Before Luca Lovino and Rüdiger Hesse started to fight for the MagicCardMarket Series Milan Vintage final it was time for some small talk. They both admitted that they playtested against each other during the day. Lovino was confident about the final because he had won the “test match” against Hesse. Mentioning that the MKMS Milan Vintage main event was his first Vintage tournament ever, Hesse was quiet comfortable sitting in the final. He said that he played only against straight Mentor Decks during the swiss rounds except for one Storm deck- that featured Mentor as well.

Game 1

Lovino kept his opening hand while Hesse thought about his hand for a few minutes. He went down to six cards and scryed to the bottom of his library.
Lovino’s first two turns proved the power of the Vintage format. He started with Island into Ancestral Recall followed by a Mox Ruby. While Hesse just played two Cavern of Souls naming Construct and Eldrazi. Lovino flashed in Snapcaster Mage for Ancestral Recall. He continued developing his card advantage by playing an “active” Library of Alexandria. Fighting against the massive advantage, Hesse resolved Thought-Knot Seer. It was immediately answered with a Swords to Plowshares but managed to remove Lovino’s Dig Through Time.

On his turn Lovino send a Monastery Mentor to the battlefield, followed by Preordain for one Monk token.
Hesse tried to get rid of the Mentor by shooting it with a Walking Ballista but Lovino responded to the second point of damage with Gush. Facing a Mentor, two Monks ,and Lovino with seven cards in hand Hesse conceded.

Luca Lovino took the lead 1-0

Game 2

Like in game 1 Lovino kept his starting hand and Hesse went down to six cards.
Hesse started aggressive with Wasteland and Black Lotus producing mana for Thought-Knot Seer that removed Lovino’s Balance.

During turn two he played Mox Ruby and Sol Ring for Eldrazi Displacer. Lovino only played lands on his turn. The two Eldrazi creatures put too much pressure on Lovino’s life total and ended the game quiet quickly in Hesse’s favor.

Rüdiger Hesse catched up to 1-1

Game 3

In the last game of the final both players kept their seven cards. Lovino started the showdown with two turns of “land go”. Meanwhile Hesse established Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Eldrazi Displacer with the help from Mox Ruby and Sol Ring until turn two. Loving alpha-striked nearly Hesse’s whole board beginning with end of turn Swords to Plowshares on Thalia. After that Lovino evoked two Ingot Chewer in order to destroy Hesse’s mana artifacts. With two lands in play Hesse played Walking Ballista. A very strong turn from Lovino followed. After playing Monastery Mentor he played Gush, Gitaxian Probe, Treasure Cruise,and Mox Jet. With only two lands in play Hesse could only cast a Chalice of the Void for one. When Lovino untapped one Mentor and four Monk token were ready to attack. But first Lovino shoot downWalking Ballista, which was the only potential blocker, with Sudden Shock. He then cast Preordain and Swords to Plowshares into Chalice just to have the Prowess triggered. With no solution available and five points of life Hesse conceded to Lovino.

Lovino won the final 2-1

Congratulation to Luca Lovino the MKMS Milan 2017 Vintage Champion!