Standard Metagame Challenge Event Guide and Recommended Decklists – September 2021
The Standard Metagame Challenge is a limited-time competitive event held over this weekend, where players test their mettle for one of the biggest (and riskiest) reward payouts on MTG Arena. It has now been just over a week since the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, which marked the yearly Standard rotation!
In this guide, we’ll give you a overview of the current metagame, sample decklists before the event starts and proven ones with 7 wins as soon as they are shared. We also have the details and expected value (EV) of this event, all updated for Midnight Hunt Standard. Also remember, you can go straight to our entire Standard deck collection here and have your pick from the latest decklists.
Bring your Standard deck and play best-of-three matches! You’ll receive rewards based on how many matches you win.
- Duration: September 24, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST – September 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST
- Format: Standard
- Entry Fee: 2000 Gold or 400 Gems
- Ends After: 7 wins or 1 loss (whichever comes first)
- Match Structure: Best-of-three matches (BO3)
- 0 Wins: 500 Gold
- 1 Win: 1000 Gold
- 2 Wins: 1500 Gold, 1 Pack
- 3 Wins: 2000 Gold, 3 Packs
- 4 Wins: 2500 Gold, 5 Packs
- 5 Wins: 3000 Gold, 10 Packs
- 6 Wins: 4000 Gold, 20 Packs
- 7 Wins: 5000 Gold, 30 Packs
What is Standard Metagame Challenge?
Standard Metagame Challenge is a special event that gives players the opportunity to win huge rewards in a relatively new metagame where the new cards from the latest set are being tested, and decklists are being refined. Key things to note for this event are:
- Best-of-three matches: Unlike many MTG Arena events which are BO1, this event requires you to bring a sideboard.
- Changing decks: You cannot change cards in your deck or change your deck in between matches. Once you have paid the entry fee and registered your deck, it’s final.
- High variance: After just one match loss, the event is over and you will have pay the entry fee again should you wish to participate again.
Of course, the best way to reap the rewards is to play one of the the best possible decks! Read on as we will help you choose what deck to play this weekend, how the Standard metagame is developing, and what to expect from your opponents. Do keep in mind, players should generally play the decks they know best – whatever you have the most experience with, and is closest to one of the best decks is probably what you should be playing.
Expected Value (EV)
As you can see from the reward structure above, the event is high variance because it ends as soon as you get your first loss. Most of the value of the event comes after your fifth win, though getting to three wins will at least guarantee your entry fee returned.
Your overall win rate is clearly a big factor in succeeding this event, and it gets more difficult as you progress because you are usually matched against better quality players of the same (or similar) record. Refer to the chart above by Frank Karsten, which shows this in greater detail. That all being said, this event is a great opportunity for players to boost their collection significantly early on in the expansion, which rewards not only your luck but also your skill and knowledge of the chosen deck.
Standard Metagame Challenge 7 Win Decklists
Here are the decks that recorded a perfect result for this event:
The metagame is still fresh, and lots of new decks are being tried out at the moment. However, the best cards stand out the most in a Standard with only five sets! Here is our preliminary tier list for BO3, based on the first few days of playing:
Standard Deck Guides
If you want a deep dive on how to play some of the more popular decks, here are our latest Standard BO3 deck guides updated for Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Standard: