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Off the beaten path: 10 decks to mix up MTGA

David GarciaAlchemy, Historic, Standard, Strategy

Sometimes playing Magic: The Gathering can feel like facing the same decks repeatedly when formats grow stale. This, however, is an inevitable part of the game. There will always be some best deck that performs better than the competition. Pros and other players familiar with each format call these the “tier 1 decks.” These decks then inevitably become more popular …

Best Decks in Historic Jan 2022

Best Decks in Historic: January 2022

Mason ClarkHistoric

Historic has seen some big changes in recent months, thanks to the introduction of Alchemy and the rebalancing of cards like Luminarch Aspirant. But how much have these changes affected the metagame itself? Today, we’ll be going over three of the best decks in the format. Jund The more things change, the more they stay the same. Jund Sacrifice continues …

The Winning Decks of the Innistrad Championship

The Winning Decks of the Innistrad Championship

Tom AndersonHistoric, Standard

As of this Sunday, the Innistrad Set Championship is officially in the books: the first premier event in the new seasonal schedule leading towards the 2022 Magic World Championship. But even for players more interested in their MTG Arena daily quests than World Championship qualifier points, this weekend was among the most important tournaments of the year. Nowhere else will …

historic metagame update

Historic Metagame Update: October 2021

Mason ClarkHistoric

It’s been a while since we’ve covered Historic, and with this weekend’s Arena Qualifier coming up, it’s time for a refresher!  Historic has seen some shake-ups since the last time it was in the spotlight. Tibalt’s Trickery is banned, Memory Lapse is suspended, and Brainstorm moved from the suspended list to the banlist.  Looking for a new deck to play …

Historic Deck Guide: GW Enchantress

Ally WarfieldHistoric

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons has added almost 1,000 new cards to Arena, and I’m extremely excited to start delving into the new Historic metagame. There are a lot of different decks I want to explore, so keep your eyes peeled for many new Historic articles to come in the future!  For now, I decided to start my descent into Historic Horizons …

5 New Decks with Historic Horizons

Mason ClarkHistoric

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons dropped today, and it’s time to start crushing the Arena ladder! Today, we have five new decks for you to start playing, covering everything from combo to beatdown to midrange decks. Let’s jump right in. Orzhov Lark Combo Lark Combo is looking to be one of the strongest decks during the first week of Historic Horizons’ legality. …

New Strats Coming to Historic Horizons

New Strategies Coming to Historic with Historic Horizons

Mason ClarkHistoric

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons is just a week away, and when it releases, the Historic format will never be the same. The set will create entirely new deck archetypes, and today, we’ll be taking a look at five examples. While these might not be the optimal builds (the full set was just released yesterday!), these are great jumping-off points for building …

New Historic Decks for hitting mythic

Historic Decks for Hitting Mythic: June 2021

Ally WarfieldHistoric

After a dominant weekend for Jeskai Turns at the Strixhaven Set Champion, Time Warp was abruptly banned in Historic last Wednesday. However, this ban hasn’t completely changed the Historic metagame — similar decks are still powerful, and a few other strategies are starting to regain popularity. If you’re looking to rank up or hit Mythic on the Historic ladder, I …

3 New Decks with Historic Anthology V

Ally WarfieldHistoric

Historic Anthology V is on the horizon, which means once again, it’s time to brew three new Historic decks! I’m especially excited for this Anthology set because of all of the amazing inclusions. From the Tarkir Commands and the Phyrexian Praetors to “answer” cards like Stifle and Ancient Grudge, this Anthology has a ton of tools for new and existing …

Why You Should Still Play Tainted Pact in Historic

Mason ClarkHistoric

Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast announced that Thassa’s Oracle would be banned in Historic. There was a lot of hype around this “surprise” ban and many members of the community rejoiced; the combination of Oracle and Tainted Pact was VERY strong, and the deck boasted an incredible win percentage at the recent MPL and Rivals League Weekend.  While turn four …