MTGA | Friday Night Meta | June 2021 Week 4 | Aggro Gate Keeper

Hey Planeswalkers! 

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night Meta update! The goal is to equip you faster with information in a fast evolving game, and to get you the right information to help you make the decisions you need to make! This is intended to be a comprehensive view with a lens from Magic the Gathering Arena with impacts from the MTG gaming scene.

It’s nice to have some movement each and every week as we approach our June Season Close! Definitely some things to keep in mind this week for those tackling the Top 1200 Mythic Qualifier.

I also rearranged the format a bit to get you the general information sooner in the article, and moved some of the other updates towards the end given some feedback I have received.  Let me know your thoughts!

I slice and dice weekly data using untapped.ggs companion app for BO1 & BO3 standard, cover a key deck for the week, and we talk about some key meta impacts!

You can check out the weekly coverage here:

Additionally feel free to come hang out in the Discord Server.

Last Week’s Episode

Last Week’s Piece


BO1: Winona domination in terms of both played and winrate.  Sultai Ultimatum had the most growth in terms of deck played for the week.

BO3: Jeskai Mutate fell out of the Top 8 at large, however when we drill into the details a bit more that certainly isn’t the case at mythic.  Izzett is coming back down will Sultai Ult is making moves back up.  Naya Adventures runs a healthy 60% winrate!

Top Deck: Jeskai Mutate


Mono White Lifegain has taken back its crown as the #1 win rate deck at the moment, suppressing Mono Red Aggro & Boros Winonta.  The top archetype depending on your take remains with those aggro decks however, while mono white remains in the Top 5.

Collectively in the BO1 space as the top decks have consolidated most likely due to players favoring other deck types, the win rates have also gone up.  The biggest has been in Mono White Aggro.


This week Sultai Ultimatum continues to distance itself from the pack while Izzet Dragons continues its fall.  Sultai has gained roughly 5% of the played share while Dragons shed equally as much!

The big winner here in my book has been Mono White Aggro.  Across the board and into Mythic it is maintaining one of the best win rates right now  above 61%, and as high as 63% in Mythic.  Naya Adventures has taken a hit in terms of the meta win rate, and fallen off quite a bit.

Aggro Gate Keeping – Mono Black Auras

Mono Black Auras has actually been a fairly consistent deck since Kaldheim, when I first covered it hitting #1.  It had continued to pull through, and certainly still a top 8 deck excelling in BO1.

Deck List

Deck Video

You definitely can change this list up the way you like, and it certainly continues to evolve.  

Event Impacts

There’s nothing like a host of Pro Players getting together in the ChannelFireball Pro Monthly Showdown!  This month’s event saw Naya Adventures taking things down by Sean Hunter while the Top 8 certainly was a diverse group save for two Sultai Ultimatums.

What’s Next

Looking forward to what new events lie in wait ahead this weekend!

Feel free to join us in ongoing real-time discussion or to hang out on the  discord server

Tier Lists

Strixhaven May Tier Lists :

Standard BO1 & BO3: Video & Piece

Mystical Archives May Tier Lists:

Historic BO1 & BO3: Video & Piece

Week Highlights

Our Discord community is starting to pull together fun free tournaments, so stay tuned!  We also have a very active streaming group if you are looking for some community live Q&A.

A few standard decks I checked out this week were: Sultai Snow, Simic Jadzi, Orzhov Lifegain, Mono Black Auras, & Rakdos Sacrifice

Some Historic Deck for you: 5C Reanimator, Gruul Aggro, Dimir Lurrus Rogues, & Simic Stompy

This week in the Livestream we had fun running Historic Mono Green Elves.   I am also streaming on Youtube as well!

Make sure to stay tuned! I will be releasing the June Tier List soon!


I leverage multiple sources like untapped.ggs companion app stats, MTGAzone, Aetherhub, twitter, personal gameplay, tournament matches (mtg melee,, this reddit as well as others, MTGData,  personal stats, and consistently hitting Mythic and  Mythic Qualifiers.

One last thought I would like to share: 

If you have a competitive deck (different than one featured) I am always happy to do a piece on it time permitting. I have several folks that ask, and have done several player featured decks. I rather enjoy this so please don’t hesitate to reach out or ask. I always try to prioritize with the following and timing or relevance – MTGA Rank (1500s)/Top Tournaments, Mythic Unique decks down to Plat2Mythic Decks.  Feel free to hop in the discord server and share your successes or PM/DM me!  Lastly, a great fun way for us to interact is on Twitch where I currently stream x2 a week, and plan to do more in the future.

One other piece, I have recently started doing collaboration videos.  If you are interested please let me know, and I would love to partner!

I wholeheartedly welcome any feedback on how to meet your needs as well as improving your experience!  Additionally, for the near term my focus will be on Standard, and I hope to organically add in Historic in the future.

Thank you for your time, and hope you enjoyed this week’s piece!