Howdy planeswalkers, and welcome to Crimson Vow!
Today is an exciting day on a few fronts! First and foremost we obviously are getting access to the new Crimson Vow set, pending no hiccups, and I have pulled together a November Tier List as a primer for you.
I am excited to be back as it has been some time, and I appreciate each and everyone of your nice supporting comments. It has been crazy in my household, and I think we may be finally getting into a new routine. However, as any father/mother may know it’s usually short lived! I plan to take advantage of it while I can, and hopefully you are a benefactor of that as well.
You can find this month’s Tier List here:
As always the article is below, along with observations, trends, and the list! Enjoy! As always appreciate your comments below, and feel free to hop on the Discord server as well!
Latest Friday Night Meta – Weekly Series
November Week 1 (Youtube)
Best 15 Single Standard Cards (Youtube)
Top 10 Draft Chaft (Youtube)
I pull these lists together to help give us an alternative competitive angle, as well as trends, with a nice little timestamp as I believe being competitive there is a long term knowledge angle we need to take as well 🙂
Additionally, I like to provide a competitive MTGA Landscape, those who like a visual or just to discuss! You can find the observations along with the tier list below. Please share your thoughts as always, and feel free to comment on the new format or decks I should consider that I missed.
TLDR: The Standard 2022 carry over was real. Lots of Izzet, and some newcomers to the meta. Looking forward to the Crimson Vow Flavor.
What it is, current meta observations, and deck overviews! Additionally I love sharing the observations and recent changes we have faced in an ever evolving fast paced format.
Items of Interest & Considerations:
- 2022 Linkage – Out of the gates the decks coming out of Standard 2022 continued to perform well and in alignment with what we saw during the format. Interestingly, that meta for the most part remained intact minus a few decks which we talk about later. Mono Green really truly got its day, and I am sure both Rumit & Rint were rather happy about that.
- New to the Meta – Werewolves, Humans, & Teferi O my! There were a few new decks Gruul Werewolves, Azorius control, and some fringe Selesnya Humans. We would see some minor impacts on these decks in the Meta on a week by week basis, and even more depending on which tier. This can clearly be seen in the Friday Night Meta Analysis pieces. Gruul Werewolves is probably the more stabilized Mid-Range deck of the format, and potentially primed well here for Crimson Vow. Azorius Control was seemingly more a late season deck entrant for the meta. It definitely has some merit and legs to it, and one to keep an eye on as well.
- Ends of the Spectrum – Once again we faced in my opinion a full dichotomy in the deck spectrum dominated by a different kind of aggro and control this season. What I mean is this is probably one of the first times or at least a very long time in the absence of Mono Red. The Aggro scene was thus dominated by green & white, and this is one of the first times I can recall this in recent memory for the standard format. On the other end of the spectrum was a host of late game decks in the control space. This was primarily overseen by two color variants even though we did begin to see the likes of esper & grixis in the space trying to build off that additional utilization of a third color to turn favor their way.
- Which Izzet is it – Lots of Izzet, turns, epiphany, dragons, delver, and spells! The real underlying component to this is a combination of two things I believe. The first is most entirely due to Ephiphany, whose roots were present in the previous format and standard 2022. However, whenever we see a few clear cards beginning to dominate we immediately throw our hands up in protest to ban! That certainly in retrospect is an interesting take. The next part of this puzzle was the leverage by creature enablement in red primarily being dragons. Goldspan is still flying high.
- My Vows – In the next few days, and hopefully soon I will try to get out a more in-depth MTG Crimson Vow Giuide to help you in your journey, and provide you some additional points of view. In the meantime I did want to briefly check in on the new mechanics. The new set features:Training +1/+1 on lower creatures, Cleave (up level) or the ability to do some extra magic given bracketed verbage, Blood Tokens, Day/Nightbound, Disturb, & Exploit (Dragons of Tarkir – Silmugar).
- Deeper we go – I hope you are as excited as I am when we get our initial chance to play Innistrad Crimson Vow today. My take before I begin to hit the draft tables hard is that we can expect an Enhanced current meta, fringe strength, and potentially some new archetypes. Will it be Mono red or is it dead? Vampires, rakdos aggro & UW Fliers. Potentially strengthened midrange decks? I am excited to stay on top of the new set and continue to provide my thoughts in the multiverse, chat, and these pieces!
What goes into this list?
For returners or those that are new I have been asked before on how I pull these together as well. BO1 is a slightly different beast vs. BO3. Here I rely heavier on win rate stats at very competitive levels starting at Mythic then work my way backwards through the tiers if needed for additional POVs. It is also based on gameplay – and I myself favor BO1 until I usually hit Top 1500 🙂 – I take into consideration untapped.ggs companion app stats as they tend to have a great amount of data, and a good ability to slice and dice decks. One additional call out again is due to the vastness of decks or newest additions not all data is readily available so for the gaps I try to expand where I can via experience, tournaments, and other data driven sites available.
BO3 has much broader impacts when it comes to data. You can find all the sources, experiences, and information I take into consideration in the Additional info spot.
THANK YOU & Additional Info
I have produced this list from a culmination of a few things. I have reached this point by pulling together research data from multiple sources like untapped, MTGAzone, Aetherhub, twitter, personal gameplay, tournament matches, this reddit as well as others, personal stats, and consistently hitting Mythic over the last year and participation in the last Mythic Qualifier.
Again, Happy to discuss or talk about decks not included! Feel free to hop in the Multiverse Discord Server. Tier list below plus deck lists (shells – tweak to your heart’s content) if you are looking for some options most all top 1500 at some point many at the #1 Rank, and multiple top end tournament results!
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 down to Plat2Mythic Decks.
If you would like to do a collaboration feel free to reach out as well.
All Full Deck lists consolidated my website: here
MTGA Standard BO1 November 2021 Tier List
Tier 1 (4)
Mono White Aggro (Deck Link)
Mono Green Stompy (Deck Link)
Azorius Control (Deck Link)
Mono Black Control (Deck Link)
Tier 2 (7)
Izzet Dragons (Deck Link)
Izzet Turns (Deck Link)
Golgari Midrange (Deck Link)
Selesnya Humans (Deck Link)
Gruul Werewolves (Deck Link)
Dimir Control (Deck Link)
Izzet Delver (Deck Link)
Tier 3 (4)
Esper Adventure (Deck Link)
Mono Black Aggro (Deck Link)
Azorius Magecraft (Deck Link)
Azorius Angels (Deck Link)
MTGA Standard BO3 November 2021 Tier List
Tier 1 (4)
Mono Green Stompy
Mono White Aggro
Tier 2 (8)
Jund Dragons (Deck Link)
Boros Aggro (Deck Link)
Tier 3 (4)
Mono Black Aggro
I hope you enjoyed this slice of competitive Magic the Gathering on Arena or if you are lucky right now in paper. Thank you for your time, and feedback is always welcome! As previously mentioned happy to discuss deck choices, decks, and lists as always!