Modern Coverage MKM Series Frankfurt 2017

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Prague

The weekend's Modern action began on Friday with a massive 102-player Grand Trial, and it continued on Saturday with 296 players in the main event!

The decks on display suggested a definite shift in the metagame: a higher percentage of the field taken up by a few top strategies for one thing. Among them, Death's Shadow continued to be the most popular, while Tron surprised as the second most popular, even before Affinity. Decks based on Primeval Titan/Scapeshift and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle also gained a bit of an additional following; some had even gained Hour of Promise with the recent release of Hour of Devastation.

Still Titanshift only made up less than four percent of the field. Yet it was the most succesful archetype of the tournament, placing two players into the Top 8, and taking Anders Thiesen all the way to victory!

Congratulations to Anders Thiesen, the Modern Champion of MKM Series Prague 2017!

Cunderlik, Tomas
(Jeskai)
2

Cadei, Angelo
(Jeskai Copycat)
0

Thiesen, Anders
(Valakut)
2

Hayo, Justin
(Eldrazi Tron)
1

Schumacher, Stefan
(Grixis Death's Shadow)
2

Krumnow, Andre
(Burn)
1

Sodomirski, Tomasz
(Dredge)
2

Becker, Philipp
(Valakut)
1

Cunderlik, Tomas
(Jeskai)
1

Thiesen, Anders
(Valakut)
2

Schumacher, Stefan
(Grixis Death's Shadow)
0

Sodomirski, Tomasz
(Dredge)
2

Thiesen, Anders
(Valakut)
2

Sodomirski, Tomasz
(Dredge)
0

Thiesen, Anders
(Valakut)

Top 8 Decklists

Justin Hayo – Eldrazi Tron

Justin Hayo – Eldrazi Tron

Main Deck:
  • 4 Urza's Tower
  • 4 Urza's Mine
  • 4 Urza's Power Plant
  • 2 Wastes
  • 4 Eldrazi Temple
  • 3 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Sea Gate Wreckage
  • 1 Cavern of Souls
  • 2 Mind Stone
  • 2 All is Dust
  • 4 Matter Reshaper
  • 4 Reality Smasher
  • 4 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 4 Chalice of the Void
  • 4 Expedition Map
  • 2 Karn Liberated
  • 2 Dismember
  • 2 Endbringer
  • 4 Walking Ballista
  • 1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
Sideboard:
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Basilisk Collar
  • 2 Pithing Needle
  • 2 Ratchet Bomb
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Warping Wail
  • 3 Spatial Contortion
  • 1 Wurmcoil Engine
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Justin Hayo – Eldrazi Tron
Main Deck:
4 Urza's Tower
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Power Plant
2 Wastes
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Ghost Quarter
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Mind Stone
2 All is Dust
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Expedition Map
2 Karn Liberated
2 Dismember
2 Endbringer
4 Walking Ballista
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 Relic of Progenitus
Sideboard:
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Basilisk Collar
2 Pithing Needle
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Warping Wail
3 Spatial Contortion
1 Wurmcoil Engine

Andre Krumnow – Boros Burn

Andre Krumnow – Boros Burn

Main Deck:
  • 4 Monastery Swiftspear
  • 4 Goblin Guide
  • 4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
  • 1 Shard Volley
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Lava Spike
  • 4 Searing Blaze
  • 4 Lightning Helix
  • 4 Skullcrack
  • 4 Boros Charm
  • 4 Rift Bolt
  • 3 Mountain
  • 3 Inspiring Vantage
  • 2 Bloodstained Mire
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Sacred Foundry
  • 1 Stomping Ground
Sideboard:
  • 3 Path to Exile
  • 2 Deflecting Palm
  • 3 Destructive Revelry
  • 2 Rest in Peace
  • 1 Shattering Spree
  • 1 Searing Blood
  • 1 Ensnaring Bridge
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Grim Lavamancer
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Andre Krumnow – Boros Burn
Main Deck:
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Goblin Guide
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
1 Shard Volley
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
4 Searing Blaze
4 Lightning Helix
4 Skullcrack
4 Boros Charm
4 Rift Bolt
3 Mountain
3 Inspiring Vantage
2 Bloodstained Mire
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
Sideboard:
3 Path to Exile
2 Deflecting Palm
3 Destructive Revelry
2 Rest in Peace
1 Shattering Spree
1 Searing Blood
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Grim Lavamancer

Philipp Becker – Titanshift

Philipp Becker – Titanshift

Main Deck:
  • 3 Cinder Glade
  • 3 Stomping Ground
  • 3 Forest
  • 7 Mountain
  • 1 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 2 Sweltering Suns
  • 2 Summoner's Pact
  • 4 Scapeshift
  • 4 Primeval Titan
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 2 Wood Elves
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 3 Farseek
  • 2 Explore
  • 2 Hour of Promise
  • 2 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 1 Prismatic Omen
Sideboard:
  • 3 Obstinate Baloth
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Nature's Claim
  • 1 Anger of the Gods
  • 2 Thragtusk
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 1 Chameleon Colossus
  • 1 Acidic Slime
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Philipp Becker – Titanshift
Main Deck:
3 Cinder Glade
3 Stomping Ground
3 Forest
7 Mountain
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
2 Sweltering Suns
2 Summoner's Pact
4 Scapeshift
4 Primeval Titan
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
2 Wood Elves
4 Search for Tomorrow
3 Farseek
2 Explore
2 Hour of Promise
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Prismatic Omen
Sideboard:
3 Obstinate Baloth
2 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Nature's Claim
1 Anger of the Gods
2 Thragtusk
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Chameleon Colossus
1 Acidic Slime

Angelo Cadei – Saheeli Jeskai

Angelo Cadei – Saheeli Jeskai

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

Stefan Schumacher – Grixis Death’s Shadow

Stefan Schumacher – Grixis Death's Shadow

Main Deck:
  • 4 Death's Shadow
  • 4 Snapcaster Mage
  • 2 Gurmag Angler
  • 2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
  • 3 Street Wraith
  • 4 Thoughtseize
  • 4 Thought Scour
  • 2 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 4 Serum Visions
  • 4 Fatal Push
  • 1 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Kolaghan's Command
  • 2 Dismember
  • 2 Sleight of Hand
  • 2 Stubborn Denial
  • 4 Polluted Delta
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 3 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Watery Grave
  • 2 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Steam Vents
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Swamp
Sideboard:
  • 2 Nihil Spellbomb
  • 1 Surgical Extraction
  • 1 Young Pyromancer
  • 1 Dreadbore
  • 2 Flaying Tendrils
  • 2 Ceremonious Rejection
  • 2 Liliana, the Last Hope
  • 2 Collective Brutality
  • 2 Stubborn Denial
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Stefan Schumacher – Grixis Death's Shadow
Main Deck:
4 Death's Shadow
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Gurmag Angler
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
3 Street Wraith
4 Thoughtseize
4 Thought Scour
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Serum Visions
4 Fatal Push
1 Lightning Bolt
2 Kolaghan's Command
2 Dismember
2 Sleight of Hand
2 Stubborn Denial
4 Polluted Delta
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Scalding Tarn
2 Watery Grave
2 Blood Crypt
1 Steam Vents
1 Island
1 Swamp
Sideboard:
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Young Pyromancer
1 Dreadbore
2 Flaying Tendrils
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Collective Brutality
2 Stubborn Denial

Tomas Cunderlik – Jeskai Geist

Tomas Cunderlik – Jeskai Geist

Main Deck:
  • 4 Serum Visions
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Path to Exile
  • 3 Lightning Helix
  • 2 Electrolyze
  • 1 Spell Snare
  • 2 Mana Leak
  • 2 Logic Knot
  • 1 Negate
  • 4 Geist of Saint Traft
  • 4 Cryptic Command
  • 1 Dragonlord Ojutai
  • 4 Snapcaster Mage
  • 4 Flooded Strand
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 2 Steam Vents
  • 1 Hallowed Fountain
  • 1 Sacred Foundry
  • 1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
  • 1 Eiganjo Castle
  • 2 Sulfur Falls
  • 3 Celestial Colonnade
  • 2 Island
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Desolate Lighthouse
Sideboard:
  • 3 Ceremonious Rejection
  • 3 Rest in Peace
  • 3 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Celestial Purge
  • 1 Keranos, God of Storms
  • 1 Negate
  • 1 Dispel
  • 2 Vendilion Clique
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Tomas Cunderlik – Jeskai Geist
Main Deck:
4 Serum Visions
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Path to Exile
3 Lightning Helix
2 Electrolyze
1 Spell Snare
2 Mana Leak
2 Logic Knot
1 Negate
4 Geist of Saint Traft
4 Cryptic Command
1 Dragonlord Ojutai
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Eiganjo Castle
2 Sulfur Falls
3 Celestial Colonnade
2 Island
1 Plains
1 Mountain
1 Desolate Lighthouse
Sideboard:
3 Ceremonious Rejection
3 Rest in Peace
3 Supreme Verdict
1 Celestial Purge
1 Keranos, God of Storms
1 Negate
1 Dispel
2 Vendilion Clique

Tomasz Sodomirski – Dredge

Tomasz Sodomirski – Dredge

Main Deck:
  • 4 Prized Amalgam
  • 4 Bloodghast
  • 4 Narcomoeba
  • 4 Insolent Neonate
  • 4 Stinkweed Imp
  • 3 Golgari Thug
  • 4 Faithless Looting
  • 4 Cathartic Reunion
  • 4 Life from the Loam
  • 1 Darkblast
  • 3 Conflagrate
  • 1 Driven // Despair
  • 3 Copperline Gorge
  • 1 Blackcleave Cliffs
  • 2 Stomping Ground
  • 2 Blood Crypt
  • 2 Mountain
  • 1 Gemstone Mine
  • 2 Dakmor Salvage
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 3 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard:
  • 4 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Driven // Despair
  • 3 Lightning Axe
  • 3 Collective Brutality
  • 1 Vengeful Pharaoh
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Tomasz Sodomirski – Dredge
Main Deck:
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Bloodghast
4 Narcomoeba
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Stinkweed Imp
3 Golgari Thug
4 Faithless Looting
4 Cathartic Reunion
4 Life from the Loam
1 Darkblast
3 Conflagrate
1 Driven // Despair
3 Copperline Gorge
1 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Stomping Ground
2 Blood Crypt
2 Mountain
1 Gemstone Mine
2 Dakmor Salvage
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Wooded Foothills
Sideboard:
4 Nature's Claim
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Driven // Despair
3 Lightning Axe
3 Collective Brutality
1 Vengeful Pharaoh

Anders Thiesen – Titanshift

Anders Thiesen – Titanshift

Main Deck:
  • 3 Cinder Glade
  • 1 Sheltered Thicket
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 2 Forest
  • 6 Mountain
  • 2 Bloodstained Mire
  • 1 Windswept Heath
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 3 Farseek
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 3 Explore
  • 1 Prismatic Omen
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Roast
  • 2 Sweltering Suns
  • 2 Summoner's Pact
  • 4 Scapeshift
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 4 Primeval Titan
  • 2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Sideboard:
  • 4 Obstinate Baloth
  • 2 Grafdigger's Cage
  • 1 Relic of Progenitus
  • 3 Nature's Claim
  • 1 Anger of the Gods
  • 2 Thragtusk
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
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Anders Thiesen – Titanshift
Main Deck:
3 Cinder Glade
1 Sheltered Thicket
4 Stomping Ground
2 Forest
6 Mountain
2 Bloodstained Mire
1 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
3 Farseek
4 Search for Tomorrow
3 Explore
1 Prismatic Omen
2 Lightning Bolt
2 Roast
2 Sweltering Suns
2 Summoner's Pact
4 Scapeshift
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Primeval Titan
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Sideboard:
4 Obstinate Baloth
2 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Nature's Claim
1 Anger of the Gods
2 Thragtusk
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Reclamation Sage

Articles

Final: Tomasz Sodomirski vs. Anders Thiesen

This was it. After nine rounds plus quarter- and semifinal, only one more match remained to determine the champion of this 296-strong event. Titanshift player Anders Thiesen had barely lost one match all day, and he was determined to keep it this way. And his opponent...

Semifinal: Stefan Schumacher vs. Tomasz Sodomirski

In this semifinal pairing Stefan Schumacher and his Grixis {Death's Shadow} deck were facing off against Tomasz Sodomirski, piloting Dredge. In the Grand Modern Trial Sodomirski played another archetype but switched to Dredge for the Modern main event today. Did he...

Quarterfinal: Justin Hayo vs. Anders Thiesen

Justin Hayo had previously reached the Top 4 of the record-breaking Modern main event at MKM Series Frankfurt earlier this year. He apparently liked the taste of that—now he was back for more in any case, back in the Top 8, and looking for another quarterfinal...

Modern Grand Trial Winning Decklists

The weekend began with an onslaught of players quite unexpected in number. They stormed the venue as soon as the doors opened on Friday to sign up for the Grand Trials and to earn byes for Saturday's and Sunday's main events. Overall, four times as many players were...

The Race for the MKMS Power 8: Julian Knab

If you don't know about the MKM Series Power 8 yet, it's about time! In a nutshell: All year long, players are fighting for leaderboard points and the most succesful eight of them at the end of the season earn some serious benefits in the form of credit of up to €300...

Video: Interview with Magic artist Mark Poole

I sat down with famous Magic artist Mark Poole to talk about his work. He was signing and altering cards for players here at MKM Series Prague. He also brought some beautiful playmats and prints, but his stories about Magic's early days and the creative process were...

Quick Question: Hour of Devastation in Modern?

Magic's latest release was only released a couple of weeks ago and the set surely didn't realize its full impact yet. Now the hour, the Hour of Devastation, had come: three days, four formats, hundreds of players, thousands of Euros in prize coupons … To kick off the...

Previously at the MKM Series: Modern in Frankfurt

On the eve of MKM Series Prague, it was time for us to once again take a step back and review what happened so far … Thirteen weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Frankfurt for the second stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 674 masters of Modern,...

Metagame Breakdown

296 players made our Modern main event the biggest single tournament of the weekend! And while the format once again showcased its vast variety of viable strategies, the breakdown of decks provided a good snapshot of the current metagame. Naturally, that meant Death's Shadow on top, with roughly two thirds of its pilots running Grixis, followed by Jund and an increasing number of Esper adherents.

The second most popular archetype was a little surprise: More than ten percent of the players employed the trio of Urza's Tower, Urza's Mine, and Urza's Power Plant, mainly to bust out colorless Eldrazi, with a few green Tron decks in between, and at least one blue. Affinity also gained in numbers after its recent string of tournament victories at the MKM Series. Conversely, midrange decks based in black and green—a little more than half of them Abzan, a little less than half Jund—fell in popularity, while White-Blue Control was another big winner.

Other strategies which showed up in at least somewhat notable numbers were Dredge and Faeries first of all, then Kiki-Chord, various Goryo's Vengeance builds, Elves, Lantern Control, White-Black Tokens, Humans, Soul Sisters, Mill with Fraying Sanity, and even a few Time Warping decks!

Legend

  • 37 Death's Shadow
  • 30 Tron
  • 25 Affinity
  • 22 B/G/x Midrange
  • 21 Burn
  • 17 W/U Control
  • 15 Hatebears
  • 12 Grixis
  • 12 Storm
  • 11 Valakut
  • 10 Counters Company
  • 9 Jeskai
  • 8 Merfolk
  • 7 Living End
  • 7 Zoo
  • 53 Others

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