Posted in NEWS on June 15, 2014

By Olle Rade

Standard might seem stale, and you might already have settled on what deck to play for the remainder of the season. But even in a field where 60 per cent chose to go with the four biggest decks there are some hidden gems lurking among the deck lists.

I stole Frank Karsten from his video commentary duties and scavenged through the pile of the 88 players still playing on Day Two. Here are some of the most interesting decks we found!

Four Color Midrange

Imagine a deck that plays Underworld Connections, Hero's Downfall and Pack Rat. Sounds like Mono Black devotion? Think again, as it also contains Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Blood Baron of Vizkopa and Obzedat, Ghost Council. Are we talking about an innovative Esper deck? Well, this particular deck also runs green for Abrupt Decay, Kiora, the Crashing Wave, Advent of the Wurm and, probably the best card in the deck – Sylvan Caryatid. Russian Efim Kashapov has us all puzzled with his very sweet looking four color midrange deck. Filled with sweet 1-ofs and the pillars of pretty much every other deck in the format it has had his opponents guessing the contents of his deck this weekend. We approve!

Efim Kashapov – Four Color Midrange

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Blue Black Notion Thief

The second deck that caught or eye is build around the synergy of Notion Thief and Whispering Madness, acting as both a Mindtwist on your opponent, and a Braingeyser on yourself. It can even come out of nowhere since Notion Thief has flash and can be cast at the end of your opponents turn. Strictly Blue/Black, the deck also contains format staples like Thoughtseize, Hero's Downfall and Pack Rat, which can be fueled up by Dictate of Kruphix. The deck sure looks unorthodox and since Oleg Dashkin made Day Two it seems like he came prepared for the decks he expected to face here in Moscow. We salute him and his sweet looking deck!

Oleg Dashkin – Blue Black Notion Thief

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Instant (8)
4 Cyclonic Rift 4 Hero's Downfall
Enchantment (2)
2 Dictate of Kruphix
Other (6)
2 Far//Away 4 Fated Reveler
58 Cards
Sideboard (15)
3 Duress 2 Doomblade 1 Dark Betrayal 2 Negate 2 Ratchet Bomb 2 Dispel 3 Lifebane Zombie

Green Black Graveyard

We've seen Green/Black graveyard decks before, but Yorke's version has several interesting card choices that set it apart. Notably, he has 4 copies of Strength from the Fallen, which allow him to leverage the creatures in his graveyard for relevant boosts to the creatures on the battlefield. To trigger constellation, he has included some enchantments from Journey into Nyx: Nyx Weaver and Master of the Feast. Nyx Weaver's ability has great synergy with all the graveyard-dependent cards, and Master of the Feast becomes deadly in combination with Nighthowler. Attacking with a 20/20 flyer is not out of the question for this deck!

Chris Yorke Green Black Graveyard

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