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Standard Shakeup – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists (Updated)

This guide will contain everything you need to know about the Midweek Magic: Standard Shakeup event, including rewards and our exclusive sample decklists.

This week’s Midweek Magic is Standard Shakeup! This is normal Standard, but this time, there’s a bigger ban list! This is a great opportunity to try out strategies you wouldn’t always be able to play in Standard or to see how the top decks fare without their best cards!

Players can enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and a random cosmetic item on the third win. Below is everything you need to know about the event as well as the list of decks you can use for this event.

Important note: The initial banlist published by Wizards of the Coast was not updated for the event, and it is still using the old Standard Shakeup banlist! It is unlikely this gets changed again (to the “correct” one) so we’ve also updated accordingly. 😑

Event Details

Welcome to Midweek Magic! Each week, try out a different way to play MTG Arena!

Play a Standard deck, but some of the most popular or powerful cards from the format have been removed. Can you find a new strategy?

Find out more details about this and upcoming Midweek Magic events HERE.

  • Duration: October 25, 2022 @ 8:00 AM PST to October 27, 2022 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatStandard Shakeup
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Ends After: You can play as much as you like for the duration of the event.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Banned Cards

Event Rewards

WinsReward
1 WinRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
2 WinsRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
3 WinsOne Random Cosmetic Item

Standard Shakeup Decklists (October 2022)

Mono White Aggro – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $142.5
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
8 mythic
25 rare
4 uncommon
23 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$168.76

Is it a DoggertQBones event article if I don’t have a Mono White Aggro list? Better yet, nothing from this deck was banned, so most likely, this is the best deck in the format!

Mono White Invoke – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $55.48
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
8 mythic
20 rare
3 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
4
Fateful Absence
$3.96
Sorceries (4)
4
Invoke Justice
$1.40
Enchantments (7)
3
Borrowed Time
$0.75
Lands (25)
21
Plains
$5.25
60 Cards
$70.36

On the other side of the spectrum, while still a Mono White deck, Mono White Invoke looks to play a longer game and go big with threats like Ao, the Dawn Sky and Sanctuary Warden.

Mono Blue Tempo – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $67.96
Standard
Tempo
best of 1
0 mythic
9 rare
15 uncommon
36 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Haughty Djinn
$23.96
4
Tolarian Terror
$5.16
Instants (27)
4
Spell Pierce
$1.00
4
Consider
$7.96
4
Fading Hope
$7.16
4
Essence Scatter
$1.00
4
Make Disappear
$2.76
Lands (21)
20
Island
$5.00
60 Cards
$85.66

The premiere tempo deck of the format, Mono Blue doesn’t necessarily thrive in a Bo1 environment, but if you love giving your opponent agita, this is the perfect deck to do it with.

Mono Red Aggro – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $77.35
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
5 mythic
14 rare
12 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$7.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
21
Mountain
$5.25
60 Cards
$83.26

Another staple of Bo1 Standard, Mono Red Aggro can quickly churn out wins with a brutally efficient curve and solid reach!

Mono Black Aggro – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $349.7
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
10 mythic
15 rare
8 uncommon
27 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Creatures (19)
4
Evolved Sleeper
$5.16
2
Cult Conscript
$0.50
3
Shakedown Heavy
$1.05
Instants (6)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
2
Infernal Grasp
$2.98
Sorceries (3)
3
Invoke Despair
$2.37
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
23
Swamp
$5.75
60 Cards
$401.52

My personal favorite Bo1 list, we only lose Graveyard Trespasser so you can continue obliterating people with obscenely powerful cards!

Gruul Aggro – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $74.99
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
0 mythic
34 rare
8 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (5)
4
Kami’s Flare
$1.00
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
7
Forest
$1.75
6
Mountain
$1.50
4
Rockfall Vale
$5.96
60 Cards
$95.54

An aggro deck that’s been powered out of the format initially, Gruul has a much better shot here now that the playing field has been evened out a bit!

Rakdos Midrange – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $501.51
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
9 mythic
30 rare
10 uncommon
11 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
Instants (6)
4
Cut Down
$2.36
2
Infernal Grasp
$2.98
Sorceries (4)
4
Invoke Despair
$3.16
Enchantments (4)
60 Cards
$606.48

If you want to roll people in the event, it’s hard to do better than Rakdos Midrange! This is chock full of extremely powerful cards that can overpower any opponent. Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Sheoldred, the Apocalpyse was meant to be banned for the event, so it’s still a meta deck that you can play in this event (if you really want to).

Bant Midrange – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $153.68
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
10 mythic
45 rare
0 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
2
Wrenn and Seven
$17.98
Instants (2)
2
Fateful Absence
$1.98
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (7)
Lands (26)
2
Forest
$0.50
1
Island
$0.25
2
Plains
$0.50
4
Adarkar Wastes
$9.96
4
Yavimaya Coast
$2.36
1
Deserted Beach
$7.99
60 Cards
$197.92

The Chris Botelho special, Bant Midrange is a deck unlike any other in Standard that’s both very powerful and quite decent against the many aggro decks sure to be present in the format!

Grixis Midrange – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $370.2
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
8 mythic
28 rare
17 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (12)
2
Rona’s Vortex
$0.50
3
Cut Down
$1.77
2
Abrade
$0.50
2
Infernal Grasp
$2.98
3
Make Disappear
$2.07
Artifacts (2)
Enchantments (4)
60 Cards
$506.06

One of my favorite decks in Standard, Grixis Midrange has the best interactive suite in all of Standard, and despite many powerful cards being banned, still looks incredibly strong if you’re looking for some grindy games.

Five Color Jodah Humans – Standard Shakeup
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $235.54
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
7 mythic
49 rare
4 uncommon
0 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

For the final list of the article, we need to end on the sweetest deck! Five Color Jodah is a wacky aggro deck that looks to go way over the top of opponents with Jodah, the Unifier to kill the opponent in one fell swoop!

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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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