Vintage Coverage MKM Series Frankfurt 2016

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt

Mikael Linden becomes a two-time MKM Series Champion in Frankfurt!

Over the Whit weekend, the MKM Series made a stop in Frankfurt, Germany. Players from all over Europe have gathered for four days full of Magic; for Vintage, Modern, Legacy, and Standard main events, for a host of exciting and fun side events, and for the Super Finals on Monday (a national holiday).

We were kicking things off with today's Vintage event. 57 players showed up, which translated to six rounds of Swiss, followed by our Top 8 playoffs. We saw a very diverse metagame at the beginning of the day with a healthy mix of archetypes that had been picked by our competitors.

This trend continued well into the Top 8, where the Vintage champion of MKM Series Prague 2015, Mikael Linden, added a second title to his growing resume. He was playing an almost exact copy of his last winning deck and he again demonstrated that he knew the tricks of the trade that his “Oaelcher” (Oath of Druids) deck provided him with.

Today we saw a lot of Moxes and Lotuses, showcasing the unique brand of craziness, the spectacularly broken plays, and the turn one kills which are the hallmarks of the Vintage format. Still, there was even room for “unpowered” decks in our Top 8, with Eldrazi showing that Eye of Ugin has been banned in Modern for good reason.

In the end, it was Mikael Linden and his almost unchanged deck, though, so congratulations again to the Swede!

Immanuel Kurz
Doomsday
2

Anton Karlinski
Gush Mentor
0

Julian Gür
Unpowered Eldrazi
0

Julian Nazarenus
Delver
2

Arjen Ruiterkamp
Eldrazi
2

Jaroslava Stefankova
URW Delver
0

Mikael Linden
Oath of Druids
2

Philipp Homann
Tezzerator
0

Immanuel Kurz
Doomsday
2

Julian Nazarenus
Delver
1

Arjen Ruiterkamp
Eldrazi
1

Mikael Linden
Oath of Druids
2

Immanuel Kurz
Doomsday
1

Mikael Linden
Oath of Druids
2

Mikael Linden
Oath of Druids

Top 8 Decklists

Arjen Ruiterkamp – Eldrazi

Arjen Ruiterkamp – Eldrazi

Main Deck
  • 3 Eye of Ugin
  • 4 Caves of Koilos
  • 2 Karakas
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 1 City of Traitors
  • 4 Cavern of Souls
  • 4 Endless One
  • 4 Eldrazi Mimic
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 4 Eldrazi Displacer
  • 2 Containment Priest
  • 3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 1 Endbringer
  • 4 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 1 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Mana Crypt
Sideboard:
  • 4 Leyline of Sanctity
  • 1 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 3 Tormod's Crypt
  • 2 Containment Priest
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Pithing Needle
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Arjen Ruiterkamp – Eldrazi
Main Deck
3 Eye of Ugin
4 Caves of Koilos
2 Karakas
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Ancient Tomb
1 City of Traitors
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Endless One
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Reality Smasher
4 Eldrazi Displacer
2 Containment Priest
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Endbringer
4 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
Sideboard:
4 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Umezawa's Jitte
3 Tormod's Crypt
2 Containment Priest
2 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Pithing Needle

Julian Nazarenus – Delver

Julian Nazarenus – Delver

Main Deck:
  • 4 Delver of Secrets
  • 3 Young Pyromancer
  • 1 Jori En, Ruin Diver
  • 2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Mental Misstep
  • 3 Gush
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Gitaxian Probe
  • 3 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 4 Preordain
  • 1 Misdirection
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Temporal Trespass
  • 1 Mystical Tutor
  • 1 Dig through Time
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 1 Dack Fayden
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 2 Tundra
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Strip Mine
Sideboard:
  • 1 Containment Priest
  • 3 Ingot Chewer
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 4 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Sudden Shock
  • 2 Sulfur Elemental
  • 1 Swords to Plowshares
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Julian Nazarenus – Delver
Main Deck:
4 Delver of Secrets
3 Young Pyromancer
1 Jori En, Ruin Diver
2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
4 Force of Will
4 Mental Misstep
3 Gush
2 Flusterstorm
2 Gitaxian Probe
3 Lightning Bolt
1 Spell Pierce
4 Preordain
1 Misdirection
1 Ponder
1 Brainstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Temporal Trespass
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Dig through Time
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dack Fayden
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Black Lotus
4 Polluted Delta
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Volcanic Island
2 Tundra
1 Island
1 Strip Mine
Sideboard:
1 Containment Priest
3 Ingot Chewer
2 Pyroblast
1 Wear // Tear
4 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Sudden Shock
2 Sulfur Elemental
1 Swords to Plowshares

Anton Karlinski – Gush Mentor

Anton Karlinski – Gush Mentor

Main Deck:
  • 4 Monastery Mentor
  • 4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Flusterstorm
  • 4 Mental Misstep
  • 3 Gush
  • 3 Swords to Plowshares
  • 2 Gitaxian Probe
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Preordain
  • 1 Sensei's Divining Top
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Dack Fayden
  • 3 Tundra
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 1 Island
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 3 Flooded Strand
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 1 Library of Alexandria
Sideboard:
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Containment Priest
  • 2 Wear // Tear
  • 3 Ingot Chewer
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Swords to Plowshares
  • 1 Sudden Shock
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
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Anton Karlinski – Gush Mentor
Main Deck:
4 Monastery Mentor
4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
4 Force of Will
3 Flusterstorm
4 Mental Misstep
3 Gush
3 Swords to Plowshares
2 Gitaxian Probe
1 Brainstorm
1 Ponder
1 Preordain
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Pyroblast
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Black Lotus
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dig Through Time
1 Dack Fayden
3 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island
1 Island
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Flooded Strand
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Library of Alexandria
Sideboard:
2 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Containment Priest
2 Wear // Tear
3 Ingot Chewer
1 Pithing Needle
1 Mountain
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Sudden Shock
1 Supreme Verdict

Julian Gür – Unpowered Eldrazi

Julian Gür – Unpowered Eldrazi

Main Deck
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Eldrazi Mimic
  • 4 Endless One
  • 4 Phyrexian Revoker
  • 4 Phyrexian Metamorph
  • 4 Thorn of Amentyst
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Mana Vault
  • 2 Dismember
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 4 City of Traitors
  • 3 Eye of Ugin
  • 4 Mishras Factory
  • 2 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Stripmine
Sideboard:
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Ratchet Bomb
  • 4 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Trinisphere
  • 1 Ghost Quarter
  • 2 Umezawa's Jitte
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Julian Gür – Unpowered Eldrazi
Main Deck
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Thorn of Amentyst
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
2 Dismember
4 Wasteland
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Traitors
3 Eye of Ugin
4 Mishras Factory
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Stripmine
Sideboard:
1 Dismember
4 Ratchet Bomb
4 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Pithing Needle
1 Trinisphere
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Umezawa's Jitte

Immanuel Kurz – Doomsday

Immanuel Kurz – Doomsday

Doomsday
  • 4 Doomsday
  • 4 Dark Ritual
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Lotus Petal
  • 4 Gush
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 4 Preordain
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 1 Duress
  • 3 Flusterstorm
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 1 Misdirection
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 3 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Laboratory Maniac
  • 1 Tendrils of Agony
  • 1 Yawgmoth's Will
  • 1 Mystical Tutor
  • 1 Vampiric Tutor
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Sensei's Divining Top
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 3 Scalding Tarn
  • 4 Underground Sea
  • 2 Island
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
Sideboard
  • 2 Defense Grid
  • 3 Wasteland
  • 1 Stripmine
  • 4 Hurkyl's Recall
  • 1 Chain of Vapor
  • 1 Echoing Truth
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Toxic Deluge
  • 1 Massacre
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Immanuel Kurz – Doomsday
Doomsday
4 Doomsday
4 Dark Ritual
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Lotus Petal
4 Gush
1 Brainstorm
4 Preordain
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Duress
3 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Misdirection
1 Black Lotus
3 Mental Misstep
1 Laboratory Maniac
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Sensei's Divining Top
4 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
4 Underground Sea
2 Island
1 Swamp
1 Engineered Explosives
Sideboard
2 Defense Grid
3 Wasteland
1 Stripmine
4 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Echoing Truth
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Massacre

Jaroslava Stefankova – URW Delver

Jaroslava Stefankova – URW Delver

Main Deck
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 2 Dack Fayden
  • 4 Delver of Secrets
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 2 Flooded Strand
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 2 Gitaxian Probe
  • 3 Gush
  • 2 Island
  • 1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
  • 1 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 2 Path to Exile
  • 1 Polluted Delta
  • 1 Ponder
  • 4 Preordain
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 1 Stony Silence
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 2 Sudden Shock
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 2 Tundra
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Young Pyromancer
Sideboard:
  • 2 Containment Priest
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Ingot Chewer
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Stony Silence
  • 1 Sudden Shock
  • 2 Wear // Tear
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Jaroslava Stefankova – URW Delver
Main Deck
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
2 Dack Fayden
4 Delver of Secrets
1 Dig Through Time
2 Flooded Strand
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
2 Gitaxian Probe
3 Gush
2 Island
1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
1 Lightning Bolt
4 Mental Misstep
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
2 Path to Exile
1 Polluted Delta
1 Ponder
4 Preordain
1 Pyroblast
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Stony Silence
1 Strip Mine
2 Sudden Shock
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
2 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island
4 Young Pyromancer
Sideboard:
2 Containment Priest
2 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Ingot Chewer
1 Mountain
1 Pyroblast
2 Rest in Peace
1 Stony Silence
1 Sudden Shock
2 Wear // Tear

Philipp Homann – Tezzerator

Philipp Homann – Tezzerator

Main Deck:
  • 2 Misdirection
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 1 Rebuild
  • 1 Hurkyl's Recall
  • 1 Flooded Strand
  • 1 Polluted Delta
  • 1 Misty Rainforest
  • 1 Scalding Tarn
  • 1 Tropical Island
  • 1 Underground Sea
  • 4 Island
  • 1 Cephalid Colisseum
  • 1 Library of Alexandria
  • 1 Tolarian Academy
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Opal
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Mana Vault
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Lotus Petal
  • 1 Sensei's Divining Top
  • 1 Memory Jar
  • 1 Voltaic Key
  • 1 Time Vault
  • 4 Accumulated Knowledge
  • 1 Gush
  • 1 Gifts Ungiven
  • 1 Merchant Scroll
  • 1 Tezzeret the Seeker
  • 1 Timetwister
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Thirst for Knowledge
  • 1 Frantic Search
  • 1 Windfall
  • 1 Yawgmoth's Will
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 1 Tinker
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Mana Drain
  • 2 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Mindbreak Trap
Sideboard:
  • 4 Oath of Druids
  • 3 Forbidden Orchard
  • 1 Eternal Witness
  • 1 Tidespout Tyrant
  • 1 Griselbrand
  • 1 Mental Misstep
  • 2 Steel Sabotage
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Echoing Truth
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Philipp Homann – Tezzerator
Main Deck:
2 Misdirection
4 Force of Will
1 Rebuild
1 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Flooded Strand
1 Polluted Delta
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Tropical Island
1 Underground Sea
4 Island
1 Cephalid Colisseum
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Opal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Vault
1 Black Lotus
1 Lotus Petal
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Memory Jar
1 Voltaic Key
1 Time Vault
4 Accumulated Knowledge
1 Gush
1 Gifts Ungiven
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Timetwister
1 Time Walk
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Frantic Search
1 Windfall
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Tinker
1 Brainstorm
1 Ponder
1 Mana Drain
2 Mental Misstep
1 Flusterstorm
1 Mindbreak Trap
Sideboard:
4 Oath of Druids
3 Forbidden Orchard
1 Eternal Witness
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Griselbrand
1 Mental Misstep
2 Steel Sabotage
1 Flusterstorm
1 Echoing Truth

Mikael Linden – Oath

Mikael Linden – Oath

Main Deck:
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Tropical Island
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 1 Bayou
  • 4 Forbidden Orchard
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
  • 1 Blightsteel Colossus
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 4 Mental Misstep
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Thirst for Knowledge
  • 1 Mystical Tutor
  • 1 Misdirection
  • 1 Vampiric Tutor
  • 1 Demonic Consultation
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Preordain
  • 1 Channel
  • 2 Show and Tell
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Tinker
  • 1 Dragon Breath
  • 4 Oath of Druids
Sideboard:
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 4 Nature's Claim
  • 3 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Ravenous Trap
  • 4 Leyline of the Void
  • 1 Toxic Deluge
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Mikael Linden – Oath
Main Deck:
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
1 Bayou
4 Forbidden Orchard
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Black Lotus
3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Blightsteel Colossus
4 Polluted Delta
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
4 Mental Misstep
4 Force of Will
1 Flusterstorm
2 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Misdirection
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Demonic Consultation
2 Spell Pierce
1 Time Walk
1 Preordain
1 Channel
2 Show and Tell
1 Demonic Tutor
2 Thoughtseize
1 Tinker
1 Dragon Breath
4 Oath of Druids
Sideboard:
1 Strip Mine
1 Pithing Needle
4 Nature's Claim
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Ravenous Trap
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Toxic Deluge

Articles

Meet Mikael Linden

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Finals: Immanuel Kurz vs. Mikael Linden

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Quarterfinals: Jaroslava Stefankova vs. Arjen Ruiterkamp

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All About That Mox

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Talking to the TO

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Metagame Breakdown

Take a look at the most popular decks in our Vintage main event of the MKM Series Frankfurt. 57 players were eager to start into our epic long weekend filled with all kinds of Magic tournaments. Quite a few players brought decks without the most expensive cards, trying to claim the extra prize for the highest finishing “unpowered” deck.

The format defining decks (Mentor, Shops, Dredge, and Storm) are well represented, but there are lots of interesting archetypes close behind in numbers. The Eldrazi have started attacking Legacy and Vintage now that they have been “evicted” from Modern. It will be interesting to see how that works out today for the four players bringing the colorless creatures.

Legend

  • 8 Mentor
  • 6 Workshops
  • 5 Storm
  • 5 Dredge
  • 4 Pyromancer
  • 4 Eldrazi
  • 3 Dark Depth Combo
  • 3 Tezzerator
  • 3 Doomsday
  • 3 Merfolk
  • 13 Other

Event Photos

I've never seen players look up their seat in a more orderly way.
I'm pretty certain it was not
57 players showed up for the Vintage event.
The judges were about to start the event and we were well within the schedule for the day. :)
Now the judges were about to give their opening announcements.
Mitja from JK also had a look at the event and was happy with the turnout.
Lotti cards were again vending on site and they had quite a few sought-after cards on offer.
The Vendor Tokyo MTG came - like the name suggests - all the way from Tokyo!
The guys from Herold were also back for another event!
They also had a lot on offer.
Round 1 was now underway!
The other half of the event.
Meanwhile, the registration for the Modern Trial was running wild!
This queue was rather long...
The end of the line.
All of these guys wanted to win some Byes for the Modern main event.
The booth of our tournament organizer, JK Entertainment.
The less
Even more cards for sale, courtesy of JKE.
But wait, we had even more!
This is the Modern Trial that attracted a whopping 142 players!
If it's any indication, our Modern main event this weekend will be HUGE!
Tickets for the Modern event are practically sold out... we're expecting 300+ players!
The prizes for the Trial included 2 Tarmogoyfs as well as plenty of Shock Lands.
The entire venue was somewhat packed now with all those Modern players.
We saw a number of MKM Series regulars in the event.
As well as past winners. Here is one of them: Julian Tsubasa!
He won the Legacy event back at MKM Series Milan. Here's a link to the coverage of that event: http://series.magiccardmarket.eu/coverage-mkm-series-milan-2016-legacy/
The vendors were located on the stage in the background.
Just to make sure: This was not table 1 (also we didn't hand out shirts with table numbers).
All players I spoke to said they had a great time.
In between games, there were many friendly conversations taking place.
The winner would also walk away with 2 Byes for the Modern main event.
Sleeping in sounded good considering that it would be a very long day...
We're now looking at the very last row of Modern players...
And I thought they were sitting on the last table, but they just sat there to trade instead of play.
With that... on to the Vintage players!
Smiling for the camera, that's how it's done!
This was a big back-and-forth.
While this match looked a bit more one-sided.
That could change any moment, though.
They were in between games.
And they were about to conclude their game.
Close-up of the table.
We saw a number of super valuable cards, just as we expected.
Trying hard to make the best possible decisions.
Siding in between games.
Same story here.
The end of the first row of tables.
Another close-up of a table.
The table number is a bit misleading; the event started at roughly #130.
I've seen that shirt before, but not that player. We should investigate this...
The flash sometimes cought people off guard.
This game took a lot longer than these guys wanted it to.
They preferred to have a bit more space for their game.
No one was giving in; no easy victories here.
Another crowded table.
Here's a close-up of the board state.
Some players travelled far and wide; in the background, we see Youko from the Czech Republic!
They were also in between games.
One of the Vintage veterans: Jan Zuskač, also from the Czech Republic! He was sitting on table 1, so things were going his way so far!