Arena Standard (BO1) Metagame Tier List and Rankings – Kaldheim – February 2021

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Introduction

Discover the best Magic: The Gathering Arena Standard decks and archetypes that the players are using to climb the ranked ladder and win tournaments. Explore the MTG Arena (BO1) Standard metagame as we regularly rank the top decks in a tier list, as well as our comprehensive analysis and review.

  • Click here to view the separate analysis and tier list for Traditional (BO3) Standard.
  • Click on the deck archetype name to find a brief description, links to the full deck guide with a more detailed overview and 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

  • February 12, 2020: Updated for Kaldheim Standard.
  • December 10, 2020: Adjustments after Zendikar Rising Championship, although tournament results don’t necessarily affect the BO1 meta.
  • November 24, 2020: We’ve made some changes to the list in light of the flux in the metagame. Everything is not in fixed state because the powerful cards are now banned – you can counter most strategies, though Throne of Eldraine cards remain a blight on many formats.
  • October 30, 2020: The guide has now been been fully updated to the current metagame.

TIER ONE

1. MONO RED AGGRO

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Anax, Hardened in the Forge
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Bonecrusher Giant
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Fervent Champion
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Fireblade Charger
2
Goldspan Dragon
4
Rimrock Knight
4
Robber of the Rich
2
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Sorcery (2)
2
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Instant (4)
4
Frost Bite
Artifact (4)
4
Embercleave
Land (22)
3
Faceless Haven
19
Snow-Covered Mountain
Cards 60

2. MONO WHITE AGGRO

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Alseid of Life's Bounty
4
Giant Killer
3
Halvar, God of Battle/Sword of the Realms
2
Heliod, Sun-Crowned
4
Hushbringer
4
Luminarch Aspirant
2
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
3
Reidane, God of the Worthy/Valkmira, Protector's Shield
4
Selfless Savior
4
Speaker of the Heavens
Artifact (4)
4
Maul of the Skyclaves
Land (22)
4
Faceless Haven
18
Snow-Covered Plains
Cards 60

3. CYCLING

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creature (16)
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Drannith Healer
4
Drannith Stinger
4
Flourishing Fox
4
Valiant Rescuer
Sorcery (15)
4
Boon of the Wish-Giver
4
Go for Blood
4
Memory Leak
3
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Instant (10)
3
Shredded Sails
3
Startling Development
4
Zenith Flare
Enchantment (4)
4
Footfall Crater
Land (15)
4
Brightclimb Pathway/Grimclimb Pathway
1
Clearwater Pathway/Murkwater Pathway
4
Needleverge Pathway/Pillarverge Pathway
2
Plains
4
Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway
Cards 60
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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

4. DIMIR ROGUES

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den
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Merfolk Windrobber
4
Ruin Crab
4
Soaring Thought-Thief
4
Thieves' Guild Enforcer
Sorcery (8)
3
Agadeem's Awakening/Agadeem, the Undercrypt
2
Bloodchief's Thirst
1
Lullmage's Domination
2
Of One Mind
Instant (15)
1
Behold the Multiverse
4
Drown in the Loch
1
Eliminate
1
Essence Scatter
2
Heartless Act
4
Into the Story
2
Saw It Coming
Land (22)
4
Clearwater Pathway/Murkwater Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
5
Island
3
Swamp
4
Temple of Deceit
2
Zagoth Triome
Cards 60
Sideboard (1)
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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

TIER TWO

5. GRUUL ADVENTURES

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Bonecrusher Giant
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Brushfire Elemental
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Edgewall Innkeeper
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Embereth Shieldbreaker
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Kazandu Mammoth/Kazandu Valley
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Lovestruck Beast
3
Questing Beast
2
Scavenging Ooze
Sorcery (5)
1
Primal Might
4
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Artifact (6)
4
Embercleave
2
The Great Henge
Enchantment (1)
1
The Akroan War
Land (20)
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Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
8
Forest
4
Mountain
Cards 60

6. NAYA ADVENTURES

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Bonecrusher Giant
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Edgewall Innkeeper
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Giant Killer
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Kazandu Mammoth/Kazandu Valley
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Lovestruck Beast
2
Masked Vandal
2
Scavenging Ooze
4
Shepherd of the Flock
Sorcery (2)
2
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Artifact (4)
1
Embercleave
3
The Great Henge
Enchantment (4)
4
Showdown of the Skalds
Land (22)
4
Branchloft Pathway/Boulderloft Pathway
4
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
2
Forest
2
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway/Pillarverge Pathway
2
Plains
Cards 60

7. SULTAI ULTIMATUM

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Garruk, Unleashed
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Brazen Borrower
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Elder Gargaroth
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Koma, Cosmos Serpent
4
Llanowar Visionary
3
Valki, God of Lies/Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor
2
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
Sorcery (12)
3
Alrund's Epiphany
4
Cultivate
4
Emergent Ultimatum
1
Extinction Event
Instant (4)
4
Heartless Act
Enchantment (3)
3
Binding the Old Gods
Land (25)
4
Barkchannel Pathway/Tidechannel Pathway
4
Clearwater Pathway/Murkwater Pathway
3
Darkbore Pathway/Slitherbore Pathway
3
Forest
2
Island
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Ketria Triome
3
Swamp
4
Zagoth Triome
Cards 60

8. RAKDOS MIDRANGE

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Jegantha, the Wellspring
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Bonecrusher Giant
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Immersturm Predator
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Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
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Mire Triton
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Valki, God of Lies/Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor
4
Woe Strider
Sorcery (4)
4
Claim the Firstborn
Instant (3)
3
Village Rites
Enchantment (7)
3
The Akroan War
4
Tymaret Calls the Dead
Land (24)
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Blightstep Pathway/Searstep Pathway
2
Castle Locthwain
4
Fabled Passage
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Mountain
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Swamp
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Temple of Malice
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Jegantha, the Wellspring

9. IZZET TEMPO

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Bonecrusher Giant
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Brazen Borrower
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Goldspan Dragon
Sorcery (3)
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Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Instant (17)
4
Behold the Multiverse
2
Disdainful Stroke
2
Essence Scatter
3
Frost Bite
2
Negate
4
Saw It Coming
Enchantment (4)
4
Shark Typhoon
Land (24)
4
Fabled Passage
3
Faceless Haven
4
Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway
7
Snow-Covered Island
3
Snow-Covered Mountain
3
Volatile Fjord
Cards 60

10. MONO GREEN STOMPY

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Vivien, Monsters' Advocate
Creature (26)
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Gemrazer
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Lovestruck Beast
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Nessian Hornbeetle
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Old-Growth Troll
2
Questing Beast
2
Scavenging Ooze
4
Swarm Shambler
3
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
2
Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig
Sorcery (4)
2
Primal Might
2
Turntimber Symbiosis/Turntimber, Serpentine Wood
Artifact (2)
2
The Great Henge
Enchantment (3)
3
In Search of Greatness
Land (22)
4
Castle Garenbrig
18
Forest
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TIER THREE

11. SULTAI YORION

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Yorion, Sky Nomad
Creature (5)
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Tangled Florahedron/Tangled Vale
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Valki, God of Lies/Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor
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Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
Sorcery (18)
2
Alrund's Epiphany
1
Bala Ged Recovery/Bala Ged Sanctuary
4
Cultivate
4
Emergent Ultimatum
2
Extinction Event
2
Sea Gate Restoration/Sea Gate, Reborn
3
Shadows' Verdict
Instant (9)
3
Eliminate
4
Heartless Act
2
Jwari Disruption/Jwari Ruins
Artifact (4)
2
Esika's Chariot
2
Mazemind Tome
Enchantment (14)
4
Binding the Old Gods
3
Elspeth's Nightmare
1
Kiora Bests the Sea God
4
Omen of the Sea
2
Shark Typhoon
Land (30)
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Barkchannel Pathway/Tidechannel Pathway
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Clearwater Pathway/Murkwater Pathway
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Darkbore Pathway/Slitherbore Pathway
3
Fabled Passage
4
Forest
2
Island
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Ketria Triome
4
Swamp
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Zagoth Triome
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Sideboard (1)
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Yorion, Sky Nomad

12. TEMUR RAMP

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Creature (6)
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Beanstalk Giant
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Goldspan Dragon
Sorcery (11)
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Cultivate
4
Genesis Ultimatum
1
Seize the Spoils
2
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Instant (12)
4
Fire Prophecy
2
Into the Roil
4
Jwari Disruption/Jwari Ruins
2
Mystical Dispute
Enchantment (4)
4
Shark Typhoon
Land (23)
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Barkchannel Pathway/Tidechannel Pathway
4
Cragcrown Pathway/Timbercrown Pathway
3
Fabled Passage
4
Forest
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Island
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Ketria Triome
2
Mountain
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Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway
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13. ABZAN YORION

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Yorion, Sky Nomad
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Gilded Goose
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Llanowar Visionary
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Skyclave Apparition
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Tergrid, God of Fright/Tergrid's Lantern
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Wicked Wolf
3
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Sorcery (3)
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Eerie Ultimatum
2
Emeria's Call/Emeria, Shattered Skyclave
Instant (2)
2
Heartless Act
Artifact (6)
2
Glass Casket
4
Golden Egg
Enchantment (18)
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Binding the Old Gods
4
Doom Foretold
2
Elspeth Conquers Death
2
Elspeth's Nightmare
4
Trail of Crumbs
2
Treacherous Blessing
Land (32)
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Branchloft Pathway/Boulderloft Pathway
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Brightclimb Pathway/Grimclimb Pathway
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Darkbore Pathway/Slitherbore Pathway
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Fabled Passage
7
Forest
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Indatha Triome
2
Plains
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Swamp
2
Temple of Plenty
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Yorion, Sky Nomad

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