Last updated on November 1, 2022

Start from Scratch - Illustration by Bayard Wu

Start from Scratch | Illustration by Bayard Wu

Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than jumping right into a game of Magic. But with a card pool of over 20,000 unique cards to choose from, creating a playable deck can be a pretty difficult and lengthy process.

Enter starter decks, nifty pre-constructed products that forgo you having to run to the store on a dime to get your hands on new cards or worrying about tuning your deck. These products are designed for you and ready-to-play, right out of the gate!

The question, though, is this: which one of these decks is the best?

Best MTG Arena Starter Decks

Start Your Engines MTG card art by Darek Zabrocki

Start Your Engines | Illustration by Darek Zabrocki

When you first sign up for MTGA, you follow a tutorial that shows you the ropes a bit and previews the mono-colored starter decks that you’ll unlock before anything else. After that, you complete “Color Challenges” to teach you the ropes of Magic and improve your mono-colored decks before fully unlocking them and being released into the wilds of Arena to earn the dual-colored decks.

There’s a total of 15 starter decks for you to collect. Best of all, they’re totally free and give you a great deck selection and card pool to start your Arena adventures with! These are the latest decks that we got with the release of Streets of New Capennaand we’ll have them until the next standard rotation occurs.

As a treat, we grabbed numbers from nearly 10,000 games worth of data in Arena Tutor in an exclusive data study to officially rank these decks.

Don’t know what Arena Tutor is? It’s an MTGA helper app, especially useful if you’re new to Arena. Grab it here for free before continuing.

Multicolored Starter Decks

#10. Spellweaver

Lier, Disciple of the Drowned - Illustration by Ekaterina Burmak

Lier, Disciple of the Drowned | Illustration by Ekaterina Burmak

First up is Spellweaver, an Izzet spellslinger deck that likes playing many low-to-the-ground spells alongside a few potent threats. It sports a relatively low winrate of 37%, likely due to the inefficiencies of the instants. These kind of spells decks need cheap and effective spells in order to both contest its opponents and develop the board, and budget decks just don’t that all too well.

#9. Strength in Numbers

Wedding Announcement - Illustration by Caroline Gariba

Wedding Announcement | Illustration by Caroline Gariba

Strength in Numbers is a Selesnya citizens deck that wants to go wide and utilize as many buffs as possible. It sports a 41% win-rate, which is better than Spellweaver, but still leaves a little to be desired. It does include a few nice rares, notably Halo Fountain, Weddning Announcement, and Adeline, Resplendent Cathar.

#8. Grave Matters

Infernal Grasp - Illustration by Naomi Baker

Infernal Grasp | Illustration by Naomi Baker

Grave Matters is a Golgari deck that, well, cares about the graveyard. It seeks to utilize its recursion mechanics to get additional value out of sacrifice effects, furthering its lead and playing the long-game versus its opponent. It has a 42% win-rate overall.

#7. Ignite the Forge

Blood Fountain - Illustration by Evyn Fong

Blood Fountain | Illustration by Evyn Fong

Next up is Ignite the Forge, a red/black Anvil deck similar to the one currently in standard. It seeks to deploy Oni-Cult Anvil to repeatedly ping opponents and overwhelm them with value. It currently has a 43% win-rate, which is another nice jump.

#6. Storm of Blades

Thundering Raiju - Illustration by Xavier Ribeiro

Thundering Raiju | Illustration by Xavier Ribeiro

In the 6th place spot is Storm of Blades, a red/white Samurai deck. It deploys classic Boros aggro to overwhelm opponents, even through removal, and even includes a few great rares to amp up the power such as The Wandering Emperor, Lion Sash, and Thundering Raiju. It’s just barely ahead of the competition with a win rate of 43%.

#5. Balancing Act

Dockside Chef - Illustration by Steven Belledin

Dockside Chef | Illustration by Steven Belledin

Balancing Act brings your classic Orzhov midrange to the starter deck scene, and with a 44% win-rate no less. It has some of the best overall cards in Standard right now, like Spirited Companion and The Restoration of Eiganjo, but it still fails to reach that 50% win-rate.

#4. Stealthy Subterfuge

Hero's Downfall - Illustration by Chris Rallis

Hero's Downfall | Illustration by Chris Rallis

Next up in 4th place is Stealthy Subterfuge, a Dimir ninjas deck that includes some banger staples like Kaito Shizuki and Hero's Downfall. Although one of the more synergistic decks on the rankings thus far, it still only has a win-rate of 44.5%.

#3. Angelic Accountants

Elspeth Resplendent - Illustration by Anna Steinbauer

Elspeth Resplendent | Illustration by Anna Steinbauer

Angelic Accounts puts some sweet Azorius angels action at your disposal, and backs it up with powerful inclusions such as Elspeth Resplendent, Hopeful Initiate, Giada, Font of Hope, and Sigarda's Summons. While it only has a win-rate of 45.6%, it has serious upgrade potential if you manage to cut some of the one-ofs and make the deck a bit more consistent.

#2. Blossoming Growth

Titan of Industry - Illustration by Lucas Staniec

Titan of Industry | Illustration by Lucas Staniec

Blossoming Growth is the Simic ramp/big mana deck, as you may have expected. It ramps out with cards like Jewel Thief and Prizefight to take board control and accelerate your threat deployment. Overall, it’s win-rate stands at 45.8%.

#1. On the Hunt

Tovolar, Dire Overlord - Illustration by Chris Rahn

Tovolar, Dire Overlord | Illustration by Chris Rahn

We’ve finally reached first place, and that spot belongs to On the Hunt. This Gruul werewolves deck is fortunate to have some of the most powerful werewolves cards ever in Standard currently, like Arlinn, the Pack's Hope and Tovolar, Dire Overlord. Despite this, it still fails to reach an even or positive win-rate, and sits at 49.4% overall.

Mono-Colored Starter Decks

Disclaimer: Unfortunately, due to the lack of data acquired for these decks—likely because they’re sort of underwhelming and less desirable to play—which means we have a much lower confidence level for their rankings. They likely have some accuracy, but take it with a heavy grain of salt in comparison to the multicolored decks.

#5. Large and in Charge

Jungle Delver - Illustration by Kieran Yanner

Jungle Delver | Illustration by Kieran Yanner

First up is the mono-green list Large and in Charge. It has a terrible win-rate of 22.22%, likely due to the poor ramp and absence of interaction. While it may be much stronger with some tuning, our limited data doesn’t favor this one too well.

#4. Keep the Peace

Bond of Discipline - Illustration by Zezhou Chen

Bond of Discipline | Illustration by Zezhou Chen

Next up is Keep the Peace, a mono-white lifeline deck with a winrate of 31.5%. This is still pretty poor, but at least it’s nearly 10 points higher than the last one!

#3. Goblins Everywhere!

Goblin Gathering - Illustration by Svetlin Velinov

Goblin Gathering | Illustration by Svetlin Velinov

Goblins Everywhere sees a significant jump in winrate up to 44.5%. Like the Gruul werewolves deck, this one has a lot of synergistic cards available to it, like Raid Bombardment, which pads the data a fair bit.

#2. Aerial Domination

Wall of Runes - Illustration by Zezhou Chen

Wall of Runes | Illustration by Zezhou Chen

The runner-up for the mono-colored decks is the mono-blue deck Aerial Domination. With a relatively O.K. win-rate of 45%, this mono-blue tempo deck takes to the skies with a number of powerful flying creatures backed up by some efficient removal and interaction.

#1. Cold-Blooded Killers

Typhoid Rat - Illustration by Dave Kendall

Typhoid Rat | Illustration by Dave Kendall

In first place is the mono-black deck, Cold-Blooded Killers, which uniquely has a win-rate of 53%! This is the only starter deck with a positive win-rate. While there isn’t much data to solidify this fact, and my own intuition says that the Gruul werewolves deck would probably beat it in a larger sample size, it’s certainly still a contender.

MTG Arena Starter Deck Upgrades

Section and upgrades by Chris Reay

So you’ve downloaded MTG Arena and completed the color challenges and got yourself some starter decks. You’re probably finding that they’re not quite getting you there anymore after playing a while and you want to change things up a bit to make them more competitive.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Today I’ll be going through my suggestions for upgrades to these decks.

Deckbuilding Basics

While different decks need different things to work, there are some rules of thumb that are very useful when thinking about building and upgrading decks.

You generally want four copies of your cards. The starter decks come with very few 4-ofs, but having four of the key cards keeps your deck more consistent and allows it to play how you want more often. There are of course times when you won’t want four copies of certain cards, like if they’re high mana cost top-end cards, or if they’re legendary creatures (sometimes you still want four of these too, though).

Another point to look at is your mana base. Lands are a key part of your deck, and the rare lands available are often a great (if slightly boring) way to upgrade your deck. The current rare land cycles are the “slow lands” and the pain lands. Only six of the pain lands have been printed so far, though, with the other four expected in The Brothers’ War.

As for number of lands, 24 is what the “average” deck runs. Faster decks play one or two fewer, and slower more controlling decks sometimes opt for a couple more.

I’ve suggested upgrades using commons and uncommons only for each of these starter decks because I recommend trying these low-risk upgrades before using up those precious rare and mythic wildcards. I’ve also suggested some rares that you can consider, too!

And if you have any spicy rares in your collection that you’ve opened from Limited events or prizes, you can use those too!


Smoldering Egg - Illustration by Simon Dominic

Smoldering Egg | Illustration by Simon Dominic

Spellweaver cares about casting instants and sorceries and using creatures that get huge from that. Luckily that’s a Draft archetype in Dominaria United. This means there are lots of good cards to support the deck, a lot of which are commons and uncommons.

What I think I want to do here is take out some of the bigger costed spells and make this low to the ground. I’d go with the following changes:

This provides you with some better creatures that grow quicker and are cheap to cast as well as some spells that you can cast for much cheaper. This lets you drop a couple lands and, to be honest, there’s an argument to taking out one or two more.

If you’re looking for rares to include, I’d probably start with more Smoldering Eggs and Lier, Disciple of the Drowned. Rare dual lands can upgrade your mana base, and you’re looking at Shivan Reef or Stormcarved Coast with this Izzet () deck.

Something like Shore Up might also be a good addition if you find your creatures are being taken out by targeted removal too much.

Strength in Numbers

Chaplain of Alms | Illustration by Anastasia Ovchinnikova

Chaplain of Alms | Illustration by Anastasia Ovchinnikova

Clearly the idea with Strength in Numbers is to grow your board wide and take your opponent down with sheer number of creatures. It’s likely a bit of a better choice now that The Meathook Massacre is banned. I think I’d look to focus on the aggro strategies available here to end the game before your opponent can do anything about you.

I’ve taken out a lot of the citizen synergies since it was pretty much as good of a citizen deck as it could be already and just something included in Streets of New Capenna. I added some fairly powerful 1-drops in Chaplain of Alms and Llanowar Stalker instead.

I think this is a deck that can really benefit from rares. Cards that are already included as one-ofs, like Torens, Fist of the Angels and Adeline, Resplendent Cathar should have three or even four copies each, really. Other great inclusions include Intrepid Adversary, The Wandering Emperor, and Katilda, Dawnhart Prime, as well as the rare lands available to you.

Grave Matters

Eerie Soultender - Illustration by Igor Kieryluk

Eerie Soultender | Illustration by Igor Kieryluk

The graveyard is what matters in Grave Matters. There’s some recursion, but also cards that care about what’s in your ‘yard. There are some gems in here as well as some underperformers.

The main thing I’ve added here are some cards that anyone who’s played Dominaria United Limited should be well aware of: Urborg Repossession, Eerie Soultender, and Writhing Necromass. These fit incredibly well into the idea of making the most of creatures in your graveyard, and casting a Necromass for one mana is an amazing feeling.

Rares to consider are less important than they were with Strength in Numbers, but my first go-tos would be finishing the playset of Tenacious Underdog and springing for some Urborg Lhurgoyfs.

Ignite the Forge

Voldaren Epicure - Illustration by Martina Fackova

Voldaren Epicure | Illustration by Martina Fackova

Rakdos () Anvil decks have been played around with in Standard for a while now and these artifact decks are a great place to start, even when you’re not focusing on rares and mythics. And Ignite the Forge is poised to just get better with The Brothers’ War looking like it’s going to have a lot of artifacts.

You definitely want to complete your playset of Oni-Cult Anvils. This is the key card in the deck and will be included in your best games even if you don’t need it to win. Other upgrades include a powerful 1-drop in Voldaren Epicure and the multi-format all-star Bloodtithe Harvester.

Ob Nixilis, the Adversary can provide some great value if you’re looking for rares and mythics. Fable of the Mirror-Breaker is shaking up formats all the way back to Legacy and is another easy inclusion.

Storm of Blades

Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei - Illustration by Mike Jordana

Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei | Illustration by Mike Jordana

Boros () aggro is a very common deck and is often either tier 1 or 2 in Standard. Storm of Blades is a solid start to a good deck to grind with, but there’s definitely some improvements to be made.

I removed a lot of the more expensive cards and added some cheaper ones. There’s now 20 1-drop creatures in the deck. I admit that this may be a bit overboard, but there are lots of options at this slot and there’s less available at the 2-drop slot, at least as far as commons and uncommons are concerned.

The rares in the deck are already pretty good so you just want more of them! Particularly Thundering Raiju, The Wandering Emperor, and Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei.

Balancing Act

Virus Beetle - Illustration by Dan Scott

Virus Beetle | Illustration by Dan Scott

Balancing Act works on a theme included in Neon Dynasty and cares about having both artifacts and enchantments out. It can grind out games and has some good removal, if not-so-great creatures.

Upgrades for this one were honestly difficult without changing the basis of the deck or including a boat load of extra rares and mythics. There are some good upgrades to the removal spells, like Cut Down and Rite of Oblivion. And I’m not sure why Virus Beetle was left out of the original list, but it’s an easy addition here.

Rares you can look at are just generically good rares in the format. The Wandering Emperor, Wedding Announcement, and Tenacious Underdog are three solid examples.

Stealthy Subterfuge

Network Disruptor - Illustration by Viko Menezes

Network Disruptor | Illustration by Viko Menezes

Ninjas! An absolute fan-favorite deck, and one that can also be pretty competitive. We’re starting out with a pretty good shell with Stealthy Subterfuge, and one that has some easy streamlining available.

I went for playsets of some of the better cards here, like Network Disruptor and Silver-Fur Master. I didn’t even add anything new because the staples are already there, but maybe you could move the removal around a little bit to include a copy or two of Cut Down if you like.

Rares, again, are just going to be filling out playsets. Thousand-Faced Shadow is a great 1-mana evasive creature that helps out a lot. Biting-Palm Ninja is also a solid beater that can really swing a game.

Angelic Accountants

Giada, Font of Hope - Illustration by Eric Deschamps

Giada, Font of Hope | Illustration by Eric Deschamps

Angelic Accountants is an Azorius () aggro/tempo deck aiming to be one of the faster builds in the format. It’s maybe closer to midrange on the spectrum compared to some of the aggro decks, but it doesn’t want to wait around long.

This is another deck where I didn’t actually add any new cards, just trimmed out some of the weaker bits and added more of the already good cards.

If you’re looking for rares to include, my first stop would be more Giada, Font of Hopes because it’s an absolute house when it comes down on turn 2. Serra Paragon is another really synergistic inclusion. It’s still an angel but also lets you get your cheap stuff back. I think it’s best to take out the blue cards and run this as a mono-white deck if you get these.

Blossoming Growth

Llanowar Loamspeaker - Illustration by Zara Alfonso

Llanowar Loamspeaker | Illustration by Zara Alfonso

You have a ramp deck in Blossoming Growth, which I always think is a great inclusion in a selection of starter decks. It’s a fun way to play and can often be really different to other aggro and midrange strategies.

The only new card I’ve added here is Reclusive Taxidermist as a 2-mana mana dork. It’s not great, and there’s a good chance that we’ll get a better one in the next set or two, but it’s fine and helps you get some bigger stuff out.

I didn’t change it much for the top end. You’re just going to play the expensive high-cost rare and mythic cards that you have with these decks most of the time anyway.

If you do want to use some rare and mythic wildcards on this, Titan of Industry is one of the best ramp targets you can get. And Llanowar Loamspeaker is a great upgrade to Reclusive Taxidermist to help you get there.

On the Hunt

Packsong Pup - Illustration by April Prime

Packsong Pup | Illustration by April Prime

The final deck we’re going to look at is Gruul () werewolves. Never quite making it to the top of standard, On the Hunt is still a solid deck that doesn’t take much in the way of upgrades.

I’m keeping the core of the deck very much as-is here. You want your Kessig Naturalists and Packsong Pups. Some of the cards that work with night and day are less good, and I added what may seem like an odd choice in Kumano Faces Kakkazan. But this is just a solid aggro card, and you really want it if you’re playing red.

There are a bunch of rares that are already included that you probably want more of. Tovolar, Dire Overlord, Halana and Alena, Partners, and Reckless Stormseeker are all solid beaters, with the latter two being good additions to lots of decks.

Next Steps

So now you have a nice upgraded version of your favorite starter deck. What do you do after this?

Well, once you’ve played a few games with it and hopefully ranked up a bit, I’d advise you to check out some strategy guides for other tier lists. I also suggest you try Limited because it can really help you with your own deckbuilding.

Standard-Legal Products

Unfortunately, there are currently no starter decks in Standard. With none released alongside Midnight Hunt, we’re left just a couple options.

Welcome Boosters

Zendikar Rising welcome booster pack

While Zendikar Rising didn’t give us any new planeswalker decks like Theros: Beyond Death, it did come with new welcome boosters which were previously released in Core Set 2021. These replaced the welcome decks and offer a few unique cards as a free sample to new players. They don’t contain nearly enough cards to build a deck, but they do offer a taste of Magic to newer players.

Theme Boosters

Midnight Hunt theme boosters

Theme boosters are the closest things we have to starter decks in Standard. These packs contain 35 cards of a specific color or theme. The general idea is to pick one, add some lands, and you have a basic deck ready to go! They even contain a few rare/mythic cards as well as common showcase cards.

There are theme boosters available for each of the sets currently in Standard, including the newly released Midnight Hunt. The newest iterations include a theme booster for each color as well as one all all about werewolves.

Planeswalker Decks

Core Set 2021

Core Set 2021 planeswalker decks

There are five Core Set 2021 planeswalker decks to chose from, with each option being one of the five colors. Each deck contains your typical 60-card deck, a single M21 booster pack, an MTG Arena code card, a deck box, and a spindown life tracker.

MTG Magic the Gathering Core Set 2021 M21 - All 5 Planeswalker Decks!
  • The Core 2021 set includes great new planeswalker cards like Teferi, as well as powerful reprints for both new and engaged players!
  • This listing includes all 5 Planeswalker decks.
  • Each deck has one 60-card deck, 1 Core 2021 booster pack, 1 MTG Arena code card, and more! This listing is for all 5 decks: 1 of each version.
  • Release Date: July 03 2020

Throne of Eldraine

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No products found. were released in 2019 to accompany Throne of Eldraine. They’re aimed at beginning players who want to get more familiar with the game. Each deck comes with a 60-card deck, two ELD boosters, a strategy guide, and one MTG Arena code.

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Theros: Beyond Death

Theros: Beyond Death planeswalker decks

The Theros: Beyond Death planeswalker decks include exclusive cards made specifically for them as well as two Theros booster packs and an MTG Arena digital deck code. These are aimed at beginning players just like the other planeswalker decks.

MTG Magic the Gathering Theros Beyond Death - Both Planeswalker Decks! 180 Total Cards
  • Theros is a mythical world filled with Gods and warriors and honor to be had!
  • Inspired by the ancient-Greek legends on one hand and Magic the Gathering's own underworld twist that finds Elspeth!
  • This listing includes both planeswalker decks, each deck has 60 cards including a foil exclusive Planeswalker!
  • There is also a chance to get new limited collectible version cards (borderless planeswalkers, extended art frames, and showcase frames) randomly inserted in some boxes.
  • Release Date: Jan 24 2020

Starter Products

Theros: Beyond Death Deckbuilder’s Toolkit

Theros: Beyond Death deckbuilder's toolkit

The second product that was released with Theros: Beyond Death was the deckbuilder's toolkit. The toolkit contains 125 cards, 100 lands, four booster packs, a deckbuilder’s guide, a “learn to play” guide, and a full-art card storage box. The product is aimed at beginning players who want to start creating their own decks as well as improving the Theros planeswalker decks.

Magic: The Gathering Theros Beyond Death Deckbuilder’s Toolkit | 4 Assorted Booster Packs | Plus 125 Cards | Deck Builder’s Guide
  • The Theros Beyond Death (THB) Magic: The Gathering (MTG) Deckbuilder’s Toolkit is perfect for building several decks—plus there’s deckbuilding guide full of expert advice.
  • With boosters, land cards, and a selection of individual cards, you can build a deck that’s truly your own.
  • Battle your way back from the underworld with legendary gods and destined heroes! Theros Beyond Death (THB) spins Greek mythology through the lens of Magic: The Gathering (MTG).
  • The original strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering (MTG) has inspired more than 38 million fans over 25 years.
  • Contents: four (4) booster packs from recent sets; one hundred (100) basic land cards; one hundred and twenty-five (125) individual Magic cards; one (1) deck builder’s guide; one (1) reusable storage box.

Core Set 2021 Starter Kit

Core Set 2021 starter kit

The gift of giving continues for new players with the Core Set 2021 starter kit. This is a great product for really new players who are just starting after Zendikar Rising‘s rotation. It’s basically a rebranding of the Spellslinger kit for M20, with two ready-to-play decks that each contain five rares and a foil creature. The kit also includes an MTGA code for both decks if you wanna take it digital.

Magic: The Gathering Arena Starter Kit | 2 Starter Decks | MTG Arena Code Card
  • THE BEST WAY TO START PLAYING MAGIC. Choose your deck, grab a friend, and jump into your first game of Magic: The Gathering (MTG). This kit has everything you need to get started.
  • PICK A SIDE. Summon colossal monsters with the green deck or bone-chilling undead with the black deck—both starter decks have five rares, a foil creature card, and a strategy all their own.
  • GAME NIGHT FOR TWO. Challenge a friend, teach a family member, or play a fun game on date night—these decks are the perfect go-to for two-player experience that’s never the same twice.
  • PLAY AT HOME AND ONLINE. Play at home or online with a code to unlock both decks on MTG Arena for two players. Challenge a friend, share your code, and wage war from near or far.
  • THE GAME THAT STARTED IT ALL. Magic: The Gathering is the deepest strategy card game there is, with endless challenges for new players and veterans alike.

2021 Challenger Decks

2021 Challenger decks

If you want to try your hand at more competitive play that also includes sideboarding, the 2021 Challenger decks are perfect for you. There are four individual decks that each come with a 60-card main deck and a 15-card sideboard. They’re aimed at Friday Night Magic players that are already familiar with the game. Each deck is designed to be competitive at a local level and geared towards being playable right off the bat.

Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Green Stompy
Top Pick
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Dimir Rogues (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Red Aggro
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Azorius Control (Blue-White)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Green Stompy
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Dimir Rogues (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Red Aggro
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Azorius Control (Blue-White)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Green Stompy
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Green Stompy
Top Pick
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Dimir Rogues (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Dimir Rogues (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Red Aggro
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Red Aggro
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Azorius Control (Blue-White)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Azorius Control (Blue-White)

Commander Decks

There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to the 2021 Commander decks. Each deck contains the usual 100 cards, 10 tokens, a spindown, and a deck box, as well as a foil commander card! The tally of new decks comes up all the way to 13, which means we have a lot to look at.

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Midnight Hunt Commander decks

Midnight Hunt brought two exciting Commander decks with two very different playstyles. Each deck also includes unique cards not seen in previous Commander precons.

First is the Selesnya () deck Coven Counters headed by Leinore, Autumn Sovereign, which works to build up a strong team of creatures and buff them with various coven triggers. Your other options is to focus on making a huge team of zombies that act as cannon fodder for other effects with the Dimir () Undead Unleashed led by Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver.

Card Game Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck
  • Pre-constructed 100-card deck, ideal for new players.
  • Cards that are unique to the Commander series.
  • You will receive one deck, styler sent at random.
  • Note:- Item sent is a single deck of "Innistrad Midnight Hunt Commander Deck" (style sent at random)
  • English (Publication Language)

D&D: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Forgotten Realms Commander decks

Forgotten Realms brought players four new multicolor Commander precons, which each include two foil legendary creature cards as well as a foil-etched commander!

First up is the Bant () equipment deck Aura of Courage led by Galea, Kindler of Hope. Then there’s Draconic Rage, a Gruul () dragons deck with Vrondiss, Rage of Ancients, and Dungeons of Death, an Esper () reanimator deck helmed by Sefris of the Hidden Ways. Last but not least is Planar Portal, a Rakdos () Treasure deck led by Prosper, Tome-Bound.

Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander Deck Bundle – Includes 1 Draconic Rage + 1 Planar Portal + 1 Dungeons of Death + 1 Aura of Courage
  • Bundle of 4 Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (AFR) Commander Decks
  • All 4 ready-to-play MTG decks contain 100 Magic cards (2 traditional foil + 98 nonfoil)
  • Each deck comes with 1 Display Commander, 10 double-sided tokens, 1 life tracker + 1 deck box
  • Beloved Dungeons & Dragons heroes and monsters have ventured into Magic for the ultimate crossover!
  • English (Publication Language)

Strixhaven: School of Mages

Strixhaven Commander decks

Strixhaven blew the last Commander precon release out of the water with five dual-color Commander decks. Lorehold Legacies is a Boros () artifact deck with elements of recursion led by Osgir, the Reconstructor. Witherbloom Witchcraft is your run of the mill Golgari () leech deck revolving around its commander, Willowdusk, Essence Seer.

If you’re like me and won’t play those decks since because don’t have blue then you may be more interested in Prismari Performance, a wonderful Izzet () spellslinger deck led by Zaffai, Thunder Conductor. You’ll be running with Felisa, Fang of Silverquill in Silverquill Statement, a politics deck that encourages your enemies to fight each other while building up your own pillow fort.

Last is the Simic () deck Quantum Quandrix. The deck’s commander is Adrix and Nev, Twincasters and it looks to make as many tokens as possible while leveraging good ol’ Simic value to pull ahead.

Magic The Gathering Strixhaven Commander Deck Bundle – Includes 1 Silverquill Statement + 1 Prismari Performance + 1 Witherbloom Witchcraft + 1 Lorehold Legacies + 1 Quantum Quandrix
  • Bundle of 5 Strixhaven Commander Decks—Silverquill Statement, Prismari Performance, Witherbloom Witchcraft, Lorehold Legacies, Quantum Quandrix
  • Explore all 5 Strixhaven colleges, each with their own unique take on magic
  • All 5 ready-to-play MTG decks contain 100 Magic cards, including 1 foil Commander card
  • Each deck comes with 10 double-sided tokens, 1 life tracker, and 1 deck box
  • Decks come in reduced-plastic packaging


Kaldheim Commander decks

Kaldheim released with two dual-color Commander decks. First up is Phantom Premonition, led by Ranar the Ever-Watchful, with the goal of overwhelming your opponents with flying spirits and generating value when cards are exiled.

But if spirits aren’t your thing, Elven Empire is your other option. Commanded by Lathril, Blade of the Elves, this precon looks to do what elves do best: generate lots of mana, have a lot of little elf guys, and then absolutely crush your opponent with overwhelming resources.

Zendikar Rising

Zendikar Rising Commander decks

Another new Commander product was gifted to use with the release of Zendikar Rising. We got two unique decks, each headed by their own unique commander with a different strategy.

Obuun, Mul Daya Ancestor heads the Naya () Land's Wrath while Dimir’s () Sneak Attack is led by Anowon, the Ruin Thief. Each deck comes with 100 cards, 10 double-sided tokens, one life tracker, and a deck box.

Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
  • Join Jace, Nariri, Nissa and more in Zendikar; a dangerous world of lethal risks where brave adventurers in the Edlrazi aftermath delve into ancient ruins in search of priceless rewards!
  • Return to Zendikar where the plane is Rising with danger and treasure
  • BATTLE YOUR FRIENDS; Commander is a different way to play Magic: The Gathering; It's all about legendary creatures, big plays, and battling your friends in epic multiplayer games

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths

Ikoria Commander decks

Ikoria gave us some great new decks to play with.

First is Timeless Wisdom, a Raugrin () deck led by Gavi, Nest Warden. Then there’s the Zagoth deck, Enhanced Evolution, helmed by the legendary Otrimi, the Ever-Playful. Kalamax, the Stormsire commands the Ketria () Arcane Maelstrom while Kathril, Aspect Warper takes charge of Symbiotic Swarm‘s Indatha () deck. Last up is Ruthless Regiment, a Savai () deck helmed by Jirina Kudro.

Each of the four decks contains 100 cards, the 10 tokens represented in it, an oversized commander card, and a deck box to keep it all in. These decks are aimed at more experienced players who are already familiar with the game.

Magic The Gathering Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Commander Decks | All 5 Decks | 20 Foil Legendary Creatures (C74210000)
  • Choose from 15 fierce Commanders from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO) to lead your decks to victory—10 legendary creatures and 5 Commander and monster pairs that share a magical bond.
  • Commander is a Magic: The Gathering (MTG) multiplayer format where alliances are formed, friends are betrayed, and grudges are repaid with a vengeance.
  • Dive right in to MTG Commander with these ready-to-play decks, desiged to be fun and powerful, with 71 cards printed here for the first time.
  • Start a game night right out of the box. Grab your friends, try out the decks, then swap for round two—play them all to find your favorite!
  • Collect all five Commander Decks from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO) in this bundle—Arcane Maelstrom, Enhanced Evolution, Ruthless Regiment, Symbiotic Swarm, and TImeless Wisdom.

Brawl Decks

Ikoria Commander decks

Last but certainly not least are the Throne of Eldraine brawl decks. If you’re not familiar, Brawl is a Commander variant that only uses Standard legal cards.

Each of the four decks features a tri-color planeswalker specifically designed for this product. First there’s Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, who leads Jund () in Savage Hunger. Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale is the head of Jeskai’s () Knights' Charge while the Esper () Faerie Schemes deck is helmed by Alela, Artful Provocateur. Finally, Bant () is led by Chulane, Teller of Tales in Wild Bounty.

This is a great product for experienced players that are already familiar with MTG and its different formats.

Magic The Gathering MTG Throne of Eldraine: All 4 Brawl Decks!
  • The plane of Eldraine is a high-fantasy medieval world filled with knights and castles and fairy tales come alive!
  • Inspired by the Arthurian legend of Camelot on one hand and Grimms' Fairy Tales on the other, the set also covers a range of European fairy tales that come from a variety of sources.
  • This listing includes all 4 brawl deck versions. Each deck has 60 cards, each randomly including: 1 foil face card, 7 new/unique cards, and 1 life wheel
  • There is also a chance to get new limited collectible version cards (borderless planeswalkers, extended art frames, and showcase frames) randomly inserted in some boxes.
  • Release Date: Oct 04 2019

Wrap Up

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Battlefield Promotion | Illustration by Scott Murphy

With that, we’ve come to the end of the line. I’ve covered everything from the MTG Arena starter decks ranked to all the fantastic paper products available to you.

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    redacted May 6, 2020 11:46 am

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for this article. I’m a new player and probably would have floundered around with the sub par decks instead of winning with Gruul Clans (don’t have orzhov or boros yet). This gave me the confidence to modify and strengthen Gruul Clans and even build my first deck from scratch.

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      Dan Troha May 6, 2020 12:25 pm

      Awesome, so glad it helped you!

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      Niels May 7, 2020 1:39 am

      Very happy to hear the article helped you get the confidence you needed! MTG is definitely one of those games where the more time you invest in understanding the game and its intricacies, the more you’ll be able to take away from it. Above all, enjoy playing and have fun with it!

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    Myk August 5, 2020 8:41 am

    The idiot in me edited the initial 5 decks as soon as I got packs not honking of how to put them back. But now I can’t. Some require crafting and I just cant redo out for blood as meteor golem is not on my list. Any tips?

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    Fred October 1, 2020 1:05 pm

    Hi there! could you adjust the starting decks and improvement tips? m20 is out now and i just started :/ Awesome guide anyway! 🙂 thx

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      Dan Troha October 2, 2020 12:29 pm

      Paper decks have been updated!

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    Shade October 23, 2020 3:04 pm

    What about the mono black starter deck Cold Blooded Killers. This is my personal favorite. I’ve kind of tweaked it to my liking. I’m new to Arena…about 2 weeks or so.

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    sw December 5, 2020 10:00 pm

    My Stomp, Stomp doesn’t have Escape to the Wilds card in it.

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    sw December 5, 2020 10:06 pm

    Looks like it has Radha, Heart of Keld instead.

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      Dan Troha December 7, 2020 9:56 am

      Totally makes sense since that card was banned. They’ll replace it with another rare. I’ll update the article, thanks.

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    DK December 30, 2020 9:13 pm

    I must be missing something , i keep ending up with 61 cards for the Stomp, Stomp

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      Dat Nub Doe January 10, 2021 8:21 pm

      He took out 4 cards and put in 5.. Hopefully he catches that and makes a tweak. 😉

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        Dan Troha January 11, 2021 10:43 am

        Not exactly sure what you guys are talking about. 26 + 8 + 1 + 1 +24 = 60.

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          Alex January 30, 2021 6:12 am

          Yeah, but 4 cards were taken out in and 5 added resulting in 61/60. I’m having the same issue haha

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            Dan Troha February 2, 2021 3:50 pm

            I see. Feel free to include one less card of your choice 🙂

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            Mike June 18, 2021 11:35 am

            Any suggestions which card to include one less of? What would you do?

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            Dan Troha June 18, 2021 12:35 pm

            Probably not 1 copy of Barge In since there are enough situational combat tricks already.

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    Jacobater May 17, 2021 1:35 am

    RE: Orzhov: Life Skills it looks like you’ve removed 6 and added 5, or am I missing something?

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      Dan Troha May 17, 2021 2:32 pm

      Looks like it. I’d probably just leave a Boot Nipper (for mana curve reasons) or the mythic (for power level) in the deck.

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    Gabe May 20, 2021 6:02 pm

    Wasn’t able to find any of the cards to add for starry-eyed except pacifism for some reason :/

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    Colbstar July 19, 2021 4:14 am

    Please Help! I don’t know if these decks were removed in an update or something, but there are 5 new starter decks and now I can’t get these 10 anymore T-T somebody please help, am I never going to able to get these? Or do I have to ‘make’ them myself

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      Dan Troha July 19, 2021 11:28 am

      With rotation coming soon, I think they just did an update. We’ll get this revised shortly.

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    Biblitorkar1 February 14, 2022 1:48 pm

    I followed this guide, but now with recent changes five of this decks cant be played in standard only in historic, these decks are: treasure hunt fireworks, sky patrol, savage lands and dungeon delving, it says invalid cards are zero, but a yellow warning signs came up over the decks, what does that mean ?

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      Dan Troha November 3, 2022 11:31 am

      This guide has been updated with new decks instead!

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    Russ Jones (Harry el Cerdo) May 11, 2022 12:20 pm

    I really like your site. I found it because someone told me about your Arena Tutor. It sounds wonderful but I have a Mac! Any chance of a port?

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      Dan Troha May 11, 2022 12:56 pm

      Thanks! Sorry, but as long as Overwolf is Windows-only, Arena Tutor will likely be the same.

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    AJ November 1, 2022 4:03 am

    Will you be updated the article with suggested starter deck upgrades like last year?

    As a beginner, I found your sugggestions really helpful and I had way more fun with the game.

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      Dan Troha November 1, 2022 9:19 am

      Yes, we did a few days ago. It’s in the middle of the article. If you’re not seeing it, try clearing your browser cache for this article.

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    James November 3, 2022 6:26 am

    There are 61 cards in the gravematters. What should we cut?

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