MTGA Standard Meta Decks – December 2020

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Yorion the Sky Nomad Standard's new Number One! (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast LLC)

Grab your Magic Eight Ball and give it a shake because we are looking at December's Standard Meta on MTGA. Today, we take a look at the Top 3 decks in that will help you climb that Arena Ladder!

MTG Arena's Mythic Ladder has reset. How will you climb to the top? We have three decks that you should expect to see and be ready to play against.

Currently, Star City Games and Channel Fireball are hosting weekly qualifiers via the SCG Online Tour and the CBF Clash, so we are looking at the various results from those events to determine our top 3 decks. In November, we had a look at the top Standard decks but things change fast in the world of MTG so we have some new decks to consider.

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1. Mono Green Aggro

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I like big beasts and I cannot lie! (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast LLC)

The Deck is easy to understand – it's big, it's mean and it's green. Play a curve of creatures that include Gilded Goose, Tangled Florahedron to ramp into a Feasting Troll King, all in an effort to play a faster Great Hedge. Can't find the right cards? This is where Trial of Crumbs leads you down the right path as you filter out the smaller creatures to find your bigger spells.

Deck Weaknesses: Board sweepers like Extinction Event or Shatter the Sky counter the deck, as well as Spot removal spells like Heartless Act and Bloodcheif's Thirst.

Mono Green Deck Code:

(Just copy it and use the Import deck feature in MTGA)

2 Kogla, the Titan Ape (IKO) 162
2 Thrashing Brontodon (M21) 209
3 Feasting Troll King (ELD) 152
4 Kazandu Mammoth (ZNR) 189
4 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
4 Tangled Florahedron (ZNR) 211
4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165
2 Witch's Oven (ELD) 237
3 The Great Henge (ELD) 161
4 Trail of Crumbs (ELD) 179
1 Vivien, Monsters' Advocate (IKO) 175
2 Bonders' Enclave (IKO) 245
2 Crawling Barrens (ZNR) 262
4 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240
15 Forest (KLR) 300

1 Thrashing Brontodon (M21) 209
1 Vivien, Monsters' Advocate (IKO) 175
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (M21) 1
1 Wilt (IKO) 176
2 Primal Might (M21) 197
3 Scavenging Ooze (M21) 204
3 Chainweb Aracnir (THB) 167
3 Garruk, Unleashed (M21) 183

2. Dimir Control

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Removal and Counter Spells? This is Classic MTG! (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast LLC)

Dimir Control is a straightforward control deck. Use counterspells and removal to keep the board clear of threats and end the game with Ugin, The Spirit Dragon or a Shark Typhoon to finish off the opponent. The difficulty comes in sequencing your spells correctly and being as efficient as possible in removing threats while maintaining your card advantage.

If this sounds complicated, that's because it is! To get to the point in the game where you can land a Eugene and win is hard to do and this is not the first deck we would recommend to an MTG beginner.

Deck Weaknesses: Fast opening hands from Mono Red or other Control decks better tuned for the control mirror

Dimir Control Deck Code:

(Just copy it and use the Import deck feature in MTGA)

  • 2 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39
    4 Solemn Simulacrum (M21) 239
    4 Mazemind Tome (M21) 232
    1 Hagra Mauling (ZNR) 106
    1 Essence Scatter (AKR) 60
    1 Cling to Dust (THB) 87
    2 Eliminate (M21) 97
    3 Negate (ZNR) 71
    3 Jwari Disruption (ZNR) 64
    4 Heartless Act (IKO) 91
    4 Neutralize (IKO) 59
    4 Extinction Event (IKO) 88
    2 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67
    4 Elspeth's Nightmare (THB) 91
    4 Omen of the Sea (THB) 58
    2 Ashiok, Nightmare Muse (THB) 208
    3 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (M21) 1
    2 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
    2 Crawling Barrens (ZNR) 262
    4 Fabled Passage (M21) 246
    4 Temple of Deceit (THB) 245
    4 Zagoth Triome (IKO) 259
    4 Clearwater Pathway (ZNR) 260
    5 Swamp (KLR) 293
    7 Island (KLR) 290

    1 Cling to Dust (THB) 87
    1 Eliminate (M21) 97
    1 Negate (ZNR) 71
    2 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67
    1 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
    1 Shadows' Verdict (ZNR) 124
    1 Yorion, Sky Nomad (IKO) 232
    1 Bloodchief's Thirst (ZNR) 94
    2 Soul Shatter (ZNR) 127
    4 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58

3. Esper Doom Yorion

The best deck with the best companion? (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast LLC)

Esper Doom plays for the late game, no winning fast with this deck! The focus card in the deck is Doom Foretold – how fitting! – which forces your opponents to slowly sacrifice their board position.

It uses Yorion to blink the powerful cards Elspeth Conquers Death and Skyclave Apparition. Your goal is to keep Doom Foretold in play long enough so your opponent has no permanents. Eventually, your opponent will run out of cards and you kill them in the air with Yorion.

Deck Weaknesses: Fast Draws from Mono Red and Control decks made to beat other control decks

Let's take a look at a common version of the Esper Doom Yorion decklist. As usual, MTG Standard decks are always open to card changes and tweaks as long as you keep the core of the deck the same.

Esper Doom Yorion Deck Code:

(Just copy it and use the Import deck feature in MTGA)

3 Yorion, Sky Nomad (IKO) 232
4 Skyclave Apparition (ZNR) 39
3 Glass Casket (ELD) 15
4 Mazemind Tome (M21) 232
1 Cling to Dust (THB) 87
1 Hagra Mauling (ZNR) 106
1 Ruinous Ultimatum (IKO) 204
4 Extinction Event (IKO) 88
4 Emeria's Call (ZNR) 12
3 Omen of the Sun (THB) 30
4 Omen of the Forge (THB) 145
4 Doom Foretold (ELD) 187
4 Elspeth Conquers Death (THB) 13
4 Elspeth's Nightmare (THB) 91
4 Treacherous Blessing (THB) 117
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (M21) 1
1 Mountain (KLR) 298
2 Temple of Malice (THB) 247
3 Plains (KLR) 288
3 Temple of Triumph (M21) 256
4 Brightclimb Pathway (ZNR) 259
4 Needleverge Pathway (ZNR) 263
4 Savai Triome (IKO) 253
4 Fabled Passage (M21) 246
6 Swamp (KLR) 293

1 Yorion, Sky Nomad (IKO) 232
1 Cling to Dust (THB) 87
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (M21) 1
1 Ox of Agonas (THB) 147
1 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger (THB) 221
1 Eliminate (M21) 97
2 Heartless Act (IKO) 91
3 Necromentia (M21) 116
4 Duress (M21) 96

The current Standard meta in MTGA changes literally every day. Any deck that can rank you up is arguably the best deck to play. Always keep in mind that sideboard cards can and should change based on what decks you think you will play against on that day.

The purpose of the 15-card sideboard is to make a bad matchup better, a way to counter a card that is hard to beat. May your top decks be strong, and we’ll see you on the ladder!

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