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27, Jul, 22

Best MTG Arena Decks: July 2022

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Well, the MTG Arena best decks meta has steadied after the release of Streets of New Capenna! Players have had time to adjust, and the meta looks quite different.

While aggro decks dominated the early days of the 2022 standard meta, it now appears that control and midrange are quickly fighting their way to the top. Not to worry, though! There are still viable aggressive options.

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Jeskai Hinata

Jeskai Hinata is, without question, the best deck in Streets of New Capenna Standard. There was even a period of time where it threatened to become a tier zero deck in the format. That hasn’t come to pass, and while there are decks that have good matchups against Hinata, the entire metagame revolves around it.

Jeskai Hinata wins the game by getting its namesake (Hinata, Dawn-Crowned) into play. Past that point, your aim is to cast a Magma Opus for two mana. Since Hinata reduces your spells for each target it has, Magma Opus becomes very cheap. This combo can swing the game so severely that it’s almost impossible to come back. The best way to beat this deck is to set up a clock and restrict their options. Many of the other decks on this list do just that.

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Grixis Vampires

Grixis Vampires is a midrange deck built to beat other midrange decks. Spoiler alert: almost all of New Capenna Standard consists of various midrange decks.

This deck’s shell revolves around two New Capenna cards: Evelyn, the Covetous, and Corpse Appraiser. Evelyn allows you to exile a card from the top of each player’s deck after a Vampire or Rogue you control enters the battlefield. You get to cast one of those cards each turn for as long as you control Evelyn. Since all of the other creatures in your deck follow this criteria, Evelyn is an engine and a threat that goes over the top of different decks with similar plans.

Because most of this deck’s threats also gain card advantage, Grixis Vampires is capable of setting a clock while keeping up card-advantage wise with other midrange decks. As a result, its matchup against Jeskai Hinata isn’t terrible, but there is a deck that has a better matchup.

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Orzhov Midrange

Currently, this is the deck that’s performing the best in Competitive Standard. This archetype was created (not this version, however) by world championship competitor Hisamichi Yoshigoe. The aim of this deck is to do exactly what Jeskai Hinata hates: create an oppressive clock and limit your opponent’s options.

This is achieved by using a variety of discard spells to reveal your opponent’s hand and limit their options. Past that point, fast tempo cards like Luminarch Aspirant are used to kill your opponent quickly. The new addition to this deck is Extraction Specialist. With it, you can revive small creatures that double as both an ability and a body once the Specialist dies. Acquisition Expert in particular is nasty when brought back for a second time.

Boros Aggro

If you want to play aggro, this is your only option. Boros Aggro excels at dealing a lot of damage fast with various haste creatures like Sunrise Cavalier. This, combined with burn effects and creatures that grow, creates a creature-oriented strategy that’s just trying to get your opponent to zero as fast as possible.

There isn’t much else to say about this one. Anything that isn’t a creature is burn. If you’re facing a midrange deck that can keep up with your aggro, you can slow things down in games two and three with Showdown of the Skalds and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. This deck has consistently placed in competitive top eights but is outclassed by the other options on this list.

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