12, Oct, 21

MTG Arena's Historic Midweek Magic Event Looks to Shake Up the Meta

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In Magic Arena, Wizards of the Coast have put out Midweek Magic events. These events can be a host of different things, from Momir, to Pauper, to Artisan. This week’s event is a Historic Shake Up event, where the aim is to see what the metagame would look like with a bunch of the top cards in the format being banned. This week’s list is quite a long one, so here’s the list and what we’d suggest playing in the event.

The Ban List

The ban list that is below is in addition to the other ban and suspended cards, and target some of the top decks in the format.

  • Arclight Phoenix
  • Bonecrusher Giant
  • Burning-Tree Emissary
  • Cauldron Familiar
  • Collected Company
  • Kor Spiritdancer
  • Llanowar Elves
  • Memory Lapse
  • Mizzix’s Mastery
  • Muxus, Goblin Grandee
  • Serra’s Emissary
  • Soul Warden
  • Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
  • Thoughtseize
  • Tibalt’s Trickery
  • Vesperlark

As we can see, a lot of the best decks got hit here. From Gruul to Goblins, from Izzet Phoenix to Jeskai Control and more, we’re really seeing a true shake up in the meta. There are a few decks that didn’t get hit though, so here’s our 3 decks that we’d suggest for you to play in this event.

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What’s Looking Good

There’s a couple of decks that weren’t hit nearly as badly as other decks.

Mono White Humans

The First deck is Mono White Humans

This deck really only lost Collected Company, and even then it’s not a HUGE loss. This deck is a really aggressive and consistent option to just jam in some damage. This is a sleeper contender in the current metagame, but it should do very well in this event as well.

Izzet Delver

Next up, I’d recommend Izzet Delver.

Izzet Phoenix lost 2 pretty important cards, in Memory Lapse and Phoenix itself, but we can turn that into a Delver of Secrets strategy, and play almost a blitz style deck. With our host of removal and draw spells, we should be able to get in with our evasive creatures pretty easily.

Mono Red Madness

The last deck that I’d recommend is Mono Red Madness.

Championed by players like Jim Davis, Mono Red Madness has a great engine to get it’s creatures in play for very little cost, often times free. There’s a lot of great graveyard recursion here and an aggressive strategy to go along nicely with it.

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Hopefully this event will get people excited for a new Historic season. I expect that with this event being Historic, and the upcoming Mythic Invitational Qualifier events being Historic, we may see some more Historic Anthologies released soon. What deck are you looking to play in this event? Let us know in the comments!

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