On the eve of MKM Series Barcelona, 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 Hamburg for the fourth and penultimate stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 298 Legacy lovers.

Deck of the Tournament

The metagame was overrun with midrange decks. Stoneforge Mystic and Leovold, Emissary of Trest abounded and also took up a fair share of the Top 8, alongside Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration, Eldrazi, and even Food Chain. In the end, Show and Tell showed it to them all, but the most curious strategy was employed by Marius Bender. He piloted a proper old-school Canadian Threshold all the way to the final. Playing Legacy like it was 2008!

Marius Bender – Canadian Threshold

Main Deck:
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 3 Tropical Island
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Delver of Secrets
  • 4 Nimble Mongoose
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 2 Hooting Mandrills
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Stifle
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 4 Daze
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Ponder
  • 1 Preordain
  • 1 Forked Bolt
Sideboard:
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Sylvan Library
  • 1 Compost
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Invasive Surgery
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Abrade
  • 2 Submerge
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Marius Bender – Canadian Threshold
Main Deck:
4 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Nimble Mongoose
1 True-Name Nemesis
2 Hooting Mandrills
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Brainstorm
4 Stifle
2 Spell Snare
2 Spell Pierce
4 Daze
1 Dismember
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
1 Preordain
1 Forked Bolt
Sideboard:
1 True-Name Nemesis
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Sylvan Library
1 Compost
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Flusterstorm
1 Invasive Surgery
1 Spell Pierce
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Abrade
2 Submerge

Match of the Tournament

The final between Marius Bender and Dennis Zens was a fun one. The first game effectively ended on a turn during which seven counterspells were cast—Spell Pierce, Flusterstorm, two Stifle, and three Force of Will!—and went to Bender.

Marius Bender and Dennis Zens

The next two games both saw some Wasteland action from Bender, but in both cases Zens was able to resolve a 3-mana spell on turn three which elicited an immediate concession from Bender. First was Blood Moon and then, to make for a more appropriate and satisfying conclusion, came the namesake Show and Tell into Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.

Notable Finishes

One shouldn't forget about Hannes Eriksson who had twice before entered the playoffs in Vintage and now made his quarterfinal debut in the larger format. But the most interesting fact about the final eight in Legacy concerned Oscar Basart, Marc Lindrath, and Dennis Zens. For all of them this was their second main event Top 8 on this very same weekend—but the first that any of them shared!

Basart had reached the playoffs in Vintage, Lindrath had reached the quarterfinals in Standard, and Legacy's eventual champion Zens had Top 8'ed in Modern. Zens's Hamburg run had additional import too, as it allowed him to climb thirteen places on the Leaderboard and take the lead in the race for the MKMS Power 8.

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