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MTG Arena Standard Decks – Best-of-Three (BO3) Metagame Tier List – Theros Beyond Death Standard

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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.

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Metagame Tier List – March 5, 2020

TierDeck ArchetypeDecklistsRelated Archetypes
1Jeskai FiresDecklists
1Jund SacrificeDecklistsRakdos Sacrifice
1Temur AdventuresDecklists
1Bant RampDecklistsSultai Ramp
2Azorius ControlDecklistsEsper Control
2Mono Red AggroDecklists
2Temur ReclamationDecklists
2Gruul AggroDecklistsGruul Adventures
3Simic FlashDecklists
3Rakdos KnightsDecklists
3Esper DoomDecklists

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Tier 1

Jeskai Fires

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Tier 2

Azorius Control

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Tier 3

Simic Flash

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Rakdos Knights

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Esper Doom

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Terence

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19 Responses

  1. Risto Kaasik says:

    I feel like Simic Flash should be tier 2-3. I played whole last season with Simic Flash (490 games), when DotD was not banned and Flash was unfavored (around 40-60)against it. It has even match-up against Food decks, and completely dominates all the control decks (Fires and Stax) and is very strong against most aggro decks (Gruul, rakdos and mono red). Only decks that completely rekts Flash are Golgari Adventure and Dimir Mill.

    Speaking of Golgari Adventure which I chose to play this season is completely out of the picture. Have played 60 games with it, which is not a lot but still have not played a single mirror match. And frankly I am not having such success with it as I had with Simic Flash. Maybe I’m not playing it correctly but it doesn’t do well against control decks and neither Aggro decks.

    • mtgazone mtgazone says:

      I think your skill and experience of the deck matters a lot in MTG, perhaps even more so than the strength of the deck. 490 games is a lot! The pros bring the strongest decks to tournaments because their skill level is so similar, which means playing a weaker deck would be a huge disadvantage.

  2. Brendan Dillon says:

    Assuming a ban comes on Oko (though I think Restricted list would be more reasonable), it will be interesting to see the next phase of the metagame, though I expect it to remain strongly green, there are just too many strong green cards to build around right now.

    • mtgazone mtgazone says:

      People are expecting the deck will continue on as a Ramp variant just without Oko – kinda like last Standard season, with more options now. Being restricted is out of the question, as that is usually just for the Vintage format.

    • Philip Kendall says:

      Nothing’s ever been restricted in Standard, they’re not going to start now – and if they were, Field of the Dead would have been the prime candidate as it was obnoxious only in multiples.

      • Brendan Dillon says:

        So young… That’s not true at all. Standard (originally known as Type II) had many restricted cards back in the day. Maybe no restricted cards since you started playing, but that’s not ‘never’.
        And what made FoD obnoxious wasn’t when it triggered in multiples, it’s that there were so few ways to counter it in the first place
        Oko is powerful, but it’s just a planeswalker, there are plenty of ways to tackle him, but having to deal with another one right after getting rid of the first, that’s the nauseating part.

  3. Jake S says:

    I’ve been playing a lot of Simic Flash in Plat, and it easily carried me to Diamond in the last couple of days in Bo3. Since hitting Diamond I’ve found it to be less than ideal, but switching to an Izzet Flash version has done absolute wonders.

    What’s nice about the Izzet version in the current metagame is its ability to easily switch to a Draw-Two archetype through sideboarding Irencrag Pyromancers and Improbable Alliances. This lets it have a much better matchup against both aggro and T3feri, though Narset then becomes a problem (though a less painful one than T3feri). Shifting Ceratops is a lot less scary when you have red removal, too.

    Royal Scions is really the standout card. The versatility of cycling through your deck or beating down the opponent wtih their +1s, plus the inevitability of their ult, makes for a very scary card that people tend to either overlook–to their detriment–or dump too many resources into, leaving plenty of room for a Brineborn Cutthroat to get stacked.

    Overall the deck seems to be pretty well positioned against the top of the field, though who’s to say whether it will pick up steam. Personally I’m hoping it doesn’t, so I can afford to grab the Scions in paper!

  4. Kakata says:

    How is Golgari Adventures tier 1? that’s easily the worst deck in the meta right now and I don’t see anyone using that deck in tournaments lately either.

  5. Andrew says:

    Is there a link to BO1 decklists

  6. Brendan Dillon says:

    Considering the Top 8 at MCVII, I think it’s pretty reasonable to move simic Flash into Tier 1, and equally reasonable to move Fires to Tier 2. Personally I prefer Jund Sacrifice over either. Golgari Adventures is probably T2 as well.

    • Damian Cohen says:

      And even more reasonable to include Simic Ramp Elementals (as played by Andrea Mengucci) at least in tier 2 status. It’s been fantastic all the weekend.

    • mtgazone mtgazone says:

      It’s a bit hard to base the list purely on the tournament as it’s a completely different metagame environment – this version of Simic Flash is good, but I’m not sure if it’s Tier 1. Maybe 1.5 currently?

  7. battaile says:

    good stuff Terrence, loving these tier lists

  8. Ayongs says:

    i spent all my WC for temur reclamation, the deck is good but struggle a lot when fight against aggro, any tips pls ? :’)

  9. battaile says:

    “due to its trouble with the manabase.”
    I feel like this deck (Gruul aggro) would be unreal if the mana didn’t suck so badly

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