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At MKMS Barcelona, Dennis Zens did it again!

Going into the weekend, Zens already was in first place in the race for Power 8 glory, if only four points ahead of his two closest rivals. But at the Modern main event on Saturday, he showed everyone that his previous achievements were no fluke. After eight rounds, he entered the Top 8 ranked first of the original 166 competitors. And Zens, using an updated version of his trusty Death's Shadow, finished the tournament in first place too.

So, in summary, Zens had played in five main events of the MKM Series this year, reached the Top 8 four times, and won twice: a worthy player to head the Power 8 Leaderboard, which he was almost assured to be doing now. Everyone else would likely only fight for second place on Sunday.

MKMS Barcelona's Modern Event Makes Zens Number One!

Zens, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
2

Bachstädter, Jonas
(Abzan Company)
0

Martos Donaire, Antonio
(Titanshift)
2

Gomez Portillo, Manuel (Infect)
1

Pölzl, Tristan
(Hatebears)
0

Ballestin, Daniel
(Blue Moon)
2

Artes, Hector
(Titanshift)
0

Comaposada Cruz, Gabriel
(Land Destruction)
2

Zens, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
2

Martos Donaire, Antonio
(Titanshift)
0

Ballestin, Daniel
(Blue Moon)
2

Comaposada Cruz, Gabriel
(Land Destruction)
0

Zens, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
2

Ballestin, Daniel
(Blue Moon)
0

Zens, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)

Top 8 Decklists

Hector Artes – Titan Shift

Hector Artes – Titan Shift

Main Deck:
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 1 Bloodstained Mire
  • 1 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 2 Forest
  • 3 Cinder Glade
  • 6 Mountain
  • 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 1 Wood Elves
  • 2 Summoner's Pact
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 3 Scapeshift
  • 2 Prismatic Omen
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Hour of Promise
  • 4 Primeval Titan
  • 2 Explore
  • 3 Farseek
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sideboard:
  • 3 Obstinate Baloth
  • 2 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
  • 3 Slaughter Games
  • 1 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Anger of the Gods
  • 2 Krosan Grip
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
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Hector Artes – Titan Shift
Main Deck:
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Windswept Heath
4 Stomping Ground
1 Blood Crypt
2 Forest
3 Cinder Glade
6 Mountain
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
1 Wood Elves
2 Summoner's Pact
2 Anger of the Gods
3 Scapeshift
2 Prismatic Omen
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Hour of Promise
4 Primeval Titan
2 Explore
3 Farseek
4 Search for Tomorrow
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sideboard:
3 Obstinate Baloth
2 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
3 Slaughter Games
1 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Anger of the Gods
2 Krosan Grip
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Reclamation Sage

Daniel Ballestin – Blue Moon

Daniel Ballestin – Blue Moon

Main Deck:
  • 4 Opt
  • 1 Torrential Gearhulk
  • 1 Cascade Bluffs
  • 6 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Flooded Strand
  • 3 Serum Visions
  • 2 Cryptic Command
  • 2 Dispel
  • 1 Negate
  • 4 Remand
  • 1 Electrolyze
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 3 Blood Moon
  • 1 Keranos, God of Storms
  • 2 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
  • 4 Snapcaster Mage
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 3 Sulfur Falls
  • 3 Deceiver Exarch
  • 2 Pestermite
  • 3 Steam Vents
  • 1 Desolate Lighthouse
Sideboard:
  • 3 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Negate
  • 1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
  • 1 Pyroclasm
  • 2 Jace, Architect of Thought
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 2 Roast
  • 2 Vandalblast
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
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Daniel Ballestin – Blue Moon
Main Deck:
4 Opt
1 Torrential Gearhulk
1 Cascade Bluffs
6 Island
1 Mountain
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Flooded Strand
3 Serum Visions
2 Cryptic Command
2 Dispel
1 Negate
4 Remand
1 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Blood Moon
1 Keranos, God of Storms
2 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Sulfur Falls
3 Deceiver Exarch
2 Pestermite
3 Steam Vents
1 Desolate Lighthouse
Sideboard:
3 Relic of Progenitus
1 Negate
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Pyroclasm
2 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Izzet Staticaster
2 Roast
2 Vandalblast
2 Anger of the Gods

Tristan Pölzl – Hatebears

Tristan Pölzl – Hatebears

Main Deck:
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 4 Ghost Quarter
  • 4 Caves of Koilos
  • 2 Plains
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Shambling vent
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Eldrazi Displacer
  • 3 Wasteland Strangler
  • 4 Flickerwisp
  • 4 Leonin Arbiter
  • 4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
  • 4 Tidehollow Sculler
  • 2 Dark Confidant
  • 4 Aether Vial
  • 4 Path to Exile
  • 1 Aven Mindcensor
Sideboard:
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 3 Stony Silence
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Reality Smasher
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Aven Mindcensor
  • 2 Orzhov Pontiff
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Tristan Pölzl – Hatebears
Main Deck:
1 Godless Shrine
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Caves of Koilos
2 Plains
1 Swamp
2 Shambling vent
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Eldrazi Displacer
3 Wasteland Strangler
4 Flickerwisp
4 Leonin Arbiter
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Tidehollow Sculler
2 Dark Confidant
4 Aether Vial
4 Path to Exile
1 Aven Mindcensor
Sideboard:
3 Fatal Push
3 Stony Silence
2 Rest in Peace
2 Reality Smasher
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Aven Mindcensor
2 Orzhov Pontiff

Antonio Martos – Titan Shift

Antonio Martos – Titan Shift

Main Deck:
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 3 Forest
  • 2 Cinder Glade
  • 1 Sheltered Thicket
  • 2 Windswept Heath
  • 7 Mountain
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 1 Wood Elves
  • 4 Primeval Titan
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 3 Farseek
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 4 Scapeshift
  • 2 Explore
  • 2 Summoner's Pact
  • 2 Primsatic Omen
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Hour of Promise
Sideboard:
  • 2 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 2 Obstinate Baloth
  • 2 Chameleon Colossus
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 1 Hour of Promise
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Natural State
  • 1 Nature's Claim
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Antonio Martos – Titan Shift
Main Deck:
4 Stomping Ground
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Forest
2 Cinder Glade
1 Sheltered Thicket
2 Windswept Heath
7 Mountain
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Wood Elves
4 Primeval Titan
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Lightning Bolt
3 Farseek
4 Search for Tomorrow
4 Scapeshift
2 Explore
2 Summoner's Pact
2 Primsatic Omen
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Hour of Promise
Sideboard:
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Obstinate Baloth
2 Chameleon Colossus
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Hour of Promise
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Natural State
1 Nature's Claim

Dennis Zens – Death’s Shadow

Dennis Zens – Death's Shadow

Main Deck:
  • 4 Death's Shadow
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 4 Mishra's Bauble
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 3 Stubborn Denial
  • 2 Temur Battle Rage
  • 2 Liliana of the Veil
  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 4 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 2 Bloodstained Mire
  • 1 Breeding Pool
  • 2 Marsh Flats
  • 2 Overgrown Tomb
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 1 Watery Grave
Sideboard:
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Ranger of Eos
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Disdainful Stroke
  • 2 Kozilek's Return
  • 1 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 3 Lingering Souls
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 1 Nihil Spellbomb
  • 2 Collective Brutality
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Dennis Zens – Death's Shadow
Main Deck:
4 Death's Shadow
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Street Wraith
4 Mishra's Bauble
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Dismember
4 Fatal Push
3 Stubborn Denial
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Liliana of the Veil
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Thoughtseize
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
1 Swamp
1 Blood Crypt
2 Bloodstained Mire
1 Breeding Pool
2 Marsh Flats
2 Overgrown Tomb
4 Polluted Delta
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Watery Grave
Sideboard:
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Ranger of Eos
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Kozilek's Return
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Lingering Souls
1 Godless Shrine
1 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Collective Brutality

Jonas Bachstädter – Abzan Company

Jonas Bachstädter – Abzan Company

Main Deck:
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 2 Temple Garden
  • 1 Overgrown Tomb
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 3 Gavony Township
  • 3 Forest
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Razorverge Thicket
  • 2 Horizon Canopy
  • 4 Chord of Calling
  • 4 Collected Company
  • 4 Kitchen Finks
  • 4 Devoted Druid
  • 4 Vizier of Remedies
  • 4 Birds of Paradise
  • 2 Noble Hierarch
  • 1 Viscera Seer
  • 4 Eternal Witness
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 1 Walking Ballista
  • 2 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
Sideboard:
  • 2 Path to Exile
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
  • 1 Aven Mindcensor
  • 1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
  • 1 Magus of the Moon
  • 1 Ethersworn Acnonist
  • 2 Stony Silence
  • 1 Orzhov Pontiff
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 1 Kataki, War's Wage
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Jonas Bachstädter – Abzan Company
Main Deck:
4 Windswept Heath
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Temple Garden
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Godless Shrine
3 Gavony Township
3 Forest
1 Plains
1 Razorverge Thicket
2 Horizon Canopy
4 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
4 Kitchen Finks
4 Devoted Druid
4 Vizier of Remedies
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Noble Hierarch
1 Viscera Seer
4 Eternal Witness
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Spellskite
1 Walking Ballista
2 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
Sideboard:
2 Path to Exile
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Aven Mindcensor
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Ethersworn Acnonist
2 Stony Silence
1 Orzhov Pontiff
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Kataki, War's Wage

Gabriel Comaposada – Land Destruction

Gabriel Comaposada – Land Destruction

Main Deck:
  • 1 Birds of Paradise
  • 2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
  • 2 Huntmaster of the Fells / Ravager of the Fells
  • 2 Inferno Titan
  • 2 Stormbreath Dragon
  • 4 Arbor Elf
  • 4 Tireless Tracker
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Beast Within
  • 1 Primal Command
  • 2 Bonfire of the Damned
  • 3 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
  • 3 Stone Rain
  • 3 Blood Moon
  • 4 Utopia Sprawl
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 1 Kessig Wolf Run
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Verdant Catacombs
  • 2 Windwept Heath
  • 3 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 9 Forest
Sideboard:
  • 3 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Kitchen Finks
  • 1 Thragtusk
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Fracturing Gust
  • 1 Anger of the Gods
  • 1 Bonfire of the Damned
  • 1 Trinisphere
  • 1 Thrun, the Last Troll
  • 1 Acidic Slime
  • 1 Lightning Bolt
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Gabriel Comaposada – Land Destruction
Main Deck:
1 Birds of Paradise
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
2 Huntmaster of the Fells / Ravager of the Fells
2 Inferno Titan
2 Stormbreath Dragon
4 Arbor Elf
4 Tireless Tracker
2 Lightning Bolt
1 Beast Within
1 Primal Command
2 Bonfire of the Damned
3 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
3 Stone Rain
3 Blood Moon
4 Utopia Sprawl
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Kessig Wolf Run
1 Mountain
2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Windwept Heath
3 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills
9 Forest
Sideboard:
3 Relic of Progenitus
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Thragtusk
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Fracturing Gust
1 Anger of the Gods
1 Bonfire of the Damned
1 Trinisphere
1 Thrun, the Last Troll
1 Acidic Slime
1 Lightning Bolt

 

Manuel Gomez Portillo – Infect

Manuel Gomez Portillo – Infect

Main Deck:
  • 2 Forest
  • 2 Breeding Pool
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 2 Pendelhaven
  • 1 Dryad Arbor
  • 4 Glistener Elf
  • 4 Blighted Agent
  • 2 Viridian Corrupter
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 4 Vines of Vastwood
  • 3 Groundswell
  • 3 Mutagenic Growth
  • 2 Become Immense
  • 4 Blossoming Defense
  • 2 Apostle's Blessing
  • 2 Distortion Strike
  • 1 Rancor
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Might of Old Krosa
Sideboard:
  • 1 Dryad Arbor
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 1 Dissenter's Deliverance
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Dismember
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Manuel Gomez Portillo – Infect
Main Deck:
2 Forest
2 Breeding Pool
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Inkmoth Nexus
2 Pendelhaven
1 Dryad Arbor
4 Glistener Elf
4 Blighted Agent
2 Viridian Corrupter
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Vines of Vastwood
3 Groundswell
3 Mutagenic Growth
2 Become Immense
4 Blossoming Defense
2 Apostle's Blessing
2 Distortion Strike
1 Rancor
1 Dismember
4 Might of Old Krosa
Sideboard:
1 Dryad Arbor
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Nature's Claim
1 Dissenter's Deliverance
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Spell Pierce
1 Dismember

Articles

Quarterfinal: Tristan Pölzl vs. Daniel Ballestin

Dennis Zen’s match is probably what most people would expect for our quarterfinals featured match. Unfortunately, his match concluded in under five minutes, so we decided to look for an interesting match between less seasoned MKM players. Don’t let Daniel Ballestin...

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: 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: Modern 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 386...

Metagame Breakdown

As usual, or probably even more so than usual, the Modern metagame proved a veritable treasure trove of variety. No single archetype even accounted for eight percent of the field, not even when one painted the picture in very broad strokes …

For instance, the thirteen Death's Shadow decks listed here included Grixis (10) and Jund (2) variants as well as one Esper version. Likewise, ten of the B/G/x Midrange players went with Jund, two with Abzan, and one player eschewed a third color completely. Hatebears showed up in mono-white, white-black, green-white, or Bant garb, and Urza's Tower and its fellow landmarks appeared alongside Forests in five decks and alongside Eldrazi-infested Wastes eight times.

The huge “Others” faction, meanwhile, featured five decks with three entries each: Grixis Control, Mill, Abzan Company, Smallpox, and Lantern Control; two copies each of: Elves, Ad Nauseam, Zoo, and Slippery Bogles; as well as way too many singletons to list them all.

Legend

  • 13 Death's Shadow
  • 13 B/G/x Midrange
  • 13 Hatebears
  • 13 Urzatron
  • 10 Titan Shift
  • 9 Jeskai
  • 8 Affinity
  • 7 Land Destruction
  • 7 W/U Control
  • 7 U/R Storm
  • 6 Burn
  • 5 Blue Moon
  • 4 Merfolk
  • 4 Humans
  • 4 Mardu Midrange
  • 43 Others

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