Vintage Coverage MKM Series Prague 2016

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Prague

On Saturday morning, 29 players sleeved up for our Vintage event. It was the battle of Moxen, of powerful relics of the past, and the most mighty magic of the modern day – literally! 29 players translated to five rounds of Swiss, followed by the Top 8 playoffs.

Speaking of the Top 8, our last remaining competitors repeated the feat that our Top 8 in London had first accomplished a few weeks ago: putting seven different archetypes in the Top 8.

Back in London, the deadly combination of Grindstone and Painter's Servant came close to taking down the whole event, but Matthew Johnson‘s Landstill/Mentor ended up claiming the title in an intense 3 game match. This time, it was veteran Anton Karlinski and his Mentor deck who was able to overcome fierce competition in form of Erik Szanto and his unpowered Eldrazi deck in the finals.

Check out our full coverage below to learn more about the Top 8 competitors, their respective deck choices, the metagame of the entire tournament and more!

Anton Karlinski added yet another excellent finish to his impressive resume, becoming the champion of the Vintage main event at MKM Series Prague 2016!

Jiri Lebeda
(D. Shadow)
0

Erik Szanto
(Eldrazi)
2

Richard Lessmann
(Dredge)
1

Stefano Maggio
(Tinker)
2

Johannes Heibach
(Grindstone)
2

Martin Hatlak
(BUG)
1

Timotey Klepanec
(Eldrazi)
1

Anton Karlinski
(Mentor)
2

Erik Szanto
(Eldrazi)
2

Stefano Maggio
(Tinker)
0

Johannes Heibach
(Grindstone)
1

Anton Karlinski
(Mentor)
2

Erik Szanto
(Eldrazi)
1

Anton Karlinski
(Mentor)
2

Anton Karlinski

Top 8 Decklists

Jiri Lebeda – Death’s Shadow Delver

Jiri Lebeda – Death's Shadow Delver

Instant (18)
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Demonic Consultation
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Dimir Charm
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Gush
  • 2 Mental Misstep
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Thought Scour
  • 1 Dismember
Artifact (3):
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
Sorcery (13):
  • 4 Gitaxian Probe
  • 1 Ponder
  • 2 Preordain
  • 4 Thoughtseize
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
Creature (14):
  • 4 Death's Shadow
  • 4 Delver of Secrets
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Land (12):
  • 3 Misty Rainforest
  • 3 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 2 Verdant Catacombs
  • 2 Watery Grave
Sideboard:
  • 2 Energy Flux
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Ghastly Demise
  • 3 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 3 Illness in the Ranks
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Swamp
  • 1 Diabolic Edict
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Jiri Lebeda – Death's Shadow Delver
Instant (18)
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Consultation
1 Dig Through Time
1 Dimir Charm
4 Force of Will
3 Gush
2 Mental Misstep
2 Spell Pierce
1 Thought Scour
1 Dismember
Artifact (3):
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
Sorcery (13):
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Ponder
2 Preordain
4 Thoughtseize
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
Creature (14):
4 Death's Shadow
4 Delver of Secrets
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Street Wraith
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Land (12):
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Scalding Tarn
2 Underground Sea
2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Watery Grave
Sideboard:
2 Energy Flux
2 Flusterstorm
2 Ghastly Demise
3 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Illness in the Ranks
1 Island
1 Swamp
1 Diabolic Edict

Erik Szanto – Eldrazi

Erik Szanto – Eldrazi

Main Deck:
  • 4 Eldrazi Mimic
  • 4 Endless One
  • 4 Phyrexian Revoker
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 1 Simian Spirit Guide
  • 1 Endbringer
  • 1 Phyrexian Metamorph
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 2 Dismember
  • 4 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 4 Null Rod
  • 1 Crucible of Worlds
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 3 Eye of Ugin
  • 1 City of Traitors
  • 4 Cavern of Souls
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 1 Karakas
  • 2 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Strip Mine
Sideboard:
  • 4 Leyline of Sanctity
  • 4 Leyline of the Void
  • 3 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 1 Karakas
  • 1 Basilisk Collar
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Erik Szanto – Eldrazi
Main Deck:
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
1 Simian Spirit Guide
1 Endbringer
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Chalice of the Void
2 Dismember
4 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Null Rod
1 Crucible of Worlds
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Ancient Tomb
3 Eye of Ugin
1 City of Traitors
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Wasteland
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Karakas
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Strip Mine
Sideboard:
4 Leyline of Sanctity
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Karakas
1 Basilisk Collar

Richard Lessmann – Dredge

Richard Lessmann – Dredge

Main Deck:
  • 4 Bazaar of Baghdad
  • 4 Petrified Field
  • 4 Undiscovered Paradise
  • 4 Mana Confluence
  • 1 Dakmor Salvage
  • 3 Golgari Thug
  • 4 Stinkweed Imp
  • 4 Golgari Grave-Troll
  • 4 Bloodghast
  • 4 Ichorid
  • 4 Narcomoeba
  • 4 Bridge from Below
  • 4 Leyline of the Void
  • 4 Cabal Therapy
  • 4 Serum Powder
  • 2 Dread Return
  • 1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
  • 1 Flame-Kin Zealot
Sideboard:
  • 4 Barbarian Ring
  • 4 Nature's Claim
  • 4 Ingot Chewer
  • 3 Wispmare
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Richard Lessmann – Dredge
Main Deck:
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
4 Petrified Field
4 Undiscovered Paradise
4 Mana Confluence
1 Dakmor Salvage
3 Golgari Thug
4 Stinkweed Imp
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
4 Bloodghast
4 Ichorid
4 Narcomoeba
4 Bridge from Below
4 Leyline of the Void
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Serum Powder
2 Dread Return
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Flame-Kin Zealot
Sideboard:
4 Barbarian Ring
4 Nature's Claim
4 Ingot Chewer
3 Wispmare

Stefano Maggio – Tinker

Stefano Maggio – Tinker

Main Deck:
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Volcanic Island
  • 4 Seat of the Synod
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 1 Tolarian Academy
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 2 Mox Opal
  • 3 Sensei's Divining Top
  • 1 Time Vault
  • 2 Voltaic Key
  • 1 Mana Vault
  • 1 Blightsteel Colossus
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Thoughtcast
  • 3 Thirst for Knowledge
  • 2 Flusterstorm
  • 2 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Vampiric Tutor
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 1 Yawgmoth's Will
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Repeal
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Transmute Artifact
  • 1 Tezzeret the Seeker
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Tinker
  • 1 Steel Sabotage
  • 1 Timetwister
Sideboard:
  • 1 Nihil Spellbomb
  • 2 Sulfur Elemental
  • 1 Dack Fayden
  • 1 Toxic Deluge
  • 1 Tormod's Crypt
  • 1 Smelt
  • 1 Hurkyl's Recall
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Thoughtseize
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Stefano Maggio – Tinker
Main Deck:
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Volcanic Island
4 Seat of the Synod
2 Underground Sea
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
2 Mox Opal
3 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Time Vault
2 Voltaic Key
1 Mana Vault
1 Blightsteel Colossus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Black Lotus
4 Force of Will
4 Thoughtcast
3 Thirst for Knowledge
2 Flusterstorm
2 Mental Misstep
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Repeal
1 Time Walk
1 Dig Through Time
1 Transmute Artifact
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Brainstorm
1 Tinker
1 Steel Sabotage
1 Timetwister
Sideboard:
1 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Sulfur Elemental
1 Dack Fayden
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Smelt
1 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Mountain
1 Pithing Needle
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Thoughtseize

Johannes Heibach – Grindstone

Johannes Heibach – Grindstone

Main Deck:
  • 1 Blightsteel Colossus
  • 3 Painter's Servant
  • 2 Goblin Welder
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Vampiric Tutor
  • 3 Thirst for Knowledge
  • 3 Pyroblast
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 3 Mental Misstep
  • 1 Mana Drain
  • 1 Tinker
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Yawgmoth's Will
  • 1 Dack Fayden
  • 1 Tezzeret the Seeker
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mana Crypt
  • 1 Sol Ring
  • 1 Voltaic Key
  • 1 Time Vault
  • 1 Sensei's Divining Top
  • 2 Grindstone
  • 1 Tolarian Academy
  • 1 Island
  • 3 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 4 Volcanic Island
  • 2 Underground Sea
Sideboard:
  • 3 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Tormod's Crypt
  • 1 Nihil Spellbomb
  • 4 Ingot Chewer
  • 2 Sulfur Elemental
  • 1 Red Elemental Blast
  • 1 Myr Battlesphere
  • 1 Toxic Deluge
  • 1 Notion Thief
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Johannes Heibach – Grindstone
Main Deck:
1 Blightsteel Colossus
3 Painter's Servant
2 Goblin Welder
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Dig Through Time
1 Brainstorm
1 Vampiric Tutor
3 Thirst for Knowledge
3 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mana Drain
1 Tinker
1 Ponder
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Time Walk
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Dack Fayden
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Voltaic Key
1 Time Vault
1 Sensei's Divining Top
2 Grindstone
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Island
3 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Volcanic Island
2 Underground Sea
Sideboard:
3 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Nihil Spellbomb
4 Ingot Chewer
2 Sulfur Elemental
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Notion Thief

Martin Hatlak – BUG

Martin Hatlak – BUG

Main Deck:
  • 2 Dark Confidant
  • 4 Deathrite Shaman
  • 1 Trygon Predator
  • 1 True-Name Nemesis
  • 1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • 4 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 1 Demonic Tutor
  • 1 Vampiric Tutor
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 2 Preordain
  • 1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 1 Mana Leak
  • 2 Mental Misstep
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 1 Standstill
  • 3 Null Rod
  • 1 Crucible of Worlds
  • 1 Mox Emerald
  • 1 Mox Jet
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 1 Strip Mine
  • 2 Mishra's Factory
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Verdant Catacombs
  • 1 Bayou
  • 2 Underground Sea
  • 2 Tropical Island
Sideboard:
  • 4 Leyline of the Void
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Yixlid Jailer
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Mindbreak Trap
  • 1 Virtue's Ruin
  • 2 Hurkyl's Recall
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Martin Hatlak – BUG
Main Deck:
2 Dark Confidant
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Trygon Predator
1 True-Name Nemesis
1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
4 Abrupt Decay
2 Nature's Claim
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Time Walk
1 Ponder
1 Brainstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dig Through Time
2 Preordain
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Mana Leak
2 Mental Misstep
4 Force of Will
1 Standstill
3 Null Rod
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Black Lotus
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
2 Mishra's Factory
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Verdant Catacombs
1 Bayou
2 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
Sideboard:
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Nature's Claim
2 Yixlid Jailer
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Mindbreak Trap
1 Virtue's Ruin
2 Hurkyl's Recall

Anton Karlinski – Mentor

Anton Karlinski – Mentor

Main Deck:
  • 4 Mental Misstep
  • 4 Force of Will
  • 4 Monastery Mentor
  • 3 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
  • 1 Snapcaster Mage
  • 3 Gush
  • 1 Ponder
  • 1 Brainstorm
  • 2 Preordain
  • 2 Sensei's Divining Top
  • 2 Gitaxian Probe
  • 3 Flusterstorm
  • 3 Swords to Plowshares
  • 1 Treasure Cruise
  • 1 Dig Through Time
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 1 Mox Sapphire
  • 1 Mox Ruby
  • 1 Mox Pearl
  • 1 Black Lotus
  • 1 Ancestral Recall
  • 1 Time Walk
  • 1 Dack Fayden
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 1 Island
  • 3 Tundra
  • 2 Volcanic Island
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 1 Library of Alexandria
Sideboard:
  • 1 Vendilion Clique
  • 1 Swords to Plowshares
  • 1 Pyroblast
  • 1 Sudden Shock
  • 1 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Containment Priest
  • 1 Mindbreak Trap
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Wear // Tear
  • 3 Ingot Chewer
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
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Anton Karlinski – Mentor
Main Deck:
4 Mental Misstep
4 Force of Will
4 Monastery Mentor
3 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy / Jace, Telepath Unbound
1 Snapcaster Mage
3 Gush
1 Ponder
1 Brainstorm
2 Preordain
2 Sensei's Divining Top
2 Gitaxian Probe
3 Flusterstorm
3 Swords to Plowshares
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dig Through Time
1 Pyroblast
1 Wear // Tear
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Black Lotus
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Dack Fayden
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Flooded Strand
1 Island
3 Tundra
2 Volcanic Island
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Library of Alexandria
Sideboard:
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Pyroblast
1 Sudden Shock
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Containment Priest
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Pithing Needle
1 Wear // Tear
3 Ingot Chewer
1 Mountain
1 Supreme Verdict

Timotey Klepanec – Eldrazi

Timotey Klepanec – Eldrazi

Main Deck:
  • 4 Eldrazi Mimic
  • 4 Endless One
  • 4 Phyrexian Revoker
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 1 Elvish Spirit Guide
  • 1 Endbringer
  • 1 Phyrexian Metamorph
  • 1 Chalice of the Void
  • 2 Dismember
  • 4 Thorn of Amethyst
  • 4 Null Rod
  • 1 Crucible of Worlds
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 4 Ancient Tomb
  • 3 Eye of Ugin
  • 1 City of Traitors
  • 4 Cavern of Souls
  • 4 Wasteland
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 1 Karakas
  • 2 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Strip Mine
Sideboard:
  • 4 Leyline of the Void
  • 3 Leyline of Sanctity
  • 3 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 2 Umezawa's Jitte
  • 1 Karakas
  • 2 Pithing Needle
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Timotey Klepanec – Eldrazi
Main Deck:
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
1 Elvish Spirit Guide
1 Endbringer
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Chalice of the Void
2 Dismember
4 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Null Rod
1 Crucible of Worlds
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Ancient Tomb
3 Eye of Ugin
1 City of Traitors
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Wasteland
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Karakas
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Strip Mine
Sideboard:
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Leyline of Sanctity
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Karakas
2 Pithing Needle

Articles

Final: Erik Szanto vs. Anton Karlinski

Erik was already a big winner due to being the highest finishing player with an „unpowered deck“ - a special price we always offer in our Vintage events, but by splitting the final he could double his winnings. Would he also be able to hold the trophy in the end?...

Semifinal: Erik Szanto vs. Stefano Maggio

Meanwhile on the other side of the bracket these two players had won their respective quarterfinal matches. Stefano was trying to maximize his artifacts with a Tezzerator variant, while Erik was piloting an unpowered Eldrazi deck preying on these kind of decks with...

Quarterfinal: Martin Hatlak vs. Johannes Heibach

A lot of German players took their chance to combine this awesome weekend of MKM Series tournaments with a short vacation in Prague, a city the Series will happily return to in the Summer of 2017. Two of these German players met in this Vintage Top8 match. Game 1:...

Deck Feature: Death’s Shadow Delver

One year ago Jiří Lebeda won the Old School event at the MKM Series Prague 2015. Today I found his name on the most intriguing Vintage deck list – "{Death’s Shadow} Delver"! Often the most original and creative “brews” end up at the bottom of the standings, but when I...

Previously at the MKM Series: Vintage in London

On the eve of the Vintage main event here at the MKM Series Prague 2016, we decided to take a look at what happened before. Eleven weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in London for the fourth stop of the MKM Series 2016, including 21 veterans of Vintage …...

Metagame Breakdown

Take a look at the breakdown of all the decks in our Vintage main event at the MKM Series Prague 2016. 29 players preferred to play with some of the best cards ever printed instead of competing in todays Modern main event. Creatures were running rampant today, as Monastery Mentor decks were leading the pack with 6 copies, followed by Eldrazi and Young Pyromancer variants. Three Oath of Druids decks are ready to prey on that situation, but Oath enthusiast and repeat champion Mikael Linden has switched to playing a Landstill deck today. Since the last stop Kaladesh has offered some new tools for Vintage players, but only one player chose to pilot vehicles in his Shops deck, and just one player brought the new Storm variant focussed on Paradoxical Outcome. Interestingly one player was experimenting with Death's Shadow, a card well-known for its power in a different format.

Legend

  • 6 Mentor
  • 4 Eldrazi
  • 3 Oath of Druids
  • 3 Pyromancer
  • 3 UBG Tempo
  • 2 Landstill
  • 2 Dredge
  • 1 Painter Combo
  • 1 Workshops
  • 1 Paradoxical Storm
  • 1 Tezzerator
  • 1 Death's Shadow Delver

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!