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MTG Standard Top 5 Decks and Meta Tier List – September 12, 2023

The best 5 decks in Standard this week for Magic: The Gathering, our analysis, and an update to the Bo1 and Bo3 Meta Tier List.

The Standard metagame changes week to week, decks get pushed out, and new strategies flow in. It might be difficult to keep up with trends sometimes. This is why I will be making it much easier for you by making a ranking of the best decks for a given period! Let’s introduce the Meta Tier List update for the week and the Standard Power Rankings.

General Thoughts

Wilds of Eldraine has just released and we’ve got one weekend of results in.

The set seems to have had a decent impact, mainly adding new cards to existing strategies.

It has, however, spawned a handful of new decks that might or might not have a long-lasting impact.

I think there are some decks still under the radar that I want to keep my eye out on like Pia Thopters, Temur Adventures, and Food strategies.

Standard Best of One (Bo1) Meta Tier List – September 12, 2023

TierDeck NameGuide
Tier 1Azorius Soldiers 🔼Guide
Tier 1Mono White Aggro 🔼Guide
Tier 1Mono Red Aggro 🔽Guide
Tier 1Selesnya Enchantments 🔼Guide
Tier 1Dimir Midrange Guide
Tier 2Mono Black Aggro 🔽 Guide
Tier 2Five-Color Ramp 🔼Guide
Tier 2Mono Blue TempoGuide
Tier 2Esper Legends 🔽Guide
Tier 2Orzhov Midrange Guide
Tier 2Selesnya Toxic Guide
Tier 3Rakdos MidrangeGuide
Tier 3Golgari Midrange
Check out the full Meta Tier List, as well as more information on the decks!

Standard Best of Three (Bo3) Meta Tier List – September 12, 2023

TierDeck NameGuide
Tier 1Five-Color Ramp 🔼Guide
Tier 1Dimir Midrange 🔽Guide
Tier 1Dimi Faeries 🔼
Tier 1Golgari Midrange 🔼
Tier 2Esper Legends Guide
Tier 2Orzhov Midrange Guide
Tier 2Mono Red Aggro Guide
Tier 2Selesnya EnchantmentsGuide
Tier 2Azorius SoldiersGuide
Tier 3Mono Black Aggro 🔽Guide
Tier 3Mono White Aggro Guide
Tier 3Esper Control 🔽Guide
Tier 3Selesnya Toxic Guide
Tier 3Mono Blue TempoGuide
Check out the full Meta Tier List, as well as more information on the decks!

#5: Azorius Soldiers

Azorius Soldiers Best of One
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $101.98
Standard
best of 3
3 mythic
32 rare
16 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Azorius Soldiers
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $93.22
Standard
best of 3
0 mythic
34 rare
16 uncommon
10 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (6)
4
Make Disappear
$3.16
2
Destroy Evil
$2.58
Lands (23)
1
Island
$0.35
3
Plains
$1.05
4
Adarkar Wastes
$17.96
4
Seachrome Coast
$9.96
2
Deserted Beach
$17.98
1
Mirrex
$2.49
60 Cards
$105.7
15 Cards
$38.09

Azorius Soldiers is the best-performing Best of One deck and a really solid and adaptable strategy for Best of Three.

Its strength lies in its interactive style, flash game, and real pressure.

It’s much more difficult to play against a creature deck that can deploy threats essentially any time!

It can also gas back up with cards like Knight-Errant of Eos and Skystrike Officer.

All in all, a good deck with a big emphasis on Best of One.

#4: Esper Legends

Esper Legends Best of One
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $467.16
Standard
best of 3
8 mythic
46 rare
5 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Esper Legends by INICKSTRAD
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $522.73
Standard
best of 3
8 mythic
48 rare
3 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

Esper Legends treads the line between aggro and midrange but one thing is certain – it’s a full-on creature strategy. It does not interact much pre-board but can become much more reactive if need be. The main plan is to outclass whatever the opponent is doing by playing the absolute best creatures in the Esper colour combination. The manabase is surprisingly consistent, in large part thanks to Plaza of Heroes which is both a painless Mana Confluence and Tamiyo's Safekeeping all in one card.

This deck has not got a lot from Eldraine but is still plenty playable. There can be a lot of adjustments made based on person preferences such as more interaction, card selection, or more aggression.

It’s a safe choice in the first few weeks of the format since it’s still a deck full to the brim with good cards but also posing an aggressive plan, forcing the opponent to adapt to what you’re doing.

#3: Mono Red Aggro

Mono Red Aggro Best of One
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $36.82
Standard
best of 3
4 mythic
15 rare
19 uncommon
22 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (11)
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
3
Monstrous Rage
$1.05
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
18
Mountain
$6.30
60 Cards
$67.1
Mono Red Aggro by TSUBASA_CAT
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $70.53
Standard
best of 3
12 mythic
13 rare
15 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (5)
3
Play with Fire
$7.47
Sorceries (2)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
18
Mountain
$6.30
60 Cards
$108.94
15 Cards
$6.99

The #3 place actually goes to Mono Red Aggro!

Between it’s excellent performance in Best of One and respectable finishes in Best of Three MTGO Challenges, I cannot put Mono Red any lower.

I can safely say that it’s the utter aggression that benefits the deck so much. While others are trying to find a good shell for their new favourite cards from Eldraine, Mono Red keeps asking questions, demanding the right answer at the right juncture.

It punishes greed, slow decks, and people fumbling around – and that’s what happening, especially Week 1.

The third place proudly goes to Mono Red Aggro.

#2: Dimir Midrange

Dimir Midrange
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $434.33
Standard
best of 3
12 mythic
29 rare
6 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
3
Kaito Shizuki
$16.47
Instants (10)
3
Cut Down
$2.97
4
Make Disappear
$3.16
Sorceries (1)
1
Gix’s Command
$0.49
Lands (25)
1
Island
$0.35
8
Swamp
$2.80
4
Darkslick Shores
$11.96
4
Shipwreck Marsh
$27.96
2
Mirrex
$4.98
60 Cards
$577.04
Dimir Midrange by Than
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $462.36
Standard
best of 3
11 mythic
30 rare
6 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
2
Kaito Shizuki
$10.98
Instants (10)
3
Cut Down
$2.97
4
Make Disappear
$3.16
Enchantments (1)
Lands (25)
1
Island
$0.35
8
Swamp
$2.80
4
Darkslick Shores
$11.96
4
Shipwreck Marsh
$27.96
2
Mirrex
$4.98
60 Cards
$573.04
Sideboard
1
Cut Down
$0.99
1
Negate
$0.35
1
Parasitic Grasp
$0.35
4
Duress
$1.40
2
Phyrexian Arena
$5.98
15 Cards
$25.81

Dimir Midrange still holds a firm grasp on the format. Since it has solid removal, threats, and is consistent in how it executes its plan, it performs decent in both Best of One and Best of Three.

Coming into Week One it was everybody’s best bet although some decided to go for Dimir…Faeries! It might be just a flash in the pan but that remains to be seen. What’s certain is that the Dimir core has a lot going for it right now.

Much to some people’s disappointment but to happiness of Dimir mains, the deck is here to stay – at very high #2 place.

#1: Five-Color Ramp

Five-Color Atraxa Best of One
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $292.36
Standard
best of 3
13 mythic
39 rare
3 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
2
Lukka, Bound to Ruin
{R/G/P}
$1.98
Instants (3)
Sorceries (4)
4
Herd Migration
$1.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Leyline Binding
$43.96
Lands (27)
1
Forest
$0.35
1
Island
$0.35
1
Mountain
$0.35
1
Plains
$0.35
1
Swamp
$0.35
4
Llanowar Wastes
$7.96
1
Haunted Ridge
$11.99
1
Shipwreck Marsh
$6.99
1
Mirrex
$2.49
60 Cards
$384.2
Five-Color Ramp by REX_IUDEX
by Skura
Buy on TCGplayer $359.68
Standard
best of 3
14 mythic
40 rare
1 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
2
Lukka, Bound to Ruin
{R/G/P}
$1.98
Instants (1)
Sorceries (4)
4
Herd Migration
$1.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Leyline Binding
$43.96
Lands (27)
1
Forest
$0.35
1
Island
$0.35
1
Mountain
$0.35
1
Plains
$0.35
1
Swamp
$0.35
4
Llanowar Wastes
$7.96
1
Haunted Ridge
$11.99
1
Shipwreck Marsh
$6.99
1
Mirrex
$2.49
60 Cards
$389.9
15 Cards
$79.65

Five-Color Atraxa is a ramp deck that actually wants to hardcast Atraxa, Grand Unifier and Etali, Primal Conqueror. In midrange battles, few decks will be able to outgrind it.

Despite being called a ramp strategy, it’s very interactive. With Ossification and Leyline Binding, any threat can be stopped in its tracks very early in the game. If the opponent manages to go wide though, you’ve got Sunfall to take care of that.

With everyone expecting Dimir, a big group of players sleeved up Ramp to combat it for the most recent MTGO Challenge and they were rewarded handsomely. It was hands down the best performing deck this weekend and it wasn’t particularly close.

There have been some innovations such as Cemetery Desecrator to immediately flip Invasion of Alara or Virtue of Persistence that can absolutely be played in the long games.

The deck had already been a top dog but now it got further refined and upgraded. It’s a true force to be reckoned with.

The number one place far and away goes to Five-Color Ramp.

Conclusion

Overall, the hero of this installment of the Standard Power Rankings – Five-Color Ramp!

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Skura
Skura

Also known as Skura or IslandsInFront on Twitter and YouTube, Filip started his career upon the release of Gatecrash and has been passing the turn in all formats ever since. He coaches and creates written and video content, mainly centered around the control archetype. He is passionate about Magic game theory and countering spells. Outside of Magic, he is a fan of snooker/pool, chess and Project Management.

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