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Explorer Metagame Challenge Event Guide and 7 Win Decklists

The Explorer Metagame Challenge event is a limited-time competitive event held over this weekend, where players can compete for some big prizes in a fresh new metagame. In this guide, we’ll give you a overview of the event and sample decklists from players that achieved the maximum 7 wins.

This December 2022 edition of the event is for the new Explorer format, MTG Arena’s non-rotating, true-to-tabletop, bridging format to Pioneer! That means only cards originally from Standard sets, Return to Ravnica onwards, are legal. With Explorer Anthology 2 now out to shakeup the metagame, we will find out if Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx will truly dominate!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our latest Premium article for insights on the Explorer metagame, as well as our full range of resources are available for Explorer in the below sections:

Event Details

Explorer Metagame Challenge

Bring your Explorer deck and play best-of-three matches! You’ll receive rewards based on how many matches you win.

Explorer Metagame Challenge is an analogous event to the Standard Metagame Challenge that happens not long after the release of a new set. It gives players the opportunity to win huge rewards in a relatively new metagame where the new cards from the latest set are being tested.

  • Duration: December 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM PST – December 26, 2022 at 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatExplorer
  • Entry Fee: 2,000 Gold or 400 Gems
  • Ends After: 7 wins or 1 loss (whichever comes first – single elimination)
  • Match Structure: Best-of-three matches (BO3)


7 wins5,000 gold + 30 The Brothers’ War packs
6 wins4,000 gold + 20 The Brothers’ War packs
5 wins3,000 gold + 10 The Brothers’ War packs
4 wins2,500 gold + 5 The Brothers’ War packs
3 wins2,000 gold + 3 The Brothers’ War packs
2 wins1,500 gold + 1 The Brothers’ War pack
1 win1,000 gold
0 wins500 gold

As you can see from the reward structure above, the event is high variance because it ends as soon as you get your first loss. Most of the value of the event comes after your fifth win, though getting to three wins will at least guarantee your entry fee returned. Hall of Famer Frank Karsten’s calculations show that you need “75.7% win rate to go infinite but valuing packs at 1,000 gold, a player with a 50% win rate already has a net expected profit of 23 gold“.

Metagame Challenge EV
Source: Frank Karsten Twitter

Explorer Metagame Challenge 7 Win Decklists

Below we have collected all the 7 win decks from this event, and we hope to showcase a nice variety of deck archetypes. Make sure to submit your deck using our deck builder!

We will continue to add decks here until the event concludes on May 9. You can also find these Explorer decks and more at our deck database.

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