On the eve of MKM Series Prague, it was time for us to once again take a step back and review what happened so far … Thirteen weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Frankfurt for the second stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 674 masters of Modern, making this the biggest event of the series yet.
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Deck of the Tournament

Affinity had won the previous two main events of the MKM Series in Prague 2016 and Milan 2017, and yet another Affinity aficionado walked away with the winner's trophy in Frankfurt. (What's more, just two days later at MKM's 2016 SuperFinals, Affinity would triumph in Modern again!) Affinity accounted for less than four percent of the field, but in the hands of champion Simon Bülhoff Arcbound Ravager and friends took down yet another tournament. Time for more people to pick up the deck and for others to rev up the hate, maybe?

Simon Bülhoff – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 3 Glimmervoid
  • 1 Spire of Industry
  • 1 Island
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 3 Memnite
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 4 Steel Overseer
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 2 Master of Etherium
  • 4 Cranial Plating
  • 2 Galvanic Blast
  • 2 Thoughtcast
  • 4 Spring Leaf Drum
  • 4 Mox Opal
Sideboard:
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 1 Rule of Law
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 1 Whipflare
  • 1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
  • 1 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Stubborn Denial
  • 1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 1 Dispatch
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Blood Moon
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Simon Bülhoff – Affinity
Main Deck:
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Darksteel Citadel
3 Glimmervoid
1 Spire of Industry
1 Island
4 Ornithopter
3 Memnite
4 Vault Skirge
4 Signal Pest
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Steel Overseer
2 Etched Champion
2 Master of Etherium
4 Cranial Plating
2 Galvanic Blast
2 Thoughtcast
4 Spring Leaf Drum
4 Mox Opal
Sideboard:
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Etched Champion
1 Rule of Law
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Whipflare
1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
1 Thoughtseize
1 Stubborn Denial
1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
1 Spellskite
1 Dispatch
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Blood Moon

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Match of the Tournament

The semifinal and final matches were a long, or rather not so long, series of games between one aggressive creature/combo deck against another. But in his quarterfinal, Alexander Beiersdorfer and his Lantern Control deck managed to keep the eventual champion's robots under control way longer than anyone else had been or would be able to do that day.

Shields were up … until they weren't

Only when Beiersdorfer found no Ensnaring Bridge in the third game despite looking at the top 35 cards of his library, did this monster of a match finally conclude.
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Notable Finishes

The Modern Top 8 included two familiar faces. Alexander Beiersdorfer returned to the playoffs after reaching the Legacy Top 8 at MKM Series Prague 2016. And the United Kingdom's Matthew Johnson, Vintage champion in London and three-time quarterfinalist in Milan in 2016, made his fifth Top 8 at the MKM Series!

Matthew “Magic” Johnson

You can read more about Modern at the MKM Series Frankfurt 2017 in our archives.