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!
A few updates with the list based on community feedback:
Thank you for all the feedback! My goal with this one is to provide a smaller deck (12) snapshot of current meta (I will do a revised one with broader decks options later – in the past these have been 20+) If you have a deck you think I should cover please let me know!
Please note this is not ALL available, meta decks etc re above. With that said this Tier is also within the decks represented against those decks as well as how they perform against meta.
Tier list is prioritized within tiers (obviously) and within tiers consider the deck on top the ranking of decks within tier etc (The higher the better)
As we have seen an interesting Zendikar Drop and Uro Ban I thought this information would be helpful for everyone. Last, particularly for those of us who still enjoy being competitive or playing even in the face of some of the client base frustrations with Standard format.
You can also check out Augusts BO1 & BO3 Tiers here.
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 (Trends)
Uro Shift – Once Zendikar dropped minus the meta scramble we saw Omnath quickly rise above the rest leading to the emergency ban. One key observation here is the rate at which we can see, share, and understand meta development. Incredibly fast! Now post ban I would make a key consideration is the field once again becoming more broad and the opening of several decks to compete…Stay tuned for next BO1 Tier list
Landfall – There certainly has been a meta impact where we see the cobra and decks utilizing this mechanic to their advantage…Additionally, we see the mutate mechanic being less played minus one key card Gem Razer
Sacrifice – Currently a drop in meta still feeling pain from other bannings, and potentially not a viable option. Seen some attempts at Clerics but not a ton of success. Closest would be some sac with Rakdos Midrange but a totally different goal – mainly locking out your opponents hand
Ramp – Impacted with Uro unable to escape ban, and I would add the addition of confounding conundrum. Still a good option, taken a bit off warp speed.
Mono Colored Decks – Mono colored decks becoming strong again or two colored. Especially in BO1 space…I would keep an eye on Mono White and potentially Selesnya
Oldies but Goodies still a great option – We see Temur Clover making a strong comeback, and even evolving a bit with omnath. Post Uro Ban we see more Boros Cycling getting back into the mix.
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 the last Mythic Qualifier.
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! .
4 Crash Through (AKR) 149
7 Island (ANB) 113
2 Magmatic Channeler (ZNR) 148
4 Needleverge Pathway (ZNR) 263
4 Opt (M21) 59
4 Raugrin Triome (IKO) 251
4 Riverglide Pathway (ZNR) 264
1 Sea Gate Restoration (ZNR) 76
2 Sea Gate Stormcaller (ZNR) 77
3 See the Truth (M21) 69
2 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67
2 Shatterskull Smashing (ZNR) 161
3 Shock (ANB) 84
1 Shock (M21) 159
3 Spikefield Hazard (ZNR) 166
4 Sprite Dragon (IKO) 211
4 Stormwing Entity (M21) 73
2 The Royal Scions (ELD) 199
3 Vadrok, Apex of Thunder (IKO) 214
1 Jace, Mirror Mage (ZNR) 63
2 Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor (IKO) 109
2 Confounding Conundrum (ZNR) 53
1 Into the Roil (ZNR) 62
1 Mythos of Vadrok (IKO) 127
1 Ox of Agonas (THB) 147
2 Redcap Melee (ELD) 135
1 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67
1 Teferi, Master of Time (M21) 75
4 Thundering Rebuke (ZNR) 170
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!