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MKM Milan 2017's Modern main event brought out 117 players, from near and far, full of hope for fame and fortune. After eight rounds of Swiss, eight of them sat down for the playoffs, including Angelo Cadei in his third MKM Top 8.

Cadei had come this far with an innovative Jeskai build featuring the combo of Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian, and he wasn't the only one to make the Top 8 with an interesting design. Andrea Cibak did so with a Spirit tribal deck and Tomo Pejanovic Nosaka ran a black-red midrange deck.

In the end, however, two Affinity decks provided a reality check and kept the more unusual constructs in check, crushing all opposition. Both Affinity players, Riccardo Cecolin and Domenico Di Noia, met in the final. However, Di Noia's Affinity deck wasn't such a known quantity after all. Replacing some number of lands with Welding Jars, he was able to make good use of Frogmite and Myr Enforcer, finally putting the affinity back into Affinity!

Congratulations to Domenico Di Noia, the Modern Champion of MKM Series Milan 2017!

Tomo Pejanovic Nosaka
(Black Moon)
1

Nicolas Duguet
(BG Tron)
2

Jiri Tuma
(Merfolk)
0

Domenico Di Noia
(Affinity)
2

Riccardo Cecolin
(Affinity)
2

Angelo Cadei
(Saheeli Rai)
0

Davide Integlia
(RG Valakut)
0

Andrea Cibak
(Spirit Company)
2

Nicolas Duguet
(BG Tron)
1

Domenico Di Noia
(Affinity)
2

Riccardo Cecolin
(Affinity)
2

Andrea Cibak
(Spirit Company)
1

Domenico Di Noia
(Affinity)
2

Riccardo Cecolin
(Affinity)
1

Domenico Di Noia
(Affinity)

Top 8 Decklists

Domenico Di Noia – Affinity

Domenico Di Noia – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 4 Mox Opal
  • 4 Myr Enforcer
  • 3 Bomat Courier
  • 4 Welding Jar
  • 4 Frogmite
  • 4 Springleaf Drum
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 4 Memnite
  • 4 Cranial Plating
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 3 Contested War Zone
Sideboard:
  • 3 Blood Moon
  • 1 Pia's Revolution
  • 4 Galvanic Blast
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 3 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
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Domenico Di Noia – Affinity
Main Deck:
4 Signal Pest
4 Mox Opal
4 Myr Enforcer
3 Bomat Courier
4 Welding Jar
4 Frogmite
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Ornithopter
4 Vault Skirge
4 Memnite
4 Cranial Plating
4 Arcbound Ravager
1 Chalice of the Void
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
1 Mountain
4 Darksteel Citadel
3 Contested War Zone
Sideboard:
3 Blood Moon
1 Pia's Revolution
4 Galvanic Blast
1 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Ancient Grudge
2 Etched Champion
1 Ghirapur Æther Grid

Tomo Pejanovic Nosaka – Black Moon

Tomo Pejanovic Nosaka

Main Deck:
  • 4 Dark Confidant
  • 4 Goblin Rabblemaster
  • 3 Pack Rat
  • 1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 2 Liliana of the Veil
  • 2 Kolaghan‘s Command
  • 3 Blood Moon
  • 4 Terminate
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Swamp
  • 1 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Blackleave Cliffs
  • 3 Mutavault
  • 2 Blood Crypt
Sideboard:
  • 1 Nihil Spellbomb
  • 1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
  • 1 Chandra Pyromancer
  • 1 Molten Rain
  • 2 Fulminator Mage
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 1 Damnation
  • 1 Stormbreath Dragon
  • 1 Grim Lavamancer
  • 3 Collective Brutality
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Tomo Pejanovic Nosaka
Main Deck:
4 Dark Confidant
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
3 Pack Rat
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Liliana of the Veil
2 Kolaghan‘s Command
3 Blood Moon
4 Terminate
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Fatal Push
2 Thoughtseize
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Mountain
4 Swamp
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
4 Blackleave Cliffs
3 Mutavault
2 Blood Crypt
Sideboard:
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Grafdigger‘s Cage
1 Chandra Pyromancer
1 Molten Rain
2 Fulminator Mage
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Damnation
1 Stormbreath Dragon
1 Grim Lavamancer
3 Collective Brutality

Jiri Tuma – Merfolk

Jiri Tuma

Maindeck:
  • 4 Cursecatcher
  • 4 Silvergill Adept
  • 4 Master of the Pearl Trident
  • 4 Lord of Atlantis
  • 4 Harbinger of the Tides
  • 4 Merrow Reejerey
  • 4 Master of Waves
  • 2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
  • 4 Aether Vial
  • 4 Spreading Seas
  • 2 Dismember
  • 4 Mutavault
  • 2 Cavern of Souls
  • 1 Minamo, School at Water‘s Edge
  • 1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
  • 12 Island
Sideboard:
  • 3 Tidebinder Mage
  • 2 Dispel
  • 2 Ceremonious Rejection
  • 2 Unified Will
  • 1 Dismember
  • 3 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Tectonic Edge
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Jiri Tuma
Maindeck:
4 Cursecatcher
4 Silvergill Adept
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Harbinger of the Tides
4 Merrow Reejerey
4 Master of Waves
2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
4 Aether Vial
4 Spreading Seas
2 Dismember
4 Mutavault
2 Cavern of Souls
1 Minamo, School at Water‘s Edge
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
12 Island
Sideboard:
3 Tidebinder Mage
2 Dispel
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Unified Will
1 Dismember
3 Relic of Progenitus
2 Tectonic Edge

Nicolas Duguet – BG Tron

Nicolas Duguet

Main Deck:
  • 2 Forest
  • 1 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Ugin‘s Sanctum
  • 1 Llanowar Wastes
  • 2 Blooming Marsh
  • 4 Urza‘s Tower
  • 4 Urza‘s Power Plant
  • 4 Urza‘s Mine
  • 2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
  • 2 World Breaker
  • 2 Wurmcoil Engine
  • 4 Karn Liberated
  • 2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
  • 1 Walking Ballista
  • 4 Sylvan Scrying
  • 4 Ancient Stirrings
  • 4 Exploration Map
  • 4 Chromatic Star
  • 4 Chromatic Sphere
  • 3 Oblivion Stone
  • 2 Collective Brutality
  • 2 Fatal Push
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
Sideboard:
  • 1 Walking Ballista
  • 1 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Fatal Push
  • 2 Thragtusk
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Seal of Primordium
  • 2 Noxious Revival
  • 1 Thoughtseize
  • 2 Collective Brutality
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Nicolas Duguet
Main Deck:
2 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Ugin‘s Sanctum
1 Llanowar Wastes
2 Blooming Marsh
4 Urza‘s Tower
4 Urza‘s Power Plant
4 Urza‘s Mine
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 World Breaker
2 Wurmcoil Engine
4 Karn Liberated
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
1 Walking Ballista
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Exploration Map
4 Chromatic Star
4 Chromatic Sphere
3 Oblivion Stone
2 Collective Brutality
2 Fatal Push
1 Relic of Progenitus
Sideboard:
1 Walking Ballista
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Fatal Push
2 Thragtusk
2 Nature's Claim
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Seal of Primordium
2 Noxious Revival
1 Thoughtseize
2 Collective Brutality

Andrea Cibak – CoCo Spirits

Andrea Cibak

Main Deck:
  • 1 Steel of the Godhead
  • 4 Path to Exile
  • 4 Collected Company
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 2 Phantasmal Image
  • 3 Geist of Saint Traft
  • 4 Drogskol Captain
  • 4 Rattlechains
  • 4 Mausoleum Wanderer
  • 4 Spell Queller
  • 4 Selfless Spirit
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 2 Hallowed Fountain
  • 1 Breeding Pool
  • 1 Temple Garden
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 2 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Botanical Sanctum
  • 1 Gavony Township
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Forest
Sideboard:
  • 2 Spellskite
  • 2 Engineered Explosives
  • 3 Reflector Mage
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Worship
  • 2 Stony Silence
  • 2 Blessed Alliance
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Andrea Cibak
Main Deck:
1 Steel of the Godhead
4 Path to Exile
4 Collected Company
4 Noble Hierarch
2 Phantasmal Image
3 Geist of Saint Traft
4 Drogskol Captain
4 Rattlechains
4 Mausoleum Wanderer
4 Spell Queller
4 Selfless Spirit
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Breeding Pool
1 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
4 Flooded Strand
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Botanical Sanctum
1 Gavony Township
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Forest
Sideboard:
2 Spellskite
2 Engineered Explosives
3 Reflector Mage
2 Negate
2 Worship
2 Stony Silence
2 Blessed Alliance

Angelo Cadei – Copycat

Angelo Cadei

Main Deck:
  • 4 Serum Visions
  • 1 Spell Snare
  • 2 Dispel
  • 4 Remand
  • 3 Spreading Seas
  • 4 Snapcaster Mage
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 2 Cryptic Command
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Path to Exile
  • 2 Wall of Omens
  • 4 Felidar Guardian
  • 4 Saheeli Rai
  • 2 Steam Vents
  • 2 Hallowed Fountain
  • 1 Sacred Foundry
  • 1 Sulfur Falls
  • 1 Glacial Fortress
  • 2 Island
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 1 Arid Mesa
  • 1 Desolate Lighthouse
Sideboard:
  • 1 Negate
  • 2 Jace, Architect of Thought
  • 1 Celestial Purge
  • 1 Blessed Alliance
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Stony Silence
  • 1 Lightning Helix
  • 2 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Timely Reinforcements
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Angelo Cadei
Main Deck:
4 Serum Visions
1 Spell Snare
2 Dispel
4 Remand
3 Spreading Seas
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Cryptic Command
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Path to Exile
2 Wall of Omens
4 Felidar Guardian
4 Saheeli Rai
2 Steam Vents
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Glacial Fortress
2 Island
1 Plains
1 Mountain
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Arid Mesa
1 Desolate Lighthouse
Sideboard:
1 Negate
2 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Celestial Purge
1 Blessed Alliance
2 Rest in Peace
2 Stony Silence
1 Lightning Helix
2 Supreme Verdict
1 Wear // Tear
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Timely Reinforcements

Riccardo Cecolin – Affinity

Riccardo Cecolin – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 2 Master of Etherium
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 3 Memnite
  • 4 Steel Overseer
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 3 Galvanic Blast
  • 1 Bomat Courier
  • 4 Cranial Plating
  • 4 Mox Opal
  • 4 Springleaf Drum
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Glimmervoid
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 1 Mountain
Sideboard:
  • 1 Ethersworn Canonist
  • 2 Spellskite
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Blood Moon
  • 1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Tormod's Crypt
  • 1 Stubborn Denial
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Whipflare
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Riccardo Cecolin – Affinity
Main Deck:
4 Arcbound Ravager
2 Etched Champion
2 Master of Etherium
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
3 Memnite
4 Steel Overseer
4 Vault Skirge
3 Galvanic Blast
1 Bomat Courier
4 Cranial Plating
4 Mox Opal
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Glimmervoid
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Mountain
Sideboard:
1 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Spellskite
2 Etched Champion
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Blood Moon
1 Ghirapur Æther Grid
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Stubborn Denial
2 Thoughtseize
1 Whipflare

David Integlia – Titanshift

David Integlia – Titanshift

Main Deck:
  • 4 Primeval Titan
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Scapeshift
  • 4 Explore
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 2 Farseek
  • 2 Summoner's Pact
  • 3 Khalni Heart Expedition
  • 3 Forest
  • 7 Mountain
  • 2 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Cinder Glade
  • 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 3 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard:
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 1 Gaea's Revenge
  • 1 Relamation Sage
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 1 Anger of thze Gods
  • 2 Sudden Shock
  • 3 Obstinate Baloth
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
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David Integlia – Titanshift
Main Deck:
4 Primeval Titan
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
2 Anger of the Gods
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Scapeshift
4 Explore
4 Search for Tomorrow
2 Farseek
2 Summoner's Pact
3 Khalni Heart Expedition
3 Forest
7 Mountain
2 Stomping Ground
4 Cinder Glade
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
3 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard:
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Gaea's Revenge
1 Relamation Sage
2 Nature's Claim
1 Anger of thze Gods
2 Sudden Shock
3 Obstinate Baloth
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Relic of Progenitus

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Final: Domenico Di Noia vs. Riccardo Cecolin

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Run of the Mill with David Teich

A surprisingly large number of people came to MKM Series Milan 2017 to play Mill in Modern. Okay, the actual number was three, but a surprise it was nevertheless. The strategy, named for the original {Millstone}, was often made fun of in the past, because milling in...

Modern Trial Winning Decklists

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Metagame Breakdown

117 players showed up to our Modern main event this weekend, and the decks they brought with them displayed the usual variety we have come to expect from the format. In fact, Affinity was the only single deck to reach double-digit numbers.

Only when looking at the macro archetypes, was Affinity overtaken by two others: Midrange decks combining black and green with one third color—white, red, or even blue—as well as blue control decks—Grixis, Esper, Jeskai with Nahiri, the Harbinger/Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or even Saheeli Rai/Felidar Guardian, and “Blue Moon.”

Among the Burn decks, Naya was the clear frontrunner, followed by just red and white and one deck with a bit of blue and Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration. The Valakut, Molten Pinnacle decks on the other hand were almost all of the Scapeshift persuasion, with but one player combining Primeval Titan and Through the Breach.

The lower popularity tiers were good for a few surprises. Mill decks drawing level with “self-mill” decks (also known as Dredge) was astounding, and having more people play Eight Rack than Death's Shadow Jund wasn't exactly what we had expected either; the alleged best deck was only piloted by two players.

Two players each were also running Goryo's Vengeance, Lantern Control, Blue-Red Kiln Fiend, and Slippery Bogles. The list of singletons, finally, was long and included such highlights as Enchantress and a Spirit tribal deck. All in all, the tournament featured no less than 34 different archetypes!

Legend

  • 13 B/G/x Midrange
  • 12 Blue Control
  • 10 Affinity
  • 10 Burn
  • 7 Valakut
  • 6 Urzatron
  • 6 Infect
  • 5 Merfolk
  • 4 Elves
  • 4 Ad Nauseam
  • 4 Company/Chord/Evolution
  • 4 Hidden-Tree Whacker
  • 3 Dredge
  • 3 Mill
  • 3 Eight Rack
  • 23 Others

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