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Decathlon Event 8: Traditional Explorer Guide and Decklists

Decathlon Event 8 features Traditional Best of Three Explorer! Here we have best decks and the 7 win decks from the community in our guide.

The eighth Decathlon event is Traditional (Best of Three or Bo3) Explorer! Here’s everything you need to know about this event, rewards and sample decklists from the community that achieved the maximum 7 wins.


Event Details

  • Duration: January 10, 2023 @ 8:00 AM PST to January 13, 2023 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Explorer
  • Entry Fee: 2,000 Gold or 400 Gems
  • Ends After: 5 wins or 2 losses, whichever comes first
  • Match Structure: Best-of-three matches (BO3)

Rewards

WinsReward
5 wins4,000 Gold + Decathlon token
4 wins3 packs
2-3 wins2 packs
1 Win1 pack
0 winsNo rewards
Entry RewardBronze Sundering Titan Sleeve
Bronze [card name=
Arena Decathlete Sleeve

Pack Rewards

Packs awarded during Decathlon events can be from sets legal in Standard and Historic.

  • Standard main set: 40%
  • Non-Standard main set pack: 40%
  • Alchemy set – 10%
  • Mythic pack: 10%

You can enter the Decathlon events as many times as you want, but you can only get one decathlon token from each event. You also need to get three different tokens to be able to enter the finals so make plans to play other events if you want to get your hands on some of those sweet finals prizes.


Best Explorer Decks

The most obvious place to start for this event would be the meta tier list that was just updated! That should give you a good idea of what the best decks are, and generally speaking, those are the ones I would lean towards.

That being said, if you want some suggestions on what you may want to use and why, I’ll provide a few if you’re on the fence!

The Best Deck

Mono Blue Spirits
by MTG Arena Zone
Buy on TCGplayer $115.48
Explorer
best of 3
0 mythic
25 rare
15 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Spectral Sailor
$1.40
4
Rattlechains
$1.40
4
Supreme Phantom
$2.76
4
Shacklegeist
$1.40
Instants (9)
2
Lofty Denial
$0.50
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
4
Faceless Haven
$1.96
60 Cards
$112.94
Sideboard
1
Cerulean Drake
$0.35
1
Brazen Borrower
$11.99
1
Dive Down
$0.25
2
Unsubstantiate
$0.70
2
Aether Gust
$1.38
15 Cards
$70.69

If you just want the pure best deck, it has to be Mono Blue Spirits. The deck has everything you want between speed and interactivity, so it’s deservedly the best deck.

The Best Aggro Deck

Mono White Humans
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $227.22
Explorer
best of 3
0 mythic
32 rare
14 uncommon
14 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$192.64
Sideboard
1
Destroy Evil
$0.29
3
Lay Down Arms
$0.75
3
Portable Hole
$4.47
2
Rest in Peace
$15.98
15 Cards
$65.33

If you’re in the market for some quick games and not too many tough decisions, Mono White Humans is an excellent choice.

The Best Anti-Meta Deck

Selesnya Angels
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $574.15
Explorer
best of 3
5 mythic
43 rare
8 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Bishop of Wings
$21.96
4
Resplendent Angel
$171.96
Instants (4)
Sorceries (3)
Artifacts (4)
4
Portable Hole
$5.96
60 Cards
$598.14
15 Cards
$85.15

Explorer is extremely fair right now with most decks having a pretty big emphasis on creatures, two elements that Angels can take advantage of!

The Wildcard

4C Keruga Fires
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $585.27
Explorer
best of 3
10 mythic
44 rare
0 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Enchantments (16)
4
Leyline Binding
$47.96
Lands (28)
1
Forest
$0.25
1
Island
$0.25
1
Mountain
$0.25
2
Plains
$0.50
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Fabled Passage
$23.96
1
Ketria Triome
$17.99
1
Temple Garden
$14.99
1
Steam Vents
$21.99
3
Raugrin Triome
$38.97
2
Stomping Ground
$29.98
2
Sacred Foundry
$37.98
60 Cards
$548.44
15 Cards
$67.11

While I don’t believe this deck is Tier 1, it has been performing quite well as of late and may be better positioned than most give it credit for. If you’re looking for something different, this might be it!


7 Win Decklists

We will also be posting some original 7 Win decklists from the community as usual as the event progresses. You can share them via our Deck Builder or Twitter!

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