The second week of the August 2020 ranked season is now coming to a close, and this will be the last chance for the top 1200 Mythic players to have their chance in the upcoming Mythic Qualifiers. With both Standard and Historic relatively wide open (compared to before the bans at least), there are now more new and returning players than ever and the competition will definitely be fiercer! We will explore how the formats have evolved over the past week and the stand out decks used to reach Mythic. Check out the previous week’s edition for even more decks!
MTG Arena Standard Mythic Decks of the Week
Our Standard expert Sorquixe has given us a run down of the current Standard environment this week, and the bottom line is that Sultai Ramp and Temur Adventures are still the decks to beat. Aggro decks are slowly back on the agenda, as they fare a little bit better against these decks, but control decks are still struggling without Teferi.
The Elemental package is getting its last moment in the sun before the Standard rotation that takes it out for good. Terror of the Peaks has been a decent addition to the deck, and overall the deck is good at going over the top of the Nissa decks. It tends to come and go, eventually disappearing off the map as the meta solidifies and adapts.
Izzet decks are a little bit more playable without Teferi, as they often relied on creatures staying on the board and spells being played at non-Sorcery speeds. Shota Takao has taken a slightly different version of the deck to an impressive top 8 finish at the Red Bull International Qualifiers.
As we approach Standard rotation, let’s give thanks to Empyrean Eagle for enabling the awesome Azorius Flyers archetype. It has featured in every budget deck showcase we’ve done, as well as other special MTG Arena events. It also helps that each new set has given us more flying synergies through limited archetypes, though after rotation we don’t know if it will be good enough without more powerful enablers.
Simic Ramp by SavSave – #1415 Mythic (Standard 2021)
It’s not technically a Standard deck, but did you know that there is a new ranked option with the latest patch? Standard 2021 allows only cards from Throne of Eldraine, Theros Beyond Death, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Core Set 2021. This is a great place to test your mettle if you want to take a break from the ordinary Standard format until Zendikar Rising. Be sure to check out all our decks and guide to the format right here.
The Simic deck is still powerful here though, as all the Simic cards these days have been. Instead of Nissa, there’s a few top end threats and enough ramp cards to fuel them!
MTG Arena Historic Mythic Decks of the Week
Amonkhet Remastered has just been released into Historic and, as there are a few format-defining cards in the set, decks over the past week will face plenty of new threats soon. In the mean time, check out what cards will make an impact on the format in our constructed set review! We also managed to scrape together some decks that make use of the new cards in the last 24 hours, and of course, more will be added to the Historic deck section.
Will Hour of Promise get Field of the Dead banned again? Unlike Golos, we can search up to two Field of the Dead now and with the Deserts, things can get even better. Now that both cards meet in Historic, we can do some absurd things with loads of mana. This is a Sultai version that makes use of black cards for disruption such as Thoughtseize and Extinction Event, as well as Karn, the Great Creator for sideboard silver bullets. Bant versions with Sphinx’s Revelation, Wrath of God and Hour of Revelation also looks to be just as viable.
Many creature decks will now look to splash Green for Collected Company, and here is a good example of its use. Green also gets another efficient beater Rhonas the Indomitable, and it won’t be too hard to enable it.
Mono Red players will no doubt be replacing four of their Mountains with Ramunap Ruins, and add to their arsenal Soul-Scar Mage as a staple one drop (which happens to work really well with Goblin Chainwhirler). Hazoret the Fervent may also be worth experimenting if you opened it in your booster packs as a curve topper, especially if you are reminiscing about the days when Mono Red Aggro was so strong in Amonkhet Standard that it and Ramunap Ruins had to be banned!
Control decks need to adjust to life without Teferi, Time Raveler and need to be given a bit of time to fine tune the card ratios to the meta. It’s still early days, but there is no doubt that it received quite a few powerful additions in Amonkhet Remastered, so let’s see if it can trump the Field of the Dead decks or whether Field will be in danger of being suspended a second time!
Generate creatures with cheap effective spells using Young Pyromancer, recur them with Dreadhorde Arcanist, and strip your opponent’s hand with Kroxa and Thoughtseize. Seems like a balanced deck that may be a bit soft to Field of the Dead.
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 use the deck submission form, tweet us at @mtgazone, or give us a shout on our Discord.