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Crokeyz Shares the Four Strongest Decks in the Current Standard Metagame


Crokeyz is one of our favorite MTG Arena streamers to follow especially when it comes to competitive Standard play. He has been responsible for popularizing and setting the trend, most recently with his version of Bant Adventures and Sultai Food.

Today, he shared his takes on what he thinks are the four strongest deck archetypes in Standard at the moment. In this article, we will showcase the decklists, and as a deck building exercise find out what modifications he made to the more “typical” decks in their archetype.

Mono Red Aggro by crokeyz – February 2020 Season


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This version is more similar to the low to the ground version by SandydogMTG (one of the most popular builds at the moment). Tibalt, Rakish Instigator is the inclusion that stands out here, to avoid the the incidental lifegain from The Birth of Meletis, Absorb, Dream Trawler, Oath of Kaya, Hydroid Krasis, Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath and Mono White Devotion.

Simic Ramp by crokeyz – February 2020 Season

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This is a relatively stock Simic Ramp list, with full four copies of Arboreal Grazer and Wolfwillow Haven, and no Risen Reef Elemental package. There is a copy of Agent of Treachery in here, but no Thassa, Deep-Dwelling.

Esper Control by crokeyz – February 2020 Season

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Crokeyz prefers the Thought Erasure over counterspells like Absorb, and Oath of Kaya is especially good against the currently popular Mono Red Aggro. We are relying on the card drawing engine from the planeswalkers and Dream Trawler, forgoing cards like Omen of the Sea. Notable exclusion is Ashiok, Nightmare Muse as the stock for the card has died down since its release.

Temur Reclamation by crokeyz – February 2020 Season

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Crokeyz’s version of Temur Reclamation uses Hydroid Krasis here instead of something like Gadwick, the Wizened. Both has their strengths and weaknesses, so we couldn’t fault anyone for picking one over the other. He had Nissa, Who Shakes the World in there also at same point, but looks like it didn’t make the final cut. I’m also a big fan of the two copies of Niv-Mizzet, Parun here against Azorius Control as they won’t have too many answers to it after sideboarding.

For a more detailed discussion on the current Standard environment, be sure to check out the latest episode of our MTG Arena Standard Podcast and our current Standard Metagame Tier List!



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9 Responses

  1. Jason Fleurant says:

    everyone’s sleeping on jeskai fires

    • Michael Lay says:

      For real. I have been crushing with it. But I am running the super friends version

    • Steffen says:

      and Jund Sacrifice.
      It’s just so flexible, dealing with aggro and reclamation, but I also think it has a good match up against Azorius whenever you find a Trail of Crumbs. Ramp decks can be pinged to death if they take over.
      I’d love to see Kanister play a Theros-updated version this weekend.

  2. Alex Elliott-Funk says:

    no selesnya auras? that deck crushes.

  3. Alex Elliott-Funk says:

    I fear Selesnya auras as much as any of these.

  4. Shaquille Neal says:

    Whats the take on mono black devotion

    • Jacob A. Lyons says:

      I’d like to know too since I’m trying to decide on mono b devotion, dimir surveil, or dimir discard for fnm. They all sound fun to me so don’t tell me to pick the one that sounds fun lol

  5. Malvin Schnee says:

    Esper control with no ashiok? What’s the point?