Top Mythic Standard and Historic Decks – Season July 2020


The release of the Jumpstart set was without a doubt the biggest event in the world of magic in the last week. The expansion added nearly 500 cards to the historic format, and the community worked hard last week to come up with new deck ideas and adapt old favorites to the new environment. Standard can’t boast about how the format evolved, as both tournament and ladder meta appear to be resolved for now and Temur Reclamation is firmly on the reins. The eagerly anticipated Players Tour Final is this weekend though – let’s hope it messes things up!

We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of the Top Mythic Decks Review! You can also check out the previous week’s Mythic deck lineup:

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MTG Arena Standard Mythic Decks of the Week

The two major standard tournaments that took place over the weekend only cemented the status quo of the Temur reclamation. Players let go of the illusions that the format may be “broken” at this point, and all deck options revolve around fine-tuning for that final reclamation match-up. Interestingly, in both the SCG Tour Online Season Championship and Red Bull Untapped Qualifier 3, the metas showed signs of further slowing down, and the aggro decks generally weren’t performing as well. The results of Mono Green and Mono Black fell the hardest, while the mono red and mono white archetypes produced some impressive results on occasion. Check out the results and decks of these events below:

As always, let’s spotlight some interesting lists and cards from this week’s Mythic lists! The full list of decks can be found below at the end of each section, sorted by their highest ranking.

Mono White Aggro by petomartinez – # 50 Mythic

The resurgence of the White Weenie archetype is probably the biggest metatrend in recent weeks, as Petomartinez re-demonstrated, reaching Mythic with his version of the Mono White Aggro # 50. As always, the archetype is carried by the power of the revered Loxodon, which is often a 1 or even 0 mana game where every other creature is given + 1 / + 1 counters. Glorious Anthem is another powerful tool to take advantage of the board’s early presence. The addition of Seasoned Hallowblade and Selfless Savior to the usual Unbreakable Formation staples gives the deck incredible resistance to sweepers. Overall, Mono White is starting to remind us of Guilds of Ravnica Standard when the archetype was at the height of its power lately.

Jund Midrange by JdoubleR2 – # 91 Mythic

This is a fun off-the-Beaten-Path midrange build for those of you who want to surprise your opponents on the ladder. This list was listed in the Top 100 Mythic by Jdouble and is designed to unleash the power of green, black, and red planeswalkers, aided by efficient removal spells. Like any midrange deck, it can be unlocked after the sideboard, either stomping with Questing Beast and Shifting Ceratops or playing a card advantage / disruption game with Thought Disruption and Necromentia.

Azorius Control by Ths_Loser22 – # 473 Mythic

UW Control is an archetype that wasn’t all that prominent in the post-core 2021 meta, but the powerful lists are now popping up both on the ladder and in tournaments. Ths_Loser tweaked his list to pilot in High Mythic to even have matchups against everything down the line. The jury is still undecided if there is a general benefit in playing Yorion in your control decks instead of Growth Spiral / Uro, Titan of Nature’s anger ramp package. However, if it is Azorius where your allegiances are, this list is definitely going to make you a success.

MTG Arena Historic Mythic Decks of the Week

Historic is currently undergoing a major change. The format recently saw the Nexus of Fate ban and the suspension of Burning-Tree Emissary (see announcement here). With Jumpstart and Amonkhet Remastered on the horizon, the historic meta is wide open for gamers to dive deep into and break it. Fortunately, the incentives are there as the Wizards of the Coast format is beginning to receive adequate tournament support. You can see all of the information in our guide here, but to summarize the schedule of upcoming events:

Historical Mono Red Goblins by NessaMeowMeow – # 89 Mythic

Jumpstart introduced a ton of new powerful cards to the Goblin tribe, so naturally many players ventured into building the worst mono Red Goblin deck possible. NessaMeowMeow’s list is heavily based on Muxus, Goblin Grandee, who feels absolutely broken as both a value game and a finisher. The ability to instantly bring multiple goblins into play, many of whom have incredible skills on the battlefield of their own (ex. Goblin Matron) results in insane value spending for an essentially fast-paced all-in deck.

Historic Naya Tinker Tokens from Metallix87 – Mythic # 153

This is a very fun deck for those of you who are missing Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast – the card that disappeared from the standard game with the Agent of Treachery ban. Fortunately, Jumpstart introduced another powerful payout for this type of strategy of turning tokens into bombs: check out an all-time favorite of all Timmies of Magic, the Craterhoof Behemoth. In addition to Lukka, Metallix87’s deck also includes a full Transmogrify playset, which has essentially the same effect as Lukka’s “-2” ability.

Historical Golgari Elves by vCardarelli – # 305 Mythic

With Jumpstart, elves have received two key pieces to make their tribal deck in historical work. The reprint of Elvish Archdruid and the brand new addition of Allosaurus Shepherd resulted in some explosive launches and creepy boards. Thanks to the absurd amount of mana the Elvish Arch Druid can generate, you will usually have no problem activating the Allosaurus Shepherd’s ability to turn all your elves into 5/5 thugs and finish the game. The only thing this deck lacks is the lack of card advantage, but The Great Henge helps with that, at least in part.

This column is our weekly round-up of the standard and historic decks players are using to climb the leaderboard in the MTG Arena! Our goal is to curate and publish a variety of deck archetypes and interesting card options at the end of each week so you can stay up to date with the latest trends in the metagame. If you have any decks you’d like to introduce, please use the deck registration form, tweet us at @mtgazone, or give us a call at our Discord.

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