This weekend features the Kaldheim Arena Qualifier and also the MPL/Rivals League play, so there will be plenty of Historic action at the highest level. All the League Pros will be streaming their matches on their respective channels with a 10-minute delay. You can also follow coverage of all the featured matches on www.twitch.tv/magic, starting on Saturday a.m. PT/6 p.m. CET.
Let’s take a look at the updated power rankings. Since the last Mythic Invitational, there were no big tournaments in Historic, nor were there any additional cards added to the format on Magic Arena, but hopefully Kaldheim is going to shake things up a little bit. I recently did an early look at Kaldheim in Historic so far and needless to say, I’m looking forward to it.
Most recent changes:
- Gruul is getting very popular and has a pretty high win rate.
- Pretty much everyone switched from Four Color Midrange to Sultai, meaning there is almost no Yasharn, Implacable Earth anywhere.
- Sultai decks are now focusing on trying to beat each other with cards like Tale’s End, Narset, Parter of Veils and Shark Typhoon, cutting down on spot removal spells. This is good news for aggro, although trying to beat Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath in two out of three games is still quite a challenge.
- I’ve been seeing very little graveyard hate lately, meaning that decks using cards like Dreadhorde Arcanist could be a solid choice now.
- A couple of new decks have been popping up recently, like the Izzet Creativity Combo or the UR(w) Lotus Gearhulk deck. These decks are fun to play but the reality is that they are still far from Tier 1.
3. Gruul Aggro
I’ve been playing against a lot of Gruul on the ladder lately and again, I blame LSV and his updated deck guide. Klothys, God of Destiny seems like a great card against the Sultai decks since it gets rid of Uro while providing a threat they can usually only answer with Aether Gust. This deck also greatly benefits from Sultai dropping some spot removal spells from their main deck lately.
Again, yet another deck which greatly benefits from all the Sultai decks focusing on mirror matches rather than playing a full set of Fatal Pushes. Turn one Thoughtseize into Dreadhorde Arcanist on turn two, followed by Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger can be almost unbeatable for many control and midrange decks. I have also not seen almost any Leyline of the Voids or Grafdigger’s Cages in everyone’s sideboards, which is another huge bonus for this deck.
10. Izzet Creativity
I thought this deck was a meme when I played against it on the Arena ladder, but it’s a real thing. I’m not going to tell you it’s Tier 1, but it’s something new that just wins out of nowhere so it’s worth keeping an eye on. If you want to see this deck in action, Gabriel Nassif has been championing this deck on his stream lately.
Good luck if you’re playing the qualifier this week and I’ll see you in two weeks!