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Mono red definitely was the most dominant deck of the tournament, of the weekend even! Granted, only 14 of the 76 Standard players chose the most recent incarnation of the classic mix of burn and hasty creatures, highlighted by Hazoret the Fervent. However, five of them made it to the Top 8, three to the Top 4.

But, time and time again in the playoffs, their zeal was thwarted by an unlikely challenger. Lukas Paugsch from the Slovak Republic had brought a blue-red Zombie/Fevered Visions/emerge concoction updated with Strategic Planning and Champion of Wits. The deck was undoubtedly cool and well-designed. Its only major flaw: an awful matchup against mono red, at least in theory.

In practice, Paugsch beat three red mages in a row to become the equally unexpected as well as deserved champion of Standard at MKM Series Prague 2017!

Congratulations to Lukas Paugsch, the Standard Champion of MKM Series Prague 2017!

Kundegraber, Michael
(Mono R)
2

Fliegel, Lukasz
(W/U Monument)
0

Paugsch, Lukas
(U/R Zombies)
2

Lukaszek, Mateusz
(Mono R)
1

Ghafouri, Fabian
(Mono R)
2

Kauf, Jamin
(Mono R)
1

Severin, Thoralf
(Mono R)
2

Anders, Torsten
(U/R Control)
1

Kundegraber, Michael
(Mono R)
1

Paugsch, Lukas
(U/R Zombies)
2

Ghafouri, Fabian
(Mono R)
2

Severin, Thoralf
(Mono R)
1

Paugsch, Lukas
(U/R Zombies)
2

Ghafouri, Fabian
(Mono R)
1

Paugsch, Lukas
(U/R Zombies)

Top 8 Decklists

Jamin Kauf – Mono Red

Jamin Kauf – Mono Red

Main Deck:
  • 4 Falkenrath Gorger
  • 4 Bomat Courier
  • 4 Soul-Scar Mage
  • 4 Earthshaker Khenra
  • 3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
  • 4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
  • 3 Hazoret the Fervent
  • 4 Shock
  • 4 Incendiary Flow
  • 2 Abrade
  • 2 Collective Defiance
  • 4 Ramunap Ruins
  • 4 Sunscorched Desert
  • 14 Mountain
Sideboard:
  • 2 Scavenger Grounds
  • 3 Glorybringer
  • 4 Sand Strangler
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Abrade
  • 2 Chandra's Defeat
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Jamin Kauf – Mono Red
Main Deck:
4 Falkenrath Gorger
4 Bomat Courier
4 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Earthshaker Khenra
3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
3 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Shock
4 Incendiary Flow
2 Abrade
2 Collective Defiance
4 Ramunap Ruins
4 Sunscorched Desert
14 Mountain
Sideboard:
2 Scavenger Grounds
3 Glorybringer
4 Sand Strangler
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Abrade
2 Chandra's Defeat

Torsten Anders – U/R Control

Torsten Anders – UR

Main Deck:
  • 4 Harnessed Lightning
  • 4 Abrade
  • 2 Kozilek's Return
  • 1 Sweltering Suns
  • 1 Hour of Devastation
  • 4 Disallow
  • 2 Essence Scatter
  • 4 Glimmer of Genius
  • 4 Hieroglyphic Illumination
  • 1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
  • 4 Censor
  • 4 Torrential Gearhulk
  • 4 Spirebluff Canal
  • 4 Wandering Fumarole
  • 4 Aether Hub
  • 9 Island
  • 4 Mountain
Sideboard:
  • 3 Negate
  • 1 Dispel
  • 1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 3 Thing in the Ice / Awoken Horror
  • 1 Sphinx of the final Word
  • 2 Crook of Condemnation
  • 2 Magma Spray
  • 1 Hour of Devastation
  • 1 Kozilek's Return
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Torsten Anders – UR
Main Deck:
4 Harnessed Lightning
4 Abrade
2 Kozilek's Return
1 Sweltering Suns
1 Hour of Devastation
4 Disallow
2 Essence Scatter
4 Glimmer of Genius
4 Hieroglyphic Illumination
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
4 Censor
4 Torrential Gearhulk
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Wandering Fumarole
4 Aether Hub
9 Island
4 Mountain
Sideboard:
3 Negate
1 Dispel
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Thing in the Ice / Awoken Horror
1 Sphinx of the final Word
2 Crook of Condemnation
2 Magma Spray
1 Hour of Devastation
1 Kozilek's Return

Mateusz Lukaszek – Mono Red

Mateusz Lukaszek – Mono Red

Main Deck:
  • 4 Falkenrath Gorger
  • 4 Bomat Courier
  • 3 Soul-Scar Mage
  • 4 Earthshaker Khenra
  • 3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
  • 4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
  • 2 Hazoret the Fervent
  • 2 Shock
  • 4 Incendiary Flow
  • 3 Abrade
  • 2 Collective Defiance
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 4 Ramunap Ruins
  • 4 Sunscorched Desert
  • 14 Mountain
  • 1 Scavenger Grounds
Sideboard:
  • 2 Chandra's Defeat
  • 2 Sand Strangler
  • 2 Magma Spray
  • 2 Aethersphere Harvester
  • 1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Glorybringer
  • 1 Hanweir Garrison / Hanweir, the Writhing Township
  • 1 Scavenger Grounds
  • 2 Savage Alliance
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Mateusz Lukaszek – Mono Red
Main Deck:
4 Falkenrath Gorger
4 Bomat Courier
3 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Earthshaker Khenra
3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
2 Hazoret the Fervent
2 Shock
4 Incendiary Flow
3 Abrade
2 Collective Defiance
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Ramunap Ruins
4 Sunscorched Desert
14 Mountain
1 Scavenger Grounds
Sideboard:
2 Chandra's Defeat
2 Sand Strangler
2 Magma Spray
2 Aethersphere Harvester
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Glorybringer
1 Hanweir Garrison / Hanweir, the Writhing Township
1 Scavenger Grounds
2 Savage Alliance

Lukasz Fliegel – U/W Monument

Lukasz Fliegel – U/W Monument

Main Deck:
  • 4 Thraben Inspector
  • 4 Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader
  • 4 Selfless Spirit
  • 4 Bygone Bishop
  • 4 Spell Queller
  • 4 Cloudblazer
  • 2 Stasis Snare
  • 3 Dusk // Dawn
  • 2 Metallic Rebuke
  • 4 Oketra's Monument
  • 4 Island
  • 8 Plains
  • 4 Port Town
  • 4 Prairie Stream
  • 3 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
  • 1 Irrigated Farmland
  • 1 Shefet Dunes
Sideboard:
  • 2 Anointer Priest
  • 2 Angel of Sanctions
  • 2 Blessed Alliance
  • 1 Linvala, the Preserver
  • 2 Negate
  • 1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
  • 2 Fragmentize
  • 3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
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Lukasz Fliegel – U/W Monument
Main Deck:
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader
4 Selfless Spirit
4 Bygone Bishop
4 Spell Queller
4 Cloudblazer
2 Stasis Snare
3 Dusk // Dawn
2 Metallic Rebuke
4 Oketra's Monument
4 Island
8 Plains
4 Port Town
4 Prairie Stream
3 Westvale Abbey / Ormendahl, Profane Prince
1 Irrigated Farmland
1 Shefet Dunes
Sideboard:
2 Anointer Priest
2 Angel of Sanctions
2 Blessed Alliance
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Negate
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
2 Fragmentize
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Lukas Paugsch – Blue-Red Zombies

Lukas Paugsch – Blue-Red Zombies

Main Deck:
  • 4 Cathartic Reunion
  • 1 Tormenting Voice
  • 4 Strategic Planning
  • 4 Advanced Stitchwing
  • 3 Stitchwing Skaab
  • 4 Prized Amalgam
  • 3 Lightning Axe
  • 1 Shock
  • 4 Elder Deep-Fiend
  • 3 Fevered Visions
  • 3 Champion of Wits
  • 4 Kozilek's Return
  • 4 Spirebluff Canal
  • 5 Island
  • 5 Mountain
  • 4 Wandering Fumarole
  • 3 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 1 Highland Lake
Sideboard:
  • 2 Chandra's Defeat
  • 2 Fiery Temper
  • 1 Shock
  • 2 Thing in the Ice / Awoken Horror
  • 2 Dispel
  • 1 Negate
  • 2 Jace's Defeat
  • 1 Abrade
  • 1 Fevered Visions
  • 1 Champion of Wits
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Lukas Paugsch – Blue-Red Zombies
Main Deck:
4 Cathartic Reunion
1 Tormenting Voice
4 Strategic Planning
4 Advanced Stitchwing
3 Stitchwing Skaab
4 Prized Amalgam
3 Lightning Axe
1 Shock
4 Elder Deep-Fiend
3 Fevered Visions
3 Champion of Wits
4 Kozilek's Return
4 Spirebluff Canal
5 Island
5 Mountain
4 Wandering Fumarole
3 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Highland Lake
Sideboard:
2 Chandra's Defeat
2 Fiery Temper
1 Shock
2 Thing in the Ice / Awoken Horror
2 Dispel
1 Negate
2 Jace's Defeat
1 Abrade
1 Fevered Visions
1 Champion of Wits

Fabian Ghafouri – Mono Red

Fabian Ghafouri – Mono Red

Main Deck:
  • 4 Bomat Courier
  • 4 Falkenrath Gorger
  • 4 Earthshaker Khenra
  • 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
  • 2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
  • 4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
  • 2 Hazoret the Fervent
  • 1 Soul-Scar Mage
  • 4 Shock
  • 4 Incendiary Flow
  • 3 Built to Smash
  • 2 Collective Defiance
  • 3 Foreboding Ruins
  • 4 Ramunap Ruins
  • 3 Sunscorched Desert
  • 12 Mountain
Sideboard:
  • 1 Sunscorched Desert
  • 1 Scavenger Grounds
  • 1 Lightning Axe
  • 1 Magma Spray
  • 3 Abrade
  • 3 Sand Strangler
  • 3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Glorybringer
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Fabian Ghafouri – Mono Red
Main Deck:
4 Bomat Courier
4 Falkenrath Gorger
4 Earthshaker Khenra
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
2 Hazoret the Fervent
1 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Shock
4 Incendiary Flow
3 Built to Smash
2 Collective Defiance
3 Foreboding Ruins
4 Ramunap Ruins
3 Sunscorched Desert
12 Mountain
Sideboard:
1 Sunscorched Desert
1 Scavenger Grounds
1 Lightning Axe
1 Magma Spray
3 Abrade
3 Sand Strangler
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Glorybringer

Michael Kundegraber – Mono Red

Michael Kundegraber – Mono Red

Main Deck:
  • 4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
  • 4 Bomat Courier
  • 3 Cartouche of Zeal
  • 2 Collective Defiance
  • 4 Earthshaker Khenra
  • 4 Falkenrath Gorger
  • 3 Hazoret the Fervent
  • 4 Incendiary Flow
  • 2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
  • 14 Mountain
  • 4 Ramunap Ruins
  • 1 Reckless Bushwhacker
  • 3 Sunscorched Desert
  • 4 Village Messenger / Moonrise Intruder
  • 4 Shock
Sideboard:
  • 3 Abrade
  • 3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Glorybringer
  • 1 Sunscorched Desert
  • 1 Sea Gate Wreckage
  • 2 Chandra's Defeat
  • 3 Sand Strangler
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Michael Kundegraber – Mono Red
Main Deck:
4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
4 Bomat Courier
3 Cartouche of Zeal
2 Collective Defiance
4 Earthshaker Khenra
4 Falkenrath Gorger
3 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Incendiary Flow
2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
14 Mountain
4 Ramunap Ruins
1 Reckless Bushwhacker
3 Sunscorched Desert
4 Village Messenger / Moonrise Intruder
4 Shock
Sideboard:
3 Abrade
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Glorybringer
1 Sunscorched Desert
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
2 Chandra's Defeat
3 Sand Strangler

Thoralf Severin – Mono Red

Thoralf Severin – Mono Red

Main Deck:
  • 4 Sunscorched Desert
  • 4 Ramunap Ruins
  • 4 Mountain
  • 4 Shock
  • 4 Falkenrath Gorger
  • 4 Bomat Courier
  • 4 Soul-Scar Mage
  • 4 Earthshaker Khenra
  • 3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
  • 4 Incendiary Flow
  • 4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
  • 2 Abrade
  • 3 Hazoret the Fervent
  • 2 Collective Defiance
Sideboard:
  • 2 Abrade
  • 4 Sand Strangler
  • 2 Chandra's Defeat
  • 3 Glorybringer
  • 2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Scavenger Grounds
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Thoralf Severin – Mono Red
Main Deck:
4 Sunscorched Desert
4 Ramunap Ruins
4 Mountain
4 Shock
4 Falkenrath Gorger
4 Bomat Courier
4 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Earthshaker Khenra
3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
4 Incendiary Flow
4 Ahn-Crop Crasher
2 Abrade
3 Hazoret the Fervent
2 Collective Defiance
Sideboard:
2 Abrade
4 Sand Strangler
2 Chandra's Defeat
3 Glorybringer
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Scavenger Grounds

Articles

Final: Fabian Ghafouri vs. Lukas Paugsch

After seven rounds of Swiss and two elimination rounds, only these two players remained to duke it out for the trophy and the title. Austria's Fabian Ghafouri was playing the popular mono red, while Slovak Lukas Paugsch had brought a deck very much outside of the...

Semifinal Video: Thoralf Severin vs. Fabian Ghafouri

Fourteen players entered the tournament with red decks in the morning, five of them reached the Top 8. Two of those Mono Red decks met in the Standard Semifinal of MKMS Prague, played by Thoralf Severin and Fabian Ghafouri respectively. Who would reign supreme in the...

Quarterfinal Video: Lukas Paugsch vs. Mateusz Lukaszek

Lukas Paugsch brought a U/R Zombies deck today and he had to face Mateusz Lukaszek with Mono Red in one of the Quarterfinals of MKMS Prague Standard main event. Lukas didn't like his chances very much. Would he be able to get through this elimination round anyway?...

Quarterfinal: Thoralf Severin vs. Torsten Anders

The overall field here in Prague hadn't been that heavy on the red decks, but the Top 8 surely was. Five of the fourteen mono-red decks in the tournament made it to the playoffs, including one played by Thoralf "Toffel" Severin, a longtime player with one Grand Prix...

Video: Interview with Walter Wölfler

Walter Wölfler had had a very successful weekend at the MKM Series in Frankfurt earlier this year. He came in 17th in the Standard event, and he also made it all the way through to the final match of the Legacy main event, before he fell to Johannes Gutbrod in an...

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 Standard?

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: Standard 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 124 stars of Standard....

Metagame Breakdown

Elsewhere the new breed of mono-red aggressive decks reigned supreme. Here in Prague, at the 76 player Standard main event, the red decks only landed in third-place, at least as far as general popularity was concerned. Instead, Temur Energy and various versions of blue control decks with either red or black or both shared the top spot!

Legend

  • 15 Temur Energy
  • 15 UR/UB/Grixis Control
  • 14 Mono Red
  • 7 Zombies
  • 5 RG Energy Aggro
  • 5 BG Constrictor
  • 3 WU Oketra's Monument
  • 3 WU God-Pharaoh's Gift
  • 3 Mardu Vehicles
  • 6 Others

Event Photos