Traditional Standard (BO3) Metagame Tier List and Rankings: September 2021

Traditional Standard (BO3) Metagame Tier List and Rankings - Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

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 Traditional (BO3) 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 Arena Standard (BO1).
  • 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 4: Off-meta or decks that are not in the rankings, but we have coverage on.

Tier List and Rankings

September 29, 2021

Innistrad has been out for almost two weeks and the metagame is evolving at a rapid pace! We’re finally getting to the point we’re seeing the top decks starting to gain momentum, and right now, it very much looks like a Esika’s Chariot vs Alrund’s Epiphany battle of supremacy. It’ll be interesting to see if any new strategy can contest these two titans as it seems that one of these cards (if not both) is the best thing you can be doing.

September 17, 2021

The most exciting time of a Magic player is here, full Standard rotation! Innistrad has been out for a day and the internet has been abuzz with new deck ideas, strategies performing well, hot takes, and much more! With that, we want to give those interested in diving into Standard a bit of a preliminary hot take ourselves.

Since we had a lot of data from the Standard 2022 metagame, we believe that we can more accurately predict where certain decks fall in terms of rankings until the metagame starts to stabilize. Remember this isn’t going to be super concrete, doubly so with the exact positional rankings within the tiers, but it’s something that can get you started and see where we believe the powerful decks lie. Right now it’s only going to be the decks we’ve seen most often, but we’ll be sure to add decks as they get more popular.


Standard Metagame Matrix

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rate
vs
mono-green aggro
vs
izzet turns
vs
izzet dragons ️
vs
mono-white aggro
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
bant ramp
vs
selesnya ramp
vs
dimir control
vs
mono-black control
vs
izzet tempo
vs
azorius control
vs
gruul aggro
vs
sultai midrange
vs
jeskai control
vs
boros aggro
vs
temur aggro
vs
azorius tempo
vs
grixis turns
mono-green aggro
22.21% metagame
2420 matches
global 56.5% [54.5%-58.5%]
-
59.5%
477 matches
57.4%
270 matches
41.2%
311 matches
71.9%
96 matches
56.0%
50 matches
43.4%
53 matches
65.4%
81 matches
57.4%
68 matches
61.7%
60 matches
65.5%
87 matches
61.5%
39 matches
47.5%
40 matches
60.0%
40 matches
45.0%
20 matches
53.3%
45 matches
35.7%
56 matches
54.1%
146 matches
mono-green aggro
22.21% metagame
2420 matches
global 56.5% [54.5%-58.5%]
izzet turns
12.54% metagame
1507 matches
global 51.1% [48.6%-53.6%]
40.5%
477 matches
-
44.8%
134 matches
39.9%
153 matches
36.6%
41 matches
64.4%
45 matches
68.0%
25 matches
71.1%
45 matches
84.8%
46 matches
60.5%
38 matches
61.2%
49 matches
45.5%
22 matches
57.6%
33 matches
72.2%
18 matches
100.0%
4 matches
28.0%
25 matches
50.0%
22 matches
62.9%
70 matches
izzet turns
12.54% metagame
1507 matches
global 51.1% [48.6%-53.6%]
izzet dragons ️
10.37% metagame
1048 matches
global 50.4% [47.4%-53.4%]
42.6%
270 matches
55.2%
134 matches
-
58.8%
97 matches
36.5%
52 matches
53.3%
30 matches
48.4%
31 matches
43.8%
32 matches
63.6%
22 matches
47.1%
17 matches
43.8%
32 matches
35.7%
14 matches
61.1%
18 matches
50.0%
16 matches
72.2%
18 matches
55.6%
18 matches
62.5%
8 matches
44.4%
36 matches
izzet dragons ️
10.37% metagame
1048 matches
global 50.4% [47.4%-53.4%]
mono-white aggro
5.16% metagame
1016 matches
global 58.6% [55.5%-61.6%]
58.8%
311 matches
60.1%
153 matches
41.2%
97 matches
-
50.0%
16 matches
72.2%
18 matches
46.2%
13 matches
66.7%
27 matches
50.0%
14 matches
64.3%
14 matches
61.1%
36 matches
80.0%
5 matches
43.8%
16 matches
75.0%
4 matches
37.5%
8 matches
57.7%
26 matches
67.7%
31 matches
54.5%
66 matches
mono-white aggro
5.16% metagame
1016 matches
global 58.6% [55.5%-61.6%]
gruul werewolves
4.55% metagame
401 matches
global 50.4% [45.5%-55.2%]
28.1%
96 matches
63.4%
41 matches
63.5%
52 matches
50.0%
16 matches
-
40.0%
10 matches
43.8%
16 matches
69.2%
13 matches
41.7%
12 matches
50.0%
4 matches
72.7%
11 matches
60.0%
5 matches
28.6%
7 matches
66.7%
3 matches
57.1%
7 matches
16.7%
6 matches
50.0%
2 matches
66.7%
6 matches
gruul werewolves
4.55% metagame
401 matches
global 50.4% [45.5%-55.2%]
bant ramp
2.88% metagame
275 matches
global 44.0% [38.3%-49.9%]
44.0%
50 matches
35.6%
45 matches
46.7%
30 matches
27.8%
18 matches
60.0%
10 matches
-
50.0%
6 matches
40.0%
5 matches
33.3%
3 matches
25.0%
4 matches
53.3%
15 matches
0.0%
4 matches
25.0%
4 matches
75.0%
4 matches
50.0%
2 matches
33.3%
6 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
bant ramp
2.88% metagame
275 matches
global 44.0% [38.3%-49.9%]
selesnya ramp
2.78% metagame
276 matches
global 52.9% [47%-58.7%]
56.6%
53 matches
32.0%
25 matches
51.6%
31 matches
53.8%
13 matches
56.3%
16 matches
50.0%
6 matches
-
58.3%
12 matches
40.0%
10 matches
16.7%
6 matches
16.7%
6 matches
42.9%
7 matches
25.0%
4 matches
40.0%
5 matches
100.0%
6 matches
33.3%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
selesnya ramp
2.78% metagame
276 matches
global 52.9% [47%-58.7%]
dimir control
2.58% metagame
329 matches
global 39.8% [34.7%-45.2%]
34.6%
81 matches
28.9%
45 matches
56.3%
32 matches
33.3%
27 matches
30.8%
13 matches
60.0%
5 matches
41.7%
12 matches
-
33.3%
3 matches
20.0%
5 matches
42.9%
7 matches
0.0%
1 matches
80.0%
5 matches
33.3%
3 matches
33.3%
6 matches
0.0%
2 matches
50.0%
4 matches
30.8%
13 matches
dimir control
2.58% metagame
329 matches
global 39.8% [34.7%-45.2%]
mono-black control
2.58% metagame
291 matches
global 43.6% [38.1%-49.4%]
42.6%
68 matches
15.2%
46 matches
36.4%
22 matches
50.0%
14 matches
58.3%
12 matches
66.7%
3 matches
60.0%
10 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
66.7%
6 matches
25.0%
8 matches
85.7%
7 matches
66.7%
6 matches
0.0%
1 matches
57.1%
7 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
45.5%
11 matches
mono-black control
2.58% metagame
291 matches
global 43.6% [38.1%-49.4%]
izzet tempo
2.33% metagame
243 matches
global 49.8% [43.6%-56%]
38.3%
60 matches
39.5%
38 matches
52.9%
17 matches
35.7%
14 matches
50.0%
4 matches
75.0%
4 matches
83.3%
6 matches
80.0%
5 matches
33.3%
6 matches
-
28.6%
7 matches
66.7%
3 matches
33.3%
6 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
2 matches
42.9%
7 matches
izzet tempo
2.33% metagame
243 matches
global 49.8% [43.6%-56%]
azorius control
2.18% metagame
368 matches
global 45.4% [40.4%-50.5%]
34.5%
87 matches
38.8%
49 matches
56.3%
32 matches
38.9%
36 matches
27.3%
11 matches
46.7%
15 matches
83.3%
6 matches
57.1%
7 matches
75.0%
8 matches
71.4%
7 matches
-
33.3%
3 matches
71.4%
7 matches
50.0%
2 matches
60.0%
5 matches
16.7%
6 matches
50.0%
8 matches
63.6%
22 matches
azorius control
2.18% metagame
368 matches
global 45.4% [40.4%-50.5%]
gruul aggro
1.82% metagame
156 matches
global 48.7% [41%-56.5%]
38.5%
39 matches
54.5%
22 matches
64.3%
14 matches
20.0%
5 matches
40.0%
5 matches
100.0%
4 matches
57.1%
7 matches
100.0%
1 matches
14.3%
7 matches
33.3%
3 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
0.0%
2 matches
33.3%
3 matches
gruul aggro
1.82% metagame
156 matches
global 48.7% [41%-56.5%]
sultai midrange
1.72% metagame
197 matches
global 48.2% [41.3%-55.2%]
52.5%
40 matches
42.4%
33 matches
38.9%
18 matches
56.3%
16 matches
71.4%
7 matches
75.0%
4 matches
75.0%
4 matches
20.0%
5 matches
33.3%
6 matches
66.7%
6 matches
28.6%
7 matches
0.0%
2 matches
-
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
33.3%
3 matches
28.6%
7 matches
sultai midrange
1.72% metagame
197 matches
global 48.2% [41.3%-55.2%]
jeskai control
1.57% metagame
141 matches
global 44.0% [36%-52.2%]
40.0%
40 matches
27.8%
18 matches
50.0%
16 matches
25.0%
4 matches
33.3%
3 matches
25.0%
4 matches
60.0%
5 matches
66.7%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
2 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
jeskai control
1.57% metagame
141 matches
global 44.0% [36%-52.2%]
boros aggro
1.37% metagame
149 matches
global 46.3% [38.5%-54.3%]
55.0%
20 matches
0.0%
4 matches
27.8%
18 matches
62.5%
8 matches
42.9%
7 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
6 matches
66.7%
6 matches
42.9%
7 matches
50.0%
2 matches
40.0%
5 matches
33.3%
3 matches
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
66.7%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
boros aggro
1.37% metagame
149 matches
global 46.3% [38.5%-54.3%]
temur aggro
0.81% metagame
176 matches
global 56.3% [48.9%-63.4%]
46.7%
45 matches
72.0%
25 matches
44.4%
18 matches
42.3%
26 matches
83.3%
6 matches
66.7%
6 matches
66.7%
3 matches
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
66.7%
3 matches
83.3%
6 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
33.3%
3 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
55.6%
9 matches
temur aggro
0.81% metagame
176 matches
global 56.3% [48.9%-63.4%]
azorius tempo
0.10% metagame
193 matches
global 52.8% [45.8%-59.8%]
64.3%
56 matches
50.0%
22 matches
37.5%
8 matches
32.3%
31 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
4 matches
100.0%
2 matches
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
8 matches
100.0%
2 matches
66.7%
3 matches
-
33.3%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
50.0%
28 matches
azorius tempo
0.10% metagame
193 matches
global 52.8% [45.8%-59.8%]
grixis turns
0.10% metagame
504 matches
global 49.2% [44.9%-53.6%]
45.9%
146 matches
37.1%
70 matches
55.6%
36 matches
45.5%
66 matches
33.3%
6 matches
100.0%
2 matches
0.0%
2 matches
69.2%
13 matches
54.5%
11 matches
57.1%
7 matches
36.4%
22 matches
66.7%
3 matches
71.4%
7 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
44.4%
9 matches
50.0%
28 matches
-
grixis turns
0.10% metagame
504 matches
global 49.2% [44.9%-53.6%]
vs
mono-green aggro
vs
izzet turns
vs
izzet dragons ️
vs
mono-white aggro
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
bant ramp
vs
selesnya ramp
vs
dimir control
vs
mono-black control
vs
izzet tempo
vs
azorius control
vs
gruul aggro
vs
sultai midrange
vs
jeskai control
vs
boros aggro
vs
temur aggro
vs
azorius tempo
vs
grixis turns

TIER ONE DECKS

1. MONO GREEN AGGRO

  • Deck Guide
  • Win Rate: 65.5% (8900 matches)
  • Change: 5 -> 1
Rint Monogreen Stompy
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
4 mythic
28 rare
8 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Seven
$199.96
Instants (4)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$2.58
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
$63.96
Lands (20)
2
Faceless Haven
$18.98
60 Cards
$404.64
15 Cards
$36.65

The Green machine is back on top and has never looked so good. Sporting the best win rate and an inordinate amount of top 8 finishes in early tournaments, the deck is extremely fast and absolutely brutal when it has a strong curve.

2. IZZET DRAGONS

  • Deck Guide
  • Win Rate: 55.0% (10,000 matches)
  • Change: 2 -> 2
hogpog Izzet Dragons
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
10 mythic
16 rare
6 uncommon
28 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (8)
4
Smoldering Egg
$15.96
4
Goldspan Dragon
$191.96
Instants (19)
4
Consider
$9.16
4
Frost Bite
$1.00
1
Negate
$1.99
1
Into the Roil
$0.25
1
Dragon’s Fire
$0.25
2
Burning Hands
$1.38
4
Memory Deluge
$31.96
Sorceries (10)
60 Cards
$459.56
Sideboard
3
Negate
$5.97
2
Into the Roil
$0.50
2
Cinderclasm
$0.58
2
Burning Hands
$1.38
1
Dragon’s Fire
$0.25
15 Cards
$27.63

Although it has a much lower ladder win rate, Izzet is definitely the other deck to beat as the core of Goldspan Dragon and Alrund’s Epiphany is still excellent. Furthermore, Smoldering Egg has been giving every creature deck an absolute headache as a great roadblock into win condition in the late game.

3. GRUUL AGGRO

  • Deck Guide
  • Win Rate: 59.2% (5700 matches)
  • Change: 1 -> 3
Gruul Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
12 mythic
31 rare
4 uncommon
13 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Creatures (25)
2
Kazandu Mammoth
$1.38
1
Primal Adversary
$11.99
2
Moonveil Regent
$27.98
4
Goldspan Dragon
$191.96
Sorceries (4)
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
$67.96
Lands (22)
5
Forest
$1.25
4
Mountain
$1.96
4
Rockfall Vale
$33.96
60 Cards
$540.54
15 Cards
$72.81

I would personally say that Gruul and Monogreen are about the same power level, but Gruul does have a 6% lower win rate via untapped. Nevertheless, both strategies are excellent at putting the pressure on and killing the opponents before they have a chance to recover.

4. MONO BLACK CONTROL

  • Win Rate: 60.3% (2900 matches)
  • Change: Unlisted -> 4
Mono Black Control
by Terence
Standard
Control
best of 3
10 mythic
15 rare
11 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (6)
2
Professor Onyx
$35.98
Creatures (16)
4
Eyetwitch
$1.00
4
Shambling Ghast
$3.16
3
Sedgemoor Witch
$20.97
Instants (7)
3
Deadly Dispute
$5.97
2
Infernal Grasp
$3.98
1
Soul Shatter
$3.99
1
Hagra Mauling
$2.99
Sorceries (6)
Enchantments (2)
Lands (23)
15
Snow-Covered Swamp
$29.85
2
Field of Ruin
$0.50
4
Faceless Haven
$35.96
60 Cards
$409.28
Sideboard
1
Flunk
$0.25
1
Infernal Grasp
$1.99
3
Duress
$0.75
1
Necrotic Fumes
$0.25
1
Pest Summoning
$0.25
1
Crippling Fear
$1.99
15 Cards
$74.19

The new kid on the block, built by the illustrious Grzegorz Kowalski, the deck plays very similarly to the Orzhov Midrange deck with creatures that accrue value into planeswalkers and board wipes. It’s not the best against the Blue decks, but will be a huge pain for any creature strategy to fight through.

5. SELESNYA MIDRANGE

  • Win Rate: 60.2% (8300 matches)
  • Change: Unlisted -> 5
Selesnya Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
7 mythic
35 rare
10 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Seven
$219.96
Instants (5)
1
Kabira Takedown
$0.39
4
Fateful Absence
$31.96
Sorceries (4)
3
Emeria’s Call
$10.47
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (2)
2
Felidar Retreat
$7.98
Lands (15)
4
Forest
$1.00
4
Plains
$1.00
1
Field of Ruin
$0.25
60 Cards
$396.04
Sideboard
2
Portable Hole
$3.98
3
Paladin Class
$13.47
2
Borrowed Time
$0.50
2
Felidar Retreat
$7.98
15 Cards
$48.87

The premiere midrange deck of the format. Instead of going an aggressive route, Selesnya looks to play towards the mid game then go over the top of other strategies with Storm the Festival. There’s a lot of different ways to take the list, but they all use the same shell of ramp creatures into great payoffs.

TIER TWO DECK ARCHETYPES

6. MONO WHITE AGGRO

  • Deck Guide
  • Win Rate: 59.8% (3100 matches)
  • Change: 3 -> 6
White Weenie by Bohe
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
3 mythic
19 rare
16 uncommon
22 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (2)
2
Kabira Takedown
$0.78
Lands (22)
4
Faceless Haven
$37.96
60 Cards
$194.9
Sideboard
3
Brutal Cathar
$3.87
3
Legion Angel
$3.87
1
Divine Smite
$0.25
2
Portable Hole
$3.98
15 Cards
$32.91

Although Monowhite doesn’t fall under an Esika’s Chariot nor Alrund’s Epiphany deck, it’s still a very powerful and punishing strategy. Utilizing an extremely quick curve into disruptive creatures, Monowhite can have game against any strategy in the format with a win rate that shows.

7. ORZHOV MIDRANGE

  • Deck Guide
  • Win Rate: 55.0% (2100 matches)
  • Change: 4 -> 7
Orzhov Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
4 mythic
26 rare
4 uncommon
26 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (4)
4
Vanishing Verse
$15.96
Sorceries (4)
Lands (26)
4
Faceless Haven
$35.96
60 Cards
$212.54
Sideboard
4
Skyclave Shade
$3.96
4
Soul Shatter
$15.96
4
Duress
$1.00
1
Crippling Fear
$1.99
2
Doomskar
$12.98
15 Cards
$35.89

The less popular of the midrange black decks, I personally still prefer Orzhov as you get access to a lot of excellent white cards that Monoblack obviously doesn’t. Realistically, the decks are so similar it doesn’t make a tremendous difference, but it is interesting to see that they have a pretty stark contrast in win rates despite being so similar.

8. JUND MIDRANGE

  • Deck Guide
  • Win Rate: 59.0% (2400 matches)
  • Change: Unlisted -> 8
Jund Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Standard
best of 3
Cards
$

Utilizing the best midrange tools Gruul has to offer alongside Black interaction, Jund is taking full advantage of the new Innistrad lands to have a powerful and varied game plan.

9. GRUUL WEREWOLVES

  • Win Rate: 57.1% (7500 matches)
  • Change: 7 -> 9
Gruul Werewolves
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Tribal
best of 3
9 mythic
34 rare
2 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
Instants (2)
Sorceries (3)
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (2)
2
Ranger Class
$33.98
Lands (22)
7
Forest
$1.75
4
Mountain
$1.96
4
Rockfall Vale
$33.96
60 Cards
$518.46
15 Cards
$80.05

The least powerful of the aggressive options, Werewolves has some great synergies and power, but it does require more work to get going than the other options. That being said, the deck is still very strong, it’s just marginally worse than the other options.

10. SIMIC(X) RAMP

  • Deck Guide
  • Win Rate: 55.4% (1900 matches)
  • Change: 11 -> 10
Sultai Ramp
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Ramp
best of 3
11 mythic
23 rare
16 uncommon
10 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Seven
$219.96
Creatures (13)
2
Lotus Cobra
$9.98
Instants (4)
4
Infernal Grasp
$7.96
Sorceries (7)
3
Field Trip
$0.75
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
3
Forest
$0.75
1
Island
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Darkbore Pathway
$43.96
4
Shipwreck Marsh
$35.96
1
Rimewood Falls
$1.29
1
Woodland Chasm
$1.29
60 Cards
$573.68
15 Cards
$32.77

I wanted to go more general here as there’s every color combination under the sun encompassing this archetype. Whether you’re going right for Simic for the cleanest mana or looking to spice it up with Bant, Temur, or Sultai splashes, this deck is looking to go over the top of everything else in the metagame.

TIER THREE DECK ARCHETYPES

11. BOROS AGGRO

  • Win Rate: 56.7% (7300 matches)
  • Change: Unlisted -> 11
Boros Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
12 mythic
33 rare
6 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (23)
1
Loyal Warhound
$3.49
4
Brutal Cathar
$5.16
4
Moonveil Regent
$55.96
Instants (4)
4
Sacred Fire
$1.00
Sorceries (4)
Artifacts (2)
2
Portable Hole
$3.98
Enchantments (6)
2
Paladin Class
$8.98
Lands (21)
9
Plains
$2.25
4
Furycalm Snarl
$19.96
60 Cards
$347.78
Sideboard
2
Cathar Commando
$0.58
1
Burning Hands
$0.69
1
Demon Bolt
$0.25
2
Portable Hole
$3.98
2
Paladin Class
$8.98
15 Cards
$45.71

A new take on aggro, Boros looks to excel in the creature mirrors with a plethora of removal and interactive creatures. Boros does suffer from a mediocre mana base and doesn’t have as many tools to fight decks not centered around creatures, but it’s still a reasonable option with a fine win rate.

12. RAKDOS MIDRANGE

  • Win Rate: 56.1% (1200 matches)
  • Change: 11 -> 12
Rakdos Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
6 mythic
18 rare
12 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (4)
4
Deadly Dispute
$7.16
Sorceries (4)
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
$37.96
4
Sulfurous Mire
$3.96
60 Cards
$378.88
15 Cards
$11.33

Rakdos continues to struggle to make a foothold in the metagame despite having relatively high card quality. Not being able to use either of the format’s best cards, it relies on the Dragons package mostly to get it’s value. Weirdly enough, Immersturm Predator seems absurdly well positioned right now which makes me question why this deck isn’t doing well, but maybe it just needs more refining.

Thank you for reading! Have a great day!

DoggertQBones

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 Twitch and Discord.

17 Responses

  1. samuel_the_elder says:

    Is temur lukka the same tier as temur obosh?

    • DoggertQBones says:

      I would place them the same yes. I talked about it in the Temur Lukka guide that I think Lukka is better, but think they’re just as good as each other with different strengths

    • Papa Nurgle says:

      I would put Lukka ahead on Bo1 and behind in Bo3. It isn’t as reslient to sideboarding as Obosh – Test of Talents your lukka, elite spellbinders, a lot of interesting things can really screw up the luka deck’s day. And then you are stalled out playing an adventures deck with a mediocre top end.

      • samuel_the_elder says:

        Nice idea on Elite Spellbinder. Its impossible to hit Lukka with test of Talents and doesn’t work well with adventures. But yeah I think its true the deck is fragile post sb compared to the obosh version.

  2. Aelnor says:

    What’s the sideboard plan for this version of ult?

  3. Dominic Paquin says:

    Sideboard is not legal for tha Temur Obosh deck. Scorching Dragonfire is an even CMC.

  4. Alex Matos says:

    Where is the Izzet Midrange? The deck has shown great results in tournaments and also in ranked.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      When written a week and a half ago Izzet was still fringe, but I’m happy to see it making it’s way into Standard! It’ll definitely be on the next version of the Tier List but I generally avoid ranking decks that don’t have a following at that moment unless they show an insane amount of promise like Sultai Ultimatum which was clearly nuts or something like Monogreen which has seen sustained, yet suppressed success so it’s relegated to the bottom of the list.

  5. Sasha says:

    Naya Winota showed up to the party! I was about to start hmmm’ing with Rumti.

  6. Remy says:

    Interesting article once again thanks .
    Maybe time to publish a mono Green aggro guide 🙂