The Innistrad Championship is underway now! With members of the Magic Pro League and the Magic Rivals League as well as top players from qualifying events held on MTG Arena and Magic Online, they battle for $450,000 in prizes in both Standard and Historic formats live December 3–5 at twitch.tv/magic.
You can find the Innistrad Championship decklists online now, with examples of every archetype included below to see what's being played across the tournament. This article covers Standard, but the Historic breakdown has all the same details ready for you.
Standard Metagame Breakdown
This article expands on the Innistrad Championship metagame preview, diving into the decklists and analyzing what to expect throughout the weekend. Friday and Saturday each feature four rounds of (best-of-three) Standard.
One-and-a-half months ago, after Magic World Championship XXVII set the stage, the top three decks in Standard were Izzet Epiphany, Mono-Green Aggro, and Mono-White Aggro. The release of Innistrad: Crimson Vow hasn't changed that. Combined, these top three archetypes comprise over two-thirds of the field at the Innistrad Championship.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow has nevertheless adding many impactful new tools. For example, Orzhov Control had a resurgence thanks to
But at the Innistrad Championship, the eight most-played cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow in Standard are all additions to the aforementioned top three archetypes. Many Mono-White Aggro players adopted
In part due to
Regardless of whether decks are labeled as Epiphany, Dragons or Control, it's insightful to zoom out and look at the big picture. In total, 127 players (50% of the field) registered a deck with
The three most-played nonland cards overall are the aforementioned
In any case, the flexible modality offered by these spells can explain why Izzet-based decks are so popular: They rarely get mana screwed or mana flooded. Need a land? Play
On top of that, the different end-games allow Izzet players to adapt to the current state of the metagame and/or the specifics of their opponent's list. If you fear
In summary, the power of
Standard Archetype Overview
Izzet Epiphany (96 players): These decks are defined as containing at least two (and usually three or four) copies of
Mono-White Aggro (51 players): These decks plan to curve out with aggressive creatures like
Mono-Green Aggro (25 players): These decks can put a lot of power onto the battlefield with
Orzhov Control (13 players): These multi-faceted decks can exploit
Izzet Control (9 players): These decks have a lot in common with Izzet Epiphany, but I defined them as containing at most one (and usually zero) copies of
Izzet Dragons (9 players): These decks have a lot in common with Izzet Epiphany, but they usually don't rely on
Esper Control (7 players): These decks can beat aggro decks with
Grixis Control (7 players): These decks are basically Izzet Control decks with at least one black spell in the main deck.
Jund Aggro (5 players): Black is just a minor splash—these decks mainly plan to ramp into a turn-three
Jeskai Dragons (4 players): It's basically Izzet Dragons with a minor white splash for
Mono-Black Zombies (3 players): The headliner is
Rakdos Vampires (3 players):
Dimir Control (3 players):
Mono-Black Control (2 players):
Naya Aggro (2 players): There are many ways to build an aggressive deck in the Naya colors, but one commonality among the two lists is that they pair
Orzhov Midrange (2 players): These decks can feed the first ability of
Grixis Epiphany (2 player): It's basically Izzet Epiphany with a few black cards in the main deck. (Note that some Izzet Epiphany lists include black Pathways in their main deck and
Selesnya Ramp (1 player):
Mono-Blue Tempo (1 player):
Selesnya Lifegain (1 player): With
Mono-Red Aggro (1 player): Innistrad: Crimson Vow has added
Azorius Tempo (1 player): You can build your own
Dimir Delver (1 player):
Azorius Control (1 player): This deck says 'no' to spells with
Orzhov Sacrifice (1 player): This deck can sacrifice
Jund Treasures (1 player): This deck puts Treasures to good use with
Follow along the latest updates and watch the Innistrad Championship, December 3–5, to see which deck comes out on top!