Legacy Coverage MKM Series Madrid 2016

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Madrid

Yesterday, we saw lots of different decks battling it out for the title and a grand prize of 1200 € in our Modern main event. While some of these players undoubtedly warmed up for today's WMCQ and we won't see them in today's main event of the MKM Series, the Legacy tournament, we at least expected to welcome back many of yesterday's Vintage players.

In the end, this translated to 151 Magicians signing up for Legacy. Delver decks turned out to be the most popular choice at our last stop of the MKM Series in Frankfurt, but they only managed to catapult one of their pilots into the Top 8. The Delver player was joined by 7 other archetypes – although the format is known for its diversity, this doesn't happen too often.

When the MKM series last came to Madrid, Storm had the best Top 8 conversion rate by far with three players claiming one of the elusive Top 8 spots despite only few players putting their trust in the archetype. Considering that Madrid's local hero and rising star of the MKM Series Rodrigo Togores had won a Legacy Grand Prix with Storm in the meantime, we were expecting a few more Storm players today. Our Metagame breakdown revealed that this expectation was reasonable as Storm moved up to the third most popular deck. While Delver still stole the top spot with 25 decks, it was a huge gain for the challenging deck.

Ignacio Gonzalez Checa managed to advance to the Top 8 with Storm, however, he wasn't quite able to overcome Joan Mateo's Grixis Delver in the quarter finals. It was the second appearance in the Top 8 of the MKM Series for Mateo, but he met his master in Alejandro Henche in the semis, who ultimately ended up winning the tournament with his Bant deck.

Congratulations to Alejandro Henche, the Legacy champion of MKM Series Madrid 2016!

Congratulations to Alejandro Henche, Champion of the Legacy main event of the MKM Series Madrid 2016!

Ignacio Gonzalez Checa
1

Joan Mateo
2

Javier Carnicer
1

Alejandro Henche
2

Toni Anaya
2

Asier Picon
1

Daniel Ballestin
1

Marc Forment Cano
2

Joan Mateo
1

Alejandro Henche
2

Toni Anaya
1

Marc Forment Cano
2

Alejandro Henche
2

Marc Forment Cano
0

Alejandro Henche

Top 8 Decklists

Marc Forment – Eldrazi

Marc Forment – Eldrazi

Artifacts [5]
  • 4 Chalice of the Void
  • 1 Umezawa's Jitte
Creatures [26]
  • 2 Drowner of Hope
  • 4 Eldrazi Displacer
  • 4 Eldrazi Mimic
  • 4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
  • 4 Endless One
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
Instants [4]
  • 2 Dismember
  • 2 Warping Wail
Land [25]
  • 4 Adarkar Wastes
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 3 Cavern of Souls
  • 2 City of Traitors
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 3 Eye of Ugin
  • 1 Karakas
  • 3 Tundra
  • 1 Wastes
Sideboard
  • 2 Pithing Needle
  • 2 Ratchet Bomb
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Endbringer
  • 2 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Seal of Cleansing
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Marc Forment – Eldrazi
Artifacts [5]
4 Chalice of the Void
1 Umezawa's Jitte
Creatures [26]
2 Drowner of Hope
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
4 Endless One
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
Instants [4]
2 Dismember
2 Warping Wail
Land [25]
4 Adarkar Wastes
4 Ancient Tomb
3 Cavern of Souls
2 City of Traitors
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Eye of Ugin
1 Karakas
3 Tundra
1 Wastes
Sideboard
2 Pithing Needle
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Endbringer
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Rest in Peace
1 Seal of Cleansing

Asier Picón – Abzan Midrange

Asier Picón – Abzan Midrange

Main Deck
  • 4 Marsh Flats
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 3 Verdant Catacombs
  • 3 Tarmogoyf
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 2 Bayou
  • 1 Plains
  • 3 Gatekeeper of Malakir
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 4 Dark Confidant
  • 1 Volrath's Stronghold
  • 2 Swamp
  • 4 Swords to Plowshares
  • 1 Bloodstained Mire
  • 2 Zealous Persecution
  • 3 Liliana of the Veil
  • 3 Lingering Souls
  • 1 Savannah
  • 4 Tidehollow Sculler
  • 3 Scrubland
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 1 Painful Truths
Sideboard
  • 1 Choke
  • 2 Enlightened Tutor
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Extirpate
  • 1 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Engineered Plague
  • 2 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 1 Disfigure
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Pernicious Deed
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Asier Picón – Abzan Midrange
Main Deck
4 Marsh Flats
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Verdant Catacombs
3 Tarmogoyf
4 Wasteland
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Bayou
1 Plains
3 Gatekeeper of Malakir
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Dark Confidant
1 Volrath's Stronghold
2 Swamp
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Zealous Persecution
3 Liliana of the Veil
3 Lingering Souls
1 Savannah
4 Tidehollow Sculler
3 Scrubland
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Painful Truths
Sideboard
1 Choke
2 Enlightened Tutor
1 Painful Truths
1 Pithing Needle
1 Extirpate
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Engineered Plague
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Disfigure
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Pernicious Deed

Javier Carnicer – Shardless Sultai

Javier Carnicer – Shardless Sultai

Main Deck
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 4 Shardless Agent
  • 3 Baleful Strix
  • 4 Abrupt Decay
  • 3 Force of Will
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 2 Liliana of the Veil
  • 1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 2 Toxic Deluge
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 1 Sylvan Library
  • 4 Ancestral Vision
  • 2 Hymn to Tourach
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 3 Polluted Delta
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Underground Sea
  • 2 Bayou
  • 1 Tropical Island
  • 3 Wasteland
  • 2 Creeping Tar Pit
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 Swamp
Sideboard
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Dismember
  • 1 Null Rod
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 1 Dimir Charm
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Force Of Will
  • 1 Engineered Plague
  • 1 Garruk Relentless / Garruk, the Veil-Cursed
  • 1 Life From The Loam
  • 2 Nihil Spellbomb
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Javier Carnicer – Shardless Sultai
Main Deck
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Shardless Agent
3 Baleful Strix
4 Abrupt Decay
3 Force of Will
4 Brainstorm
2 Liliana of the Veil
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Toxic Deluge
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Sylvan Library
4 Ancestral Vision
2 Hymn to Tourach
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Underground Sea
2 Bayou
1 Tropical Island
3 Wasteland
2 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Forest
1 Swamp
Sideboard
3 Thoughtseize
2 Dismember
1 Null Rod
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Dimir Charm
1 Pithing Needle
1 Force Of Will
1 Engineered Plague
1 Garruk Relentless / Garruk, the Veil-Cursed
1 Life From The Loam
2 Nihil Spellbomb

Joan Anton Mateo – Grixis Delver

Joan Anton Mateo – Grixis Delver

Creatures [14]
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 2 Gurmag Angler
  • 3 Young Pyromancer
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
Instants [18]
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Daze
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
Sorceries [10]
  • 2 Cabal Therapy
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 4 Ponder
Lands [18]
  • 1 Tropical Island
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Wasteland
Sideboard
  • 2 Cabal Therapy
  • 2 Baleful Strix
  • 2 Pyroblast
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Forked Bolt
  • 1 Darkblast
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Winter Orb
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
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Joan Anton Mateo – Grixis Delver
Creatures [14]
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Gurmag Angler
3 Young Pyromancer
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
Instants [18]
1 Dismember
1 Spell Pierce
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
Sorceries [10]
2 Cabal Therapy
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
Lands [18]
1 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
4 Wasteland
Sideboard
2 Cabal Therapy
2 Baleful Strix
2 Pyroblast
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Forked Bolt
1 Darkblast
1 Painful Truths
1 Pithing Needle
1 Winter Orb
1 Engineered Explosives

Ignacio Gonzalez Checa – Storm

Ignacio Gonzalez Checa – Storm

Main Deck
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Ponder
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 4 Dark Ritual
  • 4 Cabal Ritual
  • 4 Infernal Tutor
  • 4 Lion's Eye Diamond
  • 4 Lotus Petal
  • 4 Cabal Therapy
  • 2 Duress
  • 2 Preordain
  • 1 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Grim Tutor
  • 1 Past in Flames
  • 1 Tendrils of Agony
  • 1 Empty the Warrens
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 3 Flooded Strand
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 2 Gemstone Mine
  • 1 Volcanic Island
  • 1 Tropical Island
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Swamp
Sideboard
  • 3 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Xantid Swarm
  • 2 Chain of Vapor
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Massacre
  • 1 Ad Nauseam
  • 1 Tendrils of Agony
  • 1 Hurkyl's Recall
  • 1 Pithing Needle
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Ignacio Gonzalez Checa – Storm
Main Deck
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Dark Ritual
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Lion's Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal
4 Cabal Therapy
2 Duress
2 Preordain
1 Thoughtseize
1 Grim Tutor
1 Past in Flames
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Polluted Delta
3 Flooded Strand
2 Underground Sea
2 Gemstone Mine
1 Volcanic Island
1 Tropical Island
1 Island
1 Swamp
Sideboard
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Xantid Swarm
2 Chain of Vapor
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Massacre
1 Ad Nauseam
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Pithing Needle

Alejandro Henche – Bant

Alejandro Henche – Bant

Main Deck
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 3 Daze
  • 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 4 Stoneforge Mystic
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 4 True-Name Nemesis
  • 4 Swords to Plowshares
  • 2 Vendilion Clique
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 Sword of Fire and Ice
  • 1 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 3 Deathrite Shaman
  • 1 Underground Sea
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 2 Tundra
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 3 Tropical Island
  • 1 Batterskull
  • 1 Sylvan Library
  • 1 Scrubland
  • 1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Sideboard
  • 1 Krosan Grip
  • 1 Invasive Surgery
  • 1 Zealous Persecution
  • 1 Life from the Loan
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 1 Containment Priest
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
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Alejandro Henche – Bant
Main Deck
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Windswept Heath
3 Daze
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Wasteland
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Misty Rainforest
4 True-Name Nemesis
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Vendilion Clique
1 Forest
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa's Jitte
3 Deathrite Shaman
1 Underground Sea
4 Noble Hierarch
2 Tundra
2 Spell Pierce
3 Tropical Island
1 Batterskull
1 Sylvan Library
1 Scrubland
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Sideboard
1 Krosan Grip
1 Invasive Surgery
1 Zealous Persecution
1 Life from the Loan
1 Pithing Needle
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Containment Priest
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Flusterstorm
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Toni Anaya Samblas – Temur Delver

Toni Anaya Samblas – Temur Delver

Main Deck
  • 4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 2 Hooting Mandrills
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Stifle
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Dace
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Fire // Ice
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Ponder
  • 1 Forked Bolt
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 3 Tropical Island
  • 3 Volcanic Island
  • 2 Flooded Strand
  • 2 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Polluted Delta
Sideboard
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 1 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Krosan Grip
  • 2 Submerge
  • 2 Rough // Tumble
  • 2 Price of Progress
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Toni Anaya Samblas – Temur Delver
Main Deck
4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Hooting Mandrills
1 Vendilion Clique
1 True-Name Nemesis
4 Brainstorm
4 Stifle
4 Force of Will
4 Dace
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Spell Snare
1 Spell Pierce
1 Fire // Ice
1 Dismember
4 Ponder
1 Forked Bolt
4 Wasteland
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
2 Flooded Strand
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
Sideboard
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Pyroblast
2 Flusterstorm
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Krosan Grip
2 Submerge
2 Rough // Tumble
2 Price of Progress

Daniel Ballestin – Miracles

Daniel Ballestin – Miracles

Creatures [8]
  • 2 Venser, Shaper Savant
  • 3 Snapcaster Mage
  • 3 Vendilion Clique
Instants [11]
  • 3 Swords to Plowshares
  • 4 Brainstorm
  • 4 Force of Will
Sorceries [9]
  • 2 Entreat the Angels
  • 3 Ponder
  • 4 Terminus
Enchantments [4]
  • 4 Counterbalance
Planeswalkers [2]
  • 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Artifacts [4]
  • 4 Sensei's Divining Top
Lands [22]
  • 1 Arid Mesa
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 2 Karakas
  • 2 Plains
  • 2 Tundra
  • 2 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 4 Island
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
Sideboard
  • 1 Swords to Plowshares
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 2 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Moat
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Blood Moon
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
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Daniel Ballestin – Miracles
Creatures [8]
2 Venser, Shaper Savant
3 Snapcaster Mage
3 Vendilion Clique
Instants [11]
3 Swords to Plowshares
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
Sorceries [9]
2 Entreat the Angels
3 Ponder
4 Terminus
Enchantments [4]
4 Counterbalance
Planeswalkers [2]
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Artifacts [4]
4 Sensei's Divining Top
Lands [22]
1 Arid Mesa
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Karakas
2 Plains
2 Tundra
2 Volcanic Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Island
4 Scalding Tarn
Sideboard
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Pithing Needle
1 Pyroblast
1 Wear // Tear
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Red Elemental Blast
1 Moat
2 Flusterstorm
2 Rest in Peace
2 Blood Moon
1 Izzet Staticaster

Final: Marc Forment Cano vs. Alejandro Henche

We had seen both of these players successfully navigate complicated Top 8 feature matches before. Now it was time to crown a champion and find a new owner for a trophy and a combined 1,500 Euros worth of MKM vouchers! Game 1 Alejandro went first after taking a...

Semifinal: Toni Anaya vs. Marc Forment Cano

Out of an original field of 151 players, now only four players remained to fight for their shot at the finals and, later, the grand prize of 1,000 Euros in MKM credit. This semifinal pitted Toni Anya and his green-blue-red {Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration}...

Quarterfinal: Javier Carnicer vs. Alejandro Henche

This quarterfinal match pitted Javier Carnicer and his Shardless Sultai against Alejandro Henche's unusual Bant deck. Blue midrange decks like these had been a rare sight in Legacy not too long ago; nowadays, in response to ever increasing numbers of {Chalice of the...

Quick Question: The Top 3 Decks in Legacy

The invasion of the Eldrazi has set the Legacy format in turmoil. Between their {Chalice of the Void} and the constant increase in popularity of Miracles and its {Counterbalance}, Delver decks have taken a huge hit. Meanwhile, Shardless Sultai with its {Abrupt Decay}...

Quick Question: Eldritch Moon in Legacy

The Eldritch Moon was rising and soon would turn the tides of various formats. The new set would obviously have the most influence in Standard, but there were definitely a few candidates that might play a role in a few of the larger formats as well. We asked a couple...

Interview: Grand Prix Champion Rodrigo Togores

Rodrigo Togores had already had his first taste of success and made a name for himself on the MKM Series, with four Top 8s across Modern, Legacy, and Vintage, when he entered Grand Prix Prague four weeks ago. By the end of that weekend, he had added another big finish...

Legacy Trial Final: Enrico Viti vs. Jose Julian Quintanilla

When asked about the best three Legacy decks at the moment, Jose named Miracles, Grixis Delver, and Eldrazi, but his deck list revealed that he brought something else to the table himself today. The same was true for Enrico, as the matchup in the final of this trial...

Metagame Breakdown

Take a look at the most popular decks in our Legacy main event of the MKM Series Madrid 2016. 151 players preferred to play with dual lands and Brainstorms today in this long weekend filled with all kinds of exciting Magic tournaments. Delver decks were leading the pack once again today with 25 copies in the field, but only if you group them all together in one category. One could also break this archetype down into 11 Grixis Delver, 8 Sultai Delver, and 6 Temur Delver decks. Looking at it this way, Miracles would be the most played deck with Storm and Shardless following closely behind. The Eldrazi have infested Legacy as well, but are a little underrepresented at only seven copies today. It will be interesting to see the conversion rates once we have found our Top8 composition.

Legend

  • 25 Delver
  • 14 Miracles
  • 12 Storm
  • 12 Shardless BUG
  • 9 Lands
  • 8 Sneak & Show
  • 7 Death & Taxes
  • 7 Eldrazi
  • 7 Stoneblade
  • 6 Burn
  • 5 Infect
  • 39 Other

Event Photos

These were the last tables of the Legacy main event.
Slowly, we wanted to work our way forward...
The venue was extremely packed, thanks to the WMCQ that took place at the same time.
328 players showed up for the WMCQ...
... but Legacy also attracted some 140 players!
Currently, round 4 was underway!