Event Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt

The MKM Series 2015 SuperFinals are in the books!

The 32 most successful competitors of last year's competition all qualified for our annual SuperFinals. They were battling it out at the second stop of the MKM Series in 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. The winners of the knock out style tournaments were all rewarded with a lucrative MKM Sponsoring contract.

More than just a prestigious prize, the contract would allow many of the victors to attend even more exciting Magic events in the future. All sponsored players will receive MKM branded gear, gaming materials as well as prize money for popping up in the coverage and doing well. On top of all that, there are even more MKM vouchers on the line to make up for the disappointment of not coming in first.

The field was stacked with elite competitors, many of which had amassed several Top 8 results in the events leading up to our finals. Below, you can find all winners of the 2015 SuperFinals.

To learn more about their past performances, simply check out our coverage archive.

Congratulations to Julien Berteaux, the Winner of the Standard SuperFinals!

Standard

Standard SuperFinals

Julien Berteaux never expected to find himself an MKM Series champion, much less the MKM Series Superfinals champion, when he attended last year's MKM Series Toulouse. “I basically just went because a friend of mine had booked a hotel but then couldn't go and asked me to take his place,” said Berteaux. Then he won the Standard main event with Red-Green Dragons, qualified for this year's Standard Superfinals, and the rest was history …

Usually, the 32-year-old Frenchman, who began playing with Ice Age, attends all of the European Grand Prix events and a lot of PPTQs. “I play as much as possible to get back onto the Pro Tour,” said Berteaux. “I played a couple of Pro Tours before, in Dublin and Portland.”

Between this and the MKM Series, his was quite a busy schedule. In fact, he mentioned that a scheduling conflict with a WMCQ might lead him to miss MKM Series Madrid later this year. “But if I win the first WMCQ, I'll definitely be there!” he promised. “The MKM Series is cool.”

Berteaux said he didn't play a lot of older formats, mainly focusing on Sealed Deck and Standard. For the MKM Series Superfinals he chose the Standard mainstay of Green-White Tokens. In the quarterfinals, he faced a Mardu Control player who commanded an abundance of removal spells but too little discard. “The best card in the match was Dromoka's Command,” said Berteaux. “At least two times, I was able to stop Radiant Flames with it. Of course it does nothing against Languish.”

In the semifinals, he needed to defeat White-Black Control, and did so. “Though he made quite a mistake,” Berteaux chuckled at the memory. “On turn two, he cast Duress, wrote down the cards in my hand, took a while to decide what to discard … and eventually passed the turn. He only realized that he forgot to play a land on his next turn! So now he cast every spell one turn later and that cost him the game.”

Obviously, on the fourth day of the event, some fatigue was to be expected. But Berteaux had to be alert for the finals of the Superfinals. Because, here, he met a veritable end boss in fellow Frenchman Eliott Boussaud. Berteaux, in ironic understatement, called the GP and multiple MKM Series champion “quite a solid player.”

Berteaux had also been impressed with Boussaud's deck, especially his sideboarded Eldrazi Obligators, but said, “Dromoka's Command was absurd against him. The combination of Avacyn plus Command was too much for him.”

“I enjoyed our match,” said Boussaud. “The win was well-deserved.”

The Winner's Decklist:

Julien Berteaux – Green-White Tokens

Main Deck:
  • 4 Sylvan Advocate
  • 4 Hangarback Walker
  • 4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Dromoka's Command
  • 2 Secure the Wastes
  • 4 Oath of Nissa
  • 2 Evolutionary Leap
  • 2 Tragic Arrogance
  • 7 Plains
  • 9 Forest
  • 4 Fortified Village
  • 4 Canopy Vista
  • 2 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
Sideboard:
  • 2 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
  • 2 Hallowed Moonlight
  • 1 Secure the Wastes
  • 2 Clip Wings
  • 3 Declare in Stone
  • 2 Angelic Purge
  • 1 Tragic Arrogance
  • 1 Descend upon the Sinful
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Julien Berteaux – Green-White Tokens
Main Deck:
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Hangarback Walker
4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Dromoka's Command
2 Secure the Wastes
4 Oath of Nissa
2 Evolutionary Leap
2 Tragic Arrogance
7 Plains
9 Forest
4 Fortified Village
4 Canopy Vista
2 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
Sideboard:
2 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Hallowed Moonlight
1 Secure the Wastes
2 Clip Wings
3 Declare in Stone
2 Angelic Purge
1 Tragic Arrogance
1 Descend upon the Sinful

Bonus: The Finalist's Decklist:

Eliott Boussaud – Naya Midrange

Main Deck:
  • 2 Needle Spires
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Evolving Wilds
  • 4 Battlefield Forge
  • 3 Plains
  • 2 Cinder Glade
  • 4 Canopy Vista
  • 1 Fortified Village
  • 5 Forest
  • 2 Deathcap Cultivator
  • 2 Chandra, Flamecaller
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
  • 4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
  • 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 4 Sylvan Advocate
  • 4 Oath of Nissa
  • 2 Stasis Snare
  • 1 Dragonlord Atarka
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 2 Silkwrap
  • 2 Declaration of Stone
Sideboard:
  • 2 Den Protector
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 4 Radiant Flames
  • 1 Wastes
  • 2 Eldrazi Obligator
  • 3 Tragic Arrogance
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Eliott Boussaud – Naya Midrange
Main Deck:
2 Needle Spires
1 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Battlefield Forge
3 Plains
2 Cinder Glade
4 Canopy Vista
1 Fortified Village
5 Forest
2 Deathcap Cultivator
2 Chandra, Flamecaller
1 Linvala, the Preserver
4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Oath of Nissa
2 Stasis Snare
1 Dragonlord Atarka
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Silkwrap
2 Declaration of Stone
Sideboard:
2 Den Protector
4 Reality Smasher
4 Radiant Flames
1 Wastes
2 Eldrazi Obligator
3 Tragic Arrogance

Tomáš Már succeeded in becoming the Champion of our Vintage SuperFinals!

Vintage

Vintage SuperFinals

When a very young looking man was send my way to do a winners interview, I naturally figured he would be the winner of our Standard SuperFinals. I could not have been more wrong, as he was the winner of the Vintage SuperFinals instead! The young man was Tomáš Már, who had won the event with a tempo deck homebrew.

Being well-known for developing the 4-color Delver deck in Legacy, Tomáš Már is obviously more of a Legacy specialist than a Vintage veteran. Last year he made the cut to Top 8 at our Vintage event in Rome with a similar tempo deck though.

He is not even 20 years old, which means that some of the cards he was playing with had been printed before he was born! He is a friend of aspiring professional player Petr Sochůrek, and claims to be the deck designer behind some of the decks we saw Sochůrek pilot to great success. Yesterday Sochůrek barely missed the Top 8 cut in the Legacy main event when he finished in 9th place while using the exact same list as Tomas.

Már began collecting Magic cards when he was just 5 years old, and started playing about 3 years later when he could read and understand all the cards. Given this early start as a player, his great success today is much less of a surprise than his young age might suggest at first. We expect to cover many more success stories of Tomáš in the near future!

The Winner's Decklist:

Tomáš Már

Main Deck:
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 3 Mental Misstep
  • 4 Preordain
  • 2 Gush
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Kolaghan's Command
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 3 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
  • 2 Young Pyromancer
  • 2 Snapcaster Mage
  • 2 Dack Fayden
  • 1 Tropical Island
  • 2 Volcanic Island
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 2 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Flooded Strand
  • 1 Scalding Tarn
  • 3 Wasteland
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Jet
Sideboard:
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Nature's Claim
  • 1 Shattering Spree
  • 2 Nihil Spellbomb
  • 1 Tormod's Crypt
  • 1 Yixlid Jailor
  • 1 Sulfur Elemental
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Ingot Chewer
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Tomáš Már
Main Deck:
4 Force of Will
2 Spell Pierce
3 Mental Misstep
4 Preordain
2 Gush
1 Ponder
1 Brainstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Dig Through Time
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Time Walk
1 Demonic Tutor
2 Lightning Bolt
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Kolaghan's Command
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
2 Young Pyromancer
2 Snapcaster Mage
2 Dack Fayden
1 Tropical Island
2 Volcanic Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Flooded Strand
1 Scalding Tarn
3 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Jet
Sideboard:
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Nature's Claim
1 Shattering Spree
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Yixlid Jailor
1 Sulfur Elemental
2 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
2 Flusterstorm
2 Ingot Chewer

Your Legacy SuperFinals Champion: Artur Panfilow from Poland!

Legacy

Legacy SuperFinals

Artur Panfilow, who advanced to the semifinals at MKM Series Prague last year, had to go up against Julian Knab and his trusted Elves deck in the all-deciding match of our Legacy SuperFinals! Both players agreed that it were some of the best Legacy matches they've played in a very long time with Artur coming out on top!

In the quarterfinals, Panfilow had to overcome furious opposition in the form of Grixis Delver and he was forced to provide his opponent with a window of opportunity to win the game several times. Still, thanks to his opponent lacking the right cards, he came out on top, advancing to the semifinals. There, he beat an Eldrazi player, which is one of the more favorable match-ups for his Lands deck. It was an excellent event and all participants had a great time duking it out for the greatest prize of them all.

While Panfilow hasn't played as much Magic as he wanted to in recent months, his brand new MKM sponsoring contract might help him free up some time in his schedule to add a few more impressive finishes in his preferred format of Legacy.

His additional preparation where he tried to guess the archetypes his opponent's would rely on prior to the tournament (Knab did the same) paid huge dividends; congratulations again to Poland's own Artur Panfilow, the winner of the 2015 MKM Series Standard SuperFinals!

The Winner's Decklist:

Artur Panfilow – Lands

Main Deck:
  • 4 Mox Diamond
  • 4 Exploration
  • 4 Life from the Loan
  • 4 Crop Rotation
  • 4 Gamble
  • 3 Punishing Fire
  • 3 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Forest
  • 2 Taiga
  • 2 Bayou
  • 1 Windswept Heath
  • 1 Misty Rainforest
  • 1 Wooded Foothills
  • 1 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 3 Rishadan Port
  • 3 Grove of the Burnwillows
  • 3 Maze of Ith
  • 4 Thespian Stage
  • 3 Dark Depths
  • 2 Tranquil Thicket
  • 1 Bojuka Bog
  • 1 Karakas
  • 1 Glacial Chasm
  • 1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Sideboard:
  • 3 Krosan Grip
  • 3 Dark Confidant
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Sphere of Resistance
  • 1 Sulfur Elemental
  • 1 Slaughter Games
  • 1 Mindbreak Trap
  • 1 Garruk Relentless
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Artur Panfilow – Lands
Main Deck:
4 Mox Diamond
4 Exploration
4 Life from the Loan
4 Crop Rotation
4 Gamble
3 Punishing Fire
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Forest
2 Taiga
2 Bayou
1 Windswept Heath
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
3 Rishadan Port
3 Grove of the Burnwillows
3 Maze of Ith
4 Thespian Stage
3 Dark Depths
2 Tranquil Thicket
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Karakas
1 Glacial Chasm
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Sideboard:
3 Krosan Grip
3 Dark Confidant
3 Thoughtseize
2 Sphere of Resistance
1 Sulfur Elemental
1 Slaughter Games
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Garruk Relentless

The Winner of the Modern SuperFinals: Tim van der Lans from the Netherlands!

Modern

Modern SuperFinals

In the last match of the Modern SuperFinals, two MKM Series regulars were duking it out among themselves. It was Andreas Dippon, a two-time Top 8 competitor at the MKM Series (in 2 different formats!) against Tim van der Lans.
It was their third and last chance of the day to walk away with the prestigious title of SuperFinals Champion; Dippon had earlier already participated in the Standard and Legacy SuperFinals while van der Lans had qualified for Vintage, Legacy and Modern.

Tim van der Lans took the first game with his Ad Nauseam deck and when he had successfully drawn into most of his deck in the second game, he already started celebrating. With several counters in hand, he thought there was nothing that Dippon's aggressive Red-White Deck could throw at him, but that was before the German revealed Angel's Grace.
Van der Lans got defeated by one of his own cards; one that he totally did not expect in this match-up. It took him a little while to find his focus again after that surprising defeat, but in the end, he persevered in the final game of the day and walked away victorious!

So far, van der Lans had successfully flown under the radar of our coverage team. While he did attend many of the past MKM Series events, he always missed the Top 8 by a notch. That didn't prevent him from collecting a lot of points for the SuperFinals, though, showcasing that it always pays out to attend the MKM Series, even if you're not among the final 8!

Today, he collected more than 350 € in prizes (most competitors in the MKM SuperFinals decided to split all the prize money) and he didn't even have to pay any entry fees. Add a Top 16 finish in Saturday's Modern event and you can quickly call the weekend a stunning success for the Dutch player!

Van der Lans told me that he's a big fan of the MKM and the BoM tournament series. While there are a number of bigger events in Italy and Spain, it's hard to find similar opportunities in the Netherlands. That's why he started making trips to the events that MKM sponsored and often, he had to go all by himself as his friends didn't feel like joining him.

I made a lot of friends on the (MKM) Series; I was often hanging out with the Danish and German players in the evenings, grabbing dinner together. It's been a great experience and I always come back to these events as I can expect to see a couple of friends.

Now more motivated than ever, we expect to see Tim van der Lans again at one of the future events of the MKM Series. Since a group of friends joined him this weekend and they have seen him do well, I wouldn't be surprised to see a little spike in the number of Dutch attendees.

The Winner's Decklist:

Tim van der Lans – Ad Nauseam

Main Deck:
  • 1 Laboratory Maniac
  • 4 Simian Spirit Guide
  • 4 Ad Nauseam
  • 4 Angel's Grace
  • 3 Spoils of the Vault
  • 3 Pact of Negation
  • 1 Lightning Storm
  • 4 Serum Visions
  • 4 Sleight of Hand
  • 3 Phyrexian Unlife
  • 4 Lotus Bloom
  • 4 Pentad Prism
  • 1 Temple of Enlightenment
  • 2 Plains
  • 2 Dreadship Reef
  • 4 Temple of Deceit
  • 4 Darkslick Shores
  • 4 Seachrome Coast
  • 4 Gemstone Mine
Sideboard:
  • 4 Leyline of the Sanctity
  • 3 Darkness
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
  • 1 Echoing Truth
  • 1 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
  • 1 Slaughter Pact
  • 1 Patrician's Scorn
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Tim van der Lans – Ad Nauseam
Main Deck:
1 Laboratory Maniac
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Ad Nauseam
4 Angel's Grace
3 Spoils of the Vault
3 Pact of Negation
1 Lightning Storm
4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand
3 Phyrexian Unlife
4 Lotus Bloom
4 Pentad Prism
1 Temple of Enlightenment
2 Plains
2 Dreadship Reef
4 Temple of Deceit
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Gemstone Mine
Sideboard:
4 Leyline of the Sanctity
3 Darkness
2 Thoughtseize
2 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
1 Echoing Truth
1 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Patrician's Scorn

MKM Series 2015 Leaderboard:

Rank
Name
Points
1 Wagner Pascal 79
2 Togores Rodrigo 69
3 Alascio López José Antonio 65
4 Maurer Lukas 63
5 Alcoriza Miquel 63
6 Salvador Guillem 57
7 Sanchez Pedro J. 55
8 Knab Julian 54
9 Panfilow Artur 54
10 Mateo Joan Anton 48
11 Raitzig Dominik 44
12 Van Der Lans Tim 44
13 Fidzinski Maciej 44
14 Accart Jean-mary 42
15 Vogt Marc 42
16 Aguzzi Evan 41
17 González Rubén 41
18 Chhen Patrick 41
19 Tuma Jiri 39
20 Crespo, Aurelio 39
21 Sajgalik, Eduardo 39
22 Cano Jaime 38
23 Dippon Andreas 38
24 Rodriguez Pozo Javier 37
25 Romero Vilardell Adria 36
26 Roumanille Stephane 35
27 Cadei Angelo 35
28 Ballestin Daniel 35
29 Morla Tomas 34
30 Faina Andrea 34
31 Moreno Dario 34
32 Alonso Machón, Raúl 34
33 Kaman Jiri 33
34 Pons Ximo 33
35 Ridoux Paul 31
36 Vonasek Martin 31
37 Dachary Damien 30
38 Siling Martin 30
39 Paire Jerome 29
40 Rehmann Daniel 28
41 Núñez Martín, Luis Alberto 28
42 Marcos, Pablo 28
43 Pacilio Marco 27
44 Mar Tomas 27
45 Kronberger Niklas 27
46 Portaro Alessandro 27
47 Basart Oscar 27
48 Shahhosini Nima 27
49 Azpeitia Ander 27
50 Deloison Gabriel 26
Rank
Name
Points
1 Togores Rodrigo 114
2 Wagner Pascal 78
3 Cadei Angelo 56
4 La Porta Alessandro 55
5 Chabriac Nicolas 53
6 Dippon Andreas 52
7 Subirana Adam 39
8 Müller Baptiste 39
9 Alves José 36
10 Cibak Andrea 36
11 Ballestin Daniel 35
12 Di Vincenzo Giuseppe 34
13 Gerber Simon 34
14 João Russo 34
15 Jorge Gil Losilla 34
16 Chhen Patrick 34
17 Van Der Lans Tim 34
18 Fritsch Bernd 33
19 Baldy Nicolas 33
20 Hausmann Marius 30
21 Bonde Michael 30
22 Von Loh Ivan 29
23 Müller Andreas 29
24 Graziano Nicolò 29
25 Ludvig Føhns 29
26 Luis Gobern 28
27 Jose Luis Rodriguez Martin 28
28 Aguzzi Evan 27
29 Rehmann Daniel 27
30 Sanchez Pedro J. 27
31 Adrian Canto 27
32 Zidek Jan 26
33 Sainz De Vicuña César 26
34 Sutor Emanuel 26
35 Pons Ximo 26
36 Kronberger Niklas 25
37 Magnani Paolo 25
38 Rais Václav 25
39 Vanek Jiri 24
40 Aguzzi Hugo 24
41 Garcia David 24
42 Rodriguez Pozo Javier 24
43 Roumanille Stephane 23
44 Quintana Felipe 23
45 Vingerhoets Sébastien 23
46 Fernandez Raul 23
47 David Jonathan 22
48 Invernizzi Marc 22
49 Joshua Gutierrez 22
Rank
Name
Points
1 Sanchez Pedro J. 71
2 Togores Rodrigo 70
3 Alascio López José Antonio 62
4 Ambrojo Dominguez Pablo 57
5 Basart Oscar 54
6 Morla Tomas 51
7 González Rubén 49
8 Barajas Alfonso 49
9 Sanchez Casado Ramon 48
10 Cano Jaime 46
11 Cobos Sergio 43
12 Mateo Joan Anton 42
13 Sanchez Antonio 42
14 Alcoriza Miquel 38
15 Garzon Serrano, Nahum 37
16 Invernizzi Marc 35
17 Linden Mikael 34
18 Solís Joaquín 33
19 Musarra Antonio 31
20 Mar Tomas 30
21 Hernandez Sergi 30
22 Accart Jean-mary 28
23 Thiim Niels 28
24 Van Der Lans Tim 28
25 Bertolin Marc 27
26 Wagner Pascal 27
27 Subirana Adam 25
28 Roumanille Stephane 24
29 Dumay Alexis 24
30 Rocchetti Marco 23
31 Schiølde Joachim 22
32 Cadei Angelo 22
33 Bonde Michael 22
34 Sanz Manuel 21
35 Moreno Dario 21
36 Vidal, Diego 21
37 Chica, Mario 21
38 Rodriguez, Jorge 21
39 Kaschapow Marcel 18
40 Sellman Jacob 18
41 Zuskac Jan 18
Rank
Name
Points
1 Boussaud Eliott 48
2 Picon Alonso Juan 42
3 Giusti Emanuele 35
4 Rehmann Daniel 35
5 Berteaux Julien 34
6 Tristan Polzl 34
7 Dippon Andreas 33
8 Galicia Alberto 33
9 Føhns Ludvig 32
10 Baldy Nicolas 31
11 Ficicchia Giuseppe 29
12 Vlach Josef 29
13 Briceno Paul 28
14 Portaro Alessandro 26
15 Sutor Emanuel 25
16 Boettcher Tom 25
17 Zapata Juan 25
18 Le Marec Manuel 24
19 Müller Baptiste 24
20 Solano David 24
21 Lopez Benito Borja 24
22 Chhen, Patrick 24
23 Jakob Tobias 23
24 D’elia Gerardo 23
25 Pison Remi 23
26 La Porta Alessandro 22
27 Aguzzi Evan 21
28 Aguzzi Hugo 21
29 Altobelli Simone 19
30 Saraceni Federico 19
31 Angiuli Riccardo 19
32 Henry Julien 19
33 Vanek Jiri 19
34 Von Loh Ivan 19
35 Pola Alex 18
36 Maisonneuve Erwan 18
37 Schwaiger Benjamin 18
38 Boinet Eric 18
39 Celikovska Klara 18
40 Del Valle Ismael 18
41 Moreno Angel 18
42 Trindade Luis 18
43 Gueler Berdasco Fernando 18
44 Lave Ole 18
45 Cibak Andrea 18