Historic Artisan – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

Hordeling Outburst Art by Zoltan Boros
Hordeling Outburst Art by Zoltan Boros

This week’s Midweek Magic gives you another opportunity to play Historic Artisan! Remember, you can only use commons and uncommons from any of the sets on Arena so you’ll have to get very creative!

As usual, players can enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and send a proof of your participation to your local game store (LGS) to obtain a Midweek Magic Promo Pack containing two cosmetic items. Below is everything you need to know about the event as well as the list of decks you can use for this event.

Check out the full schedule of the Midweek Magic events as well as other MTG Arena events on our event calendar.

Event Details

Welcome to Midweek Magic! Each week, try out a different way to play MTG Arena!

This week: Bring a 60-card Historic deck using only common cards and basic lands!

You can receive a code for a Midweek Magic 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: September 7, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to September 9, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatHistoric Artisan
  • 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)

Event Rewards

  • 1 Win: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
  • 2 Wins: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)

Midweek Magic Promo Pack

In addition, you can contact your favorite local game store for a Midweek Magic code, either online or (where safe) in person, that can be redeemed for extra in-game rewards. You’ll be able to redeem up to one code every week, and each code redemption will reward you two in-game cosmetic items.

HOW TO GET A REWARD CODE FROM YOUR STORE

Some stores have robust online communities, and others may 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 DiscordWhatsApp, and Facebook, so you may have to join or download one of those applications.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Play in the event (win or lose as much as you want)
  2. Take a screenshot of your event page
  3. Go to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website
  4. Join their social media channel
  5. Share your screenshot with a nice message on their channel
  6. Your 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!

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Historic Artisan Decklists (September 2021)

We have 12 brand new Historic Artisan decks for you, brewed up by DoggertQBones, to try for this event. Want more options? Check out more Historic Artisan decks in our deck database!


Historic Artisan Azorius Affinity 

Creatures (10)
4
Ingenious Smith
2
Steelfin Whale
4
Gearseeker Serpent
Artifacts (26)
4
Court Homunculus
4
Arcbound Prototype
4
Barbed Spike
2
Cogworker's Puzzleknot
4
Vault Skirge
4
Chrome Courier
4
Myr Enforcer
Lands (24)
11
Island
11
Plains
2
Tranquil Cove
Cards (60)

First on the list is Azorius Affinity! There’s a lot of great new Artifacts and payoffs from Jumpstart which allows this deck to get on the board quickly and start cheating out fatties as early as turn 3!

Historic Artisan Azorius Blink 

Creatures (36)
4
Skyclave Cleric
4
Thraben Inspector
4
Professor of Symbology
2
Alirios, Enraptured
3
Man-o'-War
4
Militia Bugler
1
Priest of Ancient Lore
4
Soulherder
1
Elite Guardmage
4
Whirler Rogue
4
Cloudblazer
1
Mulldrifter
Lands (24)
11
Island
9
Plains
4
Tranquil Cove
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
1
Fractal Summoning
1
Expanded Anatomy
1
Inkling Summoning
1
Introduction to Prophecy
1
Reduce to Memory
1
Elemental Summoning

Azorius Blink looks to leverage the broken ETB cards that Historic has to offer and combine it with the new Soulherder to gain an insane amount of advantage!

Historic Artisan Dimir Control 

Creatures (7)
3
Sea Gate Oracle
4
Mulldrifter
Spells (26)
3
Jwari Disruption
1
Chainer's Edict
1
Drown in the Loch
4
Power Word Kill
4
Think Twice
3
Exclude
1
Supreme Will
1
Barter in Blood
4
Behold the Multiverse
4
Dismiss
Enchantments (3)
1
Teferi's Tutelage
2
The Eldest Reborn
Lands (24)
2
Barren Moor
4
Dismal Backwater
8
Island
2
Lonely Sandbar
8
Swamp
Cards (60)

Dimir is always looking to be controlling and Jumpstart more than delivered with the goodies to make this deck an absolute beast. With a large amount of card draw, removal, and some busted counterspells like Exclude and Dismiss, this deck will never run out of interaction and grind the opponent into the dirt.

Historic Artisan Izzet Tempo 

Creatures (16)
4
Faerie Miscreant
2
Faerie Seer
4
Pteramander
4
Ninja of the Deep Hours
2
Mulldrifter
Spells (21)
4
Frost Bite
3
Spell Pierce
4
Chart a Course
4
Expressive Iteration
2
Fire Prophecy
4
Lofty Denial
Lands (23)
12
Snow-Covered Island
7
Snow-Covered Mountain
4
Volatile Fjord
Cards (60)

A different take on a more controlling archetype, Izzet Tempo is looking to leverage it’s cheap spells to accrue advantages quickly rather than grind on and on. This deck has cheap threats, answers, and card advantage which makes it a potent weapon against any deck in the meta.

Historic Artisan Simic Merfolk 

Creatures (29)
4
Kumena's Speaker
2
Merfolk Windrobber
4
Shoreline Scout
4
Merfolk Branchwalker
4
Merfolk Mistbinder
3
River Sneak
4
Silvergill Adept
4
Merrow Reejerey
Spells (4)
4
Crashing Tide
Enchantments (4)
4
Deeproot Waters
Lands (23)
5
Forest
10
Island
4
Thornwood Falls
4
Unclaimed Territory
Cards (60)

Now looking into one of the many supported tribes of Jumpstart, Merfolk is looking amazing! With 8 new cards added to the tribe and upping the total to 8 lords, this deck is going to get on the board quickly and steamroll opponents before they knew what hit them!

Historic Artisan Selesnya Soul Sisters 

Creatures (28)
4
Soul Warden
4
Ajani's Pridemate
4
Hallowed Priest
4
Prosperous Innkeeper
4
Trelasarra, Moon Dancer
4
Lurking Roper
4
Priest of Ancient Lore
Enchantments (9)
3
Cleric Class
2
Fall of the Impostor
4
Faith's Fetters
Lands (23)
4
Blossoming Sands
2
Bretagard Stronghold
6
Forest
11
Plains
Cards (60)

A different take on aggro, Selesnya Soul Sisters is looking to use it’s 12 gain life creatures in conjunction with it’s 12 creatures that grow larger whenever life is gained! The opponent is going to have to interact quickly if they want to have a shot at not getting run over by your huge board!

Historic Artisan Rakdos Goblins 

Creatures (31)
4
Fanatical Firebrand
4
Fireblade Charger
2
Reckless Ringleader
4
Battle Cry Goblin
4
Goblin Instigator
4
Munitions Expert
1
Gempalm Incinerator
4
Goblin Ringleader
4
Sling-Gang Lieutenant
Spells (6)
2
Dragon Fodder
4
Hordeling Outburst
Lands (23)
4
Bloodfell Caves
10
Mountain
5
Swamp
4
Unclaimed Territory
Cards (60)

Back in the realm of Tribal decks, Goblins has gotten a slew of new cards that makes the archetype very potent. Between flooding the board with cheap creatures , interaction with Munitions Expert, and reach with Sling-Gang Lieutenant, this is going to be a very tough deck for most strategies to beat.

Historic Artisan Rakdos Madness 

Creatures (21)
4
Blazing Rootwalla
4
Insolent Neonate
2
Bloodrage Brawler
4
Rakdos Headliner
4
Kitchen Imp
3
Reckless Wurm
Spells (16)
4
Lightning Axe
4
Faithless Salvaging
4
Fiery Temper
4
Terminal Agony
Lands (23)
4
Bloodfell Caves
11
Mountain
8
Swamp
Cards (60)

Yet another supported mechanic from Jumpstart, Madness is looking great as it has plenty of good ways to discard cards and 19 Madness cards to abuse with them. Considering all your discard cards tend to have a great effect attached, this deck will be one of the most value oriented ones in all of Artisan!

Historic Artisan Rakdos Delirium 

Creatures (16)
4
Dragon's Rage Channeler
4
Stitcher's Supplier
4
Phyrexian Rager
4
Ravenous Chupacabra
Spells (14)
2
Bloodchief's Thirst
4
Unholy Heat
4
Agonizing Remorse
4
Power Word Kill
Artifacts (4)
4
Renegade Map
Enchantments (4)
4
The Eldest Reborn
Lands (22)
4
Evolving Wilds
8
Mountain
10
Swamp
Cards (60)

The Delirium cards are already busted in normal Historic, why not play them here as well! With every card in the deck either accruing value or working towards Delirium, this shell will have the chops to grind through almost anything Artisan can throw at it.

Historic Artisan Orzhov Zombies 

Creatures (33)
4
Diregraf Ghoul
3
Dungeon Crawler
4
Shambling Ghast
4
Corpse Knight
2
Putrid Goblin
4
Undead Augur
4
Wayward Servant
4
Lord of the Accursed
4
Death-Priest of Myrkul
Spells (4)
4
Power Word Kill
Lands (23)
4
Plains
4
Scoured Barrens
11
Swamp
4
Unclaimed Territory
Cards (60)

The final tribal deck on the list, Zombies has gotten some serious support over the last few sets giving the deck a staggering 16 tribal cards to play in it! This deck can get on the board quickly or whittle the opponent down depending on what you need to do that game.

Historic Artisan Orzhov Reanimator 

Creatures (20)
4
Seasoned Hallowblade
4
Sunscourge Champion
4
Phyrexian Gargantua
4
Glorious Enforcer
4
Void Beckoner
Spells (16)
4
Bone Shards
4
Power Word Kill
4
Late to Dinner
4
Unburial Rites
Lands (24)
8
Plains
4
Scoured Barrens
1
Silverquill Campus
11
Swamp
Cards (60)

Unburial Rites is an amazing card, so I had to build around it! This deck has great early game, plenty of ways to pitch fatties, and then 8 ways to reanimate them on turn 4! If you like powerful synergy decks, this is a great place to look.

Historic Artisan Vesperlark Combo 

Creatures (34)
4
Selfless Savior
2
Soul Warden
4
Thraben Inspector
4
Blood Artist
4
Cruel Celebrant
4
Militia Bugler
4
Phyrexian Rager
4
Priest of Ancient Lore
4
Vesperlark
Spells (4)
4
Davriel's Withering
Lands (22)
9
Plains
4
Scoured Barrens
2
Silverquill Campus
7
Swamp
Cards (60)

The final deck of this list showcases one of the most contentious combos in all of Arena: Vesperlark and Davriel’s Withering. This deck is all in on assembling the combo, but can also pay a reasonable Plan B with a bunch of solid creatures and 8 Blood Artist effects.

DoggertQBones

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 Twitch and Discord.

2 Responses

  1. micronaut25 says:

    Mardu Knights still crushed it 2-0 😎

  2. Michel says:

    Really like the affinity deck, thanks!