Last updated on March 26, 2024

Dragon's Rage Channeler - Illustration by Martina Fackova

Dragon's Rage Channeler | Illustration by Martina Fackova

It feels like the MTG community has taken to Magic’s Arena format enthusiastically. It’s pretty surprising because there are perennially unpopular Alchemy cards in the mix, and being competitive in Timeless seems to be pretty wildcard draining, especially to play the Khans of Tarkir fetch lands in the only 60-card format on MTG Arena where they’re legal!

The meta is rapidly developing, and we'll keep this page updated regularly to keep pace! Let’s check out some eternal format power!

What Are Timeless Decks in MTG?

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer - Illustration by Simon Dominic

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer | Illustration by Simon Dominic

Timeless is a 60-card Constructed format on Magic Arena that started in December 2023. It’s a Vintage-style format that lets you play every card on Arena, including the cards on the Historic ban list and all sorts of Alchemy and digital-only cards. Some of those Historic ban list cards have never been available to play in 60-card formats on the client, having been prebanned in Historic when “printed” in the Strixhaven Mystical Archive; same with the fetch lands in Khans of Tarkir.

The format began with a restricted list instead of a ban list like you see for the Power Nine in Vintage. You can only run one total copy of a restricted card in your deck and sideboard combined. Thus far, the list is:

The meta is something to be gleaned from MTG focused websites like ours, on MTG social media, as on X (formerly Twitter), and in the subreddit focused on Timeless. I’m basing this ranking on an evaluation of that sprawling discussion as well as my own experiences with the decks on Arena. There are probably more than 50 reasonably playable decks right now. Perhaps your pet project doesn’t make the cut today, but perhaps you’ll perform some Magic and we’ll see it here soon.

There are two rankings in this article: best-of-three (bo3) and best-of-one (bo1). Although many Arena players prefer bo1, it’s likely that bo3 will be important for competitive play, if that ever develops more robustly. Most of the bo3 decks can also be effectively played bo1 if that’s your jam.

Best Best-of-One (bo1) Timeless Decks for Magic Arena

These are powerful decks, but they’re generally more like glass cannons that can fold after sideboarding. There are bo3 versions of these decks, and perhaps reliable bo3 versions will develop over time.

Dishonorable Mention: Leyline Fragment Combo

Before it was rebalanced, Fragment Reality could target your own cards. If you played enough on the ladder, you would find this deck getting to fast wins and losses like the old Tibalt's Trickery decks in Historic before the banning.

You would mulligan to a Leyline and a Fragment Reality, which can drop hexproof beater Geist of Saint Traft on turn 1 when you Fragment your own Leyline that you put on the battlefield before turn one. You used some Combat Research for cards, Arcane Flight to hop over the ground troops, and the game would be over.

On the draw, the whole deck folds to a Spell Pierce or Stifle, and any deck that runs Sheoldred's Edict or Innocent Blood can beat it if they find those, but that’s not really super common. A salt-inducing deck that likely takes more time to sit through opponents’ roping than actual gameplay, a nerf to the Alchemy card Fragment Reality came on March 4, 2024.

#8. Timeless Elves

Leaf-Crowned Visionary - Illustration by Anna Steinbauer

Leaf-Crowned Visionary | Illustration by Anna Steinbauer

Elves, especially with Natural Order, can be super explosive. It can win before combo decks resolve and is pretty resilient against other creature decks. It folds quickly to opponents with just enough removal in their opening hand, but it’s just brutal against foes that stumble. Being able to play Once Upon a Time is also super clutch. If you’re an elf player, I think you might find success in Timeless bo1.

#7. Timeless Mono Green Devotion

Grizzled Huntmaster - Illustration by Nestor Ossandon Leal

Grizzled Huntmaster | Illustration by Nestor Ossandon Leal

Karn, the Great Creator isn’t banned in Timeless!

This deck making top 8 of the first decent Timeless tournament took me a bit by surprise, but Topo_lqq’s list had some key Alchemy tech in Grizzled Huntmaster, which can get your Cityscape Leveler out of the sideboard, just like Karn, but also Emrakul, the Promised End, which Karn can’t! I’ve culled the sideboard to Arena bo1 seven because I’m not convinced this deck has bo3 legs.

#6. Timeless Amalia Combo

Amalia Benavides Aguirre - Illustration by Alix Branwyn

Amalia Benavides Aguirre | Illustration by Alix Branwyn

It turns out that this Pioneer deck has legs in Timeless bo1 too.

You know the drill by now, getting Amalia Benavides Aguirre and Wildgrowth Walker down at the same time to make a huge Amalia, wipe the board and then slam in for lethal. It turns out that adding Orcish Bowmasters and Delighted Halfling to the list is really decent in the format right now. If you already play this in Explorer, give it a go on the ladder. The list by birthingpodder is pretty tight, but I’ve adapted it to bo1.

#5. Timeless Golgari Belcher

Goblin Charbelcher - Illustration by Jesper Ejsing

Goblin Charbelcher | Illustration by Jesper Ejsing

This is frustrating to play against, but not powered by an Alchemy rare, so perhaps not as titling? This is the Oops, All Spells deck anchored by Zendikar Rising MDFCs like Agadeem's Awakening / Agadeem, the Undercrypt.

With no actual lands, if you activate Goblin Charbelcher you win. Stuffed with tutors, including Karn, the Great Creator to grab the fourth ‘Belcher in the sideboard, you often find yourself tutoring for Channel to be able to drop the ‘Belcher and go off in one turn. 11 is your magic number, as you can Channel a Karn into ‘Belcher and activate it for 10. I’ve done this as early as turn 2.

Beseech the Mirror Wizard's Rockets

Your eggs are filtering filler you can Beseech the Mirror with. Be sure not to sleep on Wizard's Rockets just because it comes into play tapped. It can filter a pile of Channel mana if you need to Beseech with a lot of green lands.

The deck is kind of a coin flip against good aggro decks and tempo/control decks, but this shell, from aspiringspike, is a lot faster than you’d think.

#4. Timeless Rakdos/Lurrus Burn

Lurrus of the Dream-Den - Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

Lurrus of the Dream-Den | Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

This was the bo1 monster the first week, it seemed, with folks across social media decrying it as unbeatable. Not so much a week later, but if you want a quick game, this deck has you covered one way or another.

There are a ton of different builds, with the earliest models leaning into going face with Bump in the Night and using Okiba Reckoner Raid / Nezumi Road Captain and Kumano Faces Kakkazan / Etching of Kumano for spectacle damage to turn on Light Up the Stage and Skewer the Critics. Newer versions feel more like Rakdos good stuff with Orcish Bowmasters and Thoughtseize for a bit more controlling angle.

The hardest part of these kinds of decks is to figure out when to point spells at your opponent’s face and when to pick off creatures. Those decisions will get easier as the meta sorts itself out.

#3. Timeless Jund Natural Order

Natural Order - Illustration by Anato Finnstark

Natural Order | Illustration by Anato Finnstark

The most common current build is Gruul, but if you can run Orcish Bowmasters, great!

The strategy is reasonably simple. Ramp with your mana dorks and Natural Order into Atraxa, Grand Unifier or Sneak Attack into both the Worldspine Wurm and Atraxa for lethal. Your mana dorks also allow you to play a fast Blood Moon without hurting your ability to get green mana. There are better Order decks for bo3, so I’ve adapted sleepingpill’s list to bo1.

#2. Timeless Beseech Storm

Beseech the Mirror - Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

Beseech the Mirror | Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

The goal is to finish off your opponent with a big turn capped by Tendrils of Agony.

The start is usually to Dark Ritual into Necropotence to find the pieces you need or Deadly Dispute your Shambling Ghast if needs must. There’s enough bargain fodder to Beseech the Mirror into whatever else you need, and your storm spells keep you alive as you use your life as a resource. It’s easier to Necro into Bolas's Citadel than you think with those Dark Rituals in there, and once you do that you can Necro away your lands and Citadel into whatever else you need to get your life total back.

#1. Timeless Red Deck Wins

Eidolon of the Great Revel - Illustration by Cyril Van Der Haegen

Eidolon of the Great Revel | Illustration by Cyril Van Der Haegen

Indeed, it does, especially in a format where folks are fetching into shock lands and diminishing their life total.

There’s a good combination of powerful 1-drops, including classics like Monastery Swiftspear. There are lots of versions of this, including just about every Standard build of Red Deck since Arena started, so you’ll find Embercleave in some lists, and Cavalcade of Calamity in others. Some are desperate enough for that last poke in the face to run Shock.

If this is your style, go for it. It helps to have Lightning Bolt and Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, but I’ve seen actual current Standard red decks including cards like Feldon, Ronom Excavator, of all things! Optimal red will sort itself out eventually, but if Modern’s history is any indication, there will likely be a burn-heavy build and a prowess-heavy build with some overlap, eventually. My current favorite is this list by HamHocks42.

Best Best-of-Three (bo3) Timeless Decks for Magic Arena

I’ve seen versions of the above in best-of-three, and sometimes they play really well. But the bo3 shells are a bit more nuanced and thus better the more skilled the players are. The order of these decks in terms of power is shifting so fast that the rankings here aren’t as important as understanding what these different decks are doing and the meta that results from their dominance.

Honorable Mention: Purradox Engine

Displacer Kitten is a key wincon for cEDH, and it makes sense that a powerful card in a fast format could find a home in Timeless. The question is how. In the first week of the format, folks tended to pair it with its natural partner, Teferi, Time Raveler. Then you just needed a Mishra's Bauble to bounce to get infinite ETBs, card draw, etc. One of the early designs of the deck used Oracle of the Alpha to squash people with the Power Nine. But all of that is really just a touch too slow.

There were Jeskai Kitten / nerfed Teferi combo decks in Historic using a fascinating Alchemy card in Quicksilver Lapidary, which goes infinite with Kitten all on its own. And I’m among a few who’ve been trying it out. My take is Izzet tempo/control with just Kitten and Lapidary. But you still need another wincon to use the mana and/or ETBs, and I don’t think anyone has quite cracked it yet. I don’t have a functional decklist, but stay tuned!

Honorable Mention: Dimir Turns

This doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of talk online, but I’ve been absolutely raked by this deck a few times the last few days. It’s basically a Dimir Ring control deck that stacks Alrund's Epiphany, Time Warp, and Dark Ritual into the shell, as well as Counterspell, Fatal Push, and whatnot to extend the game for The One Ring. Get that first turns spell down and then the Ring takes over. It draws enough cards by then, and you have enough mana to just finish the job with the Alrund’s birds. March of Wretched Sorrow is especially key, as extra turns means extra Ring life loss.

I haven’t seen the deck enough to figure out the balance of spells and a decklist, but I expect to see a version of this climbing the list.

#17. Timeless Blue Moon/Izzet Tempo

Treasure Cruise - Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

Treasure Cruise | Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

Unlike the bo3 Phoenix decks, this is the Izzet shell where you can play your Stifles and Counterspells.

The idea is to drop Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Dragon's Rage Channeler, then play a control suite topped by Blood Moon while you bash in for damage to get your foe in Lightning Bolt range.

There are versions that adjust the creature suite with Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration and Ledger Shredder, but however you mix it up, once you lose your grip on the board state, you lose. The good news is that you can and will win before that happens, just not as much as you’d like against anything with Orcish Bowmasters and Mono Red. Given the importance of stopping big combo decks on turn 2 or 3, there’s something appealing about a Murktide Regent deck without the dragon.

This list by Delmo has a lot of answers to sideboard in, and as the meta simplifies, this deck gets better by improving match-ups after sideboarding. This is okay as a bo1 deck, but not great.

#16. Timeless Omnath

Omnath, Locus of Creation - Illustration by Chris Rahn

Omnath, Locus of Creation | Illustration by Chris Rahn

Variations on the “money pile” decks from Modern hit Timeless in a wave that first week, with Oko, Thief of Crowns unchained to roam with Omnath, Locus of Creation, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, and Teferi, Time Raveler. These decks seemed powerful and wildcard heavy, but a bit unfocused and too slow in a format with toys like Swords to Plowshares and Necropotence.

Many of the pile decks shifted to Primeval Titan and/or Nexus of Fate builds, but I remain unconvinced of those cards in 4-color shells. Maybe lose Omnath and the red and end up in Bant? This is a list from Ali Aintrazi.

#15. Timeless Bant Nexus

Nexus of Fate - Illustration by Mike Bierek

Nexus of Fate | Illustration by Mike Bierek

Here’s the list by Altheriax. Two great tastes that taste terrible for your opponent, Nexus of Fate and Wilderness Reclamation are a classic, potent combo. Lots of control and then start looping turns!

You can win with your companion, Kaheera, the Orphanguard, of all things! Or a Mirrex. The versions of this deck that are fast enough to compete with the top decks need to play Brainstorm to find Rec faster. With so much Orcish Bowmasters out there, lists seem to be creeping towards Dig Through Time and Memory Deluge territory to thwart the card draw trigger.

Right now, I’m finding this working okay in bo1, but when people get used to the deck, likely not so much. Note that you’ll need to toggle full control to be able to pull the Wilderness Rec combos you want to cast Nexus with four lands on your end step! There’s something appealing about a deck that’s happy to sideboard in a few copies of Settle the Wreckage in the current Timeless meta, so perhaps I’m underestimating this deck? Either way, the surge of early Temur Reclamation decks has largely petered out, and I think Bant is the best option moving forward for Rec grinders.

#14. Timeless Sultai Midrange

Oko, Thief of Crowns - Illustration by Yongjae Choi

Oko, Thief of Crowns | Illustration by Yongjae Choi

Here’s a list from crokeyz.

Dimir control plus Oko, Thief of Crowns and Delighted Halfling. The green seems worth it when it comes to elkin’ time! The trouble is that Oko is kind of fair and balanced in this format? Sure, elking a Primeval Titan is cool, but by then they’ve already got a field of zombies. And by the time a juicy artifact like Bolas's Citadel drops, you’re not getting another turn anyway. Also, you can only slow down the cheap Rakdos creatures or Zoo. I’ve seen more Oko players in the past few days making Food and animating them into elks as blockers, and if that’s not a fall from grace, I don’t know what is!

Maybe Oko needs a clearer control build which loses the dorks and adds sweepers? Without some new tech no one is thinking of yet, this deck doesn’t seem to have legs.

#13. Timeless Death and Taxes

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben - Illustration by Magali Villeneuve

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben | Illustration by Magali Villeneuve

Second place in the first decent Timeless Tournament was pulled down by Orzhov Death & Taxes, a deck not really on anyone’s meta radar before the event. That’s partly because the first week of Timeless’s builds used 3-drops like Skyclave Apparition and Adeline, Resplendent Cathar.

The winning list from Gandalf181 cut down the curve with Stalactite Stalker and Deep-Cavern Bat. Nothing costs more than two, and that seems to be what tips the scales in a combo-heavy format for a deck with no blue. Lurrus of the Dream-Den can thus get everything back, and sideboarding into Deafening Silence seems like a good option against a ton of decks.

This deck is a good b01 option, as well, and I can only see it going up as the lists develop.

#12. Timeless Grixis Shadow

Death's Shadow - Illustration by Howard Lyon

Death's Shadow | Illustration by Howard Lyon

This deck is by Arne Huschenbeth. Hot out of the gates, Death's Shadow decks seem to have cooled as players new to the fetch land game discover the hard way not to throw a Lightning Bolt at a 3/3 Shadow when the opponent has an uncracked Bloodstained Mire. There’s an undeniable punch to play as Rakdos midrange with Brainstorm and Expressive Iteration, then find the right time to go Shadow. It just seems like the removal is too good overall, especially cards Shadow isn’t used to playing against like Fragment Reality and Swords to Plowshares. Swords actually does quite a number on this deck, going after Orcish Bowmasters and shrinking the Shadow with the lifegain!

Fun in bo1, the sideboard is mostly control stuff, so perhaps that’s a sign.

#11. Timeless Jund Sneak Attack

Sneak Attack - Illustration by Shafer Brown

Sneak Attack | Illustration by Shafer Brown

Here’s HamHocks42’s deck from the Timeless Creator Clash #001. I’ve seen colors shaved to Gruul and pumped all the way up to five colors, but Jund seems like the sweet spot.

There are a number of different builds, with two key decisions. The first is whether to run Blood Moon in the main or sideboard. A yes to that question likely pushes you closer to Gruul. The second is whether to run Natural Order. On the one hand, that’s super appealing as another way to cheat out your Atraxa, Grand Unifier or perhaps Worldspine Wurm, depending on the board state. But the Sneak gives you haste, which is reasonably vital to eke out the win before your opponent goes off. Natural Order seems to ask for a more controlling shell, but there’s only so much room in the deck. For me, adding a reanimator element with Jarsyl, Dark Age Scion is pretty important in giving the deck some legs, and I prefer that over Order.

This deck is popular in bo1 but it folds pretty easily to countermagic, so the bo3 sideboard into Veil of Summer is vital.

#10. Timeless 5-Color Creativity

Indomitable Creativity - Illustration by Deruchenko Alexander

Indomitable Creativity | Illustration by Deruchenko Alexander

This list is by TyrantofTales. It turns out that the largely creatureless decks required by Indomitable Creativity are a lot better when you can play Oko, Thief of Crowns and Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes. I mean, they’re timeless heroes, so of course!

These decks are harder to pilot than the others, but being able to run Oko, Thief of Crowns, Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes, Leyline Binding, Lightning Bolt, and Swords to Plowshares while you Brainstorm your way to dropping your Atraxa, Grand Unifier is really powerful.

#9. Timeless Izzet Phoenix

Arclight Phoenix - Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

Arclight Phoenix | Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

Here’s fattiepoX’s deck, which is peak Arclight Phoenix, with Brainstorm, Faithless Looting, Treasure Cruise, and Mishra's Bauble. But is that good enough? The Spell Pierces and Blood Moons in the sideboard might betray that it’s not. I find this deck has a tough time getting to lethal damage before the big combo decks can go off, but it does a decent job eating up creature heavy decks like the Rakdos piles and Zoo.

This is also pretty fun in bo1. Phoenix is a bit skill-testing in a way that other decks aren’t. Winning comes down to calculating damage more than a turn in advance and adjusting that with each Phoenix, Dragon's Rage Channeler and Ledger Shredder dropped in the bin. You’re always like one turn away from losing. If you need that kind of drama in your life, this is your deck.

#8. Timeless Jund Midrange

Questing Druid - Illustration by Jason A. Engle

Questing Druid | Illustration by Jason A. Engle

When in doubt, Jund ‘em out. Do you recognize the same boomers? This list is from nazo777.

There is, of course, the fair boomer version with Tarmogoyf and a who’s who of powerful Rakdos cards. The zoomer version stars Questing Druid and an Alchemy card, Jarsyl, Dark Age Scion. Both usually lean on Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes to finish the game. The question is whether all that green makes enough of a difference, which I think comes down to sideboarding. If the ability to slot in Veil of Summer feels like the answer, this may end up a better deck than Rakdos.

#7. Timeless Rakdos/Grixis Lurrus

Orcish Bowmasters - Illustration by Maxim Kostin

Orcish Bowmasters | Illustration by Maxim Kostin

Instead of bo1 burn, Lurrus of the Dream-Den is here to recur Mishra's Bauble and a bevy of cheap creatures, including Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger.

With a full suite of hand disruption in Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek in some builds, especially those cheeky ones going for Dreadhorde Arcanist, the decks with key pieces like Necropotence, Primeval Titan, and Underworld Breach are especially vulnerable to this nose-to-the grindstone strategy. This deck feels like it’s preying on uncertainty in the meta, and I foresee it dropping away without a more coherent plan.

The Grixis build, piloted by Reid Duke in the first Timeless Creator Clash (a sad wakeup call to Jund players when Duke plays Grixis?!) adds card draw and Snapcaster Mage. It’s a good deck, but I don’t know what kind of hope it has against the top decks.

Sideboard is more removal and a Blood Moon suite. This deck also works pretty well in bo1.

#6. Timeless Natural Order Yawgmoth

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician - Illustration by Mark Winters

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician | Illustration by Mark Winters

I never lost to this deck as I’ve dropped wildcards galore trying all these other decks out, which means I was running some janky versions of these other decks as I tried out different builds, but it won and early Timeless tournament with this list by Käpälä! That tells me this is a very skill intensive deck. If you’re playing the steadily rising Modern Yawgmoth deck, perhaps this is the right choice for you in Timeless?

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is powerful, and being able to combo people out with Blood Artist and two Young Wolfs is super fun. Having no Grist, the Hunger Tide from the Modern lists is kind of backbreaking, but this deck uses Natural Order really efficiently, and Yawg and Orcish Bowmasters really snipe down creature decks.

I see this deck rising up the list as people figure out how to adapt this deck’s strategy to the Timeless card pool.

#5. Timeless Mono Black Necropotence

Necropotence - Illustration by Abigail Larson

Necropotence | Illustration by Abigail Larson

There are a lot of decks here, from simple control shells with Orcish Bowmasters and Sheoldred, the Apocalypse to piles with various Ashioks to Waste Not strategies to the occasionally spotted Gray Merchant of Asphodel.

I’m quite curious about shells with Chalice of the Void and Karn, the Great Creator. Depending on the day, this can be the deck you see the most on the ladder, but so far this space looks a bit too much like a thousand brewers all trying to fit 100 good black cards into a Necropotence structure. And I don’t think there’s a clear right answer here yet.

The decklist here is the one with the sneaky bit of green to run Vraska, Golgari Queen by Gabriel Nassif from the Timeless Creator Clash.

#4. Timeless Titan Field

Primeval Titan - Illustration by Aleksi Briclot

Primeval Titan | Illustration by Aleksi Briclot

Drop mana dorks and ramp!

If you happen to have used your opening hand Once Upon a Time to get your Castle Garenbrig down, you can cast that Primeval Titan out of your hand. Otherwise, there’s Natural Order or even Fierce Empath to get you going. Then it’s all about the Field of the Dead plan. And four Fields makes a lot of zombies!

There’s a Temple Garden in here to activate your sideboard answer cards, many of which are in white, as well as Tranquil Frillbacks for Necropotence.

This deck is really awesome, and it works fine in bo1, but I think it’s beating up on people who haven’t yet optimized their decks or who don’t know how to play against it yet. I don’t think it’ll stay top three forever. That said, a few sweepers sided in isn’t going to save you when they’ve got four Fields on the battlefield, and we’ve seen in Modern that Titan decks can adapt. This list is from NileJoan from the Timeless Creator Clash.

#3. Timeless Dimir Control

Bind to Secrecy - Illustration by David Astruga

Bind to Secrecy | Illustration by David Astruga

Before it won the Timeless Creator Clash, I had this deck as “an emerging but potentially powerful archetype,” at the bottom of the list. But this was based on what were the earlier, greedier versions of Dimir, imported from Historic, which looked to cast The One Ring.

But neither Mystmin's nor Arne Huschenbeth’s lists had The Ring. They were content with a more reactive game, plus Orcish Bowmasters, Brainstorm, and interestingly Sauron's Ransom. Well-played countermagic can dominate a combo-heavy meta, which is why Rakdos Breach fell to these decks in the end. This is Mystmin’s winning list.

If control decks like this start climbing in the meta, expect the combo decks to fall in the rankings and things like Red Deck and Zoo to climb.

#2. Timeless Domain Zoo

Territorial Kavu - Illustration by E. M. Gist

Territorial Kavu | Illustration by E. M. Gist

Yes, we’re playing Wild Nacatl in 2024!

This is a fast, huge aggressive deck that makes the most of the fetch lands being in the format, getting full domain online on turn 2. Cheap beaters need answers to save the opponent from lethal on turn 4, and your ability to drop a Territorial Kavu and still have mana to cast two of Lightning Bolt, Leyline Binding, and Stubborn Denial puts you in an amazing position.

Cracking a fetch land to pump Nishoba Brawler in combat or to fuel a full Denial is a joy that still catches people flat on the ladder. Avoid the planeswalkers and keep it nimble, ditching Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes and Oko, Thief of Crowns for Deathrite Shaman and/or Inti, Seneschal of the Sun and get under those combo decks as in this list by Delmo!

Pull out the smallest creatures when you sideboard against combo and play a control shell with Ragavan, Bowmasters and Kavu as the wincon. This is also a great bo1 deck.

#1. Timeless Rakdos Breach

Underworld Breach - Illustration by Lie Setiawan

Underworld Breach | Illustration by Lie Setiawan

Nathan Steur’s list is lean and super mean.

Straight up I think it can kill you with Tendrils of Agony faster than the Golgari Storm decks can, but it can also just swing in as an aggressive beater under the power of its twin suns, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Dragon's Rage Channeler, with Orcish Bowmasters as a punisher and Stitcher's Supplier as a body that mills and serves as sacrifice fodder for Diabolic Intent. With some tutors and Dark Rituals in the graveyard, it’s trivial for this deck to win once it resolves an Underworld Breach, especially if the ground forces have dropped an opponent below 10 life before that goes off.

Sideboarding is about bringing in bigger removal for Titan and Zoo and maybe a Feed the Swarm for Necropotence decks. This rocks super hard in bo1, as well.

I think this deck has the edge over the rest of the top five.

Deckbuilding Tool

If you haven’t tried Arena Tutor, this is a good time to give it a go. A new meta evolves quickly, and especially for those new to sideboarding after years of bo1, the help here is pretty invaluable.

Wrap Up

Dark Ritual (Mystical Archive) - Illustration by Robbie Trevino

Dark Ritual | Illustration by Robbie Trevino

In the words of World Champion Nathan Steuer, “Timeless was super fun & felt surprisingly balanced given the power level of the format.” That sort of half surprise seems to be most people’s experience, when they aren’t being tilted by bo1 feel bads like Belcher!

The trouble is the high wild card cost of the format, but if you're curious and a bit strapped for Arena gems, fear not! We’ve also got a budget Timeless deck review for those inclined! And if there's a gem I've missed, please let us know in the comments or over at the Draftsim Discord.

There are a lot of decks in the format and the meta is changing regularly, so if that’s the kind of Magic you like, this is a great time to hop right in!

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