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MTGA Historic Meta Decks – December 2020

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Some things never change! Sultai Control continues to win! (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast LLC)

Historic is the latest MTGA format to welcome the World of Kaladesh to its card pool and has added even more viable decks to the meta. However, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Today, we take a look at the best 3 decks on the Mythic Ladder, so shuffle-up, it's time to duel!

The MTG Arena's Mythic Ladder has reset. How will you climb to the top? We have 3 decks that you should expect to see and be ready to play against. Currently, Star City Games and Channel Fireball are hosting weekly qualifiers via the SCG Online Tour and the CBF Clash, so we are looking at the various results from those events to determine our top 3 decks.

In November, we had a look at the top Standard decks but things change fast in the world of MTG so we have some new decks to consider.

1. Azorius Aura

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Voltron, great 80s TV show and also a great deck strategy! (Wizards of the Coast LLC)

For the uninitiated, we have the Voltron archetype. What is Voltron, you ask? It's a reference to an old TV show, think an older version of The Power Rangers. But what is it all about?

The idea behind this deck is to load up a creature with a lot of powerful Aura cards and then protect it with cheap spells like Karametra's Blessing or Alseid of Life's Bounty.

Once you have assembled a creature with enough Auras, you swing with a huge beefer and end the game quickly. Cards like Kor Spiritdancer and Curious Obsession provide the fuel for your big creatures and keep you in the game.

Deck Weaknesses: Any board sweeper that exiles or hand disruption spells

Azorius Aura Deck Code:

(Just copy it and use the Import deck feature in MTGA)

2 Karametra's Blessing (THB) 26
3 Heliod's Punishment (THB) 21
3 Sentinel's Eyes (THB) 36
3 Cartouche of Knowledge (AKR) 51
4 Cartouche of Solidarity (AKR) 8
4 Curious Obsession (JMP) 148
4 All That Glitters (ELD) 2
2 Sram, Senior Edificer (KLR) 32
3 Selfless Savior (M21) 36
3 Hushbringer (ELD) 18
4 Alseid of Life's Bounty (THB) 1
4 Kor Spiritdancer (JMP) 116
2 Island (KLR) 290
4 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
11 Plains (KLR) 288

3 Baffling End (RIX) 1
3 Grafdigger's Cage (M20) 227
2 Disdainful Stroke (GRN) 37
2 Spell Pierce (XLN) 81
1 Lurrus of the Dream-Den (IKO) 226
1 Aether Gust (M20) 42
1 Rest in Peace (AKR) 33
1 Selfless Savior (M21) 36
1 Hushbringer (ELD) 18

2. Goblins

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Goblins! That's right, somehow a Goblin tribal deck is T1! (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast LLC)

So get this, in the Goblins deck in Historic MTG Arena, you cast Goblins the entire game until you win. BAM! A stunning revelation.


Yeah, Goblins!

But in all seriousness, this deck is fire. There are so many good Goblins to choose from. Many have been intentionally seeded into Historic like the all-time classic – Goblin Matron which was originally printed in 7th Edition! A reference for you old school players.

Even the oddly out-of-place mana ramp goblin, Skirk Prospector, is present. WoTC definitely wants this to be a real deck. The best way to play this deck is not to just play your entire hand but only play what is needed, holding back some resources for the inevitable board sweeper or spot removal spell. Knowing when to go for a fast win or a slow roll is the key to your success.

Deck Weaknesses: Board sweepers, spot removal, life gain, and defensive creatures.

Goblin Deck Code:

(Just copy it and use the Import deck feature in MTGA)

1 Goblin Chainwhirler (DAR) 129
1 Goblin Cratermaker (GRN) 103
1 Gempalm Incinerator (LGN) 94
3 Skirk Prospector (DAR) 144
3 Goblin Warchief (DAR) 130
4 Wily Goblin (XLN) 174
4 Muxus, Goblin Grandee (JMP) 24
4 Goblin Chieftain (JMP) 324
4 Conspicuous Snoop (M21) 139
4 Goblin Matron (MH1) 129
4 Krenko, Mob Boss (JMP) 339
3 Irencrag Feat (ELD) 127
1 Phyrexian Tower (JMP) 493
4 Castle Embereth (ELD) 239
19 Mountain (KLR) 298

1 Goblin Cratermaker (GRN) 103
1 Goblin Trashmaster (ANB) 72
2 Abrade (AKR) 136
2 Goblin Ringleader (M20) 143
3 Redcap Melee (ELD) 135
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance (KLR) 117
3 Herald's Horn (JMP) 469

3. Sultai Control

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It's basically an old Standard deck with Thoughtseize. (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast LLC)

Seth Manfiled's Worlds deck is still at the top of the meta! Thoughtseize and Nissa, Who Shakes the World are just good Magic cards and it will take a banning or another set's release to dethrone them.

Kaladesh Remastered was unable to shake up the format as WoTC was conservative with the card choices and didn't even chance a reprinting of Felidar Guardian or Smuggler Copter both cards so good they were banned during their run in Standard.

Again, the deck is the same – ramp into a Nissa by using Uro and Growth Spiral, control the game with removal and hand disruption until Nissa runs away with the game.

Deck Weaknesses: Control decks tuned to beat Sultai control, fast Goblin draws and hand disruption

Sultai Deck Code:

(Just copy it and use the Import deck feature in MTGA)

2 Yasharn, Implacable Earth (ZNR) 240
3 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
4 Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath (THB) 229
2 Aether Gust (M20) 42
2 Eliminate (M21) 97
4 Fatal Push (KLR) 84
4 Growth Spiral (RNA) 178
1 Extinction Event (IKO) 88
2 Languish (JMP) 246
4 Thoughtseize (AKR) 127
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
1 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
1 Swamp (KLR) 293
1 Drowned Catacomb (XLN) 253
1 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255
1 Plains (KLR) 288
1 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253
2 Forest (KLR) 300
2 Watery Grave (GRN) 259
2 Island (KLR) 290
4 Indatha Triome (IKO) 248
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
4 Zagoth Triome (IKO) 259
4 Fabled Passage (M21) 246

1 Yasharn, Implacable Earth (ZNR) 240
1 Languish (JMP) 246
1 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58
1 Mythos of Nethroi (IKO) 97
2 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61
2 Negate (ZNR) 71
2 Elder Gargaroth (M21) 179
2 Heartless Act (IKO) 91
3 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67

The current Historic meta in MTG Arena changes literally every day. Any deck that can rank you up is arguably the best deck to play. Always keep in mind that sideboard cards can and should change based on what decks you think you will play against on that day.

The purpose of the 15-card sideboard is to make a bad matchup better, a way to counter a card that is hard to beat. May your top decks be strong, and we’ll see you on the ladder!

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