Open Recap: Dredge rises from the dead once again


In Magic, somethings just won’t stay dead.

From Zombies to Vampires to horrors like the so-quickly-forgotten Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis, those that die find a way to come back and haunt us again.

And that was the story of the weekend when the Open Series traveled to Edmonton, Alberta this past Saturday for a Modern Open. Dredge came back to rear its ugly head and claim yet another trophy in the hands of Brett Steele.

Your Modern Open champ, Brett Steele.

With the recent banning of Faithless Looting many thought that Dredge had seen its last days at the top of the Modern metagame. But, Steele showed on Saturday that when players skimp out on their graveyard hate, the deck can rise again to wreck havoc on unsuspecting midrange players. Steele triumphed over Daniel Goresht in the finals who played a sweet Azorius Spirits build featuring the newly freed Stoneforge Mystic.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Erik Richards on the Four Colour Urza deck that has been climbing in popularity, Todd Duggan who played a sweet Gruul Eldrazi brew, Frank Hui on Azorius Stoneblade, Graham Hryniuk who also played Dredge, Andrew Wright on Burn and Shaun Pringle who played a sweet Grixis Control deck.

Last weekend we were in St. John’s for our first Open Series event since the most recent Banned & Restricted announcement, and we saw big mana decks like Tron and Valakut dominate the competition.

But this weekend — all the way across the country — it was a different story. As you can see the prominent archetypes from our Top 8 either relied heavily on graveyard synergies to take over the game like Steele’s Dredge deck, or were the midrange piles we expected after the B&R announcement. It’s interesting to see such a stark contrast from week to week, but it’s possible players are starting to figure out these Stoneforge decks with the added testing time.

Your Edmonton Open Top 8.

Specifically, I’d like to highlight Shaun Pringle’s Grixis deck as something we should definitely be making note of. If the format devolves a little into a slew of Stoneforge decks, Urza and some linear graveyard decks, I could really see an archetype like this manage to breath some new life.

While all that action was going on during the main event, we had players on-site all day buying and selling cards at the booth and playing in side events. We had 173 players in the main event, fired a total of 10 Commander pods, eight side drafts and hosted two FREE Standard daily side events. This was maybe the most well attended event we’ve ever hosted on the series and we couldn’t be more thankful to the Edmonton community for all of your support!

Before I leave you for the week I’ve got one last reminder for you. Our Toronto MCQ is coming up THIS SATURDAY and you’re going to want to make sure to pre-register to secure your spot. This time it’s Modern so it’s sure to be packed! We’ll see you there.

Congratulations again to our champion Brett Steele 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 you there are any changes you’d like to see from our events email us at:

The next stop on the series is also coming up this Saturday Sept. 14 when we’ll be traveling to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia for a Modern Open. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!