Top Mythic Standard and Historic Decks – October 2021 Season – Week 2
The MTGA October Ranked Season grinds on, and today we’re back with another installment of our top Mythic Decks of the week! Every day, we’re sent decklists on social media from players who want to share their ranks and achievements with their decks of choice. We compile those decks and present the top Standard and Historic decks from each week in an ordered list.
Let’s get started with a quick breakdown of each of the highest ranked decks from last week in Standard and Historic. At the bottom of each section, you’ll find a list of all of the decks that were sent to us over the weekend if nothing from the spotlight suits your fancy.
Looking for even more competitive decks? Make sure you didn’t miss out on our coverage of last weekend’s World Championship XXVII:
MTG Arena Standard Mythic Decks of the Week
It’s pretty common for the highest ranked decks on our list to be from the top archetypes in the format – Mono White, Mono Green, Izzet Turns, etc. This week though, we’ve got something a little different in the top slot: an Azorius Angels build that player jokelamb piloted up to #13 Mythic. We’ve seen quite a few Orzhov Angels decks running around since Kaldheim brought some serious power to the archetype, but this version is a bit different.
jokelamb has decided to forgo the more popular white/black color pair which brings cards like Liesa, Forgotten Archangel and Firja’s Retribution. Instead they have chosen the Azorius color pair but kept the core package of Righteous Valkyrie + a ton of Angels and Clerics. The blue is mostly a splash that gives the deck access to Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate and counter magic against the Alrund’s Epiphany decks in the format.
Before sideboarding, this deck reads more like a Mono White Aggro deck, with the only blue cards being Linvala and eight blue DFCs – four Glasspool Mimic and four Jwari Disruption. After sideboarding, the deck has the flexibility to morph into a more controlling midrange deck with sweepers like Vanquish the Horde, and four copies of Test of Talents are clearly targeted squarely at Alrund’s Epiphany.
Speaking of Alrund’s Epiphany, our next deck comes to us from El_Gran_Boa, who took their Izzet Dragons list up the ladder to rank #15. This deck is quite similar to the one that Yuta Takahashi played last weekend in an undefeated run in Standard Constructed to win the World Championship XXVII.
Izzet Dragons has been a known quantity in Standard since even before rotation thanks largely to the power of Goldspan Dragon and of course, Alrund’s Epiphany. The deck aims to stave off aggressive opponents with cards like Dragon’s Fire for long enough to bring a storm of Goldspan Dragons and Bird tokens and win the game out of nowhere thanks to Alrund’s Epiphany. Meanwhile, four copies of Expressive Iteration and four Memory Deluge help to make sure the cards keep flowing and you don’t run out of gas.
Our number three deck this week comes from popular Twitch streamer Crokeyz. Crokeyz is consistently ranked highly in Mythic, and his lists often make their way into our spotlights. This time around, he’s been playing a Bant Party list tuned for best-of-one.
Bant Party has been around in Standard since the Standard 2022 queue, and the archetype has gone up and down quite a bit in terms of popularity. At its core, Bant Party is an aggro deck that leans heavily on the power of the party cards like Archpriest of Iona and Tajuru Paragon.
The deck snowballs in value if the opponent isn’t able to keep the board mostly or entirely clear. Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate can help provide protection for the other creatures in the deck against sweepers and key removal. Meanwhile, Squad Commander is a powerful curve topper that can easily overwhelm the opponent, especially with a full party.
Up next we have another deck that seems to be influenced by the World Championship. Ondřej Stráský made it into the Top 4 undefeated at the championship with his Izzet Turns deck, and last week, GeoffehMTG was able to take their version of the deck up to #42 Mythic.
For those who might somehow still be unaware of the archetype, Izzet Turns is a quasi-control, quasi-combo deck that aims not only to cast Alrund’s Epiphany, but copy it using Galvanic Iteration and ensure that the opponent never gets to untap again.
Unexpected Windfall has become a key card in the archetype. It helps to provide selection and dig for the combo pieces, but the real reason to favor the card over something like Memory Deluge – only two copies appear in this list next to four Windfall – is because those Treasure tokens greatly help in reaching the 8-10 mana needed to cast Galvanic Iteration and Epiphany in the same turn.
One of the most interesting things about this archetype is the flexibility of Galvanic Iteration. It’s a part of the deck’s combo, but it can also be used to copy an Unexpected Windfall when you really need to dig deeper or a Demon Bolt to wipe two threats off the field at once.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see decks from the World Championship showing up on ladder; the format is still relatively young, and the results of some of the best Magic players in the world competing for cash prizes are highly influential in the community. This deck, submitted by Mythic grinder Sasha Coulter, is very similar to the deck that Jean-Emmanuel Depraz took into the Top 4 of the World Championship.
Depraz was the only player at the event to register this Temur Treasures deck, also known in the community as “moist Gruul” because it’s essentially a Gruul Aggro deck that splashes blue for countermagic against Alrund’s Epiphany decks. We saw our top deck of this week following a similar strategy – an aggressive deck that was splashing blue simply to pack Test of Talents against Epiphany.
The basic Gruul shell that these decks are based on has been an important part of the format since day one following rotation. Jaspera Sentinel and Magda, Brazen Outlaw were already known even before the rotation to create synergy resulting in some truly explosive starts. Reckless Stormseeker has also proven itself as a key card in the archetype, especially against control thanks to its ability to grant a creature haste every turn.
Meanwhile, Esika’s Chariot is widely considered to be one of the most powerful cards in Standard next to Alrund’s Epiphany. All of these factors combine to form a deck that comes out swinging and holds its limited countermagic for a key moment in the matchup to secure the win.
And those are our top decks in Standard this week! See below for the full list of Standard Mythic decks, and read on to find out what’s been showing up at the highest ranks in Historic.
MTG Arena Historic Mythic Decks of the Week
The Historic format is not one that’s known for its stability, and just this week, a change to the banlist and a series of nerfs aimed at the digital-only cards from Jumpstart: Historic Horizons have shaken up the format yet again. Many of the decks submitted to us came in before the ban, so be on the lookout for decks containing the banned cards in the master list below.
Death’s Shadow is a card that brought a lot of hype along with it when it was first introduced to the Historic format with Historic Anthology IV. It has been played with success on and off throughout the history of Modern and some of Magic’s other, older formats, where it’s powered by shock lands (i.e. Steam Vents) and fetch lands (i.e. Scalding Tarn) rapidly lowering its controller’s life total.
In Historic, Death’s Shadow has struggled a bit trying to find its niche in the chaotic format. Player PabloDuque shared this version of the deck, which takes a slightly different approach to the archetype by essentially combining it with Dimir Rogues – another archetype that has been intermittently popular in Historic.
If you played Standard at all between the last two rotations, you’re probably familiar with Dimir Rogues, and the core of the archetype is largely unchanged in Historic. Creatures that mill your opponent like Thieves’ Guild Enforcer fuel Drown in the Loch and Into the Story – although the latter is relegated to the sideboard in this list.
Concerning Death’s Shadow, “bolt lands” such as Agadeem’s Awakening and Sea Gate Restoration are critical to lowering the player’s life along with Thoughtseize and the new removal spell Infernal Grasp. These cards allow the deck’s pilot to lower their life total in a controlled way, making Death’s Shadow into an ever-increasing threat.
Agadeem’s Awakening was already a key card in Rogues decks and is also well-suited to get Death’s Shadow back from the graveyard, so combining the two archetypes makes some amount of sense. Having Lurrus of the Dream-Den as a companion also helps to recur Death’s Shadow and make sure the pressure never stops.
It’s worth quickly noting that Memory Lapse, which is featured as a four-of in this list, has since been suspended from the format. If you’re looking to play this deck, you’ll have to find something else to take its place.
Technically speaking, our next deck today should have been an Orzhov Vesperlark deck by dingobongus at #144 Mythic, but the recent nerfing of Davriel’s Withering and Davriel, Soul Broker have effectively eliminated the archetype from Historic. Instead, we’re jumping down a bit in rank tto take a look at this best-of-one Humans lists shared by Gon at #545 Mythic.
Jumpstart: Historic Horizons brought a ton of power to the Humans archetype in Historic in the form of cards like Esper Sentinel and Ranger-Captain of Eos. The Human tribe already had a fair amount of support in the format thanks to cards like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Thalia’s Lieutenant, not to mention the more recent Humans from Standard, Luminarch Aspirant and Elite Spellbinder.
All of these great Humans floating around in the format has resulted in an archetype that plays a very traditional Humans gameplan of taxing your opponent while your creatures beat face. Back it up with Collected Company, and you’ve got a real contender in the format – and a deck that is completely unaffected by the recent bans.
Thanks for reading! That’s it for our Mythic spotlights of the week; be sure to check out the full list of submitted Historic decks below, but watch out for lists containing cards that are now illegal in the format.
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.