Standard Coverage MKM Series Frankfurt 2017

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt

124 players joined the Standard main event on Monday, the final big tournament of the weekend and one of the first big tournaments to feature the post-Felidar Guardian, Amonkhet format. And the new set didn't disappoint, putting brand new strategies like Red-Green Monsters, Black-Red Hellbent, and Blue-Red Discard into the Top 8, Blue-Red Control even into the final.

In the end, however, Mardu Vehicles reigned supreme. Grand Prix Rimini champion Arne Huschenbeth fought valiantly to keep Mardu in check and took his Blue-Red Control deck all the way to the finals, defeating three Mardu Vehicles along the way. But in the end, no one could stop Mardu pilot Malik Martin …

Congratulations to Malik Martin, the Standard Champion of MKM Series Frankfurt 2017!

Martin, Malik
(Mardu)
2

Sieksmeyer, Thorben
(U/R Discard)
1

Brandstetter, Hannes
(Mardu)
2

Geiger, Frederic
(Mardu)
1

Huschenbeth, Arne
(U/R Control)
2

Kennel, Fabian
(B/R Hellbent)
0

Hittel, Matthias
(Mardu)
2

Mackl, Valentin
(Mardu)
0

Martin, Malik
(Mardu)
2

Brandstetter, Hannes
(Mardu)
0

Huschenbeth, Arne
(U/R Control)
2

Hittel, Matthias
(Mardu)
1

Martin, Malik
(Mardu)
2

Huschenbeth, Arne
(U/R Control)
1

Martin, Malik
(Mardu)

Top 8 Decklists

Matthias Hittel – Mardu

Matthias Hittel – Mardu

Main Deck:
  • 1 Cast Out
  • 2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 2 Walking Ballista
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Tollcraft Exemplar
  • 1 Needle Spires
  • 2 Canyon Slough
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 4 Spire of Industry
  • 2 Shambling Vent
  • 2 Aether Hub
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Swamp
  • 3 Plains
  • 1 Cut / Ribbons
Sideboard:
  • 1 Fumigate
  • 1 Magma Spray
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
  • 2 Release the Gremlins
  • 1 Anguished Unmaking
  • 1 Oath of Liliana
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  • 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
  • 1 Fatal Push
  • 2 Lay Bare the Heart
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Matthias Hittel – Mardu
Main Deck:
1 Cast Out
2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
3 Fatal Push
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Heart of Kiran
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Walking Ballista
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Tollcraft Exemplar
1 Needle Spires
2 Canyon Slough
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Spire of Industry
2 Shambling Vent
2 Aether Hub
1 Mountain
2 Swamp
3 Plains
1 Cut / Ribbons
Sideboard:
1 Fumigate
1 Magma Spray
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Release the Gremlins
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Oath of Liliana
1 Painful Truths
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
1 Fatal Push
2 Lay Bare the Heart

Arne Huschenbeth – U/R Control

Arne Huschenbeth – U/R Control

Main Deck:
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 4 Spirebluff Canal
  • 4 Wandering Fumarole
  • 2 Fetid Pools
  • 1 Canyon Slough
  • 4 Mountain
  • 8 Island
  • 4 Magma Spray
  • 3 Torrential Gearhulk
  • 3 Pull from Tomorrow
  • 4 Censor
  • 4 Harnessed Lightning
  • 3 Essence Scatter
  • 2 Negate
  • 4 Disallow
  • 2 Commit / Memory
  • 4 Glimmer of Genius
Sideboard:
  • 3 Dispel
  • 2 Release the Gremlins
  • 2 Negate
  • 1 Essence Scatter
  • 2 Dragonmaster Outcast
  • 3 Glorybringer
  • 2 Sweltering Suns
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Arne Huschenbeth – U/R Control
Main Deck:
4 Aether Hub
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Wandering Fumarole
2 Fetid Pools
1 Canyon Slough
4 Mountain
8 Island
4 Magma Spray
3 Torrential Gearhulk
3 Pull from Tomorrow
4 Censor
4 Harnessed Lightning
3 Essence Scatter
2 Negate
4 Disallow
2 Commit / Memory
4 Glimmer of Genius
Sideboard:
3 Dispel
2 Release the Gremlins
2 Negate
1 Essence Scatter
2 Dragonmaster Outcast
3 Glorybringer
2 Sweltering Suns

Malik Martin – Mardu

Malik Martin – Mardu

Main Deck:
  • 1 Aethersphere Harvester
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
  • 2 Pia Nalaar
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Toolcraft Exemplar
  • 4 Veteran Motorist
  • 2 Harnessed Lightning
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 3 Mountain
  • 2 Needle Spires
  • 3 Plains
  • 4 Spire of Industry
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Sideboard:
  • 2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 3 Oath of Chandra
  • 2 Oath of Liliana
  • 2 Magma Spray
  • 2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 3 Release the Gremlins
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Malik Martin – Mardu
Main Deck:
1 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Heart of Kiran
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Veteran Motorist
2 Harnessed Lightning
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
4 Aether Hub
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Inspiring Vantage
3 Mountain
2 Needle Spires
3 Plains
4 Spire of Industry
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Sideboard:
2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
3 Oath of Chandra
2 Oath of Liliana
2 Magma Spray
2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
1 Painful Truths
3 Release the Gremlins

Thorben Sieksmeyer – U/R Discard

Thorben Sieksmeyer – U/R Discard

Main Deck:
  • 3 Advanced Stitchwing
  • 4 Elder Deep-Fiend
  • 4 Prized Amalgam
  • 4 Stitchwing Skaab
  • 4 Drake Haven
  • 2 Censor
  • 3 Fiery Temper
  • 3 Kozilek's Return
  • 4 Lightning Axe
  • 4 Cathartic Reunion
  • 2 Tormenting Voice
  • 6 Island
  • 6 Mountain
  • 3 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 4 Spirebluff Canal
  • 4 Wandering Fumarole
Sideboard:
  • 3 Fevered Visions
  • 3 Dispel
  • 1 Kozilek's Return
  • 2 Magma Spray
  • 3 Reduce / Rubble
  • 1 Nahiri's Wrath
  • 2 Release the Gremlins
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Thorben Sieksmeyer – U/R Discard
Main Deck:
3 Advanced Stitchwing
4 Elder Deep-Fiend
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Stitchwing Skaab
4 Drake Haven
2 Censor
3 Fiery Temper
3 Kozilek's Return
4 Lightning Axe
4 Cathartic Reunion
2 Tormenting Voice
6 Island
6 Mountain
3 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Wandering Fumarole
Sideboard:
3 Fevered Visions
3 Dispel
1 Kozilek's Return
2 Magma Spray
3 Reduce / Rubble
1 Nahiri's Wrath
2 Release the Gremlins

Hannes Brandstetter – Mardu

Hannes Brandstetter – Mardu

Main Deck:
  • 2 Spire of Industry
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 1 Shambling Vent
  • 3 Mountain
  • 4 Plains
  • 2 Canyon Slough
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 2 Needle Spires
  • 1 Smoldering Marsh
  • 1 Aether Hub
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 4 Veteran Motorist
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 2 Magma Spray
  • 3 Cut / Ribbons
  • 1 Cultivator's Caravan
  • 2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 2 Glorybringer
Sideboard:
  • 3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Painful Truths
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
  • 2 Oath of Liliana
  • 1 Cast Out
  • 1 Fragmentize
  • 1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  • 2 Oath of Chandra
  • 1 Stasis Snare
  • 1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
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Hannes Brandstetter – Mardu
Main Deck:
2 Spire of Industry
4 Concealed Courtyard
1 Shambling Vent
3 Mountain
4 Plains
2 Canyon Slough
4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Needle Spires
1 Smoldering Marsh
1 Aether Hub
4 Heart of Kiran
4 Veteran Motorist
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
2 Magma Spray
3 Cut / Ribbons
1 Cultivator's Caravan
2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
2 Glorybringer
Sideboard:
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Painful Truths
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Oath of Liliana
1 Cast Out
1 Fragmentize
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
2 Oath of Chandra
1 Stasis Snare
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger

Frederic Geiger – R/G Energy/Monsters

Frederic Geiger – R/G Energy/Monsters

Main Deck:
  • 4 Attune with Aether
  • 4 Servant of the Conduit
  • 4 Channeler Initiate
  • 4 Bristling Hydra
  • 3 Rhonas the Indomitable
  • 3 Heart of Kiran
  • 4 Glorybringer
  • 3 Lathnu Hellion
  • 4 Harnessed Lightning
  • 2 Arlinn Kord / Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Blossoming Defense
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 4 Game Trail
  • 2 Cinder Glade
  • 7 Forest
  • 4 Mountain
Sideboard:
  • 4 Magma Spray
  • 2 Aethersphere Harvester
  • 1 Plains
  • 3 Cast Out
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 1 Appetite for the Unnatural
  • 1 Release the Gremlins
  • 1 Nissa, Vital Force
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Frederic Geiger – R/G Energy/Monsters
Main Deck:
4 Attune with Aether
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Channeler Initiate
4 Bristling Hydra
3 Rhonas the Indomitable
3 Heart of Kiran
4 Glorybringer
3 Lathnu Hellion
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Arlinn Kord / Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Blossoming Defense
4 Aether Hub
4 Game Trail
2 Cinder Glade
7 Forest
4 Mountain
Sideboard:
4 Magma Spray
2 Aethersphere Harvester
1 Plains
3 Cast Out
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Appetite for the Unnatural
1 Release the Gremlins
1 Nissa, Vital Force

Fabian Kennel – Black-Red

Fabian Kennel – Black-Red

Main Deck:
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 4 Bomat Courier
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 2 Lightning Axe
  • 3 Collective Brutality
  • 4 Fiery Temper
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 3 Hazoret the Fervent
  • 3 Bone Picker
  • 2 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
  • 2 Glorybringer
  • 2 Cut / Ribbons
  • 6 Mountain
  • 5 Swamp
  • 4 Smoldering Marsh
  • 4 Foreboding Ruins
  • 4 Canyon Slough
Sideboard:
  • 1 Combustible Gearhulk
  • 2 Noxious Gearhulk
  • 2 Yahenni's Expertise
  • 2 Liliana, Death's Majesty
  • 2 Trial of Ambition
  • 2 Dispossess
  • 1 By Force
  • 2 Scarab Feast
  • 1 Never / Return
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Fabian Kennel – Black-Red
Main Deck:
4 Fatal Push
4 Bomat Courier
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Lightning Axe
3 Collective Brutality
4 Fiery Temper
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
3 Hazoret the Fervent
3 Bone Picker
2 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
2 Glorybringer
2 Cut / Ribbons
6 Mountain
5 Swamp
4 Smoldering Marsh
4 Foreboding Ruins
4 Canyon Slough
Sideboard:
1 Combustible Gearhulk
2 Noxious Gearhulk
2 Yahenni's Expertise
2 Liliana, Death's Majesty
2 Trial of Ambition
2 Dispossess
1 By Force
2 Scarab Feast
1 Never / Return

Valentin Mackl – Mardu

Valentin Mackl – Mardu

Main Deck:
  • 2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 2 Pia Nalaar
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 4 Veteran Motorist
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 4 Toolcraft Exemplar
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 3 Mountain
  • 4 Plains
  • 4 Spire of Industry
  • 2 Aether Hub
  • 2 Shambling Vent
  • 1 Needle Spires
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
Sideboard:
  • 3 Release the Gremlins
  • 1 Cultivator's Caravan
  • 2 Fumigate
  • 2 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
  • 3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
  • 2 Shock
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Valentin Mackl – Mardu
Main Deck:
2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
4 Veteran Motorist
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Heart of Kiran
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Fatal Push
3 Mountain
4 Plains
4 Spire of Industry
2 Aether Hub
2 Shambling Vent
1 Needle Spires
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Concealed Courtyard
Sideboard:
3 Release the Gremlins
1 Cultivator's Caravan
2 Fumigate
2 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Painful Truths
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
2 Shock

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Metagame Breakdown

127 players joined in the Standard main event on the final day of the MKM Series Frankfurt 2017. The very recent addition of Amonkhet to the format had of course only just begun to transform the metagame. As such, Mardu, sometimes with a few copies of Glorybringer but other times with a set of Bone Pickers for example, remained the most popular deck. Without the ban of Felidar Guardian, we would have seen Saheeli Rai in the top two for sure, now the second spot was taken by Black-Green Winding Constrictor/Delirium/Energy.

Meanwhile, Essence Scatter, Magma Spray, and Pull from Tomorrow brought blue control decks to the fore, Red-Green Energy picked up gods like Rhonas the Indomitable, and the hyper aggressive Humans with lots of 1-drops, Thalia's Lieutenant, and Always Watching gained new tools in Glory-Bound Initiate and Honored Crop-Captain. Most interestingly, a blue-red discard strategy with Drake Haven popped up. Several versions of this deck featured Zombies like Stitchwing Skaab and Prized Amalgam, but a more classic mono-black Zombie approach was shambling around too.

All in all, the field at the MKM Series Frankfurt 2017 suggested that Standard still had clear frontrunners but a huge variety of viable decks as well. A promising start into the Amonkhet Standard season!

Legend

  • 21 Mardu
  • 14 Black-Green
  • 10 U/R Control
  • 9 Dynavolt Tower
  • 8 R/G Energy
  • 7 Other Blue Control
  • 6 Aetherworks Marvel
  • 5 G/W Midrange
  • 5 Human Aggro
  • 4 B/R Aggro
  • 3 Zombies
  • 3 U/R Discard
  • 3 B/W Control
  • 26 Others

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