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What Was Written – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

This week’s Midweek Magic event is What Was Written! This is an event that’s the closest to Pioneer that Arena can get with the same ban list and same concept: all cards from Return to Ravnica forward are allowed!

This is an extremely unique opportunity to try Historic in it’s purest form as a non-rotating Standard plus format! In addition, this could be a possible testing ground for the bridging format leading to Pioneer, as mentioned briefly in the MTG Arena economy update stream by Wizards of the Coast. We’ve tried a format from Ixalan forward in the previous Midweek Magic event, and this time we’re going a bit deeper into the timeline.

Players can enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and a random cosmetic item on the third win. Below is everything you need to know about the event as well as the list of decks you can use for this event. Updated with the new event details and banned card list.


Event Details

Welcome to Midweek Magic! Each week, try out a different way to play MTG Arena!

This event uses all of MTG Arena‘s cards from Standard format releases of Return to Ravnica forward. Without the most potent pieces from Historic and the newest additions from Alchemy, what strategies will rise to the top?

Find out more details about this and upcoming Midweek Magic events HERE.

  • Duration: April 19, 2022 @ 8:00 AM PST to April 21, 2022 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: What Was Written
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Ends After: You can play as much as you like for the duration of the event.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Banned Cards

This event uses the current Pioneer banned card list, which means notable Historic banned cards such as Agent of Treachery, Tibalt's Trickery, Winota, Joiner of Forces, and Omnath, Locus of Creation are all allowed! You can also find decks built around these powerful cards below.


Event Rewards

WinsReward
1 WinRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
2 WinsRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
3 WinsOne Random Cosmetic Item

What Was Written Decklists (April 2022)

MTG Arena is closer to Pioneer than you think, thanks to all the supplementary sets (such as Kaladesh Remastered). There is a surprising amount of competitive Pioneer legal decks you can try for this event, with minimal substitutions! You can find all decklists for this event in our database as we add more throughout this event.

What Was Written Budget Mono White Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $14.64
Historic
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
28 uncommon
28 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (6)
4
Phalanx Tactics
$1.40
2
Kabira Takedown
$0.70
Lands (20)
20
Plains
$5.00
60 Cards
$18.16

This event can be pretty pricey especially if you are a new player and have not been around for previous Standard formats, but it doesn’t have to be! Mono White Aggro can be quite effective even on a budget!

What Was Written Budget Mono Red Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $24.64
Historic
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
27 uncommon
33 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
4
Rabbit Battery
$1.96
4
Rimrock Knight
$1.00
2
Ember Hauler
$0.70
Instants (9)
4
Shock
$1.00
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
Sorceries (8)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (21)
21
Mountain
$5.25
60 Cards
$29.38

Don’t worry, there’s more than one good budget option for this event! Mono Red Aggro is another solid option for the event using only commons and uncommons.

Mono White Aggro – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $31.09
Historic
best of 1
4 mythic
24 rare
15 uncommon
17 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (1)
Enchantments (7)
Lands (22)
4
Faceless Haven
$1.96
60 Cards
$46.22

For everyone who wants to get those wins in quickly, Mono White Aggro is a very strong deck that can consistently kill opponents on turn 4!

Mono Blue Tempo – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $84.5
Historic
best of 1
4 mythic
6 rare
26 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (20)
4
Pteramander
$1.40
4
Spectral Sailor
$1.56
4
Brazen Borrower
$47.96
Instants (16)
2
Spell Pierce
$0.58
4
Fading Hope
$9.96
2
Essence Capture
$0.50
4
Lofty Denial
$1.00
Enchantments (4)
Lands (20)
18
Island
$4.50
60 Cards
$131.92

If you want to completely dictate what your opponent can and can’t play, Mono Blue Tempo is the deck for you!

Mono Black Vampires – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $244.26
Historic
best of 1
4 mythic
31 rare
6 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (6)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
2
Heartless Act
$0.70
Sorceries (4)
4
Thoughtseize
$63.96
Lands (24)
15
Snow-Covered Swamp
$14.85
3
Faceless Haven
$1.47
60 Cards
$212.22

Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is one of the strongest Planeswalkers ever so building around it is a no brainer! With most of the pieces from the Pioneer present, this deck seems like an excellent blend of aggression and interaction.

Mono Red Aggro – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $110.9
Historic
best of 1
6 mythic
23 rare
12 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
Instants (8)
4
Play with Fire
$9.96
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
15
Mountain
$3.75
4
Ramunap Ruins
$5.16
60 Cards
$129.28

Mono Red Aggro is the most iconic aggro deck ever so you can play a buffed up version of it here!

Mono Green Aggro – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $331.65
Historic
best of 1
3 mythic
35 rare
2 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (27)
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.56
4
Scavenging Ooze
$1.40
3
Kazandu Mammoth
$1.05
Instants (4)
Sorceries (6)
2
Blizzard Brawl
$0.78
4
Primal Might
$1.40
Artifacts (3)
3
The Great Henge
$209.97
Lands (20)
60 Cards
$348.4

Although Mono White and Mono Red are more iconic decks, Mono Green is extremely strong as well! With huge creatures and great payoffs, it’s a great option for this event.

Gruul Aggro – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $304.06
Historic
best of 1
5 mythic
36 rare
12 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (32)
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.56
4
Pelt Collector
$5.16
4
Voltaic Brawler
$1.40
2
Scavenging Ooze
$0.70
2
Questing Beast
$14.98
Instants (2)
Artifacts (3)
3
Embercleave
$29.97
Lands (23)
5
Forest
$1.25
2
Mountain
$0.50
2
Ramunap Ruins
$2.58
2
Hashep Oasis
$0.70
4
Stomping Ground
$59.96
60 Cards
$241.38

Gruul Aggro has always been a solid deck in Historic and we can play it without inhibitions here!

Dimir Rogues – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $290.32
Historic
best of 1
2 mythic
25 rare
26 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Ruin Crab
$5.96
Instants (14)
3
Heartless Act
$1.05
1
Eliminate
$0.35
4
Into the Story
$1.40
Sorceries (6)
4
Thoughtseize
$63.96
Lands (24)
5
Island
$1.25
2
Swamp
$0.50
4
Fabled Passage
$23.96
2
Shipwreck Marsh
$7.98
4
Watery Grave
$63.96
60 Cards
$259.48

Rogues was one of the strongest Standard decks in the past few years and it was left completely intact for this event!

Azorius Control – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $486.39
Historic
best of 1
8 mythic
31 rare
12 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (8)
Instants (8)
4
Censor
$1.56
4
Absorb
$2.76
Sorceries (4)
4
Doomskar
$7.96
Enchantments (14)
4
Baffling End
$1.40
4
Cast Out
$1.40
4
Shark Typhoon
$47.96
60 Cards
$449.12

Azorius Control is a super classic archetype that can take full advantage of the huge card pool, even if you don’t have Teferi, Hero of Dominaria.

Simic Flash – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $298.18
Historic
best of 1
4 mythic
26 rare
15 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Brazen Borrower
$47.96
4
Frilled Mystic
$1.40
Instants (20)
4
Fading Hope
$9.96
1
Essence Scatter
$0.25
4
Quench
$1.00
4
Growth Spiral
$3.96
2
Saw It Coming
$0.70
1
Rewind
$0.39
Enchantments (3)
3
Shark Typhoon
$35.97
Lands (25)
2
Forest
$0.50
4
Island
$1.00
4
Breeding Pool
$83.96
2
Ketria Triome
$41.98
60 Cards
$343.22

If you want to be the villain for the event, you can’t do better than Simic Flash! Play exclusively on the opponent’s turn as you tempo them out, counter everything, and eventually overwhelm them!

Rakdos Arcanist – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $593.7
Historic
best of 1
8 mythic
41 rare
4 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (10)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
1
Cling to Dust
$0.35
1
Bedevil
$0.79
1
Hagra Mauling
$1.99
Sorceries (9)
3
Duress
$0.75
4
Thoughtseize
$63.96
60 Cards
$394.22

Rakdos Arcanist is one of the coolest decks in Historic and the larger card pool helps the deck play great interaction!

Rakdos Midrange – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $651.94
Historic
best of 1
8 mythic
43 rare
6 uncommon
3 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
Instants (6)
4
Fatal Push
$9.96
2
Bedevil
$1.58
Sorceries (6)
4
Thoughtseize
$63.96
Enchantments (4)
60 Cards
$524.1

One of the best decks in Pioneer right now is Rakdos Midrange so this is a version that ports over most of the powerful pieces from that deck here!

Izzet Phoenix – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $340.24
Historic
best of 1
7 mythic
21 rare
15 uncommon
17 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
2
Sprite Dragon
$0.98
2
Crackling Drake
$0.70
4
Arclight Phoenix
$21.96
2
Ox of Agonas
$2.58
Instants (18)
4
Opt
$1.00
4
Lightning Axe
$1.00
4
Consider
$5.96
1
Play with Fire
$2.49
2
Kazuul’s Fury
$1.58
Sorceries (9)
4
Chart a Course
$2.76
Lands (21)
2
Island
$0.50
1
Mountain
$0.25
3
Sulfur Falls
$8.37
3
Spirebluff Canal
$68.97
4
Steam Vents
$87.96
60 Cards
$317.62

Despite it not being as strong as it is in Historic, Izzet Phoenix is still a powerhouse in Pioneeer and will be quite strong here as well!

Jund Citadel – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $444.68
Historic
best of 1
0 mythic
49 rare
8 uncommon
3 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (30)
4
Gilded Goose
$9.96
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.56
2
Shambling Ghast
$1.18
4
Mayhem Devil
$13.96
4
Woe Strider
$2.36
Instants (4)
Artifacts (4)
Lands (22)
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Darkbore Pathway
$21.96
3
Deathcap Glade
$23.97
2
Stomping Ground
$29.98
4
Overgrown Tomb
$59.96
2
Blood Crypt
$41.98
60 Cards
$378.3

Not every popular Historic deck is out of the picture in this event! Jund Citadel is a terrifying deck that gets to keep most of it’s tools!

Jeskai Fires – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $540.13
Historic
best of 1
8 mythic
41 rare
5 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
1
Brazen Borrower
$11.99
Instants (5)
4
Justice Strike
$1.56
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (6)
Lands (29)
3
Island
$0.75
2
Mountain
$0.50
1
Plains
$0.25
4
Clifftop Retreat
$13.96
4
Sulfur Falls
$11.16
4
Steam Vents
$87.96
4
Raugrin Triome
$51.96
3
Sacred Foundry
$56.97
60 Cards
$344.78

Jeskai Fires was one of the scariest decks in Eldraine Standard so take the opportunity to play it in all it’s former glory!

Jeskai Yorion – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $614.61
Historic
best of 1
0 mythic
59 rare
13 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Planeswalkers (4)
Creatures (2)
Instants (4)
Sorceries (8)
4
Transmogrify
$1.96
Artifacts (1)
1
Portable Hole
$1.49
Enchantments (28)
4
Baffling End
$1.40
4
Omen of the Sea
$1.00
4
Shark Typhoon
$47.96
80 Cards
$549.04
Sideboard
1 Cards
$1.99

Jeskai Lukka was one of the most powerful Standard decks ever so being able to play a beefed up version in this event can only yield good results!

What Was Written Sultai Ultimatum
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $469.06
Historic
best of 1
5 mythic
30 rare
16 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Creatures (5)
1
Paradise Druid
$0.35
3
Elder Gargaroth
$56.97
Instants (4)
4
Silundi Vision
$2.76
Sorceries (16)
3
Cultivate
$3.87
3
Migration Path
$1.47
Enchantments (9)
Lands (25)
3
Forest
$0.75
2
Island
$0.50
1
Swamp
$0.25
1
The World Tree
$6.49
2
Deathcap Glade
$15.98
4
Breeding Pool
$83.96
3
Watery Grave
$47.97
4
Overgrown Tomb
$59.96
4
Zagoth Triome
$71.96
60 Cards
$413.82

If you want deck strength, why not the best deck before the previous Standard rotation! Sultai Ultimatum was a Yorion deck before, but we’re focusing on the ramp aspect this time looking to get to Emergent Ultimatum as fast as possible!

Naya Winota – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $527.25
Historic
best of 1
5 mythic
47 rare
8 uncommon
0 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Artifacts (4)
Lands (24)
4
Temple Garden
$59.96
4
Stomping Ground
$59.96
4
Sacred Foundry
$75.96
60 Cards
$382.44

Naya Winota is a powerhouse in Pioneer and you can play with most of the same pieces in this event!

4C Omnath – What Was Written
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $262.22
Historic
best of 1
8 mythic
24 rare
10 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Lotus Cobra
$11.96
4
Beanstalk Giant
$1.40
Instants (5)
Sorceries (11)
2
Cultivate
$2.58
Lands (28)
5
Forest
$1.25
4
Island
$1.00
2
Mountain
$0.50
1
Plains
$0.25
4
Evolving Wilds
$1.00
1
Rootbound Crag
$4.99
1
Sulfur Falls
$2.79
4
Fabled Passage
$23.96
1
Ketria Triome
$20.99
4
Raugrin Triome
$51.96
1
Savai Triome
$15.99
60 Cards
$300.4

If you want to play a previously banned deck, 4C Omnath is a great choice! Play huge spells and get tons of mana to destroy your opponents!


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Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on
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