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MTGA Tier List: Competitive Historic Decks

Ashiok, Nightmare Muse, MTGA Historic
Ashiok has been on the move again (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

There’s been tons of buzz regarding Historic lately - a format that was met with some skepticism, but constantly gaining momentum and good faith with MTGA players, not to mention great card support. But we are not here to talk about the rules - let’s see what kind of decks people play and rank them up in a tier list!

A recent edition of Hooglandia Open Series, Historic event ran by Twitch streamer Jeff Hoogland for his viewers gave a pretty cool sample of decks that people actually compete with. We’ve got the numbers and running a quick analysis wields interesting results. Here are five decks that all have potential - some much more than others.

Historic: Liliana’s Steward
Liliana’s Steward (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Tier F: Mono-Black Control

Represented by 5 players in the tournament and scoring a terrible 28.5714% win rate, this deck does not seem to have what it takes to compete against aggressive decks featuring lots of red and green. Avoid this one!

Example decklist:

3x Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage
3x Liliana, Waker of the Dead
4x Liliana's Steward
4x Murderous Rider
4x Phyrexian Obliterator
2x Rankle, Master of Pranks
4x Tinybones, Trinket Thief
2x Languish
4x Thoughtseize
2x Eliminate
4x Waste Not

2x Bojuka Bog
4x Castle Locthwain
1x Ifnir Deadlands
17x Swamp

3x Ashiok, Dream Render
2x Eliminate
2x Gifted Aetherborn
2x Grafdigger's Cage
2x Grasp of Darkness
2x Languish
2x Legion's End

Historic: Cauldron Familiar
Cauldron Familiar (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Tier D: Jund Sacrifice

Represented by 7 players in the gauntlet and sporting a 51.8519% win rate, this build is just good enough to make the cut. You can certainly do worse than that, but it will take you lots of time to get far with it.

A Jund Sacrifice should look something along the lines of:

3x Bonecrusher Giant
4x Cauldron Familiar
4x Gilded Goose
4x Mayhem Devil
4x Priest of Forgotten Gods
2x Scavenging Ooze
4x Woe Strider
4x Collected Company
3x Bolas's Citadel
4x Witch's Oven

4x Blood Crypt
3x Dragonskull Summit
2x Fabled Passage
1x Forest
1x Mountain
4x Overgrown Tomb
1x Phyrexian Tower
4x Stomping Ground
2x Swamp
2x Woodland Cemetery

4x Abrade
1x Bolas's Citadel
4x Claim the Firstborn
1x Jegantha, the Wellspring
1x Scavenging Ooze
4x Thoughtseize

Historic: Ugin the Spirit Dragon
Ugin the Spirit Dragon (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Tier C: Sultai Lands

This archetype was the most represented in the tournament, including the player who ultimately won, but its mixed performance set the average win rate all the way back to 53.8462%.

Here’s how it’s done:

1x Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
2x Hydroid Krasis
1x Oracle of Mul Daya
3x Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
2x Cultivate
4x Explore
4x Hour of Promise
2x Languish
4x Thoughtseize
4x Growth Spiral
2x Heartless Act

1x Arch of Orazca
1x Blast Zone
1x Bojuka Bog
2x Breeding Pool
1x Castle Locthwain
1x Drowned Catacomb
2x Fabled Passage
1x Fetid Pools
4x Field of the Dead
2x Forest
1x Hinterland Harbor
1x Indatha Triome
2x Island
1x Jungle Hollow
1x Ketria Triome
2x Overgrown Tomb
2x Swamp
1x Thornwood Falls
2x Watery Grave
1x Woodland Cemetery
1x Zagoth Triome

3x Aether Gust
2x Casualties of War
3x Disfigure
1x Elder Gargaroth
1x Grafdigger's Cage
1x Heartless Act
1x Languish
1x Massacre Wurm
1x Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
1x Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Historic: Wrath of God
Wrath of God (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Tier B: Selesnya Ramp

Go Selesnya! This green-white build made won 62.5% of the games it played, making it a really solid choice. It makes heavy used of the Amonkhet Remastered cards, including Wrath of God.

Here’s an example:

3x Karn, Scion of Urza
3x Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
4x Elvish Rejuvenator
4x Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
4x Approach of the Second Sun
4x Explore
4x Hour of Promise
3x Wrath of God
2x Settle the Wreckage

1x Arch of Orazca
1x Blast Zone
1x Blossoming Sands
1x Cascading Cataracts
1x Fabled Passage
1x Field of Ruin
4x Field of the Dead
2x Forest
1x Hashep Oasis
1x Indatha Triome
1x Mobilized District
2x Plains
1x Radiant Fountain
1x Scattered Groves
1x Scavenger Grounds
1x Secluded Steppe
1x Selesnya Guildgate
1x Shefet Dunes
1x Sunpetal Grove
2x Temple Garden
1x Temple of Plenty
1x Tranquil Expanse
1x Tranquil Thicket

1x Baneslayer Angel
4x Gideon's Triumph
3x Grafdigger's Cage
1x Lyra Dawnbringer
1x Settle the Wreckage
2x Tithe Taker
3x Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Historic: Earthshaker Khenra
Earthshaker Khenra (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

Tier A: Rakdos Aggro

Scoring a smashing 67.6471% win rate, this deck is fun to play and a really nice approach if you want to up your Historic game. Here’s how to build one:

3x Ashiok, Dream Render
4x Bonecrusher Giant
4x Earthshaker Khenra
4x Knight of the Ebon Legion
4x Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
4x Mire Triton
3x Phoenix of Ash
4x Rotting Regisaur
4x Thoughtseize
3x Embercleave

4x Blood Crypt
2x Castle Locthwain
4x Dragonskull Summit
4x Mountain
3x Ramunap Ruins
6x Swamp

2x Abrade
2x Agonizing Remorse
1x Ashiok, Dream Render
2x Disfigure
3x Heartless Act
4x Rampaging Ferocidon
1x Virulent Plague

What do you think about these bad boys? Give them a go and go win some Historic games!

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