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Affinity didn't play a large role in the Modern metagame at the MKM Series Prague 2016, amounting to just about three percent of the field. It did however play a large role in the tournament, being the only deck archetype to place two players into the Top 8. Of course Affinity was famous for its tendency to shine exactly when its share of the metagame was lowest and the amount of sideboard hate plummeted.

In total, 290 players entered the Modern main event. In the end, Štěpán Dudešek had bested them all, including Marius Hausmann, who returned to the playoffs after his Modern Top 8 at the MKM Series Prague 2015, and Philipp Schmidt, who piloted his Elves all the way to the finals.

Congratulations to Štěpán Dudešek, who hoisted the trophy and walked away with 1,200 Euros in MagicCardMarket.eu credit!

Congratulations to Štěpán Dudešek, the Modern Master of MKM Series Prague 2016!

Robert Rettenbacher
(Affinity)
2

Rafael Boog
(Infect)
1

Philipp Schmidt
(Elves)
2

Stefan Gaedke
(Merfolk)
0

Marius Hausmann
(Moonraker Prime)
1

Stepan Dudesek
(Affinity)
2

Tom Fischer
(Mardu Midrange)
0

Ivan Gruber
(Burn)
2

Robert Rettenbacher
(Affinity)
1

Philipp Schmidt
(Elves)
2

Stepan Dudesek
(Affinity)
2

Ivan Gruber
(Burn)
0

Philipp Schmidt
(Elves)
1

Stepan Dudesek
(Affinity)
2

Stepan Dudesek
(Affinity)

Top 8 Decklists

Robert Rettenbacher – Affinity

Robert Rettenbacher – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 1 Mountain
  • 3 Glimmervoid
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 2 Memnite
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 4 Steel Overseer
  • 3 Etched Champion
  • 4 Galvanic Blast
  • 1 Shrapnel Blast
  • 1 Blood Moon
  • 4 Mox Opal
  • 4 Springleaf Drum
  • 4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
  • 2 Chalice of the Void
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
  • 2 Blood Moon
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Robert Rettenbacher – Affinity
Main Deck:
1 Mountain
3 Glimmervoid
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Ornithopter
2 Memnite
4 Signal Pest
4 Arcbound Ravager
1 Spellskite
4 Vault Skirge
4 Steel Overseer
3 Etched Champion
4 Galvanic Blast
1 Shrapnel Blast
1 Blood Moon
4 Mox Opal
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
2 Chalice of the Void
3 Thoughtseize
4 Rest in Peace
1 Wear // Tear
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
2 Blood Moon

Ivan Gruber – Burn

Ivan Gruber – Burn

Main Deck:
  • 4 Goblin Guide
  • 4 Monastery Swiftspear
  • 3 Grim Lavamancer
  • 3 Eidolon of the Great Revel
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Lava Spike
  • 4 Rift Bolt
  • 2 Shard Volley
  • 4 Boros Charm
  • 4 Skullcrack
  • 3 Searing Blaze
  • 3 Lightning Helix
  • 4 Arid Mesa
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 3 Sacred Foundry
  • 3 Mountain
  • 1 Stomping Ground
Sideboard:
  • 2 Smash to Smithereens
  • 2 Path to Exile
  • 2 Kor Firewalker
  • 2 Deflecting Palm
  • 1 Flames of the Blood Hand
  • 1 Volcanic Fallout
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Ensnaring Bridge
  • 3 Destructive Revelry
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Ivan Gruber – Burn
Main Deck:
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
3 Grim Lavamancer
3 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt
2 Shard Volley
4 Boros Charm
4 Skullcrack
3 Searing Blaze
3 Lightning Helix
4 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Sacred Foundry
3 Mountain
1 Stomping Ground
Sideboard:
2 Smash to Smithereens
2 Path to Exile
2 Kor Firewalker
2 Deflecting Palm
1 Flames of the Blood Hand
1 Volcanic Fallout
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Destructive Revelry

Marius Hausmann – Skred Red

Marius Hausmann – Skred Red

Main Deck:
  • 20 Snow-Covered Mountain
  • 2 Scrying Sheets
  • 2 Eternal Scourge
  • 2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
  • 3 Stormbreath Dragon
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Skred
  • 4 Relic of Progenitus
  • 4 Mind Stone
  • 3 Anger of the Gods
  • 4 Blood Moon
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 3 Koth of the Hammer
  • 3 Simian Spirit Guide
Sideboard:
  • 4 Dragon's Claw
  • 4 Molten Rain
  • 2 Ricochet Trap
  • 3 Shattering Spree
  • 2 Spellskite
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Marius Hausmann – Skred Red
Main Deck:
20 Snow-Covered Mountain
2 Scrying Sheets
2 Eternal Scourge
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
3 Stormbreath Dragon
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Skred
4 Relic of Progenitus
4 Mind Stone
3 Anger of the Gods
4 Blood Moon
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Koth of the Hammer
3 Simian Spirit Guide
Sideboard:
4 Dragon's Claw
4 Molten Rain
2 Ricochet Trap
3 Shattering Spree
2 Spellskite

Philipp Schmidt – Elves

Philipp Schmidt – Elves

Main Deck:
  • 4 Heritage Druid
  • 4 Llanowar Elves
  • 4 Elvish Mystic
  • 2 Elves of Deep Shadow
  • 4 Elvish Visionary
  • 4 Dwynen's Elite
  • 4 Elvish Archdruid
  • 2 Ezuri, Renegade Leader
  • 1 Selfless Spirit
  • 1 Mirror Entity
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 2 Chord of Calling
  • 4 Collected Company
  • 4 Eldritch Evolution
  • 4 Horizon Canopy
  • 4 Gilt-Leaf Palace
  • 4 Razorverge Thicket
  • 3 Cavern of Souls
  • 2 Forest
  • 1 Pendelhaven
  • 1 Temple Garden
Sideboard:
  • 3 Dismember
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 1 Orzhov Pontiff
  • 1 Sin Collector
  • 2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • 1 Chameleon Colossus
  • 1 Kataki, War's Wage
  • 1 Kor Firewalker
  • 1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
  • 1 Yixlid Jailer
  • 1 Elvish Champion
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Philipp Schmidt – Elves
Main Deck:
4 Heritage Druid
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Elvish Mystic
2 Elves of Deep Shadow
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Dwynen's Elite
4 Elvish Archdruid
2 Ezuri, Renegade Leader
1 Selfless Spirit
1 Mirror Entity
1 Spellskite
2 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
4 Eldritch Evolution
4 Horizon Canopy
4 Gilt-Leaf Palace
4 Razorverge Thicket
3 Cavern of Souls
2 Forest
1 Pendelhaven
1 Temple Garden
Sideboard:
3 Dismember
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Orzhov Pontiff
1 Sin Collector
2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Chameleon Colossus
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Kor Firewalker
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1 Yixlid Jailer
1 Elvish Champion

Stefan Gaedke – Merfolk

Stefan Gaedke – Merfolk

Main Deck:
  • 4 Cursecatcher
  • 4 Silvergill Adept
  • 4 Harbinger of the Tides
  • 4 Lord of Atlantis
  • 4 Master of the Pearl Trident
  • 4 Merrow Reejerey
  • 4 Master of Waves
  • 4 Spreading Seas
  • 2 Vapor Snag
  • 1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
  • 4 Aether Vial
  • 1 Echoing Truth
  • 8 Island
  • 4 Mutavault
  • 4 Wandervine Hub
  • 1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
  • 1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
  • 2 Cavern of Souls
Sideboard:
  • 1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Gut Shot
  • 2 Dispel
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Tidebinder Mage
  • 4 Hurkyl's Recall
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Stefan Gaedke – Merfolk
Main Deck:
4 Cursecatcher
4 Silvergill Adept
4 Harbinger of the Tides
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Merrow Reejerey
4 Master of Waves
4 Spreading Seas
2 Vapor Snag
1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
4 Aether Vial
1 Echoing Truth
8 Island
4 Mutavault
4 Wandervine Hub
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
2 Cavern of Souls
Sideboard:
1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Gut Shot
2 Dispel
2 Negate
2 Tidebinder Mage
4 Hurkyl's Recall

Štěpán Dudešek – Affinity

Štěpán Dudešek – Affinity

Main Deck:
  • 1 Mountain
  • 4 Glimmervoid
  • 4 Darksteel Citadel
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
  • 4 Mox Opal
  • 4 Springleaf Drum
  • 4 Galvanic Blast
  • 4 Vault Skirge
  • 4 Signal Pest
  • 4 Ornithopter
  • 3 Memnite
  • 4 Arcbound Ravager
  • 4 Steel Overseer
  • 2 Etched Champion
  • 2 Master of Etherium
  • 4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
  • 2 Chalice of the Void
  • 3 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
  • 2 Blood Moon
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Štěpán Dudešek – Affinity
Main Deck:
1 Mountain
4 Glimmervoid
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Mox Opal
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Vault Skirge
4 Signal Pest
4 Ornithopter
3 Memnite
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Steel Overseer
2 Etched Champion
2 Master of Etherium
4 Cranial Plating
Sideboard:
2 Chalice of the Void
3 Thoughtseize
4 Rest in Peace
1 Wear // Tear
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
2 Blood Moon

Tom Fischer – Mardu Midrange

Tom Fischer – Mardu Midrange

Main Deck:
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Swamp
  • 2 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Sacred Foundry
  • 1 Godless Shrine
  • 4 Blackcleave Cliffs
  • 1 Concealed Courtyard
  • 1 Arid Mesa
  • 3 Bloodstained Mire
  • 4 Marsh Flats
  • 3 Shambling Vent
  • 1 Grim Lavamancer
  • 2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
  • 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
  • 4 Dark Confidant
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Lightning Helix
  • 2 Terminate
  • 3 Path to Exile
  • 1 Kolaghan's Command
  • 1 Slaughter Pact
  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 2 Thoughtseize
  • 3 Lingering Souls
  • 1 Painful Truths
  • 4 Liliana of the Veil
Sideboard:
  • 1 Kolaghan's Command
  • 1 Vandalblast
  • 2 Engineered Explosives
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 2 Timely Reinforcements
  • 1 Batterskull
  • 1 Olivia Voldaren
  • 1 Chandra, Pyromaster
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Tom Fischer – Mardu Midrange
Main Deck:
1 Plains
1 Mountain
2 Swamp
2 Blood Crypt
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Godless Shrine
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Concealed Courtyard
1 Arid Mesa
3 Bloodstained Mire
4 Marsh Flats
3 Shambling Vent
1 Grim Lavamancer
2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4 Dark Confidant
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Lightning Helix
2 Terminate
3 Path to Exile
1 Kolaghan's Command
1 Slaughter Pact
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Thoughtseize
3 Lingering Souls
1 Painful Truths
4 Liliana of the Veil
Sideboard:
1 Kolaghan's Command
1 Vandalblast
2 Engineered Explosives
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Rest in Peace
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Timely Reinforcements
1 Batterskull
1 Olivia Voldaren
1 Chandra, Pyromaster

Rafael Boog – Infect

Rafael Boog – Infect

Main Deck:
  • 1 Apostle's Blessing
  • 4 Blighted Agent
  • 1 Distortion Strike
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Twisted Image
  • 4 Become Immense
  • 4 Blossoming Defense
  • 1 Dryad Arbor
  • 4 Glistener Elf
  • 1 Groundswell
  • 4 Might of Old Krosa
  • 4 Mutagenic Growth
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 3 Vines of Vastwood
  • 2 Breeding Pool
  • 2 Forest
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 1 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Pendelhaven
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard:
  • 2 Dismember
  • 1 Dispel
  • 1 Distortion Strike
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Kitchen Finks
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Spellskite
  • 1 Twisted Image
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Rafael Boog – Infect
Main Deck:
1 Apostle's Blessing
4 Blighted Agent
1 Distortion Strike
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Spell Pierce
1 Twisted Image
4 Become Immense
4 Blossoming Defense
1 Dryad Arbor
4 Glistener Elf
1 Groundswell
4 Might of Old Krosa
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Noble Hierarch
3 Vines of Vastwood
2 Breeding Pool
2 Forest
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Pendelhaven
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard:
2 Dismember
1 Dispel
1 Distortion Strike
2 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Kitchen Finks
2 Nature's Claim
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spellskite
1 Twisted Image

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Semifinal: Robert Rettenbacher vs. Philipp Schmidt

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Quarterfinal: Marius Hausmann vs. Štěpán Dudešek

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A Deck We Like to Call “Eldritch Moon”

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Modern Trial Winning Decklists

While the weekend's main events were only scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, the action already began on Friday. In a record number of Last-Chance Trials, players fought for their final chance to earn a bye for Saturday's Modern. Their last chance was our first, that...

Previously at the MKM Series: Modern in London

On the eve of the Modern main event here at the MKM Series Prague 2016, we decided to take a little look at what happened before. Eleven weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in London for the fourth stop of the MKM Series in 2016, including 91 masters of...

Welcome to Modern: Scapeshift with Steve Hatto

In preparation for the MKM Series Prague 2016, we did a series of short interviews with a bunch of notable European players, each of them renowned for their expertise with a certain Modern deck archetype. For our conclusion we look at one of the format's premier...

Welcome to Modern: Jund with Florian Koch

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Welcome to Modern: Affinity with Manuel Menges

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Metagame Breakdown

Almost 300 players showed up for our Modern event this weekend, and the decks they brought with them were good for a few surprises. For instance, Affinity was quite underrepresented compared to the turnout a few months back. Dredge, one of the most feared bogeymen of the format, was hardly represented at all. Meanwhile, a version of Death and Taxes combining the usual hatebears like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Leonin Arbiter with Thought-Knot Seer was now among the ten most popular archetypes.

At the top, of course, midrange decks based in black and green still ruled the day, with about three times as many Jund as Abzan players. Infect had climbed to the number two spot, while toolbox combo decks built around Chord of Calling, Collected Company, and even Eldritch Evolution accounted for about seven percent of the field.

Grixis proved the blue control deck of choice, Naya Burn proved to be the deck for today's straightforward aggro players. Urzatron decks appeared in many different shapes, and shades: blue, green-white, red-green, or even completely colorless. Meanwhile, decks killing with Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle were all red and green, but were just as likely to use Primeval Titan and Scapeshift as they were to combine the Titan with Through the Breach.

However, all of the deck types listed only accounted for 74 percent of the metagame and only one barely crossed the ten-percent threshold. So, one thing didn't change: Modern was as diverse as ever!

Legend

  • 12 % B/G/x Midrange
  • 9 % Infect
  • 7 % Creature Toolbox Combo Decks
  • 5 % Urzatron
  • 5 % Grixis Control
  • 5 % Naya Burn
  • 4 % Eldrazi Death and Taxes
  • 4 % Merfolk
  • 4 % Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle Decks
  • 4 % Jeskai Aggro/ Control Variants
  • 3 % Slippery Bogles
  • 3 % Reckless Bushwhacker Zoo
  • 3 % Elves
  • 3 % Affinity
  • 3 % Skred Red
  • 26 % Others

Event Photos

More than 300 players showed up at the second day of MKM Series Prague 2016!
This is what it looked like from above!
The Centrum Pohybové Medicíny from the outside. It's quite a fancy building and these photographs don't really do it justice.
Modern players as far as the eye could see!
At the very front, though, we had our Vintage veterans. Here's Youko at the front, one of our regulars. :)
Round 2 just started and our Magicians were eager to play again.
We did have some technical difficulties, but they could be resolved eventually.
So after this little delay, round 2 was underway.
If you see any of your friends, don't hesitate to tag them.
In the upper right corner, we had the tournament registration where the judges gathered and the scorekeeper entered the many results
In the upper left corner, the JK Entertainment booth offered plenty of cards on sale.
Speaking of JK... here's Mitja Held, who was having a good time.
The look from above from the other side.
Mitja didn't believe me when I claimed I had taken a photo, so he did the mannequin challenge, didn't move for 5 minutes and I then took another photo of him.
The judge corner.
At the top left corner, we have the guys from Herold, one of our regular vendors at the MKM Series.
Our featured artist Dany Orizio kept busy drawing sketches and signing cards.
Let's just say his opponent wasn't all that happy after the draw!