Final: Maximilian Lorenz vs. Jesus Vicente Sanchez Bartolome

This was it. After eight rounds plus quarter- and semifinals, only two of the original 156 competitors remained in the competition, competing for the title and trophy, the fame and the glory. Germany's Maximilian Lorenz had made it this far with Grixis Delver, while Spain's Jesus Vicente Sanchez Bartolome brought Sneak Attack: the classic battle between aggro-control and combo—at least classic by the format's standards. Game 1 Due to his higher finish in the Swiss rounds, Lorenz had earned the right to play first, and made the most of it. His opening turn saw him cast Gitaxian Probe (seeing...

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Non-Standard Standard Decklists

With regards to deck archetypes, the big players in Standard had long been well established. There was Temur Energy, there was Ramunap Red, there was Temur Energy with a little black, there was Approach of the Second Sun, and there was Temur Energy with some more black. Seeing the same decks over and over again, particularly the ubiquitous energy builds might get a little boring. Thankfully, there's something every Standard player could do about it: play a more interesting deck yourself! We wanted to take a moment to highlight a couple of the more unusual constructs in the running...

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Final: Jaime Cano vs. Adria Romero Vilardell

The final of the largest MKMS Vintage tournament in recent memory concluded with a battle between two players who both had reached the Top 8 once before. Jaime Cano had brought a Gifts Ungiven deck which was aiming to win via Burning Wish on either Tinker or Tendrils of Agony; his opponent Adria Romero Vilardell didn't aim quite that high but was following a more disruptive game plan with Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration and Young Pyromancer his chief winning options. Game 1 Romero led with land and Delver of Secrets; Cano had a land, a Mox, and...

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Playing for Power 8: Kevin Wagner, the Metagame Master

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. Kevin Wagner didn't intend to go for a Power 8 berth at the beginning of the season, but after two Top 8s including one win...

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Playing for Power 8: Rodrigo Togores, the Fighter

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...

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Playing for Power 8: Johannes Gutbrod, the Legacy Master

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. This year, Johannes Gutbrod became the first player to win two consecutive main events at the MKM Series in the same format. He did so...

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Playing for Power 8: Julian Knab, the Most Usual Suspect

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. One of the most likely candidates to place among the Power 8, going into the weekend, was Julian Knab. Knab had been a regular at...

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Playing for Power 8: Dennis Zens, the Newcomer

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...

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Playing for Power 8: Jonathan Anghelescu, the Steadfast

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, Jonathan Anghelescu found himself in seventh place in the Power 8 ranking, with but an outside shot at making good the...

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Previously at the MKM Series: Standard in Hamburg

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 99 stars of Standard. Deck of the Tournament Green-White Ramp was without a doubt the big winner of the tournament. It's biggest selling point: Against the ubiquitous Temur Energy it had an easy game like no other. Thoralf Severin and Arne Huschenbeth entered the Top 8 with identical...

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