Modern MCQ Recap: Fournier burns the house down in Toronto


Daniel Fournier has been on an absolute tear over the past few months.

Somehow between his incomprehensible ramblings about Snapcaster Mage decks and his renewed outlook on competitive Magic he has recharged his fire and cannot seem to lose a match.

He’s won our Face to Face Games Toronto Invitational, multiple weekly showdowns, a Standard MCQ and a local Modern 3K in just a handful of months.

And that trend continued this past Saturday in Toronto when he won his second MCQ in as many seasons — this time in Modern.

There’s no other way to say it — the kid is back.

Your MCQ champ, Daniel Fournier.

In an absolute escape from the norm, Fournier piloted a unique take on Mono-Red Prowess at the event, eschewing low impact tertiary threats like Blistercoil Weird in favour of the ever explosive Kiln Fiend. If you’re looking to hear a little more about how he tuned his list stay tuned for his article on the deck later this week.

Fournier defeated Jordon Scott and his Blue Moon deck in the finals.

Your Modern MCQ Top 8.

Joining the two of them in the Top 8 was Shawn Zalewski playing good old Jund, Noah Clark on a sweet Four Colour Snow brew, Zachary Remple on Burn, Delan Hamasoor playing Mardu Shadow, Les Miller on Whirza and Derek Lansche playing the Storm deck he terrorized the Open Series with a few years back.

From where I’m sitting, this Top 8 is a little unusual for what we’ve been seeing in Modern lately. On the Open Series its felt like each week we toss back and forth between linear decks like Tron and TitanShift ruling the day to the midrange fest everybody expected when Stoneforge Mystic was unbanned.

That in mind, on Saturday we just seemed to have a lot of Lightning Bolts in our Top 8. With the exception of Noah’s awesome brew, each deck really seems to emphasize mana efficiency and versatility. There’s a lot of one mana spells and cantrips in these lists. Which, if you’ve played any Modern in the past, may just be a sign of things to come.

We’ll have to wait and find out.

Your MCQ finalists!

Congratulations again to our champion Daniel Fournier from everyone at Face to Face Games! Additionally, we’d like to extend our thanks to our amazing judge staff who ran a smooth event all day long!

With this MCQ season ending the next stop on the Open Series is coming up this Saturday in London, Ontario where we’ll be hosting a Modern Open. We’ll have the main event, side drafts and Commander pods all day so make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there.