Magic Arena offers several pre-constructed starter decks to choose from when you begin your journey. These decks definitely serve as an excellent starting point, but if you want to maximize victory rewards and progress up the ladder, the reality is you’ll need to focus on adapting or building your own decks.  Here is a rundown of some of the most effective archetypes you can build towards in the current meta:

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  Merfolk

based on The River Heralds starter

This Blue/Green Merfolk deck looks to expand fast, evade threats with unblockable creatures, draw cards, protect merfolk, and ultimately outpace your opponent for the win.

1 Chart a Course (XLN) 48
2 Dive Down (XLN) 53
2 Vineshaper Mystic (XLN) 214
1 River Heralds’ Boon (XLN) 204
1 Kumena’s Speaker (XLN) 196
2 Merfolk Branchwalker (XLN) 197
1 Unclaimed Territory (XLN) 258
1 Tempest Caller (XLN) 86
1 Herald of Secret Streams (XLN) 59
3 One With the Wind (XLN) 64
3 River Sneak (XLN) 70
2 Desert of the Indomitable (HOU) 172
2 Desert of the Mindful (HOU) 173
2 Hashep Oasis (HOU) 177
9 Island (HOU) 186
2 Cartouche of Knowledge (AKH) 45
8 Forest (AKH) 254
1 Hapatra’s Mark (AKH) 169
2 Jungleborn Pioneer (RIX) 137
1 Hadana’s Climb (RIX) 158
2 Jade Bearer (RIX) 134
3 Merfolk Mistbinder (RIX) 164
1 Curious Obsession (RIX) 35
4 Mist-Cloaked Herald (RIX) 43
1 Seafloor Oracle (RIX) 51
2 Silvergill Adept (RIX) 53

 

 Dinosaurs

based on The Sun Empire starter

This Green/Red Dino deck looks to ramp quickly with mana accelerators, power-up with enrage abilities, and attack relentlessly with large, hasted creatures.

2 Raging Swordtooth (XLN) 226
3 Regisaur Alpha (XLN) 227
4 Savage Stomp (XLN) 205
2 Carnage Tyrant (XLN) 179
2 Commune with Dinosaurs (XLN) 181
3 Drover of the Mighty (XLN) 187
3 Ranging Raptors (XLN) 201
4 Ripjaw Raptor (XLN) 203
1 Unclaimed Territory (XLN) 258
2 Lightning Strike (XLN) 149
3 Otepec Huntmaster (XLN) 153
2 Hashep Oasis (HOU) 177
9 Mountain (HOU) 188
2 Timber Gorge (AKH) 285
9 Forest (AKH) 254
2 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148
2 Thunderherd Migration (RIX) 149
2 Reckless Rage (RIX) 110
2 Ghalta, Primal Hunger (RIX) 130
1 Forerunner of the Empire (RIX) 102

 

 Vampires

based on The Legion of Dusk starter

This White/Black Vampire deck aims to outpace your opponent with cheap drops and token generation that all benefit from several tribal +1/+1 buffs, quickly turning 1/1 vamps into hulking monstrosities. Lifelink & Sanctum Seekers can quickly lift you out of your opponent’s reach.

2 Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle (XLN) 24
2 Queen’s Commission (XLN) 29
2 Duskborne Skymarcher (XLN) 9
1 Call to the Feast (XLN) 219
1 Vona, Butcher of Magan (XLN) 231
1 Unclaimed Territory (XLN) 258
2 Sanctum Seeker (XLN) 120
2 Ifnir Deadlands (HOU) 179
2 Shefet Dunes (HOU) 183
12 Plains (HOU) 185
7 Swamp (HOU) 187
1 Angel of Sanctions (AKH) 1
2 Anointed Procession (AKH) 2
4 Legion Lieutenant (RIX) 163
2 Forerunner of the Legion (RIX) 9
4 Martyr of Dusk (RIX) 14
3 Radiant Destiny (RIX) 18
2 Skymarcher Aspirant (RIX) 21
1 Champion of Dusk (RIX) 64
3 Moment of Craving (RIX) 79
4 Dusk Legion Zealot (RIX) 70

 

 Token

based on Selesnya PrideAzorius Ascension starter

This white/blue token heavy deck benefits from the explosive combination of the Embalm/Eternalize mechanics and Anointed Procession.

1 Settle the Wreckage (XLN) 34
1 Chart a Course (XLN) 48
2 Ixalan’s Binding (XLN) 17
1 Field of Ruin (XLN) 254
1 Desert of the Mindful (HOU) 173
1 Desert of the True (HOU) 174
1 Ipnu Rivulet (HOU) 180
2 Shefet Dunes (HOU) 183
4 Sunscourge Champion (HOU) 26
4 Champion of Wits (HOU) 31
1 Vizier of Many Faces (AKH) 74
2 Regal Caracal (AKH) 24
4 Sacred Cat (AKH) 27
3 Anointed Procession (AKH) 2
4 Anointer Priest (AKH) 3
2 Cast Out (AKH) 8
4 Meandering River (AKH) 283
2 Irrigated Farmland (AKH) 245
2 Unsummon (HOU) 54
2 Arch of Orazca (RIX) 185
8 Plains (RIX) 192
4 Island (RIX) 193

 

 Explore

based on Golgari Exploration starter

This well-rounded black/green deck has tons of options, including removal, life gain, card draw, solid defense, and heavy hitters.

2 Tishana’s Wayfinder (XLN) 211
3 Wildgrowth Walker (XLN) 216
1 Vraska, Relic Seeker (XLN) 232
1 Emperor’s Vanguard (XLN) 189
2 Ixalli’s Diviner (XLN) 192
1 Merfolk Branchwalker (XLN) 197
1 Deadeye Tracker (XLN) 99
2 Lurking Chupacabra (XLN) 111
2 Seekers’ Squire (XLN) 121
1 Vanquish the Weak (XLN) 127
1 Vraska’s Contempt (XLN) 129
1 Walk the Plank (XLN) 130
12 Forest (HOU) 189
12 Swamp (HOU) 187
1 Cartouche of Ambition (AKH) 83
1 Hapatra’s Mark (AKH) 169
1 Jadelight Ranger (RIX) 136
2 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148
1 Tendershoot Dryad (RIX) 147
1 Enter the Unknown (RIX) 128
1 Ghalta, Primal Hunger (RIX) 130
1 Tetzimoc, Primal Death (RIX) 86
1 Tomb Robber (RIX) 87
1 Twilight Prophet (RIX) 88
1 Reaver Ambush (RIX) 83
1 Dire Fleet Poisoner (RIX) 68
1 Golden Demise (RIX) 73
3 Moment of Craving (RIX) 79
1 Ravenous Chupacabra (RIX) 82

 

 Control (Scarab God)

This blue/black control deck aims to stall out your opponent with counters & removal and then use his own creatures against him with fear inducing The Scarab God.

1 Cancel (XLN) 47
1 Field of Ruin (XLN) 254
3 Opt (XLN) 65
1 Overflowing Insight (XLN) 66
1 River’s Rebuke (XLN) 71
1 Search for Azcanta (XLN) 74
2 Vraska’s Contempt (XLN) 129
2 The Scarab God (HOU) 145
1 Consign /// Oblivion (HOU) 149
2 Desert of the Glorified (HOU) 171
2 Desert of the Mindful (HOU) 173
1 Ifnir Deadlands (HOU) 179
2 Champion of Wits (HOU) 31
4 Supreme Will (HOU) 49
1 Doomfall (HOU) 62
4 Hieroglyphic Illumination (AKH) 57
1 Censor (AKH) 46
4 Submerged Boneyard (AKH) 284
1 Arch of Orazca (RIX) 185
1 Evolving Wilds (RIX) 186
5 Swamp (RIX) 194
7 Island (RIX) 193
1 Negate (RIX) 44
1 Nezahal, Primal Tide (RIX) 45
1 Tetzimoc, Primal Death (RIX) 86
2 Golden Demise (RIX) 73
3 Moment of Craving (RIX) 79
2 Essence Scatter (AKH) 52
2 Ravenous Chupacabra (RIX) 82

 

All of these decks are powerful decks that compete well in the current meta, but before spending your limited number of Wild Cards, choose your deck building path based on which cards you open in packs, claim as victory rewards, and most importantly enjoy playing the most. Remember, in the current economy, resources are limited and building a solid deck takes time. You’re better off focusing on 1 or 2 decks rather than spreading your Wild Cards all over the place.

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