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.
Rodrigo Togores, the all-time most succesful player of the MKM Series, had a rough season, found himself on the wrong side of the tiebreakers entirely too often. Still, he fought and clawed his way back to the top of the leaderboard and entered the weekend in fourth place overall. 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?
Hello, I'm 28 years old from Madrid, Spain, and when not playing Magic, I work as a video editor.
When and how did you first get into Magic?
I saw the first cards when Fourth Edition was released. But I only started playing around Planeshift. Then I stopped and came back with Eighth Edition, then stopped again two years later and got back into the game after the huge Legacy Grand Prix in Madrid 2010. From there I have been playing Legacy, Vintage and Modern nonstop.
What is/are your favorite format/s currently? What do you like about it/them?
My favorite formats are Vintage, Legacy, and Modern, I also like to play Comander and Cube draft. But depending on how the format is I like one more than others. Legacy is not really fun now for example, with far too many Deathrite Shamans making everything boring due to being the best “planeswalker” in Magic and only costing 1 mana. Also Gitaxian Probe is a really boring card here. If the format changes I will like it again for sure, but for now I'm enjoying Modern and Vintage quite a lot.
When and how did you get into Vintage/Legacy/Modern?
When I was a kid in my local game store, they only played Vintage, and that was the only option; many players went there with budget decks. Then Legacy was born and I started playing it, but soon after that I stopped playing. When I came back in 2010 it wasn't long before Modern was born. Modern seemed like an interesting format and everyone played it, it got really big, and it's quite fun sometimes.
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 don't have huge regrets. I liked most of the events and how I played. My bad beat stories are getting two times ninth in vintage and one time 17th in Legacy this past MKM Series Hamburg when only the Top 16 got leaderboard points.
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?
My favorite memory was making Top 8 in Vintage at MKM Series Hamburg, having missed the other Top 8s by so small a thing. And most of my best games were against Julian Knab; I think he is one of the best players in Europe and every game with him is a fun and hard battle. I'm still waiting to get my fourth MKMS trophy, but everyday it gets harder because Legacy and Vintage players are getting more and more and also improving. Most of this is because this group of players is joining Magic Online every day in ever larger numbers and this is a great place to test and get better.
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?
My goal is to make Top 8 in Legacy and Vintage. Legacy is more difficult, but I have several options in Vintage and getting the second trophy in this format would be awesome. I know there are some players I cannot catch up with anymore, but others are going to give a pretty good fight for these points.
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?
Yes, I read about the news in the Facebook group. I will be joining all the events I'm able to join—hopefully all of them—and will keep having fun while playing Magic all over Europe for such awesome prizes. The only thing I would like to see changed is how the leaderboard points are handed out; it would be cooler to get a few for playing the event and then getting three points for each round you win, also some more for Top 8, 4, 2, and a win. I think with the current system going 6-2 can give you the same amount of points that you'd get just for joining the event and that's not how a leaderboard should work.