Vintage Coverage MKM Series London 2016

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The Vintage main event of the MKM Series London 2016 is in the books.

At our last MKMS stop in Madrid Eldrazi decks and decks based on Monastery Mentor were not only the most played decks, but those archetypes also met in the final for the ultimate decider match. The Mentor deck ended up winning that time, but which archetype gained more new cards since then? Have the new white cards pushed Mentor further ahead, or have the new Emerge Eldrazi helped the other deck to emerge victorious in London? Or have Oath of Druids and Hate Bear variants ruled supreme today, like they did in Vintage Super League recently?

Keep reading to learn everything about today's popular decks, the top players, and more!

After advancing to the Top 8 three times at MKM Series Milan, Matthew Johnson is finally walking away with the trophy at the Vintage main event of MKM Series London 2016!

Matthew Johnson
2

Mikael Johansson
0

Tom Brown
0

Hannes Eriksson
2

Tom Hooker
0

Andrew Buchanan
2

Matthew Harper
2

Roderick Smith
0

Matthew Johnson
2

Hannes Eriksson
0

Andrew Buchanan
1

Matthew Harper
2

Matthew Johnson
2

Matthew Harper
1

Matthew Johnson

Top 8 Decklists

Hannes Eriksson – Esper Mentor

Hannes Eriksson – Esper Mentor

Main Deck
  • 4 Monastery Mentor
  • 2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
  • 4 Cabal Therapy
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 3 Preordain
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Swords to Plowshares
  • 3 Gush
  • 3 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Disenchant
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Vampiric Tutor
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 3 Polluted Delta
  • 3 Tundra
  • 3 Underground Sea
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Strip Mine
Sideboard
  • 4 Containment Priest
  • 3 Kataki, War's Wage
  • 3 Ravenous Trap
  • 2 Hurkyl's Recall
  • 1 Snuff Out
  • 1 Tormod's Crypt
  • 1 Zealous Persecution
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Hannes Eriksson – Esper Mentor
Main Deck
4 Monastery Mentor
2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Gitaxian Probe
3 Preordain
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Ponder
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
4 Force of Will
4 Swords to Plowshares
3 Gush
3 Mental Misstep
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Dig Through Time
1 Disenchant
1 Flusterstorm
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
4 Flooded Strand
3 Polluted Delta
3 Tundra
3 Underground Sea
1 Island
1 Strip Mine
Sideboard
4 Containment Priest
3 Kataki, War's Wage
3 Ravenous Trap
2 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Snuff Out
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Zealous Persecution

Andrew Buchanan – Eldrazi Control

Andrew Buchanan – Eldrazi Control

Main Deck
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Cavern of Souls
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 5 Plains
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Eldrazi Displacer
  • 4 Phyrexian Revoker
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 3 Containment Priest
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Karakas
  • 1 Lodestone Golem
  • 2 Vryn Wingmare
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Mana Crypt
Sideboard
  • 2 Spirit of the Labyrinth
  • 4 Rest in Peace
  • 4 Swords to Plowshares
  • 2 Disenchant
  • 2 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 1 Plains
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Andrew Buchanan – Eldrazi Control
Main Deck
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Reality Smasher
5 Plains
4 Wasteland
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Ancient Tomb
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
3 Containment Priest
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Karakas
1 Lodestone Golem
2 Vryn Wingmare
1 Black Lotus
1 Strip Mine
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
Sideboard
2 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Rest in Peace
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Disenchant
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Plains

Tom Brown – UW Landstill

Tom Brown – UW Landstill

Creatures
  • 2 Snapcaster Mage
Instants
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Disenchant
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Mindbreak Trap
  • 1 Spell Snare
  • 2 Mana Drain
  • 3 Swords to Plowshares
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Enlightened Tutor
Sorceries
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
Enchantments
  • 1 Moat
  • 4 Standstill
Planeswalkers
  • 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Artifacts
  • 1 Crucible of Worlds
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Sol Ring
Lands
  • 1 Faerie Conclave
  • 1 Library of Alexandria
  • 1 Scalding Tarn
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 2 Island
  • 3 Mishra's Factory
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 4 Tundra
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 1 Academy Ruins
Sideboard
  • 1 Arcane Laboratory
  • 3 Containment Priest
  • 1 Disenchant
  • 2 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 2 Moat
  • 1 Plains
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Stony Silence
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Swords to Plowshares
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Tom Brown – UW Landstill
Creatures
2 Snapcaster Mage
Instants
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Dig Through Time
1 Disenchant
1 Flusterstorm
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Spell Snare
2 Mana Drain
3 Swords to Plowshares
4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
1 Enlightened Tutor
Sorceries
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
Enchantments
1 Moat
4 Standstill
Planeswalkers
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Artifacts
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
Lands
1 Faerie Conclave
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
2 Island
3 Mishra's Factory
4 Flooded Strand
4 Tundra
4 Wasteland
1 Academy Ruins
Sideboard
1 Arcane Laboratory
3 Containment Priest
1 Disenchant
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Moat
1 Plains
2 Rest in Peace
1 Stony Silence
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Swords to Plowshares

Matthew Johnson – UW Mentorstill

Matthew Johnson – UW Mentorstill

Instants (19)
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Flusterstorm
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 2 Mana Drain
  • 3 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Mindbreak Trap
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 3 Swords to Plowshares
Creatures (3)
  • 2 Monastery Mentor
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
Enchantments (4)
  • 4 Standstill
Planeswalkers (2)
  • 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Lands (20)
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 3 Island
  • 3 Mishra's Factory
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Polluted Delta
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 3 Tundra
  • 4 Wasteland
Sorceries (6)
  • 1 Balance
  • 1 Decree of Justice
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
Artifacts (6)
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 2 Crucible of Worlds
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Sol Ring
Sideboard
  • 1 Aegis of the Gods
  • 3 Containment Priest
  • 1 Disenchant
  • 2 Eidolon of Rhetoric
  • 2 Energy Flux
  • 2 Kataki, War's Wage
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Stony Silence
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
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Matthew Johnson – UW Mentorstill
Instants (19)
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Dig Through Time
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
2 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mindbreak Trap
2 Spell Pierce
3 Swords to Plowshares
Creatures (3)
2 Monastery Mentor
1 Snapcaster Mage
Enchantments (4)
4 Standstill
Planeswalkers (2)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Lands (20)
4 Flooded Strand
3 Island
3 Mishra's Factory
1 Plains
1 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
3 Tundra
4 Wasteland
Sorceries (6)
1 Balance
1 Decree of Justice
1 Ponder
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
Artifacts (6)
1 Black Lotus
2 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
Sideboard
1 Aegis of the Gods
3 Containment Priest
1 Disenchant
2 Eidolon of Rhetoric
2 Energy Flux
2 Kataki, War's Wage
2 Rest in Peace
1 Stony Silence
1 Supreme Verdict

Mikael Johansson – Oath

Mikael Johansson – Oath

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

Tom Hooker – Hate Bears

Tom Hooker – Hate Bears

Main Deck
  • 4 Containment Priest
  • 3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
  • 3 Spirit of the Labyrinth
  • 2 Aegis of the Gods
  • 1 Path to Exile
  • 2 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Lotus Petal
  • 3 Elvish Spirit Guide
  • 3 Stony Silence
  • 2 Swords to Plowshares
  • 3 Leonin Arbiter
  • 2 Aven Mindcensor
  • 4 Dryad Militant
  • 3 Kataki, War's Wage
  • 3 Judge's Familiar
  • 1 Karakas
  • 7 Plains
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 4 Ghost Quarter
  • 4 Horizon Canopy
Sideboard
  • 1 Stoneforge Mystic
  • 2 Phyrexian Revoker
  • 2 Serenity
  • 1 Tivadar's Crusade
  • 3 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Swords to Plowshares
  • 2 Seal of Cleansing
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 1 Umezawa's Jitte
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Tom Hooker – Hate Bears
Main Deck
4 Containment Priest
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
3 Spirit of the Labyrinth
2 Aegis of the Gods
1 Path to Exile
2 Mental Misstep
1 Lotus Petal
3 Elvish Spirit Guide
3 Stony Silence
2 Swords to Plowshares
3 Leonin Arbiter
2 Aven Mindcensor
4 Dryad Militant
3 Kataki, War's Wage
3 Judge's Familiar
1 Karakas
7 Plains
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Horizon Canopy
Sideboard
1 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Serenity
1 Tivadar's Crusade
3 Rest in Peace
2 Swords to Plowshares
2 Seal of Cleansing
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Umezawa's Jitte

Matthew Harper – Painter

Matthew Harper – Painter

Main Deck
  • 3 Wasteland
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 4 Island
  • 4 Volcanic Island
  • 3 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Trinket Mage
  • 1 Blightsteel Colossus
  • 2 Gorilla Shaman
  • 4 Magus of the Moon
  • 4 Painter's Servant
  • 2 Grindstone
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Time Vault
  • 1 Voltaic Key
  • 1 Sensei's Divining Top
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Jace the Mind Sculptor
  • 1 Tezzeret the Seeker
  • 1 Dack Fayden
  • 1 Tinker
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Red Elemental Blast
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 2 Thirst for Knowledge
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Dig through Time
Sideboard
  • 1 Echoing Truth
  • 2 Tormod's Crypt
  • 3 Ingot Chewer
  • 2 Sulfur Elemental
  • 2 Sudden Shock
  • 3 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Ensnaring Bridge
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Matthew Harper – Painter
Main Deck
3 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
4 Island
4 Volcanic Island
3 Scalding Tarn
2 Trinket Mage
1 Blightsteel Colossus
2 Gorilla Shaman
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Painter's Servant
2 Grindstone
1 Sol Ring
1 Time Vault
1 Voltaic Key
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mana Crypt
1 Black Lotus
1 Jace the Mind Sculptor
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Dack Fayden
1 Tinker
1 Time Walk
4 Force of Will
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Pyroblast
2 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Dig through Time
Sideboard
1 Echoing Truth
2 Tormod's Crypt
3 Ingot Chewer
2 Sulfur Elemental
2 Sudden Shock
3 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Pithing Needle
1 Ensnaring Bridge

Rod Smith – Stax

Rod Smith – Stax

Main Deck
  • 4 Mishra's Workshop
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 4 Mishra's Factory
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 1 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 1 Tolarian Academy
  • 1 Lodestone Golem
  • 2 Steel Hellkite
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Phyrexian Revoker
  • 3 Dismember
  • 2 Staff of Nin
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Mana Vault
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 4 Smokestack
  • 4 Sphere of Resistance
  • 3 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 2 Crucible of Worlds
  • 1 Trinisphere
Sideboard
  • 4 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Karakas
  • 2 Duplicant
  • 3 Null Rod
  • 3 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
  • 2 Tormod's Crypt
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Rod Smith – Stax
Main Deck
4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Wasteland
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Strip Mine
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Lodestone Golem
2 Steel Hellkite
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Phyrexian Revoker
3 Dismember
2 Staff of Nin
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Sol Ring
4 Smokestack
4 Sphere of Resistance
3 Thorn of Amethyst
2 Crucible of Worlds
1 Trinisphere
Sideboard
4 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Karakas
2 Duplicant
3 Null Rod
3 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
2 Tormod's Crypt

Articles

Vintage Final: Matthew Harper vs. Matthew Johnson

With two Matthews meeting in the finals, I had to switch to referring to their last names to keep the match coverage readable. Make sure to read the Quarterfinal and Semifinal first to familiarize yourself with their decks. Johnson was allowed to go first despite...

Vintage Semifinal: Hannes Eriksson vs. Matthew Johnson

  Matthew Johnson was the most successful player at our MKMS event in Milan earlier this year, but had to miss our other stops since then. Today he started the Vintage event with two losses and a bye, but miraculously still snuck into the Top8 by winning the other...

Vintage Quarterfinal: Rod Smith vs. Matthew Harper

A friendly chat before the match revealed that both these players knew exactly what their respective opponent was bringing to the table. Rod won the Swiss part of the tournament, so he was allowed to start the first game, which he did in convincing fashion, playing...

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...

Metagame Breakdown

Take a look at the breakdown of all the decks in our Vintage main event at the MKM Series London 2016. 21 players preferred to play with some of the best cards ever printed instead of competing in todays Modern Main Event. Oath of Druids decks were leading the pack today with 4 copies in the field. It seems like the list of our repeat champion Mikael Linden is catching on. Landstill and White Eldrazi are attacking the format from completely opposite angles, but are following closely behind at 3 copies each. Only two players were aiming for our special prize with unpowered deck lists today, both choosing to bring Hatebear variants to the table. I am not really sure whether seeing two combo decks based on Painter's Servant is actually more or less surprising than seeing only one Storm deck and only one deck based on Monastery Mentor in the field.

Legend

  • 4 Oath of Druids
  • 3 Landstill
  • 3 White Eldrazi
  • 2 Painter Combo
  • 2 Workshops
  • 2 Hatebears
  • 1 Storm
  • 1 Mentor
  • 1 Grixis Pyromancer
  • 1 Tezzerator
  • 1 Jace Control

Event Photos

Some Magicians traveled all the way from Ireland to enroll in today's Vintage Main Event!
He certainly didn't look like he liked what he saw.
The player put it this way:
Our Modern main event at MKM Series London 2016.
A Wrath of God was supposed to level the playing field.
The Planeswalkers didn't seem all that impressed, though.
These two were in between games.
Posing for the camera!
I think he wanted to make sure we got the shirt right.
Stuart in the front was going up against a Channel Fireball fan.
Red and black checked patterns seemed to be popular among our players.
He was a such a big fan of Sensei's Divining Top he even used it as his playmat.