Standard 2022 Metagame Tier List and Rankings: July 2021
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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|4||Mono White Aggro||1||Guide|
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TIER ONE DECK ARCHETYPES
1. MONO GREEN AGGRO
- Deck Guide
- Change: 2 -> 1
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
- Deck Guide
- Change: 1 -> 2
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
- Deck Guide
- Change: 2 -> 3
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
- Deck Guide
- Change: 5 -> 4
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.
5. RAKDOS SACRIFICE
- Deck Guide
- Change: Unlisted -> 5
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
- Deck Guide
- Change: Unlisted -> 6
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.
- Deck Guide
- Change: Unlisted -> 7
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
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!