The 5 Best BO1 Historic Decks for the FNM at Home Event
This week’s FNM at Home format for MTG Arena is Historic! Enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and send a proof of your participation to your local game store (LGS) to obtain an Arena FNM Promo Pack containing two cosmetic items. Below is everything you need to know about the event as well as the decklists you can use to conquer the event.
You can check out the full schedule of the FNM at Home series as well as other MTG Arena events on our calendar.
Connect with your local game store while keeping yourself and others safe by playing Friday Night Magic (FNM) on MTG Arena!
This week: Bring a 60-card deck from among any cards available on MTG Arena. For more details on this format, including a list of banned cards, click here.
You can receive a code for an Arena FNM Promo Pack containing two cosmetic items when you share your results with your local game store. Find out how HERE.
*Note: While supplies last. Not all stores are participating.
- Duration: November 19 2020 at 4:00 AM – November 21 at 4:00 AM
- Format: Historic
- 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)
- 1 Win: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
- 2 Wins: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
MTG Arena Promo Pack
You can also redeem one code for a MTG Arena Promo Pack every week, inspired by the promo packs you receive at your local store. It contains two in-game cosmetic items, refreshed to ensure that these rewards remain playable after the Zendikar Rising Standard rotation.
As outlined in the event details, the code is obtained from your local game store’s online community:
HOW TO GET A REWARD CODE FROM YOUR STORE
Some stores have robust online communities, and others will be forming them for the first time. If you’re already part of such a community, great! Check with them and get connected.
If you aren’t part of a local game store’s online community, or if they don’t have one set up, there are a couple ways you can get connected. One is to simply reach out to your store and ask. Another is to head to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website. Many of them have set up online communities through Discord, WhatsApp, and Facebook, so you may have to join or download one of those applications.
Step by step, here’s how it works:
- Play in the event (win or lose as much as you want)
- Take a screenshot of your event page
- Go to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website
- Join their social media channel
- Share your screenshot with a nice message on their channel
- Store will message you a code* through that social media channel
*Note: While supplies last. Not all stores are participating. Limit one code per account. Sharing a screenshot with your local game store does not guarantee you will receive a code.
If you cannot find an appropriate store or just don’t want to bother with the whole process, you can buy the codes directly from trusted MTG Arena code vendors such as Gray Viking Games. For a few dollars, you can instantly obtain the code to the MTG Arena Promo Pack as well as codes from other products such as Prerelease, Planeswalker decks, Secret Lair sleeves, and more. For more information of MTG Arena codes, consult our full guide. Be sure to check them out!
It has now been over a week since the release of Kaladesh Remastered, and so far it looks like the dust has settled until the competitive events fire off in the upcoming weeks. It has not made a huge impact on the overall format, though the set has brought some format staples like Fatal Push and role players such as Bomat Courier, Scrapheap Scrounger and Chandra, Torch of Defiance.
Our Historic tier list is in the process of being updated as we speak, but the FNM at Home event is here so we thought this would be a good opportunity to make a quick comment on the best Historic deck archetypes for BO1 and some sample decklists that you can use to quickly get the two wins for the event.
With the addition of Sram, Senior Edificer and Concealed Courtyard, Orzhov Auras gets a slight edge over the other variations as it has access to better interactive spells if required and a better mana base. Azorius and Mono White are still just as good however if you want to stick to the classic builds.
A linear combo deck is always a top option especially in BO1 where everybody is trying to do their own thing as fast as possible. The deck can go off as quick as turn 4 but it does take some practice to be most effective so you know how all the cards fit into place. Here is a good video by MTG Joe you can learn from in the meantime if you are interested in trying the deck out!
A tried and tested formula that caused the suspension of Burning-Tree Emissary. It has the best of both worlds from Red and Green, making Gruul one of the most consistently fast and powerful decks in Historic. It can be flexible depending on how you want to approach the meta as well.
Similar to Neostorm, Goblins remains one of the strongest options for the BO1 ladder in Historic due to its linearity and speed. The primary game plan is to ramp out Muxus as quickly as possible, but should that fail you also have a backup aggro plan although it’s much inferior. In BO1 you are also less likely to meet resistance in the form of backbreaking cards such as Aether Gust and Wrath of God.
It’s hard to go wrong with Mono Red, now with Bomat Courier and Chandra, Torch of Defiance to make it even better. There are many ways you can build this deck, ranging from a burn-heavy list to a more creature-centric list that you can check out.
The decks above all have one thing in common: They are blisteringly fast and serves its purpose well enough in BO1 where players cannot sideboard against them. However, if none of those are attractive options for you then of course there are other decks out there that are close enough on power level that they can compete.
- Sultai Midrange: This deck is definitely a tier 1 deck in BO3 and Uro can still roam freely in Historic.
- Jund Sacrifice: Sacrifice decks have been notoriously good against aggro decks during its time in Standard due to Claim the Firstborn and Mayhem Devil. Deck guide and video coming later today!
- Rakdos Arcanist: With less graveyard hate in BO1, this deck can grind out wins with the likes of powerful interaction spells like Thoughtseize, Kroxa and now Fatal Push in the mix.
- Mono Green Stompy: Crokeyz has been playing his version of the deck on stream and it has been gaining traction. Without Red it plays Steel Leaf Champion and The Great Henge, which are both fantastic cards.
- Mono Black Aggro: Could become the premier aggro deck especially for BO3 as it adds Fatal Push and Scrapheap Scrounger to its ranks. It gets very close to its Pioneer version (minus Mutavault) that is already a top tier deck in that format.
As we mentioned before, we are working on the full Historic metagame update and we have a deck guide on Jund Company coming up later today, so check back later!