Pioneer Challenger Decks 2022 & Decklists

In this article you’ll find all four Pioneer Challenger decks 2022 and their decklists. We’ll also talk about each of the decks and explain what they’re trying to do. We’ll also point out which are the most valuable cards in each deck, so you’ll know which deck has the best value. At the end, we’ll also answer the question “Which Pioneer Challenger deck 2022 is the best one?”

So, as we have a lot to talk about, we better get right to it!

Dimir Control

Dimir Control Pioneer Challenger Decks 2022 Decklists

Dimir control is your typical… well, control deck. The deck is mostly filled with removal spells, counterspells. This means that with this deck, you’ll try to counter every threat that your opponent plays. If anything slips by, it gets hit by a removal spell. You also have some card advantage spells, such as Dig Through Time, with which you make sure that you wouldn’t run out of cards.

Winning the game isn’t a priority, but an eventuality. The main goal is to disable your opponent’s plan, then start to chip in with Murderous Rider or Torrential Gearhulk. Of course, Shark Typhoon can also get the job done.

Dimir Control – Decklist

Creatures (4)
Murderous Rider
Torrential Gearhulk

Instants (25)
Fatal Push
Drown in the Loch
Heartless Act
Mystical Dispute
Sinister Sabotage
Dig Through Time

Sorceries (2)
Extinction Event

Planeswalkers (2)
Narset, Parter of Veils

Enchantment (1)
Shark Typhoon
Lands (26)
Temple of Deceit
Drowned Catacomb
Watery Grave
Field of Ruin

Sideboard (15)
Cling to Dust
Test of Talents
Cry of the Carnarium
Go Blank
Mystical Dispute

Valuable Cards in Dimir Control

Gruul Stompy

Gruul Stompy Pioneer Challenger Decks 2022 Decklists

Grull Stompy is great for players who like smashing opponents with big creatures. The creatures in this deck aren’t that expensive, as the mana curve stops at five, but they are all very efficient for their costs.

Lovestruck Beast is your three mana 5/5, and it also doubles as a spell, as does Bonecrusher Giant. Questing Beast has a ton of text, and it’s all good. On top of the curve is Glorybringer, which is both a creature and a removal spell.

You’ll get to deploy your creatures quickly with the help of two same cards with different names: Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves. Hopefully, that will be enough to outpace your opponents.

Creatures (26)
Elvish Mystic
Llanowar Elves
Scavenging Ooze
Bonecrusher Giant
Questing Beast
Lovestruck Beast

Instants (4)
Mizzium Mortars

Sorceries (3)

Planeswalkers (2)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Lands (25)
Karplusan Forest
Stomping Ground
Rockfall Vale

Sideboard (15)
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Rending Volley
Shifting Ceratops

Valuable Cards in Gruul Stompy

Orzhov Humans

Orzhov Humans Pioneer Challenger Decks 2022 Decklists

This deck presents the classic White strategy of using a ton of cheap creatures to overwhelm the opponent. Added to that strategy is a tribal component. All creatures in the deck are Humans, which benefit from the key card in the deck, Thalia’s Lieutenant. Another, albeit weaker payoff is also Rally the Ranks.

So, if you enjoy traditional White decks, you’ll like Orzhov Humans as well. The deck also has a clear upgrade path into mono White Humans. If you decide to go that way, you might be able to trade away some dual lands for cards that you need.

Creatures (30)
Bloodsoaked Champion
Dauntless Bodyguard
Giant Killer
Thraben Inspector
Kitesail Freebooter
Luminarch Aspirant
Thalia’s Lieutenant
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Instants (2)
Dire Tactics

Sorceries (2)
Bloodchief’s Thirst

Enchatments (4)
Rally the Ranks
Lands (22)
Caves of Koilos
Concealed Courtyard
Godless Shrine
Unclaimed Territory
Secluded Courtyard

Sideboard (15)
Giant Killer
Portable Hole
Containment Priest
Sungold Sentinel
Sunset Revelry

Valuable Cards in Orzhov Humans

Izzet Phoenix

Izzet Phoenix Pioneer Challenger Decks 2022 Decklists

Izzet Phoenix is named after a key card in the deck, Arclight Phoenix. It’s a shame that there are only two of them in the deck. Nevertheless, that was probably necessary to keep the price of the deck on par with the other three.

The deck plays out a bit like a combo deck. You’re digging through your deck, in order to find the cards you need, and to power up Crackling Drake and Thing in the Ice, and to get Phoenix from your graveyard into play.

One interesting to note here is that the deck contains two copies of a banned card, Expressive Iteration. Wizards make the final decisions on cards included way before product actually gets printed. So when they put this decklist together, Iteration was still legal. Wizards made clear that you can play with this deck in Pioneer – as long as you don’t change any card in the deck. If you do, then Iterations will have to leave your deck.

Creatures (8)
Thing in the Ice
Arclight Phoenix
Crackling Drake

Instants (18)
Fiery Impulse
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Lightning Axe
Izzet Charm

Sorceries (13)
Chart a Course
Expressive Iteration
Pieces of the Puzzle
Treasure Cruise
Lands (21)
Sulfur Falls
Temple of Epiphany
Shivan Reef
Steam Vents

Sideboard (15)
Invasive Surgery
Lava Coil
Mystical Dispute
Narset, Parter of Veils
Sweltering Suns

Valuable Cards in Izzet Phoenix

Which Pioneer Challenger Deck 2022 is the Best to Buy?

Well, as usually with question to such question is, it depends. There isn’t one specific deck that would be the best buy for all types of players. That’s why we’ll rank decks based on various criteria, starting with most valuable cards.

Most Valuable Cards

If you’re looking for valuable cards, the two best decks are Izzet Phoenix and Dimir Control. Both have various sought-after cards, as you’ve seen in the previous sections. They are followed by Gruul Stompy, which also holds its own. At the end of the list you’d find Orzhov Humans, which simply don’t have many cards that would be worth a lot.

Best to Play

If you’re looking for which deck would feel best to you for play, here are which deck fits with which play style:

  • Dimir Control: control
  • Gruul Stompy: go-big aggro
  • Orzhov Humans: go-wide aggro
  • Izzet Phoenix: combo

However, if you’re looking for the best one based on a win-rate in a random Pioneer tournament, that’s a bit harder to day for sure. Usually with these precon decks, a lot would depend on consistency, and Izzet Phoenix looks like the most consistent one, due to the amount of cheap card draw it has.

Easiest to Upgrade

Izzet Phoenix is a viable deck in Pioneer. The deck is quite easy to upgrade, as you need just a couple of Phoenixes, and you’re good to go. Another option is Orzhov Humans. You can remove the Black color and go for a mono White deck, which will benefit from Brave the Elements. Such deck is also a competitive one in Pioneer.


Anyway, that’s all for today. Let us know which Pioneer Challenger deck 2022 is your favorite in the comment below. If you’re looking for more news about MTG products, you can find all upcoming MTG sets here.

Until next time, have fun, a win a lot of games of Pioneer!

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