Hey everyone! The Standard Power Rankings are back for Strixhaven and they’re more powerful than ever. “You won’t believe #9!” “Magic Pro shares his top 10 list of current Standard decks!” “See results from the ladder in just two days!”
Okay, that’s all the clickbait I have. Anyhow, we’re back with the Strixhaven Standard Power Rankings. The top of the Rankings don’t have a ton of shakeup. In part, I think the Mystical Archives are so cool that a lot of people have been focusing on Historic. We had our first Standard tournament over the weekend in the CFB Pro Showdown, and I’m sure the format will continue to develop as we have more.
1. Sultai Ultimatum
Sultai has gotten a lot of new tools from Strixhaven with Professor Onyx, Solve the Equation, Quandrix Cultivator and perhaps some Test of Talents for the sideboard. The truth is, Sultai has always been really strong and the Strixhaven cards help but don’t necessarily define the deck. It was one of the stronger decks before, and it continues to do really well in Standard, putting four copies into the Top 8 of the CFB Pro Showdown, including the eventual winner Mark Ramos. Congrats to Mark!
Rogues hasn’t been that popular as of late, but I think that’s in large part because the deck didn’t get a ton of new tools. There’s no way the deck isn’t still one of the best decks and as we get deeper in, like last season, I’d expect more Rogues decks and more success from Rogues decks.
Temur Adventures is another deck that people seem to be taking a bit of a break from as the new format gets explored. That being said, it’s still surely one of the best decks. There weren’t any in Top 8 of the Showdown, but there were three in the Top 16, so a reasonable showing for sure. Edgewall Innkeeper is surely still one of the best cards in Standard.
Believe in the ‘cleave! Mono-Red is still good. The cards are super strong and it got the addition of the all-so-powerful Hall Monitor. Sort of joking, but the deck can still curve cheap creatures into Embercleave, which should be more than enough to fend off some of these slow midrange decks.
These decks are still being developed and largely seem to be relying on the strength of Awaken the Blood Avatar, learn cards, tokens, Bastion of Remembrance and sacrifice outlets. Florian Klein almost took down the CFB Pro Showdown with a version of the deck, losing a close one to Mark Ramos in the finals.
6. Temur Lukka
This deck is a different version of Temur Adventures basically. It uses Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast to put Koma, Cosmos Serpent into play, which can be better in some situations. If decks that can’t deal with Koma get more popular, it’s likely that this could move up a bit.
This is my favorite deck right now. It hasn’t really caught on in popularity though, which means I might be operating from a biased position. I’ve really liked it and managed to win the end boss match in the Showdown, though Mark had unfortunate draw.
8. Gruul Magda
Raph Levy got the number one spot on the ladder with this deck, though I’m not sure if he’s still there. I was able to queue into him the other night while I was working on my failed UG Fractal deck and lost pretty handily. I thought his deck was pretty impressive and I’ve been playing it with quite a bit.
I saw this deck on Twitter from @JS2mtg. They often post very strong decks and decent commentary. I was told by someone whose opinion I trust (and also LSV) that the deck’s pretty strong, though I haven’t had the chance to play it yet.