On the eve of MKM Series Hamburg, it was time for us to once again take a step back and review what happened so far … Just seven weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Prague for the third stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 296 masters of Modern.

Deck of the Tournament

Tron decks were out in full force, claiming the number two spot in the metagame breakdown. However, the big-mana strategy which actually turned out to be the most succesful was based not on Urza's Tower and company but on Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle. Titan Shift put two people into the Top 8, and put the winner's trophy into Anders Thiesen's deserving hands …

… or mouth?

Anders Thiesen – Titan Shift

Main Deck:
  • 3 Cinder Glade
  • 1 Sheltered Thicket
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 2 Forest
  • 6 Mountain
  • 2 Bloodstained Mire
  • 1 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 3 Farseek
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 3 Explore
  • 1 Prismatic Omen
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Roast
  • 2 Sweltering Suns
  • 2 Summoner's Pact
  • 4 Scapeshift
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 4 Primeval Titan
  • 2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Sideboard:
  • 4 Obstinate Baloth
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 3 Nature's Claim
  • 1 Anger of the Gods
  • 2 Thragtusk
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
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Anders Thiesen – Titan Shift
Main Deck:
3 Cinder Glade
1 Sheltered Thicket
4 Stomping Ground
2 Forest
6 Mountain
2 Bloodstained Mire
1 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
3 Farseek
4 Search for Tomorrow
3 Explore
1 Prismatic Omen
2 Lightning Bolt
2 Roast
2 Sweltering Suns
2 Summoner's Pact
4 Scapeshift
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Primeval Titan
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Sideboard:
4 Obstinate Baloth
2 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Nature's Claim
1 Anger of the Gods
2 Thragtusk
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Reclamation Sage

Match of the Tournament

The final between Titan Shift player Anders Thiesen and Dredge mage Tomasz Sodomirski was a fine example of modern-day Modern. The first game was a pure race, with literally the first interaction being Thiesen scapeshifting for the win one turn before Sodomirski's creatures would have finished the job.

Tomasz Sodomirski with Dredge versus Anders Thiesen with Titan Shift

The second game was about to be won by Dredge's Driven // Despair when the Titan Shift deck's lone copy of Anger of the Gods showed up. In the end, Sodomirski could have still won the game if he had pointed 2 points of damage from a massive Conflagrate at a pair of Sakura-Tribe Elders, allowing his Golgari Thug and Bloodghast to attack for lethal damage exactly. Alas, he didn't see this line of play in time, and Thiesen's second Scapeshift of the match resulted in a clean 2-0 sweep.

Notable Finishes

Alongside a number of first-time Top 8ers, MKMS mainstay Angelo Cadei quietly racked up his fifth MKM Series Top 8 since 2015. Justin Hayo, meanwhile, had just earned his first Top 8 at the MKM Series thirteen weeks prior at the largest tournament of the Series yet, the Modern tournament in Frankfurt. Now he proved that his result then was no fluke, as he immediately returned to the Modern playoffs in Prague!

Justin Hayo began his career at the Series with Modern Top 8s at MKMS Frankfurt and MKMS Prague

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