With another week in January behind us, it’s time once again for us to review some of the most highly ranked decks we’ve come across in our Top Mythic Decks spotlight. This week, we’ll be continuing to focus on the Historic decks from the community, which have been coming in at a higher-than-usual rate.
On the other hand, the Alchemy brews have been slowing down – presumably in anticipation of the upcoming changes to the format – so we’ll be revisiting the Standard format for the first time since Alchemy was launched. Things are sure to pick up again in Arena’s newest format after the ban announcement, as they probably will in any other format that is affected, so you won’t want to miss next week’s spotlight.
In the meantime, let’s dive into our decks from January Week 3!
MTG Arena Historic Mythic Decks of the Week
First up this week, we have something a little bit different coming out of the Historic format. Aggressive Rakdos decks based around Dreadhorde Arcanist have been a part of Historic for nearly as long as the card has been around. This deck however, which was posted by streamer TheXiled, forgoes the Arcanist plan entirely in favor of a more traditional aggro strategy based on heavy hitters like Rotting Regisaur and Spawn of Mayhem.
TheXiled has been playing this deck in high Mythic and claims to have climbed all the way up to rank #17 with these big beaters backed up by the classic Embercleave finisher that dominated Standard for so long.
Any given week that we do a spotlight on Historic decks in Mythic, there’s a decent chance that Izzet Phoenix is going to make an appearance. The recursive birdies have been, and remain, one of the strongest gameplans in Historic, surviving multiple bans and the printing of countless other powerful options in the format.
Streamer and Mythic grinder Rumti is widely known in the community as a master of the Mono Green Stompy archetype across multiple formats. Last week, he shared a new version of the deck in Historic, which he managed to take up to #71 Mythic with a “near 80% winrate.”
Mono Green isn’t typically considered a top-tier archetype in Historic (especially non-Elf builds), but Rumti is proving that you can succeed with Historic Stompy decks even in high Mythic with skillful play and a well-built list.
Finally, we’ve got another unusual take on the Historic format with this Boros Prowess deck submitted by RezedentGenius, designed for best-of-one. Boros decks in Historic have taken a number of different forms over the last few years, but this Prowess/Magecraft version of the deck is a departure from the usual burn or aggro shells, sitting somewhere in the middle between the two.
The deck is fueled by all-star one-drops such as Bomat Courier and Soul-Scar Mage, cheap cantrip spells, and burn. Meanwhile, powerful card advantage (namely Light Up the Stage and Reckless Impulse) help to keep the gas on until the opponent’s life total hits 0. There are only eighteen lands in the deck, and hilariously only eight cards total that cost more than one mana – although one of those is Light Up the Stage which, in this deck, is rarely going to be cast without Spectacle.
And that takes us to the end of our Historic Spotlight for the week. There are more ranked decks you can browse here:
MTG Arena Standard Mythic Decks of the Week
Over in the Standard format, our most highly ranked deck from the week was this oddball Mono Blue deck which comes to us from Twitch partnered streamer Ahh Dean. Ahh Dean has apparently been playing this deck in high Mythic Standard with an 88% winrate, taking it up to the #82 slot.
The deck is absolutely packed with Control Magic effects like Mind Flayer and tempo plays like Dreamshackle Geist, which seem to be proving their worth against the creature decks of Standard. On the top end, Ahh Dean is playing creatures with card advantage stapled on, such as Alrund, God of the Cosmos and Iymrith, Desert Doom. Two copies of Hullbreaker Horror top the curve – one of the most oppressive game-ending threats in the format.
Last week, we featured an Alchemy deck from micronaut25, and this week, we’re back with a Standard list from the Mythic grinder. They originally shared with us an Orzhov version of the same deck, but shortly after, they posted an updated version with a blue splash to help combat the Izzet Turns and other blue decks in the format – a matchup that has been notoriously terrible for the Orzhov deck.
This planeswalker-heavy midrange deck is based on the familiar sacrifice-fueled shell that has been popular on and off since before rotation in the Standard 2022 format. However, the recent innovation of including Wedding Announcement and Edgar, Charmed Groom has added an extra level of inevitability to the deck that is difficult to deal with for control while still being good at staving off aggro.
That’s it for our Mythic spotlight for this week. You can check out these Standard lists and more through the links below, and we’ll be back next weekend!
This column is our weekly roundup of Standard, Historic, and Alchemy decks players are using to climb the ranked ladder on MTG Arena! Our goal is to curate and post a variety of deck archetypes and interesting card choices at the end of each week to help you keep up to date with the latest trends in the metagame. If you have any decks you want featured, please tweet us at @mtgazone or give us a shout at our Discord.