#1 Mythic Standard and Historic Decks – November 2021 Season – Week 1

Lier, Disciple of the Drowned Art by Ekaterina Burmak
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned Art by Ekaterina Burmak

Welcome, readers, to this installment of the MTGA Zone Top Mythic Decks of the Week! Today’s issue is a bit special for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, we’ve only just completed preview season for Innistrad: Crimson Vow, and the set is scheduled to release on Arena in just a few short days on November 11. Secondly, it’s November, and that means the ranked ladder has reset once again, and the rush to get back into high Mythic was on.

Standard is probably going to change significantly with Crimson Vow’s release, but in the meantime, we’re going to take one last look at the format as we’ve known it since rotation. Because of the early-season rush to Mythic, we’ve got a bunch of decks that managed to hit #1 this week (in Historic as well as Standard). This week, we’re going to use this column as a chance to showcase all of the decks that managed to make it to the coveted top spot in the new November season.

Then, next week, we’ll get to dive into all of the newest decks from Crimson Vow! Are you as hyped about the set as we are? Check out some of our great Theorycraft articles by DoggertQBones focused on the upcoming cards from Crimson Vow and get prepared:

Now, let’s check out some #1 decks! The decks are presented in no particular order.


MTG Arena Standard Mythic Decks of the Week

Azorius Control by TCS_Freedom – #1 Mythic

TCS_Freedom is a competitive MTG team that has been a regular contributor to our user decks section since its inception! We’ve seen their wild take on Azorius Control in the past that’s notable for using Strixhaven Stadium as an alternate wincon, and this season, they were able to take the deck straight up the ladder to an early #1.

Azorius Control has been a modestly popular archetype in Standard for the past few weeks, but the TeamTCS version of the deck is a unique take on the archetype and we encourage you to check it out! Strixhaven Stadium has been considered by many as a meme card since its printing, but earning the top rank is no easy task even in the season’s first week.

Bo1 Grixis Control by NaLGaS – #1 Mythic

Izzet decks that leverage Alrund's Epiphany to gain massive advantage (and usually win the game outright) have been running around in Standard since rotation and even before. The addition of Galvanic Iteration to the format with Midnight Hunt has made it even easier to chain extra turns, and at the MTG World Championship XXVII last month, a new Grixis version of the archetype rose to prominence with an excellent showing.

grixis turns
48.3% global win rate
2.84% metagame share
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best against
vs dimir rogues
85.7% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs jeskai control
80.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs dimir control
74.3% win rate
35 tracked matches
worst against
vs selesnya ramp
37.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs orzhov aggro
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs rakdos midrange
0.0% win rate
5 tracked matches

Our second deck for today is an adaptation of the Grixis Turns/Grixis Control deck for best-of-one play by Andres J a.k.a. NaLGaS. Like the Izzet Turns archetype, Grixis also uses the combination of Galvanic Iteration and Alrund's Epiphany to win the game. However, most Grixis builds (this one included) are also heavily built around Lier, Disciple of the Drowned.

Lier’s ability to let you buy back all of the deck’s removal spells makes it almost impossible for any aggro deck to keep up if the five-mana value train can stick on the field. In best-of-three, discard spells like Duress and Go Blank are used to break the mirror match and remove the key cards from the hands of other Epiphany players. However, for best-of-one, Andres J cut all of the discard from the deck to focus on hating on the aggro decks, and he rode the strategy straight to #1 Mythic.

Bo1 Mono Green Aggro by Hagera/Bo3 Mono Green Aggro by Losmagioos – #1 Mythic

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got two examples of the deck that’s been at the forefront of the new Standard format since even Standard 2022: Mono Green Stompy. While it doesn’t always post the highest winrates, Mono Green has been a large part of the meta at virtually every tournament that has taken place since rotation. It comes on fast, hits hard, and is resilient to sweepers.

mono-green aggro
54% global win rate
18.47% metagame share
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best against
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

It should come as no surprise then to see two examples of the decklist showing up on our list of decks to hit #1 Mythic in the first week. Despite having the same gameplan and many cards in common, these two decks, submitted by Hagera and LosMagioos, do a nice job of showing off some of the differences between Mono Green decks in the format.

First off, Hagera’s deck is built for best-of-one play, and therefore runs Gnarled Professor as a nice way to gain some extra card advantage and flexibility thanks to the learn mechanic. Meanwhile, LosMagioos’ best-of-three build has no learn cards to get the most out of the 75. Having proper access to the sideboard also allows LosMagioo’s deck to run Wrenn and Seven, the powerful five-mana planeswalker that synergizes absurdly well with Esika's Chariot, the deck’s critical four-drop. Against the most aggressive decks of the format, such as Mono White, the clunky planeswalker can be boarded out for more fight spells or other answers.

And that’s it for our #1 Mythic decks in week one of the November Ranked Season – at least in Standard, that is! The full list of decks can be found below, but we haven’t forgotten about Historic…


MTG Arena Historic Mythic Decks of the Week

Selesnya Angels by axax89 – #1 Mythic

Now it’s time to pay a visit to Historic, the tumultuous MTG Arena-only format that has been warped and shaken countless times over its lifetime. Since the release of Strixhaven: School Of Mages brought a slew of extremely powerful cards into the format through the Mystical Archive, Historic has been largely ruled by blue decks that seemed to benefit disproportionately thanks to cards like Brainstorm and Memory Lapse.

However, three blue cards have recently been suspended or banned from the Historic format (most recently Memory Lapse), and with both of our #1 decks featuring the green/white Selesnya color pair, many players are asking if the dominance of blue in the format may be coming to an end.

Blue decks are still contenders in the format – Izzet Phoenix isn’t going anywhere just yet – but Collected Company-based strategies are all over the place, and our first #1 Mythic deck in Historic is an Angel Tribal CoCo deck submitted by axax89. The Angels deck has been a consideration in Historic for a while now, built on the best Angels and supporting cards from the last few Standard sets and juiced up by Collected Company. Lifegain and strong, scaleable midrange creatures like Youthful Valkyrie help the deck stave off aggro and burn, while a sideboard full of hatebears partner with Collected Company to give the deck more grinding power against control and other midrange decks.

Selesnya Lifegain Combo by NMiranda – #1 Mythic

Our final deck is also a Selesnya Company deck, but while the first deck plays a midrange-y beatdown strategy, this deck falls into one of Historic’s preeminent creature combo archetypes. It’s a completely different take on the color pair in Historic, where there are only a handful of cards in common with the Angels deck.

For those who aren’t familiar with the combo, Heliod, Sun-Crowned is able to generate infinite 1/1 Squirrel tokens with Scurry Oak and a source of lifegain that triggers when the tokens enter such as Trelasarra or Soul Warden. One of the things that makes this archetype so potent is that all of the combo pieces can be hit with Collected Company. While there’s no replacement for Heliod or the mad Squirrel, the lifegain piece has a ton of redundancy, and can even be tutored up with Ranger-Captain of Eos.

Player Nuno Miranda was able to tune up this version of the deck and pilot it to the very top of Mythic, earning a slot among our #1 decks and continuing to earn respect for the oddball combo archetype in Historic.

Thanks for reading! That’s it for our #1 Mythic spotlights of the week. Check out the full list of Mythic Historic decks below:


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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