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MAGIC ONLINE METAGAME ANALYSIS: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 20, 2016
If you are interested in following the metagame of various formats and tracking which decks are doing well, and which decks you will likely face on Magic Online, you have come to the right place. This article series brings you all the stats from Magic Online so you can prepare for the meta, no matter the format you like to play.

All of the stats presented here are solely from Magic Online – it ignores Grand Prix, SCG Opens and Pro Tours. The reason is that the Magic Online metagame is often different to what you will find in paper tournaments. In fact, the Magic Online metagame is slightly ahead of the paper meta, so you can get an edge on your opponents by checking here!
 
The numbers are drawn from deck lists Wizards of the Coast publish for the Competitive Leagues on Magic Online or, in the case of the Vintage format, Daily events.
 
Also, apologies for missing last week’s article. Circumstances prevented me getting it completed in time, but I have included the data from the previous week below as well.
 
 
STANDARD
 
Last week, there were 70 deck lists published for Standard, with 17 unique archetypes represented. The diverse standard everyone was hoping for is not really panning out as the format gets figured out and everyone moves to the best decks:
 

Deck

Last Week Meta %

Previous Week Meta %

Season Meta %

Azorius Flash

27.14%

28.57%

21.25%

Golgari Delirium

17.14%

20.00%

16.63%

Mardu Vehicles

14.29%

8.57%

5.77%

Gruul Aetherworks

11.43%

7.14%

3.93%

Boros Vehicles

5.71%

4.29%

5.08%

Rakdos Zombies

5.71%

7.14%

4.39%

 
As you can see, it’s still all about the Big 3 decks: Azorius Flash, Golgari Delirium and Mardu Vehicles. Simply put, these are the best three decks in Standard right now. And that’s not just based on the numbers you see here; many of the pro players have even stated this. If you are playing in the Standard League, prepare to play these three decks.
 
The surprise from the last two weeks has been the emergence of Gruul Aetherworks. The deck, which seeks to abuse Aetherworks Marvel, has been putting up some very solid results over the last couple of weeks.
 
Here’s a look at a deck list for it:
 
 
MODERN
 
Take a look at the numbers below and tell me what’s missing:
 

Deck

Last Week Meta %

Previous Week Meta %

Season Meta %

Affinty

10.00%

4.35%

6.39%

Eldrazi Tron

7.14%

0%

2.51%

Infect

7.14%

1.45%

5.48%

Jund

7.14%

8.7%

6.16%

Izzet Fiend

5.71%

2.9%

4.34%

Selesnya Tron

5.71%

1.45%

1.14%

 
That’s right, there is no Dredge in the list. It was still around, with it making up 4.29% of the 70 published deck lists last week, but for once it is not at the top. Now, of course, this may be an anomaly of the way Wizards publishes deck lists, and you should keep in mind that it is still the number 1 deck for the season so far. In addition, it was shown on camera quite a bit at the World Magic Cup last weekend, so don’t go taking out all your sideboard hate for it just yet.
 
We had some new decks sneak into the top list this week, with two of them based around the Tron pieces. In addition, the Izzet Fiend deck (which some people call “Suicide Bloo”, a name I cannot stand) put up a good showing and was also shown on camera in the top 8 of the World Magic Cup.
 
But it was Affinity that was the top deck this week, albeit by a narrow margin.
 
 
PAUPER
 
The new season of Pauper has started, and it will be interesting to see just how the post-Drake metagame shakes out. Here is a very early look, with only 19 decks published so far:
 

Deck

Last Week Meta %

Previous Week Meta %

Season Meta %

Affinity

21.05%

-

21.05%

Delver

15.79%

-

15.79%

Bogles

10.53%

-

10.53%

4 Colour Tron

10.53%

-

10.53%

Sligh

10.53%

-

10.53%

Stompy

10.53%

-

10.53%

 
The usual suspects are present, with Affinity, Delver and Stompy all off to a strong start. I expect to see Tron and possibly Mono Black Control start to make appearances as the format matures. We’ll have much more data next week, so stay tuned.
 
 
LEGACY
 
The Legacy League put up some good numbers this week, with another 54 decks published. This is fantastic stuff and shows there is some interest in the format at the moment.
 
Here are the top performing decks of the week:
 

Deck

Last Week Meta %

Previous Week Meta %

Season Meta %

Miracles

14.81%

6.56%

13.48%

Eldrazi Stompy

9.26%

8.20%

10.64%

Grixis Delver

9.26%

13.11%

9.93%

Bant Deathblade

7.41%

3.28%

2.13%

 
As you can see, the top 3 are what you would expect them to be, as they are consistently the best performing decks in Legacy right now. Bant Deathblade also snuck in for the first time, and decks such as Elves, 4-Colour Loam and Sultai Delver were not far behind.
 
We haven’t seen Bant Deathblade so far this season, so let’s have a look at a deck list:
 
 
VINTAGE
 
Once again it was a very quiet week for Vintage, so there is nothing to report.
 
 
UNTIL NEXT WEEK...
 
Thanks for joining me once again. Until next time, good luck and have fun!
 
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