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Bo3 Explorer Metagame Tier List and Rankings

Our latest update to the Traditional Explorer (Bo3) metagame tier list in MTG Arena.


Discover the best Magic: The Gathering Arena Explorer decks and archetypes that the players are using to climb the ranked ladder and win tournaments. Our MTG Arena Traditional Best of Three (Bo3) Explorer metagame regularly reviews and ranks the top decks in a tier list, as we also follow up with our comprehensive analysis and review from data available. Updated for Dominaria United.

Explorer Snapshot: September 14, 2022

Coming up to the third week of Dominaria United being out, Explorer has been as diverse as ever. While Dominaria had a resounding impact on Standard, many of the top decks have remained in their spots, some with a few upgrades.

Despite the excitement surrounding Liliana of the Veil, she has yet to make a substantial impact like many predicted, rather just being a solid tool in Black decks that care about stacking their graveyard. None the less, Explorer remains a very diverse format with many top strategies which is exactly what I’m looking for in a format. No matter what archetype you fancy, you’ll be able to play it and have success which is the marquee sign of a well balanced format.

Tier 1 Decks

Tier 2 Decks

Tier 3 Decks

Tier 4 Decks


  • 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 1 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 meta.
  • Tier 3: Either these decks are poorly positioned or have a lot of power and consistency issues. These are decks that see play, but are generally worse choices than your other options.
  • Tier 4: Off-meta or archived decks that are not currently in the rankings. We may also have coverage on them, as going against the meta is always a fun challenge!

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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
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