The final days of the October 2020 ranked season is upon us and the metagame is shaping up to be much healthier than it was since the bans two weeks ago. Of course, there’s always a best deck but things seem to be going back and forth as players look to capitalize on the most powerful cards in the format. Let’s find out what decks players have been using for the past few days to rush up the early Mythic ladder, and how everything has been evolving so far!
MTG Arena Standard Mythic Decks of the Week
The weekend tournament results has shown a shift in metagame; Dimir Rogues and Azorius Yorion’s weaknesses have been exploited by aggro decks that has boosted the Embercleave wielding archetypes, Gruul Adventures and Mono Red Aggro into the top ranks in competitive Magic. Be sure to check out the full results below:
- MPL/Rivals October Zendikar Rising League Weekend – Results and Standings
- Red Bull Untapped Week of Wings Qualifier Decklists and Metagame – Standard and Historic
Mono White Aggro can go in different directions, ranging from lifegain/Devotion synergies, go wide strategies and this version that lends towards +1/+1 counters to buff your resilient creatures that can survive board wipes. This is a great linear deck that is especially great in the BO1 environment. Zendikar Rising has given us a few White cards for us to play around with that has been proving itself in various decks:
- Maul of the Skyclaves has been a great White version of Embercleave (but not as broken).
- Skyclave Apparition is becoming a quintessential card to interact with your opponents.
- Luminarch Aspirant is a must-answer two drop threat.
Mythic Matt is one of the best pilots of Esper Doom Foretold since the early editions of the deck, and even used it to qualify for the Mythic Invitational over the weekend as well as climbing to the heights of the ladder. Black shores up the weaknesses of the Azorius version with direct removal spells, board wipes, and most importantly, Doom Foretold that will remove your opponent’s creatures over and over again.
If Rakdos Midrange is not cutting it for you, Rakdos Control might be a fun deck for you to try if you like casting big spells. This deck was first featured in the Rivals Split by Shintaro Ishimura featuring removal spells from both colors to stall the opponent, then casting Irencrag Feat to ramp into Ugin. It’s treated h0lydiva well so far, sporting a 14-1 record!
Golgari Adventures had fallen off the map since the advent of Yorion control decks. Now that they are being shut down by its fellow Gruul Adventures, this type of midrange deck is back on the menu to combat opposing creature decks wrecking havoc with Embercleave. You have a mixture of a fast enough clock, value and interaction for the best of both worlds in Green and Black.
This is an off-meta deck that comes up from time to time, but this time has both routes to victory: Either by drawing your whole deck or milling your opponent with Ruin Crab and Teferi’s Tutelage. The deck has some early walls for your aggro opponents to get through first while you set your board up (though it may still not be the best matchup).
MTG Arena Historic Mythic Decks of the Week
Not too much to say about Historic, as we wait for Kaladesh Remastered to be released very soon and turn the metagame upside down again (preorders should go live on November 5 as per State of the Game, when they may reveal some cards – Aether Hub is definitely confirmed as its part of the bundle!).
The Red Bull Untapped Week of Wings Qualifier was also partly Historic, though not too much surprising results there. Burning-Tree Emissary giving a huge boost to the win rates of Gruul Aggro and Mono Red Aggro again as it looks to go faster than Goblins and the Neostorm combo deck. Variations of Jund Sacrifice and Sultai/Four-Color Midrange are still the decks to beat.
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 at our Discord.