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Top Mythic Ladder Decks – January 2020 Season – Week 3

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It has now been almost a week since the release of Theros Beyond Death, and the third week of the January 2020 ranked ladder season. It looks like the new expansion has added a lot of depth and variety to both new and existing Standard decks so far. We are very pleased to see the community at large liven up again and be excited to start brewing with the new cards in a fresh metagame. As a result, a lot of decks were shared so far this week from Mythic ranked players (more than ever before), and we can only hope it keeps up!

While the new Standard format obviously still remains open (and fun) until we see some early tournament results, it looks like we are starting to see the stronger deck archetypes shape up amongst all the experimental decks from day 1 many players are trying. Here are the decks we are seeing as standouts so far:

There are even more interesting ones we have not mentioned above, so in the next few days keep your eyes out here at MTG Arena Zone as we delve into these decks in more detail. The Standard Metagame Challenge event is coming to MTG Arena on January 24, and with that we plan to update our BO1 and BO3 Standard Metagame Tier List with preliminary data. Without further ado, here are the Mythic deck roundup for the first week of Theros Beyond Death Standard!

Standard Decklists

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Azorius Control by Lazyguga – #125 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This is a really well rounded control deck that also includes three copies of Planar Cleansing as a catch-all card.

Source: Twitter

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Bant Ramp by Harker – 98% Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This deck features the traditional ramp shell with Nissa, Who Shakes the World and Teferi, Time Raveler and adds the dynamic duo of Uro and Cavalier of Thorns to the mix.

Source: Twitter

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BO1 Esper Doom by CovertGoBlue – #279 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This is a take on the classic Esper Doom Foretold / Dance of the Manse deck with the new toys, and we have more ways to sacrifice permanents that have a greater impact on the game and follow the strategy of the deck such

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BO1 Rakdos Sacrifice by Jimmyd1717 – #249 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This particular deck represented itself in Untapped.gg's meta snapshot as one of the top BO1 decks. It utilizes a full playset of Dreadhorde Butcher and Woe Strider.

Source: Twitter

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BO1 Rakdos Sacrifice by theasylm – #399 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This BO1 deck makes room for all the new tools in Theros - Blood Aspirant, Woe Strider and Nightmare Shepherd and cuts the mediocre cards such as Lazotep Reaper.

Source: Twitter

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Dimir Control by After Office TTV – #31 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

Dimir has always been a fringe color combination in the metagame because adding a third color - usually Teferi and some times Nicol Bolas, are the better options. In the right hands, the deck can still perform well with the addition of some new

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Esper Hero by Mason Clark – #92 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

Hero of Precinct One pressures your opponent from turn two while you build up your board presence with controlling spells and is boosted by Theros Beyond Death as it receives more tools that are multicolored.

Source: Twitter

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Esper Hero by speedrain098 – 96% Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

Hero of Precinct One pressures your opponent from turn two while you build up your board presence with controlling spells and is boosted by Theros Beyond Death as it receives more tools that are multicolored.

Source: Twitter

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Grixis Kroxa Control by FleshEatinGnome – #39 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This is a deck that jams all the cool Grixis cards and one of the key interactions is using Lazav, the Multifarious to copy Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger and become a big 6/6 creature that can even trigger the ability on attack, only

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Gruul Adventures by Delmo – #4 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

Delmo took a non-Adventure Gruul list to the top of the rankings and win rate earlier on, and went back to the faithful Edgewall Innkeeper for BO3. Make sure to check out his full write up on the source page!

Source: reddit

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Jeskai Knights Fires by Kelen – #200 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

A classic Jeskai Fires build similar to the #1 Mythic deck by JdoubleR2, where it features Chance for Glory to seal the deal. This version also has Ilharg, the Raze-Boar and Cavalier of Dawn as spicy additions.

Source: Twitter

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Jund Sacrifice by DavionSalkovich – #126 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

One of the first upgrades to the existing Jund Sacrifice shell for Theros Beyond Death. It adds Dryad of the Ilysian Grove to ramp and mana fix, Treacherous Blessing for further card advantage, and a late game finisher with God-Eternal Bontu combined with Mayhem

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Mono Blue Devotion by hikiyamajasmine – #143 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This can be both an explosive deck and a controlling deck depending on if you draw Nyx Lotus or not, according to the pilot. This is one of the decks that showcase Thassa, Deep-Dwelling as one of the most powerful cards in the set,

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Mono White Devotion by sheep – #1197 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

An example of a more aggressively slanted version of Mono White Devotion that combines Venerated Loxodon. According to the deck's pilot, Ancestral Blade is a "necessary" card for the deck.

Source: Twitter

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Orzhov Doom by Moctzal – #93 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

This is an enchantment based control deck featuring Doom Foretold, using a lot of the enchantment cards from Theros Beyond Death. Not needing to rely on Dance of the Manse as the win condition is a nice bonus since the deck is becomes less

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Rakdos Sacrifice by Shieldmaiden – #51 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

From the master of Rakdos Sacrifice, this version of the deck makes room for Woe Strider and Nightmare Shepherd.

Source: Twitter

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Simic Ramp by Cardarelli39 – #356 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

Classic Simic Ramp build with the addition of Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath.

Source: Twitter

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Temur Reclamation by Goodwisp – #25 Mythic – Theros Beyond Death Standard

The new age Temur Reclamation combo deck, which makes use of the new board wipe Storm's Wrath (much better than Flame Sweep), Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and Thassa's Intervention.

Source: Twitter


If you have missed it, MTGO has also published some early Standard decks from its events in the last couple of days so check them out if you have not already!

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 wish to be featured, please tweet us at @mtgazone or give us a shout at our Discord.

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