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Challenger Decks 2022 – All Decklists Previewed

Each year, Wizards release new Standard Challenger Decks. These are out of the box competitive Standard decks that could win a tournament at your local game store. On February 8th, the decklists of Challenger Decks 2022 were previewed.

Today we’ll talk about all four decks, and explore their decklists. This way you’ll easily decide which Challenger Deck 2022 is the best deck to buy, when they release on April 1st, 2022. (That’s not an April Fool’s joke.)

Mono White Aggro

Challenger Decks 2022 Mono White Aggro Decklist

This is your classic mono white aggressive deck. You’ll play a lot of small white creatures, and try to overwhelm your opponent with them.

Creatures (30)
Reidane, God of the Worthy
Monk of the Open Hand
Usher of the Fallen
Codespell Cleric
Clarion Spirit
Luminarch Aspirant
Intrepid Adversary
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Skyclave Apparition
Elite Spellbinder

Instants (4)
Kabira Takedown
Fateful Absence

Enchantments (3)
Paladin Class
Lands (23)
Faceless Haven
20 Snow-Covered Plains

Sideboard (15)
Loyal Warhound
Cathar Commando
Portable Hole
Maul of the Skyclaves
Selfless Samurai
Sungold Sentinel
Imperial Recovery Unit

If some card images aren’t showing, that’s because they are from the new Kamigawa set, and they weren’t added to the database yet. You can find them in the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty spoiler gallery.

The deck contains some quite powerful cards. Skyclave Apparition, for example is a multi format staple, in sees many white decks. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is similar in that regard.

Dimir Control

Dimir Control Challenger Decks 2022 Guide

This deck is on the opposite side of the spectrum. With this one, you’ll try to prolong the game. Remove or counter your opponent’s threats and win the game with a powerful rare.

Creatures (6)
Graveyard Trespasser
Iymrith, Desert Doom
Hullbreaker Horror

Sorceries (6)
Crippling Fear
Blood on the Snow

Instants (22)
Jwari Disruption
Power Word Kill
Baleful Mastery
Saw It Coming
Thirst for Discovery
Parasitic Grasp
Hero’s Downfall
Memory Deluge
Infernal Grasp
March of Wretched Sorrow
Lands (26)
Field of Ruin
Ice Tunnel
Hall of Storm Giants
Evolving Wilds
Shipwreck Marsh
Snow-Covered Swamp
Snow-Covered Island

Sideboard (15)
Saw It Coming
Mischievous Catgeist
Duress
Siphon Insight
Negate
Ray of Enfeeblement
Bloodvial Purveyor
Bloodchief’s Thirst

As you can see, there are a bunch of various removal spells and counterspells. While there aren’t many win conditions, you don’t need plenty of them, as both Iymrith, Desert Doom and Hullbreaker Horror can get the job done easily.

Rakdos Vampires

Standard Challenger Decks 2022 Rakdos Vampires

If you’re a fan of tribal synergies, this is the best Challenger deck 2022 for you. As the name suggests, it’s all about the Vampires. The face card, Florian, Voldaren Scion is a perfect card for a Vampire tribal deck.

Creatures (25)
Voldaren Bloodcaster
Henrika Domnathi
Voldaren Epicure
Bloodtithe Harvester
Vampire Socialite
Florian, Voldaren Scion
Dominating Vampire
Immersturm Predator
Sokenzan Smelter

Instants (7)
Infernal Grasp
Village Rites
Voltage Surge

Artifacts (4)
Oni-Cult Anvil
Mukotai Soulripper
Lands (24)
Blightstep Pathway
Voldaren Estate
Den of the Bugbear
Bloodfell Caves
Swamp
Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Infernal Grasp
Duress
Falkenrath Forebear
Abrade
Callous Bloodmage
Anje, Maid of Dishonor

In this deck, there are a lot of cards that make Blood tokens. You can use them to smooth out your draws or for cards like Voldaren Bloodcaster. For your Vampire synergies, you have Dominating Vampire and Vampire Socialite.

As you can see from Immersturm Predator, there are also good Vampire cards that stand on their own.

Gruul Stompy

Challenger Decks 2022 Decklist Grull Stompy

Finally, here are big red and green creatures. This is always a fun strategy, and this time around it’s also very efficient.

Creatures (22)
Ulvenwald Oddity
Tovolar’s Huntmaster
Halana and Alena, Partners
Goldspan Dragon
Jaspera Sentinel
Magda, Brazen Outlaw
Briarbridge Tracker
Twinshot Sniper

Sorceries (2)
Light Up the Night
Thundering Rebuke

Instants (8)
Abrade
Snakeskin Veil

Enchantments (4)
Ranger Class
Lands (24)
Rockfall Vale
10 Forest
Lair of the Hydra
Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Twinshot Sniper
Thundering Rebuke
Tovolar, Dire Overlord
Burning Hands
Kappa Tech-Wrecker
Lantern of the Lost
Froghemoth

Gruul Stompy has many cards that will delight midrange players. A full playset of Ranger Class is just one such example. There are also plenty of other two-for-ones, like Briarbridge Tracker and Tovolar’s Huntmaster.

Jaspera Sentinel and Magda, Brazen Outlaw will help you get your powerful cards out earlier than expected. That’s really satisfying, especially once you smash your opponent with Ulvenwald Oddity.

Challenger Decks 2022 – Conclusion

That’s all about the Standard Challenger Decks 2022 so far. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

If you’re unsure which one to get, you can also order all four of them. This way, you’ll be able to use them as a self-contained Magic game, which is always fun, especially, if you want the players to have decks of a similar power level.

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Until next time, have fun with your new Challenger decks 2022.

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