MTG Arena Zone User Submitted Decks of the Week – September 26 – October 1
Last week, we kicked off a brand new series where we showcase a collection of decks submitted to us from our users through our new deck builder! We’re continuing to make improvements on the deck builder, and we want to keep featuring decks from our User Deck Database for as long as you keep them coming.
Now, it’s time once again to check out some of the most interesting and unique decks that have been posted over the past week. Please note that we have not playtested all of these decks ourselves, so think carefully and review each list before you consider crafting them.
If you’re looking for the perfect deck to grind up the ladder, be sure to check out our most recent Top Mythic Decks of the Week. In the meantime, let’s have some fun and see what our readers have been playing with in the Arena.
Keep in mind that these decks are presented in no particular order. If you have decks that you’d like to see featured in a future article, please be sure to submit them through our deck builder and they will be reviewed!
User Submitted Decks of the Week: Standard
Bo1 Golgari Scute Massacre by MTG_Joe
Our first deck this week comes from MTG_Joe, a YouTuber who submitted a variation of the Storm the Festival ramp deck that has been circulating around since the beginning of the format. This version of the deck is combo oriented, and I don’t just mean the synergy between Esika’s Chariot and Wrenn and Seven – although both cards are a part of the deck.
The main gimmick of this deck is actually to use Scute Swarm, a card which is often included in Golgari Storm lists, to generate tons of tokens. Instead of using these tokens to beat down the opponent, however, the plan is to cheese them straight out of the game by casting The Meathook Massacre for one and dealing a lethal amount of damage straight to the dome.
Boros Burn by FlyingVe
The next deck is an aggressive Boros list submitted by FlyingVe, who claims to have taken the list to a 6-1 finish in the recent Standard Metagame Challenge. While Mono Red decks have been largely pushed out of the meta since many of the strongest cards in the archetype rotated out of the format, perhaps a burn-focused strategy like this could prove more effective in the new format.
Rather than focusing entirely on cheap aggressive creatures, FlyingVe’s deck is packed with spell-based damage such as Play with Fire, Sacred Fire, Roil Eruption, and more. Meanwhile, the new Bloodthirsty Adversary can recast burn spells from the graveyard while Flame Channeler and Showdown of the Skalds keep the cards – and the burn damage – flowing.
Naya Midrange by timeolea1712
Gruul Midrange and werewolf decks have been popular since the release of Midnight Hunt, and user timeolea1712 has put their own spin on the archetype. In this deck, timeolea1712 has added white to the basic Gruul shell for a bit more flexibility.
Besides Blade Historian, which can technically be cast with just red mana, the only white card in the maindeck is Angelfire Ignition – a quasi-Embercleave which aims to surprise the opponent in the mid-game and close out quickly.
In the sideboard, the deck brings 3 copies of Showdown of the Skalds to help grind against other midrange and control decks, and has 2 copies of Sacred Fire along with some other burn spells to help keep more aggressive decks at bay.
Selesnya Humans by loafmode
While Selesnya Midrange decks have seen a fair amount of success so far in the freshly rotated Standard format, most examples of the archetype have been based on landfall abilities and ramping into Esika’s Chariot and Wrenn and Seven.
User loafmode submitted a more aggressive Selesnya deck that foregoes both Wrenn and Chariot for a gameplan that’s focused on the Human tribe. There isn’t a ton of specific tribal support for Humans other than the new angel Sigarda, Champion of Light, and Katilda, Dawnhart Prime, which turns all of the deck’s humans into mana dorks.
Otherwise, the deck also runs well-established aggressive powerhouses such as Luminarch Aspirant and the non-traditional “lord” Intrepid Adversary. All of these cards come together to create an aggro deck that’s a breath of fresh air compared to more straightforward Mono White lists.
Sultai Horrors by timeolea1712
Our final deck for today also comes from timeolea1712, and this one definitely falls more on the fun and casual side rather than being high-tier competitive. Tribal decks have been popular among Magic players for as long as they’ve been around, and timeolea1712 has brought us their take on a Horror tribal deck in Standard.
There are a number of Horror cards that by coincidence have already proven their use in Standard. From Mind Flayer, which is essentially Control Magic on a creature, to the hasty beater Froghemoth, the suite of creatures actually doesn’t look too bad. While there obviously aren’t a ton of Horror-specific tribal payoffs in Standard, this deck is looking to leverage Reflections of Littjara to gain some extra advantage from each Horror spell.
Can this clunky five-mana enchantment turn Horrors into a legitimate tribe in Standard? Maybe not, but copying a bunch of Horrors sure does sound like fun!
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