Pioneer Metagame

Explore the best decks in the metagame for the Magic: The Gathering Pioneer format. Our information is based on tournament data from MTG Meta and carefully curated by our expert players to ensure their accuracy.

Pioneer is the latest nonrotating constructed format featuring only Standard sets from Return to Ravnica and forward – no supplementary products. Currently, this format is available only for tabletop and Magic Online. We are including coverage on MTG Arena Zone as it will be coming to MTG Arena in the next few years and relates directly to its bridging format on MTG Arena, called Explorer.


Metagame Snapshot


Metagame Matchup Matrix

pioneer
07 Mar 2022 - 29 May 2022
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win
rate
vs
Winota
vs
Mono Red Aggro
vs
other
vs
azorius control
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
Mono Green Ramp
vs
rakdos midrange
vs
lotus field
vs
izzet control
vs
Rakdos Sacrifice
vs
mono blue spirits
vs
Greasefang
vs
Bant Spirits
vs
niv to light
vs
Jund Sacrifice
vs
Fires of Invention
vs
jeskai ascendancy
vs
mono-black devotion
Winota
10.47% metagame
317 matches
global 56.2% [50.6%-61.5%]
-
77.1%
35 matches
76.9%
26 matches
51.7%
29 matches
40.4%
47 matches
68.9%
45 matches
57.1%
14 matches
69.2%
13 matches
30.8%
39 matches
50.0%
4 matches
16.7%
6 matches
50.0%
6 matches
56.3%
16 matches
40.0%
5 matches
14.3%
7 matches
66.7%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
Winota
10.47% metagame
317 matches
global 56.2% [50.6%-61.5%]
Mono Red Aggro
9.08% metagame
160 matches
global 50.0% [42.3%-57.7%]
22.9%
35 matches
-
80.0%
10 matches
60.0%
15 matches
59.1%
22 matches
47.6%
21 matches
0.0%
3 matches
87.5%
8 matches
70.0%
10 matches
20.0%
5 matches
-
0.0%
2 matches
75.0%
4 matches
-
33.3%
3 matches
50.0%
4 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
Mono Red Aggro
9.08% metagame
160 matches
global 50.0% [42.3%-57.7%]
other
8.65% metagame
162 matches
global 43.8% [36.4%-51.5%]
23.1%
26 matches
20.0%
10 matches
-
50.0%
26 matches
50.0%
10 matches
57.9%
19 matches
70.0%
10 matches
33.3%
3 matches
33.3%
15 matches
50.0%
6 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
-
20.0%
5 matches
0.0%
5 matches
0.0%
1 matches
75.0%
4 matches
other
8.65% metagame
162 matches
global 43.8% [36.4%-51.5%]
azorius control
8.60% metagame
204 matches
global 48.5% [41.8%-55.4%]
48.3%
29 matches
40.0%
15 matches
50.0%
26 matches
-
51.5%
33 matches
50.0%
20 matches
41.2%
17 matches
44.4%
9 matches
57.1%
14 matches
25.0%
4 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
33.3%
3 matches
33.3%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
50.0%
4 matches
80.0%
5 matches
66.7%
3 matches
azorius control
8.60% metagame
204 matches
global 48.5% [41.8%-55.4%]
izzet phoenix
8.28% metagame
237 matches
global 54.4% [48.1%-60.6%]
59.6%
47 matches
40.9%
22 matches
50.0%
10 matches
48.5%
33 matches
-
60.0%
35 matches
70.0%
10 matches
60.0%
10 matches
53.6%
28 matches
33.3%
3 matches
60.0%
5 matches
20.0%
5 matches
66.7%
3 matches
75.0%
4 matches
100.0%
6 matches
100.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
33.3%
3 matches
izzet phoenix
8.28% metagame
237 matches
global 54.4% [48.1%-60.6%]
Mono Green Ramp
7.53% metagame
244 matches
global 45.5% [39.4%-51.8%]
31.1%
45 matches
52.4%
21 matches
42.1%
19 matches
50.0%
20 matches
40.0%
35 matches
-
41.7%
12 matches
28.6%
7 matches
53.8%
26 matches
50.0%
2 matches
62.5%
8 matches
0.0%
1 matches
61.5%
13 matches
66.7%
6 matches
100.0%
6 matches
40.0%
5 matches
0.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
Mono Green Ramp
7.53% metagame
244 matches
global 45.5% [39.4%-51.8%]
rakdos midrange
6.52% metagame
110 matches
global 46.4% [37.3%-55.6%]
42.9%
14 matches
100.0%
3 matches
30.0%
10 matches
58.8%
17 matches
30.0%
10 matches
58.3%
12 matches
-
66.7%
6 matches
45.5%
11 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
4 matches
0.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
3 matches
100.0%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
rakdos midrange
6.52% metagame
110 matches
global 46.4% [37.3%-55.6%]
lotus field
5.82% metagame
78 matches
global 42.3% [32%-53.4%]
30.8%
13 matches
12.5%
8 matches
66.7%
3 matches
55.6%
9 matches
40.0%
10 matches
71.4%
7 matches
33.3%
6 matches
-
50.0%
10 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
lotus field
5.82% metagame
78 matches
global 42.3% [32%-53.4%]
izzet control
4.38% metagame
187 matches
global 55.6% [48.5%-62.6%]
69.2%
39 matches
30.0%
10 matches
66.7%
15 matches
42.9%
14 matches
46.4%
28 matches
46.2%
26 matches
54.5%
11 matches
50.0%
10 matches
-
100.0%
2 matches
77.8%
9 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
4 matches
100.0%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
66.7%
3 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
3 matches
izzet control
4.38% metagame
187 matches
global 55.6% [48.5%-62.6%]
Rakdos Sacrifice
2.94% metagame
39 matches
global 53.8% [38.6%-68.4%]
50.0%
4 matches
80.0%
5 matches
50.0%
6 matches
75.0%
4 matches
66.7%
3 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
20.0%
5 matches
-
100.0%
2 matches
Rakdos Sacrifice
2.94% metagame
39 matches
global 53.8% [38.6%-68.4%]
mono blue spirits
2.72% metagame
37 matches
global 43.2% [28.7%-59.1%]
83.3%
6 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
40.0%
5 matches
37.5%
8 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
22.2%
9 matches
-
-
-
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
mono blue spirits
2.72% metagame
37 matches
global 43.2% [28.7%-59.1%]
Greasefang
2.40% metagame
28 matches
global 60.7% [42.4%-76.4%]
50.0%
6 matches
100.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
80.0%
5 matches
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
Greasefang
2.40% metagame
28 matches
global 60.7% [42.4%-76.4%]
Bant Spirits
2.08% metagame
60 matches
global 46.7% [34.6%-59.1%]
43.8%
16 matches
25.0%
4 matches
66.7%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
33.3%
3 matches
38.5%
13 matches
50.0%
4 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
4 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
Bant Spirits
2.08% metagame
60 matches
global 46.7% [34.6%-59.1%]
niv to light
1.98% metagame
25 matches
global 44.0% [26.7%-62.9%]
60.0%
5 matches
-
-
66.7%
3 matches
25.0%
4 matches
33.3%
6 matches
100.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
3 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
-
niv to light
1.98% metagame
25 matches
global 44.0% [26.7%-62.9%]
Jund Sacrifice
1.55% metagame
41 matches
global 41.5% [27.8%-56.6%]
85.7%
7 matches
66.7%
3 matches
80.0%
5 matches
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
6 matches
0.0%
6 matches
66.7%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
0.0%
3 matches
Jund Sacrifice
1.55% metagame
41 matches
global 41.5% [27.8%-56.6%]
Fires of Invention
1.50% metagame
35 matches
global 62.9% [46.3%-76.8%]
33.3%
3 matches
50.0%
4 matches
100.0%
5 matches
50.0%
4 matches
0.0%
2 matches
60.0%
5 matches
100.0%
3 matches
-
33.3%
3 matches
80.0%
5 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
Fires of Invention
1.50% metagame
35 matches
global 62.9% [46.3%-76.8%]
jeskai ascendancy
1.02% metagame
25 matches
global 36.0% [20.2%-55.5%]
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
20.0%
5 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
0.0%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
0.0%
2 matches
jeskai ascendancy
1.02% metagame
25 matches
global 36.0% [20.2%-55.5%]
mono-black devotion
0.75% metagame
31 matches
global 48.4% [32%-65.2%]
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
2 matches
25.0%
4 matches
33.3%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
3 matches
0.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
3 matches
-
100.0%
2 matches
-
mono-black devotion
0.75% metagame
31 matches
global 48.4% [32%-65.2%]
vs
Winota
vs
Mono Red Aggro
vs
other
vs
azorius control
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
Mono Green Ramp
vs
rakdos midrange
vs
lotus field
vs
izzet control
vs
Rakdos Sacrifice
vs
mono blue spirits
vs
Greasefang
vs
Bant Spirits
vs
niv to light
vs
Jund Sacrifice
vs
Fires of Invention
vs
jeskai ascendancy
vs
mono-black devotion

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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