Standard Coverage MKM Series London 2016

Event Coverage of the MKM Series London

Fabian Friedrich had already finished in the playoffs in yesterday's Modern main event, but had been eliminated in the quarterfinal by Zombies. Today, in Standard, he chose to command the undead himself and was rewarded with the title of MKM Series London 2016 Standard Champion!

On his way through the Top 8, his third at the MKM Series, he first had to get past Silver-level pro Autumn Burchett playing Bant Company. According to Burchett that matchup was quite unwinnable for her. Friedrich had chosen his deck specifically to defeat Company, after all. Then he needed to beat Arturas Simaitis and his White-Black Control deck. Friedrich won both of these matches convincingly, 2-0.

At that point, due to a prize split among the semifinalists and subsequent drops, the trophy was Friedrich's to hoist. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Fabian Friedrich, the MKM Series London 2016 Standard champion!

Lukas Twist
1

Mikhail Laudencia
2

Pip Griffiths
2

Jamie Faulkner
0

Autumn Burchett
0

Fabian Friedrich
2

Michael Gunner
0

Arturas Simaitis
2

Mikhail Laudencia
2

Pip Griffiths
0

Fabian Friedrich
2

Arturas Simaitis
0

Mikhail Laudencia
0

Fabian Friedrich
2

Fabian Friedrich

Top 8 Decklists

Jamie Faulkner – Temur Emerge

Jamie Faulkner – Temur Emerge

Planeswalkers
  • 1 Kiora, Master of the Depths
Creatures (20)
  • 4 Elder Deep-Fiend
  • 1 Emrakul, the Promised End
  • 2 Gnarlwood Dryad
  • 2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
  • 4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
  • 1 Lashweed Lurker
  • 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 4 Pilgrim's Eye
Sorceries (6)
  • 3 Gather the Pack
  • 3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
Instants (8)
  • 4 Grapple with the Past
  • 4 Kozilek's Return
Enchantments (2)
  • 2 Vessel of Nascency
Land (23)
  • 1 Evolving Wilds
  • 6 Forest
  • 3 Island
  • 3 Lumbering Falls
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 4 Shivan Reef
  • 4 Yavimaya Coast
Sideboard
  • 1 Emrakul, the Promised End
  • 1 Gnarlwood Dryad
  • 1 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 2 Eldrazi Obligator
  • 2 Reality Smasher
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 1 Learn from the Past
  • 2 Pulse of Murasa
  • 2 Radiant Flames
  • 1 Wretched Gryff
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Jamie Faulkner – Temur Emerge
Planeswalkers
1 Kiora, Master of the Depths
Creatures (20)
4 Elder Deep-Fiend
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
2 Gnarlwood Dryad
2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
1 Lashweed Lurker
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
4 Pilgrim's Eye
Sorceries (6)
3 Gather the Pack
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
Instants (8)
4 Grapple with the Past
4 Kozilek's Return
Enchantments (2)
2 Vessel of Nascency
Land (23)
1 Evolving Wilds
6 Forest
3 Island
3 Lumbering Falls
1 Mountain
1 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Shivan Reef
4 Yavimaya Coast
Sideboard
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
1 Gnarlwood Dryad
1 Sanctum of Ugin
2 Eldrazi Obligator
2 Reality Smasher
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Learn from the Past
2 Pulse of Murasa
2 Radiant Flames
1 Wretched Gryff

Fabian Friedrich – U/B Zombies

Fabian Friedrich – U/B Zombies

Main Deck
  • 4 Choked Estuary
  • 2 Submerged Boneyard
  • 4 Sunken Hollow
  • 11 Swamp
  • 1 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
  • 2 Island
  • 4 Cryptbreaker
  • 2 Distended Mindbender
  • 4 Haunted Dead
  • 4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
  • 4 Prized Amalgam
  • 4 Voldaren Pariah / Abolisher of Bloodlines
  • 4 Relentless Dead
  • 4 Dark Salvation
  • 3 Grasp of Darkness
  • 3 Liliana, the Last Hope
Sideboard
  • 2 Collective Brutality
  • 1 Distended Mindbender
  • 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 1 Grasp of Darkness
  • 1 Learn from the Past
  • 1 Negate
  • 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 2 Ruinous Path
  • 2 Infinite Obliteration
  • 2 Transgress the Mind
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Fabian Friedrich – U/B Zombies
Main Deck
4 Choked Estuary
2 Submerged Boneyard
4 Sunken Hollow
11 Swamp
1 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
2 Island
4 Cryptbreaker
2 Distended Mindbender
4 Haunted Dead
4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Voldaren Pariah / Abolisher of Bloodlines
4 Relentless Dead
4 Dark Salvation
3 Grasp of Darkness
3 Liliana, the Last Hope
Sideboard
2 Collective Brutality
1 Distended Mindbender
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Grasp of Darkness
1 Learn from the Past
1 Negate
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Ruinous Path
2 Infinite Obliteration
2 Transgress the Mind

Pip Griffiths – Bant Company

Pip Griffiths – Bant Company

Main Deck
  • 1 Ojutai's Command
  • 4 Collected Company
  • 3 Elder Deep Fiend
  • 4 Spell Queller
  • 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 4 Reflector Mage
  • 4 Tireless Tracker
  • 4 Sylvan Advocate
  • 3 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
  • 3 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
  • 2 Selfless Spirit
Lands
  • 2 Lumbering Falls
  • 4 Prairie Stream
  • 4 Evolving Wilds
  • 1 Island
  • 3 Forest
  • 4 Plains
  • 4 Yavimaya Coast
  • 4 Canopy Vista
Sideboard
  • 1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
  • 1 Tragic Arrogance
  • 2 Clash of Wills
  • 2 Dromoka's Command
  • 3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 1 Summary Dismissal
  • 1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
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Pip Griffiths – Bant Company
Main Deck
1 Ojutai's Command
4 Collected Company
3 Elder Deep Fiend
4 Spell Queller
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
4 Reflector Mage
4 Tireless Tracker
4 Sylvan Advocate
3 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
3 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
2 Selfless Spirit
Lands
2 Lumbering Falls
4 Prairie Stream
4 Evolving Wilds
1 Island
3 Forest
4 Plains
4 Yavimaya Coast
4 Canopy Vista
Sideboard
1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
1 Tragic Arrogance
2 Clash of Wills
2 Dromoka's Command
3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
1 Summary Dismissal
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Mikhail Laudencia – W/B Control

Mikhail Laudencia – W/B Control

Lands
  • 4 Shambling Vent
  • 4 Caves of Koilos
  • 4 Forsaken Sunctuary
  • 1 Blighted Fen
  • 8 Swamp
  • 5 Plains
Planeswalkers
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 3 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
Spells
  • 4 Languish
  • 4 Transgress the Mind
  • 4 Grasp of Darkness
  • 3 Read the Bones
  • 2 Oath of Liliana
  • 2 Ruinous Path
  • 2 Ultimate Price
  • 2 Anguished Unmaking
Sideboard
  • 3 Duress
  • 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 2 Infinite Obliteration
  • 2 Dead Weight
  • 2 Hallowed Moonlight
  • 1 Ultimate Price
  • 1 Anguished Unmaking
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
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Mikhail Laudencia – W/B Control
Lands
4 Shambling Vent
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Forsaken Sunctuary
1 Blighted Fen
8 Swamp
5 Plains
Planeswalkers
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
3 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
Spells
4 Languish
4 Transgress the Mind
4 Grasp of Darkness
3 Read the Bones
2 Oath of Liliana
2 Ruinous Path
2 Ultimate Price
2 Anguished Unmaking
Sideboard
3 Duress
3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Infinite Obliteration
2 Dead Weight
2 Hallowed Moonlight
1 Ultimate Price
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Linvala, the Preserver

Arturas Simaitis – W/B Control

Arturas Simaitis – W/B Control

Creatures
  • 3 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
Planeswalkers
  • 2 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
Spells
  • 2 Anguished Unmaking
  • 4 Grasp of Darkness
  • 2 Ruinous Path
  • 2 Ultimate Price
  • 4 Languish
  • 3 Read the Bones
  • 1 Oath of Liliana
  • 2 Hallowed Moonlight
  • 2 Transgress the Mind
Lands
  • 9 Swamp
  • 4 Plains
  • 4 Caves of Koilos
  • 1 Blighted Fen
  • 4 Shambling Vent
  • 4 Forsaken Sanctuary
Sideboard
  • 4 Duress
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 1 Anguished Unmaking
  • 1 Hallowed Moonlight
  • 2 Infinite Obliteration
  • 1 Transgress the Mind
  • 2 Blessed Alliance
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Arturas Simaitis – W/B Control
Creatures
3 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Linvala, the Preserver
Planeswalkers
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
Spells
2 Anguished Unmaking
4 Grasp of Darkness
2 Ruinous Path
2 Ultimate Price
4 Languish
3 Read the Bones
1 Oath of Liliana
2 Hallowed Moonlight
2 Transgress the Mind
Lands
9 Swamp
4 Plains
4 Caves of Koilos
1 Blighted Fen
4 Shambling Vent
4 Forsaken Sanctuary
Sideboard
4 Duress
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Hallowed Moonlight
2 Infinite Obliteration
1 Transgress the Mind
2 Blessed Alliance

Lukas Twist – Temur Emerge

Lukas Twist – Temur Emerge

Creatures
  • 3 Sylvan Advocate
  • 2 Primal Druid
  • 2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
  • 3 Tireless Tracker
  • 2 Pilgrim's Eye
  • 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
  • 1 Wretched Gryff
  • 4 Elder Deep-Fiend
  • 1 Emrakul, the Promised End
Spells
  • 2 Vessel of Nacency
  • 4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
  • 2 Gather the Pack
  • 4 Grapple with the Past
  • 4 Kozilek's Return
Lands
  • 4 Yavimaya Coast
  • 1 Shivan Reef
  • 2 Lumbering Falls
  • 1 Wandering Fumarole
  • 1 Cinder Glade
  • 1 Game Trail
  • 2 Evolving Wilds
  • 5 Forest
  • 2 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 1 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
Sideboard
  • 2 Dispel
  • 3 Fiery Impulse
  • 2 Noose Constrictor
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Summary Dismissal
  • 3 Reality Smasher
  • 1 Emrakul, the Promised End
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Lukas Twist – Temur Emerge
Creatures
3 Sylvan Advocate
2 Primal Druid
2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
3 Tireless Tracker
2 Pilgrim's Eye
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Wretched Gryff
4 Elder Deep-Fiend
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
Spells
2 Vessel of Nacency
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
2 Gather the Pack
4 Grapple with the Past
4 Kozilek's Return
Lands
4 Yavimaya Coast
1 Shivan Reef
2 Lumbering Falls
1 Wandering Fumarole
1 Cinder Glade
1 Game Trail
2 Evolving Wilds
5 Forest
2 Island
1 Mountain
1 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
Sideboard
2 Dispel
3 Fiery Impulse
2 Noose Constrictor
2 Negate
2 Summary Dismissal
3 Reality Smasher
1 Emrakul, the Promised End

Autumn Lily Burchett – Bant Company

Autumn Lily Burchett – Bant Company

Main Deck
  • 4 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
  • 4 Sylvan Advocate
  • 4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
  • 4 Reflector Mage
  • 4 Tireless Tracker
  • 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 2 Spell Queller
  • 2 Elder Deep-Fiend
  • 1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
  • 2 Declaration in Stone
  • 1 Ojutai's Command
  • 4 Collected Company
  • 4 Forest
  • 3 Island
  • 3 Plains
  • 3 Canopy Vista
  • 4 Prairie Stream
  • 3 Yavimaya Coast
  • 2 Lumbering Falls
  • 4 Evolving Wilds
Sideboard
  • 2 Thalia, Heretic Cather
  • 2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 2 Tragic Arrogance
  • 2 Quarantine Field
  • 2 Negate
  • 1 Learn from the Past
  • 2 Dromoka's Command
  • 1 Ojutai's Command
  • 1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
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Autumn Lily Burchett – Bant Company
Main Deck
4 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
4 Reflector Mage
4 Tireless Tracker
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
2 Spell Queller
2 Elder Deep-Fiend
1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
2 Declaration in Stone
1 Ojutai's Command
4 Collected Company
4 Forest
3 Island
3 Plains
3 Canopy Vista
4 Prairie Stream
3 Yavimaya Coast
2 Lumbering Falls
4 Evolving Wilds
Sideboard
2 Thalia, Heretic Cather
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Tragic Arrogance
2 Quarantine Field
2 Negate
1 Learn from the Past
2 Dromoka's Command
1 Ojutai's Command
1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher

Michael Gunner – Bant Humans

Michael Gunner – Bant Humans

Main Deck
  • 2 Yavimaya Coast
  • 4 Fortified Village
  • 3 Prairie Stream
  • 3 Forest
  • 1 Island
  • 6 Plains
  • 4 Evolving Wilds
  • 3 Thraben Inspector
  • 2 Knight of the White orchid
  • 4 Thalia's Lieutenant
  • 1 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
  • 4 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher
  • 4 Reflector Mage
  • 4 Tireless Tracker
  • 3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 4 Collected Company
  • 4 Dromoka's Command
  • 2 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
Sideboard
  • 3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 2 Day's Undoing
  • 2 Declaration in Stone
  • 1 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
  • 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 1 Negate
  • 1 Clash of Wills
  • 2 Tragic Arrogance
  • 1 Knight of the White Orchid
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Michael Gunner – Bant Humans
Main Deck
2 Yavimaya Coast
4 Fortified Village
3 Prairie Stream
3 Forest
1 Island
6 Plains
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Thraben Inspector
2 Knight of the White orchid
4 Thalia's Lieutenant
1 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
4 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher
4 Reflector Mage
4 Tireless Tracker
3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Collected Company
4 Dromoka's Command
2 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
Sideboard
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Day's Undoing
2 Declaration in Stone
1 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
1 Negate
1 Clash of Wills
2 Tragic Arrogance
1 Knight of the White Orchid

Articles

(Semi-) Final: Arturas Simaitis vs. Fabian Friedrich

Before the semifinals, the four remaining players agreed to split prizes. Following that, only Arturas Simaitis from Lithuania and Fabian Friedrich from Germany wanted to keep playing—for bragging rights and the shiny trophy—whereas the other two semifinalists left...

Quarterfinal: Fabian Friedrich vs. Autumn Burchett

This was the most high-profile of the quarterfinal matches. England's Autumn Burchett had finished in eleventh place at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar and had ended the 2015–2016 season on Silver in the Pro Tour Players Club. Germany's Fabian Friedrich had never gotten...

Deck Tech: Dragons! Spirits! Extraplanar Beings!

Some decks you tend to see at every event. In today's Standard, for example, you're bound to come across a Bant Company deck or two. Other decks are a little more out there. But it's worth exploring the fringes of the metagame too. There might just be something here...

Deck Tech: Blue-Black Zombies with Fabian Friedrich

Fabian Friedrich was among the most accomplished MKM regulars in attendance this weekend. He had already finished in the Top 8 of the Standard main event at the MKM Series Milan 2016 and he again made it to the playoffs in yesterday's Modern main. Outside the MKM...

Introduction to the Format: Standard

Standard changed a lot between the previous stop of the MKM Series 2016, two months ago in Madrid, and today. Back then, Green-White Tokens had been the dominant force in the format and Santiago Ballestero used the deck to take down the whole Standard main event. But...

Travel Guide

In this article, we'll provide you with a number of visual cues so you'll have a much easier time finding your way from the underground station to the venue. Head for the exit that says "Gloucester Road" - easy to remember as that's also the name of the station...

Standard Metagame

The numbers are in! A total of 27 Standard players may not make for a very representative snapshot of the current Standard metagame, but the reality did align pretty well with our expectations. Meaning: green-white-blue decks based on Collected Company, either with Humans or with an assortment of various creatures, landed in first place, with Delirium, White-Black Control, Temur Emerge, and White Humans, either mono-colored or with a splash of red, trailing behind.

The biggest surprise may be the unusual popularity of Blue-Black Zombies. Although, with such small numbers, that might not mean much of course. We'll investigate. Meanwhile, within the “Other” category—all one-ofs—there were classics which had mostly fallen out of favor (Esper Dragons), strategies that never quite made it (White-Blue Spirits), and some more curious designs (Colorless Eldrazi).

Legend

  • 6 Bant Humans
  • 4 Bant Company
  • 3 B/G Delirium
  • 3 W/B Control
  • 2 Temur Emerge
  • 2 W/(r) Humans
  • 2 U/B Zombies
  • 5 Others

Event Photos

Fresh off his victory in yesterday's Vintage event, Matthew Johnson tried his luck in the Legacy event today!
Stuart Wright had a terrible start yesterday and still ended up in the Top 8. Today, he was sitting on table 4, so there's a good chance he'll end up in the Top 8 yet again.
Our Legacy main event of the MKM Series London 2016.
Fabian Friedrich came equipped with MKM gear and he was again doing pretty well!
Now we were back over at the Legacy tables.
Our competitors certainly looked like they were having a great time.
Matthew Harper wanted to add yet another Top 8 finish to his growing resume and he was certainly well on track.
Autumn Lily Burchett was leading the pack in our Standard main event on Sunday.
It looked like the two in the front were tag-teaming their opponents.
These were the top tables in the Legacy main event.
One of our standby judges preferred playing on Sunday.
This was one of our side events, the rejected rare draft.
Some members of the JK team used their break to enroll in the fun event.
Good times were had in the very unusual, but fun format.
Figuring out your best option can involve a lot of finger pointing and mental maths.
This game was over and they were about to hand in their result entry slip.
There's our tag team again.