Modern Open Recap: Karn liberates Halifax


This past weekend the Open Series traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia and we crowned a champion in Karn versus Karn combat. The Mono-Green Tron mirror. Two decks, 16 Karns between them, and only one champion could emerge.

Gavin Grant lifted the Halifax Open trophy.

Your Open champ, Gavin Grant.

Grant triumphed over Travis Benedict — who took down our Moncton Open in August with Tron — in the finals.

Tron has underwent a metamorphosis as of late, as has a lot of the Modern format, after the release of War of the Spark. The addition of Karn, the Great Creator has allowed the deck some increased versatility, a combo kill and an alternative angle of attack that has given it even more to do with all of it’s mana.

As always, Tron does a good job of policing the midrange decks of the format, while it struggles to keep up with linear decks like Burn or Infect. If you take a look at our Top 8, these two Tron decks were able to prey on a swath of controlling decks.

Your Halifax Open Top 8.

Joining Benedict and Grant in the Top 8 was notable east coast Open star Josh Breau playing his bread and butter Azorius Control deck, Alexander Arab who played an awesome Elves deck, Andrew Spicer on Infect, Tyler MacBride who played Bant Spirits, Steven Sarty on Grixis Shadow and Phillippe Leger who played a sweet Bant Control deck featuring Oko, Thief of Crowns.

One massive standout to me from the Top 8 is that there were zero copies of Urza, Lord High Artificer in the elimination rounds. This is a pretty big shock given how dominant Urza decks have been in Modern as of late and on the Open Series. That said, Tron decks featuring the Karn, the Great Creator can be pretty punishing to opposing artifact strategies. So maybe Tron is the place to be if you want to dethrone Urza!

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As usual when we head to the east coast, the staff from Face to Face Games were blown away by the reception from the community. Both the main event and all the side events were busy all day long! We had players drive in from PEI, Moncton and Fredricton to battle and of course Gavin Grant — a PEI local — was able to lift the trophy. Thanks to everyone who came out and hung out with us on Saturday!

Before I leave you for the week I’d just like to quickly plug all of Face to Face Games’ upcoming WPN qualifier events. Wizards of the Coast has added a new system to their competitive framework to allow players to qualify for the upcoming Player’s Tour at the local level. Below are the dates of our upcoming Open+ events which will qualify the winner for the PT and check out this article to find out how you can qualify at your local Face to Face location as well. This Saturday in Toronto we’ll be sending someone to the Player’s Tour, so don’t miss out on your chance to battle!

Congratulations to our champion Gavin Grant from everyone at Face to Face Games! We’d also like to thank our awesome judge staff who ran a smooth event all day long!

With our tournament series growing every week we’ve added a feedback point of contact to our workflow in order to create the best events possible for you all in the future. If there are any changes you’d like to see from our events email us at:

The next stop on the series is coming up this weekend on Saturday Nov. 16 when we’ll be traveling to Toronto, ON for a Modern Open+! We’ll also be hosting multiple side events, including a PIONEER event and buying and selling cards all day long. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!