Standard Power Rankings – 3/22/21

This weekend is the Kaldheim Set Championship, which is half Standard and half Historic. Since everyone’s played a lot of Standard recently, it seems that a lot of the focus this past week was on the Historic portion of the tournament. Most of the online events were Historic as opposed to Standard, so there won’t be huge shifts in the rankings. We’re also getting to the end of the format, so, while this weekend might bring some surprises, I don’t think we’re likely to see too many huge changes before Strixhaven.



1. Temur Adventures

Alrund's EpiphanyEdgewall InnkeeperGoldspan Dragon


Temur Adventures is still a robust deck with good aggressive and defensive plans. The adventure package is often been the best thing you can do in Standard.


2. Sultai Ultimatum

Emergent UltimatumVorinclex, Monstrous RaiderValki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor


Sultai is the quintessential midrange deck, and this particular iteration of it continues to do well on the back of Emergent Ultimatum. Emergent Ultimatum is a seven-mana sorcery, which is it’s biggest downside, but you’ll usually be able to find a three-card combination to effectively win the game when cast.


3. Rogues

Soaring Thought-ThiefDrown in the LochInto the Story


Rogues has been around for a while now. It sort of fell off in this Standard compared to the last one, but it’s still a very strong strategy. Rogues could actually be well position right now, having okay matchups against both of the top two decks, but not a great one against Mono-Red.

4. Mono-Red


Mono-Red has stuck around and done well, even after its dismal performance a few weeks ago in the League Weekend. The best Embercleave deck will always be a contender in Standard.


5. Four Color Doom

Yorion, Sky NomadDoom ForetoldBinding the Old Gods


Four Color Doom is a bit more controlling than Sultai, but I think in general, it’s still a bit worse. The Yorion, Sky Nomad engine is strong enough that most shells will be competitive though.


6. Jeskai Cycling


This deck has been around for a long time too. It’s rather strong, but it also can be attacked and sometimes lose games to a single card, be it a Disdainful Stroke, Scavenging Ooze or some other piece of tech. On the flip side, it can win games by casting only two or three spells!


7. Naya Adventures


Naya has moved more toward Toski, Bearer of Secrets strategies from the “normal” midrange decks that were popular a few weeks ago. Those almost fell off the map, largely because of the return of Sultai.

8. Mono-White


This is another deck that really went down in the Rankings. It was originally strong and innovative when it first made waves, but once people starting preparing for it, it didn’t have the staying power.



I opted for Temur for this weekend, so in a proverbial sense, I put my money where my mouth is. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else shows up with though!


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