Vintage Coverage MKM Series Madrid 2016

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All weekend long the event hall was mostly packed with afficionados of the larger formats; masters of Modern, lovers of Legacy, and veterans of Vintage. But today, 22 brave players entered the Standard main event to play for fame and fortune instead of trying their luck in the WMCQ that attracted 328 players or the Legacy event where 151 players sleeved up.

Over the last couple of weeks Standard had been increasingly dominated by decks from the green, white, and blue color spectrum: Bant Company, Humans, Green-White Tokens, with the occasional White-Black Control in between. One of the big questions going into the tournament was whether players would find different solutions to the puzzle of the ever-evolving Standard metagame? Or would Tokens or Company take yet another title?

While we did see some innovation in our small field, Santiago Ballestero proved that GW Tokens are still the deck to beat and he piloted his version of the archetype to a convincing 2-0 victory in the finals against the Eldrazi build of Carlos Victor Vasquez!

Congratulations to the Spaniard who left the capital with a 600 € MKM voucher and a brand new trophy!

Santiago Ballestero overcame fierce competition and became the champion of the Standard main event of MKM Series Madrid 2016!

Raúl Vallejo
2

Marc Cabrer
0

Santiago Ballestero
2

Marc Martínez
0

Juan Morillo Fernández
2

Adrián Díez
1

Carlos Victor Vasquez
2

Enrique Diaz
0

Marc Cabrer
0

Santiago Ballestero
2

Juan Morillo Fernández
0

Carlos Victor Vasquez
2

Santiago Ballestero
2

Carlos Victor Vasquez
0

Santiago Ballestero

Top 8 Decklists

Adrián Díez – R/G Ramp

Adrián Díez – R/G Ramp

Main Deck
  • 4 Sylvan Advocate
  • 11 Forest
  • 3 Oath of Nissa
  • 2 Chandra, Flamecaller
  • 4 Explosive Vegetation
  • 2 Conduit of Ruin
  • 4 Nissa's Pilgrimage
  • 1 Sin Prodder
  • 2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
  • 4 Tireless Tracker
  • 3 Kozilek's Return
  • 1 Foundry of the Consuls
  • 2 Cinder Glade
  • 1 Hedron Archive
  • 2 Hangarback Walker
  • 5 Mountain
  • 3 Worldbreaker
  • 3 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 3 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
Sideboard
  • 2 Clip Wings
  • 2 Roast
  • 2 Gaea's Revenge
  • 2 Nissa's Renewal
  • 2 Revealing Wind
  • 1 Chandra, Flamecaller
  • 2 Dragonlord Atarka
  • 2 Reality Smasher
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Adrián Díez – R/G Ramp
Main Deck
4 Sylvan Advocate
11 Forest
3 Oath of Nissa
2 Chandra, Flamecaller
4 Explosive Vegetation
2 Conduit of Ruin
4 Nissa's Pilgrimage
1 Sin Prodder
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
4 Tireless Tracker
3 Kozilek's Return
1 Foundry of the Consuls
2 Cinder Glade
1 Hedron Archive
2 Hangarback Walker
5 Mountain
3 Worldbreaker
3 Sanctum of Ugin
3 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
Sideboard
2 Clip Wings
2 Roast
2 Gaea's Revenge
2 Nissa's Renewal
2 Revealing Wind
1 Chandra, Flamecaller
2 Dragonlord Atarka
2 Reality Smasher

Marc Arbona – White Humans

Marc Arbona – White Humans

Creatures [30]
  • 4 Expedition Envoy
  • 2 Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader
  • 3 Anointer of Champions
  • 3 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
  • 3 Dragon Hunter
  • 4 Knight of the White Orchid
  • 4 Thalia's Lieutenant
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Town Gossipmonger / Incited Rabble
Sorceries [4]
  • 4 Declaration in Stone
Enchantments [8]
  • 4 Always Watching
  • 3 Gryff's Boon
Lands [18]
  • 4 Battlefield Forge
  • 14 Plains
Sideboard
  • 2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Needle Spires
  • 4 Reckless Bushwhacker
  • 1 Secure the Wastes
  • 1 Silkwrap
  • 2 Stasis Snare
  • 1 Gryff's Boon
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Marc Arbona – White Humans
Creatures [30]
4 Expedition Envoy
2 Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader
3 Anointer of Champions
3 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
3 Dragon Hunter
4 Knight of the White Orchid
4 Thalia's Lieutenant
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Town Gossipmonger / Incited Rabble
Sorceries [4]
4 Declaration in Stone
Enchantments [8]
4 Always Watching
3 Gryff's Boon
Lands [18]
4 Battlefield Forge
14 Plains
Sideboard
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Needle Spires
4 Reckless Bushwhacker
1 Secure the Wastes
1 Silkwrap
2 Stasis Snare
1 Gryff's Boon

Raúl Vallejo – U/R Flyers

Raúl Vallejo – U/R Flyers

Main Deck
  • 4 Icefall Regent
  • 4 Thunderbreak Regent
  • 4 Exquisite Firecraft
  • 4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
  • 4 Draconic Roar
  • 4 Silumgar's Scorn
  • 4 Rattlechains
  • 4 Dimensional Infiltrator
  • 3 Fiery Impulse
  • 4 Wandering Fumarole
  • 4 Highland Lake
  • 4 Shivan Reef
  • 2 Yamivaya Coast
  • 2 Battlefield Forge
  • 5 Island
  • 4 Mountain
Sideboard
  • 1 Fiery Impulse
  • 3 Negate
  • 3 Seismic Rupture
  • 4 Fevered Visions
  • 4 Reality Smasher
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Raúl Vallejo – U/R Flyers
Main Deck
4 Icefall Regent
4 Thunderbreak Regent
4 Exquisite Firecraft
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
4 Draconic Roar
4 Silumgar's Scorn
4 Rattlechains
4 Dimensional Infiltrator
3 Fiery Impulse
4 Wandering Fumarole
4 Highland Lake
4 Shivan Reef
2 Yamivaya Coast
2 Battlefield Forge
5 Island
4 Mountain
Sideboard
1 Fiery Impulse
3 Negate
3 Seismic Rupture
4 Fevered Visions
4 Reality Smasher

Marc Cabrer Capo – G/W Tokens

Marc Cabrer Capo – G/W Tokens

Main Deck
  • 9 Forest
  • 8 Plains
  • 4 Canopy Vista
  • 4 Fortified Village
  • 4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Hangarback Walker
  • 1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 4 Sylvan Advocate
  • 3 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher
  • 1 Den Protector
  • 4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 4 Dromoka's Command
  • 3 Oath of Nissa
  • 2 Tragic Arrogance
  • 1 Evolutionary Leap
Sideboard
  • 2 Linvala the Preserver
  • 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
  • 2 Den Protector
  • 2 Knight of the White Orchid
  • 2 Declaration in Stone
  • 2 Stasis Snare
  • 1 Planar Outburst
  • 1 Hallowed Moonlight
  • 1 Quarantine Field
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Marc Cabrer Capo – G/W Tokens
Main Deck
9 Forest
8 Plains
4 Canopy Vista
4 Fortified Village
4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Hangarback Walker
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
4 Sylvan Advocate
3 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher
1 Den Protector
4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Dromoka's Command
3 Oath of Nissa
2 Tragic Arrogance
1 Evolutionary Leap
Sideboard
2 Linvala the Preserver
2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer / Nissa, Sage Animist
2 Den Protector
2 Knight of the White Orchid
2 Declaration in Stone
2 Stasis Snare
1 Planar Outburst
1 Hallowed Moonlight
1 Quarantine Field

Enrique Diaz – Abzan Ramp

Enrique Diaz – Abzan Ramp

Lands
  • 3 Evolving Wilds
  • 7 Forest
  • 2 Hissing Quagmire
  • 3 Plains
  • 1 Sea Gate Wreckage
  • 2 Shambling Vent
  • 4 Swamp
  • 2 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
Spells
  • 2 Declaration in Stone
  • 2 Duress
  • 2 Explosive Vegetation
  • 3 Languish
  • 2 Nissa's Pilgrimage
  • 2 Nissa's Renewal
  • 2 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
  • 4 Oath of Nissa
  • 2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  • 2 Transgress the Mind
Creatures
  • 3 Sylvan Advocate
  • 3 Tireless Tracker
  • 2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
  • 3 World Breaker
Sideboard
  • 2 Anguished Unmaking
  • 2 Transgress the Mind
  • 2 Infinite Obliteration
  • 2 Duress
  • 2 Declaration in Stone
  • 1 Ruinous Path
  • 1 Secure the Wastes
  • 1 Gaea's Revenge
  • 2 Dark Petition
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Enrique Diaz – Abzan Ramp
Lands
3 Evolving Wilds
7 Forest
2 Hissing Quagmire
3 Plains
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
2 Shambling Vent
4 Swamp
2 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
Spells
2 Declaration in Stone
2 Duress
2 Explosive Vegetation
3 Languish
2 Nissa's Pilgrimage
2 Nissa's Renewal
2 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
4 Oath of Nissa
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
2 Transgress the Mind
Creatures
3 Sylvan Advocate
3 Tireless Tracker
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
3 World Breaker
Sideboard
2 Anguished Unmaking
2 Transgress the Mind
2 Infinite Obliteration
2 Duress
2 Declaration in Stone
1 Ruinous Path
1 Secure the Wastes
1 Gaea's Revenge
2 Dark Petition

Santiago Ballestero – G/W Tokens

Santiago Ballestero – G/W Tokens

Main Deck
  • 8 Forest
  • 7 Plains
  • 4 Canopy Vista
  • 2 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
  • 4 Fortified Village
  • 4 Sylvan Advocate
  • 4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 4 Hangarback Walker
  • 2 Den Protector
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
  • 4 Dromoka's Command
  • 2 Secure the Wastes
  • 2 Tragic Arrogance
  • 1 Evolutionary Leap
  • 4 Oath of Nissa
Sideboard
  • 1 Planar Outburst
  • 2 Hallowed Moonlight
  • 1 Tragic Arrogance
  • 1 Dragonlord Dromoka
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
  • 1 Evolutionary Leap
  • 2 Stasis Snare
  • 1 Angelic Purge
  • 2 Declaration in Stone
  • 3 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher
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Santiago Ballestero – G/W Tokens
Main Deck
8 Forest
7 Plains
4 Canopy Vista
2 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
4 Fortified Village
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Hangarback Walker
2 Den Protector
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
4 Dromoka's Command
2 Secure the Wastes
2 Tragic Arrogance
1 Evolutionary Leap
4 Oath of Nissa
Sideboard
1 Planar Outburst
2 Hallowed Moonlight
1 Tragic Arrogance
1 Dragonlord Dromoka
1 Linvala, the Preserver
1 Evolutionary Leap
2 Stasis Snare
1 Angelic Purge
2 Declaration in Stone
3 Lambholt Pacifist / Lambholt Butcher

Carlos Victor Vásquez – B/G Company-Rites

Carlos Victor Vásquez – B/G Company-Rites

Creatures [30]
  • 2 Liliana, Heretical Healer / Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
  • 4 Blisterpod
  • 4 Catacomb Sifter
  • 4 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
  • 4 Elvish Visionary
  • 4 Loam Dryad
  • 4 Nantuko Husk
  • 4 Zulaport Cutthroat
Instants [4]
  • 4 Collected Company
Enchantments [3]
  • 3 Cryptolith Rite
Lands [23]
  • 3 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
  • 4 Hissing Quagmire
  • 4 Llanowar Wastes
  • 4 Swamp
  • 8 Forest
Sideboard
  • 1 Vile Redeemer
  • 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 3 Transgress the Mind
  • 4 Ultimate Price
  • 2 Virulent Plague
  • 2 Ulvenwald Mysteries
  • 1 Fleshbag Marauder
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Carlos Victor Vásquez – B/G Company-Rites
Creatures [30]
2 Liliana, Heretical Healer / Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
4 Blisterpod
4 Catacomb Sifter
4 Duskwatch Recruiter / Krallenhorde Howler
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Loam Dryad
4 Nantuko Husk
4 Zulaport Cutthroat
Instants [4]
4 Collected Company
Enchantments [3]
3 Cryptolith Rite
Lands [23]
3 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
4 Hissing Quagmire
4 Llanowar Wastes
4 Swamp
8 Forest
Sideboard
1 Vile Redeemer
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Transgress the Mind
4 Ultimate Price
2 Virulent Plague
2 Ulvenwald Mysteries
1 Fleshbag Marauder

Juan Luis Morillo Fernández – White Humans

Juan Luis Morillo Fernández – White Humans

Creatures [31]
  • 2 Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader
  • 2 Anointer of Champions
  • 4 Expedition Envoy
  • 3 Kytheon, Hero of Akros / Gideon, Battle-Forged
  • 4 Dragon Hunter
  • 4 Knight of the White Orchid
  • 4 Thalia's Lieutenant
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Town Gossipmonger / Incited Rabble
Sorceries [4]
  • 4 Declaration in Stone
Enchantments [7]
  • 3 Gryff's Boon
  • 4 Always Watching
Lands [18]
  • 4 Battlefield Forge
  • 14 Plains
Sideboard
  • 4 Reckless Bushwhacker
  • 2 Silkwrap
  • 2 Stasis Snare
  • 1 Secure the Wastes
  • 2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Needle Spires
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Juan Luis Morillo Fernández – White Humans
Creatures [31]
2 Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader
2 Anointer of Champions
4 Expedition Envoy
3 Kytheon, Hero of Akros / Gideon, Battle-Forged
4 Dragon Hunter
4 Knight of the White Orchid
4 Thalia's Lieutenant
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Town Gossipmonger / Incited Rabble
Sorceries [4]
4 Declaration in Stone
Enchantments [7]
3 Gryff's Boon
4 Always Watching
Lands [18]
4 Battlefield Forge
14 Plains
Sideboard
4 Reckless Bushwhacker
2 Silkwrap
2 Stasis Snare
1 Secure the Wastes
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Needle Spires

Final: Santiago Ballestero vs. Carlos Victor Vásquez

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Metagame Breakdown

22 players made for a somewhat smaller field than expected. As such, the following breakdown may not be that very representative of Standard at the moment. But at least there was a decent level of diversity in evidence, with no archetype piloted by more than four players. And this time, the Standard tables weren't a sea of green-white-blue and green-white either.

Instead the most played deck was Mono-White Humans, mostly with a red splash. Red-Green Ramp was the second most popular archetype, though one of the decks had just a little bit of red and rather more blue for Part the Waterveil. Green-White Tokens, one of the consensus best decks, still placed close to the top and was tied for second.

Legend

  • 4 Mono-White Humans
  • 3 G/X Ramp
  • 3 Green-White Tokens
  • 2 Bant Humans
  • 2 Black-Green Seasons Past
  • 2 Bant Company
  • 2 G/B/x Cryptolith Rites
  • 4 Other

Event Photos

Standard was the smallest of our main events this weekend with just 22 players.
Despite the smaller size of the event, there were big prizes on the line!
White seemed to be the most popular color among the Standard players.
He was trying to go in for the kill.
Liliana was leading the charge for this GB deck.
Another white army on the road to victory.
He was aware of his surroundings while most players simply ignored our photographers; they were too focused on their games.
He was about to make his move.
Thumbs up for this play.
This is one of the more daring choices when it comes to playmat design. ^^