The Standard Metagame at Grand Prix Lyon

Last weekend, Biagio Ruocco won the Standard Grand Prix at MagicFest Lyon, playing Mono-Red Aggro.

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.

GP Lyon Day 2 Metagame

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.

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