Standard Shakeup Event Guide and Decklists


Standard Shakeup is back for the Throne of Eldraine Standard metagame! This event bans the most played cards in the current Standard format, in addition to the ones already on the banned cards. If you need to catch up on Mastery XP, win a couple of card styles and want to play in a fresh metagame, read on for our strategy guide and a variety of decklists that you can use for this event!

Skip straight to the Standard Shakeup decklist section if you wish!

Event Information

  • Duration: December 30, 2019 @ 8:00 AM PST – January 6, 2019 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Standard Shakeup
  • Entry Fee: 2500 Gold or 500 Gems
  • Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past five wins.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Event Rewards

To clarify, you do not have to re-enter the event and you only have to pay the entry fee once. There is no limit on the number of losses (or victories). Play as much as you want for the duration of the event.

What is Standard Shakeup?


Standard Shakeup attempts to break everybody out of their comfortable meta decks that they use for climbing the ladder or grinding events, and encourage players to brew and experiment with interesting off-meta decks. Last time Standard Shakeup was around for the Plane-cation Chronicles, it was emphasized that “this is not an indication of any pending banned or restricted announcement … we’ve decided to ban some of the current Standard staples for this event, and this event only“. These are the banned cards for the event this time around, in addition to the current Standard banned list:

In case you forgot, this is the current Standard banned list which are banned for this event also:

This will be a fun little side event for the next week, where you can test different deck ideas without having to face the usual meta decks, catch up on some Mastery XP, and win two card styles in the process (worth 1600 gems in total).

Our Top Standard Shakeup Decklists

What are the most powerful cards left unbanned in Standard Shakeup? Here are our decks for this event, with a brief description and note on each one. More will be added here as the event progresses! You can also head to our Standard deck section for these as well.


Azorius Flyers – Standard Shakeup

The first of the going wide, aggressive, creature based strategy in Standard Shakeup, we feature Azorius Flyers which tend to feature in every one of our event decks. There won't be much opponents can do with an early Sephara, Sky's Blade. It just goes to show how versatile and straightforward

Dimir Mill Control – Standard Shakeup

This deck can function without Thought Erasure, using some strong cards supported by the mill synergy introduced in Throne of Eldraine. Drown in the Loch and Into the Story can be very efficient spells, and Vantress Gargoyle is a great finisher. Give this deck a try for this event if

Esper Hero – Standard Shakeup

Without Teferi, Time Raveler, Esper may do better with a midrange-control strategy that focuses around Hero of Precinct One. Event: Standard Shakeup

Golgari Aggro – Standard Shakeup

The key thing is that we do not lose Lovestruck Beast and Rotting Regisaur - the best creatures left that are not banned from the event. We also have access to The Great Henge, as it can neutralize discarding cards from the dinosaur. Vivien, Arkbow Ranger is also a powerhouse

Gruul Aggro – Standard Shakeup

Losing Questing Beast and Embercleave will power down Gruul a lot in this event, but we still have access to Lovestruck Beast as the next best thing. Green still has the best creatures to curve into however and will make it difficult for opponents to keep up. Event: Standard Shakeup

Izzet Phoenix – Standard Shakeup

Arclight Phoenix was once a popular deck that got outmuscled as time went on, but will be back in contention as one of the better decks for this event. There is no Teferi, Time Raveler to mess with your strategy and less hyper aggressive strategies that will race you. Event:

Izzet Pyromancer – Standard Shakeup

The alternative Izzet strategy - Draw-Two - supported by Improbable Alliance and Irencrag Pyromancer can work well in this format, since the deck remains almost untouched. Event: Standard Shakeup

Jeskai Walkers – Standard Shakeup

Loss of Teferi, Time Raveler is not a deal breaker, since our other planeswalkers can generate the value for us. We still retain the core power of the deck here, and we still have cheap ways to interact with your opponent. Event: Standard Shakeup

Mardu Knights – Standard Shakeup

Based on the Mythic rank deck by Cavallini, we lose Embercleave as our biggest source of power. However, we can make up for it by playing Knights in all three colors and enhancing the synergy instead. Event: Standard Shakeup

Mono Green Stompy – Standard Shakeup

Despite the bans, green remains a powerful option in Standard Shakeup. We still have Yorvo, ovestruck Beast, Vivien and even The Great Henge. Event: Standard Shakeup

Mono Red Aggro – Standard Shakeup

They tried to make Mono Red strategies significantly weaker by banning Cavalcade of Calamity, Light Up the Stage, Embercleave and even Runaway Steam-Kin although it hasn't been a top tier deck for months! Try this build of the deck, as we at least get to keep Torbran, Thane of Red

Mono White Aggro – Standard Shakeup

Based on the Mythic ranked deck by After Office TTV, this is a mixture of flying creatures and white weenies to aggressively swarm your opponent. Venerated Loxodon will be white's best payoff card for this event, but do play around board wipes! Event: Standard Shakeup

Orzhov Discard – Standard Shakeup

This deck loses Murderous Rider, but the deck can expect to perform quite well as a midrange option and using cards like Command the Dreadhorde can bring them all back and strip your opponent's hand. Event: Standard Shakeup

Rakdos Sacrifice – Standard Shakeup

This is our pick for the best deck of the event. Although we lose Cauldron Familiar, most of the deck is intact and Knight of the Ebon Legion is still a powerful replacement. Event: Standard Shakeup

Selesnya Tokens – Standard Shakeup

March of the Multitudes, Venerated Loxodon and Trostani Discordant all go hand in hand. Unlike Selesnya Adventures, we do not have ways to get good card advantage without Edgewall Innkeeper so be careful when extending wide. Event: Standard Shakeup

Simic Ramp – Standard Shakeup

Risen Reef can make the deck truly powerful, but the linear gameplan can still perform well. With 12 creatures that generate mana and Leyline of Abundance, you can expect some explosive draws. Event: Standard Shakeup

Wrapping Up

We hope you enjoy the Standard Shakeup event this week, and we look forward to seeing some awesome deck ideas as the event goes on! In case you missed it, we have updated our Mastery Calculator to add the XP gained from these catch up events – so check that out if you are curious on what level you may end up. We also have a Theros Beyond Death Preorder Giveaway going on, and the entries end in a week – don’t miss out!

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