There was a lot on the line here in Barcelona, at the final stop of the 2017 MKM Series. In addition to all the usual prizes and trophies awarded, the weekend also marked the conclusion of the race toward the Power 8. The eight most succesful players of the year would be rewarded with sizeable credit whenever they attended one of next year's stops, and this was everybody's final chance to garner more success.
Going into the weekend, Dennis Zens found himself in first place, with a four-point lead. Zens had come out of nowhere this season, only even attended two of the stops, but reached the Top 8 three times and won the Legacy event in Hamburg. Time to learn a little bit more about him!
How old are you, where are you from, and what's your occupation when you're not busy winning at Magic?
I'm 27 years old, living in Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and studying at the moment.
When and how did you first get into Magic?
The first time I played Magic was with friends when I was seventeen, I believe, so ten years ago.
What is/are your favorite format/s currently? What do you like about it/them?
Basically, I only play Modern.
When and how did you get into Modern?
At some point this was what all of my friends were playing, exclusively, and it's where there are the most tournaments.
Looking back at the 2017 MKM Series so far, what's your biggest regret, what was your closest miss or your most upsetting bad-beat story?
I wish I had known about the Power 8 earlier, and attended more of the stops!
Looking back at the 2017 MKM Series so far, what's your happiest memory, what was your luckiest break or your favorite game/match/tournament?
This year I played in four main events, I reached the Top 8 at three of them, and I'm quite satisfied with that. I guess, the win in Legacy was somewhat of a lucky break because I basically don't know the format. The last time I played Legacy was five years ago.
What are your goals for MKM Series Barcelona and for the season? Where do you think you'll be able to make the most points yet? Do you expect the conclusion to the Power 8 race to be a hard fight still?
Well, for Barcelona I hope to reach the Top 8 in Modern and to claim the overall number one spot in the Power 8 ranking.
Have you heard about the news that the 2018 MKM Series will feature six instead of five stops and that the Power 8 prizes have been increased accordingly, by 20 percent? Assuming you'll secure a berth among the Power 8, can we expect to see you at all stops next year?
I'm happy that there is an additional stop and of course I plan to attend them all!