MKM Series Frankfurt 2017 Coverage

Event Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt

Legacy Coverage

Modern Coverage

Standard Coverage

Vintage Coverage

The MKM Series Frankfurt 2017 is in the books!

This weekend, 32 players entered our Vintage event on Friday; 674 made our Modern main event the largest German Magic tournament since 2012; in Modern 437 players broke last year's record as well; and 124 Standard players wrapped things up on Monday. Four tournaments, four MKM Series champions …

Check out articles and features of our coverage on the pages linked below. We got metagame breakdowns, quick questions, Top 8 profiles and decklists, feature match reports, and much more!

Final: Walter Wölfler vs. Johannes Gutbrod

After ten rounds plus quarter- and semifinals, only two players were left to duke it out for the title and trophy of our Legacy main event: Austria’s Walter Wölfler who emerged to the final with his RB Reanimator deck and Germany’s Johannes Gutbrod, who chose to play...

Semifinal: Dalibor Szeghö vs. Walter Wölfler

"I guess you would like to play first, as you got the higher seat?" asked Walter Wölfler. Dalibor Szeghö answered in the affirmative. "And it's not like it matters all that much in this matchup, right?" The players shared a good laugh at that. Wölfler was playing...

Quarterfinal: Johannes Gutbrod vs. Christopher Wilhelm

After ten rounds of Legacy, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune. In this quaterfinal Johannes Gutbrod faced off against Christopher Wilhelm. Both players shared the same fate, because they both used to play foiled out versions of...

Video: Talking Legacy with Johannes Gutbrod

Today I sat down with Johannes Gutbrod to talk about the direction the Legacy format would take now that Miracles was banned. Johannes had been one of the players who were famous for always playing that deck. He made Top 8 in multiple independent tournament series...

Quick Question: Legacy Metagame?

With the format shaken to its foundations via the ban of {Sensei's Divining Top}, it was of course hard to predict what people would be playing this weekend in Legacy. We asked a few experts to try anyway: Which three decks do you expect to be the most played in...

Quick Question: Legacy Banning?

Some celebrated the banning of {Sensei's Divining Top}, others worried that Legacy—with its overabundance of different angles of attack, putting reactive strategies at a fundamental disadvantage—might lose its only viable control deck. We asked some of the notable...

Quick Question: Amonkhet in Legacy?

Legacy players didn't just lose a card, they also gained several new ones with the release of Amonkhet, at least potentially. We asked a bunch of notable players in attendance this weekend for their opinion: Which Amonkhet cards do you think will have the biggest...

Previously at the MKM Series: Legacy in Milan

In keeping with long-standing tradition, we first take a look back at what happened before … Six weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Milan for the first stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 134 Legacy lovers. Deck of the Tournament The biggest...

Modern Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt 2017

Final: Simon Bülhoff vs. Dennis Königsmark

After six rounds plus quarter- and semifinals, only two players were left to duke it out for the title and trophy of our Modern main event: Simon Bülhoff who went 9-1 in the swiss rounds and only lost to Abzan Company, because his Affinity deck wasn’t able to handle...

Semifinal: Dennis Königsmark vs. Dennis Zens

This semifinal pairing saw the dreaded mirror match. Not only were both players Dennis, both were also on {Death's Shadow} Jund, one of the most popular archetypes this weekend and one of the most succesful as well. While shuffling, the players were wondering just how...

Quarterfinal: Alexander Beiersdorfer vs. Simon Bülhoff

After ten rounds of Modern, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune. In this quarterfinal, a German affair, Alexander Beiersdorfer with his Lantern Control deck faced off against Simon Bülhoff and his Affinity deck. Game 1 Bülhoff went...

Top 16 Modern Decklists

Due to the record breaking tournament size we decided to not only publish the decklists of our Top8 competitors, but also the lists of the players who finished in the very respectable 9th to 16th place. Thanks to our prize payout scaling with the player numbers, these...

Video: Esper Vengeance with Marc Tobiasch

Our own Dr. Hans Joachim Höh interviewed Marc Tobiasch about his Modern creation for MKM Series Frankfurt 2017. Famous for one Grand Prix Top 8 and a ninth-place finish at another Grand Prix as well as at the most recent World Magic Cup, Tobiasch had also made a name...

Deck Tech: Vizier and Company with Jonas Bachstädter

A whopping 674 players from all over Europe gathered for MKM Series Frankfurt's Modern main event. I talked to Jonas Bachstädter who was undefeated after seven rounds and needed but one more win to clinch a Top 8 berth at this, the largest Magic tournament in Germany...

Quick Question: Modern Metagame?

Modern had long been famous for its large variety of viable strategies, for an overabundance of possibilities. We asked some of the MKM Series's preeminent players to narrow it down to three: Which three decks did they expect to be the most played in Modern this...

Quick Question: Amonkhet in Modern?

Modern was the only one of the weekend's four main event formats which didn't receive a major shake-up through bannings or restrictions earlier in the week. But maybe Magic's latest set, released just a day prior, would have an effect on Modern? We asked several...

Previously at the MKM Series: Modern in Milan

In keeping with long-standing tradition, we first take a look back at what happened before … Six weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Milan for the first stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 117 masters of Modern. Deck of the Tournament It was...

Standard Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt 2017

Final: Arne Huschenbeth vs. Malik Martin

After four days of Magic, just two people kept playing where hundreds had done so over the course of the long weekend. All around them the hall was empty, echoing with the sounds of tournament staff dismantling their stuff. It was the first Top 8 at the MKM Series for...

Top 16 Standard Decklists

With the release of Amonkhet so recent and the upcoming Pro Tour looming so close, fresh Standard tech was at a premium this weekend. So it seemed like a good idea to type up another eight lists in addition to the Top 8 players' decks. Although you'll mostly find more...

Quick Question: Banning in Standard?

Julian Knab, Legacy mastermind and MKM Series champion: "Judging by the reactions I had seen on Twitter on Monday, people were either furious or disappointed. I think I didn't see a single positive reaction about the lack of bannings. I even saw one guy who said he...

Quick Question: Amonkhet in Standard?

It was almost certain that Amonkhet was going to play a medium to large role in Standard, of course. We asked several of the more notable players in attendance this weekend for their opinion: Which Amonkhet cards did they think would have the biggest impact on...

Previously at the MKM Series: Standard in Milan

In keeping with long-standing tradition, we first take a look back at what happened before … Six weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Milan for the first stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 21 stars of Standard. Deck of the Tournament As had...

Vintage Coverage of the MKM Series Frankfurt 2017

Final: Kevin Wagner vs. Matous Trajhan

After six rounds plus quarter- and semifinals, only two players were left to duke it out for the title and trophy of our Vintage main event: Kevin Wagner a local Magic player, who was the only one in todays main event playing Workshops. Matous Trajhan was one of the...

Semifinal: Hannes Eriksson vs. Kevin Wagner

After the epic battle of giants that was the quarterfinal match between Tim van der Lans and Mikael Lindén, the limelight now belonged to two lesser known players. In this semifinal pairing, Sweden's Hannes Eriksson was facing off against local Kevin Wagner. Wagner...

Quarterfinal: Mikael Linden vs. Tim van der Lans

After six rounds of swiss, the remaining eight players finally faced the first knock-out round in the Vintage main event. In this quarterfinal two Magic heavyweights faced each other: Sweden's Mikael Linden who had already won the MKM Series Vintage main event two...

Quick Question: Vintage Metagame?

How would the metagame react to the restriction of {Gush} and {Gitaxian Probe}? We asked some of the more notable players for their estimate: Which three decks do you expect to be the most played in Vintage this weekend? Marius Hausmann, MKM Series Milan 2017 Legacy...

Quick Question: Vintage Restrictions?

The Vintage world was changed considerably with the most recent update to the Restricted List. In previous months the format had for the most part evolved, or devolved, into a battle between {Monastery Mentor} decks on one side taking advantage of lots of free...

Quick Question: Amonkhet in Vintage?

Friday marked not only the first day of MKM Series Frankfurt 2017, beginning with its Vintage main event, but also the release of Magic's latest set! Amonkhet takes us to a world based on ancient Egyptian lore and history. Would the set also be able to influence the...

Previously at the MKM Series: Vintage in Milan

In keeping with long-standing tradition, we first take a look back at what happened before … Six weeks ago, players from all over Europe gathered in Milan for the first stop of the MKM Series in 2017, including 27 veterans of Vintage. Deck of the Tournament Andrea...