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New Capenna Standard Power Rankings – 5/9/22

Welcome to the New Capenna Standard Power Rankings. We’ve only had a few weeks of play with the new cards, so things are still very much in flux. However, this can give you an idea of what decks are hot in the beginnings of the new format. 

I’m still feeling out the deck naming conventions, but I thought I’d be a good sport and start using the names of New Capenna’s five families for their respective three-color combinations. 

Here are the resources I use to inform all Power Rankings, leaning more heavily on what applies best to the given format:

  • Magic Online results. This includes Preliminaries, Weekend Challenges, Super Qualifiers and MOCS Events.
  • MTGMelee results. I typically look at all of the events with at least 20 players.
  • Large tabletop events. When applicable.
  • Untapped.gg stats. These show win rates of various archetypes on the Magic Arena ladder.
  • Previous rankings. Just because a deck didn’t make a top 8 over the weekend, doesn’t mean it’s suddenly a bad deck.
  • Public opinion. I discuss things with my teammates, and take a look at what’s getting a lot of attention on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts and written content.
  • My own instincts and experiences.

 

 

 

10. Temur Treasures

Jaspera SentinelMagda, Brazen OutlawGoldspan Dragon

Temur Treasures is a holdover from the last Standard format. But in a fresh, unknown field, you could do much, much worse than to choose a tried-and-true aggressive deck. Temur Treasures has an aggressive Gruul core and uses Jaspera Sentinel and Magda, Brazen Outlaw to power out Esika’s Chariot and Goldspan Dragon. With fast and punishing threats, it usually only takes one well-placed permission spell off the blue splash to lock up a game. 

9. Mono-White Control

Field of RuinThe Restoration of Eiganjo // Architect of RestorationThe Wandering Emperor

There are two (at least two!) very different mono-white decks in Standard right now. One is the familiar aggressive deck, which I’ll cover below. The other is a more midrange or controlling version that capitalizes on Field of Ruin in a format where players are packing very few basic lands. While card choices will vary, two that you’re very likely to see are The Wandering Emperor and The Restoration of Eiganjo

8. Orzhov

Vanishing VerseRite of OblivionSorin the Mirthless

The Orzhov Midrange shell had the #1 position prior to Streets of New Capenna. In a world of “fair” Magic, Orzhov might just be king. Vanishing Verse and Rite of Oblivion offer answers to everything, including the cycle of legendary Dragons from Kamigawa. Sorin the Mirthless, Lolth, Spider Queen and a wide range of other powerful threats give the Orzhov shell a reliable stream of card advantage. The new set brings Elspeth Resplendent and new removal options. 

Orzhov had a 58.4 percent win rate from Bronze to Mythic on the Magic Arena Best-of-Three ladder. 

7. Izzet Lier

Lier, Disciple of the DrownedBig ScoreGoldspan Dragon

I was formerly calling this archetype Jeskai Treasures. That specific version is a combo-style deck that plays Goldspan Dragon, Lier, Disciple of the Drowned plus Big Score and/or Unexpected Windfall to churn through its library and generate massive value, typically splashing white for one copy of Show of Confidence to help win the game. 

I’ve now expanded this category to include all of the Izzet-based decks that play with Big Score or Unexpected Windfall and Lier, Disciple of the Drowned. This archetype might be a relative winner from the new set, as it can now play as many four-mana Treasure-making spells as it pleases. Plus, Burn Down the House is one of the most desirable board sweepers because it can clean up all copies of Ob Nixilis, the Adversary

Izzet Lier and Izzet Control decks had a 52.8 percent win rate from Bronze to Mythic. 

6. Mardu

Rite of OblivionFable of the Mirror-Breaker // Reflection of Kiki-JikiOb Nixilis, the Adversary

Mardu Midrange has all of the strengths of the Orzhov shell but goes one step further, accessing all of the best weapons of the various Rakdos decks as well. This includes Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and the devastating new planeswalker Ob Nixilis, the Adversary

Mardu had a 52.8 percent win rate, identical to that of the Izzet archetype. 

5. Rakdos Sac

The Meathook MassacreOni-Cult AnvilOb Nixilis, the Adversary

Rakdos Sac utilizes all of the all-star black cards like The Meathook Massacre, Deadly Dispute and the very best removal spells and disruption. It pairs them with engine cards including Oni-Cult Anvil, Experimental Synthesizer and plenty of the Blood token cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow.

Since casualty is a sacrifice-centric mechanic of the Maestros family, there’s now a lot of new weapons and a lot of customizability within this archetype.

Rakdos Sac had a 57.2 percent win rate.

4. Mono-White

Luminarch AspirantThalia, Guardian of ThrabenElite Spellbinder

Remember how tried and true aggro decks tend to be good in the early days of a new format? White Weenie is a fast and punishing monocolor aggro deck, and was one of the most successful decks in the first handful of days after New Capenna’s release. Luminarch Aspirant remains legal as one of the strongest cards in the format. Meanwhile, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Elite Spellbinder provide effective disruption. 

Also important, Mono-White is a great way to attack Naya Runes, with Archon of Emeria being one of the single best cards against strategies centered around Showdown of the Skalds. Skyclave Apparition and Brutal Cathar are also good ways to pick apart Naya Runes and ensure that they can’t run away with Auras and +1/+1 counters.

Mono-White had a 58.1 percent win rate on the Best-of-Three Arena ladder. It’s also a great choice for Best-of-One play. 

3. Runes

Jukai NaturalistRuneforge ChampionShowdown of the Skalds

Naya (or Cabaretti) Runes remains extremely powerful, and even picked up Jetmir’s Garden to shore up a shaky mana base. The key cards are Jukai Naturalist, Runeforge Champion and Showdown of the Skalds. With multiple ways to reduce the cost of your Auras, you can chain together a flurry of spells while generating +1/+1 counters from Showdown of the Skalds and Generous Visitor. Between speed, card advantage and a combo element that can kill the opponent with a giant haste creature out of nowhere, this deck really has it all. 

Runes remains a defining deck of both Standard and Alchemy across Best-of-One and Best-of-Three play alike. It’s extremely powerful and explosive, and is likely to steamroll anyone unprepared for the matchup. It is possible to prepare for the matchup, but as Standard players get excited to try new brews, there’s opportunity for Naya Runes to put up impressive numbers.

Naya Runes had a whopping 64.2 percent win rate, the highest of any deck. 

2. Riveteers

Riveteers is an early leader in the new format, and threatens to become even stronger as players sort out the ideal way to build within this color combination. These are usually midrange decks with aggressive elements. The cards you’ll see the most are Ob Nixilis, the Adversary, Tenacious Underdog and Esika’s Chariot. Some folks like to hit the ground running with two-drop Werewolves like Kessig Naturalist while others go for more midrange value with Bloodtithe Harvester and Fable of the Mirror-Breaker. I’ve seen mana curves stretch all the way to a singleton Titan of Industry, although more conservative versions are possible too. 

Riveteers had a 56.1 percent win rate. 

1. Obscura

Void RendRaffine, Scheming SeerKaito Shizuki

Prior to the new set, there wasn’t a world of difference between Orzhov and Esper Planeswalkers. But with so many new gold cards from the Obscura family, the archetypes are starting to diverge. Popular new options include Void Rend and Raffine, Scheming Seer. And of course, splashing blue for Kaito Shizuki and a couple of sideboard permission spells is still highly desirable. 

Obscura had an impressive 60.9 percent win rate, with tournament results to match that across both Magic Arena and Magic Online. 

 

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