Modern Coverage MKM Series Madrid 2016

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Madrid

321 players sleeved up for our Modern main event, many of whom prepared for Sunday's World Magic Cup Qualifier. 321 players meant nine rounds of Swiss, followed by the Top 8, to determine our new Modern champion who would walk away with the trophy as well as the grand prize of 1,200 Euros in MKM credit!

At the last event of the MKM Series in Frankfurt, barely two months ago, the Modern Top 8 had featured eight different decks, from Urzatron to Jund, from Infect to Scapeshift, from Jeskai Control to Affinity, from Ad Nauseam to Eldrazi. Today's last remaining competitors, among them a couple of our MKM Series regulars, came close and put seven different decks into the Top 8: Jund, Faeries, Kiki-Chord, Abzan Company, Infect, Merfolk, and a pair of Abzan Midrange decks!

In a very contested final, it was Javier Faustino and his Abzan Company deck that was able to overcome Jose Gómez Porral and his take on the Jund archetype. Congratulations to our latest MKM Series champion as well as the remaining Top 8 competitors!

Congratulations to Javier Faustino, Champion of our Modern Main Event!

Jose Gómez Porral
(Jund)
2

Carlos Moral
(Faeries)
1

Alberto Galicia
(Abzan Midrange)
0

Adrian Lomas
(Abzan Midrange)
2

Borja de los Rios
(Kiki-Chord)
1

Javier Faustino
(Abzan Company)
2

Cristian Retuerta
(Blue-Green Infect)
2

Carlos Oliveros
(Merfolk)
1

Jose Gómez Porral
(Jund)
2

Adrian Lomas
(Abzan Midrange)
1

Javier Faustino
(Abzan Company)
2

Cristian Retuerta
(Blue-Green Infect)
0

Jose Gómez Porral
(Jund)
1

Javier Faustino
(Abzan Company)
2

Javier Faustino
(Abzan Company)

Top 8 Decklists

Alberto Galicia – Abzan Midrange

Alberto Galicia – Rock

Creatures (13)
  • 3 Dark Confidant
  • 3 Scavenging Ooze
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Spells (23)
  • 1 Slaughter Pact
  • 1 Disfigure
  • 3 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 3 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Victim of Night
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Liliana of the Veil
  • 4 Lingering Souls
  • 2 Maelstrom Pulse
Lands (24)
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 3 Marsh Flats
  • 2 Overgrown Tomb
  • 2 Swamp
  • 4 Tectonic Edge
  • 1 Temple Garden
  • 2 Treetop Village
  • 2 Twilight Mire
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 1 Windswept Heath
Sideboard (15)
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Disfigure
  • 1 Duress
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 4 Fulminator Mage
  • 2 Kitchen Finks
  • 2 Damnation
  • 1 Languish
  • 1 Thrun, the Last Troll
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Alberto Galicia – Rock
Creatures (13)
3 Dark Confidant
3 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Spells (23)
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Disfigure
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Thoughtseize
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Victim of Night
1 Dismember
4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Lingering Souls
2 Maelstrom Pulse
Lands (24)
1 Forest
1 Godless Shrine
3 Marsh Flats
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Swamp
4 Tectonic Edge
1 Temple Garden
2 Treetop Village
2 Twilight Mire
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Windswept Heath
Sideboard (15)
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Disfigure
1 Duress
2 Surgical Extraction
4 Fulminator Mage
2 Kitchen Finks
2 Damnation
1 Languish
1 Thrun, the Last Troll

Adrian Lomas – Abzan Midrange

Adrian Lomas – Junk

Main Deck
  • 1 Kitchen Finks
  • 3 Scavenging Ooze
  • 3 Siege Rhino
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 1 Tasigur the Golden Fang
  • 4 Abrupt Decay
  • 4 Path to Exile
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Zealous Persecution
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Lingering Souls
  • 3 Liliana of the Veil
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Temple Garden
  • 2 Overgrown Tomb
  • 1 Shambling Vent
  • 2 Stirring Wildwood
  • 2 Swamp
  • 1 Vault of the Archangel
  • 1 Twilight Mire
  • 2 Marsh Flats
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 1 Hissing Quagmire
Sideboard
  • 1 Duress
  • 3 Fulminator Mage
  • 2 Kitchen Finks
  • 1 Damnation
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Flaying Tendrils
  • 3 Stony Silence
  • 1 Aven Mindcensor
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Adrian Lomas – Junk
Main Deck
1 Kitchen Finks
3 Scavenging Ooze
3 Siege Rhino
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Tasigur the Golden Fang
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Path to Exile
1 Dismember
1 Zealous Persecution
1 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Thoughtseize
4 Lingering Souls
3 Liliana of the Veil
1 Forest
1 Godless Shrine
1 Plains
1 Temple Garden
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Shambling Vent
2 Stirring Wildwood
2 Swamp
1 Vault of the Archangel
1 Twilight Mire
2 Marsh Flats
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
1 Hissing Quagmire
Sideboard
1 Duress
3 Fulminator Mage
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Damnation
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Pithing Needle
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Flaying Tendrils
3 Stony Silence
1 Aven Mindcensor

Borja de los Rios – Kiki-Chord

Borja de los Rios – Junk

Creatures
  • 1 Fulminator Mage
  • 1 Qasali Pridemage
  • 1 Noble Hierarch
  • 1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
  • 1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
  • 1 Glen Elendra Archmage
  • 1 Deceiver Exarch
  • 3 Wall of Omens
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 2 Restoration Angel
  • 3 Voice of Resurgence
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • 2 Eternal Witness
  • 4 Birds of Paradise
  • 2 Wall of Roots
Spells
  • 4 Nahiri, the Harbinger
  • 4 Chord of Calling
  • 4 Path to Exile
Lands
  • 2 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 1 Sacred Foundry
  • 1 Breeding Pool
  • 1 Hallowed Fountain
  • 1 Horizon Canopy
  • 1 Raging Ravine
  • 1 Temple Garden
  • 2 Forest
  • 1 Fire-Lit Thicket
  • 2 Razorverge Thicket
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Plains
Sideboard
  • 1 Kataki, War's Wage
  • 1 Fulminator Mage
  • 2 Unified Will
  • 2 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • 1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 2 Lightning Helix
  • 1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
  • 1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
  • 1 Bonfire of the Damned
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Borja de los Rios – Junk
Creatures
1 Fulminator Mage
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Noble Hierarch
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
1 Glen Elendra Archmage
1 Deceiver Exarch
3 Wall of Omens
1 Spellskite
2 Restoration Angel
3 Voice of Resurgence
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Eternal Witness
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Wall of Roots
Spells
4 Nahiri, the Harbinger
4 Chord of Calling
4 Path to Exile
Lands
2 Stomping Ground
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Breeding Pool
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Horizon Canopy
1 Raging Ravine
1 Temple Garden
2 Forest
1 Fire-Lit Thicket
2 Razorverge Thicket
1 Mountain
1 Plains
Sideboard
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Fulminator Mage
2 Unified Will
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Reclamation Sage
2 Lightning Helix
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Bonfire of the Damned

Javier Faustino – Abzan Company

Javier Faustino – Abzan Company

Creatures [29]
  • 1 Fiend Hunter
  • 1 Murderous Redcap
  • 1 Qasali Pridemage
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 2 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
  • 2 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
  • 2 Wall of Roots
  • 4 Eternal Witness
  • 3 Noble Hierarch
  • 3 Viscera Seer
  • 4 Birds of Paradise
  • 4 Kitchen Finks
Instants [8]
  • 4 Chord of Calling
  • 4 Collected Company
Lands [23]
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 1 Overgrown Tomb
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Razorverge Thicket
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Forest
  • 2 Temple Garden
  • 3 Gavony Township
  • 3 Horizon Canopy
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Windswept Heath
Sideboard:
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 1 Aven Mindcensor
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 3 Path to Exile
  • 2 Tidehollow Sculler
  • 1 Pharika, God of Affliction
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Fulminator Mage
  • 1 Orzhov Pontiff
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Javier Faustino – Abzan Company
Creatures [29]
1 Fiend Hunter
1 Murderous Redcap
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Spellskite
2 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
2 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
2 Wall of Roots
4 Eternal Witness
3 Noble Hierarch
3 Viscera Seer
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Kitchen Finks
Instants [8]
4 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
Lands [23]
1 Godless Shrine
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Plains
1 Razorverge Thicket
1 Swamp
2 Forest
2 Temple Garden
3 Gavony Township
3 Horizon Canopy
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
Sideboard:
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Aven Mindcensor
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Abrupt Decay
3 Path to Exile
2 Tidehollow Sculler
1 Pharika, God of Affliction
2 Thoughtseize
1 Fulminator Mage
1 Orzhov Pontiff

Carlos Moral – Faeries

Carlos Moral – Faeries

Creatures (12)
  • 4 Spellstutter Sprite
  • 4 Vendilion Clique
  • 4 Mistbind Clique
Spells (24)
  • 4 Ancestral Vision
  • 3 Disfigure
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 4 Bitterblossom
  • 4 Mana Leak
  • 4 Liliana of the Veil
  • 3 Cryptic Command
Lands (24)
  • 2 Creeping Tar Pit
  • 4 Darkslick Shores
  • 3 Island
  • 4 Mutavault
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 1 River of Tears
  • 4 Secluded Glen
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Watery Grave
Sideboard
  • 1 Disfigure
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Ratchet Bomb
  • 2 Smother
  • 1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
  • 3 Flaying Tendrils
  • 3 Leyline of the Void
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Carlos Moral – Faeries
Creatures (12)
4 Spellstutter Sprite
4 Vendilion Clique
4 Mistbind Clique
Spells (24)
4 Ancestral Vision
3 Disfigure
2 Spell Snare
4 Bitterblossom
4 Mana Leak
4 Liliana of the Veil
3 Cryptic Command
Lands (24)
2 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Darkslick Shores
3 Island
4 Mutavault
4 Polluted Delta
1 River of Tears
4 Secluded Glen
1 Swamp
1 Watery Grave
Sideboard
1 Disfigure
3 Thoughtseize
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Smother
1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
3 Flaying Tendrils
3 Leyline of the Void

Carlos Oliveros – Merfolk

Carlos Oliveros – Merfolk

Main Deck
  • 14 Island
  • 4 Mutavault
  • 1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
  • 4 Cursecatcher
  • 3 Harbinger of the Tides
  • 4 Lord of Atlantis
  • 4 Master of the Pearl Trident
  • 4 Master of Waves
  • 4 Merrow Reejerey
  • 1 Phantasmal Image
  • 4 Silvergill Adept
  • 4 Æther Vial
  • 1 Dismember
  • 2 Remand
  • 4 Spreading Seas
  • 2 Vapor Snag
Sideboard (15)
  • 2 Dismember
  • 2 Dispel
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Remand
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Carlos Oliveros – Merfolk
Main Deck
14 Island
4 Mutavault
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
4 Cursecatcher
3 Harbinger of the Tides
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Master of Waves
4 Merrow Reejerey
1 Phantasmal Image
4 Silvergill Adept
4 Æther Vial
1 Dismember
2 Remand
4 Spreading Seas
2 Vapor Snag
Sideboard (15)
2 Dismember
2 Dispel
2 Spell Pierce
1 Chalice of the Void
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Remand

Jose Manuel Gómez Porral – Jund

Jose Manuel Gomez Porral – Jund

Main Deck
  • 1 Grim Lavamancer
  • 3 Dark Confidant
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 2 Kalitas of Traitor of Ghet
  • 1 Kitchen Finks
  • 3 Scavenging Ooze
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Kolaghan's Command
  • 3 Terminate
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 4 Lliliana of the Veil
  • 2 Swamp
  • 1 Forest
  • 2 Overgrown Tomb
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Stomping Ground
  • 3 Raging Ravine
  • 4 Blackcleave Cliffs
  • 1 Twilled Mire
  • 4 Verdant Catacobms
  • 3 Bloodstained Mire
  • 2 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard
  • 1 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Duress
  • 1 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Abrupt Decay
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Kitchen Finks
  • 3 Fulminator Mage
  • 1 Anger of the Gods
  • 1 Obstinate Baloth
  • 1 Damnation
  • 1 Thrun the last Troll
  • 1 Night of Soul's Betrayal
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Jose Manuel Gomez Porral – Jund
Main Deck
1 Grim Lavamancer
3 Dark Confidant
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Kalitas of Traitor of Ghet
1 Kitchen Finks
3 Scavenging Ooze
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Kolaghan's Command
3 Terminate
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Thoughtseize
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lliliana of the Veil
2 Swamp
1 Forest
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Blood Crypt
1 Stomping Ground
3 Raging Ravine
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Twilled Mire
4 Verdant Catacobms
3 Bloodstained Mire
2 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard
1 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Kitchen Finks
3 Fulminator Mage
1 Anger of the Gods
1 Obstinate Baloth
1 Damnation
1 Thrun the last Troll
1 Night of Soul's Betrayal

Cristian Retuerta – Green-Blue Infect

Cristian Retuerta – UG Infect

Main Deck
  • 3 Forest
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Pendelhaven
  • 1 Dryad Arbor
  • 2 Breeding Pool
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 1 Windswept Heath
  • 3 Wooded Foodhills
  • 3 Become Inmense
  • 4 Vines of Vastwood
  • 2 Groundswell
  • 3 Might of old Krosa
  • 2 Mutagenic Growth
  • 2 Apostle's Blessing
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 3 Gitaxian Probe
  • 1 Twisted Image
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Rancor
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
  • 1 Gut Shot
  • 1 Viridian Corrupter
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 4 Glistener Elf
  • 4 Blighted Agent
Sideboard
  • 4 Tarmogoyf
  • 3 Kitchen Finks
  • 3 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Dispel
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Unravel the Aether
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Cristian Retuerta – UG Infect
Main Deck
3 Forest
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Pendelhaven
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Breeding Pool
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Windswept Heath
3 Wooded Foodhills
3 Become Inmense
4 Vines of Vastwood
2 Groundswell
3 Might of old Krosa
2 Mutagenic Growth
2 Apostle's Blessing
2 Spell Pierce
3 Gitaxian Probe
1 Twisted Image
1 Dismember
1 Rancor
1 Snapcaster Mage
1 Gut Shot
1 Viridian Corrupter
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Glistener Elf
4 Blighted Agent
Sideboard
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Kitchen Finks
3 Nature's Claim
2 Dispel
1 Dismember
1 Pithing Needle
1 Unravel the Aether

Final: Jose Gómez Porral vs. Javier Faustino

After nine rounds of Swiss and two elimination matches, only two of the original 321 competitors remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. In one corner, we had Javier Faustino playing the combolicious Abzan Company. Sitting...

Semifinal: Cristian Retuerta vs. Javier Faustino

When you are playing Infect you probably don't want to be paired versus a deck featuring main deck hate, but exactly this happened to Cristian in the Semi Final where he faced Javier with his Melira Combo deck. Game one: Cristian went first, after Javier had...

Quarterfinal: Jose Manuel Gómez Porral vs. Carlos Moral

When asked about his previous Magic accomplishments Jose Manuel Gómez Porral just answered, "Nothing noteworthy." That made him the underdog in this match against Carlos Moral, as Moral could boast a Top 8 at a Modern Grand Prix a couple of years ago as well as a Top...

Round 9: Omar Diez vs. Cristian Retuerta

With records of 7-1 in the tournament so far, both of these players needed one more win to secure a Top 8 berth. When asked for their previous Magic accomplishments, Cristian Retuerta just shrugged and Omar Diez laughed and shook his head. "We won a couple of PTQs,"...

Quick Question: The Top 3 Decks in Modern

Modern has a long tradition as a format with a vast variety of viable deck archetypes. But which three decks should be considered the top three in the current metagame? We asked players for their opinion … Sometime PT and WMC competitor Sergio García: "Red-White-Blue...

Quick Question: Eldritch Moon in Modern

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...

Trial Winner: Iñaki Martinez with Urzatron

The finals of Friday's fourth Modern Trial pitted Iñaki Martinez against Rodrigo Arismendi. Arismendi had brought a white and black version of Death and Taxes with the interesting addition of ten Eldrazi. {Tidehollow Sculler} into {Wasteland Strangler} is quite the...

Trial Winner: Sergio García with Kiki-Chord

Sergio García triumphed in the finals of Modern Trial number three. His opponent, fellow Spaniard Marco Silva, was playing Jund, but in the attrition war between two midrange decks his was no match for García's four-colored monstrosity. García's deck featured a {Chord...

Trial Winner: Mario Villa with Affinity

Mario Villa became the second champion of the weekend when he won Modern Trial number two on Friday. Playing Affinity, the 27 year old from Madrid was able to defeat José Gijon's Jund in the finals, despite the latter's barrage of {Lightning Bolt}s, {Terminate}s, and...

Trial Winner: Ramon Sanchez with Blitz Zoo

Friday was the day for Trials. 16 players could enter into a single-elimination tournament and the winner would walk away with a first-round bye and free entry for the main event of the same format. The first events to fill up were the Modern Trials and the first...

Metagame Breakdown

321 players running about 40 different archetypes. That's the kind of diversity you only get to see in Modern. Even the most popular decks, Jund and Affinity, only just broke the ten percent threshold.

And there was quite a bit of variety even within the categories listed here. Some Zoo players went all out on the aggressive beatdown plan with lots of 1-drops and Reckless Bushwhacker, for example, while others opted for a higher creature curve going all the way to Knight of the Reliquary. Almost half of the Tron players combined their Urza's Towers and Co. with Islands rather than the traditional green and red.

Not to mention all the decks listed under “Other.” Abzan Midrange, Living End, Ad Nauseam, Kiki-Chord, and even Dredge all came close to three percent of the total field. Eldrazi, White-Black Tokens, Scapeshift, Storm, Death and Taxes, Through the Breach, and, curiously enough, some dedicated Mill decks (think Archive Trap, Hedron Crab, et cetera) broke the one-percent barrier!

So Modern once again gave us exactly the metagame we had come to expect: wildly diverse with but a few pillars of the format to rely on.

 

Legend

  • 12.0 % Jund
  • 10.0 % Affinity
  • 7.3 % Zoo
  • 6.7 % Jeskai Nahiri
  • 6.7 % Infect
  • 5.3 % Urzatron
  • 4.7 % Merfolk
  • 4.7 % Grixis Delver/Control
  • 4.0 % Burn
  • 3.3 % Goryo's Vengeance
  • 3.3 % Abzan Company
  • 32.0 % Others

Event Photos

The venue was rather packed with 321 players battling it out.
Round 3 just started.
It was still early in the game for these guys that were all undefeated at this point.
Naturally, everyone wanted to add another win to ensure they were on track to reaching the Top 8.
In the left half of the venue, most of the Modern players found their seat.
Magic is a game attracting players of all ages.
And, of course, various nationalities. Today, we saw plenty of Spanish players going up against some Magicians from the rest of Europe that wanted to travel home with a trophy in their backpack.
These two had just finished their game; there was an army of white tokens that decided the game in the gentleman with the blue shirt's favor.
The game on the right seemed a bit more interesting for these two.
He stood to his team even after they been eliminated from UEFA's European Championship.
They might have been cheering for different teams, but they still seemed to get along well.
The higher tables of the Modern event could be found in the right half of the room at the very back.
That means that most of the guys that lost this round were now 0 - 3 and quite a few felt like dropping after the bad start.
The room was lit nicely, so it was less likely that many of our players would tire super fast during the day.
As always, our helpful judges made sure that players received quick answers to all of their questions.
Sometimes, if they didn't speak the same language, hands were used to communicate. That worked rather well.
The weather report for Madrid was a bit misleading; it didn't mention any storms...
His body language tells us that he wasn't too happy with the way this game was going.