October 2021 Arena Open Day 1 Standard Decklists

The Arena Open - Day 1 7 Wins October 2020

The first day of the October 2021 Arena Open tournament is now underway! In this iteration of the tournament, players can reach 7 wins before 3 losses in a best-of-one (BO1) Standard format or 4 wins before 1 loss in best-of-three (BO3) to receive a token to compete in the second day for their chance to win up to $2000 USD in cash prizes. The format is post-rotation Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Standard.

For this article, we will be changing the format slightly from previous iterations. We will sample a deck from different archetypes that saw success in the tournament and list them all at the end. This is partly due to the lack of diversity leading up to the release of Innistrad: Crimson Vow in less than a month.


Mono White

Mono White Aggro by Urlich (7-0)
by Terence
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
4 mythic
46 rare
10 uncommon
0 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Artifacts (4)
2
Portable Hole
$3.98
Lands (23)
4
Faceless Haven
$29.96
60 Cards
$202.44
Sideboard
3
Legion Angel
$2.37
3 Cards
$2.37
Mono White Magecraft by Kevin Antonio (7-2)
by Terence
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
29 rare
17 uncommon
14 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (2)
Sorceries (8)
4
Guiding Voice
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
4
Portable Hole
$7.96
Lands (21)
2
Faceless Haven
$14.98
60 Cards
$66.84
7 Cards
$3.29

One of the most popular decks in the current metagame, Mono White is fast, linear and can be great for beginners. The first version by Urlich is the more traditional approach where the curve is slightly higher with some interaction, whereas Kevin Antonio opted for a super aggressive “second spell” theme that only has 10 rares just as effective (if not more) in best of one.


Mono Green

Mono Green Aggro by Simon Nielsen (7-2)
by Terence
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
49 rare
5 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Lotus Cobra
$11.16
4
Kazandu Mammoth
$1.00
Instants (2)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$2.58
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
4
Esika's Chariot
$15.96
Enchantments (2)
2
Unnatural Growth
$21.98
Lands (23)
4
Faceless Haven
$29.96
60 Cards
$164.62
7 Cards
$3.39

Mono Green is almost as popular as Mono White, with bigger and resilient creatures. Simon Nielsen, who has cashed in every Arena Open so far (a remarkable feat), opted for this version on day 1 that can lead to more explosive starts with Lotus Cobra and Sculptor of Winter.


Izzet

Izzet Dragons by El_Gran_Boa (7-0)
by Terence
Standard
Control
best of 3
12 mythic
28 rare
16 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (8)
4
Smoldering Egg
$25.96
4
Goldspan Dragon
$199.96
Instants (20)
2
Fading Hope
$0.50
2
Cinderclasm
$0.50
4
Dragon's Fire
$1.00
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
4
Memory Deluge
$63.96
Sorceries (12)
Lands (20)
8
Island
$2.00
3
Mountain
$0.75
3
Frostboil Snarl
$10.47
60 Cards
$488.6
7 Cards
$3.29
Izzet Epiphany by Seth Manfield (7-0)
by Terence
Standard
Control
best of 1
4 mythic
31 rare
21 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (25)
3
Fading Hope
$0.75
3
Cathartic Pyre
$0.75
3
Divide by Zero
$0.75
2
Prismari Command
$27.98
Sorceries (10)
Enchantments (2)
Lands (23)
4
Island
$1.00
6
Mountain
$1.50
2
Field of Ruin
$0.50
4
Frostboil Snarl
$13.96
60 Cards
$175.66
7 Cards
$4.83
Izzet Lier by Brad Nelson (7-1)
by Terence
Standard
Control
best of 3
10 mythic
26 rare
20 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (7)
4
Smoldering Egg
$25.96
Instants (21)
4
Fading Hope
$1.00
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
1
Prismari Command
$13.99
Sorceries (13)
Lands (19)
7
Island
$1.75
6
Mountain
$1.50
60 Cards
$250.62
7 Cards
$4.83

Izzet is of course another contender in the current metagame, thanks to Alrund’s Epiphany. The build can vary, from the “Dragons” build with Goldspan Dragon, “Turns” with Galvanic Iteration, and now a hybrid version with Lier, Disciple of the Drowned. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, but their performance shouldn’t deviate too much from each other.


Mono Black

Mono Black Aggro by Brandon (7-0)
by Terence
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
5 mythic
34 rare
9 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
Creatures (19)
4
Eyetwitch
$1.00
4
Shambling Ghast
$3.16
4
Skyclave Shade
$1.96
3
Sedgemoor Witch
$17.97
Instants (7)
1
Flunk
$0.25
4
Deadly Dispute
$11.16
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.58
Sorceries (5)
4
Eaten Alive
$1.00
Enchantments (3)
Lands (24)
16
Snow-Covered Swamp
$28.64
1
Field of Ruin
$0.25
4
Faceless Haven
$29.96
60 Cards
$350.64
7 Cards
$4.83
Mono Black Zombies by Ken Yukuhuro (7-1)
by Terence
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
9 mythic
37 rare
10 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
4
Rotten Reunion
$1.00
4
Infernal Grasp
$7.16
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (2)
Lands (24)
18
Snow-Covered Swamp
$32.22
4
Faceless Haven
$29.96
60 Cards
$350.22

Urlich, who popularized Mono Black Control, recommended a Mono Black variation deck prior to the event. Many players would have picked it up and found success, to combat the aggro and Izzet decks that are popular right now. Ken Yukuhiro also found success with Mono Black Zombies for a more aggressive build.


Control Decks

Azorius Control by JS2 (7-0)
by Terence
Standard
Control
best of 3
9 mythic
37 rare
14 uncommon
0 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (15)
4
Fateful Absence
$23.96
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
3
Memory Deluge
$47.97
Sorceries (13)
2
Sunset Revelry
$0.70
4
Doomskar
$17.96
2
Emeria's Call
$11.98
Artifacts (3)
Lands (25)
4
Island
$1.00
7
Plains
$1.75
4
Field of Ruin
$1.00
4
Deserted Beach
$35.96
60 Cards
$246.38
7 Cards
$3.29
Dimir Control by Jee Dhillon (7-1)
by Terence
Standard
Control
best of 3
7 mythic
31 rare
20 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
Instants (24)
1
Negate
$1.79
4
Flunk
$1.00
4
Infernal Grasp
$7.16
4
Siphon Insight
$2.76
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
4
Memory Deluge
$63.96
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (25)
5
Island
$1.25
6
Swamp
$1.50
3
Field of Ruin
$0.75
4
Shipwreck Marsh
$47.96
1
Ice Tunnel
$1.79
60 Cards
$482.94
7 Cards
$4.97

Players found success in the more off-meta control decks, with Azorius and Dimir. JS2 built his around Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset and Strixhaven Stadium whereas Jee Dhillon saw the value of Black removal and Siphon Insight.


Midrange Decks

Simic Ramp by jahcronin (7-0)
by Terence
Standard
Ramp
best of 3
14 mythic
30 rare
16 uncommon
0 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
3
Wrenn and Seven
$77.97
Creatures (15)
Instants (10)
4
Fading Hope
$1.00
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
2
Memory Deluge
$31.98
Sorceries (4)
Artifacts (4)
4
Esika's Chariot
$15.96
Lands (24)
7
Forest
$1.75
6
Island
$1.50
60 Cards
$287.1
7 Cards
$4.83

A ramp deck is always excellent for best of one, as its linear game plan and the top end win conditions that other decks cannot do much about. There’s no Ugin, Spirit Dragon anymore in Standard, but Alrund’s Epiphany and Koma, Cosmos Serpent is good enough.

Mardu Tempo by Taylor Slow (7-1)
by Terence
Standard
Tempo
best of 3
1 mythic
51 rare
6 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (2)
2
Vanishing Verse
$4.98
Sorceries (6)
2
Duress
$0.50
1
Can't Stay Away
$0.25
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
6
Plains
$1.50
4
Haunted Ridge
$43.96
60 Cards
$198.84

Taylor Slow’s deck selection is not a conventional one as they looked to build a hybrid of Mono White Aggro splashed for some extra cards to augment the deck. The deck looks to have a track record, refined from climbing the Mythic ranks up to #54 and for best of one play.


BO1 7 Win Standard Decklists

More decks will be added here as the event progresses, check back soon!

Terence

Korean gamer in Australia. Proud owner of the DotGG and its network of websites. I especially enjoy fantasy worlds, role-playing games, and collecting things! Favorite games include World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering, and League of Legends.