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Standard Artisan – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

Hello everyone! Today we’re going to go over Standard Artisan decklists and event details! Artisan is one of my favorite formats as it feels like an interesting mix between Constructed and Limited which gives it unique game play experiences. I’m very big on new ways to play Magic, so Artisan coming back is always welcome.

Since the Standard card pool has been expanded with the release of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, we now have a more variety of fun and powerful archetypes. Players can enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and a random cosmetic item on the third win. Make sure to try out a few of these deck lists before it goes away!


Event Details

Midweek Magic: Artisan

Welcome to Midweek Magic! Each week, try out a different way to play MTG Arena!

Today’s event is Artisan: Bring a 60-card Standard deck, but using only commons, uncommons, and basic lands. Without rares, the common folk can truly be heard!

  • Duration: November 23, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to November 25, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatStandard Artisan
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Ends After: You can play as much as you like for the duration of the event.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Event Rewards

Please note, starting with Innistrad: Crimson Vow, the Midweek Magic promotion given out by your local game store has now phased out, and now replaced with an additional reward on the third win.

  • 1 Win: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
  • 2 Wins: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
  • 3 Wins: One Random Cosmetic Item

Standard Artisan Decklists (November 2021)

10 new and updated Standard Artisan decklists have been prepared for you for this week’s Midweek Magic. We have even more below, but you can also find the full list in our deck database here.

Artisan Monowhite Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $24.76
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
36 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
4
Kabira Takedown
$1.00
Sorceries (3)
3
Arm the Cathars
$0.75
Lands (20)
20
Plains
$5.00
60 Cards
$15
7 Cards
$1.75

Per usual, we have to start out with trusty Monowhite. If you love aggro or just looking to get the event finished quickly, it’s going to be hard to do better than Monowhite!

Artisan Monoblue Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $43.1
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
16 uncommon
44 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
4
Wretched Throng
$1.00
4
Cloudkin Seer
$1.00
4
Galedrifter
$1.00
Instants (20)
4
Fading Hope
$3.16
4
Consider
$9.96
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
Lands (22)
22
Island
$5.50
60 Cards
$30.44
7 Cards
$1.75

With a healthy mix of threats and answers, Monoblue Tempo is all about efficiency and beating the opponent down before they can recover.

Artisan Monoblack Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $40.86
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
18 uncommon
42 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
4
Eyetwitch
$1.00
4
Fell Stinger
$1.96
Instants (12)
4
Deadly Dispute
$11.16
2
Infernal Grasp
$2.58
2
Parasitic Grasp
$0.50
Sorceries (2)
Artifacts (1)
1
Blood Fountain
$0.49
Enchantments (4)
4
Dogged Pursuit
$1.00
Lands (23)
23
Swamp
$5.75
60 Cards
$28.44
7 Cards
$1.75

This is a blend between a sacrifice deck and a midrange deck as you can accrue lots of value from your creatures as you slowly bury them in card advantage.

Artisan Monored Burn
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $37.26
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
28 uncommon
32 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (20)
4
Flame Channeler
$1.00
4
Hulking Bugbear
$1.00
Instants (8)
4
Shock
$1.00
4
Play with Fire
$11.16
Sorceries (10)
4
Roil Eruption
$1.00
Lands (22)
22
Mountain
$5.50
60 Cards
$27.64
7 Cards
$1.75

If you want a different flavor of aggro, Monored Burn looks very promising with plenty of Burn spells and creatures that synergize well with them!

Artisan Monogreen Stompy
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $19.38
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
20 uncommon
40 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (32)
4
Spore Crawler
$1.00
4
Boreal Outrider
$1.00
4
Owlbear
$1.00
Instants (2)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$0.50
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Lands (22)
60 Cards
$42.68

Although slower than Monowhite or Monored, Monogreen looks to be aggressive, but is much harder to grind out as many of it’s cards provide additional advantages as well as being large threats.

Artisan Azorius Spirits
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $27.44
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
34 uncommon
26 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
4
Fading Hope
$3.16
Lands (22)
8
Island
$2.00
10
Plains
$2.50
60 Cards
$17.32

The first of the 5 tribal decks, this Spirits list looks to keep the curve extremely low and overrun the opponent early, but if you can’t, have plenty of options to grind in the mid game as well.

Artisan Selesnya Humans
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $18.78
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
17 uncommon
43 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Lands (22)
7
Forest
$1.75
10
Plains
$2.50
4
Arctic Treeline
$1.96
60 Cards
$15.96

Humans has a nice blend of aggression and synergy as you’ll have plenty of plays no matter what stage of the game you’re at.

Artisan Gruul Werewolves
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $34.87
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
30 uncommon
30 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Hound Tamer
$1.00
1
Village Watch
$0.25
4
Burly Breaker
$1.00
Instants (4)
4
Play with Fire
$11.16
Sorceries (3)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
10
Forest
$2.50
10
Mountain
$2.50
4
Highland Forest
$2.36
60 Cards
$28.36

Gruul Werewolves is exactly as it looks: no frills, large creatures, and lots of aggression.

Artisan Rakdos Vampires
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $33.6
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
20 uncommon
40 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
4
Infernal Grasp
$5.16
Enchantments (2)
2
Gift of Fangs
$0.50
Lands (24)
10
Mountain
$2.50
10
Swamp
$2.50
4
Sulfurous Mire
$1.96
60 Cards
$20.52

With both Innistrad sets now out, Vampires has a whole slew of goodies to work with an dis easily the most synergistic of all the tribes currently.

Artisan Dimir Zombies
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $25.58
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
21 uncommon
39 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
4
Infernal Grasp
$5.16
Lands (23)
4
Ice Tunnel
$1.16
60 Cards
$46.44

Similar to Vampires, Zombies has a lot of support as well with a staggering 4 tribal payoffs to reward you for playing already strong cards.


Standard Artisan Decklists (September 2021)

Here are more Standard Artisan decks, which are from our budget standard decks linked below. The guide is great for beginners, as each deck also has an upgrade guide should you wish to take it to another level!

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