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Historic Power Rankings – 6/22/21

I was thinking about Historic and decided to write down the most powerful cards in the format and see what decks they best fit into. It tells a pretty good story about what the format looks like at the moment and how it changed since the introduction of the Mystical Archive, so let’s take a look before the Historic Power Rankings.

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Here’s just the quick breakdown

  1. Brainstorm
  2. Memory Lapse
  3. Llanowar Elves
  4. Mizzix’s Mastery
  5. Mystical Dispute

Previously, I’d probably have put Thoughtseize and Collected Company at the top two spots. However, the fact that Brainstorm is likely the most played card right now just makes discard spells laughably bad and Steam Vents decks being very popular and having a lot of Anger of the Gods also makes it very scary to play Collected Company decks. 

The format changed drastically. Jund Sacrifice and Sultai Ramp are no longer the most scary decks in the format because they have the best synergy pieces. Now, the format is about power. You can bring back Arclight Phoenixes for free thanks to Faithless Looting after setting up your draws with Brainstorm, use Mizzix’s Mastery to cast Magma Opus on turn three or abuse Indomitable Creativity with Treasure tokens to turn them into Velomachus Lorehold or Koma, Cosmos Serpent on turn four.

That said, let’s get into the actual Historic Power Rankings for this week.

 

 

1. Izzet Phoenix

 

I honestly don’t really see anything dethroning Phoenix from the top of the Historic Power Rankings anytime soon. It just gets to play some of the most powerful cards in the format, extremely consistent and capable of really aggressive draws, but also doesn’t mind playing the long game.

 

2. Azorius Auras

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I mentioned it the last two weeks how I thought it really made a lot of sense to go from Orzhov to Azorius because discard and Dead Weights are currently bad, while Spell Pierce, Selfless Savior and Adanto Vanguard are currently very well positioned. It came as no surprise to me that this deck won the $5000 Insight Esports Historic tournament this week because it really exploits the metagame well at the moment. 

 

3. Jeskai Control

 

Jeskai’s win rate in tournaments might be all over the place at the moment, but the reason is that the metagame is also changing very fast. Phoenix is obviously the best and most played deck, but we have also started seeing a lot of decks like Auras, Mono-Black and Mono-Red Aggro. As a result, it’s hard to tune this deck for a wide open field because you can never be sure if you want to have a playset of Dovin’s Veto for the control matchups or if you’d rather show up with four Anger of the Gods in the main deck, expecting more creature decks instead.

 

4. Indomitable Creativity

 

It’s still unclear to me what the best version of this deck is (Izzet, Jeskai or Temur), but I can assure you that whether you’re turning your Treasure on turn four into Velomachus Lorehold, Koma, Elesh Norn or Nezahal, it’s still an extremely powerful play. 

 

5. Mono-Black Aggro

 

Despite discard spells being poorly positioned, Mono-Black Aggro has been doing quite well lately. I suspect that one of the reasons why it has been putting out good finishes is that having access to Faceless Haven is almost like starting with an extra card. 

 

6. Five Color Niv

 

I like the idea of this deck in general, but after trying out Autumn’s list that came from the Strixhaven Championship, I wanted to change it a bit for the post-Time Warp ban metagame. Growth Spiral and Prismari Command seem like great additions that will let you dig a bit deeper into your deck and cast Niv-Mizzet Reborn a turn earlier. 

 

7. Jund Food

 

Jund is still one of the most synergistic decks of the format that usually destroys all the other creature decks, but don’t expect to beat any of the combo players.

 

8. Gruul Aggro

 

As usual, the green aggro decks are still fine to play, as Llanowar Elves and Collected Company are still some of the best cards in the format.

 

9. Selesnya Company

 

Similarly, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Archon of Emeria are still good as well, you just need to hope not to run into too many Anger of the Gods

 

10. Wild Card

 

Just like before, I’ll leave the last slot open for the brewers because despite Phoenix being very popular, this format seems far from solved to me.

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