On the eve of the Vintage 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 29 veterans of Vintage …

Deck of the Tournament

The Top 8 was filled with interesting decks, like Dredge, Tinker, Painter's Servant/Grindstone, unpowered Eldrazi with four Null Rod, and of course Monastery Mentor. The latter claimed its second trophy in just as many events.

But the most curious design to end up in the Top 8 was Jiří Lebeda's Delver variant with Death's Shadow! Using Gitaxian Probe, Street Wraith, Mental Misstep, Force of Will, Dismember, and Watery Grave, Lebeda would first take some of his own life, then take his opponent's.

Jiří Lebeda – Death's Shadow Delver

Main Deck:
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Demonic Consultation
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Dimir Charm
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Gush
  • 2 Mental Misstep
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Thought Scour
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 1 Ponder
  • 2 Preordain
  • 4 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 4 Death's Shadow
  • 4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
  • 3 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 2 Verdant Catacombs
  • 2 Watery Grave
Sideboard:
  • 2 Energy Flux
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Ghastly Demise
  • 3 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Illness in the Ranks
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Diabolic Edict
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Jiří Lebeda – Death's Shadow Delver
Main Deck:
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Consultation
1 Dig Through Time
1 Dimir Charm
4 Force of Will
3 Gush
2 Mental Misstep
2 Spell Pierce
1 Thought Scour
1 Dismember
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Ponder
2 Preordain
4 Thoughtseize
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
4 Death's Shadow
4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Street Wraith
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Scalding Tarn
2 Underground Sea
2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Watery Grave
Sideboard:
2 Energy Flux
2 Flusterstorm
2 Ghastly Demise
3 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Illness in the Ranks
1 Island
1 Swamp
1 Diabolic Edict

Match of the Tournament

The final game of the final match was truly epic. Anton Karlinski lost his first two lands to Strip Mine plus Wasteland, had a number of his spells disabled by Chalice of the Void, and his hand and life attacked by a trio of Thought-Knot Seers. Only through the help of his two planeswalkers—Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound and Dack Fayden—was he able to find a solution. At the last minute, Supreme Verdict cleared the board and made Karlinski the unlikely victor in a match that appeared lost already.

Notable Finishes

The Top 8 included several players who're well known within the Eternal community. For instance, Stefano Maggio returned to the playoffs after his Vintage Top 8 at MKM Series Milan 2016.

But Anton Karlinski, with multiple first-place finishes at big European tournaments and one previous Vintage Top 8 at the MKM Series, was likely the most well known among them. And he proved his prowess once again, this time claiming the title and trophy of MKM Series Vintage champion!

Vintage winner Anton Karlinski

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