Historic Anthology 5 Decks from Day 1

Kolaghan’s Command Art by Daarken
Kolaghan’s Command Art by Daarken

The latest MTG Arena update brings us Historic Anthology 5, 25 new (and hopefully exciting) curated cards for the Historic format. The full set of cards are now available as a bundle from May 27, 2021 to August 12, 2021 for 4,000 Gems or 25,000 Gold, or you can craft them individually with your Wildcards!

The set includes some exciting addition to this non-rotating format, including the cycle of Phyrexian Praetors and the Commands from Dragons of Tarkir. Let’s have a look at some of the first decklists by content creators that make use of these new cards, in existing and new archetype! Make sure to check out our full coverage of the set, including the card list, review and patch notes:

Artifacts

Historic Tempered Steel by Mason Clark – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (12)
4
Toolcraft Exemplar
4
Skilled Animator
2
Whirler Rogue
2
Venerated Loxodon
Artifacts (22)
4
Stonecoil Serpent
4
Court Homunculus
2
Gingerbrute
4
Scrapheap Scrounger
4
Steel Overseer
4
Vault Skirge
Enchantments (4)
4
Tempered Steel
Lands (22)
4
Blinkmoth Nexus
4
Concealed Courtyard
4
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
3
Island
3
Plains
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Relic of Progenitus
3
Aether Gust
2
Baffling End
2
Negate
2
Mystical Dispute
3
The Antiquities War

Historic is not quite at the power of Modern Affinity yet, but it’s getting close now! There are many possibilities, but it looks like building around Tempered Steel is a great option.

Commands

Lurrus Naya Atarka Burn 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (12)
4
Clever Lumimancer
4
Soul-Scar Mage
4
Viashino Pyromancer
Spells (26)
2
Pillar of Flame
4
Shock
4
Atarka's Command
4
Lightning Helix
4
Light Up the Stage
4
Skewer the Critics
4
Wizard's Lightning
Enchantments (2)
2
The Flame of Keld
Lands (20)
4
Cragcrown Pathway
4
Inspiring Vantage
4
Needleverge Pathway
4
Sacred Foundry
4
Stomping Ground
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Authority of the Consuls
2
Magma Spray
2
Baffling End
1
Cindervines
2
Fry
3
Rest in Peace
2
Roiling Vortex
2
Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Vegan Red 1.0 

Planeswalkers (2)
2
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Creatures (20)
4
Fervent Champion
4
Burning-Tree Emissary
2
Earthshaker Khenra
4
Robber of the Rich
4
Bonecrusher Giant
2
Hazoret the Fervent
Spells (4)
4
Atarka's Command
Artifacts (7)
4
Bomat Courier
3
Embercleave
Enchantments (3)
3
Anax, Hardened in the Forge
Lands (24)
4
Cragcrown Pathway
9
Mountain
3
Ramunap Ruins
4
Rootbound Crag
4
Stomping Ground
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Grafdigger's Cage
4
Abrade
2
Cindervines
1
Lava Coil
2
Roiling Vortex
2
Klothys, God of Destiny
2
Legion Warboss

Historic Bant Company by coutinho brewer – 90% Mythic – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (29)
4
Edgewall Innkeeper
4
Llanowar Elves
2
Thraben Inspector
2
Hypnotic Sprite
1
Scavenging Ooze
4
Brazen Borrower
4
Elite Spellbinder
4
Lovestruck Beast
4
Skyclave Apparition
Spells (7)
2
Dromoka's Command
4
Collected Company
1
Ojutai's Command
Lands (24)
4
Barkchannel Pathway
2
Botanical Sanctum
4
Branchloft Pathway
2
Breeding Pool
4
Hallowed Fountain
4
Hengegate Pathway
4
Temple Garden
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Reidane, God of the Worthy
4
Memory Lapse
4
Seasoned Hallowblade
2
Archon of Emeria
1
Nimble Obstructionist
2
Vivien, Champion of the Wilds

Historic Rakdos Arcanist by David González – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (17)
4
Stitcher's Supplier
3
Dreadhorde Arcanist
4
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
4
Young Pyromancer
2
Sedgemoor Witch
Spells (22)
2
Agadeem's Awakening
3
Claim the Firstborn
2
Claim/Fame
/
3
Fatal Push
2
Inquisition of Kozilek
4
Thoughtseize
4
Village Rites
2
Kolaghan's Command
Lands (21)
4
Blightstep Pathway
4
Blood Crypt
1
Castle Locthwain
4
Dragonskull Summit
2
Fabled Passage
2
Mountain
3
Swamp
1
Temple of Malice
Cards (60)

Dreadhorde Gruul by Mason Clark – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (29)
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Pelt Collector
4
Burning-Tree Emissary
4
Dreadhorde Arcanist
2
Scavenging Ooze
4
Voltaic Brawler
3
Ahn-Crop Crasher
4
Bonecrusher Giant
Spells (8)
4
Abundant Harvest
4
Atarka's Command
Artifacts (3)
3
Embercleave
Lands (20)
4
Cragcrown Pathway
5
Forest
3
Mountain
4
Rootbound Crag
4
Stomping Ground
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Magma Spray
2
Redcap Melee
3
Relic of Progenitus
2
Abrade
1
Klothys, God of Destiny
2
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2
Shifting Ceratops
2
Ox of Agonas

The original Dragons of Tarkir Command cards are mana efficient, flexible and even have some powerful options attached to them. Atarka’s Command can slot nicely into the existing aggro shells, such as Burn, Mono Red, and Gruul. Kolaghan’s Command of course, has a tonne of potential in many decks, whereas the other three are a bit more niche and may require more work to make them good.

Dragonstorm

Historic Dragonstorm Combo by Cinabiondo – 96% Mythic – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (9)
3
Baral, Chief of Compliance
4
Terror of the Peaks
2
Lathliss, Dragon Queen
Spells (27)
3
Valakut Awakening
4
Opt
4
Dual Strike
4
Fire Prophecy
4
Shimmer of Possibility
4
Irencrag Feat
4
Dragonstorm
Lands (24)
2
Island
6
Mountain
4
Riverglide Pathway
4
Spirebluff Canal
4
Steam Vents
4
Temple of Epiphany
Cards (60)

Dragonstorm can kill your opponent in one turn using Terror of the Peaks and Lathliss, Dragon Queen. The prospects of Storm in Historic is interesting and can only get better from here, though at the moment it’s more jank than meta. There are many builds going around, such as ones that include Mizzix's Mastery.

Grisly Salvage and Trash for Treasure

Historic Jund Citadel by Altheriax – #20 Mythic – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (16)
4
Cauldron Familiar
4
Gilded Goose
4
Mayhem Devil
4
Woe Strider
Spells (12)
4
Faithless Looting
4
Grisly Salvage
4
Trash for Treasure
Artifacts (12)
4
Witch's Oven
4
Scrapheap Scrounger
4
Bolas's Citadel
Lands (20)
4
Blightstep Pathway
2
Blood Crypt
4
Blooming Marsh
4
Cragcrown Pathway
4
Darkbore Pathway
2
Stomping Ground
Cards (60)

Historic Citadel Combo by Mystmin – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Spells (30)
4
Brainstorm
4
Faithless Looting
2
Spell Pierce
2
Chart a Course
4
Lightning Helix
3
Prismari Command
4
Trash for Treasure
2
Mizzix's Mastery
1
Sublime Epiphany
4
Magma Opus
Artifacts (12)
4
Renegade Map
2
Coldsteel Heart
3
Bolas's Citadel
3
Torrential Gearhulk
Lands (18)
3
Hallowed Fountain
3
Inspiring Vantage
1
Island
1
Mountain
1
Plains
2
Riverglide Pathway
4
Spirebluff Canal
3
Steam Vents
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Aether Gust
1
Perilous Voyage
2
Rip Apart
3
Anger of the Gods
4
Mystical Dispute
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
1
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

It looks like Bolas's Citadel is on the top list of artifacts for players to cheat out with this card! It’s almost perfect for a Jund Sacrifice shell that will allow you to go off. Below it is a Jeskai Control shell that involves the popular Magma Opus and Torrential Gearhulk for good measure.

Ichor Wellspring

Historic Esper Doom by MythicMatt – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Planeswalkers (2)
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
Creatures (7)
4
Skyclave Apparition
3
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Spells (13)
4
Fatal Push
2
Inquisition of Kozilek
2
Thoughtseize
4
Vanishing Verse
1
Wrath of God
Artifacts (10)
2
Glass Casket
4
Ichor Wellspring
4
Mind Stone
Enchantments (12)
4
Omen of the Sea
4
Oath of Kaya
4
Doom Foretold
Lands (36)
4
Brightclimb Pathway
4
Clearwater Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
4
Glacial Fortress
4
Godless Shrine
4
Hallowed Fountain
1
Island
4
Isolated Chapel
2
Plains
1
Swamp
4
Watery Grave
Cards (80)
Sideboard (15)
1
Authority of the Consuls
1
Grafdigger's Cage
4
Dovin's Veto
1
Eliminate
2
Rest in Peace
2
Mystical Dispute
2
Baleful Mastery
1
Wrath of God
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad

Who doesn’t love drawing cards for extreme value? This is MythicMatt’s take on Historic Esper Doom. For further reading, make sure to check out his guide on Standard Esper Control!

Into the North

Historic Bant Midrange by Andrea Mengucci – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Companion
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
Planeswalkers (6)
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
4
Nissa, Who Shakes the World
Creatures (3)
1
Hydroid Krasis
2
Yasharn, Implacable Earth
Spells (20)
4
Abundant Harvest
2
Brainstorm
2
Aether Gust
4
Into the North
4
Memory Lapse
2
Commit/Memory
/
2
Wrath of God
Artifacts (2)
2
Relic of Progenitus
Enchantments (4)
4
Shark Typhoon
Lands (25)
1
Arctic Treeline
4
Breeding Pool
4
Fabled Passage
1
Faceless Haven
3
Glacial Fortress
2
Rimewood Falls
2
Snow-Covered Forest
2
Snow-Covered Island
2
Snow-Covered Plains
4
Temple Garden
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Aether Gust
4
Baffling End
2
Negate
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Narset, Parter of Veils
2
Wrath of God
1
Yasharn, Implacable Earth

Into the North seems like a typical ramp spell that is already saturated in Historic, but it can fetch any snow land including the dual lands and Faceless Haven.

Praetors

Historic Mardu Reanimator by MTG Joe – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (12)
4
Stitcher's Supplier
2
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
2
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1
Sheoldred, Whispering One
2
Velomachus Lorehold
1
Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Spells (23)
2
Bloodchief's Thirst
4
Faithless Looting
4
Lightning Helix
3
Deafening Clarion
2
Kolaghan's Command
2
Languish
2
Shadows' Verdict
4
Unburial Rites
Artifacts (1)
1
Platinum Angel
Lands (24)
2
Blightstep Pathway
4
Blood Crypt
4
Clifftop Retreat
4
Godless Shrine
1
Mountain
4
Sacred Foundry
4
Savai Triome
1
Swamp
Cards (60)

Historic Azorius Gift by kirimanjaro_wat – Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 

Creatures (19)
4
Minister of Inquiries
4
Champion of Wits
4
Skyclave Apparition
4
Angel of Invention
3
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Spells (12)
4
Chart a Course
4
Strategic Planning
4
Refurbish
Artifacts (4)
4
God-Pharaoh's Gift
Enchantments (2)
2
Search for Azcanta
Lands (23)
3
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
4
Hengegate Pathway
2
Ipnu Rivulet
4
Irrigated Farmland
2
Island
4
Plains
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Authority of the Consuls
4
Grafdigger's Cage
2
Negate
3
Mystical Dispute
2
Wrath of God
2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

The Phyrexian Praetors have been typically used as reanimation targets due to their expensive cost but powerful effects. Historic currently has Unburial Rites to play around with, but also God-Pharaoh's Gift!

Historic Anthology 5 Day 1 Decklists

Terence

Korean gamer in Australia. Proud owner of the DotGG and its network of websites. I especially enjoy fantasy worlds, role-playing games, and collecting things! Favorite games include World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering, and League of Legends.

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