MTG Arena Standard Decks – Best-of-Three (BO3) Metagame Tier List – Theros Beyond Death Standard
Our Magic: The Gathering metagame tier list ranks all the top competitive decks for Theros Beyond Death 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.
March 2020 Ranked Season
The card style rewards for the March 2020 ranked season are Escape Velocity and Thryx, the Sudden Storm for reaching Gold and Platinum rank, respectively. Reaching top 1200 Mythic at the end of the season qualifies you for the Mythic Point Challenge – Core Set 2021 in April. Check out the March 2020 Season page for more details!
Metagame Tier List – March 5, 2020
- March 5, 2020: Tier list adjustment to the current metagame – post Mythic Point Challenge – Ikoria
- February 23, 2020: Tier list adjustment to the current metagame – post DreamHack Anaheim
- February 3, 2020: Tier list adjustment to the current metagame – post Magic World Championship
|Tier||Deck Archetype||Decklists||Related Archetypes|
|1||Jund Sacrifice||Decklists||Rakdos Sacrifice|
|1||Bant Ramp||Decklists||Sultai Ramp|
|2||Azorius Control||Decklists||Esper Control|
|2||Mono Red Aggro||Decklists|
|2||Gruul Aggro||Decklists||Gruul Adventures|
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Jeskai Fires is a mainstay in the metagame that all players should be aware of. It is a very resilient deck that controls the board with Deafening Clarion and Teferi, Time Raveler and cheats out big creatures with Fires of Invention. The deck is currently on the rise again as the decks that it is weak to – Azorius Control and Simic Flash – are being forced out of the metagame.
Jund Sacrifice / Rakdos Sacrifice
Sacrifice decks run on the incredibly powerful engine of Cauldron Familiar, Witch’s Oven and Mayhem Devil. The Jund version is slower, bigger, has many decision points and much harder to master. It include the Food package consisting of Gilded Goose, Trail of Crumbs and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King.
The Rakdos version is more aggressive and low to the ground, with cards such as Claim the Firstborn, Gutterbones and Priest of Forgotten Gods. The aggressive version is very well positioned in the metagame at present, as it is strong against other aggro decks and slower decks such as Temur Adventures.
Temur Adventures creates enormous card advantage via Lucky Clover and Edgewall Innkeeper, which cannot be matched by other decks in the format. The main strength of the deck relies on the Fae of Wishes and the sideboard package, which allows you to fetch the card – or multiple cards – you need at the exact time. Bonecrusher Giant and Brazen Borrower slow down your opponent, as you ramp and build up to the finish such as Beanstalk Giant and Fling. This deck is harder to master similar to Jund Sacrifice as it has a lot of decision points.
Bant Ramp / Sultai Ramp
Bant and Sultai Ramp adds a third color to the Simic Ramp deck core to add interactive spells with your opponents. The Bant version is somewhere in the middle between Azorius Control, where it adds Teferi, Time Raveler and Elspeth Conquers Death. In combination with Nissa and Hydroid Krasis, this is a very difficult combination to stop.
The Sultai version adds discard spells, some spot removal and Casualties of War that shines in a slower metagame. We also have cards with surveil such as Thought Erasure and Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths that feed your graveyard to Escape Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath repeatedly.
Azorius Control is still a strong deck, but the matchup against Temur Adventures is not very good since you are overwhelmed by their card advantage with no real answers to their engines (Edgewall Innkeeper and Lucky Clover). As the metagame shifts, the Bant Ramp version (see above) is probably where you want to be right now to go over the top.
Mono Red Aggro
Like Azorius Control, Mono Red Aggro is still a solid deck to climb the ladder with but may run into more problems as players find ways to combat it. For example, the matchup against Rakdos Sacrifice is almost unbeatable. Other top decks like Bant Ramp and Jeskai Fires are also tough. Naturally, as the metagame changes, Mono Red gets weaker as decks get refined despite the card pool remaining the same.
Temur Reclamation is still a deck to watch out for since it gives your opponents limited time to build out their gameplan. It has good matchups against decks that do not interact with your spells very well, namely Temur Adventures – one of the top decks of the metagame. However, Teferi, Time Raveler and the rise of Bant Ramp gives less reason to play Reclamation.
Gruul Aggro / Adventures
Gruul Aggro is a solid aggro deck, closely behind Mono Red Aggro due to its trouble with the manabase. Overall, it has bigger creatures and focuses on each individual threat rather than going wide. Being low to the ground is an advantage in the current metagame, so the more card advantage focused Adventures build may be worse than the normal aggro build.