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Historic Power Rankings – 5/11/21

Not much happened last week in the Historic world, other than Izzet Phoenix winning the Historic $5k. Next weekend features the MPL and Rivals League Play, with six rounds of Standard and six rounds of Historic, which will surely shake out the Historic Power Rankings. 

 

 

1. Izzet Phoenix

 

Another week, another win for Phoenix in a big Historic tournament. Izzet Phoenix continues looking like a normal deck, but putting up great finishes.

 

2. Selesnya Company

 

The format is still dominated by combo and that’s where “hatebears” like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Scavenging Ooze and Archon of Emeria thrive.

 

3. Dimir Pact Oracle Combo

Thassa's OracleTainted PactJace, Wielder of Mysteries

 

Any deck with a fairly consistent two card combo should catch your attention and this one is no different. Don’t let the singleton nature of the deck fool you, this deck is for real.

 

4. Dimir Rogues

 

Rogues is another deck that’s great against combo and control decks. I think there’s very likely a better build of this deck than the current form though with weak cards like Merfolk Windrobber

 

5. Orzhov Auras

This deck has probably the best openings in the format. Turn one Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek into Kor Spiritdancer or Sram, Senior Edificer almost always wins you the game. You need to mulligan very aggressively, but it’s worth it. 

 

6. Azorius/Jeskai Control

Magma OpusTorrential GearhulkTeferi, Hero of Dominaria

 

Control is always hard to build early on in the format, so I’m expecting this deck to start moving up in the Historic Power Rankings in the upcoming weeks as the metagame settles down a little bit and the MPL/Rivals weekend gives us a clear direction in which to build the deck.

 

7. Gruul Aggro

 

Aggro is still a reasonable place to be in, but other decks are getting more streamlined and polished. Still, I do like Gruul right now, especially because it has a good matchup against Izzet Phoenix and most other decks that just spend their first couple turns playing card selection spells instead of adding to the board. 

 

8. Jund Food

Korvold, Fae-Cursed KingTrail of CrumbsMayhem Devil

 

I’m not ready to completely write off Jund just yet, though at the moment my bet would be on other decks if I was looking to try to win a big Historic tournament. 

 

9. Bant Ramp

ExploreGrowth SpiralNissa, Who Shakes the World

 

Similarly to Jund, ramping up with Growth Spiral and Explore into Nissa, Who Shakes the World might seem old fashioned at the moment, but I wouldn’t discount this deck just yet. 

 

10. Mono-Black Aggro

Death's ShadowKnight of the Ebon LegionThoughtseize (Timeshifted)

 

This is another great choice if you’re looking for a deck that has a good matchup against combo, slow control and ramp decks. Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek disrupt the opponent, while cards like Death’s Shadow, Knight of the Ebon Legion and Scrapheap Scrounger provide a fast clock. 

 


 

Make sure you tune in to the MPL/Rivals League Weekend this Saturday and Sunday at twitch.tv/magic starting at 8 a.m. Pacific both days!

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