Top Mythic Standard and Historic Decks – November 2021 Season – Week 3

Spectral Adversary Art by Uriah Voth
Spectral Adversary Art by Uriah Voth

Another week has passed in the Arena, and that means we’ve got a fresh set of decklists to review. Every weekend, we take a look back at some of the most highly ranked decks that were posted on social media during the week.

We’ve got quite a few high-ranking lists this week – all of our featured decks made it inside the top thirty, including two decks that climbed all the way to the #1 slot.

We’ll get started by taking a closer look at some of these top decks in each format, and you’ll find a list of all of the decks we collected over the week at the bottom of each section.


MTG Arena Standard Mythic Decks of the Week

Azorius Aggro by yuunonn – #1 Mythic

Our first deck this week is a bit of a spicy one, but first, a bit of context. Mono White Aggro has been known as one of the top decks in the format in both Arena ranked and tournament contexts since the rotation and release of Midnight Hunt. The archetype was pushed even farther with Crimson Vow thanks to the reprinting of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben.

mono-white aggro
54.6% global win rate
13.36% metagame share
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best against
vs mardu midrange
100.0% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs jund control
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs selesnya blink
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
worst against
vs orzhov midrange
34.7% win rate
95 tracked matches
vs naya werewolves
33.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs mardu fury
33.3% win rate
15 tracked matches

It’s a bit interesting then to see this Azorius Aggro list by yuunonn, which has many cards in common with the Mono White deck, foregoing Thalia entirely in exchange for a blue splash and access to efficient counterspells like Geistlight Snare and Jwari Disruption.

This list also has a bit higher of a curve than the usual Mono White decks, and pushes more damage with fliers like Spectral Adversary and the new Crimson Vow card Welcoming Vampire.

It feels a bit weird to be running a white aggressive deck without Thalia in the 75, but yuunonn was clearly onto something – they were able to pilot their deck all the way to #1 Mythic.

Bo1 Mardu Sacrifice by MatiArvigo – #13 Mythic

Mardu Sacrifice decks powered by Extus, Oriq Overlord showcased their power in the Standard 2022 format, and streamer Matías Arvigo is proving that the archetype still has a place in the format.

mardu sacrifice
75% global win rate
0.01% metagame share
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The deck, which Matías forged in some of the highest rankings on the ladder, is notable for playing four of the Crimson Vow planeswalker Kaya, Geist Hunter. The new three-mana planeswalker hasn’t seen much play in Standard yet, but Mardu has enough token generation that the synergies may well be worth the card slots.

Mono Black Control by NicK: Automata – #18 Mythic

With the recent dominance of extremely creature-heavy aggro decks in Standard like Mono Green and Mono White, we’ve also been seeing a rise of Mono Black and Orzhov control decks packed with removal.

mono-black control
46.6% global win rate
1.60% metagame share
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vs golgari control
80.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs gruul aggro
80.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs selesnya ramp
68.8% win rate
16 tracked matches
worst against
vs sultai midrange
33.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs grixis control
30.8% win rate
13 tracked matches
vs izzet turns
28.0% win rate
93 tracked matches

This style of control deck featuring Blood on the Snow has been popular on and off since Standard 2022, but has notoriously bad matchups against Izzet and other blue decks running countermagic.

The meta in Mythic can’t be too unfriendly to these decks though, with Twitter user NicK: Automata using their version of the deck to take the #18 position.

Mono Green Aggro by royvarney – #28 Mythic

Our final deck for today is Mono Green Stompy, and honestly, there isn’t much to say about this deck that hasn’t already been said. Mono Green is a known quantity in Standard – it received a nice upgrade from Crimson Vow in the form of Ascendant Packleader, and it continues to be one of the best decks in the format.

mono-green aggro
54% global win rate
18.47% metagame share
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vs boros burn
100.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs rakdos treasures
100.0% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs golgari ramp
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
worst against
vs mono-black zombies
37.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs mardu midrange
33.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs boros humans
28.6% win rate
7 tracked matches

This particular list was tuned and shared by Roy Varney, who used it along with a Mono White deck to achieve the #28 rank.

That brings us to the end of our Standard featured decks for this week. You can browse the full collection of the week’s Standard decks below, and then we’ll get into the Historic format.


MTG Arena Historic Mythic Decks of the Week

Historic Izzet Phoenix by Zan Syed – #1 Mythic

Ah, Izzet Phoenix. Phoenix decks have been a major part of the Historic format for most of its existence. The power of the recursive namesake flier Arclight Phoenix combined with Faithless Looting and other cheap cantrips has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with and respected.

izzet phoenix
54.9% global win rate
8.78% metagame share
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vs rakdos arcanist
85.7% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs jeskai control
66.7% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs jund citadel
62.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
worst against
vs five-color niv-mizzet
42.9% win rate
14 tracked matches
vs izzet turns
16.7% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantress
0.0% win rate
5 tracked matches

This build of Izzet Phoenix was shared by Zan Syed, who piloted the deck all the way to #1 Mythic with some pretty interesting card choices. Demilich is a card that was the subject of much debate after it was spoiled, as nobody was sure if it would be able to find a home in an archetype as tight as Phoenix.

It’s kind of nice to see Zan Syed doing so well with the oddball Skeleton Wizard, and there are a handful of other unusual cards that he has added to the archetype: Otherworldly Gaze, which helps provide some extra velocity of cards into the graveyard, and Strike It Rich, which Syed claims adds an extra explosive element to the deck.

Historic Elves by Iamthewalrus – #4 Mythic

Last but not least, we have an Elf tribal deck submitted by Iamthewalrus, who reached the impressive rank of #4 with the deck. Backed up with the power of Collected Company, Elves are one of the strongest tribes in the Historic format.

elves
66.7% global win rate
0.57% metagame share
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Iamthewalrus’s deck is notable for splashing not one, but two colors alongside green using pathways and the shock lands in white and blue. The only non-green card in the maindeck is three copies of Swan Song to protect the board state, but the sideboard includes additional counterspells along with Declaration in Stone and Rest in Peace to bring in some hate for the matchups where they’re needed.

And that takes us to the end of our Mythic spotlight for the November Ranked Season Week 3. Below is the full collection of Historic decks from this week. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you here again soon!


This column is our weekly roundup of Standard and Historic 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.

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