Legacy Coverage MKM Series Prague 2017

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Hamburg

Our last main event had come to an end and with it our time in Hamburg. 298 players came from all over Europe to test their mettle in Legacy and to fight for the prizes, the trophy, and the glory, but in the end only one man was left standing and it was Dennis Zens.

Zens was one of three players in the Legacy Top 8 for whom this was their second Top 8 of the weekend. Curiously, Oscar Basart had reached the playoffs in Vintage, Marc Lindrath had reached the quarterfinals in Standard, and Zens had Top 8'ed in Modern. With his victory now, he was poised to make a huge jump in the race for the MKMS Power 8.

As for Legacy: It seemed as if nothing had changed in the last couple of years. Although the metagame showed a plethora of Leovold, Emissary of Trest decks and the Top 8 was full of them too, the final could have taken place in 2013. It was the classic Sneak and Show versus Canadian Threshold. In fact, Zens only played one card in his 75 which was printed in recent years and finalist Marius Bender had only a handful himself in his sideboard.

Congratulations to Dennis Zens, Legacy Champion of MKMS Hamburg!

Zens, Dennis
(Sneak&Show)
2

Tuitjer, Karsten
(4c Leovold)
0

Eriksson, Hannes
(UW Stoneblade)
0

Richter, Pascal
(Sultai Leovold)
2

Lindrath, Marc
(Sultai Delver)
0

Basart, Oscar
(Eldrazi)
2

Walkenhorst, Ole
(Foodchain)
1

Bender, Marius
(Canadian)
2

Zens, Dennis
(Sneak&Show)
2

Richter, Pascal
(Sultai Leovold)
0

Basart, Oscar
(Eldrazi)
1

Bender, Marius
(Canadian)
2

Zens, Dennis
(Sneak&Show)
2

Bender, Marius
(Canadian)
0

Zens, Dennis
(Sneak&Show)

Top 8 Decklists

Dennis Zens – Sneak ‘n Show

Dennis Zens – Sneak ‘n Show

Main Deck:
  • 3 Ancient Tomb
  • 2 City of Traitors
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 3 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 3 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 3 Griselbrand
  • 3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
  • 3 Lotus Petal
  • 3 Sneak Attack
  • 3 Omniscience
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 3 Cunning Wish
  • 1 Intuition
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Ponder
  • 3 Preordain
  • 4 Show and Tell
Sideboard:
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Defense Grid
  • 2 Blood Moon
  • 1 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Echoing Truth
  • 1 Sudden Shock
  • 1 Eladamri's Call
  • 1 Kozilek's Return
  • 1 Through the Breach
  • 1 Firemind's Foresight
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Dennis Zens – Sneak ‘n Show
Main Deck:
3 Ancient Tomb
2 City of Traitors
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Volcanic Island
3 Island
1 Mountain
3 Griselbrand
3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
3 Lotus Petal
3 Sneak Attack
3 Omniscience
4 Brainstorm
1 Flusterstorm
2 Spell Pierce
3 Cunning Wish
1 Intuition
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
3 Preordain
4 Show and Tell
Sideboard:
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Defense Grid
2 Blood Moon
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Pyroblast
1 Flusterstorm
2 Echoing Truth
1 Sudden Shock
1 Eladamri's Call
1 Kozilek's Return
1 Through the Breach
1 Firemind's Foresight

Marc Lindrath – Sultai Delver

Marc Lindrath – Sultai Delver

Main Deck:
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Underground Sea
  • 2 Bayou
  • 1 Tropical Island
  • 2 Liliana of the Veil
  • 4 Delver of Secrets
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • 1 Tombstalker
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 1 Fatal Push
  • 4 Abrupt Decay
  • 4 Daze
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Ponder
  • 4 Hymn to Tourach
Sideboard:
  • 1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Dread of Night
  • 1 Sylvan Library
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Fatal Push
  • 1 Diabolic Edict
  • 1 Golgari Charm
  • 2 Thoughtseize
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Marc Lindrath – Sultai Delver
Main Deck:
4 Wasteland
4 Polluted Delta
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Underground Sea
2 Bayou
1 Tropical Island
2 Liliana of the Veil
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Tombstalker
4 Brainstorm
1 Fatal Push
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
4 Hymn to Tourach
Sideboard:
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Dread of Night
1 Sylvan Library
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Spell Pierce
1 Flusterstorm
1 Fatal Push
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Golgari Charm
2 Thoughtseize

Ole Walkenhorst – Food Chain

Ole Walkenhorst – Food Chain

Main Deck:
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Verdant Catacombs
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 2 Tropical Island
  • 1 Bayou
  • 2 Island
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Forest
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 4 Baleful Strix
  • 2 Trinket Mage
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 1 Eternal Scourge
  • 2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • 3 Misthollow Griffin
  • 3 Walking Ballista
  • 4 Food Chain
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Ponder
  • 3 Manipulate Fate
Sideboard:
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Diabolic Edict
  • 1 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Golgari Charm
  • 4 Hymn to Tourach
  • 1 Toxic Deluge
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Ole Walkenhorst – Food Chain
Main Deck:
4 Polluted Delta
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
2 Island
1 Swamp
1 Forest
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Baleful Strix
2 Trinket Mage
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Eternal Scourge
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
3 Misthollow Griffin
3 Walking Ballista
4 Food Chain
4 Brainstorm
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
3 Manipulate Fate
Sideboard:
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Flusterstorm
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Golgari Charm
4 Hymn to Tourach
1 Toxic Deluge

Karsten Tuitjer – 4c Leovold

Karsten Tuitjer – 4c Leovold

Main Deck:
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 1 Misty Rainforest
  • 1 Verdant Catacombs
  • 3 Underground Sea
  • 2 Tropical Island
  • 1 Volcanic Island
  • 1 Badlands
  • 2 Island
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Liliana of the Veil
  • 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 2 Baleful Strix
  • 4 Snapcaster Mage
  • 2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 1 Spell Snare
  • 2 Counterspell
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Kolaghan's Command
  • 1 Murderous Cut
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Ponder
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 1 Toxic Deluge
Sideboard:
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Sylvan Library
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Diabolic Edict
  • 2 Thoughtseize
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Karsten Tuitjer – 4c Leovold
Main Deck:
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Verdant Catacombs
3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Volcanic Island
1 Badlands
2 Island
1 Swamp
1 Liliana of the Veil
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Baleful Strix
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
4 Brainstorm
3 Fatal Push
1 Spell Snare
2 Counterspell
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Kolaghan's Command
1 Murderous Cut
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
1 Painful Truths
1 Toxic Deluge
Sideboard:
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Pithing Needle
1 Sylvan Library
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Flusterstorm
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Thoughtseize

Marius Bender – Canadian Thresh

Marius Bender – Canadian Thresh

Main Deck:
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 3 Tropical Island
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Delver of Secrets
  • 4 Nimble Mongoose
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 2 Hooting Mandrills
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Stifle
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 4 Daze
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Ponder
  • 1 Preordain
  • 1 Forked Bolt
Sideboard:
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Sylvan Library
  • 1 Compost
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Invasive Surgery
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Abrade
  • 2 Submerge
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Marius Bender – Canadian Thresh
Main Deck:
4 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Nimble Mongoose
1 True-Name Nemesis
2 Hooting Mandrills
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Brainstorm
4 Stifle
2 Spell Snare
2 Spell Pierce
4 Daze
1 Dismember
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
1 Preordain
1 Forked Bolt
Sideboard:
1 True-Name Nemesis
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Sylvan Library
1 Compost
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Flusterstorm
1 Invasive Surgery
1 Spell Pierce
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Abrade
2 Submerge

Oscar Basart – Eldrazi

Oscar Basart – Eldrazi

Main Deck:
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 2 Karakas
  • 3 Eye of Ugin
  • 2 Wasteland
  • 4 Cavern of Souls
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 2 City of Traitors
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 3 Caves of Koilos
  • 4 Eldrazi Mimic
  • 4 Eldrazi Displacer
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 2 Endbringer
  • 4 Endless One
  • 4 Chalice of the Void
  • 4 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 2 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 1 Warping Wail
  • 2 Dismember
Sideboard:
  • 2 Bearer of Silence
  • 4 Faerie Macabre
  • 3 Precursor Golem
  • 1 Endbringer
  • 2 Pithing Needle
  • 2 Ratched Bomb
  • 1 All is Dust
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Oscar Basart – Eldrazi
Main Deck:
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Karakas
3 Eye of Ugin
2 Wasteland
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Ancient Tomb
2 City of Traitors
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Caves of Koilos
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
2 Endbringer
4 Endless One
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Thorn of Amethyst
2 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Warping Wail
2 Dismember
Sideboard:
2 Bearer of Silence
4 Faerie Macabre
3 Precursor Golem
1 Endbringer
2 Pithing Needle
2 Ratched Bomb
1 All is Dust

Hannes Eriksson – WU Stoneblade

Hannes Eriksson – WU Stoneblade

Main Deck:
  • 1 Karakas
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 1 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Tundra
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 3 Island
  • 2 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 4 Stoneforge Mystic
  • 3 Snapcaster Mage
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 3 Ture-Name Nemesis
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 1 Batterskull
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Swords to Plowshares
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 2 Counterspell
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Ponder
  • 1 Council's Judgment
Sideboard:
  • 2 Containment Priest
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 2 Blood Moon
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 3 Pyroblast
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
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Hannes Eriksson – WU Stoneblade
Main Deck:
1 Karakas
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Polluted Delta
2 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island
3 Island
2 Plains
1 Mountain
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Stoneforge Mystic
3 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique
3 Ture-Name Nemesis
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Batterskull
4 Brainstorm
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Lightning Bolt
2 Spell Pierce
2 Counterspell
4 Force of Will
3 Ponder
1 Council's Judgment
Sideboard:
2 Containment Priest
1 Izzet Staticaster
2 Blood Moon
1 Pithing Needle
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Pyroblast
2 Flusterstorm
1 Wear // Tear
1 Supreme Verdict

Pascal Richter – Sultai Leovold

Pascal Richter – Sultai Leovold

Main Deck:
  • 3 Wasteland
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 3 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Verdant Catacombs
  • 3 Underground Sea
  • 2 Tropical Island
  • 1 Bayou
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 4 Baleful Strix
  • 2 Snapcaster Mage
  • 3 True-Name Nemesis
  • 2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • 2 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Ponder
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Hymn to Tourach
Sideboard:
  • 1 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 3 Surgical Extraction
  • 3 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Hydroblast
  • 2 Diabolic Edict
  • 1 Krosan Grip
  • 2 Hymn to Tourach
  • 2 Marsh Casualties
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Pascal Richter – Sultai Leovold
Main Deck:
3 Wasteland
4 Polluted Delta
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Verdant Catacombs
3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Island
1 Swamp
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Baleful Strix
2 Snapcaster Mage
3 True-Name Nemesis
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
2 Umezawa's Jitte
4 Brainstorm
3 Fatal Push
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Force of Will
3 Ponder
2 Thoughtseize
2 Hymn to Tourach
Sideboard:
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Surgical Extraction
3 Flusterstorm
1 Hydroblast
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Krosan Grip
2 Hymn to Tourach
2 Marsh Casualties

Articles

Video Feature Match: Final – Dennis Zens vs. Marius Bender

Dennis Zens had reached the Top 8 in our Modern main event just one day earlier already, but he came back hungry for more - an impressive feat given the size of both events. Yesterday his path ended in the quarterfinals. Today he was doing even better, but a number of...

Final: Marius Bender vs. Dennis Zens

"You're on Canadian Threshold, right?" asked {Show and Tell} player Dennis Zens his final opponent at the end of this long and exhausting weekend full of Magic. "I love that deck! I played it a lot back in the day." "You should play it still," replied Marius Bender....

Semifinal: Oscar Basart vs. Marius Bender

As they were shuffling up, both players said that they had no idea what the other was playing. A crucial part, considering the matchup was Eldrazi versus Canadian. Game 1 Bender started with just a {Flooded Strand}, while Basart had a 2/2 {Endloss One} which was met...

Quarterfinal: Dennis Zens vs. Karsten Tuitjer

Apologies to Karsten Tuitjer, but the main reason we took an interest in this particular quarterfinal match was Dennis Zens. This was the third Top 8 for Zens at the MKM Series this year; his second had only come one day before at the largest event of the weekend in...

Vendor Feature: Stefan Urban

A short time ago Stefan Urban and Pascal Wagner formed the new vendor team FKTRD. They have been selling cards in record numbers on MKM recently, and they joined us here in Hamburg with large amounts of both Old School cards (Alpha/Beta/Unlimited and more) and...

Checking in with the Power 8 Hopefuls

As you might have heard there was this new thing introduced for the MKM Series this year: At the end of the year, the eight most succesful players of 2017's five stops get awarded an MKMS Power 8 membership and are rewarded with up to 300 Euros in MKM credit whenever...

Quick Question: Ixalan in Legacy?

Ixalan wasn't a factor at MKM Series Hamburg 2017, as the set wasn't even released yet. But it was of course one of the most discussed topics among players. We asked a number of notable players whether they had seen any cards in the upcoming expansion which might have...

Previously at the MKM Series: Legacy in Prague

On the eve of MKM Series Hamburg, 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 Prague for the third stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 295 Legacy lovers. Deck...

Metagame Breakdown

With Legacy, there are always shenanigans going on. But surprisingly for maybe everyone, Modern had way more lists which did not belong to the first tier. Legacy seemed to have cooled down in the last years and especially now – with Miracles out of the picture – people settled on a popular deck.

That being said, of course the diversity was still huge. Not in our graphic were several WU Mentor, Canadian Thresh, Grixis Pyro, Infect, Merfolk and Dredge players, archetypes which were big contenders once upon a time and still have the potential to be.

The most popular decks showed that Legacy players wanted to have consistent, midrange decks above all else. With Stoneforge Mystic and Leovold, Emissary of Trest lists – sometimes having both – and the first combo or degenerate archetype coming in at number five, the speed of the format slowed down. Legacy has come a long way.

Legend

  • 30 Stoneblade variants
  • 27 Leovold Midrange
  • 23 Grixis Delver
  • 22 Death n' Taxes
  • 19 Sneak Show
  • 18 ANT
  • 17 Reanimator variants
  • 16 Loam deck variants
  • 15 Other Delver variants
  • 13 Elves
  • 10 Eldrazi
  • 10 Burn
  • 78 Others

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