Modern Coverage MKM Series Frankfurt 2016

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt

Everyone's a Winner at the Largest German Magic Tournament since 2012!

The German Magic scene's alive and well, despite the absence of large premier events like the Grand Prix and Pro Tour in recent years. If anybody needed proof for this, the MKM Series provided plenty; with 617 players, our Modern main event was the largest tournament in Germany since 2012!

(And alongside this, 127 played in the Grand Standard Trial and more than 40 in the Highlander side event, filling the hall to maximum capacity!)

617 meant ten long rounds, meant the Top 8 was about to start shortly before midnight. In keeping with the day's theme—a celebration of Magic and its community—the Top 8 came together and agreed to split the prize pool, resulting in 775 Euros per person.

Congratulations to David Biedermann, Bernd Schwabe, Julian Knab, Marcel Costa, Sebastian Wibmer, Tobias Debatin, Jonas Zimmermann, and Andreas Müller (pictured above, left to right), our eight Modern champions! And congratulations to the community for making the MKM Series Frankfurt 2016 an event to remember!

Update on the Prize Payout:

Due to the large turnout, it was decided to increase the prize pool of the Modern tournament. Originally, prizes were announced to be paid down to 16th place, or 32nd place if the attendance broke the 200 mark.

With 617 players, however, prizes were again raised for almost everyone within the Top 32, by close to 20% in total. In the end, prizes for the Top 8 were increased yet again by a combined 800 Euros, raising the total prize purse of the event to 7800 Euros, compared to the 5880 advertised initially. You can find the full updated prize payout on our event information page.

We like to thank all of our players for making the MKM Series Frankfurt 2016 such a memorable event!

Top 8 Decklists

Sebastian Wibmer – Scapeshift

Sebastian Wibmer – Scapeshift

Decklist:
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 4 Steam Vents
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 3 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Cinder Glade
  • 1 Plains
  • 2 Forest
  • 1 Breeding Pool
  • 1 Flooded Grove
  • 2 Valakut, the molten Pinnacle
  • 1 Prairie Stream
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
  • 4 Bring to Light
  • 2 Scapeshift
  • 2 Electrolyze
  • 1 Hunting Wilds
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 4 Cryptic Command
  • 4 Remand
  • 1 Pulse of Murasa
  • 2 Izzet Charm
  • 3 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Repeal
Sideboard:
  • 2 Timely Reinforcements
  • 1 Crumble to Dust
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Sudden Shock
  • 1 Creeping Corrosion
  • 2 Dispel
  • 1 Negate
  • 2 Obstinate Baloth
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Dragonlord Dromoka
  • 1 Wurmcoil Engine
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Sebastian Wibmer – Scapeshift
Decklist:
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Steam Vents
4 Stomping Ground
3 Island
1 Mountain
1 Cinder Glade
1 Plains
2 Forest
1 Breeding Pool
1 Flooded Grove
2 Valakut, the molten Pinnacle
1 Prairie Stream
4 Search for Tomorrow
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Bring to Light
2 Scapeshift
2 Electrolyze
1 Hunting Wilds
2 Anger of the Gods
4 Cryptic Command
4 Remand
1 Pulse of Murasa
2 Izzet Charm
3 Lightning Bolt
1 Repeal
Sideboard:
2 Timely Reinforcements
1 Crumble to Dust
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Sudden Shock
1 Creeping Corrosion
2 Dispel
1 Negate
2 Obstinate Baloth
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Dragonlord Dromoka
1 Wurmcoil Engine

Julian Knab – Ad Nauseam

Julian Knab – Ad Nauseam

Main Deck:
  • 4 Ad Nauseam
  • 4 Angel's Grace
  • 4 Serum Visions
  • 4 Sleight of Hand
  • 4 Lotus Bloom
  • 4 Pentad Prism
  • 3 Pact of Negation
  • 3 Phyrexian Unlife
  • 2 Lightning Storm
  • 3 Spoils of the Vault
  • 4 Simian Spirit Guide
  • 4 Temple of Deceit
  • 4 Gemstone Mine
  • 4 Seachrome Coast
  • 4 Darkslick Shores
  • 2 Dreadship Reef
  • 2 Plains
  • 1 Temple of Enlightenment
Sideboard:
  • 3 Darkness
  • 2 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
  • 1 Patrician's Scorn
  • 1 Duress
  • 1 Slaughter Pact
  • 1 Echoing Truth
  • 1 Pact of Negation
  • 1 Laboratory Maniac
  • 4 Leyline of Sanctity
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Julian Knab – Ad Nauseam
Main Deck:
4 Ad Nauseam
4 Angel's Grace
4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand
4 Lotus Bloom
4 Pentad Prism
3 Pact of Negation
3 Phyrexian Unlife
2 Lightning Storm
3 Spoils of the Vault
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Temple of Deceit
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Darkslick Shores
2 Dreadship Reef
2 Plains
1 Temple of Enlightenment
Sideboard:
3 Darkness
2 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
1 Patrician's Scorn
1 Duress
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Echoing Truth
1 Pact of Negation
1 Laboratory Maniac
4 Leyline of Sanctity

Tobias Debatin – GR Eldrazi

Tobias Debatin – GR Eldrazi

Main Deck:
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Ancient Stirrings
  • 2 Talisman of Impulse
  • 4 Sylvan Scrying
  • 4 Kozilek's Return
  • 4 Matter Reshaper
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 3 Endless One
  • 3 World Breaker
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 1 Kessig Wolf Run
  • 2 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 1 Ghost Quarter
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Karplusan Forest
  • 2 Forest
  • 1 Mountain
  • 3 Wooded Foothills
  • 2 Copperline Gorge
  • 2 Stomping Ground
  • 1 Raging Ravine
Sideboard:
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Ratchet Bomb
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 1 All is Dust
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Warping Wail
  • 1 Choke
  • 2 Feed the Clan
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Natural State
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Tobias Debatin – GR Eldrazi
Main Deck:
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ancient Stirrings
2 Talisman of Impulse
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Kozilek's Return
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
3 Endless One
3 World Breaker
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Kessig Wolf Run
2 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Ghost Quarter
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Karplusan Forest
2 Forest
1 Mountain
3 Wooded Foothills
2 Copperline Gorge
2 Stomping Ground
1 Raging Ravine
Sideboard:
1 Pithing Needle
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Spellskite
1 All is Dust
1 Dismember
1 Warping Wail
1 Choke
2 Feed the Clan
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Natural State

Andreas Müller – Infect

Andreas Müller – Infect

Main Deck:
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 4 Glistener Elf
  • 4 Blighted Agent
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 3 Might of old Krosa
  • 3 Groundswell
  • 3 Become Immense
  • 1 Mutagenic Growth
  • 1 Rancor
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Serum Visions
  • 1 Twisted Image
  • 2 Apostle's Blessing
  • 4 Vines of Vastwood
  • 1 Dryad Arbor
  • 2 Spellskite
  • 1 Distortion Strike
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 1 Verdant Catacombs
  • 2 Pendelhaven
  • 3 Breeding Pool
  • 2 Forest
Sideboard:
  • 1 Kitchen Finks
  • 2 Wall of Roots
  • 1 Wild Defiance
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Twisted Image
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Dispel
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
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Andreas Müller – Infect
Main Deck:
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Glistener Elf
4 Blighted Agent
4 Gitaxian Probe
3 Might of old Krosa
3 Groundswell
3 Become Immense
1 Mutagenic Growth
1 Rancor
1 Dismember
1 Serum Visions
1 Twisted Image
2 Apostle's Blessing
4 Vines of Vastwood
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Spellskite
1 Distortion Strike
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath
1 Verdant Catacombs
2 Pendelhaven
3 Breeding Pool
2 Forest
Sideboard:
1 Kitchen Finks
2 Wall of Roots
1 Wild Defiance
2 Nature's Claim
2 Twisted Image
2 Spell Pierce
1 Dispel
2 Grafdigger's Cage

David Biedermann – Jund

David Biedermann – Jund

Main Deck:
  • 4 Dark Confidant
  • 1 Huntmaster of the Fells / Ravager of the Fells
  • 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 3 Scavenging Ooze
  • 3 Sin Prodder
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 3 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Kolaghan's Command
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Terminate
  • 2 Blood Crypt
  • 3 Bloodstained Mire
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Overgrown Tomb
  • 2 Raging Ravine
  • 1 Stomping Ground
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Tectonic Edge
  • 1 Treetop Village
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 3 Verdant Catacombs
  • 3 Wooded Foothills
  • 1 Arlinn Kord / Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon
  • 3 Liliana of the Veil
  • 3 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 2 Thoughtseize
Sideboard:
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Olivia Voldaren
  • 2 Leyline of the Void
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Extirpate
  • 1 Feed the Clan
  • 2 Golgari Charm
  • 1 Kolaghan's Command
  • 1 Damnation
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 1 Shatterstorm
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David Biedermann – Jund
Main Deck:
4 Dark Confidant
1 Huntmaster of the Fells / Ravager of the Fells
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Scavenging Ooze
3 Sin Prodder
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Kolaghan's Command
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Terminate
2 Blood Crypt
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Forest
1 Mountain
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Ground
1 Swamp
1 Tectonic Edge
1 Treetop Village
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
3 Verdant Catacombs
3 Wooded Foothills
1 Arlinn Kord / Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon
3 Liliana of the Veil
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Thoughtseize
Sideboard:
1 Pithing Needle
1 Olivia Voldaren
2 Leyline of the Void
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Extirpate
1 Feed the Clan
2 Golgari Charm
1 Kolaghan's Command
1 Damnation
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Shatterstorm

Bernd Schwabe – G Tron Eldrazi

Bernd Schwabe – G Tron Eldrazi

Main Deck:
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 3 Forest
  • 1 Sea Gate Wreckage
  • 4 Urza's Mine
  • 4 Urza's Tower
  • 4 Urza's Power Plant
  • 2 Conduit of Ruin
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
  • 3 World Breaker
  • 2 All is Dust
  • 4 Ancient Stirrings
  • 4 Chromatic Sphere
  • 4 Chromatic Star
  • 4 Expedition Map
  • 2 Fog
  • 4 Karn Liberated
  • 3 Sylvan Scrying
  • 2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Sideboard:
  • 1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
  • 2 Spellskite
  • 2 Feed the Clan
  • 4 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Oblivion Stone
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Warping Wail
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Bernd Schwabe – G Tron Eldrazi
Main Deck:
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Forest
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Tower
4 Urza's Power Plant
2 Conduit of Ruin
4 Thought-Knot Seer
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
3 World Breaker
2 All is Dust
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Expedition Map
2 Fog
4 Karn Liberated
3 Sylvan Scrying
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Sideboard:
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
2 Spellskite
2 Feed the Clan
4 Nature's Claim
2 Oblivion Stone
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Warping Wail

Jonas Zimmermann – UWR Control

Jonas Zimmermann – UWR Control

Main Deck:
  • 1 Gideon Jura
  • 1 Sphinx's Revelation
  • 2 Sulfur Falls
  • 4 Snapcaster Mage
  • 3 Tectonic Edge
  • 4 Celestial Colonnade
  • 1 Arid Mesa
  • 2 Scalding Tarn
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 1 Desolate Lighthouse
  • 3 Path to Exile
  • 1 Ajani Vengeant
  • 4 Ancestral Vision
  • 3 Cryptic Command
  • 2 Hallowed Fountain
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 2 Steam Vents
  • 3 Electrolyze
  • 3 Lightning Helix
  • 2 Remand
  • 1 Sacred Foundry
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Island
  • 3 Mana Leak
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
Sideboard:
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Counterflux
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Stony Silence
  • 1 Timely Reinforcements
  • 1 Celestial Purge
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Dispel
  • 1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
  • 1 Negate
  • 1 Wrath of God
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Crucible of Worlds
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Jonas Zimmermann – UWR Control
Main Deck:
1 Gideon Jura
1 Sphinx's Revelation
2 Sulfur Falls
4 Snapcaster Mage
3 Tectonic Edge
4 Celestial Colonnade
1 Arid Mesa
2 Scalding Tarn
4 Flooded Strand
1 Desolate Lighthouse
3 Path to Exile
1 Ajani Vengeant
4 Ancestral Vision
3 Cryptic Command
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Spell Snare
2 Steam Vents
3 Electrolyze
3 Lightning Helix
2 Remand
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Plains
1 Mountain
2 Island
3 Mana Leak
4 Lightning Bolt
Sideboard:
1 Wear // Tear
1 Counterflux
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Stony Silence
1 Timely Reinforcements
1 Celestial Purge
2 Rest in Peace
2 Dispel
1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
1 Negate
1 Wrath of God
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Crucible of Worlds

Marcel Costa – Affinity

Marcel Costa – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 3 Glimmervoid
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 3 Etched Champion
  • 3 Master of Etherium
  • 3 Memnite
  • 3 Steel Overseer
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 4 Mox Opal
  • 4 Galvanic Blast
  • 4 Springleaf Drum
  • 4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Whipflare
  • 2 Spellskite
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 DIsmember
  • 1 Torpor Orb
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
  • 2 Spell Pierce
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Marcel Costa – Affinity
Main Deck:
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
3 Glimmervoid
1 Mountain
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Vault Skirge
4 Signal Pest
4 Ornithopter
3 Etched Champion
3 Master of Etherium
3 Memnite
3 Steel Overseer
1 Spellskite
4 Mox Opal
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
2 Thoughtseize
2 Whipflare
2 Spellskite
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 DIsmember
1 Torpor Orb
1 Wear // Tear
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
2 Spell Pierce

Articles

Meet Modern Champ David Biedermann

After ten rounds had been played in yesterday's Modern main event, David Biedermann towered above everyone else at the very top of the standings, with an unrivaled record of 9-0-1. Going by original plans, the Top 8 playoffs would have followed then to determine the...

Round 10: Michael Deckert vs. Bernd Schwabe

This was one of the most important matches of the day. We often call it a "win and in" and that's exactly what it is. These two players couldn't afford to draw their match as that would have knocked both of them straight out of competition. A win, on the other hand,...

Round 9 Feature Match: Laurent Calligaro vs. Jonas Zimmermann

With records of 7-1, both of these players needed but one more win to clinch a Top 8 berth. Neither one was a stranger to high-stakes Magic: As coincidence would have it, both had played at the 2014 World Magic Cup, Laurent Calligaro as part of Team Luxembourg, Jonas...

Round 9: Turning up the Heat

Making the Top 8 cut in a gigantic 10 round tournament is definitely not an easy task. Most likely even a score of 8-2 (24 points) will not be enough for anyone. Of the players we talked about earlier, Julian Knab is 8-1 right now and looking to draw in, while Niclas...

Meet Eliott Boussaud

Eliott Boussaud is one of our star players at the MKM Series - he won both our last two Standard main events in Milan and in Madrid! He also won GP Prague in 2015, made it to the Grand Prix Finals in Utrecht in 2014 and made Top 8 at GP Prague in 2013. So far he has...

The Curious, the Cool, and the Crazy Decks of Modern

In the end, none of the following decks got there, meaning the Top 8 or even anywhere near that. But they definitely deserve a spot in our coverage because of their uniqueness and their creative design. Sebastian Ziller, for instance, was the only one of 617...

Commanding the Allied Forces with Niclas Chlench

In Round 6 of our massive Modern main event, we witnessed a true battle of David versus Goliath. In this case, David was 22-year-old Niclas Chlench from Dortmund, Germany, who described himself as "mostly just an FNM player." That was, until now. Today he had started...

Artist Feature: Volkan Baga

While the many events we’re offering this weekend are certainly reason enough to make the trip to Frankfurt, we have even more in store for you. One of these little treats is our artist section where some of the all-time Magic greats are busy signing autographs,...

Meet Julian Knab

While everybody else was busy trying to win their second match of the day in our huge Modern Main event, I managed to sit down with "Julian Tsubasa" (Julian Knab), who is one of the rising stars on the MKM Series! He was able to enjoy his free time, as he won two byes...

Yesterday’s Modern Trial Winners

Yesterday's main event, due to the limitations of Vintage, had only featured 57 players. However, yesterday's main side event, the appropriately named "Grand Modern Trial," had 142 players battling for free entry plus two byes for today's tournament. That turnout...

Metagame Breakdown

617 decklists have all been checked, counted, and categorized, for the largest metagame breakdown that we have ever done. To offer at least a semblance of clarity, we combined Jund, Abzan, and mixes thereof into one B/G/(x) Midrange category.

The same is true for the white-blue control decks, most of which splashed some red cards, a few of which splashed some black cards, while the second largest contingent was strictly two-colored. One of the more interesting developments here was the inclusion of Nahiri, the Harbinger and a singleton Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.

U/R/(x) Aggrocontrol, meanwhile, is populated mostly by blue-red Delver of Secrets decks, but includes a number of aggressive Jeskai decks and a couple of decks with green.

Of course, this still leaves 164 decks in our “Other” category. The most notable entries here, with around ten decks each, were Elves, Living End, Dredge, Soul Sisters, Blue Moon, and White-Black Tokens. Even more unusual decks like 8 Rack, Jeskai Ascendancy, Gifts Ungiven, Mono-Green Stompy, and Goblins all had entered at least five representatives into the tournament, showcasing the immense diversity of the Modern format!

Legend

  • 70 BG(x) Midrange
  • 43 UW(x) Control
  • 42 Urzatron
  • 37 Collected Company
  • 31 Burn
  • 30 Zoo
  • 28 Merfolk
  • 27 Affinity
  • 22 Grixis Control
  • 22 Hatebears
  • 22 Kikki Chord
  • 22 UR(G) Delver
  • 21 Infect
  • 18 Ad Nauseam
  • 18 Scapeshift
  • 164 Other

Event Photos

This was the view when you entered the venue.
From the stage, it looked even more impressive!
More than 620 players showed up for the second day of competition!
We had some minore technical difficulties at the beginning of the event.
But once we resolved them, things were going a lot more smoothly.
The Bürgerhaus was clearly at its limits.
It did make for some great opportunities to engage in friendly chatter.
Or of course trae some cards.
With the result slips now being handed out, everyone could finally go on a welcome little break between rounds.
Some players were fortunate enough to have some Byes and they only had to start playing a little later!
The registration for the Legacy side event started... another 100 players showed up out of nowhere!
The biggest question was whether we could actually find enough space to accomodate these guys.
The judges were hopeful, though, and the tournament organizer also immediately went back to work and figured it out eventually.
This is the Legacy queue...