A fresh ranked season has kicked off since the release of Kaldheim on January 28th, and the new cards are starting to make their mark on MTG Arena’s constructed formats. The competition looks fierce this season, and it is looking like more than 300 players have reached Mythic within the first week already. This is our weekly column, and if you have decks you want to be featured in the next edition tweet us at @mtgazone or give us a shout at our Discord.
Although it was always going to be a tough ask to overcome the powerful Throne of Eldraine cards, it looks like several Kaldheim cards are strengthening existing decks or even enabling a new archetype to compete with the status quo (that is, Gruul Adventures and Dimir Rogues). Some examples include:
- White has received numerous cards for players to experiment with numerous versions of Mono White decks, as you will see below. Balancing aggressiveness and resilience will be the key to making itself into the metagame. Usher of the Fallen, Clarion Spirit, Halvar, God of Battle, Righteous Valkyrie, and Reidane, God of the Worthy are all cards that have shown up on recent lists.
- Goldspan Dragon has become a quintessential card for any red deck, spawning the new Izzet Tempo archetype and slotting itself into Gruul Adventures, Rakdos Midrange, and more. Valki, God of Lies is also being splashed in to make it Grixis Control and allowing us to utilize both sides of the card.
- Another reason blue-based decks have become stronger are the excellent Foretell cards Behold the Multiverse and Saw It Coming, but Cosima, God of the Voyage and Alrund’s Epiphany are also making their rounds in numerous lists.
- Showdown of the Skalds and Binding the Old Gods are the new Sagas that have made a huge impact on the metagame, enabling new archetypes.
These are only a handful of examples, and you should also check out the recent event decklists here also to get the full picture on how Kaldheim has affected Standard:
- SCG Tour Online – Saturday Satellites Standard Decklists and Metagame
- SCG Tour Online – Friday Satellites Standard Decklists and Metagame
Having said that, Tibalt’s Trickery combo decks have tempted many players for quick, non-interactive games that are usually finished after two turns. This is especially prominent in best-of-one, where players cannot sideboard against it. The data has shown the deck is not consistent enough to be competitive, but players are voicing their overall negative experience if you are on the opposite side. Like Gyruda decks of the past, we will monitor to see if this will fade away over time.
Most player’s focus will be on Standard for the time being, and this week we have seen some Elf and Angel (lifegain) decks boosted by Kaldheim. We are still yet to see whether Sultai, Goblins, Auras and Sacrifice decks can be overthrown consistently.