European Championships used to be a tournament where new decks and new concepts emerged (just remember the Altar/Dragon deck or the emergence of post Urza's Destiny Draw-go), but it seems those days are long gone. After an impressive string of metagame shattering tournaments, Euros were the last major event using Type 2 without Judgment. Fittingly enough, this last display of now defunct techs featured a massive return of decks and ideas that many thought had disappeared for good.
In a final twist of irony, the only Pyschatog deck in the Top 8 fell to Marco Lombardi and its Trenches deck. While I am writing this, most of the people here feel that the Italian player is on his way to win the tournament, and thus make sure the metagame has completed its full circle with the end of the season.
However, this tournament also saw a return of other defunct archetypes, which did not dominate as much as the Goblin Soldiers, but nevertheless showed they still had a potential.
Speaking of an archetype coming out of nowhere (nether-land?), what about the Goblin Sligh deck? Finishing in tenth place, Dmitry Karmanov proved that attacking with small cheap red creatures and finishing the opponent with burn was still as viable a strategy as it was a few years ago. Just imagine that Goblin Raiders were actually at the top of his mana-curve, definitely overcosted when compared to the 18 one drops he used as well!
However, decks were not the only defunct things to come back to life this weekend: Svend Geersten's career is definitely resuscitated, with its Top 8 performance confirming his recent semi-final finish at Pro Tour-Nice.
Now, perhaps with Judgment coming in next week, we can get rid of all these phantoms of the past, at last. Just keep the Svend in.