War of the Spark Season 2 Standard Tier List
Introduction to the Tier List
At the beginning of each month or season in MTG Arena, we will be posting a tier list to provide a snapshot of the metagame. Our tier list is obviously subjective not a highly formulaic one, but they will take into account the following:
- High level tournament results (e.g. Mythic Championship, MagicFest, etc)
- Decks used by high ranking players or to reach high ranking
Also a disclaimer that Magic: The Gathering decks are highly diverse, and each color combination can have multiple archetypes, and some even a mixture of two.
Our first tier guide is a little late, so we will take into account everything up to today, including the tournaments that wrapped up over the weekend. Below we will have our commentary and explanation of the changes as well.
Commentary and Explanations
- War of the Spark was released in April 25 2019, which introduced many powerful Planeswalkers such as Teferi, Time Raveler and Nissa, Who Shakes the World that are warping the format.
- Many high level tournaments have shaped the current format, with MagicFest Kansas City 2019, MagicFest Taipei 2019, Fandom Legends, and Magic Pro League Spark Split.
- The previous season had people exploring the new color combinations like Bant and Grixis, and powerful build-around cards such as Command the Dreadhorde and Mass Manipulation.
- The format favorite Mono Red performs consistently well among the greedy, slower decks and is a large portion of the meta, especially in the BO1 ladder. It had a whopping 30% representation at the Mythic Championship Qualifier.
- MagicFest Taipei 2019 saw the rise of Bant Ramp archetype, which showcases the power of Nissa, Who Shakes the World. It can win games on its own or with a bit of help from other finishers. It had a 16% representation on day 2, followed by 19% of Gruul Midrange.
- Previous format favorites, Izzet Phoenix, Mono White / Azorius Aggro, and Selesnya Tokens, are also making a coming back as control decks falter against decks with Teferi, Time Raveler.
- Boros Feather is an emerging archetype that put two players in the top 8 of two different MagicFests. The deck remains to be further refined.
- Esper decks are now moving towards the “superfriends” structure, cramming as much Planeswalkers they can. Jeskai Walkers had also gained traction, but no real proven tournaments yet.
- Simic Nexus is still on the fringes of playability.
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