Historic Shakeup – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

Priest of Fell Rites Art by Pauline Voss
Priest of Fell Rites Art by Pauline Voss

This week’s Midweek Magic is Historic Shakeup, where 16 cards are banned from Historic just for this event so you can enjoy all the other strategies that might have been suppressed in the current environment!

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.

Event Details

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

This week: We’re shaking up Historic by removing some of the most popular cards for this event! How will you adapt?

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: October 12, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to October 14, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatHistoric Shakeup
  • 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)

Banned Card List

Please note that this list is in addition to the existing Historic ban and suspension list:

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 Shakeup Decklists (October 2021)


Bo1 Monowhite Humans
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tribal
best of 1
4 mythic
31 rare
4 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$346.08

Funny enough, the best performing Best of One deck is completely untouched for this event so if you want to get your wins quickly, this is likely the best option.

Historic Shakeup Simic Merfolk
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tribal
best of 1
6 mythic
17 rare
28 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$266.88

Even with Collected Company banned, Merfolk can still be a powerful and explosive option.

Historic Shakeup Monored Madness
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Aggro
best of 1
8 mythic
14 rare
12 uncommon
26 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Bomat Courier
$1.40
1
Ox of Agonas
$11.99
Instants (8)
4
Unholy Heat
$2.76
4
Fiery Temper
$1.00
Sorceries (9)
2
Pillar of Flame
$0.58
Lands (18)
12
Mountain
$5.88
4
Ramunap Ruins
$3.16
60 Cards
$285.36

Like Monowhite Humans, Monored didn’t lose anything to the shaekup so if you already liked the deck, you can keep on playing it!

Historic Shakeup Boros Burn
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Burn
best of 1
0 mythic
28 rare
23 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Creatures (16)
4
Bomat Courier
$1.40
4
Soul-Scar Mage
$31.96
Instants (12)
4
Play with Fire
$1.96
4
Unholy Heat
$2.76
4
Lightning Helix
$29.96
Sorceries (12)
Lands (20)
1
Mountain
$0.49
3
Ramunap Ruins
$2.37
4
Sacred Foundry
$95.96
60 Cards
$278.66
Sideboard
1 Cards
$25.99

Best of One is all about speed, and it’s hard to go any faster than a Burn deck!

Historic Shakeup Neostorm
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
5 mythic
36 rare
10 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (23)
4
Gilded Goose
$29.96
4
Paradise Druid
$1.00
1
Combat Celebrant
$14.99
4
Dualcaster Mage
$1.40
4
Glasspool Mimic
$19.96
Instants (12)
3
Pact of Negation
$35.97
2
Opt
$3.58
1
Into the Roil
$0.25
2
Prismari Command
$27.98
Sorceries (6)
4
Neoform
$2.36
Lands (19)
1
Forest
$0.25
3
Island
$0.75
4
Breeding Pool
$119.96
4
Steam Vents
$99.96
60 Cards
$449.42

Neostorm has been picking up steam recently and with a few small changes you can play the combo menace here as well!

Historic Shakeup 5C Niv
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Midrange
best of 1
6 mythic
42 rare
10 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (9)
3
Lightning Helix
$22.47
1
Justice Strike
$0.25
2
Dovin's Veto
$5.98
2
Vanishing Verse
$7.98
1
Fracture
$0.79
Sorceries (8)
Enchantments (1)
Lands (28)
1
Mountain
$0.49
1
Isolated Chapel
$6.49
1
Sulfur Falls
$5.99
1
The World Tree
$6.99
1
Haunted Ridge
$8.49
1
Shipwreck Marsh
$8.49
1
Deserted Beach
$5.99
1
Rockfall Vale
$7.99
1
Breeding Pool
$29.99
3
Ketria Triome
$44.97
1
Steam Vents
$24.99
3
Raugrin Triome
$38.97
1
Watery Grave
$14.99
1
Sacred Foundry
$23.99
2
Savai Triome
$23.98
3
Indatha Triome
$29.97
1
Overgrown Tomb
$18.99
1
Zagoth Triome
$14.99
1
Blood Crypt
$19.99
60 Cards
$465.95

5C Niv has been struggling in the regular queues, but in these weaker ones, this is likely one of the strongest options available!

Historic Shakeup Slivers
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Tribal
best of 1
4 mythic
20 rare
23 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Lands (23)
1
Mountain
$0.49
4
Ancient Ziggurat
$21.96
4
Sliver Hive
$87.96
3
Temple Garden
$38.97
4
Stomping Ground
$55.96
3
Sacred Foundry
$71.97
60 Cards
$400.18

Slivers is one of the coolest tribes but hasn’t had the chops to make it in Historic. However, this may be the perfect place to give them a shot!

Historic Shakeup Mardu Reanimator
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Combo
best of 1
12 mythic
31 rare
4 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Sorceries (20)
4
Bone Shards
$1.00
4
Unburial Rites
$1.00
Lands (24)
1
Swamp
$0.25
2
Sacred Foundry
$47.98
2
Savai Triome
$23.98
4
Godless Shrine
$71.96
4
Blood Crypt
$79.96
60 Cards
$607.28

One of the coolest Historic decks was left mostly intact for this event. Cheese your opponents with huge threats way ahead of the curve.

Historic Shakeup Boros Cycling
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
16 rare
28 uncommon
16 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Creatures (20)
4
Flourishing Fox
$1.00
4
Drannith Healer
$1.00
4
Valiant Rescuer
$1.00
4
Hollow One
$7.96
Instants (4)
4
Zenith Flare
$1.00
Sorceries (4)
4
Go for Blood
$1.00
Enchantments (8)
4
Footfall Crater
$1.00
4
Cast Out
$1.00
Lands (24)
1
Mountain
$0.49
3
Plains
$0.75
4
Forgotten Cave
$1.00
4
Secluded Steppe
$1.00
4
Sacred Foundry
$95.96
60 Cards
$175.08
Sideboard
1 Cards
$3.99

Cycling has always been one of my favorite Historic decks and it’s been (unsurprisingly) untouched for this event!

Historic Shakeup Dimir Control
by DoggertQBones
Historic
Control
best of 1
0 mythic
38 rare
17 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (18)
4
Fatal Push
$71.96
2
Cling to Dust
$0.70
2
Heartless Act
$1.58
1
Baleful Mastery
$4.49
Sorceries (7)
Enchantments (6)
4
Shark Typhoon
$79.96
Lands (25)
4
Island
$1.00
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Drowned Catacomb
$29.96
2
Field of Ruin
$0.50
2
Castle Vantress
$27.98
4
Watery Grave
$59.96
4
Fetid Pools
$19.96
60 Cards
$548.32

We can’t wrap up a Constructed event without Control! With a few alterations, Dimir Control still looks like a strong option for those who love Blue.

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.

7 Responses

  1. mysteriousbugbear says:

    This event isn’t letting me add any decks with Static Discharge in them. Anyone else having that problem?

  2. Thalassemia says:

    what a failed shakeup event. mono white humans is probably the best deck in the entire format and they didn’t even touch it. and they banned vesperlark and muxxus? do they actually have 0 understanding of the format right now? i think i’ll be avoiding this one. it’s a shame because usually the shakeup events are one of the best events magic has to offer.