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The Standard main event of MKM Series Milan 2017, with its 21 players, was a story of Mardu and Copycat and … Esper Control. The first was piloted by a total of seven players, the second by four, and one lone warrior ran Esper.

When the smoke of the Swiss rounds had cleared, four Mardu, three Copycat, and the aforementioned Esper player sat down for the Top 8 playoffs. And Esper continued to win and win and in the end actually claimed the number one spot!

Andrea Dorigo truly had taken control of the tournament. He had only been playing the game since the release of Aether Revolt but mentioned that his extensive earlier experience with the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game had prepared him well for the transition to Magic. This weekend, he proved the theory and also proved the viability of his rogue strategy in an otherwise somewhat stale Standard format.

Congratulations to Andrea Dorigo, the Standard Champion of MKM Series Milan 2017!

Andrea Certosino
(Copycat)
1

Manfredi Re
(Copycat)
2

Giona Cai
(Mardu)
2

Krzysztof Sakwerda
(Mardu)
0

Krister Haas
(Mardu)
2

Emanuele Gallo
(Mardu)
0

Paul Avart
(Copycat)
0

Andrea Dorigo
(Esper)
2

Manfredi Re
(Copycat)
2

Giona Cai
(Mardu)
1

Krister Haas
(Mardu)
0

Andrea Dorigo
(Esper)
2

Manfredi Re
(Copycat)
0

Andrea Dorigo
(Esper)
2

Andrea Dorigo
(Esper Control)

Top 8 Decklists

Emanuele Gallo – Mardu Vehicles

Emanuele Gallo – Mardu Vehicles

Main Deck:
  • 4 Plains
  • 3 Mountain
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 1 Shambling Vent
  • 4 Spire of Industry
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 2 Aether Hub
  • 1 Needle Spires
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Toolcraft Exemplar
  • 4 Veteran Motorist
  • 2 Pia Nalaar
  • 2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 2 Aethersphere Harvester
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 3 Shock
  • 2 Invigorated Rampage
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Sideboard:
  • 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
  • 2 Selfless Spirit
  • 2 Fumigate
  • 2 Declaration in Stone
  • 2 Fragmentize
  • 2 Fatal Push
  • 2 Release the Gremlins
  • 2 Harnessed Lightning
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Emanuele Gallo – Mardu Vehicles
Main Deck:
4 Plains
3 Mountain
4 Inspiring Vantage
1 Shambling Vent
4 Spire of Industry
4 Concealed Courtyard
2 Aether Hub
1 Needle Spires
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Veteran Motorist
2 Pia Nalaar
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Heart of Kiran
2 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
3 Shock
2 Invigorated Rampage
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Sideboard:
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
2 Selfless Spirit
2 Fumigate
2 Declaration in Stone
2 Fragmentize
2 Fatal Push
2 Release the Gremlins
2 Harnessed Lightning

Andrea Dorigo – Esper Control

Andrea Dorigo – Esper Control

Main Deck:
  • 4 Swamp
  • 3 Island
  • 1 Plains
  • 2 Evolving Wilds
  • 4 Choked Estuary
  • 4 Sunken Hollow
  • 2 Prairie Stream
  • 2 Concealed Courtyard
  • 4 Shambling Vent
  • 3 Disallow
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  • 1 Oath of Jace
  • 4 Grasp of Darkness
  • 3 Anticipate
  • 2 Flaying Tendrils
  • 4 Glimmer of Genius
  • 1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 4 Torrential Gearhulk
  • 2 Fumigate
  • 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 2 Anguished Unmaking
  • 2 Ruinous Path
Sideboard:
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Flaying Tendrils
  • 2 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 3 Transgress the Mind
  • 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 1 Ruinous Path
  • 1 Immolating Glare
  • 1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 1 Fumigate
  • 1 Confiscation Coup
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Andrea Dorigo – Esper Control
Main Deck:
4 Swamp
3 Island
1 Plains
2 Evolving Wilds
4 Choked Estuary
4 Sunken Hollow
2 Prairie Stream
2 Concealed Courtyard
4 Shambling Vent
3 Disallow
4 Fatal Push
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
1 Oath of Jace
4 Grasp of Darkness
3 Anticipate
2 Flaying Tendrils
4 Glimmer of Genius
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4 Torrential Gearhulk
2 Fumigate
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Anguished Unmaking
2 Ruinous Path
Sideboard:
2 Negate
2 Flaying Tendrils
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Transgress the Mind
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Ruinous Path
1 Immolating Glare
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Fumigate
1 Confiscation Coup

Manfredi Re – Four-Color Copycat

Manfredi Re – Four-Color Copycat

Main Deck:
  • 4 Botanical Sanctum
  • 2 Spirebluff Canal
  • 1 Inspiring Vantage
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 2 Game Trail
  • 5 Forest
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Attune with Aether
  • 4 Oath of Nissa
  • 2 Shock
  • 4 Servant of the Conduit
  • 3 Oath of Chandra
  • 4 Harnessed Lightning
  • 3 Whirler Virtuoso
  • 4 Saheeli Rai
  • 4 Felidar Guardian
  • 3 Rogue Refiner
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
  • 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Sideboard:
  • 2 Natural State
  • 2 Natural Obsolescence
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 2 Metallic Rebuke
  • 2 Bristling Hydra
  • 1 Authority of the Consuls
  • 1 Dampening Pulse
  • 3 Walking Ballista
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Manfredi Re – Four-Color Copycat
Main Deck:
4 Botanical Sanctum
2 Spirebluff Canal
1 Inspiring Vantage
4 Aether Hub
2 Game Trail
5 Forest
1 Plains
1 Island
1 Mountain
4 Attune with Aether
4 Oath of Nissa
2 Shock
4 Servant of the Conduit
3 Oath of Chandra
4 Harnessed Lightning
3 Whirler Virtuoso
4 Saheeli Rai
4 Felidar Guardian
3 Rogue Refiner
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Sideboard:
2 Natural State
2 Natural Obsolescence
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Metallic Rebuke
2 Bristling Hydra
1 Authority of the Consuls
1 Dampening Pulse
3 Walking Ballista

Krzysztof Sakwerda – Mardu Ballista

Krzysztof Sakwerda – Mardu Ballista

Main Deck:
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 1 Foreboding Ruins
  • 4 Spire of Industry
  • 3 Aether Hub
  • 2 Shambling Vent
  • 2 Plains
  • 4 Swamp
  • 2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Toolcraft Exemplar
  • 2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 3 Walking Ballista
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 2 Liliana, the Last Hope
Sideboard:
  • 2 Oath of Liliana
  • 2 Anguished Unmaking
  • 1 Shambling Vent
  • 1 Fatal Push
  • 2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  • 2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 2 Fragmentize
  • 2 Fumigate
  • 1 Walking Ballista
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Krzysztof Sakwerda – Mardu Ballista
Main Deck:
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Concealed Courtyard
1 Foreboding Ruins
4 Spire of Industry
3 Aether Hub
2 Shambling Vent
2 Plains
4 Swamp
2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
3 Walking Ballista
4 Heart of Kiran
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
3 Fatal Push
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
Sideboard:
2 Oath of Liliana
2 Anguished Unmaking
1 Shambling Vent
1 Fatal Push
2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Fragmentize
2 Fumigate
1 Walking Ballista

Giona Cai – Mardu Ballista

Giona Cai – Mardu Ballista

Main Deck:
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 4 Spire of Industry
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 2 Shambling Vent
  • 2 Plains
  • 2 Swamp
  • 2 Mountain
  • 4 Toolcraft Exemplar
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 3 Walking Ballista
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
  • 2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 1 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 3 Fatal Push
  • 1 Shock
Sideboard:
  • 1 Needle Spires
  • 2 Release the Gremlins
  • 2 Oath of Chandra
  • 2 Oath of Liliana
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 1 Anguished Unmaking
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  • 1 Fatal Push
  • 1 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
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Giona Cai – Mardu Ballista
Main Deck:
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Spire of Industry
4 Aether Hub
2 Shambling Vent
2 Plains
2 Swamp
2 Mountain
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Thraben Inspector
3 Walking Ballista
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
2 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Heart of Kiran
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
3 Fatal Push
1 Shock
Sideboard:
1 Needle Spires
2 Release the Gremlins
2 Oath of Chandra
2 Oath of Liliana
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Painful Truths
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
1 Fatal Push
1 Archangel Avacyn / Avacyn, the Purifier

Andrea Certosino – Four-Color Copycat

Andrea Certosino – Four-Color Copycat

Main Deck:
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 4 Botanical Sanctum
  • 5 Forest
  • 2 Game Trail
  • 1 Inspiring Vantage
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Plains
  • 2 Spirebluff Canal
  • 4 Felidar Guardian
  • 4 Rogue Refiner
  • 4 Servant of the Conduit
  • 1 Tireless Tracker
  • 3 Whirler Virtuoso
  • 4 Attune with Aether
  • 4 Harnessed Lightning
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 3 Oath of Chandra
  • 4 Oath of Nissa
  • 4 Saheeli Rai
  • 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
  • 1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
Sideboard:
  • 2 Authority of the Consuls
  • 1 Baral's Expertise
  • 2 Dispel
  • 2 Natural State
  • 2 Negate
  • 3 Release the Gremlins
  • 1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
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Andrea Certosino – Four-Color Copycat
Main Deck:
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
5 Forest
2 Game Trail
1 Inspiring Vantage
1 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
2 Spirebluff Canal
4 Felidar Guardian
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Servant of the Conduit
1 Tireless Tracker
3 Whirler Virtuoso
4 Attune with Aether
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Oath of Chandra
4 Oath of Nissa
4 Saheeli Rai
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
Sideboard:
2 Authority of the Consuls
1 Baral's Expertise
2 Dispel
2 Natural State
2 Negate
3 Release the Gremlins
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
2 Tireless Tracker

Paul Avart – Four-Color Copycat

Paul Avart – Four-Color Copycat

Main Deck:
  • 5 Forest
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 3 Spirebluff Canal
  • 3 Botanical Sanctum
  • 2 Inspiring Vantage
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Evolving Wilds
  • 2 Tireless Tracker
  • 3 Whirler Virtuoso
  • 4 Rogue Refiner
  • 4 Servant of the Conduit
  • 4 Felidar Guardian
  • 4 Attune with Aether
  • 4 Harnessed Lightning
  • 4 Oath of Nissa
  • 3 Oath of Chandra
  • 4 Saheeli Rai
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
Sideboard:
  • 2 Panharmonicon
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Authority of the Consuls
  • 3 Release the Gremlins
  • 3 Heart of Kiran
  • 3 Bristling Hydra
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Paul Avart – Four-Color Copycat
Main Deck:
5 Forest
4 Aether Hub
3 Spirebluff Canal
3 Botanical Sanctum
2 Inspiring Vantage
1 Plains
1 Mountain
1 Island
1 Evolving Wilds
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Whirler Virtuoso
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Felidar Guardian
4 Attune with Aether
4 Harnessed Lightning
4 Oath of Nissa
3 Oath of Chandra
4 Saheeli Rai
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
Sideboard:
2 Panharmonicon
2 Negate
2 Authority of the Consuls
3 Release the Gremlins
3 Heart of Kiran
3 Bristling Hydra

Krister Haas – Mardu Ballista

Krister Haas – Mardu Ballista

Main Deck:
  • 4 Inspiring Vantage
  • 4 Concealed Courtyard
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 4 Spire of Industry
  • 2 Swamp
  • 2 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Needle Spires
  • 1 Shambling Vent
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 4 Heart of Kiran
  • 4 Unlicensed Disintegration
  • 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 4 Walking Ballista
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Toolcraft Exemplar
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Sideboard:
  • 4 Release the Gremlins
  • 1 Authority of the Consuls
  • 2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
  • 2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
  • 3 Oath of Liliana
  • 3 Oath of Chandra
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Krister Haas – Mardu Ballista
Main Deck:
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Aether Hub
4 Spire of Industry
2 Swamp
2 Plains
1 Mountain
1 Needle Spires
1 Shambling Vent
4 Fatal Push
4 Heart of Kiran
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Walking Ballista
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Sideboard:
4 Release the Gremlins
1 Authority of the Consuls
2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
3 Oath of Liliana
3 Oath of Chandra

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Metagame Breakdown

21 players entered MKM Series Milan 2017's Standard main event. As had become the norm in recent weeks, the red-white-black Vehicle deck with an aggressive main plan plus a transformative sideboard and the four-colored Saheeli Rai/Felidar Guardian deck were the most popular, with Black-Green Winding Constrictor a more or less distant third.

But the metagame wasn't dominated to quite the same degree by these decks as it had been at, for instance, the latest Grand Prix events. We only had just about enough copies of Mardu and Copycat to fill one Top 8!

Instead, a large “others” category featured lots of variety, some known archetypes, some a little more out there. The full lineup included single copies of Jund Energy, Temur Aetherworks Marvel, Blue-Red Control, White-Black Control, Black-Red Aggro, Blue-Black Improvise Control, and things entirely too hard to classify. The format definitely wasn't all Mardu/Copycat all the time!

Legend

  • 7 Mardu Vehicles/Ballista
  • 4 Four-Color Copycat
  • 2 Black-Green Constrictor
  • 8 Others

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