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Standard Power Rankings – 4/18/22

Welcome to the latest installment of the Standard Power Rankings. 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. Boros & Naya Aggro

Luminarch AspirantShowdown of the SkaldsHalana and Alena, Partners

Boros has the same overall structure as White Weenie. However, with Faceless Haven banned in Standard, there’s less incentive to stay monocolor. Adding red offers additional aggressive options like Kumano Faces Kakkazan and Rabbit Battery, while also allowing you to tap into the staying power of Showdown of the Skalds

Alternatively, Naya Aggro, or “Naya Humans,” is a beatdown deck centered around white creatures like Luminarch Aspirant, but tapping into green and red for additional weapons. One particularly strong top-end option is Halana and Alena, Partners

Boros had a 57.7 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic on the Best-of-Three ladder on Magic Arena. I also think Boros and Naya are among the very best choices for Best-of-One play.

9. Mardu

Hidetsugu Consumes All // Vessel of the All-ConsumingOni-Cult AnvilAngelfire Ignition

Mardu Midrange accesses all of the best weapons of the various Orzhov and Rakdos decks. There are several ways to build Mardu, ranging from sacrifice to versions built around Hidetsugu Consumes All, all the way to more classic versions focused on individual card quality. 

The Mardu deck with the highest win rate put up 55.3 percent from Silver to Mythic on the Magic Arena Best of Three ladder. 

8. Rakdos Sacrifice

The Meathook MassacreDeadly DisputeOni-Cult Anvil

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.

Rakdos Sacrifice had a 55.9 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. 

7. Selesnya

The Wandering EmperorYasharn, Implacable EarthEsika's Chariot

After having a huge couple of weeks, Selesnya has started to slow down a little when it comes to tournament results. Key cards include The Wandering Emperor and Yasharn, Implacable Earth. And of course, Luminarch Aspirant and Esika’s Chariot are so powerful in Standard that there’s really no wrong way to play with them. I’ve seen some players splash blue or black for additional weapons or sideboard options. 

Selesnya had a 59.4 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

6. Mono-White

Luminarch AspirantThalia, Guardian of ThrabenElite Spellbinder

At face value, White Weenie is a fast and punishing monocolor aggro deck. 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.

White Weenie shows an extremely impressive 60.8 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic in Best-of-Three, the highest of any deck on the rankings this week. It’s equally successful on the Best-of-One ladder. 

5. Jeskai Treasures

Goldspan DragonUnexpected WindfallLier, Disciple of the Drowned

Jeskai Treasures was the biggest winner for this installment, putting up great results across tournaments on both Magic Arena and Magic Online. It’s a combo-style deck that plays Goldspan Dragon, Unexpected Windfall and Lier, Disciple of the Drowned to churn through its library and generate massive value. 

Paradoxically, Jeskai Treasures has been crushing tournaments, but has a poor ladder win rate. This indicates that it’s a difficult entry point to the format, but can be extremely potent in the hands of an expert pilot. 

4. Naya Runes

Jukai NaturalistRuneforge ChampionShowdown of the Skalds

Climbing several places up to #4 is Naya Runes. The key cards of Naya Runes 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. 

Naya Runes remains a defining deck of both Standard and Alchemy. 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 are being pulled in several directions at once right now, there’s opportunity for Naya Runes to put up impressive numbers.

Naya Runes had a 59.6 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. It’s another good choice for Best-of-One play. 

3. Esper Planeswalkers

Kaito ShizukiThe Wandering EmperorSorin the Mirthless

There isn’t a world of difference between Orzhov and Esper Planeswalkers. But splashing blue for Kaito Shizuki and a couple of sideboard permission spells is a common and successful approach. I previously ranked Esper as the #1 deck, but since then, more classic versions of Orzhov have cemented themselves as the default choice for this midrange shell. 

Esper had a 54.8 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. 

2. Temur

Jaspera SentinelMagda, Brazen OutlawGoldspan Dragon

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. 

Temur had a 57.5 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

1. Orzhov

Vanishing VerseRite of OblivionLolth, Spider Queen

The Orzhov Midrange shell has been putting up the best numbers in the Magic Online Standard Challenges. Success on the Arena ladder and independent tournament series also matches this result. 

In a world of “fair” Magic, Orzhov might just be king. Vanishing Verse and Rite of Oblivion give it 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. 

Orzhov had a 59.7 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. 

 

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