MTG Arena Zone Championship Series Season 1: Week 2 Wrap-Up

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We’re now finished with the second week of the MTG Arena Zone Championship Season 1, and it’s time to take a look at the results! While last week’s events featured the fledgling Alchemy format, our attention this week was focused on the venerable, but constantly changing, Historic format. Historic was most recently affected by the addition of powerful, digital-only cards from the Alchemy: Innistrad set.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the metagame and results from our three events from Week 2: two bye events and the Preliminary Set Championship Qualifier (PSCQ). We’re also pleased to present live coverage from the Sunday PSCQ hosted by well-known players and content creators HowlingMines and TheDaninja.

You can use the following links to navigate the page quickly:

You can also find coverage from Week 1’s Alchemy events here:

Out of the loop? Learn more about the MTG Arena Zone Championship Series over on our announcement page.


Current Leaderboard and Community Highlights

RankPlayerPointsEvents PlayedWinsLossesDraws
1sanetomi301810
2satoshi nakayama302950
3Arya Karamchandani251720
4Tomas Pokorny251720
5Dominick Karmiche2331130
6Riley Hicks23617100
7sandydogmtg2161790
8Dominick Paolercio203760
9Gavin Bennett202950
10James Schlott202830
11Jeff Pyka202950
12Gabriel Nicholas151430
13hironori tanaka152560
14Jim Davis151430
15Max Dore152450
16Noam Zimet151430

With the second week of competition now behind us, our leaderboard has been updated. We’ve currently got multiple players tied for points at the top of the standings, but it’s sure to shake out a bit more as we get farther into the season.

In addition to some of the regular tournament grinders who joined us in Week 1 such as sandydogmtg, we were honored to have loads of other talent competing in our Week 2 events including professional MTG player and content creator Jim Davis, who managed to Top 8 our PSCQ with his Affinity deck.

The MTG Arena Zone Championship is open to anyone who wants to play, and features cash prizes of up to $400 at the PSCQs. We’d love to see you there! You can check out our tournament offerings and sign yourself up over at the DotGG MTG Melee page.


The Metagame

Across all three of the week’s events, we saw a relatively small but highly varied metagame. In the bye events, Golgari Food decks were the most highly represented, although they struggled to perform against the field. That’s not to say that they made up a dominating portion of the meta though: in Thursday’s event, there were just two Golgari Food decks entered and only one example of each other archetype, making for a diverse field that managed to avoid even a single mirror match.

golgari food
53.7% global win rate
8.31% metagame share
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vs orzhov aristocrats
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs izzet turns
90.9% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs gruul aggro
87.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
worst against
vs selesnya enchantress
25.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs grixis combo
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs bant angels
18.2% win rate
11 tracked matches

During the PSCQ, which sported a significantly larger player pool, we saw Izzet Phoenix and Heliod Company combo decks making up the lion’s share of the meta, with the two archetypes combining to make up around 40% of the field.

izzet phoenix
53.5% global win rate
11.18% metagame share
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vs esper control
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs azorius control
87.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs bant angels
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
worst against
vs jeskai lotus field
33.3% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs grixis combo
30.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantress
21.1% win rate
19 tracked matches

Izzet Phoenix has been one of the top decks in the Historic format since nearly the beginning. Even after all of the changes that have come to the format (including bans that directly affected the archetype), it’s still a serious contender – especially thanks to the power of more recent additions like Dragon's Rage Channeler which adds another hyper-efficient threat to the deck.

heliod company
49.4% global win rate
5.74% metagame share
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vs selesnya humans
65.9% win rate
44 tracked matches
vs golgari food
64.9% win rate
57 tracked matches
vs mono-red madness
63.6% win rate
11 tracked matches
worst against
vs azorius auras
22.2% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs bant blink (yorion)
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs jeskai creativity
13.3% win rate
15 tracked matches

Meanwhile, decks built around Heliod, Sun Crowned have been an important part of Historic since the printing of Scurry Oak created an easier path to combo. Tools such as Ranger-Captain of Eos, Collected Company, and Inquisitor Captain – a new card from Alchemy – help to make the deck massively consistent.

We also saw a number of other familiar archetypes from Historic showing up to the PSCQ, including Jeskai and Azorius Control and Azorius Auras.


Championship Series Bye Event (Tues. 1/4)

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5 January, 2022 - historic - 13 players
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rate
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
golgari food
vs
heliod company
vs
rakdos arcanist
vs
gruul aggro
vs
dimir control
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
bant company
vs
grixis combo
izzet phoenix
6 matches
global 66.7% [30%-90.3%]
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
izzet phoenix
6 matches
global 66.7% [30%-90.3%]
golgari food
10 matches
global 50.0% [23.7%-76.3%]
0.0%
1 matches
-
33.3%
3 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
golgari food
10 matches
global 50.0% [23.7%-76.3%]
global 66.7% [30%-90.3%]
100.0%
1 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
global 66.7% [30%-90.3%]
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
gruul aggro
4 matches
global 25.0% [4.6%-69.9%]
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
gruul aggro
4 matches
global 25.0% [4.6%-69.9%]
dimir control
4 matches
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
dimir control
4 matches
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
-
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
bant company
4 matches
global 25.0% [4.6%-69.9%]
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
bant company
4 matches
global 25.0% [4.6%-69.9%]
grixis combo
3 matches
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
grixis combo
3 matches
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
golgari food
vs
heliod company
vs
rakdos arcanist
vs
gruul aggro
vs
dimir control
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
bant company
vs
grixis combo

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Golgari Food323.1%50%
Izzet Phoenix215.4%66.67%
Heliod Company215.4%66.67%
Dimir Control17.7%75%
Azorius Lotus Field17.7%50%
Grixis Combo17.7%33.33%
Rakdos Arcanist17.7%33.33%
Gruul Aggro17.7%25%
Bant Company17.7%25%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1James SchlottHeliod Company4-0
2sandydogmtgIzzet Phoenix3-1
3Riley HicksDimir Control3-1
4Luca MorettiGolgari Food2-2

Winning Decklist:

Historic Heliod Company by James Schlott
by Paul
Historic
Combo
best of 3
4 mythic
30 rare
10 uncommon
16 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
Lands (24)
1
Forest
$0.35
7
Plains
$1.75
3
Sunpetal Grove
$19.47
4
Temple Garden
$59.96
60 Cards
$393.98
15 Cards
$70.05

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Championship Series Bye Event (Thurs. 1/6)

championship series bye event ()
7 January, 2022 - historic - 11 players
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rate
vs
golgari food
vs
azorius auras
vs
jeskai creativity
vs
dimir control
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
bant company
vs
mardu midrange
vs
grixis midrange
vs
sultai combo
golgari food
4 matches
global 25.0% [4.6%-69.9%]
-
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
2 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
golgari food
4 matches
global 25.0% [4.6%-69.9%]
azorius auras
3 matches
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
-
-
-
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
azorius auras
3 matches
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
dimir control
4 matches
global 100.0% [51%-100%]
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
dimir control
4 matches
global 100.0% [51%-100%]
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
bant company
4 matches
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
100.0%
2 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
bant company
4 matches
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
global 66.7% [20.8%-93.9%]
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
global 66.7% [20.8%-93.9%]
sultai combo
3 matches
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
-
sultai combo
3 matches
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
vs
golgari food
vs
azorius auras
vs
jeskai creativity
vs
dimir control
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
bant company
vs
mardu midrange
vs
grixis midrange
vs
sultai combo

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Golgari Food218.2%25%
Dimir Control19.1%100%
Jeskai Creativity19.1%0%
Azorius Auras19.1%33.33%
Sultai Combo19.1%33.33%
Mardu Midrange19.1%50%
Bant Company19.1%50%
Grixis Midrange19.1%66.67%
Azorius Lotus Field19.1%75%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Riley HicksDimir Control4-0
2Albert ChynGrixis Midrange3-1
3liopoilAzorius Lotus Field3-1
4Armando CoronaBant Company2-2

Winning Deck:

Dimir Control by Riley Hicks
by Paul
Historic
Control
best of 3
4 mythic
45 rare
7 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
Creatures (3)
Instants (12)
3
Fatal Push
$68.97
1
Cling to Dust
$0.25
Sorceries (9)
4
Thoughtseize
$95.96
Enchantments (5)
4
Shark Typhoon
$91.96
Lands (26)
3
Island
$0.75
1
Swamp
$0.25
2
Drowned Catacomb
$21.98
1
Field of Ruin
$0.25
1
Castle Locthwain
$16.99
1
Castle Vantress
$8.99
2
Shipwreck Marsh
$33.98
4
Watery Grave
$75.96
4
Fetid Pools
$17.96
60 Cards
$695.4
Sideboard
1
Thief of Sanity
$2.79
1
Cling to Dust
$0.25
1
Negate
$2.49
1
Doom Blade
$2.99
2
Aether Gust
$0.50
1
Noxious Grasp
$0.25
15 Cards
$89.55

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Preliminary Set Championship Qualifier (Sun 1/9)

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rate
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
jund food
vs
golgari food
vs
heliod company
vs
jeskai control
vs
azorius auras
vs
dimir control
vs
selesnya enchantress
vs
azorius artifacts
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
mono-red goblins
vs
bant humans (yorion)
izzet phoenix
34 matches
global 61.8% [45%-76.1%]
-
50.0%
2 matches
-
62.5%
8 matches
60.0%
5 matches
60.0%
5 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
66.7%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
izzet phoenix
34 matches
global 61.8% [45%-76.1%]
jund food
6 matches
global 50.0% [18.8%-81.2%]
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
2 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
jund food
6 matches
global 50.0% [18.8%-81.2%]
golgari food
5 matches
global 20.0% [3.6%-62.4%]
-
-
-
0.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
golgari food
5 matches
global 20.0% [3.6%-62.4%]
heliod company
24 matches
global 41.7% [24.5%-61.2%]
37.5%
8 matches
-
100.0%
2 matches
-
40.0%
5 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
heliod company
24 matches
global 41.7% [24.5%-61.2%]
jeskai control
16 matches
global 43.8% [23.1%-66.8%]
40.0%
5 matches
0.0%
2 matches
-
60.0%
5 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
jeskai control
16 matches
global 43.8% [23.1%-66.8%]
azorius auras
16 matches
global 50.0% [28%-72%]
40.0%
5 matches
-
-
100.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
33.3%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
azorius auras
16 matches
global 50.0% [28%-72%]
dimir control
6 matches
global 66.7% [30%-90.3%]
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
-
dimir control
6 matches
global 66.7% [30%-90.3%]
global 77.8% [45.3%-93.7%]
100.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
66.7%
3 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
-
-
-
global 77.8% [45.3%-93.7%]
global 57.1% [25%-84.2%]
33.3%
3 matches
-
-
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
-
global 57.1% [25%-84.2%]
global 55.6% [26.7%-81.1%]
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
-
-
-
-
-
global 55.6% [26.7%-81.1%]
global 20.0% [3.6%-62.4%]
0.0%
3 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
-
global 20.0% [3.6%-62.4%]
global 80.0% [37.6%-96.4%]
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
-
-
global 80.0% [37.6%-96.4%]
vs
izzet phoenix
vs
jund food
vs
golgari food
vs
heliod company
vs
jeskai control
vs
azorius auras
vs
dimir control
vs
selesnya enchantress
vs
azorius artifacts
vs
azorius lotus field
vs
mono-red goblins
vs
bant humans (yorion)

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Izzet Phoenix721.2%61.1%
Heliod Company618.2%41.67%
Jeskai Control (Kaheera)412.1%47.1%
Azorius Auras (Lurrus)39.1%52.9%
Azorius Control26.1%62.5%
Golgari Food13%22.22%
Mono-Red Goblins13%20%
Orzhov Death’s Shadow13%0%
Esper Control13%0%
Selesnya Enchantress13%77.78%
Azorius Lotus Field13%50%
Jund Food13%57.1%
Azorius Affinity13%57.1%
Bant Blink (Yorion)13%66.67%
Dimir Control13%66.67%
Grixis Control13%0%

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1satoshi nakayamaSelesnya Enchantress7-2
2Arya KaramchandaniAzorius Auras (Lurrus)7-2
3Dominick PaolercioIzzet Phoenix6-2
4Jeff PykaIzzet Phoenix6-2
5Riley HicksDimir Control5-2
6James SchlottHeliod Company4-3
7Jim DavisAzorius Affinity4-3
8hironori tanakaJund Food4-3

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Thanks for reading! This article is the continuation of our offical coverage of the MTG Arena Zone Championship Series. We hope to see you at some of our events this season and beyond! You can learn more about the Championship Series over on DotGG. Tournament registration is handled through our page at MTGMelee.

Paul

Dude from Vermont who likes to play Magic and Escape from Tarkov. Musician, writer, and gamer. Submit feedback or corrections to @Paul on the Discord.

1 Response

  1. grokking says:

    Historic Azorius Auras by Jim Davis is azorius affinity?