Historic Metagame

Explore the best decks in the metagame for Historic, for both best of one (bo1) and best of three (bo3). Our metagame data is provided by mtgmeta.io, and the tier list and rankings are carefully curated based on a variety of factors and sources by our expert players. Updated for Streets of New Capenna (SNC).

  • Click on the deck archetype name to go to MTG Meta and find detailed statistics on the deck, and the latest decklists representing it from tournaments.
  • 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.
  • The metagame matrix measures matches between each popular deck and how they fare against each other.

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.


Bo1 Historic

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

Bo3 Historic

Metagame Matchup Matrix

historic
25 Jan 2022 - 20 May 2022
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win
rate
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
other
vs
golgari food
vs
azorius auras
vs
rakdos arcanist
vs
azorius control
vs
jeskai control
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
5c niv-mizzet
vs
azorius control (yorion)
vs
heliod company
vs
gruul aggro
vs
azorius affinity
vs
selesnya enchantress
vs
jeskai creativity
vs
mono-red aggro
vs
rakdos anvil
vs
jund food
vs
mardu greasefang
vs
selesnya humans
vs
simic merfolk
izzet phoenix
14.29% metagame
894 matches
global 53.5% [50.2%-56.7%]
-
60.0%
55 matches
36.9%
111 matches
50.6%
81 matches
57.7%
78 matches
71.6%
67 matches
56.0%
50 matches
64.0%
50 matches
66.7%
39 matches
52.8%
36 matches
50.0%
14 matches
40.0%
15 matches
15.0%
20 matches
16.7%
24 matches
18.2%
11 matches
58.3%
12 matches
40.0%
10 matches
33.3%
12 matches
50.0%
10 matches
33.3%
6 matches
64.3%
14 matches
izzet phoenix
14.29% metagame
894 matches
global 53.5% [50.2%-56.7%]
other
11.29% metagame
457 matches
global 35.0% [30.8%-39.5%]
40.0%
55 matches
-
24.3%
37 matches
29.0%
31 matches
40.0%
30 matches
39.1%
23 matches
30.4%
23 matches
11.1%
9 matches
46.7%
15 matches
30.8%
13 matches
28.6%
7 matches
42.9%
7 matches
40.0%
5 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
4 matches
22.2%
9 matches
26.7%
15 matches
63.6%
11 matches
50.0%
4 matches
6.7%
15 matches
50.0%
10 matches
other
11.29% metagame
457 matches
global 35.0% [30.8%-39.5%]
golgari food
7.94% metagame
549 matches
global 56.8% [52.7%-60.9%]
63.1%
111 matches
75.7%
37 matches
-
50.0%
44 matches
56.8%
44 matches
59.5%
37 matches
45.8%
24 matches
33.3%
21 matches
50.0%
12 matches
36.8%
38 matches
10.0%
10 matches
54.5%
11 matches
25.0%
8 matches
53.3%
15 matches
84.6%
13 matches
100.0%
3 matches
100.0%
6 matches
33.3%
9 matches
75.0%
4 matches
66.7%
9 matches
100.0%
3 matches
golgari food
7.94% metagame
549 matches
global 56.8% [52.7%-60.9%]
azorius auras
6.17% metagame
416 matches
global 55.3% [50.5%-60%]
49.4%
81 matches
71.0%
31 matches
50.0%
44 matches
-
46.2%
39 matches
60.0%
20 matches
62.5%
16 matches
61.5%
13 matches
50.0%
10 matches
64.7%
17 matches
50.0%
4 matches
63.6%
11 matches
22.2%
9 matches
58.3%
12 matches
71.4%
7 matches
60.0%
10 matches
100.0%
4 matches
33.3%
3 matches
40.0%
5 matches
25.0%
4 matches
16.7%
6 matches
azorius auras
6.17% metagame
416 matches
global 55.3% [50.5%-60%]
rakdos arcanist
5.68% metagame
399 matches
global 55.1% [50.2%-59.9%]
42.3%
78 matches
60.0%
30 matches
43.2%
44 matches
53.8%
39 matches
-
63.6%
22 matches
81.3%
16 matches
75.0%
16 matches
18.2%
11 matches
46.2%
13 matches
66.7%
9 matches
80.0%
5 matches
71.4%
7 matches
71.4%
7 matches
85.7%
7 matches
42.9%
7 matches
50.0%
2 matches
80.0%
5 matches
80.0%
5 matches
0.0%
6 matches
83.3%
6 matches
rakdos arcanist
5.68% metagame
399 matches
global 55.1% [50.2%-59.9%]
azorius control
5.37% metagame
349 matches
global 47.6% [42.4%-52.8%]
28.4%
67 matches
60.9%
23 matches
40.5%
37 matches
40.0%
20 matches
36.4%
22 matches
-
45.8%
24 matches
70.0%
10 matches
70.0%
10 matches
41.2%
17 matches
83.3%
6 matches
60.0%
10 matches
83.3%
6 matches
62.5%
8 matches
75.0%
4 matches
0.0%
5 matches
66.7%
6 matches
83.3%
6 matches
83.3%
6 matches
66.7%
3 matches
33.3%
3 matches
azorius control
5.37% metagame
349 matches
global 47.6% [42.4%-52.8%]
jeskai control
3.97% metagame
276 matches
global 47.8% [42%-53.7%]
44.0%
50 matches
69.6%
23 matches
54.2%
24 matches
37.5%
16 matches
18.8%
16 matches
54.2%
24 matches
-
42.9%
14 matches
37.5%
8 matches
25.0%
12 matches
100.0%
3 matches
57.1%
7 matches
50.0%
6 matches
33.3%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
25.0%
4 matches
66.7%
3 matches
60.0%
5 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
jeskai control
3.97% metagame
276 matches
global 47.8% [42%-53.7%]
azorius lotus field
3.42% metagame
243 matches
global 49.8% [43.6%-56%]
36.0%
50 matches
88.9%
9 matches
66.7%
21 matches
38.5%
13 matches
25.0%
16 matches
30.0%
10 matches
57.1%
14 matches
-
27.3%
11 matches
16.7%
6 matches
100.0%
10 matches
33.3%
6 matches
50.0%
2 matches
66.7%
3 matches
100.0%
4 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
100.0%
3 matches
33.3%
3 matches
60.0%
5 matches
azorius lotus field
3.42% metagame
243 matches
global 49.8% [43.6%-56%]
5c niv-mizzet
2.69% metagame
196 matches
global 52.0% [45.1%-58.9%]
33.3%
39 matches
53.3%
15 matches
50.0%
12 matches
50.0%
10 matches
81.8%
11 matches
30.0%
10 matches
62.5%
8 matches
72.7%
11 matches
-
80.0%
5 matches
50.0%
6 matches
42.9%
7 matches
0.0%
3 matches
100.0%
4 matches
0.0%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
4 matches
5c niv-mizzet
2.69% metagame
196 matches
global 52.0% [45.1%-58.9%]
azorius control (yorion)
2.50% metagame
214 matches
global 56.5% [49.8%-63%]
47.2%
36 matches
69.2%
13 matches
63.2%
38 matches
35.3%
17 matches
53.8%
13 matches
58.8%
17 matches
75.0%
12 matches
83.3%
6 matches
20.0%
5 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
40.0%
5 matches
40.0%
5 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
75.0%
4 matches
66.7%
3 matches
0.0%
2 matches
28.6%
7 matches
azorius control (yorion)
2.50% metagame
214 matches
global 56.5% [49.8%-63%]
heliod company
1.77% metagame
112 matches
global 47.3% [38.3%-56.5%]
50.0%
14 matches
71.4%
7 matches
90.0%
10 matches
50.0%
4 matches
33.3%
9 matches
16.7%
6 matches
0.0%
3 matches
0.0%
10 matches
50.0%
6 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
heliod company
1.77% metagame
112 matches
global 47.3% [38.3%-56.5%]
gruul aggro
1.65% metagame
118 matches
global 50.0% [41.1%-58.9%]
60.0%
15 matches
57.1%
7 matches
45.5%
11 matches
36.4%
11 matches
20.0%
5 matches
40.0%
10 matches
42.9%
7 matches
66.7%
6 matches
57.1%
7 matches
60.0%
5 matches
-
-
-
66.7%
3 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
40.0%
5 matches
100.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
gruul aggro
1.65% metagame
118 matches
global 50.0% [41.1%-58.9%]
azorius affinity
1.53% metagame
102 matches
global 57.8% [48.1%-67%]
85.0%
20 matches
60.0%
5 matches
75.0%
8 matches
77.8%
9 matches
28.6%
7 matches
16.7%
6 matches
50.0%
6 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
3 matches
60.0%
5 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
33.3%
3 matches
20.0%
5 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
66.7%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
azorius affinity
1.53% metagame
102 matches
global 57.8% [48.1%-67%]
selesnya enchantress
1.53% metagame
119 matches
global 58.0% [49%-66.5%]
83.3%
24 matches
50.0%
2 matches
46.7%
15 matches
41.7%
12 matches
28.6%
7 matches
37.5%
8 matches
66.7%
3 matches
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
4 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
33.3%
3 matches
50.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
-
-
selesnya enchantress
1.53% metagame
119 matches
global 58.0% [49%-66.5%]
jeskai creativity
1.34% metagame
90 matches
global 46.7% [36.7%-56.9%]
81.8%
11 matches
100.0%
4 matches
15.4%
13 matches
28.6%
7 matches
14.3%
7 matches
25.0%
4 matches
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
4 matches
100.0%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
-
80.0%
5 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
jeskai creativity
1.34% metagame
90 matches
global 46.7% [36.7%-56.9%]
mono-red aggro
1.34% metagame
82 matches
global 50.0% [39.4%-60.6%]
41.7%
12 matches
77.8%
9 matches
0.0%
3 matches
40.0%
10 matches
57.1%
7 matches
100.0%
5 matches
33.3%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
4 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
mono-red aggro
1.34% metagame
82 matches
global 50.0% [39.4%-60.6%]
rakdos anvil
1.34% metagame
86 matches
global 47.7% [37.4%-58.1%]
60.0%
10 matches
73.3%
15 matches
0.0%
6 matches
0.0%
4 matches
50.0%
2 matches
33.3%
6 matches
75.0%
4 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
rakdos anvil
1.34% metagame
86 matches
global 47.7% [37.4%-58.1%]
jund food
1.16% metagame
84 matches
global 45.2% [35%-55.9%]
66.7%
12 matches
36.4%
11 matches
66.7%
9 matches
66.7%
3 matches
20.0%
5 matches
16.7%
6 matches
33.3%
3 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
25.0%
4 matches
0.0%
1 matches
60.0%
5 matches
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
jund food
1.16% metagame
84 matches
global 45.2% [35%-55.9%]
mardu greasefang
1.16% metagame
75 matches
global 45.3% [34.6%-56.6%]
50.0%
10 matches
50.0%
4 matches
25.0%
4 matches
60.0%
5 matches
20.0%
5 matches
16.7%
6 matches
40.0%
5 matches
0.0%
3 matches
50.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
-
0.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
4 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
mardu greasefang
1.16% metagame
75 matches
global 45.3% [34.6%-56.6%]
selesnya humans
0.98% metagame
79 matches
global 74.7% [64.1%-83%]
66.7%
6 matches
93.3%
15 matches
33.3%
9 matches
75.0%
4 matches
100.0%
6 matches
33.3%
3 matches
100.0%
2 matches
66.7%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
selesnya humans
0.98% metagame
79 matches
global 74.7% [64.1%-83%]
simic merfolk
0.92% metagame
73 matches
global 47.9% [36.9%-59.2%]
35.7%
14 matches
50.0%
10 matches
0.0%
3 matches
83.3%
6 matches
16.7%
6 matches
66.7%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
40.0%
5 matches
50.0%
4 matches
71.4%
7 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
simic merfolk
0.92% metagame
73 matches
global 47.9% [36.9%-59.2%]
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
other
vs
golgari food
vs
azorius auras
vs
rakdos arcanist
vs
azorius control
vs
jeskai control
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
5c niv-mizzet
vs
azorius control (yorion)
vs
heliod company
vs
gruul aggro
vs
azorius affinity
vs
selesnya enchantress
vs
jeskai creativity
vs
mono-red aggro
vs
rakdos anvil
vs
jund food
vs
mardu greasefang
vs
selesnya humans
vs
simic merfolk
Legend
  • Tier 1: Decks are selected by their strong win rate versus other decks (greater than 50%), the probability of encountering them, and a minimum meta share and threshold being met.
  • Tier 2: Tier 2 follows the same parameters as the tier 1 decks, but don’t have as high of a win rate (less than 50%) and/or meta share.
  • Tier 3: Decks that either have a low meta share or a low win rate.
  • Tier 4: Off-meta decks – not enough meta share to be reliable or a low win rate.

Historic Best of Three (BO3) Metagame Tier List

Tier 1
? The premier decks of the format. These are the most likely decks to win challenges or preliminaries on Magic Online and often survive even while being targeted directly by other top decks.

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Tier 2
? These are very strong decks that are poised to top 8 the challenges and may even win them, but generally have a specific weak matchup either against other A tier decks or against some number of S tier decks, which hold these decks back from the top spot.

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Tier 3
? These are the last of the decks that are likely to put up strong results in the Challenges Online. These decks tend to have skewed matchup spreads, needing to win the matchup lottery to overperform and usually are more like to top 16 a Challenge than top 8.

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Tier 4
? These are decks that can 5-0 a league and will occasionally spike a larger event, but generally they fall victim to too many bad matchups in the upper tiers of the metagame or lack the consistency outside of a single pilot to put up consistent results.

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Tier 5
? These decks show up often enough to warrant mention outside of FNM tier and can sneak into top 16s some amount of the time, but on a week to week basis, these decks are liable to leave you outside of prizes in competitive events.

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