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Standard Metagame Snapshot: Top Decks for the Week of May 18, 2022

Our weekly metagame breakdown for the Standard format. We cover the movers and shakers, complete with decklists for both best-of-one and best-of-three.

Hello everyone! We want you to have the most up to date information on Standard, and initially, we did that by providing deck guides to fill out your knowledge. However, we realized that we could still do more so we’re looking to be updating Standard’s tier list weekly as well as provide analysis on the standout decks, whether they stand out for their strength, weaknesses, or they have a large change in positioning. As always, you can find the link to the complete tier lists below.

To compile this report, the first metric that I look at the most is recent tournament successes. Following tournament trends is generally the best way to dictate what decks are overperforming for the week and can cut through the noise of inaccurate data. The second metric I use is it’s inherent positioning in the metagame with what decks it’s good at beating and what beats it. The third metric is then win rate data where I see how the deck has historically done over it’s tracked life cycle. Finally, I have the fourth determination of personal bias where I let my feelings fly on why I like a deck that isn’t necessary empirical. This could be deck feel, perceived matchup strength, or any other metric I would discuss that’s not already covered. With that, let’s get into it.


This Week’s Top Performers

Runeforge Champion
Runeforge Champion Art by Andrey Kuzinskiy

Esper Midrange

esper midrange
52.4% global win rate
10.36% metagame share
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vs izzet dragons ️
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs izzet tempo
75.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantments
74.1% win rate
27 tracked matches
vs Bant Midrange
72.7% win rate
22 tracked matches
vs dimir midrange
71.4% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs dimir control
71.4% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs Izzet Calamity
70.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs five-color ramp
67.9% win rate
28 tracked matches
vs dimir ninjas
66.7% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs esper control
64.7% win rate
34 tracked matches
vs Mono Black Midrange
63.2% win rate
19 tracked matches
vs other
60.8% win rate
189 tracked matches
vs azorius control
60.8% win rate
79 tracked matches
vs golgari midrange
60.5% win rate
38 tracked matches
vs jund midrange
60.3% win rate
156 tracked matches
vs Angels
60.0% win rate
50 tracked matches
vs mardu aggro
60.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs grixis tempo
60.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs orzhov midrange
60.0% win rate
310 tracked matches
vs boros aggro
59.8% win rate
132 tracked matches
vs jund treasures
58.3% win rate
24 tracked matches
vs Mono White Aggro
58.1% win rate
172 tracked matches
vs grixis control
57.9% win rate
19 tracked matches
vs rakdos midrange
57.8% win rate
45 tracked matches
vs esper planeswalkers
55.6% win rate
18 tracked matches
vs naya midrange
55.0% win rate
20 tracked matches
vs jeskai hinata
51.2% win rate
205 tracked matches
vs jeskai control
50.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs Mono White Control
50.0% win rate
16 tracked matches
vs izzet control
49.5% win rate
103 tracked matches
vs Mono Green Stompy
46.6% win rate
103 tracked matches
vs rakdos anvil
44.9% win rate
118 tracked matches
vs Jeskai Combo
44.8% win rate
192 tracked matches
vs Reanimator
44.4% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs temur aggro
44.3% win rate
61 tracked matches
vs selesnya midrange
42.3% win rate
71 tracked matches
vs naya runes
41.9% win rate
272 tracked matches
vs temur control
41.2% win rate
68 tracked matches
vs naya humans
40.6% win rate
32 tracked matches
vs mardu midrange
39.7% win rate
73 tracked matches
vs grixis vampires
39.4% win rate
132 tracked matches
vs izzet mill
37.5% win rate
24 tracked matches
vs Mono Red Aggro
35.3% win rate
17 tracked matches
vs azorius tempo
34.8% win rate
23 tracked matches
vs rakdos aggro
33.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs Mono Blue Tempo
30.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs abzan midrange
28.6% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs gruul aggro
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
Bo1 Esper Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $311.43
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
12 mythic
46 rare
1 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (7)
3
Kaito Shizuki
$17.97
Creatures (18)
2
Legion Angel
$0.70
Instants (5)
4
Vanishing Verse
$7.96
1
Infernal Grasp
$2.49
Enchantments (5)
60 Cards
$466.18
Sideboard
2
Legion Angel
$0.70
2 Cards
$0.7
Esper Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $407.65
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
15 mythic
41 rare
1 uncommon
3 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (8)
4
Kaito Shizuki
$23.96
Creatures (14)
1
Legion Angel
$0.35
Instants (5)
3
Vanishing Verse
$5.97
1
Infernal Grasp
$2.49
1
Void Rend
$1.99
Sorceries (1)
1
Emeria’s Call
$7.99
Enchantments (6)
60 Cards
$515.5
Sideboard
2
Legion Angel
$0.70
2
Duress
$0.50
2
Go Blank
$1.18
15 Cards
$69.25

First up should absolutely be no surprise to those paying attention to the Standard metagame. Esper Midrange, I’d say, is the de facto best deck in Standard right now.

Put simply, it just seems to be an amalgam of all the best cards packed into one deck. Furthermore, considering nearly all the cards provide more than a card’s worth of value, it’s a difficult deck to beat out. Between the multiple planeswalkers, the absolute bomb that is Raffine, Scheming Seer, Legion Angel, The Meathook Massacre, and Wedding Announcement, you have a slew of cards that can generate so much advantage. However, when you have a deck that has a high density of value cards, generally speaking you can just go right over them instead of fighting the value war.

While that is typically the case, the rough thing with Esper Midrange is that they can be really fast too! Esper can just go Luminarch Aspirant or Tenacious Underdog, Raffine, Scheming Seer, into The Wandering Emperor which is an insanely difficult curve to beat if you’re looking to go over Esper.

No matter what angle of attack you may have, Esper definitely can have the answer. The deck of course isn’t unbeatable, but having all their bases covered and all their cards being value engines is a difficult strategy to meaningfully attack.

Naya Runes

naya runes
53.3% global win rate
5.92% metagame share
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vs grixis control
90.9% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs Mono Red Aggro
85.7% win rate
14 tracked matches
vs esper planeswalkers
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs jeskai control
80.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs rakdos midrange
73.9% win rate
23 tracked matches
vs rakdos anvil
72.0% win rate
93 tracked matches
vs temur aggro
70.3% win rate
37 tracked matches
vs other
67.7% win rate
99 tracked matches
vs bant control
66.7% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs grixis tempo
66.7% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs Mono Green Stompy
66.7% win rate
69 tracked matches
vs mardu midrange
62.8% win rate
43 tracked matches
vs izzet mill
62.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs golgari midrange
62.5% win rate
16 tracked matches
vs esper control
60.7% win rate
28 tracked matches
vs Bant Midrange
60.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs jund midrange
58.2% win rate
91 tracked matches
vs esper midrange
58.1% win rate
272 tracked matches
vs izzet control
57.9% win rate
57 tracked matches
vs five-color ramp
57.1% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs Mono Black Midrange
53.8% win rate
13 tracked matches
vs naya midrange
53.8% win rate
13 tracked matches
vs orzhov midrange
53.1% win rate
209 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantments
50.0% win rate
14 tracked matches
vs jund treasures
50.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs azorius tempo
50.0% win rate
16 tracked matches
vs grixis vampires
48.8% win rate
43 tracked matches
vs selesnya midrange
46.9% win rate
32 tracked matches
vs jeskai hinata
46.5% win rate
101 tracked matches
vs Mono Blue Tempo
46.2% win rate
13 tracked matches
vs Angels
42.1% win rate
38 tracked matches
vs Jeskai Combo
39.6% win rate
111 tracked matches
vs azorius control
38.1% win rate
42 tracked matches
vs naya humans
37.9% win rate
29 tracked matches
vs boros aggro
35.1% win rate
77 tracked matches
vs Reanimator
33.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs Mono White Aggro
30.1% win rate
133 tracked matches
vs temur control
28.6% win rate
14 tracked matches
vs Mono White Control
0.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
Bo1 Naya Runes
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $189.7
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
35 rare
18 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (18)
4
Rune of Might
$1.40
4
Rune of Speed
$1.40
Lands (23)
2
Forest
$0.50
1
Plains
$0.25
1
Rockfall Vale
$1.49
1
Sundown Pass
$7.99
60 Cards
$262.1
Naya Runes
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $215.08
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
0 mythic
37 rare
21 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
Lands (23)
1
Forest
$0.25
1
Plains
$0.25
2
Sundown Pass
$15.98
60 Cards
$275.88
15 Cards
$23.37

Once again, we have another entry that’s no big surprise for those versed in Standard. Like Esper, Naya has been a fixture in Standard for the length of New Capenna’s release and well before it as well.

Rather than being a deck that has it all like Esper, Runes is a much different beast. You have a good amount of card advantage engines which can keep the gas flowing, but ultimately the power in the deck hinges on how hard their threats hit. Every threat in Runes is terrifying with no exceptions. Generous Visitor, Kami of Transience, and Runeforge Champion can all grow to huge proportions and obliterate any opponent within a few turns. Jukai Naturalist, while not winning the game by itself, combos with Runeforge Champion and is just generally insane in a deck with so many enchantments. With how hyper efficient this deck is, it demands respect in any matchup it’s played in. If the opponent isn’t playing a finely tuned deck or doesn’t have an abundance of removal, they’re going to be crushed.

I would definitely argue that Runes is easier to hate out than Esper as a plethora of removal will do the trick, but the deck is so powerful that it’s easily the second pillar of the Standard meta alongside Esper.

Jund Midrange

jund midrange
49.1% global win rate
3.56% metagame share
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vs dimir control
87.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs Mono Blue Tempo
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs grixis control
81.8% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs rakdos anvil
67.5% win rate
40 tracked matches
vs Mono White Control
66.7% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs Mono Black Midrange
66.7% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs rakdos midrange
66.7% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs grixis vampires
63.6% win rate
44 tracked matches
vs golgari midrange
62.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs esper control
62.5% win rate
16 tracked matches
vs mardu midrange
61.5% win rate
13 tracked matches
vs selesnya midrange
60.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs Bant Midrange
58.3% win rate
12 tracked matches
vs naya midrange
58.3% win rate
12 tracked matches
vs izzet control
55.6% win rate
45 tracked matches
vs Mono White Aggro
55.6% win rate
54 tracked matches
vs Jeskai Combo
55.3% win rate
38 tracked matches
vs temur aggro
52.4% win rate
21 tracked matches
vs boros aggro
51.6% win rate
31 tracked matches
vs naya humans
50.0% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs other
50.0% win rate
86 tracked matches
vs Angels
47.5% win rate
40 tracked matches
vs Mono Green Stompy
44.2% win rate
43 tracked matches
vs azorius control
42.9% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs orzhov midrange
42.3% win rate
71 tracked matches
vs naya runes
41.8% win rate
91 tracked matches
vs esper midrange
39.7% win rate
156 tracked matches
vs temur control
36.8% win rate
19 tracked matches
vs jeskai hinata
34.6% win rate
81 tracked matches
vs grixis tempo
33.3% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs five-color ramp
0.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
Bo1 Jund Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $381.75
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
9 mythic
37 rare
12 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
1
Wrenn and Seven
$9.99
Creatures (10)
Instants (8)
2
Infernal Grasp
$4.98
3
Riveteers Charm
$0.75
1
Hagra Mauling
$1.99
Sorceries (1)
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (7)
Lands (25)
1
Mountain
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Darkbore Pathway
$21.96
2
Deathcap Glade
$15.98
2
Haunted Ridge
$29.98
4
Rockfall Vale
$5.96
60 Cards
$536.2
Jund Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $392.29
Standard
best of 3
8 mythic
38 rare
12 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
1
Wrenn and Seven
$9.99
Creatures (10)
Instants (9)
2
Infernal Grasp
$4.98
4
Riveteers Charm
$1.00
1
Hagra Mauling
$1.99
Sorceries (1)
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (6)
Lands (25)
1
Mountain
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Darkbore Pathway
$21.96
2
Deathcap Glade
$15.98
2
Haunted Ridge
$29.98
4
Rockfall Vale
$5.96
60 Cards
$478.46
15 Cards
$76.51

When I started writing this article, I had a small section saying that it’s an Esper and Naya world and until the Pro Tour, that’s probably not changing. Imagine my surprise when I saw the Sunday Standard challenge results! Not only did Jund Midrange win that event, it got second, and another top 8 appearance as well. For a new build of a deck, THREE top 8 finishes and two of them as the top 2? That’s utterly insane.

So what makes this deck tick? To me, it seems to be a lot of the same elements as Esper that’s propelling this deck to victory. You have a lot of good value cards with your planeswalkers, Esika's Chariot, and Fable of the Mirror-Breaker so it’s difficult to grind you out. You can have fast starts with Tenacious Underdog, Bloodtithe Harvester, Ob Nixilis, the Adversary, and Esika's Chariot so your opponents can’t just durdle. However, a bit unlike Esper, Jund opts for more removal to interact, but with the versatility of Riveteers Charm, your removal can be card draw or even graveyard hate as well!

While the deck itself definitely lends itself to be a strong option, I think it found so much success for two reasons. First off, it was obviously unexpected and that gives a deck a lot of stock in a tournament. More importantly, it does the same thing as Esper, but just a little bit bigger. In midrange metagames, it’s not surprising to see midrange decks slow down in order to capitalize on that meta, but most were probably assuming you’d have to do that with Esper. Jund hits from a different angle where it has more interaction for Esper’s scariest threats and also pays more respect to the Runes matchup to not get punked out there. If the Pro Tour wasn’t this weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this flood the ladder within the next few days, but it’ll be interesting to see if this deck can take the Pro Tour by storm as well.


The Deck’s Looking To Break In / Next Best Options

Legion Angel Art by PINDURSKI
Legion Angel Art by PINDURSKI

Esper Angels

Esper Angels
50% global win rate
0.02% metagame share
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Bo1 Esper Angels
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $217.51
Standard
Tribal
best of 1
5 mythic
42 rare
4 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (8)
2
Negate
$0.50
4
Vanishing Verse
$7.96
2
Void Rend
$3.98
Sorceries (4)
4
Emeria’s Call
$31.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (21)
2
Plains
$0.50
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Deserted Beach
$35.96
60 Cards
$280.12
Sideboard
3
Legion Angel
$1.05
3 Cards
$1.05
Esper Angels v2
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $230.6
Standard
Tribal
best of 3
5 mythic
42 rare
4 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (8)
2
Negate
$0.50
4
Vanishing Verse
$7.96
2
Void Rend
$3.98
Sorceries (4)
4
Emeria’s Call
$31.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (21)
2
Plains
$0.50
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Deserted Beach
$35.96
60 Cards
$280.12
Sideboard
3
Legion Angel
$1.05
2
Negate
$0.50
1
Void Rend
$1.99
3
Go Blank
$1.77
2
Crippling Fear
$0.70
15 Cards
$18.57

Now if we’re talking about decks that are still on the cusp, I’m still pretty high on Esper Angels. While it may not be the best positioned at this moment, I think it can be with a few meta shifts.

So let’s answer the question: when would Angels be well positioned? I believe it to be an inherently powerful deck so it doesn’t need a super specific metagame to thrive which is a good start. However, by the virtue of their creatures, you would ideally want a heavier creature metagame to capitalize on their high toughness. The deck blocks exceedingly well, but on top of that, your creatures race extremely well as they all fly and scale up. So would the metagame move towards more creature decks? Potentially, but hard to say. Naya Runes is definitely the scariest proposition for a lot of creature decks as they are really good at creating a large creature with lifelink. However, while more midrange decks slow down, faster decks can take this opportunity to capitalize on their sluggishness to beat them down quickly. If they do, Angels will be a great deck to check them.

While I may be asking for more than is feasible, even if the metagame doesn’t skew towards creatures, you’re still playing powerful threats and since you’re in Esper, you have access to strong removal as well.

Mono White Aggro

Mono White Aggro
51.9% global win rate
5.86% metagame share
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vs simic ramp
87.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs temur werewolves
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs gruul werewolves
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs gruul aggro
80.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs Mono Blue Tempo
80.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs azorius tempo
76.9% win rate
13 tracked matches
vs Mono Red Aggro
75.0% win rate
20 tracked matches
vs grixis tempo
70.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs naya runes
69.9% win rate
133 tracked matches
vs boros aggro
67.6% win rate
71 tracked matches
vs temur aggro
63.3% win rate
30 tracked matches
vs other
63.2% win rate
87 tracked matches
vs Jeskai Combo
59.7% win rate
77 tracked matches
vs naya humans
59.3% win rate
27 tracked matches
vs rakdos midrange
59.1% win rate
22 tracked matches
vs Mono Black Midrange
58.8% win rate
17 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantments
57.1% win rate
21 tracked matches
vs jeskai hinata
57.0% win rate
86 tracked matches
vs dimir control
55.6% win rate
18 tracked matches
vs azorius control
53.5% win rate
43 tracked matches
vs Mono Green Stompy
52.3% win rate
44 tracked matches
vs izzet control
51.1% win rate
47 tracked matches
vs grixis control
50.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs naya midrange
46.2% win rate
13 tracked matches
vs selesnya midrange
45.8% win rate
59 tracked matches
vs jund midrange
44.4% win rate
54 tracked matches
vs rakdos anvil
43.1% win rate
58 tracked matches
vs orzhov midrange
42.8% win rate
250 tracked matches
vs esper midrange
41.9% win rate
172 tracked matches
vs temur control
40.0% win rate
15 tracked matches
vs Mono Black Zombies
40.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs esper planeswalkers
40.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs mardu midrange
38.5% win rate
39 tracked matches
vs esper control
37.5% win rate
32 tracked matches
vs grixis vampires
34.3% win rate
35 tracked matches
vs golgari midrange
33.3% win rate
15 tracked matches
vs Mono White Control
28.6% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs Angels
26.3% win rate
19 tracked matches
vs izzet dragons ️
14.3% win rate
7 tracked matches
Bo1 Mono White Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $72.32
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
4 mythic
30 rare
6 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$114.76
Sideboard
3
Legion Angel
$1.05
3 Cards
$1.05
Mono White Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $196.05
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
8 mythic
32 rare
3 uncommon
17 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$265.92
Sideboard
1
Brutal Cathar
$6.99
3
Legion Angel
$1.05
1
Valorous Stance
$0.25
2
Portable Hole
$2.98
15 Cards
$33.39

Speaking of the metagame moving to a more creature deck direction! Mono White has been a main stay for quite awhile, but easily waxes and wanes in popularity depending on the meta around it. With the massive uptick in The Meathook Massacre some time ago, Mono White has definitely had it rough. However, the popularity of the hooks and their meat may be starting to lessen.

While an insanely powerful effect, Meathook is really good against small creature decks which, as you may have noticed, there’s very little of right now. It’s pretty embarrassing against other midrange decks so lists are very slowly cutting them, but I believe they’ll continue to dwindle in the upcoming days. Even though there are still a good amount of them around, Mono White is still starting to find success once again.

Mono White will do what it always does, be blisteringly fast and demand the opponents do something relevant before they hit 0. Mono White in particularly can be well positioned in this meta as not only is it very fast which pressures the midrange decks, you have a lot of removal for Runes as well so you aren’t just a dog in that matchup. While I think the metagame needs to slow down a bit more for Mono White to truly shine again, I don’t think it’s going to be particularly long until we see Mono White absolutely dog a tournament when people aren’t expecting it.

Boros Aggro (Best-of-One)

boros aggro
50.2% global win rate
4.45% metagame share
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vs Angels
85.7% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs mardu midrange
78.6% win rate
14 tracked matches
vs temur control
73.9% win rate
23 tracked matches
vs esper control
72.7% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs Mono Black Midrange
71.4% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs Jeskai Combo
67.7% win rate
31 tracked matches
vs other
67.7% win rate
65 tracked matches
vs naya runes
64.9% win rate
77 tracked matches
vs grixis control
62.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs naya humans
57.9% win rate
19 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantments
55.6% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs naya midrange
54.5% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs grixis vampires
51.0% win rate
49 tracked matches
vs izzet control
50.0% win rate
28 tracked matches
vs jund midrange
48.4% win rate
31 tracked matches
vs Mono Green Stompy
48.2% win rate
56 tracked matches
vs jeskai hinata
48.1% win rate
129 tracked matches
vs selesnya midrange
46.7% win rate
15 tracked matches
vs orzhov midrange
44.3% win rate
115 tracked matches
vs azorius control
42.3% win rate
26 tracked matches
vs esper midrange
40.2% win rate
132 tracked matches
vs golgari midrange
40.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs rakdos midrange
38.9% win rate
18 tracked matches
vs Mono Blue Tempo
37.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs temur aggro
37.5% win rate
24 tracked matches
vs Mono Red Aggro
37.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs Mono White Aggro
32.4% win rate
71 tracked matches
vs rakdos anvil
31.3% win rate
32 tracked matches
Bo1 Boros Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $98.4
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
4 mythic
25 rare
13 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Hopeful Initiate
$23.96
4
Brutal Cathar
$27.96
Instants (5)
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
1
Valorous Stance
$0.25
Sorceries (4)
4
Roil Eruption
$1.00
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
6
Mountain
$1.50
8
Plains
$2.00
2
Furycalm Snarl
$3.98
60 Cards
$138.42

To change things up a bit as the Pro Tour is undoubtedly going to turn Standard on it’s head, I wanted to highlight two Bo1 decks that caught my attention. A Mono White variant doing well in Bo1 is definitely no surprise, but how about one that had no presence and suddenly became the number 1 deck on Untapped? Now that’s interesting!

While Untapped has the deck labelled as Boros Burn for it’s modest 8 burn spells, I think it is much more an aggro deck. Nevertheless, this deck has a lot of things going for it. You have a fantastic curve, you have a plethora of removal (where most of it doubles as reach too), and your card quality is quite high. The stand out for the deck has to be Sunrise Cavalier which I didn’t even know exist prior to seeing this decklist! That said, a 3 mana 3/3 with Trample, Haste, and can scale is nothing to sneeze at.

Another nice function of the deck is the mini modify theme that works well with the lone 4 drop, Thundering Raiju. Nearly every creature in this deck can gain a +1/+1 counter one way or another so Raiju can deal massive amounts of damage even on the first attack! That said, I’m almost surprised that this deck isn’t playing Kami’s Flare as it would likely be pretty good in this deck but perhaps the versatility of Roil Eruption is better.

Overall, despite being another aggro deck in a meta filled with them, seeing a brand new take on a classic archetype is always fun to see.

Esper Aggro (Best-of-One)

esper tempo
43% global win rate
0.33% metagame share
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vs Mono White Aggro
71.4% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs jund midrange
60.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs other
60.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs Mono Green Aggro
50.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs esper midrange
40.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs grixis vampires
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs jeskai hinata
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
Bo1 Esper Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $256.37
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
6 mythic
53 rare
0 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

For the final deck of the article, we have another take on the Mono White shell!

There was a huge buzz a few metagames ago when Mono White decided to splash not one, but two colors to gain access to Halana and Alena, Partners and Snakeskin Veil. It may have seemed crazy then as Faceless Haven was such a big draw to mono colored decks, but with it’s banning, going a little buckwild on the mana base doesn’t draw as much of an opportunity cost.

Following Naya’s example, Esper looks to be the next iteration of the Mono White archetype. This time, Mono White splashes Raffine, Scheming Seer and Obscura Interceptor in the already powerful shell. To me, I absolutely love this innovation. Raffine is an absurdly powerful card and in a deck that can accrue multiple Connive triggers quickly, it seems like a match made in heaven. Obscura Interceptor on the other hand is the type of back breaking effect I like to have in my aggro decks. The opponent is already going to be on the back foot as you’re such a quick deck, and then when they can finally start casting spells to get back into the game, you just stall them for a turn and get a creature out of the deal? Brutal.

Unlike Boros Aggro, I could actually see Esper making it’s way into Standard as it’s less reliant on a creature centric metagame and could gain a lot of stock in the sideboard by having access to more colors. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops on the Bo1 ladder and I’ll definitely be interested to see if it has Bo3 applications as well.

Thank you for reading!


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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
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