First New Capenna Standard Power Rankings – 5/2/22

Welcome to the first Streets of New Capenna Standard Power Rankings. We’ve only had a few days of play with the new cards, so things are still very much in flux. However, this can give you an idea of what decks are hot in the first few days of the new format. 

I’m still feeling out the deck naming conventions, but I thought I’d be a good sport and start using the names of New Capenna’s five families for their respective three-color combinations. 

Here are the resources I use to inform all Power Rankings, leaning more heavily on what applies best to the given format:

  • Magic Online results. This includes Preliminaries, Weekend Challenges, Super Qualifiers and MOCS Events.
  • MTGMelee results. I typically look at all of the events with at least 20 players.
  • Large tabletop events. When applicable.
  • Untapped.gg stats. These show win rates of various archetypes on the Magic Arena ladder.
  • Previous rankings. Just because a deck didn’t make a top 8 over the weekend, doesn’t mean it’s suddenly a bad deck.
  • Public opinion. I discuss things with my teammates, and take a look at what’s getting a lot of attention on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts and written content.
  • My own instincts and experiences.




10. Ramp

Yasharn, Implacable EarthStorm the FestivalTitan of Industry

I saw three Ramp decks put up good finishes across Magic Online and Magic Arena over the weekend. One was mono-green, one was Selesnya and one was Brokers colors. The prime payoffs are Storm the Festival and Titan of Industry, which are powerful enough to swing a game in your favor the moment they resolve. 

9. Temur Treasures

Jaspera SentinelMagda, Brazen OutlawGoldspan Dragon

Temur Treasures is a holdover from the last Standard format. But in a fresh, unknown field, you could do much, much worse than to choose a tried and true aggressive deck. Temur Treasures has an aggressive Gruul core and uses Jaspera Sentinel and Magda, Brazen Outlaw to power out Esika’s Chariot and Goldspan Dragon. With fast and punishing threats, it usually only takes one well-placed permission spell off the blue splash to lock up a game. 

8. Jeskai Treasures

Lier, Disciple of the DrownedBig ScoreUnexpected Windfall

Jeskai Treasures is a combo-style deck that plays Goldspan Dragon, Lier, Disciple of the Drowned plus Big Score and/or Unexpected Windfall to churn through its library and generate massive value. 

This archetype might be a relative winner from the new set, as it can now play as many four-mana Treasure-making spells as it pleases. Plus, Burn Down the House is one of the most desirable board sweepers because it can clean up all copies of Ob Nixilis, the Adversary

7. Angels

Giada, Font of HopeRighteous ValkyrieFirja's Retribution

Angel tribal can show up in a variety of color combinations, but will always be centered around white and powered by Giada, Font of Hope. The new legend is one of the strongest tribal cards I’ve ever seen, and takes Angels from something that might’ve been “just for fun” to a very real deck that we all need to respect. 

I particularly like Angels for Best-of-One play since it’s powerful and proactive and has a great ability to beat up on opposing creature decks. 

6. Rakdos/Maestros Sac

The Meathook MassacreDeadly DisputeOni-Cult Anvil

Rakdos Sac utilizes all of the all-star black cards like The Meathook Massacre, Deadly Dispute and the very best removal spells and disruption. It pairs them with engine cards including Oni-Cult Anvil, Experimental Synthesizer and plenty of the Blood token cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow.

Since casualty is a sacrifice-centric mechanic of the Maestros family, there’s now a lot of customizability in this archetype, especially if you’re willing to dip into a third color. Kaito Shizuki and Maestros Diabolist are a few desirable cards you can access from blue. 

5. Orzhov/Mardu

Rite of OblivionVanishing VerseElspeth Resplendent

The Orzhov Midrange shell had the #1 position prior to Streets of New Capenna. In a world of “fair” Magic, Orzhov might just be king. Vanishing Verse and Rite of Oblivion offer answers to everything, including the cycle of legendary Dragons from Kamigawa. Sorin the Mirthless, Lolth, Spider Queen and a wide range of other powerful threats give the Orzhov shell a reliable stream of card advantage. The new set brings Elspeth Resplendent and new removal options. 

Mardu Midrange goes one step further, accessing all of the best weapons of the various Orzhov and Rakdos decks, including the devastating new planeswalker Ob Nixilis, the Adversary

4. Mono-White

Luminarch AspirantThalia, Guardian of ThrabenArchon of Emeria

Remember how tried and true aggro decks tend to be good in the early days of a new format? White Weenie is a fast and punishing monocolor aggro deck, and seemed to be one of the most successful decks over the weekend. Luminarch Aspirant remains legal as one of the strongest cards in the format. Meanwhile, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Elite Spellbinder provide effective disruption. 

Also important, Mono-White is a great way to attack Naya Runes, with Archon of Emeria being one of the single best cards against strategies centered around Showdown of the Skalds. Skyclave Apparition and Brutal Cathar are also good ways to pick apart Naya Runes and ensure that they can’t run away with Auras and +1/+1 counters.

Mono-White is another great choice for Best-of-One. 

3. Obscura

Void RendRaffine, Scheming SeerKaito Shizuki

Prior to the new set, there wasn’t a world of difference between Orzhov and Esper Planeswalkers. But with so many new gold cards from the Obscura family, the archetypes are starting to diverge. Popular new options include Void Rend and Raffine, Scheming Seer. And of course, splashing blue for Kaito Shizuki and a couple of sideboard permission spells is still highly desirable. 

2. Runes

Jukai NaturalistRuneforge ChampionShowdown of the Skalds

Naya (or Cabaretti) Runes remains extremely powerful, and even picked up Jetmir’s Garden to shore up a shaky mana base. The key cards are Jukai Naturalist, Runeforge Champion and Showdown of the Skalds. With multiple ways to reduce the cost of your Auras, you can chain together a flurry of spells while generating +1/+1 counters from Showdown of the Skalds and Generous Visitor. Between speed, card advantage, and a combo element that can kill the opponent with a giant haste creature out of nowhere, this deck really has it all. 

Runes remains a defining deck of both Standard and Alchemy across Best-of-One and Best-of-Three play alike. It’s extremely powerful and explosive, and is likely to steamroll anyone unprepared for the matchup. It is possible to prepare for the matchup, but as Standard players get excited to try new brews, there’s opportunity for Naya Runes to put up impressive numbers.

1. Riveteers

Ob Nixilis, the AdversaryTenacious UnderdogEsika's Chariot

There’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s the Riveteers. Players are still sorting out the ideal way to build within this color combination, but these are usually midrange decks with aggressive elements. The cards you’ll see the most are Ob Nixilis, the Adversary, Tenacious Underdog and Esika’s Chariot. Some folks like to hit the ground running with two-drop Werewolves like Kessig Naturalist while others go for more midrange value with Bloodtithe Harvester and Fable of the Mirror-Breaker. I’ve seen mana curves stretch all the way to a singleton Titan of Industry, although more conservative versions are possible too. 


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