On the eve of the Modern main event here at the MKM Series Milan 2017, we decided to take a look at what happened before. Sixteen weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Prague for the fifth and final stop of the MKM Series 2017, including 290 masters of Modern …

Deck of the Tournament

Modern champion Štěpán Dudešek

Affinity didn't play a large role in the metagame, amounting to just about three percent of the field. It did however play a large role in the tournament, being the only deck archetype to put two players into the Top 8, including eventual champion Štěpán Dudešek. Of course Affinity had always been famous for its tendency to shine exactly when its share of the metagame and the amount of sideboard hate was lowest.

Štěpán Dudešek – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Glimmervoid
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Mox Opal
  • 4 Springleaf Drum
  • 4 Galvanic Blast
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 3 Memnite
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 4 Steel Overseer
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 2 Master of Etherium
  • 4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
  • 2 Chalice of the Void
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
  • 2 Blood Moon
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Štěpán Dudešek – Affinity
Main Deck:
1 Mountain
4 Glimmervoid
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Mox Opal
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Vault Skirge
4 Signal Pest
4 Ornithopter
3 Memnite
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Steel Overseer
2 Etched Champion
2 Master of Etherium
4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
2 Chalice of the Void
3 Thoughtseize
4 Rest in Peace
1 Wear // Tear
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
2 Blood Moon

Match of the Tournament

Philipp Schmidt and his Elves ultimately lost the final to Štěpán Dudešek's Affinity, in a match that was decided by powerful sideboard cards like Kataki, War's Wage on one side and Grafdigger's Cage plus Ghirapur Aether Grid on the other. But before that, Schmidt had succesfully defeated Robert Rettenbacher's robots in the semifinals, which might well be considered the better match and featured one nailbiter of a moment …

Semifinalist Robert Rettenbacher rocking robots

In the first game, Rettenbacher found himself outpowered on the board and only saw one last chance. He attacked with all of his creatures including Arcbound Ravager and Inkmoth Nexus, and declared, “I'm going for the infect kill.”

Finalist Philipp Schmidt, calling the chord

Schmidt let him, until the point was reached when Rettenbacher had fed most of his permanents to Arcbound Ravager and now sacrificed the Ravager itself to transfer its counters to Inkmoth Nexus. Schmidt responded with Chord of Calling into Spellskite and redirected the Ravager's ability to steal the game in dramatic fashion.

Notable Finishes

Marius Hausmann had long been a household name in the Legacy community with Top 8 finishes at several major European tournaments. In Prague, he made his second Top 8 at the MKM Series … in Modern. His weapon of choice was Skred Red, a deck much scoffed at for its perceived lack of power compared to other strategies in the format. Admittedly, the deck did look quite weak in the quarterfinals, yet Hausmann had been undefeated throughout all nine rounds of Swiss. Quipped Hausmann, “I have no clue about good Modern decks.”

Two-time Modern Top 8 competitor Marius Hausmann

You can read more about Modern at the MKM Series Prague 2016 in our archives.