The Modern Master: Patrick Dickmann

Posted in Event Coverage on May 30, 2015

By Olle Rade

This weekend may be about Modern Masters 2015, but there's also a constructed format lurking in it's shadow – Modern. And if there's one player who is known for his success in Modern and his love of the format it's Patrick Dickmann. He won Grand Prix Antwerp 2013 with his trademark deck, Splinter Twin. And last year he made Top 4 at Pro Tour Born of the Gods. His deck that time? Splinter Twin!

I sat down with the 25-year-old German and picked his brain about Modern in general and Modern Master 2015.

What makes Modern such a great format?

Diversity! The fact that you can play pretty much whatever you want as long as you build your deck the right way. All the tools are there to adapt your deck to the metagame and if you do it right you aren't restricted to playing a tier 1 decks, but can win with everything.

Patrick Dickmann didn't bring his Splinter Twin deck to Utrecht this weekend, but he did bring his knowledge of limited. Which is deep enough to make him a name to keep an eye open for at the top tables. Even though Modern Master 2015 was just released, the Platinum Pro has already had a lot of experience with it both in sealed deck and in draft.

"I prefer it in draft to be honest. In sealed deck it seems like it's hard to get one of the focused archetypes and you usually end up with half an Affinity deck in your sideboard and just play the best cards over all the colors you can find the mana fixing for," he explains.


Patrick Dickmann

If there is one thing he's excited with about the set though, it is that it will make Modern more available for both new players and old enthusiasts who has had a hard time to come by all the cards for their decks due to card availability.

"With the last Modern Masters it felt like it attracted enough new players to the format that cards like Tarmogoyf were still hard to come by. Modern Masters 2015 should help with this as it seems like it has a larger print run, and hopefully everyone can find the cards to build whichever Modern deck they want," Dickmann says.

Patrick Dickmann is the kind of analytical person who can talk for hours about small decisions in learning to play a deck like Splinter Twin optimally. He loves the fact that scrying with a Serum Visions can be a game winning decision five turns later, and he prefers Modern matches were the games go long and interactive with tons of small decisions for both players.

"Since there hasn't been any major Modern tournaments since Pro Tour Fate Reforged in February I actually haven't played that much Modern lately. But I've started playing a bit more on Magic Online to prepare for Grand Prix Copenhagen in June. I still love Splinter Twin, but I don't like some of the decks that I've been paired up against lately. It seems like the format is moving more towards fast games where the opening hand of certain decks decide the outcome of the game," he says.

Then it might be a comfort that this weekend will see tons of long limited games, with only small increments of card advantage and a lot of room to out-maneuver his opponents. Patrick Dickmann is one of the most famous players in the room, but when it comes to playing Magic, he loves it just as much as the people who play their first Grand Prix here in Utrecht.

"I wouldn't play Magic if I didn't love the game. In fact I think I can look back at some of my results and see that I've done better when I've had more fun playing, like in Modern. This weekend is going to be a lot of fun, and I hope to play some great games."

When it comes to the future of Modern, and what he is hoping to play in Copenhagen, the Modern Master is still undecided. But he does admit where his heart lies.

"I still really like Splinter Twin, although it might not be as strong as it has been before. I'm not saying it's a bad bad deck right now. It's just not as good as the people think it is, which makes them over prepare for it with sideboard cards. Which sadly makes me not want to play it as much."

If you're curious what Patrick Dickmann's Splinter Twin decks looks like. Here are the decklists from when the won Grand Prix Antwerp 2013 and when he made top 4 at Pro Tour Born of the Gods in 2014.

Patrick Dickmann, Blue/Red Splinter Twin, Grand Prix Antwerp 2013

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Patrick Dickmann's Tarmotwin, Pro Tour Born of the Gods 2014 Format: 3 Deceiver Exarch 3 Pestermite 2 Scavenging Ooze 4 Snapcaster Mage 4 Tarmogoyf 1 Breeding Pool 1 Forest 2 Hinterland Harbor 2 Island 4 Misty Rainforest 1 Mountain 4 Scalding Tarn 3 Steam Vents 1 Stomping Ground 2 Sulfur Falls 2 Cryptic Command 1 Electrolyze 2 Flame Slash 2 Gitaxian Probe 4 Lightning Bolt 4 Remand 4 Serum Visions 4 Splinter Twin *2 Ancient Grudge *2 Anger of the Gods *1 Batterskull *1 Combust *1 Counterflux *1 Dismember *1 Dispel *1 Engineered Explosives *1 Nature's Claim *1 Negate *1 Scavenging Ooze *1 Spellskite

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