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Bizarre MTG Arena Event is Dominated by Mono-Colored Decks!

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Most people playing MTG Arena tend to engage in either Draft or Standard play. Both of these popular paper formats have been completely fleshed out on MTG’s most accessible client, especially since its introduction to the Steam platform. That said, there are a lot of online-only formats that take advantage of the design space presented in the opportunity that is MTG Arena. Perhaps the most popular of these formats is Historic Brawl.

While these are all interesting formats to consider, there’s actually a Singleton format currently being offered as the midweek MTG event on MTG Arena. This iteration of Singleton is unique, asking for a 60-card Alchemy legal decklist that only has one copy of each card besides nonbasic lands! Obviously, this is an incredibly unique format that may not see a ton of play outside of events like these so players may not want to spend a ton of time brewing up new ideas to cash in on their free loot. Here are some of the best MTG Arena singleton decks to help you win the event with ease!

Mono-Red

Copy the below list and import it on MTG Arena:

Deck
1 Rabbit Battery (NEO) 157
1 Monastery Swiftspear (BRO) 144
1 Phoenix Chick (DMU) 140
1 Cacophony Scamp (ONE) 124
1 Vindictive Flamestoker (ONE) 154
1 Voldaren Epicure (VOW) 182
1 Falkenrath Pit Fighter (MID) 137
1 Scrapwork Mutt (BRO) 164
1 Lizard Blades (NEO) 153
1 Big Spender (Y22) 10
1 Battle Cry Goblin (AFR) 132
1 Goblin Morale Sergeant (Y23) 14
1 Arms Scavenger (Y22) 35
1 Chandra, Dressed to Kill (VOW) 149
1 Pass the Torch (Y22) 11
1 Khenra Spellspear (MOM) 151
1 Bloodthirsty Adversary (MID) 129
1 Feldon, Ronom Excavator (BRO) 135
1 Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat (Y22) 42
1 Karlach, Raging Tiefling (HBG) 14
1 Reckless Stormseeker (MID) 157
1 Ambergris, Citadel Agent (HBG) 12
1 Squee, Dubious Monarch (DMU) 146
1 Kessig Wolfrider (VOW) 165
1 Thundering Raiju (NEO) 166
1 Shock (M19) 156
1 Play with Fire (MID) 154
1 Flame-Blessed Bolt (VOW) 158
1 Abrade (AKR) 136
1 Lightning Strike (XLN) 149
1 Electrostatic Blast (Y22) 39
1 Volcanic Spite (MOM) 170
1 Brittle Blast (Y22) 37
1 Strangle (SNC) 125
1 Molten Impact (Y22) 22
1 Mephit’s Enthusiasm (HBG) 60
1 Experimental Synthesizer (NEO) 138
1 Kumano Faces Kakkazan (NEO) 152
1 Fable of the Mirror-Breaker (NEO) 141
20 Mountain (UND) 94
1 Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance (NEO) 276

The list provided above is one that I used to get the maximum number of wins in the Singleton event. It only took me about 20 mins to do this, so if you want to get your rewards done quickly, this is a great way. This is an excellent option if you want to pilot an aggressive gameplan that is pretty consistent.

A lot of MTG Arena players should have many of the red staples included in this list, like Fable of the Mirror-Breaker, Reckless Stormseeker and, Squee, Dubious Monarch, but cards that threaten to create large amounts of value seem to overperform in these aggressive decks, especially if you’re expecting a lot of mirrors. I won multiple games by trading resources with an aggressive opponent and resolving one value-generator such as Arms Dealer, which created five pieces of equipment and won the game on its own.

Obviously, not everyone plays Alchemy, so some of the rare cards in this list may not be worth spending a Wildcard on if you’re otherwise not engaging with the format. For that reason, we have also provided a list with some budget options that swap out the more expensive cards in the previous list. Your list should consist of whatever aggressive Rare cards you have on the client, with the first list used as a potential upgrade reference.

A budget list that does not include any Rare or Mythic Rare cards. Do note that this is going to be weaker than the other lists:

Deck
1 Rabbit Battery (NEO) 157
1 Monastery Swiftspear (BRO) 144
1 Phoenix Chick (DMU) 140
1 Cacophony Scamp (ONE) 124
1 A-Akki Ronin (NEO) 131
1 Voldaren Epicure (VOW) 182
1 Scrapwork Mutt (BRO) 164
1 Reinforced Ronin (NEO) 158
1 Hexgold Halberd (ONE) 136
1 Battle Cry Goblin (AFR) 132
1 Goblin Morale Sergeant (Y23) 14
1 Voltaic Visionary (VOW) 183
1 Kobold Warcaller (HBG) 59
1 Khenra Spellspear (MOM) 151
1 Flame Channeler (MID) 141
1 Goblin Trapfinder (HBG) 56
1 Big Spender (Y22) 10
1 Daybreak Combatants (VOW) 153
1 Ambergris, Citadel Agent (HBG) 12
1 Moonrager’s Slash (MID) 148
1 Shock (M19) 156
1 Play with Fire (MID) 154
1 Flame-Blessed Bolt (VOW) 158
1 Abrade (AKR) 136
1 Lightning Strike (XLN) 149
1 Electrostatic Infantry (DMU) 122
1 Volcanic Spite (MOM) 170
1 Brittle Blast (Y22) 37
1 Strangle (SNC) 125
1 Melt Through (Y23) 10
1 Mephit’s Enthusiasm (HBG) 60
1 Experimental Synthesizer (NEO) 138
1 Kumano Faces Kakkazan (NEO) 152
1 Call In a Professional (SNC) 103
21 Mountain (UND) 94
1 Exuberant Fuseling (ONE) 129
1 Furnace Reins (MOM) 141
1 Traumatic Prank (Y22) 12
1 Stoke the Flames (MOM) 166
1 Twinshot Sniper (NEO) 168

Whatever deck you decide to bring to this singleton event, Mono-Red is one of the best MTG Arena singleton decks, so you will need to be ready for it.

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Mono-Black

Copy the decklist below and import it onto MTG Arena:

Deck
1 Concealing Curtains (VOW) 101
18 Swamp (UND) 92
1 Cut Down (DMU) 89
1 Evolved Sleeper (DMU) 93
1 Cast Down (DAR) 81
1 A-Hobbling Zombie (MID) 106
1 Go for the Throat (BRO) 102
1 Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia (MID) 108
1 Infernal Grasp (MID) 107
1 Misery’s Shadow (BRO) 107
1 Reezug, the Bonecobbler (Y23) 10
1 Sap Vitality (Y22) 33
1 Painful Bond (Y22) 12
1 Shadowheart, Sharran Cleric (HBG) 10
1 Sheoldred’s Edict (ONE) 108
1 Swarm Saboteur (Y22) 13
1 Tenacious Underdog (SNC) 97
1 Transmogrant’s Crown (BRO) 125
1 Undercity Plunder (Y22) 15
1 Viconia, Nightsinger’s Disciple (HBG) 11
1 Field of Ruin (MID) 262
1 Sheoldred (MOM) 125
1 Graveyard Trespasser (MID) 104
1 Mirrex (ONE) 254
1 Liliana of the Veil (DMU) 97
1 Kami of Mourning (Y22) 14
1 Roadside Reliquary (NEO) 272
1 Predatory Sludge (Y22) 30
1 Mishra’s Foundry (BRO) 265
1 Soul Servitude (Y22) 16
1 Sheoldred, the Apocalypse (DMU) 107
1 Sorin the Mirthless (VOW) 131
1 Puppet Raiser (Y22) 31
1 Invoke Despair (NEO) 101
1 Blast Zone (WAR) 244
1 Vraska, Betrayal’s Sting (ONE) 115
1 Phyrexian Fleshgorger (BRO) 121
1 A-The Meathook Massacre (MID) 112
1 Gate of the Black Dragon (HBG) 77
1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire (NEO) 278
1 Black Sun’s Twilight (ONE) 84
1 Malicious Malfunction (NEO) 110
1 Path of Peril (VOW) 124

This and Mono-Red were, by far, the most popular archetypes I found when completing the midweek magic event. Mono-Black Midrange has been incredibly powerful on MTG Arena as of late, and for good reason. Of course, Rakdos shells have definitely stolen the spotlight in recent days, but it wasn’t too long ago that players were complaining that Mono-Black just seemed too good.

Cheap removal and cards with a ton of individual power fill out this decklist. Some of the stranger choices are due to the prevalence of Mono-Red in the format. This makes the deck take a faster stance since getting run over by creatures is a real concern. Because of that, awkward board wipes like Path of Peril can be found. If you’re not expecting as much Red, you can consider more long-term value cards like Phyrexian Arena.

Honestly, Mono-Red is probably the more powerful option here, but, if you really want to play something different, here is an opportunity to do so. For players with larger collections, I would instead recommend the final option provided here:

Rakdos

Copy the decklist below and import it onto MTG Arena:

Deck
1 Blackcleave Cliffs (ONE) 248
1 Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance (NEO) 276
1 Haunted Ridge (MID) 263
1 Geothermal Bog (DMU) 247
1 Bloodfell Caves (NEO) 264
1 Sulfurous Springs (DMU) 256
1 Tramway Station (SNC) 258
1 Xander’s Lounge (SNC) 260
1 Ziatora’s Proving Ground (SNC) 261
1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire (NEO) 278
1 Gate of the Black Dragon (HBG) 77
1 Gate to Tumbledown (HBG) 81
1 Invasion of Azgol (MOM) 232
8 Swamp (UND) 92
6 Mountain (UND) 94
1 Bloodtithe Harvester (VOW) 232
1 Florian, Voldaren Scion (MID) 223
1 Crucias, Titan of the Waves (Y23) 18
1 Ob Nixilis, the Adversary (SNC) 206
1 Hidetsugu Consumes All (NEO) 221
1 Anje, Maid of Dishonor (VOW) 231
1 Prosper, Tome-Bound (HBG) 247
1 Great Desert Hellion (Y23) 19
1 Cut Down (DMU) 89
1 Concealing Curtains (VOW) 101
1 Cast Down (DAR) 81
1 Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia (MID) 108
1 Infernal Grasp (MID) 107
1 Misery’s Shadow (BRO) 107
1 Lonely End (Y23) 6
1 Painful Bond (Y22) 12
1 Parasitic Grasp (VOW) 123
1 Shadowheart, Sharran Cleric (HBG) 10
1 Liliana of the Veil (DMU) 97
1 Predatory Sludge (Y22) 30
1 Puppet Raiser (Y22) 31
1 Graveyard Trespasser (MID) 104
1 Kumano Faces Kakkazan (NEO) 152
1 Strangle (SNC) 125
1 Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat (Y22) 42
1 Fable of the Mirror-Breaker (NEO) 141
1 Brotherhood’s End (BRO) 128
1 Atsushi, the Blazing Sky (NEO) 134
1 Sheoldred’s Edict (ONE) 108
1 Sheoldred, the Apocalypse (DMU) 107
1 Sheoldred (MOM) 125
1 Invoke Despair (NEO) 101
1 Sorin the Mirthless (VOW) 131

Offered here is perhaps one of the most powerful decks you can possibly bring to the singleton event. Multicolored decks are pretty tough because you’re only allowed one of each nonbasic land, making fixing a very difficult process. Should you have the collection that supports this, however, you get to play a lot of the best cards available in the format. Fable of the Mirror-Breaker, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse, and some of the other Standard goodies are here. Still, the amount of value that some of these Alchemy choices provide, while also giving you a tempo advantage, is absolutely ludicrous. This deck can both keep up with the Mono-Red menace, and outvalue ramp decks that consist of board wipes and threats. Crucias, Titan of Waves and Predatory Sludge are definitely standouts here, capable of providing enough value to win the game on their own.

Even though this deck has a lot more power than the other options, you will still notice a few techs towards the Mono Red position. Hidetsugu Consumes All and Parasitic Grasp are inclusions with this deck in mind.

Unfortunately, many of the most powerful cards in this deck are Alchemy ones. The Rakdos payoffs of Crucias and Prosper, Tome Bound make a major qualitative difference to the deck. All of the threats in this deck, however, are devastating in their own right. As long as you have most of the highlights, this Rakdos deck should do a great job cleaning up the competition and is, for that reason, the best MTG Arena singleton deck we can offer.

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Mono-Color Decks Seem like the Most Popular Choices

The biggest squeeze with the singleton event using the Alchemy card pool is definitely your mana. It’s really difficult to build consistent mana bases for anything past a two-colored list. Even the list we provided requires you to have every single Rakdos land in the card pool. As a result, expect most of your matchups to be mono-colored ones. Hopefully, this can help you win some games in MTG Arena’s Singleton format!

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