A whopping 674 players from all over Europe gathered for MKM Series Frankfurt's Modern main event. I talked to Jonas Bachstädter who was undefeated after seven rounds and needed but one more win to clinch a Top 8 berth at this, the largest Magic tournament in Germany since 2012.

And Bachstädter, a member of the Angry Gorillas e-sports team, had come this far with a brand new deck to boot! Or, at least, a brand new take on an existing archetype. Vizier of Remedies had only become available with the release of Amonkhet on the previous day, but already four copies of the card found their way into Bachstädter's deck.

At its core, the deck was a typical Abzan Company deck, with Collected Company, Chord of Calling, some value creatures, and the combo of Kitchen Finks, Viscera Seer, and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit.

“I've been playing Company for ever, and Birthing Pod before then,” said Bachstädter. “Now the deck gained a new combo in Vizier of Remedies and Devoted Druid.”

The Vizier would of course combine with Viscera Seer and Kitchen Finks to generate infinite life just as well. But mostly the card was tasked with allowing Devoted Druid to generate an arbitrarily large amount of green mana—mana which would mostly be invested in activating the front side of Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler.

Speculation about this new combination abounded within the online community in recent weeks. But Bachstädter said, “I didn't copy a list from anywhere, though I did of course look at some and gleaned a bit of inspiration. In the end, however, I build my own version. Everyone always plays their own personalized version of Company after all.”

He elaborated, “In particular what I didn't like about many of the lists proposed online, was the choice to include one-ofs like Rhonas the Indomitable or Walking Ballista to ensure a victory on the spot with infinite mana. Ultimately, I found those cards to be unnecessary. Rhonas was too weak without the combo, as I never had the mana to activate the god and no way to get it active otherwise. Ballista was also too weak and unusable with Collected Company and Chord of Calling.”

Bachstädter explained that he usually was able to win off infinite mana even without these cards. Duskwatch Recruiter would get him all the creatures he'd want out of his deck, with all green ones ending up on the battlefield as needed. Activating the Recruiter enough also allowed him to basically sort his deck. This followed by Eternal Witness to retrieve Collected Company would get him Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit and Viscera Seer into play, and from there he'd have infinite life and infinite bolster abilities. “If you don't have Company, you don't win on the same turn, but often enough just win on the following turn,” said Bachstädter.

“So far today I played against Blue-Red Gifts Ungiven Storm, Death's Shadow, Slippery Bogles, Skred Red, Tron, Bant Eldrazi, and Black-Red. Tron and Skred Red, like Grixis Control and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle decks by the way, aren't good matchups,” Bachstädter admitted. “The matchup against Death's Shadow is about even, and quite interesting, because they're generally weak against swarm strategies. They typically generate value by using early disruption to force you into a position where you need to chump block their Shadows every turn. But if they ever fail at that, they can easily get into a position, if they're at 6 or something, where they can't attack into, say, Kitchen Finks because they'll die on the back swing.”

7-0 and a fighting chance against the consensus best deck of the format? That sounds promising! Take a look …

Jonas Bachstädter – Vizier & Company

Main Deck:
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 1 Overgrown Tomb
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Forest
  • 2 Temple Garden
  • 3 Gavony Township
  • 2 Horizon Canopy
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 2 Razorverge Thicket
  • 4 Chord of Calling
  • 4 Collected Company
  • 1 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
  • 4 Birds of Paradise
  • 2 Noble Hierarch
  • 4 Devoted Druid
  • 2 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
  • 4 Kitchen Finks
  • 2 Viscera Seer
  • 4 Vizier of Remedies
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • 3 Eternal Witness
  • 1 Tireless Tracker
Sideboard:
  • 1 Magus of the Moon
  • 1 Tireless Tracker
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
  • 2 Path to Exile
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
  • 2 Stony Silence
  • 1 Orzhov Pontiff
  • 1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
  • 2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
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Jonas Bachstädter – Vizier & Company
Main Deck:
1 Godless Shrine
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Plains
1 Swamp
2 Forest
2 Temple Garden
3 Gavony Township
2 Horizon Canopy
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
2 Razorverge Thicket
4 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
1 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Noble Hierarch
4 Devoted Druid
2 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
4 Kitchen Finks
2 Viscera Seer
4 Vizier of Remedies
1 Spellskite
1 Scavenging Ooze
3 Eternal Witness
1 Tireless Tracker
Sideboard:
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
2 Path to Exile
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
2 Stony Silence
1 Orzhov Pontiff
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar