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Arena Historic (BO1) Metagame Tier List and Rankings: Streets of New Capenna

Our latest update to the Arena Historic (BO1) metagame tier list in MTG Arena.

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. Our MTG Arena (BO1) Historic metagame regularly reviews and ranks the top decks in a tier list, as we also follow up with our comprehensive analysis and review from data available.

  • Click here to view the separate analysis and tier list for Traditional Historic (BO3).
  • On the tier list table, click on the deck archetype name to find the latest decklists representing it from Mythic ladder, events, and tournaments. 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.
  • The tier list is updated weekly, every Wednesday along with a metagame snapshot article.
  • You will also find the latest decklist in rank order, along with a brief description.

Tier List and Rankings

  • 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 4: Off-meta or decks that are not in the rankings, but we have coverage on.

Metagame Snapshot

Our weekly metagame snapshot provide analysis on the standout decks, whether they stand out for their strength, weaknesses, or they have a large change in positioning.


Tier 1

Selesnya Lifegain Combo

Bo1 Heliod Combo
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
4 mythic
29 rare
10 uncommon
17 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
Lands (24)
1
Forest
$0.25
8
Plains
$2.00
4
Sunpetal Grove
$25.96
4
Temple Garden
$67.96
60 Cards
$368.06

Between aggressive starts and a combo kill, Selesnya Company has an awesome blend of grindy and aggressive elements to tackle the metagame.

Mono Red Aggro

Bo1 Mono Red Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Aggro
best of 1
8 mythic
16 rare
12 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Artifacts (4)
4
Embercleave
$39.96
Lands (24)
16
Mountain
$4.00
2
Castle Embereth
$0.78
4
Ramunap Ruins
$2.36
60 Cards
$99.88

Looking to play cheap and efficient threats, Mono Red can overwhelm the opponent before they have any chance to stabilize.

Dragonstorm

Bo1 Dragonstorm
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
10 mythic
26 rare
8 uncommon
16 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (6)
Instants (12)
2
Pact of Negation
$23.98
2
Spell Pierce
$0.50
2
Swan Song
$35.98
3
Prismari Command
$14.97
Sorceries (21)
4
Dragonstorm
$9.96
Enchantments (2)
2
Omniscience
$37.98
Lands (19)
5
Island
$1.25
5
Mountain
$1.25
2
Sulfur Falls
$11.98
3
Steam Vents
$65.97
60 Cards
$377.58

One of the coolest combo decks in Historic, similar to Neostorm, this deck can also kill consistently on turn 4 with putting a Dragonstorm in the graveyard and getting it back with Mizzix's Mastery.

Auras

Bo1 Azorius Auras
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
17 rare
19 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Creatures (16)
4
Selfless Savior
$1.00
4
Kor Spiritdancer
$15.96
Enchantments (23)
4
Arcane Flight
$1.00
2
Aether Tunnel
$0.58
Lands (21)
3
Island
$0.75
9
Plains
$2.25
2
Glacial Fortress
$12.98
60 Cards
$174.86
Sideboard
1 Cards
$4.99

Azorius Auras has an unbelievable ability to kill quickly but also grind extremely well with the Aura creatures and draw enchantments.

Selesnya Enchantress

Bo1 Selesnya Enchantress
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Midrange
best of 1
0 mythic
47 rare
6 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (10)
4
Sanctum Weaver
$15.96
2
Destiny Spinner
$6.98
Sorceries (8)
4
Divine Purge
$0.00
Enchantments (19)
4
Sterling Grove
$9.16
3
Baffling End
$0.75
1
Rest in Peace
$9.49
1
Banishing Light
$0.25
1
Solemnity
$2.99
4
Nine Lives
$1.40
Lands (23)
1
Forest
$0.25
2
Plains
$0.50
2
Sunpetal Grove
$12.98
4
Temple Garden
$67.96
60 Cards
$265.34

With plenty of support from Jumpstart, Enchantress has a lot of grindy elements with a lot of ways to churn through your deck and a game ending combo.

Esper Reanimator

Bo1 Esper Reanimator
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
8 mythic
31 rare
14 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
Instants (4)
Sorceries (14)
4
Thoughtseize
$83.96
4
Bone Shards
$1.00
2
Late to Dinner
$0.50
4
Unburial Rites
$1.00
Lands (24)
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Watery Grave
$79.96
2
Godless Shrine
$35.98
1
Phyrexian Tower
$20.99
60 Cards
$513.4

Looking to cheat in an expensive permanent, Esper Reanimator has many different threats to absolutely crush their particularly matchup.


Tier 2

Elves

Bo1 Mono Green Elves
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
5 mythic
24 rare
5 uncommon
26 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
Enchantments (2)
Lands (22)
17
Forest
$4.25
3
Castle Garenbrig
$17.97
60 Cards
$529.42

Using a large swath of mana producers and insanely broken starts, Elves is by far the fastest deck in Historic being able to kill as soon as turn 3.

Azorius Affinity

Bo1 Azorius Affinity
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Artifacts
best of 1
2 mythic
35 rare
13 uncommon
10 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
Creatures (14)
2
Ornithopter
$0.50
4
Esper Sentinel
$111.96
4
Ingenious Smith
$3.16
4
Thought Monitor
$11.96
Instants (4)
4
Metallic Rebuke
$1.00
Artifacts (22)
4
Portable Hole
$11.16
1
Shadowspear
$29.99
2
Glass Casket
$0.50
4
Nettlecyst
$9.16
Lands (18)
4
Treasure Vault
$39.96
1
Island
$0.25
1
Plains
$0.25
2
Deserted Beach
$25.98
60 Cards
$442.24

With good artifacts backed up by insanely powerful synergy pieces, Azorius Affinity has an ability to be both explosive and grindy depending on their draw.

Mardu Greasefang

Bo1 Mardu Greasefang
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
1 mythic
43 rare
8 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Goblin Engineer
$13.96
4
Undead Butler
$1.00
Sorceries (14)
4
Bone Shards
$1.00
Artifacts (7)
4
Parhelion II
$5.96
Lands (23)
4
Haunted Ridge
$63.96
2
Sacred Foundry
$43.98
2
Savai Triome
$43.98
2
Godless Shrine
$35.98
4
Blood Crypt
$99.96
60 Cards
$401.9

This combo deck looks to put a Parhelion II in the graveyard and cheat it in for free with Grasefang, Okiba Boss.

Azorius Lotus Field

Bo1 Azorius Lotus Field
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Control
best of 1
6 mythic
50 rare
2 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
Creatures (5)
3
Strict Proctor
$1.17
2
Brazen Borrower
$31.98
Instants (15)
2
Stifle
$19.98
3
Fateful Absence
$6.87
4
Archmage’s Charm
$103.96
3
Memory Deluge
$5.97
1
Discontinuity
$1.49
Sorceries (5)
3
Divine Purge
$0.00
2
Wrath of God
$9.98
Enchantments (4)
4
Shark Typhoon
$83.96
Lands (26)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Plains
$0.25
2
Castle Vantress
$5.98
4
Lotus Field
$19.96
4
Deserted Beach
$51.96
60 Cards
$590.35

With a classic Control shell combined with the speed of cheating in a Lotus Field, this is a new take on Control that looks to overwhelm the opponent in value from an earlier point.

Jeskai Creativity

Bo1 Jeskai Creativity
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
14 mythic
30 rare
6 uncommon
10 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
Instants (17)
1
Justice Strike
$0.25
3
Fire Prophecy
$0.75
3
Prismari Command
$14.97
4
Magma Opus
$27.96
Sorceries (16)
4
Hard Evidence
$1.00
Lands (24)
4
Spirebluff Canal
$91.96
4
Deserted Beach
$51.96
4
Steam Vents
$87.96
4
Raugrin Triome
$79.96
2
Sacred Foundry
$43.98
60 Cards
$523.68

Creativity has the classic elements of a Control deck with a strong prison combo by getting out multiple Serra's Emissary to lock out the opponent from winning.

Rakdos Goblins

Bo1 Rakdos Goblins
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tribal
best of 1
2 mythic
30 rare
14 uncommon
14 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Sorceries (2)
Lands (22)
10
Mountain
$2.50
1
Castle Embereth
$0.39
1
Blood Crypt
$24.99
60 Cards
$219.04

Goblins is all about working towards Muxus and destroying the opponent with a huge swing. It has a strong ability to grind as one Muxus can easily turn the game around.

Gruul Transmogrify

Gruul Turbo Emissary by Altheriax – #17 Mythic
by MTG Arena Zone
Historic
Combo
best of 1
15 mythic
30 rare
4 uncommon
11 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
Creatures (4)
Instants (4)
4
Verdant Command
$1.40
Sorceries (12)
4
Strike It Rich
$1.40
4
Transmogrify
$1.00
Lands (25)
7
Mountain
$1.75
4
Rootbound Crag
$25.96
4
Rockfall Vale
$9.96
4
Stomping Ground
$63.96
60 Cards
$238.38

Gruul Transmogrify looks to ramp as quickly as possible and put a Serra's Emissary onto the board that will lock out a good majority of Historic decks from winning.

Boros Burn

Bo1 Boros Burn
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Burn
best of 1
0 mythic
30 rare
18 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Soul-Scar Mage
$11.16
Instants (16)
4
Play with Fire
$7.96
4
Lightning Helix
$3.16
Sorceries (6)
Enchantments (5)
3
Roiling Vortex
$2.97
60 Cards
$227.94

With an extremely punishing curve and efficient burn, Boros Burn will mostly play like an aggro deck, but can also be rather controlling in the creature matchups.

Merfolk

Bo1 Simic Merfolk
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tribal
best of 1
4 mythic
24 rare
29 uncommon
3 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (6)
2
Fading Hope
$2.58
Lands (20)
3
Island
$0.75
4
Breeding Pool
$111.96
60 Cards
$339.86

With a boatload of synergistic creatures, Merfolk looks to build massive board states to decimate the opponent.

Izzet Phoenix

Bo1 Izzet Phoenix
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tempo
best of 1
8 mythic
20 rare
12 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
2
Sprite Dragon
$2.58
2
Brazen Borrower
$31.98
2
Crackling Drake
$0.50
4
Arclight Phoenix
$55.96
Instants (12)
4
Opt
$1.00
4
Unholy Heat
$1.00
4
Consider
$13.96
Sorceries (12)
2
Pillar of Flame
$0.50
Lands (20)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Mountain
$0.25
4
Spirebluff Canal
$91.96
4
Steam Vents
$87.96
60 Cards
$459.14

Phoenix is a classic archetype that is filled to the brim with cheap spells and threats to tempo out the opponent.

Golgari Sacrifice

Bo1 Golgari Food
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Midrange
best of 1
4 mythic
31 rare
17 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Gilded Goose
$15.96
Instants (9)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
4
Deadly Dispute
$19.96
1
Mortality Spear
$0.25
Sorceries (4)
4
Thoughtseize
$83.96
Artifacts (4)
4
Witch’s Oven
$5.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Trail of Crumbs
$1.00
Lands (23)
2
Swamp
$0.50
2
Khalni Garden
$0.70
4
Blooming Marsh
$35.96
4
Darkbore Pathway
$35.96
4
Overgrown Tomb
$71.96
2
Phyrexian Tower
$41.98
60 Cards
$736.54
Sideboard
1 Cards
$4.99

Nixing the normal Red from the Jund deck, Golgari leans way down and leverages Ravenous Squirrel, Trail of Crumbs, and Lurrus of the Dream-Den to grind through any opposition.

Rakdos Arcanist

Bo1 Rakdos Arcanist
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Midrange
best of 1
14 mythic
35 rare
2 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (9)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
4
Unholy Heat
$1.00
Sorceries (8)
4
Thoughtseize
$83.96
Artifacts (2)
Lands (23)
2
Mountain
$0.50
3
Swamp
$0.75
4
Fabled Passage
$23.96
1
Haunted Ridge
$15.99
4
Blood Crypt
$99.96
60 Cards
$676.96

Utilizing a litany of cheap spells and cheap creatures, Arcanist is designed to dismantle creature decks while still being great in attrition matchups.

Colorless Ramp

Bo1 Colorless Ramp
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Ramp
best of 1
10 mythic
19 rare
23 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (10)
Creatures (5)
Artifacts (22)
4
Mind Stone
$3.96
4
Guardian Idol
$1.40
4
Coldsteel Heart
$15.96
4
Hedron Archive
$1.00
60 Cards
$470.38
7 Cards
$33.29

Using the full twelve 2 mana accelerants, Colorless Ramp looks to get on board quickly and ramp up to devastating bombs as fast as possible.


Tier 3

Neostorm

Bo1 Neostorm
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
5 mythic
36 rare
11 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (26)
4
Gilded Goose
$15.96
4
Paradise Druid
$1.00
1
Combat Celebrant
$19.99
4
Dualcaster Mage
$1.40
4
Glasspool Mimic
$15.96
Instants (8)
3
Pact of Negation
$35.97
2
Opt
$0.50
Sorceries (8)
4
Neoform
$5.16
Lands (18)
4
Breeding Pool
$111.96
1
Ketria Triome
$21.99
4
Steam Vents
$87.96
2
Stomping Ground
$31.98
60 Cards
$433.14

While a bit fragile, Neostorm can consistently kill on turn 4 making it an extremely potent weapon against non-interactive decks and still reasonable against reactive decks.

Rakdos Sacrifice

Bo1 Rakdos Sacrifice
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Artifacts
best of 1
2 mythic
29 rare
16 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Creatures (12)
Instants (8)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
4
Deadly Dispute
$19.96
Sorceries (4)
4
Thoughtseize
$83.96
Artifacts (12)
4
Witch’s Oven
$5.96
4
Oni-Cult Anvil
$1.00
Enchantments (2)
Lands (22)
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Blooming Marsh
$35.96
4
Haunted Ridge
$63.96
3
Stomping Ground
$47.97
4
Blood Crypt
$99.96
60 Cards
$584.64
Sideboard
1 Cards
$4.99

Using both Cat/Oven and Oni-Cult Anvil, this deck looks to play a longer game while methodically draining the opponent to death.

Dimir Rogues

Bo1 Dimir Rogues
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tempo
best of 1
1 mythic
29 rare
24 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Creatures (16)
4
Ruin Crab
$3.96
Instants (16)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
2
Cling to Dust
$0.50
4
Into the Story
$1.00
Sorceries (5)
Lands (23)
3
Island
$0.75
3
Swamp
$0.75
4
Drowned Catacomb
$37.96
4
Fabled Passage
$23.96
4
Watery Grave
$79.96
60 Cards
$251.24
Sideboard
1 Cards
$4.99

With a good mill package, a lot of interaction, and strong synergy, Rogues is an absolute nightmare against slow decks while still being strong against faster decks.

Five-Color Niv-Mizzet

Bo1 5C Niv Mizzet
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Midrange
best of 1
6 mythic
46 rare
7 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (8)
3
Lightning Helix
$2.37
3
Vanishing Verse
$10.47
Sorceries (15)
4
Thoughtseize
$83.96
1
Maelstrom Pulse
$1.99
2
Culling Ritual
$8.98
Lands (26)
1
Swamp
$0.25
2
Rootbound Crag
$12.98
1
Breeding Pool
$27.99
2
Ketria Triome
$43.98
1
Steam Vents
$21.99
3
Raugrin Triome
$59.97
1
Watery Grave
$19.99
2
Sacred Foundry
$43.98
3
Savai Triome
$65.97
1
Godless Shrine
$17.99
3
Indatha Triome
$44.97
1
Overgrown Tomb
$17.99
3
Zagoth Triome
$53.97
60 Cards
$649.35
Sideboard
1 Cards
$2.79

Utilizing the power of Niv-Mizzet Reborn and an overabundance of wildcards, 5 Color Niv plays an extremely grindy game plan looking to abuse Niv to draw a bunch of strong cards every cast!

Angels

Bo1 Selesnya Angels
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tribal
best of 1
5 mythic
37 rare
5 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Creatures (28)
4
Soul Warden
$5.16
4
Bishop of Wings
$19.96
4
Resplendent Angel
$139.96
Instants (7)
3
Fateful Absence
$6.87
Enchantments (1)
1
Cleric Class
$1.49
Lands (23)
9
Plains
$2.25
4
Sunpetal Grove
$25.96
4
Temple Garden
$67.96
60 Cards
$497.54

The veritable creature crusher of Historic, Angels is excellent against all the decks looking to attack you but not the best against most Control decks.

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