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Tier list of decks!

Tier list of decks!

Standard, Explorer and Historic Tier list.

Hello Everybody, Gyba here.
Today I brought you a couple of Tierlists for Explorer, Historic and Standard formats.

Are you new to the format? Got tired of playing on your kitchen’s table and wanted to do some more powerfull stuff? Or maybe you decided that this month with be your mythic month and wonder what deck you should pick up? I got you covered.

My goal was to not only provide you some informations about the power levels of decks but also tried to mention different archetypes among the same strength so that regardless of your playstyle you might find a decent deck that serves you well.

Legend:

Tier S= the single or arguably single best deck of the format

Tier A= Great choice and one of the strongest piles in the format
Tier B= Good deck, maybe not the strongest one, sometimes a meta call or a good but unrefined strategy

Tier C= Fringe, Glass cannon or not simply not as strong of the options not recommended for maximizing the overall win rate

STANDARD

Let’s kick it off with the only paper format of those three and the one that I’ve been playing the most in my 10 years long mtg career, Standard.

Tier S+++

Jeskai Hinata. Anybody who has played standard in the last few weeks knows this deck, and probably faced it a lot, and that’s for a reason. The deck itself is a W-U-R colors control deck with a lot of interaction in the form of various counterspells and removal. While dealing with opponent’s threats it digs deeper into library with amazing card advantage engines Like Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Expressive Iteration eventually outpowering opponent with a two card combo: Hinata, Dawn-Crowned and very powerful spell Magma Opus, because of Hinata’s ability this incredible but extremely pricy spell can cost low as UR mana generating incredible tempo swings. That combined with 8 copies of 4 power flying creatures is often enoguh to end the game, Deck is the king of midrange-control strategies, can win with anything and is incredibly hard to prey up on which is why it is the best and the most popular pile of cards in the format.

Jeskai Hinata

Deck (60)
Voltage Surge
Otawara, Soaring City
Hinata, Dawn-Crowned
Magma Opus
Reckoner Bankbuster
Riverglide Pathway
Spikefield Hazard
Expressive Iteration
Negate
Make Disappear
Goldspan Dragon
Stormcarved Coast
Sundown Pass
Jwari Disruption
Needleverge Pathway
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Mountain
Hall of Storm Giants
Hengegate Pathway
Deserted Beach
Valorous Stance
Disdainful Stroke
Dragon’s Fire
Spell Pierce
Sideboard (15)
Dragon’s Fire
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Disdainful Stroke
Reckoner Bankbuster
Test of Talents
Spell Pierce
Seismic Wave
Valorous Stance

Tier A

Grixis Midrange

Deck (60)
Kaito Shizuki
Sorin the Mirthless
Bloodthirsty Adversary
Bloodtithe Harvester
Corpse Appraiser
Evelyn, the Covetous
Tenacious Underdog
Duress
Disdainful Stroke
Infernal Grasp
Spell Pierce
Voltage Surge
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
The Meathook Massacre
Blightstep Pathway
Clearwater Pathway
Haunted Ridge
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Mountain
Riverglide Pathway
Shipwreck Marsh
Stormcarved Coast
Swamp
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Xander’s Lounge
Sideboard (15)
Disdainful Stroke
The Meathook Massacre
Abrade
Annul
Go Blank
Mind Flayer
Negate
Ray of Enfeeblement
Soul Transfer

Jund Midrange

Deck (60)
Lolth, Spider Queen
Wrenn and Seven
Bloodtithe Harvester
Briarbridge Tracker
Tenacious Underdog
Valki, God of Lies
Duress
Infernal Grasp
Riveteers Charm
Unleash the Inferno
Voltage Surge
Esika’s Chariot
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
The Meathook Massacre
Blightstep Pathway
Boseiju, Who Endures
Cragcrown Pathway
Darkbore Pathway
Deathcap Glade
Den of the Bugbear
Haunted Ridge
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Mountain
Rockfall Vale
Swamp
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Ziatora’s Proving Ground
Sideboard (15)
Duress
Lolth, Spider Queen
Riveteers Charm
The Meathook Massacre
Unleash the Inferno
Wrenn and Seven
Check for Traps
Ray of Enfeeblement
Reckoner Bankbuster
Sarulf, Realm Eater
Unlicensed Hearse

Tier B

Boros Aggro

Deck (60)
Bloodthirsty Adversary
Brutal Cathar
Hopeful Initiate
Luminarch Aspirant
Sunrise Cavalier
Thundering Raiju
Roil Eruption
Play with Fire
Valorous Stance
Kumano Faces Kakkazan
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Den of the Bugbear
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Mountain
Needleverge Pathway
Plains
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Sundown Pass
Sideboard (15)
Valorous Stance
Angelfire Ignition
Elite Spellbinder
Kami’s Flare
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Esper Midrange

Deck (60)
Kaito Shizuki
The Wandering Emperor
Legion Angel
Luminarch Aspirant
Obscura Interceptor
Raffine, Scheming Seer
Tenacious Underdog
Emeria’s Call
Disdainful Stroke
Infernal Grasp
Make Disappear
Vanishing Verse
The Meathook Massacre
Wedding Announcement
Brightclimb Pathway
Clearwater Pathway
Deserted Beach
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Hengegate Pathway
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Plains
Raffine’s Tower
Shattered Sanctum
Shipwreck Marsh
Swamp
Sideboard (15)
Legion Angel
Disdainful Stroke
The Meathook Massacre
Archon of Emeria
Duress
Go Blank
Negate
Portable Hole
Ray of Enfeeblement
Shadows’ Verdict

Izzet Control

Deck (60)
Goldspan Dragon
Island
Expressive Iteration
Mountain
Hullbreaker Horror
Prismari Command
Jwari Disruption
Dragon’s Fire
Voltage Surge
Negate
Disdainful Stroke
Shatterskull Smashing
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Memory Deluge
Big Score
Make Disappear
Otawara, Soaring City
Hall of Storm Giants
Riverglide Pathway
Stormcarved Coast
Field of Ruin
Sideboard (15)
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Disdainful Stroke
Test of Talents
Smoldering Egg
Crush the Weak
Burn Down the House
Hullbreaker Horror
Heated Debate

Naya Enchantments

Deck (60)
Generous Visitor
Jukai Naturalist
Kami of Transience
Legion Angel
Runeforge Champion
Tamiyo’s Safekeeping
Circle of Confinement
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Rune of Might
Rune of Speed
Rune of Sustenance
Showdown of the Skalds
Boseiju, Who Endures
Branchloft Pathway
Cragcrown Pathway
Forest
Jetmir’s Garden
Lair of the Hydra
Needleverge Pathway
Overgrown Farmland
Plains
Sundown Pass
Sideboard (15)
Legion Angel
Tamiyo’s Safekeeping
Borrowed Time
Guardian of Faith
Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr
Ranger Class
Reidane, God of the Worthy
Strangle

Tier C

Selesnya Ramp

Deck (60)
Prosperous Innkeeper
Brutal Cathar
Plains
Topiary Stomper
Yasharn, Implacable Earth
Titan of Industry
Teleportation Circle
Branchloft Pathway
Overgrown Farmland
Boseiju, Who Endures
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Forest
Gala Greeters
Skyclave Apparition
Lair of the Hydra
Sanctuary Warden
Storm the Festival
Esika’s Chariot
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Emeria’s Call
Sideboard (15)
Dawnbringer Cleric
Portable Hole
Elite Spellbinder
Workshop Warchief

[d] (0)

White Angels (0)

[d] (0)

Deck (60)
17 Plains
Emeria’s Call
Legion Angel
Luminarch Aspirant
Crawling Barrens
Righteous Valkyrie
Youthful Valkyrie
Cave of the Frost Dragon
The Wandering Emperor
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Elspeth Resplendent
Giada, Font of Hope
Inspiring Overseer
Sanctuary Warden
Sigardian Savior

Sideboard (30)
Legion Angel
Inscription of Abundance
Master’s Rebuke
Outland Liberator
Snakeskin Veil
Starnheim Unleashed
Reckoner Bankbuster
Pithing Needle
Doomskar
Guardian of Faith
Wedding Announcement
Invoke Justice

Gruul Aggro

Deck (60)
Gala Greeters
Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei
Halana and Alena, Partners
Kodama of the West Tree
Ochre Jelly
Oran-Rief Ooze
Swarm Shambler
Thundering Raiju
Flame Discharge
Kami’s Flare
Kazuul’s Fury
Snakeskin Veil
Invigorating Hot Spring
Cragcrown Pathway
Crawling Barrens
Forest
Mountain
Rockfall Vale
Sideboard (15)
Snakeskin Veil
Burning Hands
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Outland Liberator
Reckoner Bankbuster
Tangletrap

Let’s get onto the second in terms of power level,
Arena only format:Explorer

EXPLORER

Tier A

Esper Greasefang

Deck (60)
Can’t Stay Away
Concealed Courtyard
Deserted Beach
Drowned Catacomb
Chart a Course
Fatal Push
Godless Shrine
Greasefang, Okiba Boss
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Ledger Shredder
Mech Hangar
Narset, Parter of Veils
Parhelion II
Plains
Raffine’s Tower
Raffine, Scheming Seer
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Stitcher’s Supplier
Swamp
Tainted Indulgence
Thoughtseize
Watery Grave
Sideboard (15)
Ashiok, Dream Render
Fracture
Grafdigger’s Cage
Hushbringer
Settle the Wreckage
Unlicensed Hearse

Rakdos Midrange

Deck (60)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Rekindling Phoenix
Bloodtithe Harvester
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Bonecrusher Giant
Graveyard Trespasser
Fatal Push
Thoughtseize
Mountain
Swamp
Castle Locthwain
Blightstep Pathway
Den of the Bugbear
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Haunted Ridge
Blood Crypt
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Temple of Malice
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Heartless Act
Duress
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Sorin the Mirthless
Kolaghan’s Command
Abrade
Sideboard (15)
Power Word Kill
Duress
Noxious Grasp
Strangle
Abrade
Unlicensed Hearse
Sorin the Mirthless
Angrath, the Flame-Chained
Angrath’s Rampage
Go Blank

Blue Spirits

Deck (60)
Spectral Sailor
Ascendant Spirit
Rattlechains
Supreme Phantom
Shacklegeist
Spectral Adversary
Brazen Borrower
Dreamshackle Geist
Spell Pierce
Lofty Denial
Geistlight Snare
Icon of Ancestry
Curious Obsession
18 Snow-Covered Island
Otawara, Soaring City
Faceless Haven
Sideboard (15)
Cemetery Illuminator
Aether Gust
Lofty Denial
Mystical Dispute
Weathered Runestone
Unlicensed Hearse
Witness Protection
Faceless Haven

Tier B

Gruul Transmogrify

Companion (1)
Kaheera, the Orphanguard

Deck (60)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast
Titan of Industry
Burn Down the House
Emergent Sequence
Transmogrify
Voltage Surge
Courier’s Briefcase
Esika’s Chariot
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Boseiju, Who Endures
Castle Garenbrig
Forest
Mountain
Rockfall Vale
Sheltered Thicket
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Stomping Ground
Sideboard (15)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Anger of the Gods
Fry
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
Shapers’ Sanctuary
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Unlicensed Hearse

Red Aggro

Deck (60)
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
11 Mountain
Lightning Strike
Soul-Scar Mage
Ramunap Ruins
Rampaging Ferocidon
Fanatical Firebrand
Light Up the Stage
Skewer the Critics
Bonecrusher Giant
Spikefield Hazard
Den of the Bugbear
Play with Fire
Chandra, Dressed to Kill
Kumano Faces Kakkazan
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Sideboard (7)
Lava Coil
Fry
Redcap Melee
Roiling Vortex

Azorius Control

Companion (1)
Yorion, Sky Nomad

Deck (80)
Narset, Parter of Veils
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
The Wandering Emperor
Farewell
Doomskar
Absorb
Dovin’s Veto
Fateful Absence
Jwari Disruption
March of Otherworldly Light
Memory Deluge
Portable Hole
Omen of the Sea
Shark Typhoon
Castle Ardenvale
Castle Vantress
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Field of Ruin
Glacial Fortress
Hall of Storm Giants
Hallowed Fountain
Hengegate Pathway
Irrigated Farmland
Island
Otawara, Soaring City
Plains
Spara’s Headquarters
Sideboard (15)
Dovin’s Veto
Farewell
Aether Gust
Brazen Borrower
Test of Talents
Dream Trawler
Mystical Dispute
Narset’s Reversal
Rest in Peace
Yorion, Sky Nomad

Selesnya Humans

Deck (60)
Collected Company
Dauntless Bodyguard
Thraben Inspector
Giant Killer
Luminarch Aspirant
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia’s Lieutenant
Brutal Cathar
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
Elite Spellbinder
Temple Garden
Branchloft Pathway
Overgrown Farmland
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Boseiju, Who Endures
Plains
Forest
Sideboard (15)
Cathar Commando
Rest in Peace
Shapers’ Sanctuary
Heroic Intervention
Skyclave Apparition
Valorous Stance

Tier C

Sultai Rigging

Deck (60)
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
Elder Gargaroth
Incubation Druid
Llanowar Elves
Reservoir Kraken
Shakedown Heavy
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Alrund’s Epiphany
Emergent Ultimatum
Kiora Bests the Sea God
Omniscience
Fight Rigging
The Great Henge
Boseiju, Who Endures
Dreamroot Cascade
Barkchannel Pathway
Breeding Pool
Darkbore Pathway
Overgrown Tomb
Watery Grave
Zagoth Triome

Selesnya Angels

Deck (61)
Plains
Skyclave Apparition
Speaker of the Heavens
Righteous Valkyrie
Resplendent Angel
Giada, Font of Hope
Bishop of Wings
Inspiring Overseer
Remorseful Cleric
Skyclave Cleric
Ajani, Strength of the Pride
Collected Company
Temple Garden
Emeria’s Call
Castle Ardenvale
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Boseiju, Who Endures
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Branchloft Pathway
Youthful Valkyrie
Sunpetal Grove

Boros Heroic

Companion (1)
Jegantha, the Wellspring

Deck (60)
Gods Willing
Invigorated Rampage
Illuminator Virtuoso
Tenth District Legionnaire
Plains
Needleverge Pathway
Dreadhorde Arcanist
Reckless Rage
Soul-Scar Mage
Sacred Foundry
Defiant Strike
Homestead Courage
Clever Lumimancer
Sejiri Shelter
Ancestral Anger
Inspiring Vantage
Den of the Bugbear
Sundown Pass
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Sideboard (1)
Jegantha, the Wellspring

Historic

Tier A

5C Humans

Deck (60)
Giant Killer
Thraben Inspector
Dauntless Bodyguard
Katilda, Dawnhart Prime
Skyclave Apparition
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
Ranger-Captain of Eos
Inquisitor Captain
Thalia’s Lieutenant
Esper Sentinel
Collected Company
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Boseiju, Who Endures
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Forsaken Crossroads
Overgrown Farmland
Temple Garden
Branchloft Pathway
Forest
Plains
Sideboard (15)
Elspeth Resplendent
Skyclave Apparition
Outland Liberator
Tormod’s Crypt
Portable Hole
Unlicensed Hearse
Kraul Harpooner
Brutal Cathar

Golgari Food

Companion (1)
Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Deck (60)
Cauldron Familiar
Gilded Goose
Ravenous Squirrel
Bone Shards
Deadly Dispute
Fatal Push
Witch’s Oven
Soul-Guide Lantern
The Meathook Massacre
Trail of Crumbs
Castle Locthwain
Khalni Garden
Blooming Marsh
Phyrexian Tower
Darkbore Pathway
Overgrown Tomb
Swamp
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Boseiju, Who Endures
Sideboard (15)
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Culling Ritual
Unlicensed Hearse
Graf Reaver
Thoughtseize
Maelstrom Pulse
Outland Liberator
Thought Distortion

Azorius Auras

Companion (1)
Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Deck (60)
All That Glitters
Arcane Flight
Cartouche of Solidarity
Slip Out the Back
Curious Obsession
Otawara, Soaring City
Esper Sentinel
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
Hengegate Pathway
Island
Kor Spiritdancer
Light-Paws, Emperor’s Voice
Plains
Selfless Savior
Sentinel’s Eyes
Spell Pierce
Sram, Senior Edificer
Staggering Insight
Aether Tunnel
Stormchaser Drake
Glaring Aegis
Solid Footing
Deserted Beach
Sideboard (15)
Dovin’s Veto
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Selfless Savior
Portable Hole
Heliod’s Punishment
Ledger Shredder
Hushbringer
Cerulean Drake
Spell Pierce

Tier B

Rakdos Arcanist

Deck (60)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Sorin the Mirthless
Seasoned Pyromancer
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Dreadhorde Arcanist
Bloodchief’s Thirst
Strangle
Thoughtseize
Inquisition of Kozilek
Hagra Mauling
Unholy Heat
Spikefield Hazard
Fatal Push
Unlicensed Hearse
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Den of the Bugbear
Haunted Ridge
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Swamp
Blood Crypt
Mountain
Blightstep Pathway
Citystalker Connoisseur
Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat
Sideboard (15)
Sorin the Mirthless
Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
Hidetsugu Consumes All
Grim Lavamancer
Go Blank
Feed the Swarm
Molten Impact
Kolaghan’s Command
Fry

Izzet Phoenix

Deck (60)
Arclight Phoenix
Blightstep Pathway
Clearwater Pathway
Consider
Crackling Drake
Dragon’s Rage Channeler
Expressive Iteration
Faithless Looting
Island
Opt
Ox of Agonas
Pillar of Flame
Riverglide Pathway
Seasoned Pyromancer
Spell Pierce
Spirebluff Canal
Ledger Shredder
Steam Vents
Stormcarved Coast
Unholy Heat
Watery Grave
Sideboard (15)
Brazen Borrower
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Hidetsugu Consumes All
Mystical Dispute
Narset, Parter of Veils
Negate
Soul-Guide Lantern
By Force

Selesnya Humans

Deck (60)
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Giant Killer
Esper Sentinel
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia’s Lieutenant
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Collected Company
Ranger-Captain of Eos
Inquisitor Captain
Branchloft Pathway
Temple Garden
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
Overgrown Farmland
Boseiju, Who Endures
Skyclave Apparition
Katilda, Dawnhart Prime
Dauntless Bodyguard
Forsaken Crossroads
Thraben Inspector
Forest
Plains
Sideboard (15)
Tormod’s Crypt
Kraul Harpooner
Portable Hole
Outland Liberator
Brutal Cathar
Unlicensed Hearse
Skyclave Apparition
Elspeth Resplendent

Rakdos Goblins

Deck (60)
Goblin Warchief
Shatterskull Smashing
Goblin Chieftain
20 Mountain
Krenko, Mob Boss
Goblin Matron
Conspicuous Snoop
Muxus, Goblin Grandee
Mind Stone
Wily Goblin
Herald’s Horn
Skirk Prospector
Den of the Bugbear
Sideboard (15)
Relic Robber
Legion Warboss
Abrade
Goblin Cratermaker
Goblin Ringleader
Goblin Trashmaster
Siege-Gang Commander
Herald’s Horn
Brash Taunter

Tier C

Simic Merfolk

Deck (60)
Shoreline Scout
Silvergill Adept
Master of the Pearl Trident
Merfolk Trickster
Merfolk Mistbinder
Merrow Reejerey
Svyelun of Sea and Sky
Collected Company
Barkchannel Pathway
Unclaimed Territory
Breeding Pool
Savage Swipe
Brazen Borrower
Kumena’s Speaker
Masked Vandal
Hinterland Harbor
Island
Otawara, Soaring City
Sideboard (15)
Masked Vandal
Relic of Progenitus
Aether Gust
Mystical Dispute
Spell Pierce
Pithing Needle
Kopala, Warden of Waves

Red Aggro

Deck (60)
Kumano Faces Kakkazan
14 Mountain
Burning-Tree Emissary
Lightning Strike
Bonecrusher Giant
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
Robber of the Rich
Fervent Champion
Goblin Chainwhirler
Ramunap Ruins
Den of the Bugbear
Rampaging Ferocidon
Castle Embereth
Unlicensed Hearse
Chandra, Dressed to Kill
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Sideboard (15)
Redcap Melee
Roiling Vortex
Fry
Abrade
Unlicensed Hearse
Reckless Stormseeker
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Izzet Dragon Storm

Deck (60)
Mizzix’s Mastery
Faithless Looting
Prismari Command
Emergent Ultimatum
Terror of the Peaks
Bladewing the Risen
Steam Vents
Island
Mountain
Sulfur Falls
Otherworldly Gaze
Riverglide Pathway
Pact of Negation
Omniscience
Solve the Equation
Shatterskull Smashing
Sea Gate Restoration
Dragonstorm
Spell Pierce
Swan Song
Stormcarved Coast
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Sideboard (15)
Test of Talents
Cinderclasm
Unsubstantiate
Depart the Realm
Anger of the Gods
Crush the Weak
Prismari Command

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