The Kaldheim Championship is in the books and you can find results in the coverage here and all the win rates from the Historic portion here. Next weekend features the Strixhaven Qualifier on Magic Arena, so let’s take a look at updated Power Rankings.
1. Orzhov Auras
I’ll be honest, I did not see Auras claiming the top spot. However, it did really well at the Kaldheim Championship and the current build of it is very well tuned, consistent and resilient thanks to all the recursion. The Aura pilots took full advantage of the fact that most players at the Kaldheim Championship chose to play the Food version of Jund instead of the version with Collected Company. That usually means no Priest of Forgotten Gods and an overall much slower deck with Binding the Old Gods and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King. A lot of people also chose to run anti-sacrifice decks with Yasharn, Implacable Earth, which had bad matchups against Auras.
2. Jund Company
Despite the deck getting heavily targeted at the championship, it still won about 55 percent of its matches, which is a testament to how good this deck is even when everyone’s trying to beat it.
3. Jund Food
This version with Korvold and Fatal Push over Claim the Firstborn is a lot better against the Yasharn decks because you have around seven main deck answers to it. If you expect a lot of Yasharn, I would recommend Food. Alternatively, if you expect a wide open field, I would recommend playing Company.
The Pantheon testing team did really well with this deck, winning 63 percent of their matches, which is a very high win rate for a tournament of this caliber. They were hoping to see a metagame of Sacrifice decks, which is pretty much what happened, as the deck was about a third of the field. If you’re trying to target Jund Sacrifice, then this deck is a great choice. On the other hand, you need to accept that you’ll sacrifice a lot of percentage points in other matchups like Azorius Control or Orzhov Auras, where you’ll have a bunch of dead cards.
Bant did significantly better than Azorius at the Championship, which can be likely attributed to the Yasharn splash. At the same time though, the green splash makes the deck a lot worse against Auras. Pick Bant if you expect a lot of Jund, but Azorius should be better in an open field.
Javier Dominguez cycled his way to the Top 8 of the Championship (although keep in mind that half of the results came from the Standard portion) with a nice upgraded version with Sweltering Suns.
7. Gruul Aggro
The more people want to durdle around with midrange stuff like Trail of Crumbs or with control decks tuned to beat Jund, the better for an aggro deck like Gruul. On the other hand, you are going to have a bad matchup against Auras.
Elves won about half of its matches at the Championship, which I think is pretty respectable considering that Jund Sacrifice was a third of the field. Still, it is a much better deck for laddering than it is for tournaments, where you can expect more Jund and Control decks with sweepers.
9. Sultai Ultimatum
Sultai Ultimatum isn’t something I would recommend playing at the moment, as you’ll have a pretty bad matchup against Auras or Thoughtseize in general, but it’s a passable choice if you’re looking to play this style of deck.
Again, this isn’t something I would recommend right now, but Goblins is still an overall solid deck.
My pick for the Qualifier would be one of the top decks. Both Auras and Jund are a great choice, but you can also try to metagame by playing Abzan and hope you get paired against all the Sacrifice players.