I have pulled a snapshot tier list (15 Decks) together here in advance of the Kaladesh Remastered Drop for historic for a few different reasons. As many of you know I enjoy getting a nice timestamp for tracking & trending, plus equally helping tackle the competitive MTGA landscape, or those who like a visual or just to discuss! I figured this might help provide a decent head start for decks that will remain intact at the drop and provide some great shells to build with or around! Last I have laid out trends, key considerations, and observations for current Historic BO3 below as well.
TLDR: Yasharn made a splash in Historic, pushing out some of the Sacrifice Dominance. Multi-Color strengthens, and ZNR has made an impression on the format. We/I look forward to the Kaladesh Remastered drop!
NOTE: Added some new formatting based on community feedback from last Standard Tier List BO1 post here. Additionally, I did not get through full deep dives of all the decks due to runway & time constraints. Please accept my apologies ahead of time – I did feel it important to get this time/trend stamp out nonetheless!
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 longer standing format.
Items of Interest, Observations, & Considerations:
Yasharn – The introduction of Yasharn has been an interesting game changer coming out of Zendikar Rising. Even though this particular card has not made an impact in standard, it has in historic. Splashing white and going a 4C Midrange/Control variant in Sultai has seen a swift and effective counter to a Jund/Rakdos sacrifice stronghold in today’s historic format. Even more so coming out of last weekend’s Red Bull Untapped 2020 finals.
Rise of 3+ Multi-Colored– Early on and continuing to be strong despite the prevalence of more mono or dual focused color schemas we have seen a further strengthening of access to multi-colored decks with the launch of ZNR. The modal lands have given us further access to smoothing out our land base, and equally helping us prevent flooding with more spells that actually do things, potentially game changing depending on the situation.
Early to Late– As a need for speed always prevails in historic with a greater access to earlier onset powered casting cost cards there has been a shift to a stronger late game fundamental in historic. Again seen over the weekend, but also coming off the back of a strong sultai or jund sac format, the more trendy and emerging decks are not the necessarily burn your opponents down fast, and look more so to optimize the early game control and run the board later.
ZNR Packed a Punch – We see Zendikar Rising definitely making a stamp on the format for a few of the reasons mentioned above. Again, to summarize key highlights are Yasharn counter to sac a leader in the format, and then the modal land support of multi colored color base.
Jumpstart Combo Land – Jumpstart certainly has made an impact, and worth mentioning as this is my first time piece coverage for a Historic Tier list, and something to not lose sight of. It certainly brought us staples like the covet thoughtseize however it also brought us some amazing combos like NeoStorm. This deck certainly has made an impact in the format for sure! There were a lot of fun and crafty unique cards that we got from this set, and definitely lead from what I have seen more calls to do a similar card block in the future.
Burning Tree-Emissary – Lastly, one other key point worth mentioning is the re-arrival of BTE. This card has once again impacted historic, and albeit potentially in a more balanced way at the moment. Who knows how long that will last, so certainly make use of it now. Personally, my favorite was playing 4 of these back to back and hitting with the good old cleave t3. Call me simple, but there are certainly more things you can do to flood a board or make better use of your BTEs!
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, and consistently hitting Mythic over the last year and participation in Mythic Qualifiers.
Again, 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!
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!