Standard Artisan – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

Priest of Ancient Lore Art by Jarel Threat
Priest of Ancient Lore Art by Jarel Threat

Hello everyone! Today we’re going to go over Standard Artisan decklists and event details! Artisan is one of my favorite formats as it feels like an interesting mix between Constructed and Limited which gives it unique game play experiences. I’m very big on new ways to play Magic, so Artisan coming back is always welcome. Since Standard has gotten so large, there’s a huge variety in fun and powerful archetypes so make sure to try out a few of these lists before it goes away!

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.

Check out the full schedule of the Midweek Magic events as well as other MTG Arena events on our event calendar.

Event Details

Midweek Magic: Artisan

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

Today’s event is Artisan: Bring a 60-card Standard deck, but using only commons, uncommons, and basic lands. Without rares, the common folk can truly be heard!

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: July 20, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to July 22, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatStandard Artisan
  • 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 Cards

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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Standard Artisan Decklists (July 2021)

We have 7 brand new Standard Artisan decks for you to try for this event, as well as a fresh update on 4 others. Please find commentary on the new decks further below as well as the importable deck codes (press the “A” icon on the top right of each deck to copy) straight from this page!

We will add more as the event goes on! If you would like more inspiration, we have more:


Standard Artisan Monogreen Aggro 

Creatures (28)
4
Tangled Florahedron
4
Jaspera Sentinel
4
Wildwood Tracker
4
Nessian Hornbeetle
3
Syr Faren, the Hengehammer
4
Boreal Outrider
2
Fierce Witchstalker
3
Garenbrig Paladin
Spells (7)
4
Blizzard Brawl
3
Snakeskin Veil
Enchantments (3)
3
Renata, Called to the Hunt
Lands (22)
22
Snow-Covered Forest
Cards (60)

First up with have a classic Monogreen aggro deck. Chock full of creatures and a few pieces of potent interaction, this deck is looking to bring the pain to the opponent quickly. Although most Artisan decks are fast, this deck has a lower curve than most and combined with the card quality should give you quick wins.

Standard Artisan Monoblack Aggro 

Creatures (28)
4
Archfiend's Vessel
4
Eyetwitch
4
Serrated Scorpion
4
Shambling Ghast
4
Bloodsky Berserker
4
Grim Wanderer
4
Kitesail Freebooter
Spells (12)
4
Malakir Rebirth
4
Heartless Act
4
Call of the Death-Dweller
Lands (20)
20
Swamp
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
1
Expanded Anatomy
1
Inkling Summoning
1
Introduction to Prophecy
2
Necrotic Fumes
1
Pest Summoning

There’s a huge amount of one drops in Black now allowing you to make a rather potent aggro deck! This deck has a super low curve and a lot to do with it’s mana making it a potent threat against most decks!

Standard Artisan Monoblack Control 

Creatures (12)
4
Eyetwitch
4
Acquisitions Expert
4
Elderfang Disciple
Spells (13)
1
Flunk
4
Heartless Act
4
Crushing Disappointment
4
Tergrid's Shadow
Enchantments (11)
3
Sanctum of Stone Fangs
4
Elspeth's Nightmare
4
Dogged Pursuit
Lands (24)
24
Swamp
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
1
Expanded Anatomy
1
Inkling Summoning
1
Introduction to Prophecy
1
Necrotic Fumes
2
Pest Summoning

On the other side of the coin, this Monoblack deck is looking to control the board and win by using one or multiple life draining enchantments! This modality of winning will be extremely slow so this is only for the most sadistic of players (you better believe I’m going to try this).

Standard Artisan Orzhov Clerics 

Creatures (21)
4
Cleric of Life's Bond
4
Hallowed Priest
1
Indulging Patrician
4
Kor Celebrant
4
Priest of Ancient Lore
4
Silversmote Ghoul
Spells (4)
4
Revitalize
Enchantments (12)
4
Alseid of Life's Bounty
4
Cleric Class
4
Faith's Fetters
Lands (23)
11
Plains
4
Scoured Barrens
8
Swamp
Cards (60)

AFR brought multiple life gain matters cards making Clerics an enticing option. This deck is all about synergy so if the opponent can’t interact quickly, you can run away with the game early on.

Standard Artisan Gruul Aggro 

Creatures (30)
4
Tangled Florahedron
4
Jaspera Sentinel
4
Battle Cry Goblin
4
Brushfire Elemental
4
Grumgully, the Generous
2
Thrashing Brontodon
4
Fierce Witchstalker
4
Keeper of Fables
Spells (7)
1
Song-Mad Treachery
2
Blizzard Brawl
4
Frost Bite
Lands (23)
4
Highland Forest
10
Snow-Covered Forest
9
Snow-Covered Mountain
Cards (60)

Back to the Aggro side of things, Gruul has a great combination of acceleration, cheap threats, and cheap interaction to kill the opponent extremely quickly. If you like getting your games over quickly, this is where you should look.

Standard Artisan Golgari Sacrifice 

Creatures (14)
4
Eyetwitch
4
Shambling Ghast
2
Dina, Soul Steeper
4
Witherbloom Apprentice
Spells (16)
1
Malakir Rebirth
4
Village Rites
4
Deadly Brew
3
Hunt for Specimens
4
Mortality Spear
Enchantments (8)
4
Warlock Class
4
Bastion of Remembrance
Lands (22)
8
Forest
4
Jungle Hollow
10
Swamp
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
1
Fractal Summoning
1
Containment Breach
1
Necrotic Fumes
3
Pest Summoning

Instead of going red in your Sacrifice deck, you could pivot Green instead! Golgari gives you a huge amount of interaction that wasn’t available in Red.

Furthermore, AFR gave us another great body to sacrifice in Shambling Ghast and another wincon in Warlock Class. If you like your games to be more puzzle like, this seems like a great bet.

Standard Artisan Simic Ramp 

Creatures (29)
4
Tangled Florahedron
4
Maraleaf Pixie
4
Llanowar Visionary
4
Quandrix Cultivator
4
Owlbear
1
Warden of the Woods
4
Beanstalk Giant
4
Bookwurm
Spells (8)
4
Emergent Sequence
4
Cultivate
Lands (23)
11
Forest
8
Island
4
Thornwood Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
2
Fractal Summoning
1
Containment Breach
1
Pest Summoning
1
Elemental Summoning
1
Introduction to Annihilation

The final deck of the list. Simic Ramp is looking to accelerate early and start launching threats out like it’s nobodies business. With the new Owlbear, Simic has a nice mid game bridge to be a roadblock against aggro and draw towards our large threats.

Thank you for reading! What decks are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!

More Standard Artisan Decklists (April – May 2021)

DoggertQBones

Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is a streamer and high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, GW Company in Historic, and Temur Koma in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on Twitch and Discord.

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