The 10 Best Decks In MTG’s Timeless Format

Timeless is the no-ban format of Magic: The Gathering Arena. It includes every single card on Arena, with altered digital versions of cards from Alchemy reverted to their original paper printing. Rather than cards being banned, Timeless restricts cards, meaning you can only play one copy of them in your deck.

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Due to the giant card pool that Timeless has thanks to Arena’s long history, it is a very high-power format. Decks are amazing and capable of doing some of the best combos in the entire game, both inside of Magic: The Gathering Arena formats and traditional paper formats.

10 Izzet Phoenix

Spellsling To Victory

MTG Dragon's Rage Channeler and Arclight Phoenix

Sample Decklist

Jegantha, The Wellspring (Companion)

4 Mountain

4 Steam Vents

4 Flooded Strand

4 Wooded Foothills

4 Mishra’s Bauble

4 Brainstorm

4 Otherworldly Gaze

4 Dragon’s Rage Channeler

4 Faithless Looting

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

4 Unholy Heat

4 Expressive Iteration

4 Arclight Phoenix

2 Treasure Cruise

2 Island

Izzet (red/blue) Phoenix is named after the namesake card Arclight Phoenix. The deck is built around getting Arclight Phoenix into the graveyard and cheating it out onto the battlefield by casting three spells in one turn. It is one of the best decks in both Explorer/Pioneer and Historic, and in Timeless it gets extra tools in Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Dragon’s Rage Channeler.

The addition of fetchlands in Timeless allows Izzet Phoenix to get lands into the graveyard for Dragon’s Rage Channeler’s Delirium threshold and also helps to thin your deck. With the exception of Expressive Iteration, every instant and sorcery only costs one mana for easy casting.

9 Sneak Attack

Never Pay A Casting Cost

MTG natural order and sneak attack

Sample Decklist

4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

4 Delighted Halfling

4 Veil Of Summer

4 Deathrite Shaman

1 Demonic Tutor

2 Prosperous Innkeeper

4 Assemble The Team

2 Fable Of The Mirror-Breaker

4 Sneak Attack

3 Natural Order

4 Atraxa, Grand Unifier

2 Worldspine Wurm

1 Swamp

1 Mountain

2 Forest

2 Blood Crypt

4 Overgrown Tomb

3 Stomping Ground

3 Bloodstained Mire

2 Windswept Heath

4 Wooded Foothills

Sneak Attack is cheating out giant creatures without ever actually casting them. The main way to do this is with Sneak Attack, which lets you put any creature onto the battlefield with haste for just one red mana. The creature does get sacrificed at the end step, however. The two targets for it are Worldspine Wurm and Atraxa, Grand Unifier.

The other way to cheat out creatures is Natural Order, which trades one green creature for another. Assemble The Team and Demonic Tutor help you to get Sneak Attack and Natural order into your hand since the deck needs them to function.

8 Tainted Pact Combo

Commander Player’s Bane

MTG Thassa's Oracle and Tainted Pact

Sample Decklist

1 Mishra’s Bauble

1 Brainstorm

1 Consider

1 Opt

1 Otherworldly Gaze

1 Spell Pierce

1 Cling To Dust

1 Cut Down

1 Fatal Push

1 Inquisition Of Kozilek

1 Thoughtseize

1 Change The Equation

1 Impulse

1 Make Disappear

1 Memory Lapse

1 Seek New Knowledge

1 Snapcaster Mage

1 Counterspell

2 Thassa’s Oracle

1 Demonic Tutor

1 Orcish Bowmasters

2 Tainted Pact

1 Undercity Plunder

1 Wishclaw Talisman

1 Assemble The Team

1 Silundi Vision

1 Solve The Equation

1 Grim Tutor

1 Path Of Peril

1 Memory Deluge

1 Jace, Wielder Of Mysteries

1 Lorien Revealed

1 Treasure Cruise

1 Dig Through Time

1 Castle Vantress

1 Island

1 Lonely Sandbar

1 Mystic Sanctuary

1 Barren Moor

1 Swamp

1 Drowned Catacomb

1 Fetid Pools

1 Restless Reef

1 Shipwreck Marsh

1 Underground River

1 1 Watery Grave

1 Nurturing Peatland

1 Overgrown Tomb

1 Stomping Ground

1 Waterlogged Grove

1 Ziatora’s Proving Ground

1 Zagoth Triome

1 Bloodstained Mire

1 Cavern Of Souls

1 Flooded Strand

1 Polluted Delta

1 Windswept Heath

1 Wooded Foothills

Commander players know how strong Thassa’s Orcale and Tainted Pact are together, and in Timeless it’s just as strong. The deck is singleton, meaning you only play one copy of each card, so when you cast Tainted Pact you exile your entire deck, so you can instantly win the game with Thassa’s Oracle’s effect.

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The non-combo part of the deck plays a control strategy, with removal spells and hand destruction cards along with counterspells. The only cards you have more than one copy of are Thassa’s Oracle and Tainted Pact as you need them both in your hand to combo so if there’s another in the deck it won’t stop it before your library is exiled.

7 Four Color Omnath

Lands, Lands, And More Lands

MTG Uro Titan Of Nature's Wrath and Omnath Locus Of Creation

Sample Decklist

Yorion, Sky Nomad (Companion)

4 Swords To Plowshares

4 Brainstorm

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

4 Delighted Halfling

4 Counterspell

2 Teferi, Time Raveler

4 Oko, Thief Of Crowns

4 Uro, Titan Of Nature’s Wrath

2 Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes

4 Omnath, Locus Of Creation

4 The One Ring

2 Lorien Revealed

4 Leyline Binding

1 Plains

1 Island

1 Otawara, Soaring City

1 Mountain

1 Boseiju, Who Endures

2 Forest

1 Hallowed Fountain

1 Steam Vents

1 Stomping Ground

2 Breeding Pool

1 Ziatora’s Proving Ground

1 Jetmir’s Garden

1 Spara’s Headquarters

1 Ketria Triome

1 Raugrin Triome

1 Zagoth Triome

1 Flooded Strand

1 Windswept Heath

1 Wooded Foothills

A menace of Standard back in the day, Four Color Omnath makes its return in Timeless as one of the format’s best decks. It’s a ramp deck built around playing multiple lands in one turn to trigger Omnath, Locus Of Creation’s landfall effects. This is trivially done with fetchlands which give you two landfall triggers with one land.

Uro, Titan Of Nature’s Wrath is another way to get extra lands on a turn, all while drawing your cards and gaining you life. Four Color Omnath is a midrange deck with a ton of threats early and late game to always keep up with your opponent.

6 Bant Control

Your Best Superfriends

MTG Oko Thief of Crowns and Teferi Time Raveler

Sample Decklist

4 Fragment Reality

4 Swords To Plowshares

4 Brainstorm

2 Spell Pierce

4 Counterspell

2 Temporary Lockdown

3 Teferi, Time Raveler

3 Oko, Thief Of Crowns

4 Uro, Titan Of Nature’s Wrath

2 The Wandering Emperor

2 Supreme Verdict

2 Teferi, Hero Of Dominaria

2 Plains

1 Hall Of Storm Giants

2 Island

2 Forest

2 Hallowed Fountain

2 Temple Garden

2 Breeding Pool

1 Spara’s Headquarters

2 Field Of Ruin

4 Flooded Strand

4 Windswept Heath

Bant (green/white/blue) is a control deck that closes out games with powerful planeswalkers, an escaped Uro, Titan Of Nature’s Wrath, and Hall Of Storm Giants. While setting these win conditions up, you control the battlefield with counterspells to keep threats away and removal spells and board wipes to ensure no creatures stay on the battlefield.

Oko, Thief Of Crowns shuts down any creature abilities your opponent has while Teferi, Time Raveler locks them into sorcery-speed spells as Teferi, Hero Of Dominaria draws your cards and forces your opponent to answer it.

5 Titan Field

Lands For Value

MTG Field of the Dead and Primeval Titan

Sample Decklist

4 Arboreal Grazer

4 Kami Of Bamboo Groves

2 Explore

1 Open The Way

1 Bala Ged Recovery

4 Spelunking

4 Natural Order

4 The One Ring

1 Nissa, Who Shakes The World

4 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim

4 Primeval Titan

1 Ugin, The Spirit Dragon

1 Bojuka Bog

2 Boseiju, Who Endures

1 Gate To Manorborn

1 Khalni Garden

1 Lair Of The Hydra

1 Snow-Covered Forest

1 Tranquill Thicket

1 The World Tree

1 Blast Zone

4 Cavern Of Souls

4 Field Of The Dead

1 Radiant Fountain

4 Sunken Citadel

Titan Field is a deck that utilizes Primeval Titan and Field Of The Dead. Field Of Dead creates 2/2 Zombie tokens when a land enters the battlefield, so long as you have seven differently named lands. Primeval Titan can get Field Of The Dead onto the battlefield directly from the deck once it enters the battlefield. Golos, Tireless Pilgrim is another way to accomplish the same.

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Field Of The Dead wants to do nothing but toss lands onto the battlefield to keep making tokens. When multiple Field Of The Deads are on the battlefield, it becomes almost impossible to lose, as even after a board wipe you can amass a board with just one land.

4 Mono-Black Necropotence

Skip Draws, Infinite Cards

MTG Necropotence and Dark Ritual

Sample Decklist

4 Dark Ritual

4 Fatal Push

4 Inquisition Of Kozilek

4 Thoughtseize

4 Deathrite Shaman

4 March Of Wretched Sorrow

1 Demonic Tutor

4 Orcish Bowmasters

4 Necropotence

3 Sheoldred, The Apocalypse

3 The One Ring

2 Castle Lochtwain

1 Hive Of The Eye Tyrant

17 Swamp

1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire

Necropotence is a card so good it was banned or restricted in every format it was legal in and is a major part of one of the best decks in Timeless. The deck plays a lot of low-mana spells that act as removal spells. Necropotence can hit the battlefield early thanks to Dark Ritual, which lets you cast it on turn one if you open both.

While you still have to discard for hand size at the end of the turn, March Of Wretched Sorrow lets you exile them instead – discount it to deal damage to a creature or planeswalker and gain you life. Sheoldred, The Apocalypse helps you gain life and Orcish Bowmasters prevents your opponent from drawing cards.

3 Domain Zoo

Go To The Painful Zoo

MTG Tribal Flames and Territorial Kavu

Sample Decklist

4 Stubborn Denial

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

4 Wild Nacatl

2 Orcish Bowmasters

4 Tribal Flames

3 Nishoba Brawler

4 Once Upon A Time

4 Territorial Kavu

2 Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes

4 Leyline Binding

1 Mountain

1 Forest

1 Steam Vents

1 Overgrown Tomb

1 Stomping Ground

1 Sacred Foundry

1 Temple Garden

1 Breeding Pool

1 Savai Triome

1 Zagoth Triome

4 Flooded Strand

4 Windswept Heath

4 Wooded Foothills

Domain Zoo plays all five colors and is the best aggro deck in Timeless. It plays no creature that costs more than two mana, almost all of which benefit from there being multiple land types on the battlefield. Since you are almost always going to have a creature with four or more power, Stubborn Denial can counter most spells that might try to remove one of your key creatures.

Leyline Binding can often be cast for just one blue mana to get rid of a problem permanent your opponent controls. Minsc & Boo is great for closing out longer games as it provides a great pivot to midrange if the need arises.

2 Grixis Shado

No Life? No Problem

MTG Deaths Shadow and Lurrus of the Dream Den

Sample Decklist

Lurrus Of The Dream-Den (Companion)

4 Mishra’s Bauble

4 Brainstorm

4 Death’s Shadow

4 Thoughtseize

4 Dragon’s Rage Channeler

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

2 Unholy Heat

2 Counterspell

4 Orcish Bowmasters

2 Expressive Iteration

2 Treasure Cruise

2 Watery Grave

4 Steam Vents

4 Blood Crypt

4 Bloodstained Mire

2 Flooded Strand

4 Polluted Delta

Grixis (red/blue/black) Shadow utilizes Death’s Shadow as its main win condition. The card is a 13/13, but gets -X/-X equal to your life total. So if you have seven or less life, it will have its full power. Grixis Shadow wants you to have a low life total, so you can have a threatening creature at all times.

Even if Death’s Shadow gets removed, you have Lurrus Of The Dream-Den as your companion to get it back from the graveyard. It can also recycle Mishra’s Bauble for a free draw engine. It is a tempo deck wanting to get cheap creatures on the battlefield and control the game with removal spells.

1 Sultai Midrange

The Collection Of The Best

MTG Orcish Bowmasters and Deathrite Shaman

Sample Decklist

Jegantha, The Wellspring (Companion)

4 Brainstorm

2 Stern Scolding

4 Fatal Push

4 Thoughtseize

4 Delighted Halfling

4 Deathrite Shaman

3 Uro, Titan Of Nature’s Wrath

3 Oko, Thief Of Crowns

4 Mishra’s Bauble

1 Swamp

1 Boseiju, Who Endures

1 Forest

2 Watery Grave

2 Overgrown Tomb

2 Breeding Pool

3 Flooded Strand

4 Polluted Delta

2 Wooded Foothills

1 Island

Sultai (green/blue/black) has access to all of the best cards in Timeless. The deck has a low curve with plenty of interaction to stop your opponent from keeping cards in their hand and creatures on the battlefield. Deathrite Shaman can take advantage of cards in the graveyard, either producing mana or burning the opponent. This and Orcish Bowmasters can deal in minor damage that continuously builds over time.

The top-end of Oko, Thief Of Crowns and Uro, Titan Of Nature’s Wrath are great game enders. Oko ensures your opponent’s best creature abilities aren’t something you have to worry about and Uro keeps your life total up and your hand full with card draw.

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