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 49 stars of Standard.

Deck of the Tournament

There was an energy in the room, quite unlike any other. All in all, 25 of the 49 competitors ran some kind of energy deck or other. And when the dust settled and the final eight sat for the quarterfinal matches, three of these were energy mirror matches while one was energy versus Mono-Red! That's right, seven of the eight spots were taken by Temur Energy and its darker siblings. Then, from the semifinals on, it was all energy, all the way.

Along this way, Sergio Garcia's heavy four-color version generated the most value off of its black magic, employing Gonti, Lord of Luxury in addition to the ubiquitous Vraska, Relic Seeker and The Scarab God. In the end, Garcia was rewarded with the title and the trophy and the €500 in Cardmarket credit.

Sergio Garcia – Four Color Energy

Main Deck:
  • 4 Botanical Sanctum
  • 4 Blooming Marsh
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 1 Canyon Slough
  • 1 Fetid Pools
  • 1 Sheltered Thicket
  • 2 Forest
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Dragonskull Summit
  • 4 Attune with Aether
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 4 Harnesesed Lightning
  • 2 Vraska's Contempt
  • 2 Vraska, Relic Seeker
  • 1 Essence Scatter
  • 4 Servant of the Conduit
  • 4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
  • 4 Whirler Virtuoso
  • 4 Rogue Refiner
  • 2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
  • 2 Hostage Taker
  • 2 The Scarab God
Sideboard:
  • 3 Negate
  • 1 Nissa, Vital Force
  • 2 Cartouche of Ambition
  • 1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
  • 2 Chandra's Defeat
  • 3 Duress
  • 3 Greenbelt Rampager
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Sergio Garcia – Four Color Energy
Main Deck:
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Aether Hub
1 Canyon Slough
1 Fetid Pools
1 Sheltered Thicket
2 Forest
1 Island
1 Mountain
1 Swamp
2 Dragonskull Summit
4 Attune with Aether
3 Fatal Push
4 Harnesesed Lightning
2 Vraska's Contempt
2 Vraska, Relic Seeker
1 Essence Scatter
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
4 Whirler Virtuoso
4 Rogue Refiner
2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Hostage Taker
2 The Scarab God
Sideboard:
3 Negate
1 Nissa, Vital Force
2 Cartouche of Ambition
1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
2 Chandra's Defeat
3 Duress
3 Greenbelt Rampager

Match of the Tournament

Sergio Garcia versus Harold Guarneri

The final showcased both the power as well as the problems of the dark side. Garcia took the first game on the strength of Gonti, Lord of Luxury and a well-placed Vraska's Contempt. He then lost a quick second game when he failed to get his mana sorted out in time and went too many turns without relevant plays. The third, however, was all his again as Garcia won with the help of fellow planeswalkers Nissa, Vital Force and Vraska, Relic Seeker.

Notable Finishes

The one thing this Top 8 was notable for was that not a single one of the eight players had ever reached the playoffs at the MKM Series before, or at any other major tournaments. A first taste of success, with surely more to come … In fact, our champion Sergio Garcia placed in the Top 8 of Grand Prix Atlanta the very next weekend!

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