Winota Back On Top – Standard Power Rankings – 8/16/21

Another week removed from the Challenger Gauntlet, and closer to rotation, things haven’t changed a tremendous amount from last week. There were no major events this week, so it was more of just things settling after last week. Here are this week’s Standard Power Rankings.



1. Naya Winota


Naya Winota is the deck to beat in Standard right now. The deck is very powerful, focusing on Winota, Joiner of Forces, and a single attack with a couple of other creatures can create so much advantage that the game becomes out of reach. Naya Winota has a 64.6 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic this week according to Untapped.gg, which is the second best win rate of all the decks.


2. Gruul Magda


Gruul Magda has and continues to be one of the most popular decks in Standard. Using the cheap two-drop Magda, Brazen Outlaw, the deck is capable of truly explosive draws. From there, the deck has the Adventure package starring Edgewall Innkeeper and a top-end typically featuring both Embercleave and Goldspan Dragon, two great finishers. Gruul had a 63.8 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.


3. Naya Adventures


Another Naya deck, this is Naya Adventures stands at number three in the Standard Power Rankings, making it the second best Naya and the second best Adventures deck. Naya is focused on cheap cards and using Showdown of the Skalds and Edgewall Innkeeper to generate huge advantages. The deck is very strong, fast and has a good plan against every deck. This has been my deck of choice recently, with a 65.2 percent win rate this week on Untapped.gg.


4. Temur Adventures


Temur has really been on the rise for the past couple weeks. I think this is largely in part because it matches up decently well against the other top decks. Brazen Borrower provides good tempo and naturally, Bonecrusher Giant is one of the best cards in the format against creature decks. Temur had a 63.9 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic on Untapped.gg


5. Sultai Ultimatum


Sultai is the best control deck in Standard right now. It has good answers, a few cheap counters, some sweepers and a great endgame, usually able to win with a single Emergent Ultimatum. The deck can have trouble keeping up against some good Edgewall Innkeeper draws, and also since one of the best removal spells in the deck is Binding the Old Gods, can have a little bit of trouble with Winota. Sultai had a 59.2 percent win rate this week from Platinum to Mythic according to Untapped.gg.

6. Rogues


Rogues has been typically thought to have a bad matchup against red decks for the most part. Due to the fact that the top four decks in Standard right now all include red, it’s not terribly surprising that Rogues hasn’t fared that well. The deck isn’t that popular, despite having a 61.3 percent win rate, according Untapped.gg. That being said, the deck still does have a strong game plan, with cheap threats, counters and card draw.

7. Izzet Dragons


Izzet Dragons has fallen out of favor in Standard recently. The deck hasn’t been heavily played and hasn’t been doing particularly well. Goldspan Dragon and Alrund’s Epiphany is still a good top-end, but the deck is prone to get overrun. Izzet Dragons had a 61.3 percent win rate this week according to untapped.gg.


8. Mono-Red


Mono-Red is a good deck, but suffers from being a bit worse of an aggro deck than Gruul, if you’re looking to go that direction. Embercleave and Torbran, Thane of Red Fell are a good top-end, good enough to carry a deck. Mono-Red is also a streamlined deck with great mana and the ability to play Faceless Haven, which are all positives for the deck. The deck had a 59 percent win rate this week according to Untapped.gg.


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