Modern Coverage MKM Series Frankfurt 2017

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt

On the second day of MKM Series Frankfurt 2017, a whopping 674 players entered the Modern main event, breaking even the previous year's record of 617 and making this the largest German Magic: The Gathering tournament since 2012!

674 players meant ten rounds of Swiss, followed by the Top 8 playoffs. When the dust had settled and the quarterfinalists sat down for their matches, seven different archetypes were still being played, with Death's Shadow Jund the only one to show up twice. The archetype had been one of the most popular in the tournament and was consistently ranked as the current format's top dog. However it was Simon Bülhoff who used his trusty and anything but rusty Affinity deck to claim the title and trophy, overcoming the shadow of death in an exciting three-game final!

Congratulations to Simon Bülhoff, the Modern Champion of MKM Series Frankfurt 2017!

Derpmann, Werner
(Eldrazi)
0

Königsmark, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
2

Johnson, Matthew
(Bring to Light)
0

Zens, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
2

Hayo, Justin
(Dredge)
2

Nimz, Alexander
(Scapeshift)
0

Bülhoff, Simon
(Affinity)
2

Beiersdorfer, Alexander
(Lantern)
1

Königsmark, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
2

Zens, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
1

Hayo, Justin
(Dredge)
0

Bülhoff, Simon
(Affinity)
2

Königsmark, Dennis
(Death's Shadow)
1

Bülhoff, Simon
(Affinity)
2

Bülhoff, Simon
(Affinity)

Top 8 Decklists

Dennis Königsmark – Death’s Shadow

Dennis Königsmark – Death's Shadow

Main Deck:
  • 4 Death's Shadow
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 2 Grim Flayer
  • 1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
  • 4 Mishra's Bauble
  • 4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 1 Dismember
  • 3 Tarfire
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 3 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 4 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 2 Temur Battlerage
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 2 Wooded Foothills
  • 1 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Overgrown Tomb
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Stomping Ground
  • 1 Swamp
Sideboard:
  • 3 Fulminator Mage
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 1 Terminate
  • 2 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Pyroclasm
  • 2 Collective Brutality
  • 1 Nature's Claim
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Dennis Königsmark – Death's Shadow
Main Deck:
4 Death's Shadow
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Street Wraith
2 Grim Flayer
1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
4 Mishra's Bauble
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
4 Fatal Push
1 Dismember
3 Tarfire
2 Abrupt Decay
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Thoughtseize
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Temur Battlerage
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Wooded Foothills
1 Polluted Delta
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Blood Crypt
1 Stomping Ground
1 Swamp
Sideboard:
3 Fulminator Mage
1 Painful Truths
1 Terminate
2 Pithing Needle
1 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Pyroclasm
2 Collective Brutality
1 Nature's Claim

Justin Hayo – Dredge

Justin Hayo – Dredge

Main Deck:
  • 1 City of Brass
  • 2 Blood Crypt
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Copperline Gorge
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 2 Dakmor Salvage
  • 2 Mountain
  • 4 Cathartic Reunion
  • 4 Prized Amalgam
  • 4 Bloodghast
  • 4 Faithless Looting
  • 4 Stinkweed Imp
  • 1 Darkblast
  • 4 Insolent Neonate
  • 4 Narcomoeba
  • 4 Golgari Thug
  • 3 Conflagrate
  • 3 Life from the Loam
  • 1 Scourge Devil
  • 1 Haunted Dead
  • 1 Gnawed to the Bone
Sideboard:
  • 3 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 3 Lightning Axe
  • 1 Pyroclasm
  • 2 Collective Brutality
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Vengeful Pharaoh
  • 1 Darkblast
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Justin Hayo – Dredge
Main Deck:
1 City of Brass
2 Blood Crypt
4 Stomping Ground
4 Copperline Gorge
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Dakmor Salvage
2 Mountain
4 Cathartic Reunion
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Bloodghast
4 Faithless Looting
4 Stinkweed Imp
1 Darkblast
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Narcomoeba
4 Golgari Thug
3 Conflagrate
3 Life from the Loam
1 Scourge Devil
1 Haunted Dead
1 Gnawed to the Bone
Sideboard:
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Lightning Axe
1 Pyroclasm
2 Collective Brutality
2 Nature's Claim
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Vengeful Pharaoh
1 Darkblast

Matthew Johnson – Bring to Light

Matthew Johnson – Bring to Light

Main Deck:
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 1 Farseek
  • 1 Hunting Wilds
  • 2 Scapeshift
  • 3 Cryptic Command
  • 3 Remand
  • 2 Snapcaster Mage
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Madcap Experiment
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 1 Damnation
  • 4 Bring to Light
  • 1 Izzet Charm
  • 1 Platinum Emperion
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 1 Scalding Tarn
  • 4 Steam Vents
  • 3 Stomping Ground
  • 2 Cinder Gale
  • 1 Watery Grave
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Breeding Pool
  • 2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 3 Island
  • 2 Forest
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Swamp
Sideboard:
  • 3 Obstinate Baloth
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Shatterstorm
  • 1 Crumble to Dust
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Slaughter Games
  • 1 Glen Elenda Archmage
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Matthew Johnson – Bring to Light
Main Deck:
4 Search for Tomorrow
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Farseek
1 Hunting Wilds
2 Scapeshift
3 Cryptic Command
3 Remand
2 Snapcaster Mage
2 Lightning Bolt
1 Madcap Experiment
4 Fatal Push
1 Damnation
4 Bring to Light
1 Izzet Charm
1 Platinum Emperion
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Scalding Tarn
4 Steam Vents
3 Stomping Ground
2 Cinder Gale
1 Watery Grave
1 Blood Crypt
1 Breeding Pool
2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
3 Island
2 Forest
1 Mountain
1 Swamp
Sideboard:
3 Obstinate Baloth
2 Negate
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Shatterstorm
1 Crumble to Dust
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Slaughter Games
1 Glen Elenda Archmage

Dennis Zens – Death’s Shadow

Dennis Zens – Death's Shadow

Main Deck:
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 1 Marsh Flats
  • 1 Overgrown Tomb
  • 1 Polluted Delta
  • 1 Stomping Ground
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
  • 4 Death‘s Shadow
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 2 Liliana of the Veil
  • 4 Mishra's Bauble
  • 2 Kolaghan's Command
  • 2 Temur Battle Rage
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 2 Tarfire
  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 4 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
Sideboard:
  • 1 Collective Brutality
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 3 Fulminator Mage
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Kataki, War's Wage
  • 1 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 3 Lingering Souls
  • 1 Ranger of Eos
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Dennis Zens – Death's Shadow
Main Deck:
1 Blood Crypt
1 Forest
1 Godless Shrine
1 Marsh Flats
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Polluted Delta
1 Stomping Ground
1 Swamp
2 Wooded Foothills
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
4 Death‘s Shadow
4 Street Wraith
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Liliana of the Veil
4 Mishra's Bauble
2 Kolaghan's Command
2 Temur Battle Rage
3 Fatal Push
2 Tarfire
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Thoughtseize
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
2 Abrupt Decay
Sideboard:
1 Collective Brutality
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Fulminator Mage
2 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Lingering Souls
1 Ranger of Eos

Werner Derpmann – Eldrazi

Werner Derpmann – Eldrazi

Main Deck:
  • 1 Sea Gate Wreckage
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 2 Wastes
  • 4 Ghost Quarter
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Urza‘s Power Plant
  • 4 Urza‘s Mine
  • 4 Urza‘s Tower
  • 4 Walking Ballista
  • 2 Endbringer
  • 4 Matter Reshaper
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
  • 4 Expedition Map
  • 4 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Batterskull
  • 3 Dismember
  • 2 Karn Liberated
  • 1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
  • 1 Basilisk Collar
  • 1 All is Dust
Sideboard:
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Ratchet Bomb
  • 2 Pithing Needle
  • 3 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Crucible of Worlds
  • 1 Emrakul, the Promised Land
  • 1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion
  • 3 Spatial Contortion
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Werner Derpmann – Eldrazi
Main Deck:
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Wastes
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Urza‘s Power Plant
4 Urza‘s Mine
4 Urza‘s Tower
4 Walking Ballista
2 Endbringer
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
4 Expedition Map
4 Chalice of the Void
1 Batterskull
3 Dismember
2 Karn Liberated
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
1 Basilisk Collar
1 All is Dust
Sideboard:
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Pithing Needle
3 Relic of Progenitus
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Emrakul, the Promised Land
1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion
3 Spatial Contortion

Simon Bülhoff – Affinity

Simon Bülhoff – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 3 Glimmervoid
  • 1 Spire of Industry
  • 1 Island
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 3 Memnite
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 4 Steel Overseer
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 2 Master of Etherium
  • 4 Cranial Plating
  • 2 Galvanic Blast
  • 2 Thoughtcast
  • 4 Spring Leaf Drum
  • 4 Mox Opal
Sideboard:
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 1 Rule of Law
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 1 Whipflare
  • 1 Girapur Aether Grid
  • 1 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Stubborn Denial
  • 1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 1 Dispatch
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Blood Moon
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Simon Bülhoff – Affinity
Main Deck:
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Darksteel Citadel
3 Glimmervoid
1 Spire of Industry
1 Island
4 Ornithopter
3 Memnite
4 Vault Skirge
4 Signal Pest
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Steel Overseer
2 Etched Champion
2 Master of Etherium
4 Cranial Plating
2 Galvanic Blast
2 Thoughtcast
4 Spring Leaf Drum
4 Mox Opal
Sideboard:
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Etched Champion
1 Rule of Law
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Whipflare
1 Girapur Aether Grid
1 Thoughtseize
1 Stubborn Denial
1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
1 Spellskite
1 Dispatch
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Blood Moon

Alexander Nimz – Scapeshift

Alexander Nimz – Scapeshift

Main Deck:
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 4 Cryptic Command
  • 4 Bring to Light
  • 4 Remand
  • 2 Lightning Helix
  • 2 Izzet Charm
  • 2 Worldly Counsel
  • 1 Farseek
  • 1 Kodama‘s Reach
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Anger of the Gods
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
  • 3 Scapeshift
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Steam Vents
  • 2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 1 Flooded Grove
  • 1 Breeding Pool
  • 1 Hallowed Fountain
  • 1 Cinder Glade
  • 1 Temple Garden
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Forest
  • 3 Island
Sideboard:
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Blessed Alliance
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 1 Crumble to Dust
  • 1 Shatterstorm
  • 1 Madcap Experiment
  • 1 Platinum Emperion
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Chameleon Colossus
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Alexander Nimz – Scapeshift
Main Deck:
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Search for Tomorrow
4 Cryptic Command
4 Bring to Light
4 Remand
2 Lightning Helix
2 Izzet Charm
2 Worldly Counsel
1 Farseek
1 Kodama‘s Reach
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Anger of the Gods
1 Snapcaster Mage
3 Scapeshift
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Stomping Ground
4 Steam Vents
2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
1 Flooded Grove
1 Breeding Pool
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Cinder Glade
1 Temple Garden
1 Plains
1 Mountain
2 Forest
3 Island
Sideboard:
2 Rest in Peace
2 Blessed Alliance
2 Negate
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Crumble to Dust
1 Shatterstorm
1 Madcap Experiment
1 Platinum Emperion
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Chameleon Colossus

Alexander Beiersdorfer – Lantern Control

Alexander Beiersdorfer – Lantern Control

Main Deck:
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Academy Ruins
  • 4 Ancient Stirrings
  • 4 Blooming Marsh
  • 4 Codex Shredder
  • 4 Collective Brutality
  • 4 Ensnaring Bridge
  • 1 Forest
  • 2 Ghost Quarter
  • 4 Ghoulcaller‘s Bell
  • 4 Glimmervoid
  • 3 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 2 Inventor‘s Fair
  • 4 Lantern of Insight
  • 4 Mox Opal
  • 3 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Pyxis of Pandemonium
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 1 Spire of Industry
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Llanowar Wastes
Sideboard:
  • 1 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Girapur Aether Grid
  • 1 Golgari Charm
  • 1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
  • 3 Leyline of Sanctity
  • 2 Padeem, Consul of Innovation
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 3 Welding Jar
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Alexander Beiersdorfer – Lantern Control
Main Deck:
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Academy Ruins
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Codex Shredder
4 Collective Brutality
4 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Forest
2 Ghost Quarter
4 Ghoulcaller‘s Bell
4 Glimmervoid
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Inventor‘s Fair
4 Lantern of Insight
4 Mox Opal
3 Pithing Needle
1 Pyxis of Pandemonium
1 Spellskite
1 Spire of Industry
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Swamp
2 Thoughtseize
1 Llanowar Wastes
Sideboard:
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Girapur Aether Grid
1 Golgari Charm
1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
3 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Padeem, Consul of Innovation
1 Pithing Needle
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Welding Jar

Articles

Final: Simon Bülhoff vs. Dennis Königsmark

After six rounds plus quarter- and semifinals, only two players were left to duke it out for the title and trophy of our Modern main event: Simon Bülhoff who went 9-1 in the swiss rounds and only lost to Abzan Company, because his Affinity deck wasn’t able to handle...

Semifinal: Dennis Königsmark vs. Dennis Zens

This semifinal pairing saw the dreaded mirror match. Not only were both players Dennis, both were also on {Death's Shadow} Jund, one of the most popular archetypes this weekend and one of the most succesful as well. While shuffling, the players were wondering just how...

Quarterfinal: Alexander Beiersdorfer vs. Simon Bülhoff

After ten rounds of Modern, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune. In this quarterfinal, a German affair, Alexander Beiersdorfer with his Lantern Control deck faced off against Simon Bülhoff and his Affinity deck. Game 1 Bülhoff went...

Top 16 Modern Decklists

Due to the record breaking tournament size we decided to not only publish the decklists of our Top8 competitors, but also the lists of the players who finished in the very respectable 9th to 16th place. Thanks to our prize payout scaling with the player numbers, these...

Video: Esper Vengeance with Marc Tobiasch

Our own Dr. Hans Joachim Höh interviewed Marc Tobiasch about his Modern creation for MKM Series Frankfurt 2017. Famous for one Grand Prix Top 8 and a ninth-place finish at another Grand Prix as well as at the most recent World Magic Cup, Tobiasch had also made a name...

Deck Tech: Vizier and Company with Jonas Bachstädter

A whopping 674 players from all over Europe gathered for MKM Series Frankfurt's Modern main event. I talked to Jonas Bachstädter who was undefeated after seven rounds and needed but one more win to clinch a Top 8 berth at this, the largest Magic tournament in Germany...

Quick Question: Modern Metagame?

Modern had long been famous for its large variety of viable strategies, for an overabundance of possibilities. We asked some of the MKM Series's preeminent players to narrow it down to three: Which three decks did they expect to be the most played in Modern this...

Quick Question: Amonkhet in Modern?

Modern was the only one of the weekend's four main event formats which didn't receive a major shake-up through bannings or restrictions earlier in the week. But maybe Magic's latest set, released just a day prior, would have an effect on Modern? We asked several...

Previously at the MKM Series: Modern in Milan

In keeping with long-standing tradition, we first take a look back at what happened before … Six weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Milan for the first stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 117 masters of Modern. Deck of the Tournament It was...

Metagame Breakdown

With 674 players, the Modern main event set a new record. It took a while to get a handle on 674 decklists, of course, but we got the numbers in. Leading the ranking of the most popular archetypes was, unsurprisingly, the black-green midrange strategy with either white or red; a minor surprise was that white was almost twice as popular as red here.

Next were Death's Shadow decks, commonly in Jund colors with the optional addition of white, although single players also opted for a straight Abzan or even Grixis build. Decks based on the trio of Urza's Tower, Urza's Mine, and Urza's Power Plant rounded out the top three.

Grixis decks ran the full gamut from control to aggro-control, with some picking up the new Bone Picker. The newly popular green-white midrange decks also made good use of a somewhat new card in Renegade Rallier, while Collected Company players were quick to adopt the combination of Vizier of Remedies and Devoted Druid. The influx of new cycling cards from Amonkhet was also featured within some Living End decks.

Of course, as always, the most interesting part of the metagame was hiding under the “Other” label. Established archetypes like Lantern Control, Infect, Ad Nauseam, and Goryo's Vengeance decks almost broke the 1.5 percent threshold, but so did more wacky creations such as Black-White Tokens, Spirits, and Goblins. In total, no less than thirty different archetypes were being played, including strategies based on Eidolon of Blossoms, Madcap Experiment, Smallpox, Protean Hulk, and Enduring Ideal.

Legend

  • 11.7% Abzan/Jund Midrange
  • 8.7% Death's Shadow
  • 7.8% Urzatron
  • 6.3% Grixis
  • 5.8% Valakut
  • 5.3% Burn
  • 4.4% G/W Hatebears/Midrange
  • 3.9% Jeskai
  • 3.9% Affinity
  • 3.9% Company/Chord/Evolution
  • 3.4% W/U or Esper Control
  • 2.9% Eldrazi
  • 2.4% Merfolk
  • 1.9% Living End
  • 1.9% U/R Storm
  • 25.7% Others

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