Last weekend, Biagio Ruocco won the Standard Grand Prix at MagicFest Lyon, playing Mono-Red Aggro.
— ChannelFireball (@ChannelFireball) March 8, 2020
In this article, you can find a deeper dive into the Day 2 metagame.
Top 64 Grand Prix Lyon Decklists
|Final standing||Deck archetype||Player name||Swiss match points|
|1||Mono-Red Aggro||Ruocco, Biagio||37|
|2||Temur Reclamation||Leroy, Quentin||37|
|3||Sultai Midrange||Murgey, Alexandre||37|
|4||Mono-Red Aggro||Garnham, Matthew||36|
|5||Bant Ramp||Moscato, Adriano||38|
|6||Rakdos Sacrifice||Garchery, Quentin||37|
|7||Bant Ramp||Tedeschi, Davide||36|
|8||Rakdos Sacrifice||Carbonell, Leo||36|
|9||Temur Reclamation||Gonzalez, David||36|
|10||Bant Ramp||Krebs, Maximilian||36|
|11||Temur Reclamation||Gouzy, Jean||36|
|12||Jund Food||Rolph, Sam||34|
|13||Temur Clover||Twist, Lukas||34|
|14||Jeskai Fires||Parisi, Alessandro||34|
|15||Gruul Aggro||Greco, Massimo||34|
|16||Sultai Midrange||Hautot, Mathieu||33|
|17||Temur Flash||Lippi, Alessandro||33|
|18||Bant Ramp||Pascual Perez, Francisco||33|
|19||Jeskai Fires||Krochmaluk, Alexi||33|
|20||Jund Food||Vinci, Stefano||33|
|21||Rakdos Knights||Marty, Toni||33|
|22||Mono-Red Aggro||Etchegoyhen, Morgan||33|
|23||Temur Reclamation||Huschenbeth, Arne||33|
|24||Mono-Red Aggro||Behrens, Kai||33|
|25||Bant Ramp||Zimmermann, Martin||33|
|26||Simic Flash||Maiocco, Marco||33|
|27||Temur Clover||Gras, Clement||32|
|28||Rakdos Sacrifice||Bornoz, Tristan||32|
|29||Rakdos Sacrifice||Ramboa, Thierry||31|
|30||Temur Clover||Gonzalez Hidalgo, Francisco Jose||31|
|31||Temur Reclamation||Fortier, Remi||31|
|32||Rakdos Sacrifice||Maubert, Noham||31|
|33||Temur Clover||Jochum, Arnaud||31|
|34||Bant Ramp||Hauck, Christian||31|
|35||Temur Reclamation||Mechin, Thomas||31|
|36||Temur Clover||Nielsen, Simon||31|
|37||Mono-Red Aggro||Sarfis, Gabriel||30|
|38||Simic Reclamation||Perbet, Guillaume||30|
|39||Temur Clover||Garcia Munoz, Oscar||30|
|40||Temur Clover||Allingham, James||30|
|41||Rakdos Sacrifice||Mery, Theau||30|
|42||Bant Ramp||Zuger, Christoph||30|
|43||Sultai Midrange||Lagarde, Antoine||30|
|44||Temur Clover||Van Der Beek, Laurens||30|
|45||Sultai Midrange||Zaffaina, Nicolo||30|
|46||Temur Flash||Estratti, Samuele||30|
|47||Temur Clover||Wickham, Charles||30|
|48||Mono-Red Aggro||Chapelle, Leo||30|
|49||Bant Ramp||Guichard, Louis||30|
|50||Temur Clover||Guillaumont, Antonin||30|
|51||Mono-Red Aggro||Bitzberger, Eric||30|
|52||Bant Ramp||Pacheco, Omar||29|
|53||Bant Ramp||Leigh, Simon||29|
|54||Mono-Red Aggro||Sarton, Clement||28|
|55||Temur Clover||Martin, Maxime||28|
|56||Temur Clover||Dreimanis, Gints||28|
|57||Temur Clover||De Haan, Rob||28|
|58||Jeskai Fires||Rauser, Thomas||28|
|59||Bant Ramp||De Luca, Daniele||28|
|60||Izzet Flash||Summersberger, Helmut||28|
|61||Temur Reclamation||Koch, Florian||28|
|62||Temur Reclamation||Ganz, Andreas||28|
|63||Temur Clover||Bonde, Michael||28|
|64||Bant Ramp||Marion, Damien||28|
The Day 2 Lyon Metagame Overview
The Standard decks of the players who made Day 2 at Grand Prix Lyon break down as follows.
Several developments stand out:
- The rise of Temur Clover. It got a huge popularity boost after Aaron Gertler’s win at the DreamHack Arena Open. Nevertheless, the deck seemed to underperform on Day 2 of Grand Prix Lyon, as no Temur Clover players made Top 8 and there was only one in the Top 24.
- The fall of Azorius Control. This is largely due to bad matchups against Temur Clover.
- The rise of Bant Ramp and Sultai Midrange. Both are powerful homes for Nissa, Who Shakes the World and Hydroid Krasis. Many Azorius Control players may have flocked to Bant Control, which is more pro-active and less vulnerable to an opposing Teferi, Time Raveler. One reason for the resurgence of Sultai Midrange is that Casualties of War is a good answer to Lucky Clover.
- The rise of Rakdos Sacrifice. MPL members Raphael Levy and Chris Kvartek played the deck at the Mythic Point Challenge to good results, and many players followed. Two Rakdos Sacrifice players made Top 8 in Lyon.
The Sweetest Brews
Several spicy decks performed well last weekend, and I would like to highlight three of them.
Temur Flash - Alessandro Lippi, 11-4 at GP Lyon (Standard)
This deck can be characterized as a Simic Flash deck that splashes for Bonecrusher Giant. It also has Ionize instead of Sinister Sabotage, along with several burn spells in the sideboard. This comes at the cost of additional shock lands, as well as a Mountain that might make Frilled Mystic more difficult to cast. But the red splash provides good answers to annoying creatures like Edgewall Innkeeper, Runaway Steam-Kin, or Priest of Forgotten Gods that otherwise go under your countermagic. Alessandro Lippi and Samuele Estratti, two veteran Italian Magic players, played the same main deck to an 11-4 and 10-5 finish, respectively.
Gruul Aggro - Massimo Greco, 11-3-1 at GP Lyon (Standard)
This deck can either be described as either Mono-Red Aggro splashing for Questing Beast or Gruul Adventure with Anax instead of Edgewall Innkeeper. While there are a lot of individually powerful creatures, I am skeptical of the mana base: There are 17 red sources for Anax and 14 green sources for Questing Beast, both of which are on the low side. For this reason, I doubt that this deck is actually better than Gruul Adventure or Mono-Red Aggro, but Massimo Greco showed that power over consistency is sometimes worth it, as he piloted his deck to a 11-3-1 record at Grand Prix Lyon.
Simic Reclamation - Guillaume Perbet, 10-5 at GP Lyon (Standard)
Is it Temur Reclamation without the red? Or Simic Flash with Wilderness Reclamation? Well, this deck does not have the capability of casting enormous, game-winning Expansion // Explosions, nor does it have the capability to mount an early offense with Brineborn Cutthroat. But unlike Temur Reclamation, it can use Nightpack Ambusher to dominate the mid-game. And unlike Simic Flash, it can combine Wilderness Reclamation with Castle Vantress or Thassa’s Intervention for late-game staying power. It’s an interesting mix of strategies that Guillaume Perbet took to a 10-5 record at Grand Prix Lyon.
Standard remains in flux. Only a few weeks ago, Azorius Control was dominating the format. Now, Bant Ramp has become the Shatter the Sky deck of choice, and Temur Clover has emerged as the Deck to Beat (even though it was beaten on Day 2 in Lyon). Meanwhile, some players are finding success with experimental fringe archetypes, showing that there are still many directions to explore in Standard.
And yet, some things don’t change. The finals was a match between Mono-Red Aggro versus Temur Reclamation, two decks that have been around for ages. Even if the Standard metagame is changing rapidly, the proven strategies are still putting up great results.