MTG Arena Standard Decks – Metagame Tier List – October 2019

Our Magic: The Gathering metagame tier list ranks all the top competitive decks for Throne of Eldraine Standard. With the advent of MTG Arena, there are more events, tournaments and matches being played more than ever before and it may be hard to keep track of the best decks in the format. Here we will include the defining meta decklist, description and explanation for each archetype, with links to more decklists and deck guides, if any available at the time. If you want to view all the best meta decks and their ranking in one snapshot, we have a summary table below. We will provide further explanations as well.

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Metagame Tier List – October 2019

  • October 21, 2019: Field of the Dead is now banned from Standard! Read the full announcement here. The tier list will be adjusted accordingly as we figure out what decks are on the rise (and fall).
  • October 15, 2019: Decklists for the upcoming Mythic Championship V has been released! As expected, all Golos decks are on a tier of their own – representing around 40% of the meta. The tier list has been adjusted slightly and with new deck archetypes (Mardu Knights).
  • October 10, 2019: The metagame could be getting a big shakeup with a banned and restricted announcement to come on October 21, right after the Mythic Championship V. Also adjusted the tier list slightly to account for Fandom Legend Week 27 results.
  • October 8, 2019: September 26 marked the release of Throne of Eldraine and Standard rotation, which also means that a whole new metagame is currently being formed. The next update will come after the Mythic Championship V, the next major tournament – though players have to submit their decklists by this week. The current metagame is based on smaller tournaments, online events and ladder anecdotes.
TierDeck ArchetypeDecklistsDeck Guides
1Bant Food
Bant Ramp
Simic Food
Simic Ramp
Decklists
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2Gruul AggroDecklists
2Jeskai FiresDecklists
2Golgari Adventures
Jund Adventures
Decklists
Decklists
Video Deck Guide
2Mardu KnightsDecklists
3Selesnya AdventuresDecklistsDeck Guide
3Mono Red Aggro
Mono Red Cavalcade
Decklists
Decklists
Deck Guide
3Rakdos Aggro
Rakdos Aristocrats
Decklists
Decklists
4Mono Black Aggro
Mono Black Aristocrats
Decklists
Decklists
4Simic FlashDecklistsDeck Guide
4Esper StaxDecklists

Tier 1

Bant Ramp/Food / Simic Ramp/Food

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Bant Ramp by Stanislav Cifka – Mythic Championship V

2 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
2 Arboreal Grazer (WAR) 149
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
3 Deputy of Detention (RNA) 165
1 Agent of Treachery (M20) 43
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
2 Growth Spiral (RNA) 178
7 Forest (WAR) 264
1 Island (WAR) 255
2 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
2 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
4 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
2 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242

3 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
3 Disdainful Stroke (GRN) 37
2 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves (WAR) 224
2 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
2 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165
2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
1 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42

Simic Food by Sjow – Fandom Legends Week 28

4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
1 Disdainful Stroke (GRN) 37
3 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
10 Forest (XLN) 277
4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
7 Island (XLN) 265
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
2 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
1 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
4 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
1 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42

3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
3 Aether Gust (M20) 42
3 Disdainful Stroke (GRN) 37
2 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
3 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
1 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200 

Oko, Thief of Crowns is a card that is making a big impact on Standard at the moment. Combined with Nissa, Who Shakes the World and Teferi, Time Raveler – it makes for a pretty generic “good stuff” deck to optimally make use of excess mana. It makes use of the new Food mechanic on a secondary level, with Gilded Goose and Wicked Wolf. Though the core of the deck is primarily green and blue, sometimes white is splashed for cards like Teferi and Deputy of Detention to help with removal and strength against different decks. The Simic version becomes more consistent and focused on fitting in as much core cards as possible. This deck is good enough to be tier 1 without Golos in the metagame.

The “Food” in the deck’s name differentiates using Wicked Wolf as an additional source of Food synergy. Gilded Goose and Oko is in pretty much all the decks, and the difference between these two archetypes are very subtle and will be considered to be merged into one.

Tier 2

Gruul Aggro

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Gruul Aggro by Javier Dominguez – Mythic Championship V

 4 Pelt Collector (GRN) 141
4 Zhur-Taa Goblin (RNA) 215
4 Gruul Spellbreaker (RNA) 179
4 Bonecrusher Giant (ELD) 115
3 Skarrgan Hellkite (RNA) 114
4 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
3 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
2 Kraul Harpooner (GRN) 136
2 Embercleave (ELD) 120
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
3 Collision // Colossus (RNA) 223
10 Forest (GRN) 264
9 Mountain (GRN) 263
4 Stomping Ground (RNA) 259

2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
1 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
2 Thrashing Brontodon (M20) 197
2 Shock (M20) 160
2 Redcap Melee (ELD) 135
3 Domri's Ambush (WAR) 192
3 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165 

Gruul Aggro is another strong option in the current metagame due to its straightforward and consistent (and somewhat one-dimensional) strategy (GRUUL SMASH!). It can also be attributed to being able to use both Embercleave and Questing Beast together! This really shows the strength of green in this set, which can pair with any other color to make a top tier deck.

Jeskai Fires

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Jeskai Fires by Butakov – MTGO Standard League – October 3, 2019

1 Chandra, Awakened Inferno (M20) 127
4 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61
3 Sarkhan the Masterless (WAR) 143
4 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
1 Ugin, the Ineffable (WAR) 2
4 Fae of Wishes (ELD) 44
4 Deafening Clarion (GRN) 165
1 Drawn from Dreams (M20) 56
2 Time Wipe (WAR) 223
2 Justice Strike (GRN) 182
3 Shock (M19) 156
4 Fires of Invention (ELD) 125
1 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
4 Interplanar Beacon (WAR) 247
2 Island (WAR) 255
2 Mountain (WAR) 261
1 Plains (WAR) 252
4 Sacred Foundry (GRN) 254
4 Steam Vents (GRN) 257
3 Temple of Epiphany (M20) 253
2 Temple of Triumph (M20) 257

1 Chandra, Awakened Inferno (M20) 127
1 Justice Strike (GRN) 182
1 Sarkhan the Masterless (WAR) 143
1 Time Wipe (WAR) 223
1 Command the Dreadhorde (WAR) 82
1 Enter the God-Eternals (WAR) 196
1 Mass Manipulation (RNA) 42
1 Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God (WAR) 207
1 Outlaws' Merriment (ELD) 198
1 Prison Realm (WAR) 26
4 Redcap Melee (ELD) 135
1 The Elderspell (WAR) 89 

There are numerous decks built around Fires of Invention, with Jeskai being the most popular one currently. There are also two primary builds of the deck, the first uses Fae of Wishes and numerous sideboard cards to fetch as silver bullets, and a bunch of planeswalkers similar to the Jeskai Walkers last Standard season. The second version is more of a combo deck, that aims to use the free mana to give Cavalier of Flame and Cavalier of Gales haste and kill your opponent in one turn. The deck is also slower to get going, so relies on Deafening Clarion keeps aggro decks in check. Without the deck’s namesake enchantment the deck can be quite vulnerable, as it can be a liability having a lot of expensive spells in the deck.

Golgari Adventures

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Golgari Adventures by Piotr Glogowski – Mythic Championship V

3 Vivien, Arkbow Ranger (M20) 199
2 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
4 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
2 Order of Midnight (ELD) 99
3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
2 Rankle, Master of Pranks (ELD) 101
4 Foulmire Knight (ELD) 90
4 Edgewall Innkeeper (ELD) 151
4 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165
3 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
2 Find // Finality (GRN) 225
2 Legion's End (M20) 106
1 The Great Henge (ELD) 161
4 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253
4 Temple of Malady (M20) 254
8 Forest (WAR) 264
6 Swamp (WAR) 258
2 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244

1 Legion's End (M20) 106
2 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
1 Massacre Girl (WAR) 99
2 Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage (WAR) 83
2 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
2 Kraul Harpooner (GRN) 136
1 Cavalier of Night (M20) 94
1 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General (WAR) 97

The latest build of this Adventure-based deck is oriented towards a more midrange, value-oriented version rather than an aggro one. The core of the deck is in Edgewall Innkeeper and Adventure cards, and Black gives a different angle being less aggressive but having access to removal, primarily being Murderous Rider. Some versions include Lucky Clover to get even more mileage out of the Adventure cards. The deck fares very well early to mid game, but still would have trouble beating the top tier decks and would heavily rely on Questing Beast. It is also viable to splash red for Bonecrusher Giant – see the Jund Adventures deck page.

Tier 3

Mardu Knights

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Mardu Knights by Ken Yukuhiro – Mythic Championship V

4 Fervent Champion (ELD) 124
4 Acclaimed Contender (ELD) 1
4 Rimrock Knight (ELD) 137
4 Blacklance Paragon (ELD) 79
4 Inspiring Veteran (ELD) 194
4 Knight of the Ebon Legion (M20) 105
4 Rotting Regisaur (M20) 111
4 Steelclaw Lance (ELD) 202
4 Embercleave (ELD) 120
5 Mountain (WAR) 261
3 Swamp (WAR) 258
4 Blood Crypt (RNA) 245
4 Sacred Foundry (GRN) 254
4 Tournament Grounds (ELD) 248
4 Godless Shrine (RNA) 248

4 Legion's End (M20) 106
3 Chance for Glory (GRN) 159
4 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
4 Angrath's Rampage (WAR) 185 

Knights are the latest tribal decks to be introduced with Throne of Eldraine, and each of the three colors that it is associated with – white, black and red all has strong cards, so why not combine them all? This three colored aggressive deck has the best cards from each color, and Embercleave is the card to rely on to quickly finish off your opponents – which is especially deadly with Rotting Regisaur. The weakness is its manabase, which can be a bit risky at times.

Selesnya Adventures

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Selesnya Adventures by Aaron Barich – Star City Games Philadelphia Standard Classic

4 Edgewall Innkeeper (ELD) 151
4 Faerie Guidemother (ELD) 11
2 Flaxen Intruder (ELD) 155
1 Knight of Autumn (GRN) 183
4 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165
4 Shepherd of the Flock (ELD) 28
4 Venerated Loxodon (GRN) 30
4 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
1 Gideon Blackblade (WAR) 13
8 Forest (XLN) 277
8 Plains (XLN) 261
4 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238
4 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
1 Unbreakable Formation (RNA) 29
3 Flower // Flourish (GRN) 226

2 Glass Casket (ELD) 15
2 Knight of Autumn (GRN) 183
2 Conclave Tribunal (GRN) 6
4 March of the Multitudes (GRN) 188
1 Unbreakable Formation (RNA) 29
1 Trostani Discordant (GRN) 208
1 Gideon Blackblade (WAR) 13
2 Devout Decree (M20) 13 

This deck archetype relies heavily on Edgewall Innkeeper for card advantage, and your ability to keep pumping out creatures and go wide. This type of deck thrives when there are not too much control decks or cheap removal spells like Shock running around. Questing Beast also gives the deck a lot of reach. Once we see the metagame start to settle, we expect this type of deck to fall in favor. For now, the deck is fast and resilient enough to go under and pressure the popular decks in the metagame sometimes.

Mono Red Aggro / Cavalcade

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Mono Red Cavalcade by Lee Shi Tian – Mythic Championship V

3 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator (WAR) 146
4 Scorch Spitter (M20) 159
4 Runaway Steam-Kin (GRN) 115
4 Fervent Champion (ELD) 124
4 Bonecrusher Giant (ELD) 115
4 Tin Street Dodger (RNA) 120
4 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell (ELD) 147
4 Rimrock Knight (ELD) 137
4 Light Up the Stage (RNA) 107
4 Cavalcade of Calamity (RNA) 95
18 Mountain (WAR) 261
3 Castle Embereth (ELD) 239

3 Experimental Frenzy (GRN) 99
4 Lava Coil (GRN) 108
4 Shock (M19) 156
4 Legion Warboss (GRN) 109

Mono Red Aggro by Martin Juza – Fandom Legends Week 27

4 Castle Embereth (ELD) 239
1 Chandra, Acolyte of Flame (M20) 126
4 Fervent Champion (ELD) 124
2 Footlight Fiend (RNA) 216
2 Light Up the Stage (RNA) 107
17 Mountain (ELD) 265
4 Rimrock Knight (ELD) 137
4 Robber of the Rich (ELD) 138
4 Runaway Steam-Kin (GRN) 115
4 Scorch Spitter (M20) 159
4 Shock (M20) 160
1 Skewer the Critics (RNA) 115
3 Slaying Fire (ELD) 143
2 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator (WAR) 146
4 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell (ELD) 147

2 Chandra's Pyrohelix (WAR) 120
3 Chandra, Acolyte of Flame (M20) 126
4 Experimental Frenzy (GRN) 99
4 Lava Coil (GRN) 108
2 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator (WAR) 146

Mono Red is a shell of what it used to be before Standard rotation, with players having to choose between the explosiveness of builds around Cavalcade of Calamity or the standard, more resilient build that has Experimental Frenzy and a mixture of creatures and burn spells. There is no consensus yet on which version is clearly better, but in a metagame where you have no chance if you don’t hit fast enough, the Cavalcade version may fare better as Chandra’s Spitfire even has flying. The downside of this version is that it requires you to use subpar creatures to make the Enchantment work. This deck is still a decent option for those players who prefer best-of-one play, or are on a budget and want to wait out until the metagame settles until after the Mythic Championship.

Rakdos Aggro / Aristocrats

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Rakdos Aristocrats by Miguel da Cruz Simões – Mythic Championship V

1 Chandra, Acolyte of Flame (M20) 126
4 Cauldron Familiar (ELD) 81
3 Gutterbones (RNA) 76
4 Mayhem Devil (WAR) 204
3 Knight of the Ebon Legion (M20) 105
2 Priest of Forgotten Gods (RNA) 83
4 Midnight Reaper (GRN) 77
2 Judith, the Scourge Diva (RNA) 185
1 Legion's End (M20) 106
4 Claim the Firstborn (ELD) 118
3 Angrath's Rampage (WAR) 185
1 Bedevil (RNA) 157
4 Witch's Oven (ELD) 237
6 Mountain (WAR) 261
8 Swamp (WAR) 258
4 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Blood Crypt (RNA) 245
2 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 241

1 Legion's End (M20) 106
1 Chandra, Acolyte of Flame (M20) 126
1 Bedevil (RNA) 157
4 Duress (XLN) 105
3 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
2 Theater of Horrors (RNA) 213
2 Flame Sweep (M20) 139
1 Rankle, Master of Pranks (ELD) 101

Tier 4

Simic Flash

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Simic Flash by Raphael Socher – Star City Games Philadelphia Standard Classic

4 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
4 Brineborn Cutthroat (M20) 50
3 Frilled Mystic (RNA) 174
4 Nightpack Ambusher (M20) 185
4 Spectral Sailor (M20) 76
3 Wildborn Preserver (ELD) 182
6 Forest (XLN) 277
7 Island (XLN) 265
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
1 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
4 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
2 Opt (XLN) 65
4 Quench (RNA) 48
4 Sinister Sabotage (GRN) 54
2 Unsummon (M20) 78

3 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
3 Aether Gust (M20) 42
2 Disdainful Stroke (GRN) 37
2 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58
2 Negate (RIX) 44
3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198 

This is a polarizing deck that got stronger after Throne of Eldraine, with the introduction of Brazen Borrower and Wildborn Preserver. Due to its reliance on counterspells, the deck’s win rate depends highly on whether you go first or second, as well as the presence of cards such as Shifting Ceratops and Teferi, Time Raveler, which make it tricky for competitive play. The deck still has its place in the metagame, though it may be unlikely to ever be top tier.

Mono Black Aggro / Aristocrats

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Mono Black Aggro by LaCriaturaBB – MTGO Standard MOCS – October 6, 2019

3 Blacklance Paragon (ELD) 79
2 Footlight Fiend (RNA) 216
4 Gutterbones (RNA) 76
4 Knight of the Ebon Legion (M20) 105
4 Lazotep Reaver (WAR) 96
3 Midnight Reaper (GRN) 77
4 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
2 Order of Midnight (ELD) 99
4 Priest of Forgotten Gods (RNA) 83
3 Rankle, Master of Pranks (ELD) 101
4 Spawn of Mayhem (RNA) 85
4 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 241
1 Mobilized District (WAR) 249
18 Swamp (WAR) 258

2 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
2 Ayara, First of Locthwain (ELD) 75
4 Drill Bit (RNA) 73
2 Legion's End (M20) 106
4 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
1 Witch's Vengeance (ELD) 111 

While Mono Black Aggro may not be as fast out of the gate as Mono Red, it has its own strengths that makes it a decent choice for the current metagame. It is consistent, versatile and resilient with its suite of creatures and removal spells. Priest of Forgotten Gods and Midnight Reaper are card advantage engines that gives the deck reach against creature based decks. The “Aristocat” build is also prominent, which doubles down on the sacrifice strategy with Cauldron Familiar and Witch’s Oven “combo”.

Esper Stax

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Esper Stax by Ammazzanator – MTGO Standard League – October 7, 2019

4 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
3 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
3 Dance of the Manse (ELD) 186
4 Kaya's Wrath (RNA) 187
1 Legion's End (M20) 106
4 Thought Erasure (GRN) 206
4 Golden Egg (ELD) 220
4 Guild Globe (WAR) 239
1 Wishclaw Talisman (ELD) 110
3 Doom Foretold (ELD) 187
4 Oath of Kaya (WAR) 209
1 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
3 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Godless Shrine (RNA) 248
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
1 Island (WAR) 255
2 Plains (WAR) 252
2 Swamp (WAR) 258
4 Temple of Silence (M20) 256
4 Watery Grave (GRN) 259

1 Legion's End (M20) 106
2 Cry of the Carnarium (RNA) 70
2 Devout Decree (M20) 13
2 Disenchant (M20) 14
2 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193
2 Duress (XLN) 105
2 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
2 Unmoored Ego (GRN) 212 

This deck revolves around playing Doom Foretold – using artifacts and enchantments such as Guild Globe and Golden Egg to use as sacrifice fodder to keep it around as long as possible, and bringing them back with Dance of the Manse to finish off your opponent. The deck was one of the standout archetypes in the first week of Throne of Eldraine Standard, but players moved on to find better decks and likewise, this deck does not fare well against much of them both in terms of speed and power.

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