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Post-Challenger Gauntlet Historic Power Rankings – 8/12/21

Last weekend featured the Challenger Gauntlet where some of the worlds best players battled it out for slots at World and in the MPL and Rivals Leagues. Half of the rounds were Historic, so let’s take a look at the metagame breakdown for this week’s Historic Power Rankings.

 

 

Graphic - Challenger Gauntlet Historic Metagame

 

This breakdown tells you a pretty good story – Jeskai is the best and most popular deck. After that, there’s a huge drop off and the next most played deck is only represented in two copies. If you want to give yourself the highest chance of winning before Jumpstart: Historic Horizon comes on Arena, Jeskai should be your choice. 

Speaking of the next Jumpstart expansion, it has been pushed by two weeks because of some technical difficulties. So instead of tomorrow, we’re going to get the new cards two weeks from now. 

You can already see the full list here if you scroll all the way down and click on the “Click for full Jumpstart: HH card list” banner. There are 787 card, but most of them are already on Arena. Still, there are plenty of new cards from Modern Horizons 1 and 2, some of which are already covered last time. 

Some of the best ones that got revealed afterwards include…

 

Ranger-Captain of Eos

Is Ranger-Captain of Eos good for fetching Death’s Shadow? The problem is still not having fetchlands and Street Wraith though.

 

Goblin Engineer

If you want to see some crazy combo decks featuring this card, make sure to follow Matt Nass and Sam Black on Twitter. 

 

Seasoned Pyromancer

I believe I accidentally skipped over this card last time, but it surely deserves a mention. Even without cards like Bloodghast, Historic still has plenty of cards you actively want to put into your graveyard.

 

Dragon's Rage Channeler

There are no fetchlands and Mishra’s Bauble in Historic, but I still have high hopes of building a great tempo Delver-like deck with this great one-drop. 

 

Unholy Heat

It doesn’t exile like Magma Spray, but I can definitely see this being used in a lot of decks like Phoenix or Jeskai because being able to kill planeswalkers is a big upside.

 

Wonder

Getting cards into your graveyard in Historic isn’t hard (Faithless Looting, Stitcher’s Supplier, etc), so perhaps Wonder can find a home in one of these graveyard decks. The only problem is that while you would easily be able to splash for it in Modern with one or two blue dual lands thanks to fetchlands, you don’t have access to Polluted Delta or Scalding Tarn

 

Blade Splicer

Blade Splicer is one of my favorite cards, especially in combination with Restoration Angel that is also a part of this expansion. Will it be good enough to include in decks like G/W Company?

 

Dismiss

For value control decks with (almost) no win conditions that will surely use some number of Dismiss, make sure to follow Gabriel Nassif and LSV.

 

Haunted Dead

More graveyard stuff for your Faithless Lootings and Seasoned Pyromancer?

 

Master of the Pearl TridentSvyelun of Sea and Sky

Will Merfolk now be a thing in Historic? I don’t think it’s going to be Tier 1 without cards like Rishadan Dockhand, Tide Shaper and Force of Negation, but I’m sure going to try to make it happen.

There don’t seem to be any absolute game changers like Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Urza lands or Force of Negation, but all the new cards should still shape up the format a good amount. 

Now, let’s get to the actual Historic Power Rankings.

 

1. Jeskai Opus

 

The metagame breakdown above should convince you that this really is the best deck in the format. It’s consistent, does powerful things with Magma Opus, Mizzix’s Mastery and Torrential Gearhulk and it also has great sideboard options. 

 

2. Orzhov Auras

 

If Jeskai is the most played deck, then Thoughtseize seems pretty well positioned. 

 

3. Azorius Auras

Adanto VanguardStaggering InsightKor Spiritdancer

 

I actually split them this time around. I believe black is a little bit better, but blue offers you Adanto Vanguard, which is really strong against Jeskai.

 

4. Izzet Phoenix

Arclight PhoenixFaithless LootingExpressive Iteration

 

In my opinion, this deck is still a pretty good choice, especially because the Jeskai deck actively wants to have it’s own graveyard, so you don’t have to worry too much about Rest in Peace

 

5. Jund Food

 

There aren’t that many top creature decks around at the moment, but Jund is still a reasonable choice that can sometimes beat Jeskai with Trail of Crumbs.

 

6. Mono-Black Aggro

 

Discard is good again and if the Jeskai decks get too inbred and tech against each other with too many cards like Dovin’s Veto instead of Anger of the Gods and Wrath of God, fast aggro with Thoughtseize could be a good choice.

 

7. Rakdos Arcanist

Dreadhorde Arcanist (Timeshifted)Claim the FirstbornThoughtseize (Timeshifted)

 

Similarly to Phoenix, you benefit from the fact that Jeskai wants its own graveyard. 

 

8. Dragonstorm

DragonstormTerror of the PeaksBladewing the Risen

 

Another deck where not having enough graveyard hate can be very costly if you face it.

 

9. Jund Citadel

 

I played this deck in a video this week and it surprised me how powerful it was. I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised, given that most of the cards are from the strong Jund Sacrifice core, but the new cards like Prosperous Innkeeper seemed to fit the deck incredibly well. 

 

10. Selesnya Company

Archon of EmeriaCollected CompanyElite Spellbinder

 

This isn’t the best deck against Magma Opus and Mizzix’s Mastery, but if you like green, there aren’t many other better choices at the moment.

 

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