Explorer Tier List Update – August 25, 2022

An explanation of the movements and placements in this week’s Explorer tier list.

The Best-Of-Three Explorer Tier List

The Best-Of-One Explorer Tier List


Tier 0

Rakdos Midrange (Stable) – Rakdos is maintaining a 60% winrate and nearly double the playrate of most other decks in the format, Azorious Control excepting.

S Tier

Azorius Control (Stable) – Azorius Control continues to make gains on

Rakdos, and we could see Control pull Rakdos into S Tier as soon as next week.

A Tier

Mono-Blue Spirits (Down from S Tier) – An impressive 62% win-rate, but Mono-Blue Spirits have less than half the amount of games played compared to Azorius Control. This deck sees a lot of play, but Azorius Control and Rakdos Midrange are really just in a different category. This shift down is less about Spirits, and more about the success of the other two decks.

Rakdos Sacrifice (Stable) – With very similar results to Mono-Blue spirits this week, Rakdos sacrifice is slowly solidifying itself as the sacrifice archetype of choice over Jund.

B Tier

Green Stompy (Stable) – Not seeing the numbers we’d expect in games played. Though, a strong win-rate keeps this deck a good consideration for competitive play.

Jund Sacrifice (Down) – Though it bolsters an impressive 64% winrate, the amount of people on Jund Sacrifice continues to dwindle this week. We just aren’t seeing enough games played to justify a higher placement when compared to the decks in A Tier and above.

Humans (Down from A Tier) – Significant downtick in win-rate this week at 57%, Humans has less games played than all decks above it and the weakest win-rate.

Green Devotion (Stable)

Mardu Greasefang (Stable)

C Tier

Abzan Greasefang (Down) – Mardu Greasefang is showing the more consistent win-rate this week when comparing the two Wedge Greasefang lists. Similar number of games played, though Abzan Greasefang has a 2.5% less win-rate. It’s close, but Abzan is just edged out this week by Mardu.

D Tier

Fight Rigging (Down) – Though boasting an impressive 64% winrate, Fight Rigging has seen little play over the last two weeks. We don’t have enough data to justify a higher tier this week.

Selesnya Angels (Down) – One of the weakest winrates in Bo3 “top decks” at 55% and few few pilots taking it into the best-of-three ladder. If you’re queuing Angels, Bo1 might be what you’re looking for


We are currently happy with the current placings of all the decks in Best of One and see no reason to change it for this week at this time.

  • rose-emoji

    Network Administrator/Publisher

    rose-emoji started playing Magic: The Gathering during Battle for Zendikar, then took a break from the game until Throne of Eldraine. Pioneer got him back into Magic full-force, and the launch of Arena on mobile hooked him in forever. Now that his favorite format is working its way onto Arena, he can be found grinding the format to death. Only ever Grixis colors, but sometimes he can have a little Jund as a treat.

  • Tyler "BiRDxC0Re"

    Editor/Explorer Competitive Guide

    Tyler Hilton aka BiRDxC0Re, a proud magic player for over 22 years, his love for the game started during the Onslaught era of Magic. At a kitchen table with friends, some basic Mountains, and a pair of Raging Goblins going face – his adventure began, and he’s never looked back. Much has changed since then though, for both Tyler and Magic, and these days you can find him playing high-level Burn at many Canadian Modern events or grinding Mythic Rank on MTG Arena season after season. A canny Pioneer/Explorer brewer, young father, and KarnageKardsENT’s biggest fan – he joins our team to help the crew with whatever he can in the hopes of sharing his love for this game with the next generation!

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