This past Saturday the Open Series traveled to Red Deer, Alberta and Truman Yee used Whir of Invention to lock some people up in Magic prison on his way to hoisting the trophy.

Your Open+ champ, Truman Yee.

Of course, Yee played the Whir Prison deck that has been growing in popularity as of late to his title. The deck has a very favourable matchup against Izzet Phoenix and can also lock out Dredge with ease which makes it pretty well positioned in Modern right now. I’ve heard through the grapevine that Yee is a real master in the Alberta region, and he showed that on Saturday with this new deck.

Yee defeated Sam Tsafalas’ Titan Shift deck in the Finals, a deck that has been around since Modern’s beginnings but hasn’t been that popular recently. That said, cards like Relic of Progenitus and Anger of the Gods can be pretty punishing to all these popular graveyard decks, so maybe this is the time for a comeback.

Your Modern Open+ Top 8.

The rest of our Top 8 featured a copy of Hardened Scales, a Grixis Death’s Shadow player, Burn, an Amulet Titan Player, a sweet Turbo Vizier deck and a Sultai Reclamation deck that you do not want to miss.

There have been some rumblings about Wilderness Reclamation making its way into Modern, and although a four mana enhancement needs a lot to make it in the format, maybe this one is just that good.

Despite some of the uproar after today’s lack of bannings in Modern, our Top 8 both here in Red Deer and in our other Open+ in Toronto show an image of a pretty healthy Modern format. In Alberta in particular, there were zero copies of Faithless Looting in the entire Top 8 which was the card that many people were asking to be banned on Monday morning.

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We had a total of 149 players brave the winter elements to make it out and battle with us at our first Alberta Open+ of 2019. Over the course of the day, we fired seven Ravnica Allegiance Drafts, an Ultimate Masters Draft, 11 Commander pods and three constructed side events.

Congratulations again to our champion Truman Yee from everyone at Face to Face Games! Additionally, we’d like to extend our thanks to our awesome judge staff on Saturday and to our Open Series sponsor — Ultimate Guard — who hooked up everyone in the Top 8 with some awesome swag. The next stop on the series is coming up in St. John’s Newfoundland on March 16, when we’ll be hosting a Modern Open. We’ll see everyone on the East Coast!