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Looking at Historic Horizons – Historic Power Rankings – 8/3/21

Not much happened in the Historic world during the last week, as most of the competitive action was focused on the Standard Arena Open. However, Jumpstart: Historic Horizons could change that.

 

 

Instead of saying the same stuff as last week about the top 10 decks, I’m going to take a look at some of the most interesting cards from the Jumpstart: Historic Horizon set that’s coming to Magic Arena in a few weeks. It contains an unprecedented 782 cards, most of which are from Modern Horizons and Modern Horizons 2, but some of them are actually completely new to Magic Arena and they will only work digitally. You can read about the expansion here and see most of the cards already spoiled here

So first of all, here are the brief Historic Power Rankings for this week where not much really happened.

 

 

1. Jeskai Opus

 

2. Jund Food

Mayhem DevilKorvold, Fae-Cursed KingTrail of Crumbs

 

3. Orzhov Auras

Sram, Senior Edificer (Timeshifted)Thoughtseize (Timeshifted)Kor Spiritdancer

 

4. Izzet Phoenix

Arclight PhoenixSprite DragonFaithless Looting

 

5. Five-Color Niv

Niv-Mizzet RebornPrismari CommandVanishing Verse

 

6. Mono-Black Aggro

Knight of the Ebon LegionThoughtseizeInquisition of Kozilek

 

7. Rakdos Arcanist

Dreadhorde Arcanist (Timeshifted)Young Pyromancer (Timeshifted)Village Rites

 

8. Sultai Ultimatum

Emergent UltimatumScholar of the Lost TroveOmniscience

 

9. Dragonstorm

DragonstormBladewing the RisenTerror of the Peaks

 

10. Gruul Aggro

Gruul SpellbreakerBurning-Tree EmissaryEmbercleave

 

There were only two Historic tournaments that I could find, so I updated the rankings a little bit by taking the results into account. Mostly the metagame is in a little bit of a stale right now, as everyone is waiting for the Jumpstart set to change everything. 

Now let’s take a look at some of the most promising cards.

 

Faithless Looting

Faithless Looting

 

This is actually a card that’s already legal on Magic Arena, but the reason I mention it is that it’s currently banned in Modern. There are a lot of Modern cards printed at the moment with the assumption that they’re coming to a format where Looting isn’t legal. This won’t be the case on Magic Arena, so expect cards like Hollow One to get a lot better. Some of the new cards already spoiled in the Jumpstart expansion include Blazing Rootwalla, Insolent Neonate and Fiery Temper, all of which combine really nicely with Looting as well. In particular, Blazing Rootwalla makes me really excited, as it’s going to be a free card off of Looting, which is always a great deal. 

 

Thalia’s Lieutenant

Thalia's Lieutenant

 

Expect Human decks and White Weenie decks to get a huge boost. Thalia’s Lieutenant works nicely with Collected Company and cards like Glasspool Mimic and Meddling Mage. I don’t see Champion of the Parish or Noble Hierarch spoiled anywhere yet, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they made it into Historic as well. 

 

Hardened Scales

Hardened Scales

 

Winding Constrictor and Conclave Mentor are already legal on Magic Arena, so just choose which two color combination you like better and you have a great base for a counters deck. 

 

Khalni Garden

Khalni Garden

 

This can be another free token maker for an Indomitable Creativity deck.

 

Restoration Angel

Restoration Angel (Timeshifted)

 

One of the best “fair” cards to see a lot of Modern play is coming to Arena as well. I’m not exactly sure which deck it fits best into right off the bat, but I’m sure it will be good somewhere.

 

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician (Timeshifted)

 

I’m sure there will be some kind of endless combo built around Yawgmoth.

 

Putrid Goblin

Putrid Goblin

 

Speaking of combos, Putrid Goblin is going to be great fodder for some of these decks as well, especially when combined with something that says you can’t put counters on your creatures, meaning you’ll be able to sacrifice it over and over.

 

Scale Up

Scale Up

 

To my knowledge, there are currently no poison creatures on Arena other than Fynn, the Fangbearer (yet), but you can perhaps try to combine it with Minion of the Mighty to put a Dragon into play on turn two.

 

Munitions Expert

Munitions Expert

 

A solid addition to Goblins? Adding black into the mana base is certainly not a problem and you can use Thoughtseize in the sideboard as well. 

 

Sudden Edict

Sudden Edict

 

If decks built around Indomitable Creativity are even more popular thanks to Khalni Garden, this could be a great answer to the creature they are trying to cheat into play. 

 

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