On the eve of MKM Series Frankfurt 2018, it was time for us to once again take a step back and review what happened so far … Nine weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Barcelona for the fifth and final stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 156 Legacy legionnaires.

Deck of the Tournament

Two copies each of Leovold, Emissary of Trest and Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration decks reached the playoffs; one of the latter also won the whole thing. But the deck which raised the most eyebrows and put the most smiles on people's faces was, without a doubt, Rémi Hervé Lacombe's Soldier Stompy.

A curious design, it combined mana acceleration like Ancient Tomb and Chrome Mox with tribal elements like Enlistment Officer and Daru Warchief as well as heavy disruption in Chalice of the Void and Suppression Field.

Rémi Hervé Lacombe – Stompy Soldiers

Main Deck:
  • 4 Cavern of Souls
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 2 Karakas
  • 8 Plains
  • 4 Daru Warchief
  • 4 Enlistment Officer
  • 4 Preeminent Captain
  • 4 Chalice of the Void
  • 4 Suppression Field
  • 4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
  • 3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 1 Recruiter of the Guard
  • 1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
  • 1 Odric, Lunarch Marshal
  • 4 Palace Jailer
  • 4 Chrome Mox
  • 4 Aerial Responder
Sideboard:
  • 1 Containment Priest
  • 1 Cast Out
  • 1 Worship
  • 2 Selfless Squire
  • 1 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Faerie Macabre
  • 2 Armageddon
  • 1 Sorcerous Spyglass
  • 1 Sanctum Prelate
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 1 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 1 Leonin Relic-Warder
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Rémi Hervé Lacombe – Stompy Soldiers
Main Deck:
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Ancient Tomb
2 Karakas
8 Plains
4 Daru Warchief
4 Enlistment Officer
4 Preeminent Captain
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Suppression Field
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
1 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
1 Odric, Lunarch Marshal
4 Palace Jailer
4 Chrome Mox
4 Aerial Responder
Sideboard:
1 Containment Priest
1 Cast Out
1 Worship
2 Selfless Squire
1 Rest in Peace
2 Faerie Macabre
2 Armageddon
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
1 Sanctum Prelate
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Leonin Relic-Warder

Match of the Tournament

The final between Maximilian Lorenz and Jesus Vicente Sanchez Bartolome was a nailbiter. Lorenz had previously acknowledged that his Grixis Delver was quite a difficult deck. “One small mistake can cost you the game. But if you play tight, you can win against anything.”

Maximilian Lorenz

Now he did. In the first game against Sanchez's Show and Tell deck, Lorenz took a gamble by tapping out for Gurmag Angler; he correctly identified that he needed to start dealing relevant damage soon, and the risk paid off marvelously.

Jesus Vicente Sanchez Bartolome

The second game came to a head when Sanchez's Sneak Attack was countered with the help of Force of Will and two Daze. Only … Sanchez had set up another Sneak Attack for the next turn via Brainstorm, unbeknownst to Lorenz of course, and Lorenz had no further counterspells. What he did have, though, was Surgical Extraction which he cast on Sanchez's draw step to take the Sneak Attack, the game, and the match. Even Sanchez felt the need to point out that this was indeed a match well played and a loss to a worthy opponent.

Notable Finishes

For Miquel Alcoriza, this marked the second Top 8 of the weekend and the fifth at the MKM Series overall. But the most relevant finishes were those of Julian Knab and Tomas Mar who secured second and third place on the season leaderboard by reaching the quarter- and semifinals, respectively. Johannes Gutbrod's result was just as important here, albeit not in a good way; he missed the playoffs on tiebreakers which made all the difference between second and fourth place in the Power 8 ranking.

You can read more about Legacy at the MKM Series Barcelona 2017 in our archives.