[Top 10] Best MTG Decks That Wreck Hard Right Now

[Top 10] Best MTG Decks That Wreck Hard (April 2021)
The world is again cold and the elements aren't the only ones we should be fearing


Now that we are past the Kaldheim experimentation phase, we can now have a pretty stable metagame in Standard. The usual mono-colored decks are still here but the decklists have been altered. There are a lot of familiar decks in here but you may also see some surprise decks that are making a comeback to the Standard meta. 

10. White Weenie

What’s good about this deck?

  • Strength in numbers is a really powerful term as it can overwhelm the board really quickly
  • In this mono-white deck, cheap creatures can easily deal loads of damage to the opponent
    • Since you are using small creatures, giving them indestructibility is key especially when blocking
  • Cards like Seasoned Hallowblade are really powerful as they can deal with many different creatures and still stay on the board

How to play this deck effectively

  • As much as possible, keep dropping your creatures on the board
  • This can help you deal immense pressure on the opponent and make them commit to something that they don’t really want to do
  • Pick your battles. You can launch an overwhelming attack but be careful of counterplay

Decklist

  • 1 Lurrus of the Dream-Den
  • 2 Halvar, God of Battle
  • 2 Reidane, God of the Worthy
  • 2 Legion Angel
  • 4 Skyclave Apparition
  • 4 Luminarch Aspirant
  • 4 Seasoned Hallowblade
  • 4 Selfless Savior
  • 4 Alseid of Life’s Bounty
  • 4 Giant Killer
  • 3 Maul of the Skyclaves
  • 2 Shadowspear
  • 20 Snow-Covered Plains
  • 4 Faceless Haven

9. Mono-Blue Snow

What’s good about this deck?

  • With the re-introduction of Snow permanents in the Standard meta, mono-blue is one of the colors that greatly benefitted from it
  • Mono-blue has been out of the scene for quite some time now and its comeback is pretty great
    • The synergy of snow permanents is not that strong on paper. However, when you actually play them, they pack a really strong punch

How to play this deck effectively

  • Similar to the powerful mono-blue tempo deck before, the key here is to string together decent turns
  • The cards alone are not that very dynamic so you need to build upon your previous turns
  • You can establish the board easily since the spells are cheap and then transition to a mid-game where you respond actively to your opponent’s moves

Decklist

  • 4 Ascendant Spirit
  • 4 Brazen Borrower
  • 3 Gadwick, the Wizened
  • 3 Cosmos Charger
  • 2 Into the Roil
  • 1 Negate
  • 3 Behold the Multiverse
  • 4 Saw It Coming
  • 3 Essence Scatter
  • 4 Alrund’s Epiphany
  • 4 Shark Typhoon
  • 21 Snow-Covered Island
  • 4 Faceless Haven

8. Dimir Control

What’s good about this deck?

  • This deck offers a lot of options for the removal of the opponent’s threats

    • Dimir Control is abundant on spot removal as well as board wipes making it  a good anti-creature/anti-aggro deck
  • You have cards that can quickly turn the tide in your favor
    • Midnight Clock can give you a lifeline against mill decks, allowing you to negate their mill strategy

How to play this deck effectively

  • Know which cards to counter or remove depending on their relative strength in the game
  • Since you have a bunch of counterspells, you can counter almost every non-creature spell they play
  • Against creature-heavy decks, you need to assess which creatures are more powerful as the game progresses so that you know who to target with your removals

Decklist

  • 2 Murderous Rider
  • 2 Midnight Clock
  • 1 Cling to Dust
  • 1 Eliminate
  • 1 Soul Shatter
  • 2 Negate
  • 3 Heartless Act
  • 2 Graven Lore
  • 4 Saw It Coming
  • 4 Behold the Multiverse
  • 2 Shadows’ Verdict
  • 2 Bloodchief’s Thirst
  • 2 Extinction Event
  • 4 Shark Typhoon
  • 2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
  • 2 Crawling Barrens
  • 1 Castle Vantress
  • 4 Temple of Deceit
  • 4 Clearwater Pathway
  • 4 Fabled Passage
  • 6 Snow-Covered Swamp
  • 5 Snow-Covered Island

7. Mono-Green

What’s good about this deck?

  • This deck is pretty flexible in terms of strategy depending on your opening hand

    • You can play this a ramp deck to prepare for very dynamic turns or you can play this as a tempo deck, ensuring that you build upon your previous turns

How to play this deck effectively

  • The first step in playing this deck effectively is knowing if you have a ramp draw or a tempo draw. Knowing how to distinguish which is which can help you tune your game plan to what you have

    • If your early plays involve Tangled Florahedron, Castle Garenbrig, and Lovestruck Beast then you can play for a more dynamic endgame
    • If you have a good curve on your hand then make sure that you maximize your mana every turn 

Decklist

  • 2 Elder Gargaroth
  • 2 Scavenging Ooze
  • 2 Questing Beast
  • 3 Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig
  • 3 Tangled Florahedron
  • 4 Kazandu Mammoth
  • 4 Lovestruck Beast
  • 4 Stonecoil Serpent
  • 4 Gemrazer
  • 2 Blizzard Brawl
  • 3 The Great Henge
  • 2 In Search of Greatness
  • 2 Vivien, Monster’s Advocate
  • 4 Castle Garenbrig
  • 2 Faceless Haven
  • 16 Snow-Covered Forest

6. Four-color Cycling

What’s good about this deck?

  • You can easily gain card advantage while padding up your Cycling cards

    • Card advantage is crucial in decks like this as you need to have a dynamic turn every turn
  • This deck is no longer the one-trick pony that it once was
    • With the addition of cards like Improbable Alliance, you can have a more versatile deck that does not only rely on a single win condition

How to play this deck effectively

  • Just like the earlier iteration of cycling, you just need to cycle your cards at the opponent’s end step to prevent them from hitting you with discard shenanigans
  • Play your creatures if you really need to
    • Getting at least two creatures on the board that benefit from cycling is already enough as you can already deal a lot of pressure with them

Decklist

  • 3 Drannith Healer
  • 4 Drannith Stinger
  • 4 Flourishing Fox
  • 4 Valiant Rescuer
  • 2 Shredded Sails
  • 4 Startling Development
  • 4 Zenith Flare
  • 3 Boon of the Wish-Giver
  • 3 Memory Leak
  • 4 Go for Blood
  • 3 Footfall Crater
  • 3 Improbable Alliance
  • 3 Ragrin Triome
  • 1 Clearwater Pathway
  • 1 Blightstep Pathway
  • 2 Brightclimb Pathway
  • 4 Riverglide Pathway
  • 4 Needleverge Pathway
  • 4 Hengegate Pathway

5. Adventures

What’s good about this deck?

  • This deck caters to a lot of aspects that you would want in a Standard deck

    • It can play ramp and aggro but can sustain threats even up to the later stages of the game
  • The creatures also have a very high synergy with the other cards in the deck so you get a feel of one complete deck

How to play this deck effectively

  • Depending on your opening hand, you can play this deck a multitude of ways

    • Use the early game to gain early advantage that you can keep up to the mid to late stage
  • Deal early damage to the opponent to force removals and board wipes
    • You can easily rebuild your board after a removal spell or board wipe so you won't have a lot to worry about

Decklist

  • 3 Toski, Bearer of Secrets
  • 4 Lovestruck Beast
  • 4 Edgewall Innkeeper
  • 4 Clarion Spirit
  • 4 Giant Killer
  • 4 Bonecrusher Giant
  • 4 Jaspera Sentinel
  • 4 Embercleave
  • 3 Adventurous Impulse
  • 3 Showdown of the Skalds
  • 4 Fabled Passage
  • 4 Cragdrown Pathway
  • 4 Needleverge Pathway
  • 4 Brachloft Pathway
  • 4 Forest
  • 2 Mountain
  • 1 Plains

4. Rakdos Midrange

What’s good about this deck?

  • The combination of red and black in a deck almost always means that it is an aggro deck
  • You can play this deck aggressively in the early parts of the game but this deck peaks at the midgame

How to play this deck effectively

  • Use the early stage of the game to pressure your opponent 

    • Developing your board state while also pressuring the opponent to commit to a different strategy to stop your early pressure is the key to utilizing this deck effectively
  • Use your removal spells
    • Once you have your board state set up, you can start targeting the opponent’s big threats using your removal spells
    • This can help pave the way for more dynamic turns on your end which almost always guarantees victory

Decklist

  • 4 Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
  • 2 Valki, God of Lies
  • 4 Elderfang Disciple
  • 4 Acquisitions Expert
  • 3 Magmatic Channeler
  • 2 Mire Triton
  • 1 Pharika’s Libation
  • 1 Kazuul’s Fury
  • 2 Hagra Mauling
  • 3 Village Rites
  • 3 Heartless Act
  • 2 Bloodchief’s Thirst
  • 4 Inscription of Ruin
  • 1 Mire’s Grasp
  • 4 Fabled Passage
  • 1 Castle Locthwain
  • 4 Temple of Malice
  • 4 Blightstep Pathway
  • 6 Swamp
  • 5 Mountain

3. Rakdos Sacrifice

What’s good about this deck?

  • This deck no longer needs any introduction as it is still one of the most powerful decks since it entered Standard
  • It singlehandedly dismantled multiple meta decks with its very unique gameplay

How to play this deck effectively

  • Without the Cat-Oven combo, your gameplay shifts to a more control-type deck
  • The sacrifice mechanic of this deck applies to your opponent more than it applies to you
    • If you can’t deal with the opponent’s threats through removal or Bonecrusher Giant, then let them sacrifice it

Decklist

  • 2 Rankle, Master of Pranks
  • 3 Immersturm Predator
  • 3 Woe Strider
  • 4 Bonecrusher Giant
  • 4 Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
  • 4 Mire Triton
  • 3 Village Rites
  • 2 Kazuul’s Fury
  • 4 Claim the Firstborn
  • 4 Tymaret Calls the Dead
  • 3 The Akroan War
  • 4 Fabled Passage
  • 1 Castle Locthwain
  • 4 Temple of Malice
  • 4 Blightstep Pathway
  • 5 Mountain
  • 6 Swamp

2. Mono-Red Aggro

What’s good about this deck?

  • You don’t really need to strategize deeply when using this deck
  • If you want a quick and fun match, you can just whip out this mono-red aggro and just dominate the opponent
    • It is really quick with a lot of cards that can sustain your aggro even until the later stages of the game

How to play this deck effectively

  • There’s not much to think about when playing this deck since it relies mostly on turning your creatures sideways
  • One tip, though, is that as much as possible, never use your Torbran as a creature. Don’t use it for attacks or blocks unless completely necessary

Decklist

  • 4 Anax, Hardened in the Forge
  • 3 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
  • 4 Robber of the Rich
  • 4 Bonecrusher Giant
  • 4 Fervent Champion
  • 4 Fireblade Charger
  • 2 Rimrock Knight
  • 1 Phoenix of Ash
  • 2 Dragonkin Berserker
  • 4 Embercleave
  • 4 Frost Bite
  • 4 Faceless Haven
  • 1 Castle Embereth
  • 19 Snow-Covered Mountains

1. Sultai Ultimatum

What’s good about this deck?

  • With the Yorion companion, you get incentivized to play all the good stuff in Sultai

    • Since there are a lot of powerful cards in this color combination, throwing in a Yorion makes it a lot more powerful
  • It is a deck that captures multiple strategies into one
    • You have a lot of ramp in this deck, you also have a bunch of counterspells and card advantage engines, and most importantly, you have huge threats

How to play this deck effectively

  • The early stages of the game are dedicated to ramping and controlling the board of the opponent
  • If you get over the early game by reducing the potential threat that the opponent can bring, then you already have a good chance of dominating in the late game

Decklist

Yorion, Sky Nomad - companion

  • 1 Valki, God of Lies
  • 4 Mazemind Tome
  • 4 Heartless Act
  • 2 Jwari Disruption
  • 1 Erebos’s Intervention
  • 1 Mystical Dispute
  • 2 Disdainful Stroke
  • 1 Eliminate
  • 2 Extinction Event
  • 2 Alrund’s Epiphany
  • 2 Shadow’s Verdict
  • 3 Sea Gate Restoration
  • 4 Cultivate
  • 4 Emergent Ultimatum
  • 2 Shark Typhoon
  • 1 Kiora Bests the Sea God
  • 2 Elspeth’s Nightmare
  • 4 Binding the Old Gods
  • 4 Wolfwillow Haven
  • 4 Omen of the Sea
  • 4 Zagoth Triome
  • 2 Ketria Triome
  • 4 Fabled Passage
  • 4 Barkchannel Pathway
  • 4 Darkbore Pathway
  • 4 Clearwater Pathway
  • 3 Swamp
  • 3 Forest
  • 2 Island

 

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