I put together a tier list for BO1 to help with anyone tackling the competitive MTGA Landscape, those who like a visual or just to discuss! As a player I know it can be a tough choice to figure out which deck you would like to play, additionally knowing the importance of playing decks that you don’t play I wanted to share some thoughts!
Additionally, as we wait for the GREAT ROTATION, and post bannings I thought this information would be helpful for everyone. Last, particularly for those of us who still enjoy being competitive even if there tends to be a lul as we patiently wait for more change in the Standard format.
What it is, current meta observations, and deck overviews! Additionally I love sharing the observations and recent changes we have faced in an ever evolving fast paced format.
Items of Interest
Ramp – Sultai was a winner, and interestingly it wasn’t initially the strongest pre-banning when included with Bant & Simic. Bant is dead.
Mono Colored Decks – Still strong, however not as strong in the last month even with pre to post ban standings. Part of this is due to a wider field of decks, and the openings of more multi-colored decks that can do stuff that were held back by banned cards.
Sacrifice – Not a league of its own anymore, however still strong. Jund is not around as much.
Rise of Oldies but Goodies – We see Temur Clover making a strong comeback, and Boros Cycling getting back into the mix. Once powerful competitive decks are making their way back into the Meta.
I have produced this list from a culmination of a few things. I have reached this point by pulling together research data from multiple sources like untapped, MTGAzone, twitter, personal gameplay, tournament matches, this reddit as well as others, personal stats ( closing in on 500 games this season and PR of Rank 111), and Mythic over the last 3 seasons with a recent invite to the Mythic Qualifier.
Happy to discuss or talk about decks not included! Tier list below plus deck lists (shells) if you are looking for some options most all top 1500 at some point many at the #1 Rank! One new piece to this Month’s list are some personal very competitive top brews! I wanted to round out some of the missing pieces I had been seeing in Meta over the last two weeks since bans. Last, below the list you can find all the decks with their deck lists all in one spot below!
1 Yorion, Sky Nomad (IKO) 232
4 Absorb (RNA) 151
3 Archon of Sun's Grace (THB) 3
2 Blast Zone (WAR) 244
1 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238
2 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
2 Thirst for Meaning (THB) 74
4 Elspeth Conquers Death (THB) 13
2 Fabled Passage (M21) 246
2 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Glass Casket (ELD) 15
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
8 Island (IKO) 265
4 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61
4 Omen of the Sea (THB) 58
4 Omen of the Sun (THB) 30
7 Plains (IKO) 262
2 Raugrin Triome (IKO) 251
4 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67
4 Shatter the Sky (THB) 37
2 Teferi, Master of Time (M21) 75
4 Temple of Enlightenment (THB) 246
4 The Birth of Meletis (THB) 5
2 Yorion, Sky Nomad (IKO) 232
1 Dream Trawler (THB) 214
3 Aether Gust (M20) 42
1 Commence the Endgame (WAR) 45
4 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193
1 Realm-Cloaked Giant (ELD) 26
2 Spectral Sailor (M20) 76
1 Yorion, Sky Nomad (IKO) 232
3 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58
I hope you enjoyed this slice of competitive Magic the Gathering on Arena or if you are lucky right now in paper. Thank you for your time, and feedback is always welcome! As previously mentioned happy to discuss deck choices, decks, and lists as always!