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Aggro or Sweepers? – Standard 2022 Power Rankings – 8/16/21

Standard 2022 has been a nice look into the future of standard. Someday, allegedly, Throne of Eldraine will be gone from Standard and there will be new decks to try. Standard 2022 is a preview, albeit a set short, of what some of those decks will offer. Here’s this week’s Standard 2022 Power Rankings.

 

 

1. Mono-White

 

After slowly moving up the Rankings over the past few weeks, Mono White Aggro has claimed the top spot in the Standard 2022 Power Rankings. The deck is fast and efficient, with a lot of power for such a low curve deck. Although it’s weak to sweepers, the deck is fast enough to outrun them, and the deck had the highest win rate this week on Untapped.gg at 68.3 percent.


2. Orzhov Control

 

Orzhov Control moves down to the number two spot, after being king for a few weeks. Orzhov Control is still a great choice, with cheap creatures, sweepers and powerful planeswalkers. The deck also utilizes the learn mechanic very well, giving it strength in the long game. I’ve always liked this deck and would still consider it if there were a major Standard 2022 event. The deck had a 60.6 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic on Untapped.gg.

 

3. Bant Party

 

Bant Part is still my favorite deck in Standard 2022. The deck has a strong aggressive game plan, but notably it also has great plans against opposing sweepers. Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate threatens to effectively counter a sweeper by sacrificing itself and Concerted Defense with close to a full party in play is also usually enough to counter any noncreature spell. The deck also has strong card draw in the form of Spoils of Adventure and, to a lesser extent, Nimble Trapfinder. Bant Party had a 59.9 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.

 

4. Mono-Green

 

Mono-Green is the second best aggro deck in Standard 2022 on the list, with a 62.8 percent win rate this week, just behind that of Mono-White. The deck focuses on playing large creatures, usually ahead of curve, with repeatable advantage from Ranger Class as well as big threats like Esika’s Chariot. Mono-Green tends to be a little slower than Mono-White but has a bit more staying power, as well as great removal in the form of Blizzard Brawl.

 

5. Izzet Dragons

 

Izzet Dragons was one of the first top decks of the format, but as the format has evolved, it hasn’t really been the top dog for a while. That being said, it’s still a Tier 1 deck with several different variations and it still has Goldspan Dragon and Alrund’s Epiphany, one of the better combos in the format. Izzet Dragons had a 60.2 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic.

 

6. Rakdos Treasures

 

Rakdos Treasure is a very solid midrange deck. It plays a little bit like Orzhov Control, but the top-end is a little bit less aggressive and more controlling. The deck is pretty powerful and has lots of ways to get card advantage as well as powerful planeswalkers and a little bit of value from the learn mechanic. Rakdos had a 58.8 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.

 

7. Simic Ramp

 

Simic Ramp is a pure ramp deck paying off with both Koma, Cosmos Serpent and Cyclone Summoner. It’s a fairly popular deck that you should expect to face when playing on the ladder. Personally, I never liked this deck very much, so maybe I hold it too much against the deck. I found that too many decks can remove Koma either with Soul Shatter or Kaya the Inexorable, and Cyclone Summoner tends to often leave too much in play against Bant Party. All that being said, Simic Ramp did win 62.2 percent of its games this week from Platinum to Mythic according to Untapped.gg.

 

8. Orzhov Angels

 

This is still a very weak deck to sweepers, but good against creatures. Sweepers are a little bit on the decline with Mono-White being more popular though, so keep an eye out for this. Orzhov is good against White and Green due to having large creatures and interaction, but quite poor against the control decks, making it a very polarized deck. Overall, Orzhov Angels had a 61.1 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.



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