Explorer Tier List Update – July 14, 2022

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

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Best-of-Three

S tier

No changes

A Tier

Sultai Fight Rigging (up from B Tier) – Seemingly settling on an optimal color combination, top-performing Fight Rigging decks are splashing into blue for Emergent Ultimatum, which the decks are hoping to cast for free via Fight Rigging’s Hideaway ability. Off Ultimatum, the deck usually presents Alrund’s Epiphany, Vorinclex and either Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Elder Gararoth or Wrenn and Seven (depending on the situation) to the opponent for selection, usually resulting in an insurmountable boardstate. The blue splash also allows the deck to run Reservoir Kraken as the Fight Rigging target, which has built-in protection and provides an alternative wincon if need be. Sultai Rigging is the fifth most-played deck in Bo3 since the season reset, while maintaining a whopping 65% winrate – the highest on the tier list. 

B Tier

Grixis Creativity (previously Fires of Invention/Agent, Stable) – While the archetype didn’t move on the tier list, the top-performing versions of the deck themselves changed – dropping the Fires of Invention/Transmogrify package in favor of an Indomitable Creativity/artifact-based package, which is harder for Rakdos to interact with than the creature-based version. 

C Tier

No changes

D Tier

Grixis Midrange (New) – Splashing blue almost solely for Nicol Bolas the Ravager and sometimes Nicol Bolas, Dragon God, this Rakdos Midrange variant has been popular enough to make it onto the tier list but hasn’t put up the results necessary to place any higher than D Tier. 


Best-of-one

S Tier

No changes

A Tier

No changes

B tier 

No changes

C Tier 

Sultai Fight Rigging (up from D Tier)- Seemingly settling on an optimal color combination, top-performing Fight Rigging decks are splashing into blue for Emergent Ultimatum, which the decks are hoping to cast for free via Fight Rigging’s Hideaway ability. Off Ultimatum, the deck usually presents Alrund’s Epiphany, Vorinclex and either Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Elder Gararoth or Wrenn and Seven (depending on the situation) to the opponent for selection, usually resulting in an insurmountable boardstate. The blue splash also allows the deck to run Reservoir Kraken as the Fight Rigging target, which has built-in protection and provides an alternative wincon if need be. In best-of-one, the deck has a moderate playrate and a slightly above-average winrate, moving it up to C Tier here.

D Tier


Grixis Creativity  (previously Fires of Invention/Agent, Down from C) – With the top decks dropping the Fires of Invention/Transmogrify package in favor of an Indomitable Creativity/artifact-based package, this version is harder for Rakdos to interact with than the former. Still, the archetype drops to D Tier this week in best-of-one for lacking representation.

  • Publicist

    Tyrant has been playing Magic in events since his first prerelease in Ixalan. Most of the time, he can be found in the various Pioneer Discord channels talking about anything Pioneer, from various meta decks to whatever new combo deck he has brewed up. When not playing Magic, he is getting cards in his collection signed by their artists or producing the occasional video for his YouTube channel.

  • 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, mostly in Grixis colors, mono-colors or tribal decks.

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