Historic All Access – FNM at Home Event Guide and Decklists
This week’s FNM at Home event allows you to bring any Historic deck, even if the cards are not in your collection! For the next 24 or so hours, this is a great opportunity to try out some new Historic decks. As the card pool gets larger and larger, Historic is a format that might not be suitable for all players and this event allows you to dip your toes into it. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a deck you just love? This guide outlines the event information, deck suggestions, and things to consider as you play in this event.
Connect with your local game store while keeping yourself and others safe by playing Friday Night Magic (FNM) on MTG Arena!
This week: Build and play with a 60-card deck from using all the cards available on MTG Arena—whether they’re in your collection or not! For more details on this format, including a list of banned cards, click here.
You can receive a code for an Arena FNM Promo Pack containing two cosmetic items when you share your results with your local game store. Find out how HERE.
*Note: While supplies last. Not all stores are participating.
- Duration: December 10, 2020 @ 4:00 PM PT – December 12, 2020 @ 4:00 AM PT
- Format: Historic
- Entry Fee: Free
- Ends After: You can play as much as you like for the duration of the event.
- Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)
Banned Card List
Below are the cards currently banned or suspended in Historic and therefore not able to be used in this event:
- Agent of Treachery
- Nexus of Fate
- Fires of Invention
- Once Upon a Time
- Veil of Summer
- Wilderness Reclamation
- Teferi, Time Raveler
- Winota, Joiner of Forces
- Oko, Thief of Crowns
- Field of the Dead
- Omnath, Locus of Creation
- 1 Win: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
- 2 Wins: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
You can also redeem one code for a MTG Arena Promo Pack every week, which will reward you two in-game cosmetic items – includes all 36 (the Ajani sleeve will be temporarily unavailable as it was recently featured as a separate reward). Sleeves featuring the Japanese Planeswalker alternate art, new Guild-themed sleeves, Ikoria card styles, the Tamiyo player avatar, and more. The code is obtained from your local game store’s online community, as outlined in the Wizard’s official article:
HOW TO GET A REWARD CODE FROM YOUR STORE
Some stores have robust online communities, and others will be forming them for the first time. If you’re already part of such a community, great! Check with them and get connected.
If you aren’t part of a local game store’s online community, or if they don’t have one set up, there are a couple ways you can get connected. One is to simply reach out to your store and ask. Another is to head to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website. Many of them have set up online communities through Discord, WhatsApp, and Facebook, so you may have to join or download one of those applications.
Step by step, here’s how it works:
- Play in the event (win or lose as much as you want)
- Take a screenshot of your event page
- Go to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website
- Join their social media channel
- Share your screenshot with a nice message on their channel
- Store will message you a code* through that social media channel
*Note: While supplies last. Not all stores are participating. Limit one code per account. Sharing a screenshot with your local game store does not guarantee you will receive a code.
If you cannot find an appropriate store or just don’t want to bother with the whole process, you can buy the codes directly from trusted MTG Arena code vendors such as Gray Viking Games. For a few dollars, you can instantly obtain the code to the MTG Arena Promo Pack as well as codes from other products such as Prerelease, Planeswalker decks, Secret Lair sleeves, and more. For more information of MTG Arena codes, consult our full guide. Be sure to check them out!
Decklists and Recommendations
Below are our suggestions on how you can approach this event for players who want to make the most out of it rather than just quickly getting your two wins and be done with it. Remember, you can find all Historic decklists on our website in our dedicated section.
Competitive Metagame Decks
For those players that want to find and play the best decks in the format – either to try and win the upcoming Arena Open or climb the ladder as much as possible, you find our metagame analysis and tier list for both BO1 and BO3 here:
- Zendikar Rising Championship Meta Analysis Part 2: Historic
- Historic (BO1) Metagame Tier List
- Historic (BO3) Metagame Tier List
You should also consider whether you want to focus your efforts on BO1 or BO3. The first day of the Arena Open can be played in BO1, but you must play BO3 on day 2. This means you may want to bring two different decks. BO1 prefers a linear, aggro gameplay in general, and BO3 decks can tailor their weaknesses with a sideboard. Let’s take a look at some tier 1 examples:
|Great removal and disruption suite||Can be slow for BO1 play (shines in BO3)|
|Flexible deck building||Three color mana base|
|Powerful cards that go over the top|
|Great against creature decks||Win conditions can be on the weak side|
|On the cheap side to build, key cards are commons and uncommons||Slower than traditional aggro decks|
|Fast linear deck, especially for BO1||Can be susceptible to targeted disruption|
|Has a backup aggro plan||Relies on one card for primary win condition|
You will be hard pressed to find decks that consistently beat these three in the current metagame. They each have different, unique play styles and should be your first point of testing for competitive Historic!
Expensive or Fun Decks
Sometimes, it’s not always about just winning, but about having fun as well. Here are some “off meta” decks that use a lot of Wildcards but can still get you some wins. Remember, the Lands are the best investment you can make in Historic!
This deck is built around using creatures at the right time to defeat your opponent. Every creature has its role, and you can fetch it with Fauna Shaman when needed. Many cards are also Standard legal!
This spicy control deck has many components. It uses Blood Sun and Lotus Field to ramp and fix your mana, Gideon of the Trials to use with Pact of Negation and of course the classic control elements.
The classic good-stuff.dec, Niv-Mizzet allows us to draw many cards for only 5 mana, and you get a giant 6/6 flying dragon to boot!