Arena Decklists Standard Tier List (4/5/22)

The Arena Decklists Tier List is designed to give you the fastest possible summation of the Standard metagame. It will be updated every week, so be sure to check back in for the latest info.

Tier 1

Temur Midrange (Up from Tier 2)

Tier 1.5

Rakdos Anvil (-)

Esper Midrange (-)

Mono-White Aggro (-)

Tier 2

Naya Runes (-)

Selesnya Midrange (-)

Orzhov Midrange (-)

Golgari Control (NEW)

Departing Decks

Izzet Control

Standard continues to stabilize, and as predicted last week, Temur Midrange was able to cement its standing as both the best midrange deck, and the best Fable of the Mirror-Breaker deck. Heck, we think it’s the best deck period right now, and is the sole occupant of Tier 1 this go around. Almost every other deck stayed put in their tiers with two exceptions.

First, Izzet Control has finally bowed out, supplanted by the more explosive Temur variants and a meta which has proven generally hostile to control. I suppose this is where I eat my humble pie… I was decidedly (and happily) wrong about Hullbreaker Horror’s impact on this Standard format. Several decks have shown they have the tools to answer it efficiently, and it’s going to have to choose it’s spot carefully if it’s going to make a return at the release of New Capenna.

Second, and of great consequence to my fellow boomers and I, honest-to-god Golgari Control makes its first appearance on our tier list. The optimal build of this archetype is still being sought, but with strong performances in both Arena and Magic Online events this week, there’s no question that it should be on your radar. I’m not convinced this deck’s ceiling as a high as something like Temur Midrange, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on it as we come to the home stretch of this iteration of Standard.

Tier 1

Temur Midrange

Mogged

2 Wrenn and Seven
4 Goldspan Dragon
4 Jaspera Sentinel
4 Magda, Brazen Outlaw
1 Moonveil Regent
2 Prosperous Innkeeper
2 Reckless Stormseeker
3 Shatterskull Smashing
1 Disdainful Stroke
4 Dragon’s Fire
2 Negate
4 Esika’s Chariot
4 Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
4 Barkchannel Pathway
1 Boseiju, Who Endures
4 Cragcrown Pathway
2 Den of the Bugbear
3 Forest
2 Lair of the Hydra
1 Mountain
4 Riverglide Pathway
1 Rockfall Vale
1 Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance

Sideboard
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Negate
4 Burning Hands
4 Flame-Blessed Bolt
2 Outland Liberator
3 Tangletrap

Tier 1.5

Rakdos Anvil

Salvatto

4 Bloodtithe Harvester
2 Tainted Adversary
4 Voldaren Epicure
1 Shatterskull Smashing
4 Deadly Dispute
1 Hagra Mauling
1 Infernal Grasp
2 Power Word Kill
4 Voltage Surge
1 Blood Fountain
4 Experimental Synthesizer
4 Oni-Cult Anvil
4 Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
2 The Meathook Massacre
4 Blightstep Pathway
2 Den of the Bugbear
4 Haunted Ridge
2 Hive of the Eye Tyrant
4 Mountain
1 Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
4 Swamp
1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire

Sideboard
1 Infernal Grasp
2 The Meathook Massacre
1 Check for Traps
4 Duress
2 Graveyard Trespasser
1 Lolth, Spider Queen
2 Reckoner Bankbuster
2 Sorin the Mirthless

Esper Midrange

Demian77

4 Kaito Shizuki
2 Lolth, Spider Queen
1 Sorin the Mirthless
4 The Wandering Emperor
3 Check for Traps
3 Doomskar
2 Infernal Grasp
2 March of Otherworldly Light
2 Soul Shatter
4 Vanishing Verse
3 Portable Hole
3 Reckoner Bankbuster
2 The Meathook Massacre
4 Brightclimb Pathway
4 Clearwater Pathway
3 Deserted Beach
1 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
2 Hengegate Pathway
2 Hive of the Eye Tyrant
1 Plains
4 Shattered Sanctum
2 Shipwreck Marsh
1 Swamp
1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire

Sideboard
1 Doomskar
4 Archon of Emeria
2 Disdainful Stroke
3 Duress
1 Farewell
2 Henrika Domnathi
2 Ray of Enfeeblement

Mono-White Aggro

LucasG1GGs

4 The Wandering Emperor
3 Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
4 Elite Spellbinder
4 Hopeful Initiate
4 Intrepid Adversary
1 Legion Angel
4 Luminarch Aspirant
2 Reidane, God of the Worthy
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Usher of the Fallen
2 Valorous Stance
3 Cave of the Frost Dragon
3 Crawling Barrens
2 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
16 Plains

Sideboard
3 Legion Angel
1 Valorous Stance
4 Brutal Cathar
3 Guardian of Faith
1 March of Otherworldly Light
3 Skyclave Apparition

Tier 2

Naya Runes

Gul_Dukat

4 Generous Visitor
4 Jukai Naturalist
3 Kami of Transience
4 Runeforge Champion
4 Commune with Spirits
1 Valorous Stance
1 Paladin Class
4 Rune of Might
3 Rune of Speed
3 Rune of Sustenance
4 Showdown of the Skalds
2 Touch the Spirit Realm
1 Boseiju, Who Endures
4 Branchloft Pathway
4 Cragcrown Pathway
1 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
2 Forest
1 Lair of the Hydra
4 Needleverge Pathway
1 Overgrown Farmland
1 Plains
2 Rockfall Vale
2 Sundown Pass

Sideboard
2 Valorous Stance
1 Arlinn, the Pack’s Hope
3 Circle of Confinement
1 Dawnbringer Cleric
2 Elite Spellbinder
2 Portable Hole
2 Tamiyo’s Safekeeping
2 Wedding Announcement

Selesnya Midrange

Cabezadebolo

4 The Wandering Emperor
2 Archon of Emeria
1 Brutal Cathar
1 Legion Angel
4 Luminarch Aspirant
4 Prosperous Innkeeper
4 Skyclave Apparition
2 Tangled Florahedron
2 Yasharn, Implacable Earth
3 Emeria’s Call
2 Starnheim Unleashed
2 Valorous Stance
4 Esika’s Chariot
4 Wedding Announcement
1 Boseiju, Who Endures
4 Branchloft Pathway
1 Cave of the Frost Dragon
1 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
3 Forest
1 Lair of the Hydra
4 Overgrown Farmland
6 Plains

3 Legion Angel
2 Valorous Stance
4 Circle of Confinement
2 Guardian of Faith
2 Ranger Class
2 Welcoming Vampire

Orzhov Midrange

Hisamichi Yoshigoe

3 Hive of the Eye Tyrant
4 Luminarch Aspirant
3 The Wandering Emperor
4 Brightclimb Pathway
4 Shattered Sanctum
2 Hagra Mauling
5 Plains
2 Humiliate
2 Vanishing Verse
3 Swamp
3 Duress
1 Infernal Grasp
4 Wedding Announcement
1 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
3 Concealing Curtains
2 Emeria’s Call
4 Silverquill Silencer
2 Lolth, Spider Queen
1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
1 Legion Angel
2 The Meathook Massacre
4 The Restoration of Eiganjo

Sideboard
1 Vanishing Verse
3 Legion Angel
1 Infernal Grasp
1 Soul Shatter
2 Bloodchief’s Thirst
2 Go Blank
3 Farewell
1 Sorin the Mirthless
1 Lolth, Spider Queen

Golgari Control

Edel

4 Graveyard Trespasser
3 Sarulf, Realm Eater
3 Shigeki, Jukai Visionary
2 Bloodchief’s Thirst
2 Culling Ritual
4 Dig Up
4 Invoke Despair
2 Witherbloom Command
1 Harness Infinity
3 Infernal Grasp
2 Ray of Enfeeblement
1 The Celestus
2 Binding the Old Gods
3 The Meathook Massacre
2 Boseiju, Who Endures
4 Darkbore Pathway
4 Deathcap Glade
3 Forest
3 Hive of the Eye Tyrant
1 Necroblossom Snarl
3 Swamp
1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
3 Woodland Chasm

Sideboard
1 Binding the Old Gods
1 Culling Ritual
2 Ray of Enfeeblement
4 Check for Traps
2 Cragplate Baloth
4 Duress
1 Go Blank

10 Replies to “Arena Decklists Standard Tier List (4/5/22)”

  1. Love this list, thanks for taking the time to make it. I’ve definitely got this website bookmarked for as long as you guys use it.

  2. Love this!

    Also love the fact that you both decided to do what you do best on this website! Thank you so much for all your hard work.

    Also glad the comment sections seems to be fixed 🙂

  3. Love this!

    Also love the fact that you both decided to do what you do best on this website! Thank you so much for all your hard work.

    Also glad the comment sections seems to be fixed 🙂

  4. Thanks for the update.

    I love the Rakdos deck, I hope selesnya drops in popularity so that it can get a little better.

    Btw, I know for now you’re focusing on Modern and Standard but hopefully you also get into Pioneer tier lists later.

  5. Awesome article!!! Thanks for all the info and updates. Just played the Esper deck for about 6 hours and only really had trouble with mana set ups and getting buried by Showdown of the Skalds.

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