Arena Historic (BO1) Metagame Tier List and Rankings – Post-Uro Ban – March 2021

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Introduction

Discover the best Magic: The Gathering Arena Historic decks and archetypes that the players are using to climb the ranked ladder and win tournaments. Explore the Traditional (BO3) Historic metagame as we regularly rank the top decks in a tier list, as well as our comprehensive analysis and review.

  • Click here to view the separate analysis and tier list for Traditional Historic (BO3).
  • Click on the deck archetype name to find a brief description, links to the full deck guide with a more detailed overview and to find the latest decklists representing it.
  • Each deck will be ranked in numerical order as well as tier order. The higher something is within the tier, the better it is than other decks.
  • Below the tier list you will also find a curated decklist for each archetype as well as a full explanation and reasonings behind these rankings and tiers.

Methodology

When constructing the tier list, we take into account a variety of factors and sources:

  • Field representation, win rate and matchups: How prolific a deck is on the Mythic ladder and how it stacks up against the other popular decks in the metagame.
  • Third-party applications: that track matches and publishes the data directly from ladder play. Currently, we have access to Untapped.gg, MTGA Assistant, MTG Arena Pro and MTG Arena Tool.
  • Tournaments: Important results shaped professional players. MTGmeta.io and MTG Data aggregates these results to analyze their performance.
  • Game Mode: As a general rule, best-of-one (BO1) prefers linear strategies and the metagame is different from Traditional best-of-three (BO3). Read more about the differences here. Generally speaking, the tournaments results are in BO3 only, have a much smaller sample size and its environment is very different from an open MTG Arena ladder experience.
  • Opinion: Our own ladder experience and in consultation with players.
  • Others: If a deck doesn’t appear below, either the play rate of it is too low for it to make a tangible impact or it falls below the tier 3 threshold which we sometimes will highlight as Honorable Mentions below. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad deck either, as this will just be focused on the most popular decks in the current metagame.

Legend

  • Tier 1: The best of the best. The most consistent decks that sport the highest win rates and generally, the highest play rates.
  • Tier 2: Very solid decks that are slightly lacking in some capacity, whether it’s consistency or power compared to the Tier One archetypes. These can still be strong choices for ladder or for tournaments if you are highly skilled with the archetype or play them during the right metas.
  • Tier 3: Either these decks are poorly positioned or have a lot of power/consistency issues. These are decks that see play, but are generally worse choices than your other options.

Tier List

  • March 5, 2021: Updated for Kaldheim and the Post-Uro ban.
  • December 11, 2020: Updated tier list ahead of the Arena Open! Some considerations have also been made in light of the Zendikar Rising Championship tournament results.
  • November 25, 2020: Welcome to the first edition of the BO1 Historic tier list. Since there are no Historic BO1 tournaments (until the next Arena Open), we will be basing this heavily on the BO3 data and Untapped.gg data available since the release of Kaladesh Remastered.

TIER ONE

1. SACRIFICE

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Jegantha, the Wellspring
Creature (25)
4
Cauldron Familiar
4
Dreadhorde Butcher
2
Gilded Goose
4
Mayhem Devil
3
Midnight Reaper
4
Priest of Forgotten Gods
4
Woe Strider
Sorcery (4)
4
Claim the Firstborn
Instant (4)
4
Collected Company
Artifact (4)
4
Witch's Oven
Land (23)
4
Blood Crypt
4
Blooming Marsh
3
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
3
Dragonskull Summit
4
Overgrown Tomb
1
Phyrexian Tower
4
Stomping Ground
Cards 60

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Jegantha, the Wellspring
Creature (25)
4
Cauldron Familiar
4
Dreadhorde Butcher
1
Immersturm Predator
4
Mayhem Devil
2
Midnight Reaper
4
Priest of Forgotten Gods
2
Valki, God of Lies/Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor
4
Woe Strider
Sorcery (5)
1
Call of the Death-Dweller
4
Claim the Firstborn
Instant (2)
2
Fatal Push
Artifact (4)
4
Witch's Oven
Land (24)
4
Blightstep Pathway/Searstep Pathway
4
Blood Crypt
1
Bojuka Bog
2
Castle Locthwain
2
Dragonskull Summit
2
Fabled Passage
3
Mountain
1
Phyrexian Tower
5
Swamp
Cards 60

2. AURAS

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creature (18)
4
Alseid of Life's Bounty
4
Kor Spiritdancer
2
Ornithopter
4
Selfless Savior
4
Sram, Senior Edificer
Enchantment (20)
4
All That Glitters
3
Arcane Flight
4
Cartouche of Solidarity
3
Curious Obsession
2
Sentinel's Eyes
4
Staggering Insight
Land (22)
4
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
2
Irrigated Farmland
4
Island
8
Plains
Cards 60

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creature (16)
2
Alseid of Life's Bounty
4
Hateful Eidolon
4
Kor Spiritdancer
2
Selfless Savior
4
Sram, Senior Edificer
Sorcery (2)
2
Agadeem's Awakening/Agadeem, the Undercrypt
Enchantment (23)
4
All That Glitters
4
Cartouche of Solidarity
2
Dead Weight
2
Kaya's Ghostform
3
Mire's Grasp
4
Mogis's Favor
4
Sentinel's Eyes
Land (19)
4
Brightclimb Pathway/Grimclimb Pathway
4
Concealed Courtyard
4
Godless Shrine
1
Isolated Chapel
6
Plains
Cards 60

3. ANGEL COMPANY

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Ajani, Strength of the Pride
Creature (34)
2
Angel of Vitality
4
Bishop of Wings
4
Glasspool Mimic/Glasspool Shore
2
Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate
4
Resplendent Angel
4
Righteous Valkyrie
2
Skyclave Apparition
1
Skyclave Cleric/Skyclave Basilica
4
Soul Warden
3
Speaker of the Heavens
4
Youthful Valkyrie
Instant (4)
4
Collected Company
Land (22)
4
Branchloft Pathway/Boulderloft Pathway
4
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
2
Plains
4
Sunpetal Grove
4
Temple Garden
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Ajani, Strength of the Pride
Creature (29)
4
Angel of Vitality
4
Bishop of Wings
1
Heliod, Sun-Crowned
4
Resplendent Angel
4
Righteous Valkyrie
4
Soul Warden
4
Speaker of the Heavens
4
Youthful Valkyrie
Instant (4)
4
Collected Company
Land (24)
4
Branchloft Pathway/Boulderloft Pathway
12
Plains
4
Sunpetal Grove
4
Temple Garden
Cards 60

4. RAKDOS ARCANIST

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creature (16)
4
Dreadhorde Arcanist
4
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
4
Stitcher's Supplier
4
Young Pyromancer
Sorcery (15)
2
Bloodchief's Thirst
3
Claim the Firstborn
4
Claim/Fame
2
Spark Harvest
4
Thoughtseize
Instant (7)
1
Bedevil
2
Fatal Push
4
Village Rites
Land (22)
4
Blightstep Pathway/Searstep Pathway
4
Blood Crypt
1
Castle Locthwain
4
Dragonskull Summit
2
Mountain
7
Swamp
Cards 60

TIER TWO

5. GOBLINS

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4
Conspicuous Snoop
1
Gempalm Incinerator
4
Goblin Chieftain
3
Goblin Instigator
3
Goblin Matron
4
Goblin Warchief
4
Krenko, Mob Boss
4
Muxus, Goblin Grandee
4
Skirk Prospector
4
Wily Goblin
Sorcery (2)
2
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Land (23)
3
Castle Embereth
18
Mountain
2
Phyrexian Tower
Cards 60

6. ELVES

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1
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger
Creature (29)
4
Allosaurus Shepherd
1
Craterhoof Behemoth
4
Dwynen's Elite
4
Elvish Archdruid
4
Elvish Clancaller
4
Elvish Warmaster
4
Jaspera Sentinel
4
Llanowar Elves
Sorcery (1)
1
Finale of Devastation
Instant (4)
4
Collected Company
Enchantment (2)
2
Growing Rites of Itlimoc
Land (23)
4
Castle Garenbrig
2
Faceless Haven
17
Snow-Covered Forest
Cards 60
Sideboard (15)
1
Craterhoof Behemoth
1
End-Raze Forerunners
1
Gemrazer
1
Meteor Golem
1
Reclamation Sage
1
Scavenging Ooze
1
Sentinel Totem
1
Shadowspear
1
Sorcerous Spyglass
1
The Great Henge
1
The Immortal Sun
1
Thrashing Brontodon
1
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
1
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
1
Weathered Runestone

7. SELESNYA HENGE

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2
Garruk's Harbinger
4
Kazandu Mammoth/Kazandu Valley
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Lovestruck Beast
4
Luminarch Aspirant
4
Merfolk Branchwalker
4
Scavenging Ooze
4
Skyclave Apparition
2
Yasharn, Implacable Earth
Instant (4)
4
Collected Company
Artifact (3)
3
The Great Henge
Land (21)
4
Branchloft Pathway/Boulderloft Pathway
5
Forest
4
Plains
4
Sunpetal Grove
4
Temple Garden
Cards 60

8. GRUUL AGGRO

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Bonecrusher Giant
4
Burning-Tree Emissary
2
Gallia of the Endless Dance
4
Gruul Spellbreaker
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Pelt Collector
4
Questing Beast
2
Robber of the Rich
2
Scavenging Ooze
Sorcery (3)
3
Domri's Ambush
Artifact (3)
3
Embercleave
Land (24)
4
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
6
Forest
6
Mountain
4
Rootbound Crag
4
Stomping Ground
Cards 60

9. AZORIUS CONTROL

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Kaheera, the Orphanguard
Planeswalker (6)
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
3
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
1
Teferi, Master of Time
Sorcery (4)
4
Wrath of God
Instant (13)
2
Absorb
2
Behold the Multiverse
4
Censor
2
Dovin's Veto
1
Essence Scatter
2
Neutralize
Enchantment (10)
2
Baffling End
3
Cast Out
1
Search for Azcanta
4
Shark Typhoon
Land (27)
3
Castle Ardenvale
2
Castle Vantress
1
Field of Ruin
2
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
2
Hengegate Pathway/Mistgate Pathway
4
Irrigated Farmland
5
Island
4
Plains
Cards 60

10. NEOSTORM

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2
Combat Celebrant
4
Dualcaster Mage
2
Gilded Goose
4
Glasspool Mimic/Glasspool Shore
4
Paradise Druid
4
Sea Gate Stormcaller
2
Tuktuk Rubblefort
2
Wall of Blossoms
Sorcery (8)
4
Neoform
4
Shimmer of Possibility
Instant (8)
4
Dual Strike
2
Perilous Voyage
2
Silundi Vision/Silundi Isle
Land (20)
2
Botanical Sanctum
4
Breeding Pool
2
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
2
Hinterland Harbor
1
Ketria Triome
1
Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway
4
Steam Vents
4
Stomping Ground
Cards 60

TIER THREE

11. PRISON

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1
Approach of the Second Sun
4
Idyllic Tutor
4
Wrath of God
Instant (2)
2
Settle the Wreckage
Artifact (8)
4
Mind Stone
4
The Immortal Sun
Enchantment (14)
1
Gideon's Intervention
1
Honden of Cleansing Fire
4
Nine Lives
1
Overwhelming Splendor
3
Rest in Peace
4
Solemnity
Land (27)
2
Arch of Orazca
4
Castle Ardenvale
4
Field of Ruin
17
Plains
Cards 60

12. ROGUES

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creature (17)
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Faerie Miscreant
2
Merfolk Windrobber
3
Oona's Blackguard
4
Soaring Thought-Thief
4
Thieves' Guild Enforcer
Sorcery (9)
2
Agadeem's Awakening/Agadeem, the Undercrypt
2
Bloodchief's Thirst
1
Call of the Death-Dweller
4
Thoughtseize
Instant (11)
4
Drown in the Loch
4
Fatal Push
3
Lofty Denial
Enchantment (4)
4
Curious Obsession
Land (19)
1
Castle Locthwain
4
Clearwater Pathway/Murkwater Pathway
5
Island
5
Swamp
4
Watery Grave
Cards 60

13. VAMPIRES

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4
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
Creature (24)
4
Champion of Dusk
4
Dusk Legion Zealot
4
Gifted Aetherborn
4
Knight of the Ebon Legion
4
Murderous Rider
2
Phyrexian Obliterator
2
Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose
Sorcery (6)
2
Agadeem's Awakening/Agadeem, the Undercrypt
4
Thoughtseize
Instant (5)
3
Fatal Push
2
Heartless Act
Enchantment (1)
1
Exquisite Blood
Land (20)
1
Bojuka Bog
4
Castle Locthwain
3
Faceless Haven
12
Snow-Covered Swamp
Cards 60

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