Standard 2022 Metagame Tier List and Rankings: July 2021

Standard 2022 Metagame Tier List and Rankings
Standard 2022 Metagame Tier List and Rankings

Introduction

Discover the best Magic: The Gathering Arena Historic decks and archetypes that the players are using to climb the ranked ladder and win tournaments. Explore the Standard 2022 metagame as we regularly rank the top decks in a tier list, as well as our comprehensive analysis and review.

  • Standard 2022 is a transitional format where you are allowed cards only from the last four sets (ZNR, KHM, STX, AFR) before rotation happens on September, 2021 with Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. To learn more about this format, consult our dedicated guide.
  • Click on the deck archetype name to find the latest decklists representing it.
  • Each deck will be ranked in numerical order as well as tier order. The higher something is within the tier, the better it is than other decks.
  • Below the tier list you will also find a curated decklist for each archetype as well as a full explanation and reasonings behind these rankings and tiers.

Methodology

When constructing the tier list, we take into account a variety of factors and sources:

  • Field representation, win rate and matchups: How prolific a deck is on the Mythic ladder and how it stacks up against the other popular decks in the metagame.
  • Third-party applications: that track matches and publishes the data directly from ladder play. Currently, we have access to Untapped.gg, MTGA Assistant, MTG Arena Pro and MTG Arena Tool.
  • Tournaments: Important results shaped professional players. MTGmeta.io and MTG Data aggregates these results to analyze their performance.
  • Game Mode: As a general rule, best-of-one (BO1) prefers linear strategies and the metagame is different from Traditional best-of-three (BO3). Read more about the differences here. Generally speaking, the tournaments results are in BO3 only, have a much smaller sample size and its environment is very different from an open MTG Arena ladder experience.
  • Opinion: Our own ladder experience and in consultation with players.
  • Others: If a deck doesn’t appear below, either the play rate of it is too low for it to make a tangible impact or it falls below the tier 3 threshold which we sometimes will highlight as Honorable Mentions below. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad deck either, as this will just be focused on the most popular decks in the current metagame.

Legend

  • Tier 1: The best of the best. The most consistent decks that sport the highest win rates and generally, the highest play rates.
  • Tier 2: Very solid decks that are slightly lacking in some capacity, whether it’s consistency or power compared to the Tier One archetypes. These can still be strong choices for ladder or for tournaments if you are highly skilled with the archetype or play them during the right metas.
  • Tier 3: Either these decks are poorly positioned or have a lot of power/consistency issues. These are decks that see play, but are generally worse choices than your other options.

Tier List

  • July 15, 2021: It’s been a full week with AFR and Standard 2022 is still evolving. Many great decks have been discovered and are still strong options, but we have some mobility within the tier list not just from Day 1 decks, but from brand new creations as well! This is a very exciting time to be playing 2022 as there’s a whole slew of viable decks and archetypes.
  • July 9, 2021: It’s Day 2 of AFR and the 2022 queue was way more popular than anticipated! Rather than it being an interesting mode players dabble in, a lot of players are making it their predominate game mode to play. With that, we want to help you get started if you’re looking to dive into the 2022 queues with the decks that are attracting the most attention right now. Unlike the other tier lists, this will be far more subjective as we have very limited data and we mostly have to base it off play experience. Expect this to be updated again in the near future as we get a better grasp on what the metagame is looking like.

TIER ONE DECK ARCHETYPES

1. MONO GREEN AGGRO

2022 Monogreen v3 

Creatures (24)
4
Kazandu Mammoth
4
Tangled Florahedron
2
Jaspera Sentinel
4
Swarm Shambler
4
Werewolf Pack Leader
4
Old-Growth Troll
2
Gnarled Professor
Spells (6)
4
Blizzard Brawl
2
Snakeskin Veil
Artifacts (4)
4
Esika's Chariot
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
Lands (22)
2
Faceless Haven
2
Lair of the Hydra
18
Snow-Covered Forest
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Fractal Summoning
1
Basic Conjuration
1
Containment Breach
1
Expanded Anatomy
1
Pest Summoning
1
Introduction to Annihilation
1
Mascot Exhibition

Monogreen has been absolutely tearing up the tournament circuits as well as ladder, easily landing it as the top deck of the format. It has an amazing curve, great pressure, longevitiy, interaction, you name it. Furthermore, the deck is relatively easy to play making it extremely accessible to players breaking into 2022 as well.

2. IZZET DRAGONS

2022 Izzet Dragons v2 

Creatures (8)
3
Galazeth Prismari
4
Goldspan Dragon
1
Iymrith, Desert Doom
Spells (27)
1
Shatterskull Smashing
4
Frost Bite
2
Disdainful Stroke
3
Dragon's Fire
4
Expressive Iteration
2
Heated Debate
4
Saw It Coming
3
Behold the Multiverse
4
Alrund's Epiphany
Lands (25)
3
Faceless Haven
4
Riverglide Pathway
8
Snow-Covered Island
6
Snow-Covered Mountain
4
Volatile Fjord
Cards (60)

Although usurped from the top spot, Izzet is still putting up strong play rates and win rates. It has been way less successful in tournaments, but Control decks always need time to adjust to the metagame before hitting their stride on top of being one of the more difficult decks to pilot. Nevertheless, Goldspan Dragon is still one hell of a Magic card and will continue dominating 2022.

3. DIMIR CONTROL

Tian Fa Mun Dimir Control 

Planeswalkers (3)
2
Mordenkainen
1
Professor Onyx
Spells (32)
2
Jwari Disruption
4
Flunk
2
Negate
2
Divide by Zero
3
Poison the Cup
4
Saw It Coming
2
Baleful Mastery
4
Behold the Multiverse
3
Crippling Fear
2
Graven Lore
2
Shadows' Verdict
2
Blood on the Snow
Lands (25)
4
Clearwater Pathway
3
Hall of Storm Giants
4
Ice Tunnel
5
Snow-Covered Island
9
Snow-Covered Swamp
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Confront the Past
1
Environmental Sciences
1
Fractal Summoning
1
Pest Summoning
1
Teachings of the Archaics
1
Elemental Summoning
1
Mascot Exhibition

Although not nearly as popular as the first two decks, Dimir Control has been quietly been a great choice for the first week. With a huge swath of interaction and really strong late game threats, Dimir is poised to take most opponent’s by surprise as most matchups are pure proactive races rather than give and take exchanges. If you like hard control, you should be happy to know it’s a great choice right now.

As a quick note, Tian’s original list was for Bo3, but it works excellently in Bo1. Since we wasn’t playing the full 7 learn cards, I took the liberty to fill out the board.

4. MONO WHITE AGGRO / BOROS AGGRO

Mono White Aggro - Standard 2022 

Creatures (34)
4
Archpriest of Iona
4
Monk of the Open Hand
4
Usher of the Fallen
4
Clarion Spirit
4
Loyal Warhound
4
Luminarch Aspirant
4
Elite Spellbinder
4
Skyclave Apparition
1
Icingdeath, Frost Tyrant
1
Legion Angel
Artifacts (2)
2
Maul of the Skyclaves
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
20
Snow-Covered Plains
Cards (60)
Sideboard (3)
3
Legion Angel

hogpog Boros Aggro 

Creatures (32)
2
Battlefield Raptor
2
Codespell Cleric
4
Monk of the Open Hand
4
Usher of the Fallen
4
Clarion Spirit
4
Loyal Warhound
4
Luminarch Aspirant
4
Elite Spellbinder
4
Skyclave Apparition
Spells (2)
2
Kabira Takedown
Enchantments (4)
4
Showdown of the Skalds
Lands (22)
4
Furycalm Snarl
1
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway
13
Plains
Cards (60)

White Aggro has been the second aggro deck of choice as it gives up a of the power and longevity of Monogreen in exchange for more speed. 2022 is all about pushing your advantage and Monowhite is extremely good at getting ahead and keeping itself there for as long as possible. If you want to add some more power to your Monowhite deck, you can go the Boros route for Showdown of the Skalds as a midgame bomb. I think both versions are excellent so you really can’t go wrong.

TIER TWO DECK ARCHETYPES

5. RAKDOS SACRIFICE

 

Creatures (26)
4
Extus, Oriq Overlord
4
Eyetwitch
4
Fireblade Charger
4
Shambling Ghast
4
Kalain, Reclusive Painter
2
Orcus, Prince of Undeath
4
Goldspan Dragon
Spells (10)
2
Malakir Rebirth
2
Shatterskull Smashing
4
Deadly Dispute
2
Hunt for Specimens
Enchantments (4)
4
Showdown of the Skalds
Lands (20)
4
Blightstep Pathway
4
Brightclimb Pathway
4
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway
4
Swamp
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
2
Necrotic Fumes
2
Pest Summoning
1
Start from Scratch
1
Mascot Exhibition

Rakdos was a bit quiet the first few days of the format, but it has recently seen a huge spike in play. The deck is looking to get on the board quickly with small creatures are start sacrificing them for maximum value to cards like Awaken the Blood Avatar or Immersturm Predator. Although I say Rakdos, AfterOfficeTV hit rank 13 with his Mardu list that has a light splash for Showdown of the Skalds which looks excellent in this shell. This deck has the power to be a Tier 1 contender, but it needs more time to develop.

6. ORZHOV ANGELS

2022 Orzhov Angels v2 

Creatures (12)
4
Youthful Valkyrie
2
Resplendent Marshal
4
Righteous Valkyrie
2
Legion Angel
Spells (16)
4
Emeria's Call
1
Flunk
2
Power Word Kill
4
Vanishing Verse
2
Soul Shatter
3
Starnheim Unleashed
Enchantments (8)
4
Firja's Retribution
4
Rampage of the Valkyries
Lands (24)
4
Brightclimb Pathway
9
Plains
4
Shineshadow Snarl
7
Swamp
Cards (60)
Sideboard (2)
2
Legion Angel

One of the new kids on the block, Orzhov Angels has really picked up in play rate over a couple of days. Boasting excellent matchups against the creature decks with it’s utilization of interaction and large bodies, Orzhov has become a very popular choice on ladder overall. It’s placed in mid tier 2 as it can still struggle pretty hard with the Control decks of the format and has some issues with being clunky.

7. GOBLINS

2022 Boros Goblins 

Creatures (26)
4
Fireblade Charger
4
Goblin Javelineer
2
Raging Goblin
4
Tin Street Cadet
4
Battle Cry Goblin
4
Hobgoblin Bandit Lord
4
Goblin Trashmaster
Spells (2)
2
You See a Pair of Goblins
Enchantments (8)
4
Rally the Ranks
4
Showdown of the Skalds
Lands (24)
1
Den of the Bugbear
4
Furycalm Snarl
11
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway
4
Plains
Cards (60)

I’m being a bit speculative here, but I think Goblins is the real deal. A moderately popular archetype, the deck seemed low powered until it was innovated upon with the White splash for Rally the Ranks and Showdown of the Skalds. Now, this deck can put on pressure obscenely quickly and also has decent grinding abilities. I put it at rank 7 as it’s still a fairly new list and needs time to prove itself, but I think the future is bright for the Goblin gang.

TIER THREE DECK ARCHETYPES

8. SIMIC RAMP

  • Change: Unlisted -> 8

2022 Simic Ramp 

Creatures (19)
4
Tangled Florahedron
4
Lotus Cobra
4
Quandrix Cultivator
3
Iymrith, Desert Doom
4
Koma, Cosmos Serpent
Spells (20)
1
Sea Gate Restoration
4
Turntimber Symbiosis
4
Emergent Sequence
4
Field Trip
4
Vastwood Surge
3
Alrund's Epiphany
Lands (21)
4
Barkchannel Pathway
7
Forest
6
Island
4
Vineglimmer Snarl
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
1
Fractal Summoning
1
Basic Conjuration
1
Pest Summoning
1
Elemental Summoning
1
Introduction to Annihilation
1
Mascot Exhibition

The final deck on the Tier list, Simic looks to bypass normal Magic conventions and just ramp into a huge threat as soon as possible. This deck can be extremely brutal to face as you can be facing down a Koma, Cosmos Serpent as early as turn 4! Furthermore, with the sheer amount of Ramp, you’ll be able to empty your hand extremely quickly most games. The issue is that with no interaction, dying to a fast start or falling behind is a reality for Simic. Maybe these downsides are over exaggerated and the deck has the power to move up, but we’ll see in time.

Thank you for reading! Have a great day!

DoggertQBones

Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is a streamer and high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, GW Company in Historic, and Temur Koma in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on Twitch and Discord.

23 Responses

  1. Shervin Naimi says:

    How does Monored not run blade historian and Den of the Bugbear?

    • DoggertQBones says:

      You have to give up those elements to ensure Faceless Haven and Frost Bite are always live imo. You could certainly try a version that nixes Haven to play those instead

  2. EmTea says:

    A bit challenging to take this list seriously when Mono-White Angel Book Prison and Gruul Legends aggro do not appear on it.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      This is preliminary and mostly based off ladder experience and the Insight Event. I have seen no Book Prison nor Gruul in either so I didn’t include them yet as I don’t even know what the list completely looks like. Of course that can easily change. If I had to choose right now though, I would asuume both are low Tier 2 decks. If you have links to lists I can reference, I’d be happy to take a look.

    • Baclash says:

      I couldn’t agree more with this comment. And if the site didn’t have the data… then don’t release the article yet, imo.

      • DoggertQBones says:

        Well it was preliminary so people can start to get an idea of whats going on. There’s going to be very little data for 2022 overall since it’s barely a supported format, mostly propped up by third party tournaments that are Bo3 vs Bo1, but it’s so popular a lot of people want content on it. 2022 content is going to be way more subjective than other formats as the data we’ll have is perpetually going to be limited, and if we’re updating it frequently, I don’t see the harm in releasing content early.

      • xxx says:

        Make a better one if you dont like it.

  3. Nice try says:

    Aside from the Izzy list, these are laughable.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      Do you have suggestions for better ones? Always open to see different lists.

    • Where's your try? says:

      Where’s your decklist you fucking miserable cunt? Typical net decking scum – comes to complain but has no ideas.

  4. Vcubengal says:

    Don’t worry about that hate. You can’t see every deck and what you run affect what you play against. I play white/black in diamond and I haven’t even seen most of these. Angels, book/prison, and mono-black are like 70% of my games.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      Appreciate it! Yeah Angels is definitely picking up and will be included in the update. Should be updating this pretty shortly realistically

    • Kalessin says:

      Totally. Day beforr afr release I faced five, five!, games in a row vs yorion control. Swapped my deck and went on to face monoreds in 6 out of 8 following games.

      Dunno what’s going on with matching algoritm, but it’s kind of s**ty.

  5. necromagiks says:

    I would love to see a Skeletal Swarming Decklist. i’m trying to make one and want to compare it with some one elses.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      Agreed! I think that card is super cool and really good if it had the support, but there’s like no Skeletons in Standard. Maybe Innistrad will introduce more or it could be used as some sort of value card in a slower midrange deck.

  6. Zafarion says:

    “Control decks will certainly be much harder as most of your cards are going to be dead” (Mono Red Dragons). Just use Roil Eruption instead of Dragon’s Fire/Frost Bite. I understand that insta speed is important to take care of the massive use of man lands, but i think that 4 frost bite OR 4 dragon’s fire is enough. I guess i’m the only one using roil eruption, LOL. I can’t understand why this card is so heavily relegated. 8 burns that cannot target player in Bo1 is too risky.

    I suggest for the next article, mono red goblins. These really surprised me. I think they are actually faster and more resilient than the mono red aggro list from this article. Battle Cry Goblin is cheap and impressive. “you see a pair of goblins” card is also great for aggros.

    Elves are also amazing. They can grow a board really fast and recharge their resources at the same time.

  7. lordish says:

    Mtg community never cease to amaze XD, pretty good article, of course it is not 100% accurate but in the end of the day no list is especially in the 1st day a new set is out.

    Personally i run an izzet demilich with goldspan, it isn’t as good as the tempo version but still i have around 65% winrate and i find it way more fun anyway.

  8. Zach says:

    My guy! Ran your Izzet deck up to Mythic, but swapped to Sandydog’s version because I started to see a lot more aggro decks. What I’m seeing here matches up with what’s in Mythic so far. Granted, I’ve only been playing Magic for about 3 weeks, so I don’t have the best meta knowledge yet! You helped me get started though, so thanks! Always appreciate your content!

  9. JimboMTG says:

    this is a good starting point….people behind their monitors are always going to be loudmouth haters

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