With regards to deck archetypes, the big players in Standard had long been well established. There was Temur Energy, there was Ramunap Red, there was Temur Energy with a little black, there was Approach of the Second Sun, and there was Temur Energy with some more black. Seeing the same decks over and over again, particularly the ubiquitous energy builds might get a little boring. Thankfully, there's something every Standard player could do about it: play a more interesting deck yourself!

We wanted to take a moment to highlight a couple of the more unusual constructs in the running here at MKMS Barcelona. They may not have been good enough to make it to the Top 8, but deserve another look just the same …

Maximilien Krzeszewski – Rock

Main Deck:
  • 4 Blooming Marsh
  • 4 Drowned Catacomb
  • 2 Evolving Wilds
  • 4 Fetid Pools
  • 1 Forest
  • 2 Ifnir Deadlands
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Scavenger Grounds
  • 6 Swamp
  • 4 Gifted Aetherborn
  • 3 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
  • 4 Kitesail Freebooter
  • 1 Noxious Gearhulk
  • 2 The Scarab God
  • 4 Walking Ballista
  • 1 Arguel's Blood Fast / Temple of Aclazotz
  • 1 Bontu's Last Reckoning
  • 4 Doomfall
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 1 Search for Azcanta / Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin
  • 4 Vraska's Contempt
  • 2 Vraska, Relic Seeker
Sideboard:
  • 1 Arguel's Blood Fast / Temple of Aclazotz
  • 1 Bontu's Last Reckoning
  • 2 Bounty of the Luxa
  • 1 Crook of Condemnation
  • 4 Duress
  • 2 Essence Extraction
  • 3 Lost Legacy
  • 1 Vraska, Relic Seeker
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Maximilien Krzeszewski – Rock
Main Deck:
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Drowned Catacomb
2 Evolving Wilds
4 Fetid Pools
1 Forest
2 Ifnir Deadlands
1 Island
1 Scavenger Grounds
6 Swamp
4 Gifted Aetherborn
3 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
4 Kitesail Freebooter
1 Noxious Gearhulk
2 The Scarab God
4 Walking Ballista
1 Arguel's Blood Fast / Temple of Aclazotz
1 Bontu's Last Reckoning
4 Doomfall
4 Fatal Push
1 Search for Azcanta / Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin
4 Vraska's Contempt
2 Vraska, Relic Seeker
Sideboard:
1 Arguel's Blood Fast / Temple of Aclazotz
1 Bontu's Last Reckoning
2 Bounty of the Luxa
1 Crook of Condemnation
4 Duress
2 Essence Extraction
3 Lost Legacy
1 Vraska, Relic Seeker

Maximilien Krzeszewski, for instance, entered the tournament with an interesting brew, a mix between control and midrange full of defensive or disruptive creatures and inclusive of four Doomfall to fight on both fronts.

David Calmejane – Black Aggro

Main Deck:
  • 1 Canyon Slough
  • 3 Dragonskull Summit
  • 4 Ifnir Deadlands
  • 12 Swamp
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 4 Bone Picker
  • 4 Dread Wanderer
  • 4 Night Market Lookout
  • 4 Vicious Conquistador
  • 4 Gifted Aetherborn
  • 4 Ruin Raider
  • 4 Heart of Kyran
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 2 Cut // Ribbons
  • 2 Walk The Plank
Sideboard:
  • 4 Aethersphere Harvester
  • 2 Lost Legacy
  • 2 Harsh Scrutiny
  • 4 Duress
  • 1 Key to the City
  • 1 Bontu the Glorified
  • 1 Walk the Plank
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David Calmejane – Black Aggro
Main Deck:
1 Canyon Slough
3 Dragonskull Summit
4 Ifnir Deadlands
12 Swamp
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Bone Picker
4 Dread Wanderer
4 Night Market Lookout
4 Vicious Conquistador
4 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Ruin Raider
4 Heart of Kyran
4 Fatal Push
2 Cut // Ribbons
2 Walk The Plank
Sideboard:
4 Aethersphere Harvester
2 Lost Legacy
2 Harsh Scrutiny
4 Duress
1 Key to the City
1 Bontu the Glorified
1 Walk the Plank

David Calmejane was piloting an aggressive black Vehicle deck. The strategy wasn't exactly unheard of, but it had never really caught on. It almost did so at MKMS Barcelona though, as Calmejane had been in contention for a Top 8 berth up to the very last round!

Rafa Vazquez Lopez – New Perspectives

Main Deck:
  • 3 Forest
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Swamp
  • 4 Fetid Pools
  • 4 Canyon Slough
  • 4 Sheltered Thicket
  • 2 Botanical Sanctum
  • 1 Desert of the Mindful
  • 1 Desert of the Indomitable
  • 4 Censor
  • 1 Fling
  • 3 Vile Manifestation
  • 3 Shadow of the Grave
  • 4 Haze of Pollen
  • 4 Search for Azcanta / Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin
  • 2 Sweltering Suns
  • 4 Beneath the Sands
  • 4 Vizier of Tumbling Sands
  • 4 Shefet Monitor
  • 4 New Perspectives
Sideboard:
  • 4 Duress
  • 2 Sweltering Suns
  • 1 Arguel's Blood Fast / Temple of Aclazotz
  • 2 Drake Haven
  • 3 Contraband Kingpin
  • 1 Commit // Memory
  • 1 Scavenger Grounds
  • 1 Scarab Feast
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Rafa Vazquez Lopez – New Perspectives
Main Deck:
3 Forest
1 Island
1 Mountain
2 Swamp
4 Fetid Pools
4 Canyon Slough
4 Sheltered Thicket
2 Botanical Sanctum
1 Desert of the Mindful
1 Desert of the Indomitable
4 Censor
1 Fling
3 Vile Manifestation
3 Shadow of the Grave
4 Haze of Pollen
4 Search for Azcanta / Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin
2 Sweltering Suns
4 Beneath the Sands
4 Vizier of Tumbling Sands
4 Shefet Monitor
4 New Perspectives
Sideboard:
4 Duress
2 Sweltering Suns
1 Arguel's Blood Fast / Temple of Aclazotz
2 Drake Haven
3 Contraband Kingpin
1 Commit // Memory
1 Scavenger Grounds
1 Scarab Feast

Rafa Vazquez Lopez, meanwhile, was the sole person in the tournament to run a proper combo deck. New Perspectives wasn't really new, of course, but the use of Search for Azcanta / Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin was. Bonus points for winning by flinging a huge Vile Manifestation at opponents!

Finally, the most ambitious deck of them all was Juanan González's—a real treasure!

Juanan González – Trials and Tribulations

Main Deck:
  • 2 Glorybringer
  • 4 Captain Lannery Storm
  • 4 Dire Fleet Captain
  • 4 Soul-Scar Mage
  • 2 Cartouche of Ambition
  • 2 Cartouche of Zeal
  • 2 Treasure Map / Treasure Cove
  • 2 Walk the Plank
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 3 Lightning Strike
  • 4 Canyon Slough
  • 4 Cut // Ribbons
  • 4 Shock
  • 4 Trial of Ambition
  • 2 Mountain
  • 2 Aether Hub
  • 2 Sunscorched Desert
  • 2 Swamp
  • 4 Dragonskull Summit
  • 4 Ramunap Ruins
Sideboard:
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Hour of Devastation
  • 2 Sentinel Totem
  • 2 Sorcerous Spyglass
  • 2 Walk the Plank
  • 3 Lightning Rig Crew
  • 3 Sweltering Suns
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Juanan González – Trials and Tribulations
Main Deck:
2 Glorybringer
4 Captain Lannery Storm
4 Dire Fleet Captain
4 Soul-Scar Mage
2 Cartouche of Ambition
2 Cartouche of Zeal
2 Treasure Map / Treasure Cove
2 Walk the Plank
3 Fatal Push
3 Lightning Strike
4 Canyon Slough
4 Cut // Ribbons
4 Shock
4 Trial of Ambition
2 Mountain
2 Aether Hub
2 Sunscorched Desert
2 Swamp
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Ramunap Ruins
Sideboard:
1 Mountain
2 Hour of Devastation
2 Sentinel Totem
2 Sorcerous Spyglass
2 Walk the Plank
3 Lightning Rig Crew
3 Sweltering Suns