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David Peretti rose above the rest to take down the Modern main event at MKMS Rome 2018!

192 masters of Modern entered the fray here at the beautiful Roma Aurelia Antica Hotel for eight rounds of intense Swiss. Eight players managed to climb past the rest and make it into the first MKMS Modern main event Top 8 since Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf were unbanned in Modern. And boy did those cards show up tonight on both ends of our grand finals match.

David Peretti, piloting Ponza, was representing Bloodbraid Elf, using it for extra card advantage … and tempo, especially in a deck where Bloodbraid could come down as early as turn two! Raul Avoscan, Peretti's opponent in the final, didn't rely on the luck of cascade triggers; instead he ran Jace, the Mind Sculptor in a Titanless Scapeshift build.

The two players duked it out in a three-game set, where Peretti's repeated Blood Moons managed to help clinch games one and three and nearly allowed Peretti to come from way behind in game two after a mulligan to four. The matchup was rough for Avoscan, as a resolved Moon blanked a majority of his deck. Additionally, with only a handful of Cryptic Commands, Avoscan had few ways of getting the deadly enchantment off the table.

The grand finals weren't the only bit of excitement we had either, as a wide variety of lesser-utilized archetypes broke into our Top 8. Two Living End variants made it to the playoffs and battled it out for the right to continue on to the semifinals. Here, Lorenzo Farotti managed to achieve victory with his mono-blue variant, overcoming the traditional cascade-based Living End played by Jonathan Anghelescu of MKMS Power 8 fame. It was an exciting Top 8 with seven unique decks, Living End variants aside, and it seemed to bode well for the future of a format featuring two of Magic‘s most powerful 4-drops.

Congratulations to David Peretti, Modern Champion of MKMS Rome 2018!

Anghelescu, Jonathan
(Living End)
0

Farotti, Lorenzo
(Mono Blue Living End)
2

Marcet, Santiago
(R/G Vengevine)
0

Peretti, David
(Ponza)
2

Avoscan, Raul
(Scapeshift)
2

Schemeil, Stefano
(Ad Nauseam)
1

Zaccagnini, Federico
(Mono G Tron)
0

Pirastru, Michele
(Infect)
2

Farotti, Lorenzo
(Mono Blue Living End)
0

Peretti, David
(Ponza)
2

Avoscan, Raul
(Scapeshift)
2

Pirastru, Michele
(Infect)
1

Peretti, David
(Ponza)
2

Avoscan, Raul
(Scapeshift)
1

Peretti, David
(Ponza)

Top 8 Decklists

Stefano Schemeil – Ad Nauseum

Stefano Schemeil – Ad Nauseum

Main Deck:
  • 1 Laboratory Maniac
  • 4 Simian Spirit Guide
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Plains
  • 4 Darkslick Shores
  • 4 Gemstone Mine
  • 3 Seachrome Coast
  • 4 Temple of Deceit
  • 4 Temple of Enlightenment
  • 4 Lotus Bloom
  • 4 Pentad Prism
  • 3 Phyrexian Unlife
  • 4 Ad Nauseum
  • 4 Angel's Grace
  • 1 Echoing Truth
  • 1 Lightning Storm
  • 3 Pact of Negation
  • 2 Spoils of the Vault
  • 4 Serum Visions
  • 4 Sleight of Hand
Sideboard:
  • 4 Leyline of Sanctity
  • 1 Pact of Negation
  • 1 Slaughter Pact
  • 1 Supreme Verdict
  • 1 Fatal Push
  • 1 Duress
  • 1 Patrician's Scorn
  • 2 Hurkyl's Recall
  • 1 Bontu's Last Reckoning
  • 1 Dispel
  • 1 Wear // Tear
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Stefano Schemeil – Ad Nauseum
Main Deck:
1 Laboratory Maniac
4 Simian Spirit Guide
1 Island
1 Plains
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Gemstone Mine
3 Seachrome Coast
4 Temple of Deceit
4 Temple of Enlightenment
4 Lotus Bloom
4 Pentad Prism
3 Phyrexian Unlife
4 Ad Nauseum
4 Angel's Grace
1 Echoing Truth
1 Lightning Storm
3 Pact of Negation
2 Spoils of the Vault
4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand
Sideboard:
4 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Pact of Negation
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Fatal Push
1 Duress
1 Patrician's Scorn
2 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Bontu's Last Reckoning
1 Dispel
1 Wear // Tear

Frederico Zaccagnini – Mono-Green Tron

Frederico Zaccagnini – Mono-Green Tron

Main Deck:
  • 3 Wurmcoil Engine
  • 2 Walking Ballista
  • 1 World Breaker
  • 2 Ulamog, The Ceaseless Hunger
  • 4 Karn Liberated
  • 2 Ugin, The Spirit Dragon
  • 4 Expedition Map
  • 4 Chromatic Sphere
  • 4 Chromatic Star
  • 4 Ancient Stirrings
  • 4 Sylvan Scrying
  • 3 Oblivion Stone
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Dismember
  • 4 Urza's Tower
  • 4 Urza's Power Plant
  • 4 Urza's Mine
  • 2 Ghost Quarter
  • 1 Sanctum of Ugin
  • 4 Forest
Sideboard:
  • 2 Surgical Extraction
  • 3 Thought-Knot Seer
  • 3 Nature's Claim
  • 2 Warping Wail
  • 2 Thragtusk
  • 1 Walking Ballista
  • 1 Pithing Needle
  • 1 Grafdigger's Cage
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Frederico Zaccagnini – Mono-Green Tron
Main Deck:
3 Wurmcoil Engine
2 Walking Ballista
1 World Breaker
2 Ulamog, The Ceaseless Hunger
4 Karn Liberated
2 Ugin, The Spirit Dragon
4 Expedition Map
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Sylvan Scrying
3 Oblivion Stone
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Dismember
4 Urza's Tower
4 Urza's Power Plant
4 Urza's Mine
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Forest
Sideboard:
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Thought-Knot Seer
3 Nature's Claim
2 Warping Wail
2 Thragtusk
1 Walking Ballista
1 Pithing Needle
1 Grafdigger's Cage

Lorenzo Farotti – Mono-Blue Living End

Lorenzo Farotti – Mono-Blue Living End

Main Deck:
  • 8 Island
  • 4 Tolaria West
  • 3 Field of Ruin
  • 2 Bojuka Bog
  • 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
  • 1 Sunken Ruins
  • 1 Drowned Catacomb
  • 4 Curator of Mysteries
  • 4 Striped Riverwinder
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 2 Nimble Obstructionist
  • 4 Ancestral Vision
  • 4 Living End
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 4 Censor
  • 4 Remand
  • 4 Cryptic Command
  • 4 As Foretold
Sideboard:
  • 3 Ceremonius Rejection
  • 1 Surgical Extraction
  • 2 Swan Song
  • 3 Collective Brutality
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 1 Tormod's Crypt
  • 4 Leyline of Sanctity
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Lorenzo Farotti – Mono-Blue Living End
Main Deck:
8 Island
4 Tolaria West
3 Field of Ruin
2 Bojuka Bog
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Sunken Ruins
1 Drowned Catacomb
4 Curator of Mysteries
4 Striped Riverwinder
4 Street Wraith
2 Nimble Obstructionist
4 Ancestral Vision
4 Living End
2 Spell Snare
4 Censor
4 Remand
4 Cryptic Command
4 As Foretold
Sideboard:
3 Ceremonius Rejection
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Swan Song
3 Collective Brutality
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Tormod's Crypt
4 Leyline of Sanctity

Santiago Marcet – RG Vengevine

Santiago Marcet – RG Vengevine

Main Deck:
  • 4 Goblin Guide
  • 4 Insolent Neonate
  • 4 Burning-Tree Emissary
  • 4 Reckless Bushwhacker
  • 2 Flamewake Phoenix
  • 4 Vengevine
  • 4 Hollow One
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 2 Hooting Mandrills
  • 4 Faithless Looting
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 2 Cathartic Reunion
  • 3 Copperline Gorge
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 1 Arid Mesa
  • 2 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Mountain
Sideboard:
  • 2 Tormod's Crypt
  • 3 Grim Lavamancer
  • 2 Life Goes On
  • 2 Tin Street Hooligan
  • 1 Abrade
  • 3 Blood Moon
  • 2 Dismember
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Santiago Marcet – RG Vengevine
Main Deck:
4 Goblin Guide
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Burning-Tree Emissary
4 Reckless Bushwhacker
2 Flamewake Phoenix
4 Vengevine
4 Hollow One
4 Street Wraith
2 Hooting Mandrills
4 Faithless Looting
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Cathartic Reunion
3 Copperline Gorge
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Arid Mesa
2 Stomping Ground
4 Mountain
Sideboard:
2 Tormod's Crypt
3 Grim Lavamancer
2 Life Goes On
2 Tin Street Hooligan
1 Abrade
3 Blood Moon
2 Dismember

Michele Pirastru – Infect

Michele Pirastru – Infect

Main Deck
  • 1 Dryad Arbor
  • 2 Viridian Corrupter
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 4 Glistener Elf
  • 4 Blighted Agent
  • 4 Mutagenic Growth
  • 4 Vines of Vastwood
  • 1 Spell Pierce
  • 1 Slip Through Space
  • 4 Groundswell
  • 4 Might of Old Krosa
  • 1 Apostle's Blessing
  • 3 Become Immense
  • 3 Blossoming Defense
  • 1 Dismember
  • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
  • 2 Breeding Pool
  • 2 Forest
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Windswept Heath
  • 1 Hashep Oasis
  • 2 Pendelhaven
Sideboard:
  • 1 Dismember
  • 1 Post Mortem Lunge
  • 2 Spell Pierce
  • 2 Relic of Progenitus
  • 2 Naturalize
  • 1 Viridian Corrupter
  • 2 Shapers' Sanctuary
  • 2 Spellskite
  • 2 Invisible Stalker
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Michele Pirastru – Infect
Main Deck
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Viridian Corrupter
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Glistener Elf
4 Blighted Agent
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Vines of Vastwood
1 Spell Pierce
1 Slip Through Space
4 Groundswell
4 Might of Old Krosa
1 Apostle's Blessing
3 Become Immense
3 Blossoming Defense
1 Dismember
4 Inkmoth Nexus
2 Breeding Pool
2 Forest
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
1 Hashep Oasis
2 Pendelhaven
Sideboard:
1 Dismember
1 Post Mortem Lunge
2 Spell Pierce
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Naturalize
1 Viridian Corrupter
2 Shapers' Sanctuary
2 Spellskite
2 Invisible Stalker

David Peretti – R/G Ponza

David Peretti – R/G Ponza

Main Deck
  • 4 Wooded Foothills
  • 3 Stomping Ground
  • 1 Kessig Wolf-Run
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Misty Rainforest
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 7 Forest
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Utopia Sprawl
  • 4 Arbor Elf
  • 2 Birds of paradise
  • 4 Blood Moon
  • 4 Stone Rain
  • 3 Molten Rain
  • 4 Tireless Tracker
  • 4 Bloodbraid Elf
  • 3 Inferno Titan
  • 1 Course of Kruphix
  • 1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
  • 2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Sideboard:
  • 1 Thrun, the Last Troll
  • 1 Obstinate Baloth
  • 2 Kitchen Finks
  • 2 Scavenging Ooze
  • 1 Shatterstorm
  • 1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  • 2 Trinisphere
  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 3 Anger of the Gods
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David Peretti – R/G Ponza
Main Deck
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Stomping Ground
1 Kessig Wolf-Run
1 Mountain
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Verdant Catacombs
7 Forest
2 Lightning Bolt
4 Utopia Sprawl
4 Arbor Elf
2 Birds of paradise
4 Blood Moon
4 Stone Rain
3 Molten Rain
4 Tireless Tracker
4 Bloodbraid Elf
3 Inferno Titan
1 Course of Kruphix
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Sideboard:
1 Thrun, the Last Troll
1 Obstinate Baloth
2 Kitchen Finks
2 Scavenging Ooze
1 Shatterstorm
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Trinisphere
2 Ancient Grudge
3 Anger of the Gods

Raul Avoscan – R/U/G Scapeshift

Raul Avoscan – R/U/G Scapeshift

Main Deck
  • 1 Breeding Pool
  • 1 Cinder Glade
  • 2 Flooded Grove
  • 2 Forest
  • 3 Island
  • 4 Misty Rainforest
  • 2 Mountain
  • 4 Steam Vents
  • 4 Stomping Ground
  • 2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
  • 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • 2 Snapcaster Mage
  • 4 Cryptic Command
  • 1 Electrolyze
  • 2 Farseek
  • 2 Izzet Charm
  • 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 4 Remand
  • 4 Scapeshift
  • 4 Search for Tomorrow
  • 1 Sweltering Suns
Sideboard:
  • 3 Obstinate Baloth
  • 1 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 2 Crumble to Dust
  • 2 Dispel
  • 1 Engineered Explosives
  • 2 Negate
  • 2 Seal of Primordium
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Raul Avoscan – R/U/G Scapeshift
Main Deck
1 Breeding Pool
1 Cinder Glade
2 Flooded Grove
2 Forest
3 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Mountain
4 Steam Vents
4 Stomping Ground
2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Cryptic Command
1 Electrolyze
2 Farseek
2 Izzet Charm
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Remand
4 Scapeshift
4 Search for Tomorrow
1 Sweltering Suns
Sideboard:
3 Obstinate Baloth
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Crumble to Dust
2 Dispel
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Negate
2 Seal of Primordium

Jonathan Anghelescu – Living End

Jonathan Anghelescu – Living End

Main Deck
  • 3 Archfiend of Ifnir
  • 2 Beast Within
  • 4 Blackcleave Cliffs
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Bloodstained Mire
  • 4 Demonic Dread
  • 4 Desert Cerodon
  • 2 Faerie Macabre
  • 1 Forest
  • 4 Fulminator Mage
  • 3 Grove of the Burnwillows
  • 4 Horror of the Broken Lands
  • 3 Living End
  • 4 Monstrous Carabid
  • 1 Overgrown Tomb
  • 4 Simian Spirit Guide
  • 1 Stomping Ground
  • 4 Street Wraith
  • 2 Swamp
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs
  • 4 Violent Outburst
Sideboard:
  • 2 Faerie Macabre
  • 3 Ingot Chewer
  • 4 Leyline of Sanctity
  • 2 Ricochet Trap
  • 2 Shriekmaw
  • 2 Slaughter Games
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Jonathan Anghelescu – Living End
Main Deck
3 Archfiend of Ifnir
2 Beast Within
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
1 Bloodstained Mire
4 Demonic Dread
4 Desert Cerodon
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Forest
4 Fulminator Mage
3 Grove of the Burnwillows
4 Horror of the Broken Lands
3 Living End
4 Monstrous Carabid
1 Overgrown Tomb
4 Simian Spirit Guide
1 Stomping Ground
4 Street Wraith
2 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Violent Outburst
Sideboard:
2 Faerie Macabre
3 Ingot Chewer
4 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Ricochet Trap
2 Shriekmaw
2 Slaughter Games

Articles

Judge Spotlight – Anna Cotti

Anna Cotti was the Headjudge of the MKMS Rome Modern main event. We used the opportunity to learn more about the judge perspective on tournament procedures. Anna told us all about her great experiences being a judge in the Italian Magic community....

Final Video Feature Match: Peretti vs. Avoscan

The unbanning of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf set the theme for our Modern main event here in Rome, so it was only fitting to find those cards on opposing sides in the final match. It wasn't in regular midrange Jund and a blue control deck though!...

Semifinal Video Feature Match: Pirastru vs. Avoscan

While Anghelescu and Farotti fought a drawn out battle with their different Living End decks, the other half of the bracket was done much faster. When we caught up with Michele Pirastru and Raul Avoscan, the Semifinalist in the other bracket, they had already played...

Quarterfinal Video Feature Match: Anghelescu vs. Farotti

In the quarterfinals, we got to witness MKM Power 8 member Jonathan Anghelescu play for the first time on stream. Before, he and his {Living End} deck had snuck by us by going 6-0, then 7-0, which meant that he didn't need to play any further to secure a Top 8 berth....

Round 8 Video Feature Match: Cervi vs. Marcet

In Round 8, the final round of the Swiss, Cesidio Cervi and Santiago Marcet duked it out for a spot in the playoffs. Cervi was running Eldrazi Tron, while Marcet had brought his very own amalgam, combining {Hollow One} and {Burning-Tree Emissary}/{Reckless...

Round 7 Video Feature Match: Altman vs. Peretti

In Round 7, for the first video feature match of the weekend, we decided to look in on the battle between Frederik Altman's Grixis Midrange and David Peretti's Ponza featuring the recently unbanned {Bloodbraid Elf}. We didn't know then that Peretti was destined to go...

Quick Question: Unbanning Bloodbraid Elf?

Along with Jace, Wizards had recently removed {Bloodbraid Elf} from the list of banned cards, allowing Jund's posterchild to once again roam freely in Modern. We asked some eminent experts of the game for their opinion on the decision … Dennis Zens, first among the...

Quick Question: Unbanning Jace, the Mind Sculptor?

Wizards had recently removed {Jace, the Mind Sculptor} from the list of banned cards, allowing the strongest planeswalker of all time to be played in Modern for the first time since the format's inception. We asked some eminent experts of the game for their opinion on...

Quick Question: Top Three Modern Decks?

The world of Modern had changed considerably in recent months. We wanted to find out what decks were considered the best three in the format right now, so we asked some eminent experts of the game for their opinion … Dennis Zens, first among the MKMS Power 8: "Jund,...

Previously at the MKM Series: Modern in Frankfurt 2018

On the eve of MKM Series Rome, it was once again time for us to follow long-standing tradition, to step back, and to review what happened last time at the MKM Series. Ten weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Frankfurt for the first stop of the MKM...

Metagame Breakdown

192 Masters of Modern gathered in the conference hall on Saturday at the beautiful Roma Aurelia Antica Hotel for the first time since Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf were set free. Make no mistake though, releasing these legends hasn’t stymied Modern’s famed variety, at least not here in Rome. The most-played archetype was Tron, with just over 11% of the field choosing to sleeve up the Urza lands. Of the 22 Tron decks, 12 elected to play the standard G/x Tron and 10 elected to play Eldrazi Tron, so there was no clear favorite among the archetype’s variants.

G/B/x Midrange archetype were the second most prevalent with 20 players choosing to pin their hopes on Liliana of the Veil and Thoughtseize. Jund, as one might expect, was the most represented in this particular category, with 13 pilots choosing to sleeve up the elf and one player choosing an elf-less variant of Jund. Burn was the third-most played deck, with 18 players choosing to go under Jace for the win. White and Blue were the preferred colors for Jace decks, with the majority of the 14 pilots choosing to play the powerful planeswalker in a Jeskai shell. The combo archetype of choice, with nine pilots, was Valakut, with a wide spectrum of variants ranging from the classic Titanshift to breach Titan and even Titanless RUG builds using Jace and a plethora of low-cost ramp to make their Valakut lethal.

Justin Hajo correctly predicted another trend here in Rome – the rise of Graveyard strategies. Dredge appeared substantially more here than in Frankfurt, with nine players, or close to 5% of the field sleeving up Bloodghasts and Stinkweed Imps over Bloodbraids and Jaces. Goryo’s Vengeance also made a solid showing, with four players choosing to sleeve up the powerful sorcery. Lastly, a few decks were surprisingly rare here: Humans only found three pilots and there were no Blue Moon decks to speak of. Overall, this was one of the most diverse Modern pools we’ve seen at the MKM Series and hopefully it heralds good things for the future of the format in uncertain times.

Legend

  • 22 Tron
  • 20 B/G/x midrange
  • 18 Burn
  • 14 W/U/x Control
  • 9 R/G/x Valakut
  • 9 Dredge
  • 8 G/W/x Collected Company
  • 7 R/G Ponza
  • 7  Affinity
  • 7 Bogles
  • 6 U/R Storm
  • 6 Merfolk
  • 5 Bloodbraid Zoo
  • 4 Hollow One
  • 4 Goryo's Vengeance
  • 46 Others

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