Standard Metagame Challenge Event Guide and Decklists – November 2021

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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: Crimson Vow, and 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. Also remember, you can go straight to our entire Standard deck collection here and have your pick from the latest decklists. Updated for Innistrad: Crimson Vow Standard.

Event Details

Standard Metagame Challenge

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

  • Duration: November 19, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST – November 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatStandard
  • Entry Fee: 2,000 Gold or 400 Gems
  • Ends After: 7 wins or 1 loss (whichever comes first – single elimination)
  • Match Structure: Best-of-three matches (BO3)


  • 0 Wins: 500 Gold
  • 1 Win: 1,000 Gold
  • 2 Wins: 1,500 Gold, 1 Pack
  • 3 Wins: 2,000 Gold, 3 Packs
  • 4 Wins: 2,500 Gold, 5 Packs
  • 5 Wins: 3,000 Gold, 10 Packs
  • 6 Wins: 4,000 Gold, 20 Packs
  • 7 Wins: 5,000 Gold, 30 Packs

What is the 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.

Recommended Decklists

To get a leg up on the competition, check out our Premium article to get a full recommended line-up of decklists (and ones to avoid) for the event, including DoggertQBones’ secret tech!

Standard Metagame

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:

Standard Metagame Challenge 7 Win Decklists

Here are the decks that recorded a perfect result for this event:


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6 Responses

  1. Matteo Soldi says:

    Standard Metagame Challenge 7 wins

    Arena nick : Barons

    1 Yorion, Sky Nomad

    4 Tangled Florahedron
    4 Emergent Ultimatum
    3 Extinction Event
    2 Cling to Dust
    3 Eliminate
    4 Heartless Act
    2 Mystical Dispute
    4 Quandrix Cultivator
    1 Professor Onyx
    4 Binding the Old Gods
    4 Omen of the Sea
    1 Solve the Equation
    4 Wolfwillow Haven
    4 Barkchannel Pathway
    4 Clearwater Pathway
    4 Darkbore Pathway
    4 Fabled Passage
    4 Forest
    2 Island
    3 Swamp
    1 Temple of Malady
    4 Zagoth Triome
    1 Valki, God of Lies
    2 Alrund’s Epiphany
    1 Kiora Bests the Sea God
    1 Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
    1 Sea Gate Restoration
    1 Ketria Triome
    1 Shadows’ Verdict
    1 Pelakka Predation
    1 Elspeth’s Nightmare

    2 Elspeth’s Nightmare
    1 Negate
    1 Disdainful Stroke
    2 Test of Talents
    1 Chainweb Aracnir
    1 Cling to Dust
    2 Polukranos, Unchained
    2 Elder Gargaroth
    1 Yorion, Sky Nomad
    1 Koma, Cosmos Serpent
    1 Mazemind Tome

  2. David says:

    Sultai Ultimatum likely ought to be playing Power Word Kill over Eliminate now.

  3. Miguel Angel Garcia Fernandez says:

    nick arena : Al carrer!
    standard metagame challenge 7-0
    4 Elite Spellbinder (STX) 17
    4 Faceless Haven (KHM) 255
    2 Alseid of Life’s Bounty (THB) 1
    4 Giant Killer (ELD) 14
    3 Guardian of Faith (AFR) 18
    4 Luminarch Aspirant (ZNR) 24
    4 Selfless Savior (M21) 36
    4 Reidane, God of the Worthy (KHM) 21
    4 Seasoned Hallowblade (M21) 34
    3 Skyclave Apparition (ZNR) 39
    3 Drannith Magistrate (IKO) 11
    1 Archon of Emeria (ZNR) 4
    2 Cave of the Frost Dragon (AFR) 253
    17 Snow-Covered Plains (KHM) 276
    1 Legion Angel (ZNR) 23

    3 Glass Casket (ELD) 15
    1 Shadowspear (THB) 236
    2 Legion Angel (ZNR) 23
    1 Disenchant (ZNR) 10
    1 Archon of Absolution (ELD) 3
    2 Archon of Emeria (ZNR) 4
    3 Portable Hole (AFR) 33
    2 Idol of Endurance (M21) 23