Looking for the best MTG Arena decks? For anyone having a hard time grinding through Magic: The Gathering Arena’s ranked Standard mode, there’s no shame in looking for help to start stacking up the wins. This guide explains the best MTG Standard decks in the current Arena meta, their key strengths, and what makes them so tough to beat.
In MTG Arena, the meta is constantly moving, especially since MTG Wilds of Eldraine is still quite new to us. Fresh brews appear week by week, utilising the best Wilds of Eldraine cards for Standard, and the best MTG Arena deck of the moment may soon be surpassed by a new variant.
The best MTG Arena decks in Standard right now are:
- Dimir Midrange – best jack of all trades
- Azorius Soldiers – best tribal deck
- Esper Legends – best legendary creatures deck
- Domain Control – best five color deck
- Mono Black Midrange – best mono black deck
- Mono Blue Tempo – best mono blue deck
- Selesnya Enchantments – best enchantments deck
- Mono Red Aggro – easiest deck to play
It’s hard to keep up with the MTG 2023 release schedule, even if you’ve perfected how to build an MTG deck, have a great MTG deck builder to help you out, or have used all the MTG Arena codes under the sun. To give you a head start we’ve collected five MTG Arena Standard decks that can be ridden all the way to Mythic.
Best jack of all trades
- Incredibly flexible
- Moldable to any opponent via sideboard
- Sheoldred, The Apocalypse
- Not the best in any one strategy
After the dust settled and Rakdos Midrange was punished with the banhammer, the deck that remained is pretty similar, but it’s swapped out Red for Blue.
Able to make use of card draw in Kaito Shizuki, and all the best black removal and creature options (such as Cut Down and Sheoldred, the Apocalypse) Dimir Midrange is a powerful jack-of-all-trades Standard deck. It even gets to use counterspells to really frustrate opponents. This one has a little bit of everything, and if you pack a flexible sideboard, you can adapt it to bring down any opponent.
Best tribal deck
- Builds up an unstoppable board
- An aggro deck that can counter spells
- Decent at refilling your hand
- Weak against decks full of removal
- Can struggle in BO3 matches
Azorius Soldiers is an aggressive MTG Arena deck that’s been in Standard for ages now, but has recently had another big comeback. It’s a creature type deck based on soldiers, mainly built around cards from The Brothers’ War. The deck builds up a board quickly, then strikes in the skies thanks to the abilities of Harbin, Vanguard Aviator.
It’s intriguing that the deck has recently swapped the soldier Brutal Cathar out for the non-soldier Werefox Bodyguard. It seems having flash is enough of an upgrade to make up for the lack of synergy. Similarly, the deck added Knight-Errant of Eos, which lacks the MTG creature type, to get some much-needed card draw.
Best legendary creatures deck
- Minimal complex synergy to work
- Packed with busted high value cards
- Sheoldred, The Apocalypse
- High rare count makes it expensive to build
The Esper (White/Blue/Black) MTG color combination is back on top. In the post-March of the Machine meta, Esper Midrange decks have been edged out by Esper Legends, a creature-focused build centred on legendary creatures.
Esper packs some of the scariest threat in Standard. Star of the show is Raffine, Scheming Seer, which draws cards and rewards you for building a board. Other key cards are Dennick, Pious Apprentice, and oh look, it’s Sheoldred again. You only want to include a couple of non-creature cards in this deck. Perhaps a removal spell or two, and Wedding Announcement is hard to pass up.
There’s not a ton of synergy to speak of in this MTG Arena deck, it just jams in a bunch of busted cards that generate value, threatening to get out of control quickly. As a result, it packs in the rares. This is one MTG deck that’s going to burn through a lot of wildcards.
Best five color deck
- Excellent big-creature finishers
- Cheap removal
- Powered up by Wilds of Eldraine
- Weak to counterspells in the endgame
If you fancy doing something a little different, Domain Control is a five-color deck that’s managed to beat the odds and make it as one of the best MTG Arena decks in Standard right now.
The deck relies on the Domain cards from Dominaria United for its main tools, with the triomes from Streets of New Capenna to provide MTG Land types that power them up. This lets you gain some absurdly cheap removal in Leyline Binding, as well as a great finisher, Herd Migration.
Wilds of Eldraine has given some awesome new tools to this deck. Whereas previously you had to ramp as hard as possible to play your top end, the deck now uses Invasion of Alara to cheat the Adventure half of Bramble Familiar. This then then lets you get a gamewinning creature into play, from Atraxa, Grand Unifier to Etali Primal Conqueror.
Mono Black Midrange
Best mono black deck
- Lots of useful one-drops
- Sheoldred, The Apocalypse
- Bans removed its best card draw options
Another deck clinging on despite the bans; listen, I know we’re beating a dead horse, but basically if you’re running Black, Sheoldred the Apocalypse means there’s a viable midrange strategy out there for you. Though many of its key pieces have been relegated to the MTG banlist over the months, the Mono Black Midrange deck archetype is still going strong.
While it leans on the slow side, this MTGA deck has plenty of one-drops that can build up an early lead. That also means Mono Black Midrange can hold aggro decks at bay, stalling them until it can generate a decisive lead.
From there, you can leverage your efficient removal and range of hand disruption options (such as top MTG planeswalker Liliana of the Veil) to eke out a win.
Mono Blue Tempo
Best mono blue deck
- Really, really, incredibly annoying to play against
- Has cheap answers to every attack
- Few creatures for board control
Something of an antidote to all the midrange MTG Arena decks floating around in Standard right now, Mono Blue Tempo relies on tons of cheap blue spells, and just a few potent threats to close out the game.
With their resources and patience dwindling, you then slap down a Haughty Djinn or Tolarian Terror (great with all the spells you’ve used), keep it safe with Slip out the Back, and use it to close out the game. Simple!
Best enchantments deck
- Vast amounts of synergy from the start
- Affordable – doesn’t need many wildcards
- Weak to boardwipes as it can’t rebuild
Still kicking around from as far back as Kamigawa Neon Dynasty, this synergistic deck does just what it did at the start of last year. Selesnya Enchantments takes advantage of the best MTG enchantments and enchantment payoffs in Standard, piling up +1/+1 counters and throwing big dudes at your enemies.
Cards like Jukai Naturalist, Kami of Transience, and Generous Visitor all work together here to form an aggressive beatdown deck. Your cards all make each other better, and once you get going, it’s hard for an opponent to slow you down without mass removal that can reset the board. That’s why The Meathook Massacre’s banning puts this deck back ahead.
Mono Red Aggro
Easiest deck to play
- Red deck wins (very simple to build and play)
- Fast and hard to stop
- Lacks longevity – it’ll never win a long fight
Okay, that’s enough clever stuff. Here’s a strategy that’s been around in Magic for ages, and always kills when new sets drop, MTG Standard rotation happens, or the meta is a little on the slower side.
Mono Red Aggro looks to punish slow decks by attack, attack, attacking with a load of little one and two drops (Phoenix Chick, Reinforced Ronin) and winning the game before your opponent even knows what’s happened. Burn spells like Lightning Strike can deal with annoying blockers, or finish the game once you’ve got the other player low.
Your aim with Mono Red Aggro decks is to hit your opponent hard and fast, pulling into a commanding lead before they can muster a proper defense or – your worst nightmare – find a board wipe spell.
Feeling a little lost digging through these competition-level decklists? Check out our beginner’s guide on how to build a MTG deck first. Alternatively, you can get a feel for the core mechanics that drive the game in our guide to all five MTG colors and what they mean.