Standard Metagame Challenge Event Guide and Decklists – Zendikar Rising Standard – September 2020

Standard Metagame Challenge - September 2020

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 Zendikar Rising, which is the fifth set to be added to the Standard format and marked the yearly rotation cycle! 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 Zendikar Rising Standard. Also remember, you can go straight to our entire Standard deck collection here and have your pick from the latest decklists.

Event Information

  • Duration: September 26, 2020 @ 8:00 AM PST – September 29, 2020 @ 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)

Event Rewards

  • 0 Wins: 500 Gold
  • 1 Win: 1000 Gold
  • 2 Wins: 1500 Gold, 1 Zendikar Rising Pack
  • 3 Wins: 2000 Gold, 3 Zendikar Rising Packs
  • 4 Wins: 2500 Gold, 5 Zendikar Rising Packs
  • 5 Wins: 3000 Gold, 10 Zendikar Rising Packs
  • 6 Wins: 4000 Gold, 20 Zendikar Rising Packs
  • 7 Wins: 5000 Gold, 30 Zendikar Rising Packs

What is Standard Metagame Challenge?

Bring your Standard deck and play best-of-three matches! You’ll receive rewards based on how many matches you win.

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 winrate 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 Decklists

Standard Metagame Snapshot

The release of Zendikar Rising and Standard rotation has already solidified the metagame with a single top tier deck – Four-Color Omnath. A similar to story to the previous Standard season, ramping your mana quickly with the new Omnath and Lotus Cobra and going over the top of your opponents while being able to hold down aggressive strategies have shown that this deck is very hard to beat. You need to either prepare for the mirror or go against the grain and prepare for it. Read the full update below by our constructed expert Robert Lee!

Standard Tournament Decks

A few Standard tournaments are also happening this weekend that will show what players are bringing to predict the metagame. This may be different in the MTG Arena setting where you are likely to face different decks with unknown decklists, but still useful data that you can use to prepare. Use the link below to grab the latest tournament report on the latest Red Bull Untapped tournament.

Standard Mythic Decks

We are at the tail end of the September 2020 ranked season on MTG Arena, and these are the decklists players have used to reach the Mythic rank. These will serve as great starting points if you are diving straight into this event. You can see all of the decks from the past week in the main article below since the release of Zendikar Rising (also includes Historic decks).

Standard Metagame Challenge 7 Win Decklists

The below decks have already proven their success with their 7 win run. If you would like to submit your decklist here, please send it to us via Twitter or leave a comment below.

Wrapping Up

If you want to dive into this event a bit later, we will be keeping an eye on what decks people are using to reach their 7 win run in this event. We also have two large Standard tournaments happening today, that may have a role in shaping the metagame – Red Bull Untapped Online Qualifier Japan (a free-to-enter open event) and SCG Tour Online Championship Qualifier #6 (invite only). As always, we will be providing coverage for both of these weekends if you want to keep up with the latest decks from the best players.

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