Charting a Course – DMU September Showcase

Arinceo breaks down the week of Pioneer data to provide a glimpse into the future of the format.

Welcome to the Latest Edition of Charting a Course! 

It’s now been three weeks since the release of Dominaria United in the MTGO meta; culminating in a 259-player Showcase Challenge on Sunday!

‘Most Dominant’ Decks of the Week

WeekMost Top 32sMost Top 16sMost Top 8s
Sept 3-4Rakdos Midrange (9)Rakdos Midrange (6)Rakdos Midrange (3)
Sept 10-11Rakdos Midrange (11)Rakdos Midrange (7)Rakdos Midrange (5)
Sept 17-18Rakdos Midrange, Green Devotion (13)Rakdos Midrange, Green Devotion (7)Green Devotion (5)

In a clear reflection of our PlayingPioneer Tier List, Rakdos Midrange and Mono-Green Devotion have been the eminent decks of the format since release.

Since its latest update with Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset, Mono-Green Devotion has gone to another level, but still has a few poor matchups, such as Heroic and Mono-Blue Spirits. The deck has not received any massive changes with the release of DMU, only Karn’s Sylex as a tutorable board wipe. Rakdos Midrange, though, has benefited greatly from the latest expansion set.

Sheoldred, the Staple

While Liliana of the Veil has been a strong addition to Rakdos Midrange, the breakout star of the set so far has been Sheoldred, the Apocalypse. Early spoiler reactions pinned this card as very boring for a Praetor, but as more players have played with the card the tide has turned. Kalitas has now been usurped as the go-to four-drop in the deck, with the five toughness proving especially difficult to kill, seeing the revival of Roast as a sideboard card.

Paired with Lilliana and some smoother early mana thanks to Sulfurous Springs, Rakdos Midrange has kept a firm lid on the decks that prey on Mono-Green Devotion. Downticking LotV to force a creature sacrifice is usually backbreaking against Mono-Blue and Heroic.

If you want to dive into this season data further, click here to check out the full spreadsheet.

Decks to Watch

Atarka Red

In order to go wide enough to combat Rakdos Midrange and fast enough to outspeed Mono-Green Devotion, the Gruul color pairing has come to the rescue with an old favourite, Atarka Red. MTGO user medvedev experienced success with the deck in both weekend challenges, while PlayingPioneer team member IslandGOSAMe has also been playing the deck in events.

Atarka Red
Pioneer
Buy on TCGplayer $167.07
2 mythic
37 rare
15 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
Artifacts (2)
2
Embercleave
$19.98
60 Cards
$191.82
Sideboard
4
Rending Volley
$17.96
4
Strangle
$1.00
2
Roast
$0.50
15 Cards
$23.77
Enigmatic Incarnation

With the addition of Leyline Binding, the Enigmatic decks now have a brilliant catch-all removal spell to deal with a variety of threats, while still maintaining a value engine that goes bigger than most decks in the format. Similar to Niv to Light, each Enigmatic deck can be tuned to your own local meta for maximum impact – if you want to try the deck be prepared for a few weeks of learning to find the optimal build and play patterns.

Enigmatic
Pioneer
Buy on TCGplayer $665.44
3 mythic
59 rare
7 uncommon
11 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Companion
Lands (34)
1
Forest
$0.01
1
Island
$0.01
1
Plains
$0.01
1
Mana Confluence
$27.99
3
Sunpetal Grove
$16.47
1
Breeding Pool
$19.99
4
Ketria Triome
$75.96
3
Temple Garden
$50.97
1
Steam Vents
$19.99
3
Raugrin Triome
$44.97
2
Watery Grave
$39.98
1
Stomping Ground
$15.99
1
Sacred Foundry
$19.99
1
Savai Triome
$14.99
2
Godless Shrine
$33.98
1
Indatha Triome
$10.99
1
Zagoth Triome
$16.99
1
Blood Crypt
$19.99
80 Cards
$731.44
15 Cards
$61.83

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  • Author/Data Coordinator

    Arinceo has been in an on/off relationship with Magic since cracking his first packs in 2004. After watching his beloved Hardened Scales deck suffer the loss of Walking Ballista he jumped back into Pioneer following the release of the 2021 challenger decks and is active in the community on the PioneerMTG subreddit and Twitter. Arinceo compiles most of the competitive data used on our meta data page and elsewhere.

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