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Control is Still King – Standard 2022 Power Rankings – 8/9/21

Welcome back to another edition of Standard 2022 Power Rankings! The format’s still fun and fresh, so let’s see how much has changed in the past week.

 

 

1. Orzhov Control

 

Orzhov Control has had the top spot for a couple of weeks now. This deck is super strong, and one of its biggest benefits is that it’s not particularly easy to attack. There are good cards against it, but no checkmate cards, at least that I know of. Orzhov itself has versatile answers, sweepers, great top-end threats and a great early game, checking all the boxes for a great Standard 2022 deck. Orzhov Control has a 60.8 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic, according to Untapped.gg.

 

2. Mono-White

 

Mono-White has impressed me more and more as time goes on. What I like about it the most is that its best draws are just so fast and furious. Oftentimes, when playing a control deck, the white deck can just finish me off before I even get to sweeper mana, while against other creature decks, cards like Skyclave Apparition and Portable Hole really shine. Mono-White had the second highest win rate this week on Untapped.gg, with a 62.8 percent win rate from Platinum to Mythic.

 

3. Bant Party

 

This has become my favorite deck in Standard 2022. What started in a quest to have fun with what looked like a meme deck really surprised me in the end. This deck is really strong, with a lot of surprisingly good cards. The Bears of Littjara in particular is a card that has really overachieved. It also has a lot of game against every deck, including cheap card draw, counters and an aggressive game plan. Probably the biggest weakness of the deck is removal, often having to rely on the delayed removal from The Bears of Littjara, or simply using Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate to lock something down as makeshift removal. Bant Party had a 61.8 percent win rate this week according to Untapped.gg.

 

4. Mono-Green

 

Mono-Green is another great aggro deck with a low curve and powerful creatures. Ranger Class gives the deck a great late game and a way to snowball advantage, as do creaturelands. The deck is a little slower than Mono-White and a little more vulnerable to sweepers, but also Blizzard Brawl is huge in creature mirrors, as it’s one of the better removal spells in the format. Mono-Green had a 63.5 percent win rate this week according to Untapped.gg.

 

5. Izzet

 

Goldspan Dragon and Alrund’s Epiphany, lots of cheap removal, interaction and card draw are the makings of a good deck. Expressive Iteration is a great card selection and advantage engine in one card, as is Behold the Multiverse. Izzet had a 56.9 percent win rate this week according to Untapped.gg.


6. Orzhov Angels

 

Orzhov Angels is good against creature decks, so this deck has a bit of staying power in that regard. It really needs to hit a great curve though, which means you’re often at the mercy of your opening hand. That being said, its good draws are excellent. The deck plays high cost creatures, or what are effectively high cost creatures like Firja’s Retribution, which makes it vulnerable to sweepers. Orzhov Angels had a 60.7 percent win rate this week according to Untapped.gg.

 

7. Mono-Red

 

Goblins are pretty cool, but I don’t think there’s tremendous upside to play red compared to white or green if you’re interested in a monocolored aggro deck. If you just like red or Goblins, the deck is definitely competitive though. Goblins managed to get a 59.2 percent win rate this week according to Untapped.gg.

 

8. Simic Ramp

 

I’ve actually never liked this deck very much. I’ve found it to be a bit clunky and the payoffs to not be that strong. I’ve actually won quite a few games against it because Cyclone Summoner doesn’t bounce Wizards and I’ve ended up keeping two or three creatures in play against it. Simic Ramp won 61.9 percent of its games this week according to Untapped.gg.

 

9. Selesnya Magecraft

 

Sadly, I think this deck has proved to be more fun than it is good. That being said, it’s still competitive, it’s just not among the best decks. The deck has a tough time with sweepers, though sometimes it’s possible to run over a deck with sweepers. More practically, its forced to leave defensive cards up to play around single target removal. Selesnya had a 53.9 percent win rate this week according to Untapped.gg.

 

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