MTG Arena Standard Decks – Metagame Tier List – November 22, 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 – November 22, 2019
- November 22, 2019: The 275 player Twitch Rivals MTG Arena tournament results are now out and the list has been cleaned up after the banning.
- November 18, 2019: Oko, Thief of Crowns, Veil of Summer and Once Upon a Time are now banned. See the announcement here. We will be updating the new metagame in the next day or two.
|Tier||Deck Archetype||Decklists||Related Archetypes|
|1||Jeskai Fires||Decklists||Grixis Fires|
|1||Jund Sacrifice||Decklists||Rakdos Sarifice |
|2||Simic Flash||Decklists||Izzet Flash |
Mono Blue Tempo
|2||Mono Red Aggro||Decklists|
|3||Gruul Adventures||Decklists||Gruul Aggro|
|3||Esper Control||Decklists||Esper Doom|
The most popular deck since the Standard banning of Oko are the Fires of Invention decks. There are a few different variations of the deck floating around, but the one adopted by many top players is the version that features Cavalier of Flame and Cavalier of Gales as a quick win condition, as you stall the game with planeswalkers and bard wipes such as Deafening Clarion. This deck is perfect for a slower meta and especially where green-based aggro decks (such as Gruul) have been hit hard by the loss of Once Upon a Time.
Cauldron Familiar and Witch’s Oven welcomes Trail of Crumbs as the new partner for card advantage, showing the core engine is still powerful without the help of Oko, Thief of Crowns. The deck is currently positioned well in a metagame that is less prepared against it, though as it becomes more prominent artifact, enchantment and even graveyard hate will be able to shut down the deck without too much difficulty. Even then, drawing the wrong half of the deck can be a common occurrence too. Some versions include a few copies Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, but the best sacrifice payoff is still Mayhem Devil.
Golgari Adventures has evolved into a solid midrange deck that has not been hit too hard by the loss of Once Upon a Time, and is boosted slightly by the disappearance of Veil of Summer and less decks needing to use Noxious Grasp or Aether Gust in their maindeck. The deck has a good curve that does not rely too much on Edgewall Innkeeper’s card advantage and can act as the aggressor, or out-grind opponents also when necessary. Variations of the deck that includes the Knight package and Lucky’s Clover are still strong contenders.
Simic Flash is a deck packed with creatures with flash backed up by counterspells. It is one of the decks that has not been weakened by the Standard bans, and has always been present in the metagame. It has shown strong showings in some large tournaments from time to time, but the existence of Teferi, Time Raveler and Shifting Ceratops is enough for it to ever become a top tier deck.
Although this Rakdos deck is called Knights, it acts more like a combo deck that involves Rotting Regisaur and Embercleave to finish the game out of nowhere. The other game plan involves curving out your creatures like a standard aggro deck that are individually annoying for your opponents to deal with.
Mono Red Aggro
Mono Red Aggro is always an over-performer in an unknown metagame, where its linear gameplan and consistency makes it harder for unrefined decklists to beat. The banning of Oko and Once Upon a Time is also the most significant factor that allows Mono Red to be a bigger part of the meta as it was very difficult to beat the Food decks.
Gruul Adventures combines the aggressiveness of Gruul Aggro and the Adventure package from Edgewall Innkeeper for card advantage. This deck was a stand out from Mythic Championship VI performing well even against the Oko Food decks, but the loss of Once Upon a Time hurt its consistency significantly, and enough for it to be wary of its future place in the metagame. The saving grace is that you are less likely to face Noxious Grasp and Aether Gust in the maindeck of your opponents now that Oko is gone.
The banning of Veil of Summer brings back the traditional Esper Control back on the menu, supported by Teferi, hand disruption, targeted removal and board wipes. Esper Stax – built around Doom Foretold and Dance of the Manse, is still a valid variation of the deck. As the metagame develops further, Kaya, Orzhov Usurper is a great way to answer Witch’s Oven and Cauldron Familiar so we can see this deck rising in strength.
The Azorius Control deck is packed with counterspells and Prison Realm to answer all your opponents in a timely manner. The deck gets better in a Teferi-less meta, but its weakness is in the lack of finishers and the length of time needed to win. We are not a huge fan of this deck archetype without cards like Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and its extremely grindy nature.
This is a fairly linear combo deck that uses the excess mana generated by Wilderness Reclamation at the end of your turn and killing the opponent with Expansion // Explosion. As another slower deck similar to Azorius Control, be wary of playing this deck as players are better equipped against it or more players run Teferi, Time Raveler. The banning of Veil of Summer did help, but not by that much.