The State of Arena
Author: Maskevic 7/24/2020
Welcome back “The State of Arena”! I took last week off to recharge a bit and handle some personal stuff, but I am back in the saddle this week. This week we will discuss Standard, Historic, and the newly implemented Jump Start on Arena. Let’s get to it! I have not played as much standard these past 2 weeks as I am getting ready for the Historic Open in August, but I can tell you that the state of standard is exactly as I predicted it would be. Aside from some fringe decks trying to compete, Temur Reclamation is dominating the meta on the competitive front. The most recent tournament saw 6 copies of this deck in the top 8, and though it did not win the tournament (mono white did surprisingly), it still was the most represented deck by far. This weekend will be the PT tournament and I can already tell by the twitterverse that it will be well represented there too. If you are trying to play the ranked ladder, I would highly recommend putting some Temur rec hate pieces in your 75 cards.
Jump Start is a new format that was introduced almost 2 weeks ago and it brought in a bunch of new cards (some reprints from eternal formats) and they have shaken up the meta quite a bit. This is a limited format (similar to draft or sealed) meaning that you play with a limited card pool and a 40 card deck. The cost is reasonable (despite what a lot of twitter has to say) and it is very fun. You get to keep all of the cards, and they will work in Historic format. The biggest issue that I see is the reprints of standard cards. Since this is a new “set”, if you get duplicates of these cards they will not reward gems, instead you will have a second set of the same cards. Not ideal.
Finally, Historic has been my focus since the recent banned and restricted was announced. Jump Start has introduced some BUSTED cards for mono red goblins, and I predict the new muxus card will be banned (it’s worse than Winota for real). I have been playing an Azorious Control deck using 12 Teferis (http://www.streamdecker.com/deck/FM6UeGYom), and while it is slow, I love the power level of it. There are plenty of decks going around to try, but from what I can tell Goblins, Jund (red/green/black) Sacrifice, Field of the Dead, and an assortment of control decks litter the format. It is going to be quite the challenge to figure out how best to combat all of these strategies with my control deck, but I will tweak it the best I can. Meddling mage in my sideboard so far has been a great addition, stopping opponents from casting their key cards. So I think I can find the tools to combat most matchups, and so far I estimate our winning percentage to be around 60%.
That is all for this week! Tune in to my streams as we dive into MTG Arena almost daily. Feel free to provide feedback or ask for tips and strategies by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting us here at the site! Until next time, happy gaming my friends and we will see you then!