Magic the Gathering Arena: Top 5 Decks BO1(January)

"Best of One" is a different animal from traditional Magic The Gathering, and as such has it's own decks that do exceptionally well. 

Good decks must be able to win games, but they must also be able to play fast as the grind to Mythic is enormous: it took me about 400 games. These are the best of the best for January 2019.   

Updated: January 29, 2019 

#5 - Boros Weenie

  • 3 Benalish Marshal (DAR) 6
  • 4 Skymarcher Aspirant (RIX) 21
  • 4 Adanto Vanguard (XLN) 1
  • 4 Ajani's Pridemate (M19) 5
  • 4 Leonin Vanguard (M19) 22
  • 4 Healer's Hawk (GRN) 14
  • 2 Venerated Loxodon (GRN) 30
  • 4 History of Benalia (DAR) 21
  • 4 Legion's Landing (XLN) 22
  • 3 Heroic Reinforcements (M19) 217
  • 4 Conclave Tribunal (GRN) 6
  • 2 Clifftop Retreat (DAR) 239
  • 14 Plains (M19) 261
  • 2 Boros Guildgate (GRN) 243
  • 2 Sacred Foundry (GRN) 254

Not a red player, but love aggresive decks?  This is the deck for you.  

#4 - Gates

  • 2 District Guide (GRN) 128
  • 2 Archway Angel (RNA) 3
  • 4 Gatebreaker Ram (RNA) 126
  • 1 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
  • 4 Gate Colossus (RNA) 232
  • 3 Guild Summit (GRN) 41
  • 3 Lava Coil (GRN) 108
  • 3 Circuitous Route (GRN) 125
  • 2 Deafening Clarion (GRN) 165
  • 4 Gates Ablaze (RNA) 102
  • 4 Open the Gates (RNA) 133
  • 3 Growth Spiral (RNA) 178
  • 2 Rhythm of the Wild (RNA) 201
  • 2 Boros Guildgate (GRN) 243
  • 3 Izzet Guildgate (GRN) 251
  • 4 Selesnya Guildgate (GRN) 255
  • 2 Gruul Guildgate (RNA) 249
  • 2 Gruul Guildgate (RNA) 250
  • 2 Plaza of Harmony (RNA) 254
  • 1 Simic Guildgate (RNA) 257
  • 1 Island (RNA) 261
  • 2 Mountain (RNA) 263
  • 4 Forest (RNA) 264

One of my favourite decks to play. It can struggle at times versus aggro, but if you can stabilize you win versus just about anything. 

#3 - Golgari Midrange

  • 3 Llanowar Elves (DAR) 168
  • 4 Jadelight Ranger (RIX) 136
  • 2 Ravenous Chupacabra (RIX) 82
  • 2 Seekers' Squire (XLN) 121
  • 3 Wildgrowth Walker (XLN) 216
  • 4 Merfolk Branchwalker (XLN) 197
  • 3 Carnage Tyrant (XLN) 179
  • 2 Midnight Reaper (GRN) 77
  • 3 Cast Down (DAR) 81
  • 4 Vraska's Contempt (XLN) 129
  • 3 Find // Finality (GRN) 225
  • 3 Vivien Reid (M19) 208
  • 2 Memorial to Folly (DAR) 242
  • 4 Woodland Cemetery (DAR) 248
  • 6 Swamp (RIX) 194
  • 7 Forest (RIX) 196
  • 1 Detection Tower (M19) 249
  • 4 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253

Great against the predominant BO1 decks it can falter if you run into a swath of control players.   Shelve it and come back when you see Aggro decks once again becoming the norm.  

#2 - Mono Red

  • 2 Fanatical Firebrand (RIX) 101
  • 4 Ghitu Lavarunner (DAR) 127
  • 3 Goblin Chainwhirler (DAR) 129
  • 4 Runaway Steam-Kin (GRN) 115
  • 4 Viashino Pyromancer (M19) 166
  • 4 Light Up the Stage (RNA) 107
  • 4 Skewer the Critics (RNA) 115
  • 4 Lightning Strike (XLN) 149
  • 2 Risk Factor (GRN) 113
  • 3 Shock (M19) 156
  • 4 Wizard's Lightning (DAR) 152
  • 2 The Flame of Keld (DAR) 123
  • 20 Mountain (XLN) 273

This and it's counterpart Red Burn will be the top decks you see in BO1 ranked with good reason.  It wins outright against just about everything.  

#1 - Mono Blue Tempo

  • 4 Merfolk Trickster (DAR) 56
  • 4 Tempest Djinn (DAR) 68
  • 4 Mist-Cloaked Herald (RIX) 43
  • 2 Warkite Marauder (RIX) 60
  • 4 Siren Stormtamer (XLN) 79
  • 4 Wizard's Retort (DAR) 75
  • 4 Curious Obsession (RIX) 35
  • 2 Spell Pierce (XLN) 81
  • 2 Chart a Course (XLN) 48
  • 4 Dive Down (XLN) 53
  • 4 Opt (XLN) 65
  • 1 Essence Scatter (M19) 54
  • 1 Sleep (M19) 74
  • 20 Island (M19) 265

Piloted well this is the #1 deck currently!


Do you have a favourite deck?  What are you playing? Let me know!

 

 

 


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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2019

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