it’s still great and a very reasonable replacement for Wrenn.

      I like both Bant Party and Gruul, but with an expensive buy in id caution against playing decks where the Mana may kill you every once in awhile.

  2. Thalassemia says:

    this is one of the worst payouts for events out there. it seems like you’re paying a premium for the fact that you can play with cards you don’t own. you have to get 5 wins for it to be profitable. yikes. i’ll be avoiding this event for sure.

  3. ratkorga says:

    Alright, took your advice and decided not to mess around with multicolored nonsense and just went with mono-green. Ended up 6-3, with two losses to mono-white aggro (both losses when I was on the draw) and one to mana screw. Here’s the deck I used:

    3x Wrenn and Seven

    4x Sculptor of Winter
    4x Werewolf Pack Leader
    4x Kazandu Mammoth
    4x Old Growth Troll
    2x Gnarled Professor
    1x Primal Adversary

    1x Inscription of Ruin
    4x Blizzard Brawl

    4x Ranger Class
    1x Unnatural Growth

    4x Esika’s Chariot

    18x Snow-Covered Forests
    4x Faceless Haven
    2x Lair of the Hydra

    SB:
    1x Mascot Exhibition
    2x Expanded Anatomy
    1x Environmental Sciences
    1x Pest Summoning
    1x Containment Breach
    1x Introduction to Annihilation

    I faced 3 mono-green mirrors (won all 3, with Unnatural Growth key in two of them), 3 mono-white aggro decks (won 1, lost 2), Azorius control (w), Gruul aggro (w) and a weird Izzet mill deck that used Bloodthirsty Adversary to recur Hideous Laughter a bunch of times (lost, mana screw and got milled to death before I found a land).

    Honestly if I were to do it again, given the amount of aggro I saw (7/9 games), I’d go with a 2/2 split on Wrenn vs Unnatural Growth. It completely carried me in multiple matchups, and even against the hard control I faced it still ended up being useful for turning my man-lands into serious threats. Gnarled Professor didn’t show up much but both times it did, I was glad to have it. Primal Adversary was decent both times I drew it even though I didn’t boost it either time; I wanted something that could help me recover quickly from board wipes but I didn’t draw it against the one control deck I faced. Still, I was never unhappy to draw a 4/3 trampler for 2G. If this was Bo3, I’d probably drop the Gnarled Professors and put in at least one more of these.

    Kind of annoying that going 6-3 only gets me my gems back + a few wildcards, but it was still fun.

  4. Dds87 says:

    It is a very risky event as you invest 2k gems and need 6 wins to get them back, was lucky enough to get to 7 wins with my mono green build dispite having a 3-2 record at some point.

    i believe 4 Wrenn and 7 are too much, i used 2 and 2 unnatural growth (this one even got me 1 win against mono black) as well as 2 Inscriptions and 2 Snasken veil and the 4 Scultors of winter