With Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty on the horizon, let’s see where the Traditional, Best-of-Three Standard Power Rankings have settled. Thanks to Untapped.gg for providing stats to help inform the rankings.
Vampires is Rakdos-colored midrange deck that taps into both Blood and tribal synergies. I think its strong sideboard options, and its positioning against opposing creature decks.
Vampires had a 55.2 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Clerics is another solid tribal option. It loses a little bit compared to its Alchemy counterpart, since there’s no replacement for Inquisitor Captain in Traditional Standard. Still, Voice of the Blessed and Cleric of Life’s Bond can spiral out of control quickly and score some easy wins.
Clerics had a 55.9 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Jund is a non-tribal midrange deck. It’s most commonly centered in the Rakdos colors, touching into green for some combination of Esika’s Chariot, Halana and Alena, Partners and Culling Ritual. The individual card quality is extremely high, with Esika’s Chariot, Goldspan Dragon and Immersturm Predator being supported by all of Standard’s best removal spells.
Jund had a 57.4 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Temur is a second option for three-color midrange. I think of it as the heir to the previous Standard format’s Gruul Adventures deck. The dream start is Jaspera Sentinel into Magda, Brazen Outlaw, which accelerates you into Esika’s Chariot and Goldspan Dragon. With threats that powerful, it only takes a single well-placed permission spell from the blue splash before you’re able to slam the door on the opponent.
Temur had a 57.6 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
You’ll notice that the top six decks all fall into one of two categories. The first is monocolored strategies that take advantage of Faceless Haven.
Personally, Zombies isn’t the first deck I’d choose to play. But if you get as far as playing a solid configuration of creatures in a monocolor shell, you’ll pick up so much long-run advantage from the consistency and built-in value of your mana base that you’ll notice yourself winning a lot of matches. Zombies also accesses great removal and discard spells via its sideboard.
Mono-Black Zombies had a 57.6 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. It’s worth noting that Dimir Zombies performed much, much worse.
Izzet Dragons is a strong, proactive take on the popular Izzet shell. Since an unanswered Goldspan Dragon will almost always win the game, you force your opponent to walk a fine line between answering your threats, but also closing the game before your Alrund’s Epiphanies can take over.
Izzet Dragons had a 57.2 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Mono-Black Control employs the powerful board sweepers Blood on the Snow and The Meathook Massacre. It generates value from a sacrifice theme that includes Shambling Ghast and Deadly Dispute. It has a naturally great setup against opposing creature decks, and can transform after sideboarding into a heavily disruptive anti-control configuration.
Mono-Black had a 59.2 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
White Weenie is the fastest deck in Standard, which positions it to go underneath clunkier strategies like control and those based around Alrund’s Epiphany. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Elite Spellbinder provide effective disruption. Luminarch Aspirant and Faceless Haven are both strong enough to have received a nerf in the Alchemy format.
Mono-White had a 59.5 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Mono-Green isn’t as fast as White Weenie, but it has more staying power, its threats hit harder, and the efficiency of Blizzard Brawl is hard to match. Your opponents need to stop you at every single point on the mana curve, which becomes nearly impossible when Snakeskin Veil works its way into the equation.
Mono-Green had an impressive 60.4 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic, which is nearly a full percentage point higher than any other deck.
1. Izzet Turns
Despite showing a lower win rate on Untapped.gg, I think it would be folly to consider anything other than Izzet Turns to be the top deck in Standard. This deck uses Galvanic Iteration to copy Alrund’s Epiphany, which makes for an unstoppable late game that goes over the top of every other deck in the format. Meanwhile, it has access to Expressive Iteration and Divide by Zero to come out smoothly, and make a relevant play on every single turn of the game.
Izzet Turns had a 56.5 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. At higher levels of competition, this deck is a common choice of experienced Standard players, and can is very scary when piloted by an expert.