Here are a few of my current favorite standard Magic: Arena decks


Or paper, if you prefer

Having played Magic: The Gatheringfor many years now, I’m always thinking of new decks to brew, but I have a bunch of competitive collections when I need to head into ranked play.

Here’s a few that I enjoy playing at the moment, which you can copy directly into Magic: Arenafor importing. Feel free to share your own!

Rakdos Knights

Simple and popular; but effective. I love the inclusion of Drill Bit with the combination of an aggro focus to help keep things on the table, but the Oathsworn Knights and Gutterbones help with longevity as well; as they’re harder to remove. Murderous Rider is also an option for more removal and is also a knight.

Although Fires of Invention decks are kind of lording over the meta right now, there’s plenty of room to groove.

Deck4 Knight of the Ebon Legion (M20) 1054 Fervent Champion (ELD) 1244 Blacklance Paragon (ELD) 794 Rotting Regisaur (M20) 1114 Embercleave (ELD) 1203 Gutterbones (RNA) 763 Stormfist Crusader (ELD) 2033 Drill Bit (RNA) 733 Oathsworn Knight (ELD) 983 Bonecrusher Giant (ELD) 1152 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 2418 Swamp (ELD) 2587 Mountain (ELD) 2624 Blood Crypt (RNA) 2454 Tournament Grounds (ELD) 248

Rakdos Aristocrats

What can I say? I love putting that premium Rakdos digital sleeve to good use.

This one has a completely different feel, instead relying on the good old Aristocrat staple of sacrificing. One key interaction a lot of people miss is that the Mayhem Devil triggers for anysacrifice for any player, even Fabled Passage.

I’m partial to this deck because it uses one of our spoiler cards!

Deck2 Angrath’s Rampage (WAR) 1854 Blood Crypt (RNA) 2453 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 2414 Cauldron Familiar (ELD) 811 Cavalier of Night (M20) 944 Claim the Firstborn (ELD) 1184 Fabled Passage (ELD) 2442 God-Eternal Bontu (WAR) 924 Gutterbones (RNA) 764 Mayhem Devil (WAR) 2044 Midnight Reaper (GRN) 775 Mountain (ELD) 2622 Murderous Rider (ELD) 974 Priest of Forgotten Gods (RNA) 839 Swamp (ELD) 2584 Witch’s Oven (ELD) 237


Reclamation decks have been a joy to use for the past few sets, but now they’re coming back in a big way because of some new toys.

For those of you who haven’t played with it before, the gist is that the key card, Wilderness Reclamation, allows you to spend out your mana on your turn, then spend out on your opponent’s turn. Now with Mystical Dispute in the mix you have some easier early counterspells, and you can cycle inBrazen Borrower for even more instant/flash disruption.

Deck4 Wilderness Reclamation (RNA) 1492 Niv-Mizzet, Parun (GRN) 1924 Growth Spiral (RNA) 1784 Opt (XLN) 653 Chemister’s Insight (GRN) 323 Expansion // Explosion (GRN) 2243 Flame Sweep (M20) 1393 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 583 Shock (M19) 1562 Aether Gust (M20) 422 Quench (RNA) 481 Ral’s Outburst (WAR) 2121 Sinister Sabotage (GRN) 544 Breeding Pool (RNA) 2464 Steam Vents (GRN) 2574 Stomping Ground (RNA) 2594 Temple of Epiphany (M20) 2534 Temple of Mystery (M20) 2552 Castle Vantress (ELD) 2422 Mountain (ELD) 2621 Island (ELD) 254