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The 5 best Core Set 2021 decks for Standard Magic: The Gathering

Are you looking for decks to climb to Mythic this season? Look no further because today I’ll be covering the best Core Set 2021 decks for Standard Magic: The Gathering. Just remember that this list is based on my opinions and experience in the game, so feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Alright, let’s get straight into the rankings!

Top 5 Best Core Set 2021 decks

1) Temur Reclamation

Temur Reclamation is undoubtedly the best deck in the format. It is a combo deck that revolves around generating mana from Wilderness Reclamation and using Expansion // Explosion as its finisher. Coming into Core Set 2021 standard, players were hesitant about making any changes to the old decklist due to how consistent the deck was. However, it was quickly proven that Temur Reclamation didn’t need changes to remain the king of standard.

This deck is great for players who want a consistent early-game ramp strategy and an inevitable late-game finisher.

2) Rakdos Sacrifice

I’ve talked about this deck in-depth before, but Rakdos Sacrifice is essentially a combo Magic: The Gathering deck that revolves around the sacrifice synergy between Cauldron Familiar, Witch’s Oven, and Mayhem Devil. These cards create an extremely effective game-winning combo, which is also hard to interact with. Rakdos Sacrifice is particularly strong against Temur Reclamation and Bant Ramp, purely because of how fast the deck gets its combo online.

Also, while searching online for decklists, you might come across a very similar deck in the format right now called Jund Sacrifice. However, in the current state of Standard, I’d suggest sticking with Rakdos Sacrifice. Rakdos Sacrifice is more consistent and has a better match-up against aggro decks. The Jund variant might be stronger during the late-game, but the combo takes a while to set-up.

Besides, if your plan was to win the late-game, you’re better off just playing a Simic based deck.

3) Bant Ramp

Whenever I see players trying to climb the ranks using Azorius Control, I always think to myself, “Why don’t they just play Bant Ramp instead?” In my opinion, Bant Ramp is by far the best control deck to play in the format right now. The Azorius variation can control the board better, but lacks a strong late-game presence. If you’re looking for a control deck that’s able to effectively deal with threats while packing a few threats of their own, Bant Ramp is definitely the way to go.

This deck provides the best shell for Teferi, Time Reveler, while also being able to fully utilize the late-game power of Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath. Plus, with the addition of Scavenging Ooze and Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse, Bant Ramp has the tools to win any match-up.

4) Mono-Green Stompy

Mono-Green Stompy has been performing extremely well recently, and has quickly risen in popularity among Magic: The Gathering players. Questing Beast is a big contributing factor to the deck’s success. This creature is extremely hard to destroy and is effective against Planeswalkers. Furthermore, the deck also received help from the addition of Scavenging Ooze. Scavenging Ooze provides so much value in the current format, since its able to exile pesky cards like Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath.

Overall, Mono-Green Stompy is a midrange deck that’s particularly hot right now because of how well it performs against the powerful Simic-based strategies. If you like playing fair Magic and want a powerful, straight-forward creature-based deck, Mono-Green Stompy might be the deck for you.

5) Mono-Black Embrace

For the last deck on my list, I was debating between Mono-Black Embrace and Mono-Red Aggro. In the end, I had to go with Mono-Black Embrace as the best Magic: The Gathering aggro deck in the format right now. Why? Because Mono-Black Embrace has Kitesail Freebooter. Mono-Red has a very strong curve of cost-efficient creatures, but they are easily blown out by removal spells and board wipes. The addition of Kitesail Freebooter allows Mono-Black Embrace to easily protect its powerful 3-drops, such as Rotting Regisaur and Spawn of Mayhem.

Not to mention that Mono-Black Embrace doesn’t have to worry about having weaker creatures than Mono-Red due to the addition of Demonic Embrace. This enchantment turns any creature into a game-winning threat, and was exactly what Mono-Black Embrace needed to help push themselves to the top of the metagame.

The downside to this deck is that several cards are rotating out of the format soon. This means that it might not be the best deck to invest in if you’re looking for a long-term deck to play. Nevertheless, Mono-Black Embrace is a great choice if you’re looking to beat down your opponents fast.

Wrapping it all up

No matter which Magic: The Gathering decks you decide to play, my only advice for you is to make sure you always have a way to deal with Teferi, Time Reveler and Wilderness Reclamation. You’ll be running into these two cards quite often while climbing the ranked ladder, so plan accordingly.

Anyways, that about wraps it up for my thoughts on the best Core Set 2021 Standard decks right now. I wish you all the best of luck ranking up this season!

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Paul Dudsdeemaytha

Paul Dudsdeemaytha is a Vancouver, BC-based writer and content creator at SQUAD. Paul specializes in creating guides for Magic: The Gathering and Legends of Runeterra. When he's not writing, you can probably find him throwing frisbees nearby.
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