There were no big Historic tournaments happening this week, so the Historic Power Rankings remains largely unchanged.
I expect the MPL/Rivals League weekly play this weekend to change that though, as the pros often tend to come up with something spicy. We saw it happen a while ago with the Abzan anti-creature midrange deck from the Pantheon testing team or the Jeskai Turns deck in the Strixhaven Championship a couple weeks ago.
If you want to catch all the action live, you can tune in to www.twitch.tv/magic on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. pacific time. You can also find more information on both leagues and the standings on www.magic.gg, though lately the announcements there have been a bit disappointing.
Anything can happen in Historic, but I expect Phoenix to be the most popular deck in the League Weekend. It’s just too consistent and does powerful things.
Can this be the answer to the format if there aren’t very many unfair decks? This archetype is still very much unexplored and offers a lot of options for basically any kind of problem you want to solve.
I like how most of the cards in this deck are positioned right now. Staggering Insight giving you lifelink is huge against Phoenix, Adanto Vanguard is great against all the Steam Vents decks and Spell Pierce is great against combo.
It’s hard to build control correctly when the metagame is all over the place, but if you get it right, you should have a really good deck. There are also a lot of options where to go with Jeskai right now, including a version with Magma Opus and Torrential Gearhulk.
As long as I keep seeing this deck post decent results, I’ll keep putting it reasonably high in the Historic Power Rankings.
I started seeing a version with The Locust God and Sage of the Falls do pretty well, so make sure you check that out. Outside of that, there are the usual boom-booms like Koma, Cosmos Serpent, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Nezahal, Primal Tide.
7. Jund Food
If you expect a lot of creatures, Jund can be a good choice.
8. Gruul Aggro
There are a lot of ways to build Gruul right now; you just need to always adapt the deck to the current metagame. You can play a faster version with Atarka’s Command, make your deck good against creatures with Embercleave or build a version that’s good against control with Collected Company and Chandra, Torch of Defiance. Even against Phoenix, your riot creatures should have no problem surviving their Shock effects and Gruul Spellbreaker even dodges Lightning Axe during your turn!
If you like linear, aggressive decks and perhaps don’t know much about the field, Mono-Black is a pretty reasonable choice.
10. Bant Ramp
I saw a few Bant decks show up in some of the smaller Historic tournaments over the past week and even queued up against an unusually high number of the on the Historic Arena ladder. It could have just been a coincidence, but maybe this deck is on the rise.