Last updated on October 13, 2021

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 10 dual-colored 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 Midnight Hunt and we’ll have them until the next rotation in September 2022.

As a treat, we grabbed numbers from over 22,000 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.

10. Growing Hunger

Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager - Illustration by Filip Burburan

Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager | Illustration by Filip Burburan

Growing Hunger is your typical run-of-the-mill Golgari () counters midrange deck. You’ll outvalue your opponents through a variety of buffs, +1/+1 counters, and added bonuses when your creatures die (if your opponent survives that long!). This deck’s face card is Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager, a card that’ll preserve your counters should your creatures fall and give you a second chance with a hydra token when it dies.

Despite Growing Hunder’s fun style of playing sticky, hard-to-kill creatures like Ochre Jelly and Moss-Pit Skeleton, it sits at the bottom of our list with the lowest win rate at a pitiful 44.81% from a sample of 1,051 games.

Interestingly, Golgari was also the worst-performing starter deck from the previous rotation. Don’t lose hope yet, though! Growing Hunger can be much stronger and carry you farther on the ranked leaderboards with a few upgrades. I have more than a few changes in mind thanks to the exceptionally low win rate.

Improving the Deck

Let’s start by cutting out some cards. Take out the single copy of Dragonsguard Elite and the three Moss-Pit Skeletons for another Ochre Jelly and three more Ranger Classes. This will really improve your early game while also maintaining your theme and synergies.

Swap out two Master Symmetrists and the three Struggle for Skemfars for three more copies of Oran-Rief Ooze and two more Binding of the Old Gods‘. These are just better cards and will get you farther in the long run. You should also remove Tenured Inkmaster and Skyclave Shadowcat to get a second Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider and Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager.

9. Dungeon Delving

Nadaar, Selfless Paladin - Illustration by Aaron Miller

Nadaar, Selfless Paladin | Illustration by Aaron Miller

Next up on the tier list is the Orzhov () dungeon deck, which is faced by Nadaar, Selfless Paladin. Nadaar is all about going as deep as possible as quickly as possible. “Venture” is a new mechanic introduced in Forgotten Realms that allows players to take personalized routes through one of three dungeons. You get different kinds of buffs and bonuses each time you move forward. Dungeon Delving maximizes this mechanic to generate card advantage and tempo by going through as many dungeons as it can as fast as it can.

While this deck generates a lot of early power and is able to respond to a lot of different threats, it really comes online after the first dungeon is completed, especially Tomb of Annihilation. Despite this, Dungeon Delving sits at a win rate of only 44.98% in 2,061 games, so you need to make a few changes to make this deck a lot better.

Improving the Deck

Get rid of Ranger’s Hawk as soon as possible. It’s too slow and costs too much when venturing isn’t enough value. Also leaving is two Demonic Gifts‘, the two Precipitous Drops, and the single  Acererak the Archlich. Yes, you should take out the mythic. It’s way too slow and not even that good when you finally get through the dungeon. There are much better cards you can include if win rate is what you’re after.

So, what’s going in? Start with three Triumphant Adventurers to get you a full playset and a fourth Thunderous Orator. These two go hand in hand and help you get off to a good start with a board presence as well as progress into the first dungeon. Speaking of playsets, three more copies of Vanishing Verse are going in to keep your removal up to speed.

Finally, make room for three more Nadaar, Selfless Paladins by cutting the three Veteran Dungeoneers. Nadaar is just a better card overall and you’re going to quickly overwhelm your opponent when you have that sweet +1/+1 buff.

8. Sky Patrol

Vega, the Watcher - Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

Vega, the Watcher | Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

Sky Patrol’s face card, Vega, the Watcher, perfectly encapsulates this deck’s theme of playing good old fashioned Azorius () flyers.

My main issues with this deck are simple: there’s not enough removal, there are too many single copies of good cards, and there’s just too much going on with foretell. I like foretell. It’s a good mechanic. But this deck is leaning into it too hard and you should focus on just having flyers and controlling your opponents actions. The simpler the better in this case.

Improving the Deck

The cards you want out are the two copies of Depart the Realm, Makinidi Stampede, God’s Hall Guardian, and Karfell Harbinger. This makes a lot of room but you’re still not done. You should essentially gut this deck and just build on the good parts. Remove the single Cosmos Charger and the three Behold the Multiverses.

Now that you have space it’s time for the fun part. First you’re going to add in playsets of Stonebinder’s Familiar, Luminarch Aspirant, and Elite Spellbinder. These cards are just great; they disrupt your opponent and can get you snowballing pretty quickly.

You also want to add in two more Portable Holes (because it’s awesome) and a fourth Saw It Coming. Any Standard blue deck wouldn’t be complete without two copies of Iymrith, Desert Doom. Iymrith finishes games on its own and sticking it when you’re running low on resources always pulls you back in.

7. Control Center

Mind Flayer - Illustration by Daarken

Mind Flayer | Illustration by Daarken

Control Center’s face card is Mind Flayer, which depicts what your opponent will feel is happening to them as you shut down every ounce of hope they had towards playing Magic that particular day.

Unfortunately for all my B/X control loving friends, this deck runs at a 47.40% win rate across 1,614 recorded games. While these aren’t just against other color challenge decks, it still isn’t great news. All hope is not lost, though. This deck can be saved!

Improving the Deck

Out comes the two Curates, the two Rejects, and the two Vampire Spawns. This makes room for two more You Find the Villain’s Lairs, two copies of Saw It Coming, and then two more of your fatty mythic bombs, Iymrith, Desert Doom. Curate is just a bad cantrip and there are better counterspells than Reject.

Since you’re looking to make your opponent hate playing against you when they’re even able to play something, you want to make a few more changes to make this deck even more awesome. Take out Blue Dragon, Black Dragon, Dragon Turtle, and the three Tazeen Roilmages. That’s a lot, I know, but don’t worry because you have some very sick replacements.

You want to slot in two more Gelatinous Cubes to make your opponent cry immediately after they get a sense of hope for sticking a creature, one more Mind Flayer for the same reason, and finally three new Acquisitions Experts. The latter will further empower your Flunks while supporting your general theme of early disruption.

6. Avalanche!

Blizzard Brawl - Illustration by Manuel Castañón

Blizzard Brawl | Illustration by Manuel Castañón

Avalanche! is where things start to get a little interesting. As the name implies, this deck works to get a lot of snow lands and accelerants out quickly to power up creatures like Spirit of the Aldergard and Avalanche Caller.

But with the stock list, this deck sits at a win rate of only 48.71% across over 1,800 games! Not good enough for me, and it shouldn’t be for you either if you’re anything more than a beginner. So, what are you going to do about it?

Improving the Deck

First cut Bubble Snare because it’s too slow and not good enough compared to other cards. You’re going to want to slot in two more Blizzard Brawls instead and leave the third slot open for a second.

Next on the chopping block is both copies of both Eureka Moment and Zimone, Quandrix Prodigy. Both are too slow and weak for the rampy-midrange style you’re shooting for. To further enable that theme you’re going to add in a single copy of Spirit of the Aldergard, Sculptor of Winter, and Quandrix Cultivator to round out some playsets.

If you’ve been counting you know that you still have two open spots. Two more Emergent Sequences are getting thrown in those spots. This card is super sweet and helps you ramp out more consistently.

5. Treasure Hunt

Goldspan Dragon - Illustration by Andrew Mar

Goldspan Dragon | Illustration by Andrew Mar

Treasure Hunt is the first of the starter decks to get close to an even win rate at 49.93% across a whopping total of 4,298 games played. The deck sports the mythic Goldspan Dragon which perfectly encapsulates its playstyle of generating a lot of Treasures and using them to ramp out powerful threats with cards like Kalain, Reclusive Painter.

Improving the Deck

Theres always room for improvement, however. For this deck, I think it’s best to cut out some singleton cards that don’t fit as well, and instead adding a few cards to make playsets of others.

Taking out the obvious ones first, say goodbye to Unwilling Ingredient, Thieves’ Tools, Sudden Breakthrough, and the two Magic Missiles. In goes another Kalain, Reclusive Painter (one of the the best cards in the deck), another Dragon’s Fire, two more Deadly Disputes, and another two Hoarding Ogres.

4. Armed and Dangerous

Bruenor Battlehammer - Illustration by Wayne Reynolds

Bruenor Battlehammer | Illustration by Wayne Reynolds

Armed and Dangerous is just what it sounds like: an equipment deck that, as the first positive win rate of 50.05% proves, is in fact “dangerous.” It’s your standard Boros () aggro deck with a subtheme of warrior tribal. How original.

Improving the Deck

So, what do you want to change about this deck? Start by taking out some weaker cards and remove Kitesail Cleric, one each of Dwarven Hammer and Scavenged Blade, and then two Beskir Shieldmates.

With those out of the way you can bolster what you already have by adding two of the excellent Bruenor Battlehammer, two more Kargan Warleaders, and then two extra Showdown of the Skaldss. Bruenor doesn’t need an explanation, Kargan is a sweet 3/3 with an incredible upside, and Showdown ensures you hit your equipment while also buffing your team to make sure they keep swinging.

3. Lifeline

Kor Celebrant - Illustration by Jake Murray

Kor Celebrant | Illustration by Jake Murray

Next up is Lifeline, the Selesnya () lifegain deck that wants to stick creatures like Trelasarra, Moon Dancer or Celestial Unicorn and run away with the game (and your life total!)

But no deck is perfect, including this one with a win rate of 50.13% across over 5,797 games. You have some work to do with this one. I really like this deck and I think it can gain a lot of power if you just swap out a few cards, so let’s get going.

Improving the Deck

Out comes the weakest cards: Fortifying Draught and Revitalize as well as both Story Seeker and You Meet in a Tavern. This clears the room for a lot, so go ahead and add in two more Trelasarra, Moon Dancers because it’s insane. It grows incredibly quick and makes sure you don’t get mana screwed or flooded at the same time.

You also want to throw in a playset of Hallowed Priest as an alternative turn 2 threat, two Prosperous Innkeepers to make sure you’re gaining life, and a third Cleric Class for the same reason.

2. Fireworks

Umara Mystic - Illustration by Bryan Sola

Umara Mystic | Illustration by Bryan Sola

We’re almost there! Coming in at second place is Fireworks, an Izzet () instant/sorcery deck that wins off tempo in the early to mid game and quickly outvalues your opponent. The deck’s win rate across 1,827 games is a near even 50.14%. This isn’t great on its own but it’s better than the competition considering it’s one of the only four decks with a positive percentage.

Improving the Deck

To launch this deck further ahead of the curve you want to make a few changes with basically no crafting necessary. The cards you’re adding are awarded to players that have unlocked the other decks, which makes this extra affordable.

Out goes the two Farideh’s Fireballs in favor of a single copy each of Iymrith, Desert Doom and Goldspan Dragon. You just don’t need those Fireballs given the amount of early fire you’ve got going on with things like Demon Bolt and Meteor Swarm. Speaking of dragons and their fire, trade three Thundering Rebukes for three Dragon Fires. The Fire is just better and you have 4 toughness creatures covered with Demon Bolt.

Last you need a counterspell of some kind. Don’t blame me, it’s the rule for all Izzet spell decks. My choice is Saw It Coming, and to make room you should remove three Prismari Pledgemages. You’d rather be foretelling Saw It Coming on turn 2 than dropping some defender, wouldn’t you?

1. Savage Lands

Akoum Hellhound - Illustration by Jason Kang

Akoum Hellhound | Illustration by Jason Kang

After all that, we’re finally here! The best MTG Arena starter deck is Savage Lands, a Gruul () landfall deck that has a whopping win rate of 53.48% and crushes any other color challenge deck.

Cards like Brushfire Elemental¸ Targ Nar, Demon-Fang Gnoll, and Phylath, World Sculptor make this deck the powerhouse that it is and demand absolute focus and continuous removal from your opponents for them to survive.

As hard as it is to believe, it can always get better.

Improving the Deck

Take out Hobgoblin Captain, Bull’s Strength, and the three Owlbears. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good cards. Just not for this landfall midrange theme. You can make the deck a little more powerful while also increasing its consistency.

Toss in three more Kazandu Mammoths to fill in all that new space. This is a card you like in this deck. It follows the theme well and is okay on its own as a 3/3. It also helps you to hit land drops much more consistently. Following the Mammoth is another Froghemoth. This is an absolute beast of a 5-drop and it’ll just win you the game half the time if it goes unchecked.

You still have some space so in goes additional copies of Phylath, World Sculptor, Inferno of the Star Mounts, and Toski, Bearer of Secrets. This will help round out the top of your curve, making your ability to close out games much higher.

Turning Your Preconstructed Decks into Tier 1 and Tier 2

There you have it, the 10 MTG Arena starter decks from best to worst. It is of note to add that all the suggestions of the rare and mythic rare improvements should carefully be considered. You only have so many wildcards and finding out what you want to invest them in is well worth the effort.

As a rule, lands are always a safe bet along with spells that are prominent in multiple decks, so keep a lookout for those. Maybe the most important reason not to invest too much in these pre-con decks is the fact that you can easily transform some of them into valid tier 1 and tier 2 decks. If you can’t find a good deck or decide what to stick with, we’ve got you covered.

Once you’ve collected all the starter decks, it’s simple to move to an actual semi-competitive Standard deck with just a little investment. This is a smart thing to do if you’re wanting to move up the MTG Arena ladder, as you’ll need a deck that can hang with the best of them. Here are our Standard meta deck picks that you can easily move into:

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

Throne of Eldraine planeswalker decks

Two new planeswalker decks 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.

Magic The Gathering: Throne of Eldraine Planeswalker Decks – Both 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 both planeswalker decks. Each deck includes a 60-card ready-to-play deck with foil Planeswalker card, 2 booster packs, 1 online Arena code card.
  • 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

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.

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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)
$24.95
$38.88
$22.60
$23.95
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Green Stompy
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Green Stompy
$24.95
Top Pick
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Dimir Rogues (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Dimir Rogues (Blue-Black)
$38.88
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Red Aggro
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Mono Red Aggro
$22.60
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Azorius Control (Blue-White)
Magic The Gathering 2021 Challenger Deck – Azorius Control (Blue-White)
$23.95

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.

Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck Bundle – Includes 1 Coven Counters + 1 Undead Unleashed
  • Bundle of 2 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Decks—Coven Counters + Undead Unleashed
  • Both ready-to-play MTG decks contain 100 Magic cards (2 traditional foil + 98 nonfoil)
  • Each deck comes with 1 foil-etched Display Commander, 10 tokens, 1 life tracker + 1 deck box
  • Decks include a total of 30 MTG cards not found in the main set—15 in each deck
  • 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

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.
  • Each Commander deck has 100 cards (including 3 all-new cards), 10 double-side tokens, 1 insert, 1 life tracker, 1 deck box. This listing includes both decks.

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

Battlefield Promotion MTG card art by Scott Murphy

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.

Do you have any suggestions for products we missed? Let us know if the comments! And if you’re a new MTG Arena player, you absolutely need to try out our tracker and draft assistant, Arena Tutor.

See you again soon, but above all, enjoy playing Magic!

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22 Comments

  • 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.

    • Dan Troha May 6, 2020 12:25 pm

      Awesome, so glad it helped you!

    • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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

    • Dan Troha October 2, 2020 12:29 pm

      Paper decks have been updated!

  • 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.

  • sw December 5, 2020 10:00 pm

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

  • sw December 5, 2020 10:06 pm

    Looks like it has Radha, Heart of Keld instead.

    • 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.

  • DK December 30, 2020 9:13 pm

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

    • 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. 😉

      • Dan Troha January 11, 2021 10:43 am

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

        • 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

          • Dan Troha February 2, 2021 3:50 pm

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

          • Mike June 18, 2021 11:35 am

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

          • Dan Troha June 18, 2021 12:35 pm

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

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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 :/

  • 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

    • 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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