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Historic Artisan – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

Hello everyone! This week’s Midweek Magic is Historic Artisan, making its long-awaited return! This is bar none my favorite format on Arena as you get to play very powerful decks that only utilize commons and uncommons! This creates a huge diversity in deck selection and a super vibrant metagame.

Players can enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and a random cosmetic item on the third win. Below is everything you need to know about the event as well as the list of decks you can use for this event.


Event Details

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

Bring a 60-card deck using only commons, uncommons, and basic lands from any set in MTG Arena. Without rares, the common folk can truly be heard!

Find out more details about this and upcoming Midweek Magic events HERE.

  • Duration: July 5, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to July 7, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Historic 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

WinsReward
1 WinRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
2 WinsRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
3 WinsOne Random Cosmetic Item

Banned Card List

Banned Cards


Historic Artisan Decklists (July 2022)

We have 20 freshly updated Historic Artisan decks for this event, but if you’re looking for more inspiration, you can go have a look at the deck database and our guide for Historic Budget Decks!

Historic Artisan Monowhite Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
32 uncommon
28 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
Lands (20)
20
Plains
$5.00
60 Cards
$15.96

If you’re unsure what deck to play, Mono White is always a great option. With a brutal curve and great threats, you can easily get under any opponent.

Historic Artisan Monoblue Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
3 rare
33 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Pteramander
$1.00
4
Spectral Sailor
$1.96
Instants (17)
3
Spell Pierce
$0.75
3
Fading Hope
$2.37
4
Essence Capture
$1.00
4
Lofty Denial
$1.00
Enchantments (7)
3
Curiosity
$1.47
Lands (20)
20
Island
$5.00
60 Cards
$43.42

The closest analog to an existing Historic deck, Mono Blue Tempo leverages cheap threats and interaction to whittle the opponent down.

Historic Artisan Monoblack Sacrifice
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
3 rare
25 uncommon
32 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Eyetwitch
$1.00
4
Shambling Ghast
$3.16
4
Blood Artist
$9.96
1
Lazotep Reaver
$0.25
4
Fell Stinger
$1.40
Instants (7)
3
Fatal Push
$10.47
4
Deadly Dispute
$9.96
Enchantments (6)
2
Warlock Class
$0.50
Lands (23)
20
Swamp
$5.00
3
Barren Moor
$0.75
60 Cards
$59.16
7 Cards
$1.75

Playing a litany of cheap creatures and sacrifice outlets, Mono Black is really good at prolonging games and winning through sheer advantage.

Mono Red Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
28 uncommon
32 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$7.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (20)
16
Mountain
$4.00
4
Ramunap Ruins
$3.16
60 Cards
$23.12

If you’re trying to get the opponent dead as fast as possible, it’s hard to go wrong with Mono Red! With a brutal curve, you’re going to put any opponent to the test.

Mono Red Burn
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
30 uncommon
30 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$7.96
Sorceries (14)
Enchantments (6)
Lands (20)
16
Mountain
$4.00
4
Ramunap Ruins
$3.16
60 Cards
$30.12

A slightly different take on Mono Red, Burn has less consistently explosive starts, but makes up for it with reach, redundancy, and the ability to interact.

Mono Green Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
24 uncommon
36 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (2)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$0.50
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Lands (22)
60 Cards
$41.98

I actually haven’t liked Mono Green Aggro is Artisan or Pauper for the longest time, but I finally believe it has enough pieces to be solid! It has a great curve and powerful top end which should make this a balanced and strong option.

Azorius Auras
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
28 uncommon
32 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (1)
Lands (21)
7
Island
$1.75
10
Plains
$2.50
4
Tranquil Cove
$1.00
60 Cards
$44.68

Although you can’t play the Rare “Spiritdancer” creatures, playing hard to kill creatures and slapping Auras on them is an extremely effective game plan!

Azorius Blink
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
26 uncommon
34 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (36)
4
Skyclave Cleric
$1.00
4
Militia Bugler
$1.00
4
Man-o’-War
$1.00
4
Soulherder
$2.76
4
Whirler Rogue
$1.00
2
Elite Guardmage
$0.50
4
Cloudblazer
$1.00
Lands (24)
10
Island
$2.50
9
Plains
$2.25
4
Tranquil Cove
$1.00
60 Cards
$16.76
7 Cards
$1.75

The most value packed deck in the format! Every creature replaces itself so you can just keep accruing advantages with every spell you cast.

Boros Artifact Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
16 uncommon
44 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (30)
4
Arcbound Mouser
$1.00
4
Iron Apprentice
$1.00
4
Ingenious Smith
$2.76
2
Myr Enforcer
$0.58
Instants (4)
4
Voltage Surge
$1.00
Artifacts (5)
4
Barbed Spike
$1.00
Lands (21)
7
Mountain
$1.75
10
Plains
$2.50
60 Cards
$18.34

A different flavor of aggro that utilizes some of the powerful Modular cards. If you like aggressive decks that pack a ton of synergy, this is an easy choice.

Boros Shrines
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
31 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
4
Fire Prophecy
$1.00
Sorceries (4)
Artifacts (6)
4
Portable Hole
$15.96
Lands (25)
9
Mountain
$2.25
8
Plains
$2.00
4
Lorehold Campus
$1.00
60 Cards
$49.98
7 Cards
$1.75

An offshoot of the breakout deck from Decathlon 6 last year, Boros Shrines ditched the Red as the new Kamigawa shrines give the deck enough late game to contend with any deck.

Dimir Control
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
23 uncommon
37 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
3
Sea Gate Oracle
$0.75
Instants (27)
2
Syncopate
$0.50
4
Think Twice
$1.00
4
Power Word Kill
$1.00
3
Exclude
$0.75
4
Dismiss
$1.00
Enchantments (6)
Lands (24)
9
Island
$2.25
9
Swamp
$2.25
1
Barren Moor
$0.25
1
Lonely Sandbar
$0.25
60 Cards
$19.12

If you like playing a classic control deck with plenty of counterspells, removal, and card draw, you can’t do any better than Dimir.

Historic Artisan Dimir Rogues
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
27 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Ruin Crab
$3.96
Instants (18)
4
Fatal Push
$15.96
3
Lofty Denial
$0.75
3
Power Word Kill
$0.75
4
Into the Story
$1.40
Sorceries (2)
2
Of One Mind
$0.58
Lands (24)
11
Island
$2.75
9
Swamp
$2.25
60 Cards
$42.52

Considered the best deck in Historic Artisan off the back of the broken Into the Story and Drown in the Loch package, Rogues can kill quickly and grind late depending on what it needs to do.

Historic Artisan GOlgari Adventures
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
2 rare
23 uncommon
35 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (28)
4
Foulmire Knight
$1.16
4
Beanstalk Giant
$1.00
4
Reaper of Night
$1.00
Instants (5)
2
Fatal Push
$7.98
3
Power Word Kill
$0.75
Artifacts (4)
4
Lucky Clover
$1.00
Lands (23)
8
Forest
$2.00
9
Swamp
$2.25
1
Barren Moor
$0.25
4
Jungle Hollow
$1.00
60 Cards
$22.64

A few years ago this was the de facto best Artisan deck and although it’s been usurped in recent years, it’s still a powerful option for those who like decks with a lot of value engines!

Gruul Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
37 uncommon
23 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
7
Forest
$1.75
4
Mountain
$1.00
4
Racers’ Ring
$1.00
4
Ramunap Ruins
$3.16
4
Hashep Oasis
$1.00
60 Cards
$16.56

Combining the best threats from Red and Green, Gruul looks to end games as fast as possible with extremely brutal curve outs.

Izzet Blitz
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
30 uncommon
30 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
A-Symmetry Sage
$0.00
4
Sprite Dragon
$3.16
2
Umara Mystic
$0.50
Instants (14)
4
Play with Fire
$7.96
4
Consider
$11.96
Sorceries (12)
4
Reckless Charge
$1.00
Lands (19)
7
Island
$1.75
8
Mountain
$2.00
60 Cards
$56.48

The Artisan take on one of my favorite Historic decks, Izzet Blitz uses a litany of a cheap threats and spells to kill as fast as possible.

Historic Artisan Izzet Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
2 rare
17 uncommon
41 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Pteramander
$1.00
Instants (13)
2
Spell Pierce
$0.50
4
Frost Bite
$1.00
2
Fire Prophecy
$0.50
4
Lofty Denial
$1.00
Sorceries (8)
4
Chart a Course
$2.36
Lands (23)
4
Volatile Fjord
$3.96
60 Cards
$88.26

A blend between Mono Blue and Blitz, Izzet Tempo can mount a lot of pressure quickly while also effectively controlling the opponent’s deck.

Historic Artisan Orzhov Reanimator
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
28 uncommon
32 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (20)
4
Void Beckoner
$1.00
Instants (4)
4
Power Word Kill
$1.00
Sorceries (12)
4
Bone Shards
$1.00
4
Late to Dinner
$1.00
4
Unburial Rites
$1.00
Lands (24)
8
Plains
$2.00
11
Swamp
$2.75
4
Scoured Barrens
$1.00
60 Cards
$15

One of the highest risk / highest reward decks in Artisan, you’ll get snacked on by decks with a lot of counterspells, but resolving even one huge threat against a fair deck can be game over!

Rakdos Anvil
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
21 uncommon
39 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (17)
2
Goldhound
$0.50
4
Mayhem Devil
$17.96
Instants (12)
4
Voltage Surge
$1.00
4
Deadly Dispute
$9.96
Artifacts (8)
4
Oni-Cult Anvil
$1.00
Lands (23)
10
Mountain
$2.50
7
Swamp
$1.75
4
Tramway Station
$1.00
60 Cards
$43.08

One of the strongest decks in Artisan based on pure card quality, Anvil is extremely grindy and has great interactive tools as well!

Selesnya Enchantress
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
35 uncommon
25 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Destiny Spinner
$15.96
4
Satyr Enchanter
$5.96
Lands (22)
7
Forest
$1.75
10
Plains
$2.50
1
Botanical Plaza
$0.25
60 Cards
$42.12

Utilizing many of the Enchantment matters pieces from Kamigawa, this deck can be quite fast when needed while also being extremely synergistic.

Selesnya Lifegain
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
29 uncommon
31 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
6
Forest
$1.50
11
Plains
$2.75
60 Cards
$27.12

One of the strongest decks in Artisan, this is an aggro deck that can snack on other aggro decks based on the sheer size of the threats you’re producing!


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