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 32 veterans of Vintage.
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Deck of the Tournament

Champion Kevin Wagner doing his best Squee, Goblin Nabob impression

If there ever was a doubt that the recent restriction of Gush and Gitaxian Probe would benefit Mishra's Workshop decks, this tournament settled it. Kevin Wagner was the only player in the tournament who had chosen Mishra's Workshop, and when all was done and over, he had vanquished all opposition with his take on the new top dog of the format.

Kevin Wagner – Workshops

Main Deck:
  • 4 Mishra's Workshop
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Mishra's Factory
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 1 Tolarian Academy
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 4 Walking Ballista
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 4 Phyrexian Revoker
  • 4 Foundry Inspector
  • 1 Hangarback Walker
  • 1 Lodestone Golem
  • 4 Sphere of Resistance
  • 4 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 4 Tangle Wire
  • 1 Trinisphere
  • 2 Fleetwheel Cruiser
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
Sideboard:
  • 2 Karakas
  • 4 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Crucible of Worlds
  • 4 Leyline of the Void
  • 1 Dismember
  • 2 Wurmcoil Engine
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Kevin Wagner – Workshops
Main Deck:
4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
4 Mishra's Factory
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Pearl
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Black Lotus
4 Walking Ballista
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Foundry Inspector
1 Hangarback Walker
1 Lodestone Golem
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Tangle Wire
1 Trinisphere
2 Fleetwheel Cruiser
1 Chalice of the Void
Sideboard:
2 Karakas
4 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Crucible of Worlds
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Dismember
2 Wurmcoil Engine

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Match of the Tournament

Several of Wagner's matches were remarkable, although mostly for their blistering speed. Both his semifinal and final opponent began a game on the play with the unimpressive “Island, go,” and provided little resistance against Wagner's Sphere of Resistance. Semifinalist Hannes Eriksson even lost such a game to a pair of Fleetwheel Cruisers … by turn three.

Vroom!

However, the most astounding match of the Top 8 was the quarterfinal between veterans Tim van der Lans and Mikael Linden, which went on for well over an hour and featured a lot of back and forth involving powerful spells and counterspells, Oath of Druids and Jace, the Mind Sculptor, as well as massive monsters like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Blightsteel Colossus. Most memorable moment was an epic battle of one Forbidden Orchard on either side trying to one-up the other player's creature count for Oath of Druids.

Mikael Linden and Tim van der Lans in high Spirits


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Notable Finishes

For four of the Top 8 players, including both finalists, this was their first big finish at the MKM Series. Javier Pozo Rodriguez and Hannes Eriksson had reached the Top 8 once before and Tim van der Lans was the 2015 SuperFinals champion in Modern. But the biggest name here was Mikael Linden's; this marked his fifth Top 8 at the MKM Series and actually the first time for him to make the Vintage playoffs and not walk away with the winner's trophy!

Mikael Linden in his fifth MKM Series Top 8

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