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The final stop of the thrilling 2017 MKM Series had finally arrived as players from far and wide gathered here in Barcelona to finish this year’s competition for Cardmarket credit, MKMS ranking, and glory. More than the usual tournament prizes were at stake here in Barcelona, as the competition for the MKMS Power 8 finally came to a close and the top finishers were eager to receive their hard-fought rewards.

Dennis Zens had already cemented his lead by winning the Modern main event on Saturday, but there still were multiple players in contention for the other seven spots. Johannes Gutbrod finished 6-1-1, but closely missed the Top 8 on tie-breakers! So he had to watch from the sidelines while Julian Knab and Tomas Mar were playing the elimination rounds hoping to overtake their fellow competitors.

Deathrite Shaman had made waves at Eternal Weekend 2017, providing support to six of eight Top 8 decks— helping continue the trend of more standard creature-based decks topping US tournaments. Would we see combo triumph here in Europe, going by MKMS Hamburg’s winning Show and Tell deck, or would the European meta fall in line with the US?

This was indeed the question of the final match, which featured the battle of Delver vs. Sneak & Show.
While Gutbrod was sad he had to sit out this one, he was happy to see his buddy Maximilian Lorenz claiming the trophy in the end. Gutbrod had earlier told the story of how his friend Max had gotten him into Legacy in the first place, and now revealed that he himself had gotten Lorenz back into Legacy after a long break recently. So things had come full circle – on a personal level for those two players, but also for us at MKMS Barcelona 2017.
We are looking forward to an even more exciting season in 2018 – with an additional stop, a new organizer, improved video coverage, and many more exciting stories and friendships to be created!
See you in January!

Congratulations to Maximilian Lorenz, Legacy Champion of MKMS Barcelona!

Alcoriza, Miquel
(Miracles)
0

Mar, Tomas
(Czech Pile)
2

Lorenz, Maximilian
(Grixis Delver)
2

Grupp, Momme
(BUG Control)
0

Knab, Julian
(Elves)
1

Sanchez Bartolome, Jesus
(Sneak & Show)
2

Lacombe, Rémi Hervé
(Stompy Soldiers)
1

Bender, Marius
(Canadian Threshold)
2

Mar, Tomas
(Czech Pile)
1

Lorenz, Maximilian
(Grixis Delver)
2

Sanchez Bartolome, Jesus
(Sneak & Show)
2

Bender, Marius
(Canadian Threshold)
1

Lorenz, Maximilian
(Grixis Delver)
2

Sanchez Bartolome, Jesus
(Sneak & Show)
0

Lorenz, Maximilian
(Grixis Delver)

Top 8 Decklists

Jesus Sanchez Bartolome – Sneak & Show

Jesus Sanchez Bartolome – Sneak & Show

Main Deck:
  • 3 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 3 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 3 Ancient Tomb
  • 2 City of Traitors
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Lotus Petal
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Ponder
  • 2 Preordain
  • 1 Intuition
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Spell Pierce
  • 4 Show and Tell
  • 4 Sneak Attack
  • 4 Emrakul, The Aeons Torn
  • 4 Griselbrand
  • 2 Blood Moon
Sideboard:
  • 1 Blood Moon
  • 3 Defense Grid
  • 3 Pyroclasm
  • 1 Misdirection
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Echoing Truth
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Jesus Sanchez Bartolome – Sneak & Show
Main Deck:
3 Island
1 Mountain
3 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Ancient Tomb
2 City of Traitors
3 Volcanic Island
4 Lotus Petal
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
2 Preordain
1 Intuition
4 Force of Will
4 Spell Pierce
4 Show and Tell
4 Sneak Attack
4 Emrakul, The Aeons Torn
4 Griselbrand
2 Blood Moon
Sideboard:
1 Blood Moon
3 Defense Grid
3 Pyroclasm
1 Misdirection
2 Pyroblast
2 Flusterstorm
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Echoing Truth

Momme Grupp – Leovold

Momme Grupp – Leovold

Main Deck:
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 3 Ponder
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Snapcaster Mage
  • 4 Baleful Strix
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Hymn to Tourach
  • 1 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 3 True-Name Nemesis
  • 2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • 1 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 3 Verdant Catacombs
  • 3 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Underground Sea
  • 3 Wasteland
  • 2 Tropical Island
  • 1 Bayou
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Island
Sideboard:
  • 3 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Hydroblast
  • 1 Counterspell
  • 1 Diabolic Edict
  • 1 Hymn to Tourach
  • 2 Marsh Casualties
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 1 To The Slaughter
  • 1 Bitterblossom
  • 1 Liliana, the Last Hope
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Momme Grupp – Leovold
Main Deck:
4 Brainstorm
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Fatal Push
3 Ponder
2 Thoughtseize
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Baleful Strix
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Hymn to Tourach
1 Umezawa's Jitte
3 True-Name Nemesis
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Force of Will
4 Polluted Delta
3 Verdant Catacombs
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Underground Sea
3 Wasteland
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Swamp
1 Island
Sideboard:
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Flusterstorm
1 Hydroblast
1 Counterspell
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Hymn to Tourach
2 Marsh Casualties
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 To The Slaughter
1 Bitterblossom
1 Liliana, the Last Hope

Julian Knab – Elves

Julian Knab – Elves

Main Deck:
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 4 Quirion Ranger
  • 4 Nettle Sentinel
  • 4 Elvish Visionary
  • 4 Wirewood Symbiote
  • 4 Heritage Druid
  • 2 Craterhoof Behemoth
  • 1 Birchlore Rangers
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 4 Green Sun's Zenith
  • 4 Glimpse of Nature
  • 2 Natural Order
  • 1 Crop Rotation
  • 2 Nissa, Vital Force
  • 4 Gaea's Cradle
  • 2 Windswept Heath
  • 2 Wooded Foothills
  • 2 Verdant Catacombs
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Dryad Arbor
  • 2 Forest
  • 2 Bayou
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 1 Pendelhaven
Sideboard:
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Cabal Therapy
  • 3 Surgical Extraction
  • 3 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • 1 Karakas
  • 2 Choke
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Julian Knab – Elves
Main Deck:
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Quirion Ranger
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Wirewood Symbiote
4 Heritage Druid
2 Craterhoof Behemoth
1 Birchlore Rangers
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Green Sun's Zenith
4 Glimpse of Nature
2 Natural Order
1 Crop Rotation
2 Nissa, Vital Force
4 Gaea's Cradle
2 Windswept Heath
2 Wooded Foothills
2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Dryad Arbor
2 Forest
2 Bayou
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Pendelhaven
Sideboard:
3 Thoughtseize
2 Cabal Therapy
3 Surgical Extraction
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Karakas
2 Choke

Rémi Hervé Lacombe – Stompy Soldiers

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

Maximilian Lorenz – Grixis Delver

Maximilian Lorenz – Grixis Delver

Main Deck:
  • 4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 3 Young Pyromancer
  • 2 Gurmag Angler
  • 2 True-Name Nemesis
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Daze
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Ponder
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Forked Bolt
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 1 Tropical Island
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 2 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Flooded Strand
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Scalding Tarn
Sideboard:
  • 3 Cabal Therapy
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 2 Diabolic Edict
  • 1 Grim Lavamancer
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Abrade
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Price of Progress
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Maximilian Lorenz – Grixis Delver
Main Deck:
4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Young Pyromancer
2 Gurmag Angler
2 True-Name Nemesis
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
2 Spell Pierce
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Forked Bolt
3 Volcanic Island
2 Underground Sea
1 Tropical Island
4 Wasteland
2 Polluted Delta
2 Flooded Strand
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Scalding Tarn
Sideboard:
3 Cabal Therapy
2 Pyroblast
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Abrade
1 Pithing Needle
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Price of Progress

Marius Bender – Canadian Threshold

Marius Bender – Canadian Threshold

Main Deck:
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 3 Tropical Island
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
  • 4 Nimble Mongoose
  • 2 Hooting Mandrills
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Ponder
  • 1 Preordain
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Daze
  • 4 Stifle
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Forked Bolt
Sideboard:
  • 2 Submerge
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Sylvan Library
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 1 Abrade
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
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Marius Bender – Canadian Threshold
Main Deck:
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland
4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
4 Nimble Mongoose
2 Hooting Mandrills
1 True-Name Nemesis
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
1 Preordain
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
4 Stifle
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Dismember
1 Forked Bolt
Sideboard:
2 Submerge
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Sylvan Library
2 Surgical Extraction
1 True-Name Nemesis
1 Abrade
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Spell Pierce
1 Snapcaster Mage
2 Flusterstorm
1 Izzet Staticaster

Tomas Mar – Leovold

Tomas Mar – Leovold

Main Deck:
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 4 Baleful Strix
  • 3 Snapcaster Mage
  • 2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • 4 Ponder
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 2 Jace, The Mindsculptor
  • 1 Night's Whisper
  • 3 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 1 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Hymn to Tourach
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 2 Fatal Push
  • 1 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Kolaghan's Command
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Verdant Catacombs
  • 1 Misty Rainforest
  • 4 Underground Sea
  • 1 Volcanic Island
  • 1 Badlands
  • 2 Tropical Island
Sideboard:
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 2 Sylvan Library
  • 2 Nihil Spellbomb
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Forked Bolt
  • 1 Diabolic Edict
  • 1 Marsh Casualties
  • 1 Hydroblast
  • 1 Liliana, The Last Hope
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Tomas Mar – Leovold
Main Deck:
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Baleful Strix
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
2 Jace, The Mindsculptor
1 Night's Whisper
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Thoughtseize
2 Hymn to Tourach
4 Force of Will
2 Fatal Push
1 Lightning Bolt
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Kolaghan's Command
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Polluted Delta
2 Verdant Catacombs
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island
1 Badlands
2 Tropical Island
Sideboard:
2 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
2 Sylvan Library
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Flusterstorm
2 Forked Bolt
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Marsh Casualties
1 Hydroblast
1 Liliana, The Last Hope

Miquel Alcoriza – Miracles

Miquel Alcoriza – Miracles

Main Deck:
  • 6 Island
  • 2 Plains
  • 1 Arid Mesa
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 2 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Tundra
  • 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 3 Force of Will
  • 3 Predict
  • 4 Swords to Plowshares
  • 1 Entreat the Angels
  • 4 Ponder
  • 3 Portent
  • 3 Terminus
  • 3 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Energy Field
  • 1 Back to Basics
  • 1 Detention Sphere
  • 1 Helm of Obedience
  • 2 Enlightened Tutor
Sideboard:
  • 2 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 2 Containment Priest
  • 1 Disenchant
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Force of Will
  • 1 Moat
  • 1 Entreat the Angels
  • 2 Leyline of Sanctity
  • 2 Engineered Explosives
  • 2 Vendilion Clique
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Miquel Alcoriza – Miracles
Main Deck:
6 Island
2 Plains
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
2 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Tundra
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Brainstorm
2 Flusterstorm
3 Force of Will
3 Predict
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Entreat the Angels
4 Ponder
3 Portent
3 Terminus
3 Rest in Peace
2 Energy Field
1 Back to Basics
1 Detention Sphere
1 Helm of Obedience
2 Enlightened Tutor
Sideboard:
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Containment Priest
1 Disenchant
1 Flusterstorm
1 Force of Will
1 Moat
1 Entreat the Angels
2 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Engineered Explosives
2 Vendilion Clique

Articles

Final video: Lorenz vs. Sanchez Bartolome

The final match of the weekend and the season was played between Delver and Sneak & Show. Sanchez wanted to keep the trophy in Spain, while Lorenz was eager to kick off his comeback to Magic with a tournament win. In the end only one of them could be left...

Semifinal video: Tomas Mar vs. Maximilian Lorenz

Tomas Mar would be able to overtake Julian Knab in the Power 8 standings with a great finish in this event. This would at least require him to beat Maximilian Lorenz in this Semifinal though. Johannes Gutbrod had only recently brought his friend Lorenz back out of his...

Quarterfinal video: Julian Knab vs. Jesus Sanchez Bartolome

Julian Knab was still jockeying for position on the Power 8 leaderboard. Tomas Mar was in this Top 8 as well and could still overtake Julian depending on their final results in this last event of the season. Would Knab be able to win his nightmare matchup versus...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Previously at the MKM Series: Legacy 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 298...

Metagame Breakdown

Ever since Miracles was toppled from the apex of the format, midrange creature decks had been on the rise—with or without the Stoneforge Mystic/equipment package, with or without Leovold, Emissary of Trest. The metagame at MKMS Barcelona was no exception, and Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration flying around somewhere near the top too was no surprise either.

What was a bit of a surprise was how well-defined the Legacy metagame turned out to be. Usually, the “Others” category would be the largest, without fail, and it was hardly possible to separately list all the decks with three copies in the running. Only having to put eighteen decks under that label was quite the refreshing change!

Legend

  • 19 BUG
  • 16 Grixis/4-Color Delver
  • 16 Stoneblade
  • 13 Hatebears
  • 11 Elves
  • 10 Dark Depths
  • 10 Miracles
  • 9 Storm
  • 7 Burn
  • 6 Show and Tell
  • 6 Big Red
  • 5 Reanimator
  • 4 Infect
  • 3 Jund
  • 3 Eldrazi
  • 18 Others

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