Open+ Recap: Modern at Canadian Nats

While we were crowning a new Canadian National Champion on one half of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this past weekend, we also crowned a Modern Face to Face Open+ champion just steps away.

Our sold out 226 person Modern Open+ saw eight rounds of the most hotly contested Modern action this country has to offer, and Adrian Malushaj was able to come out on top with his Ad Nauseum deck.

You Modern Open+ Champion, Adrian Malushaj.

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to Modern right now, and our Top 8 this weekend was no exception. This event was particularly exciting because it meant that we wouldn’t see the same old Toronto metagame, we’d have top Modern players from all over the country ready to battle.

With that said, this Top 8 of decklists is certainly a wild ride. We’ve got everything from Simian Spirit Guide to Karn, Scion of Urza and Hereo’s Downfall. Humans has been the boogeyman of Modern recently, and there’s been a lot of slower midrangey decks like Jeskai Control that have cropped-up to fight back.

By now, we all know that there is another way to beat Humans, and that’s to go underneath it, which is definitely something our Top 8 decks are capable of doing.

If you look carefully, every deck in our Top 8 is either chalked full of Lightning Bolts and other cheap removal spells. Or they’re able to kill you by Turn 4. Ah, yes, the Modern would we’ve come to know and love.

Your Modern Open+ Top 8.

Bernardo Fava finished in fourth place with his Mardu deck. Bernardo has been piloting various Thoughtseize strategies to some success at Face to Face events for a while now, and Sunday was no exception. We also saw Caleb Keung make his return to an Open Top 8. Caleb was dominant early on in the Open series and still clearly has some gas in the tank with this innovative U/B Control deck. The last Top 8 highlight I’d like to point out is Dane Allen’s Saheeli Evolution featuring the likes of Shalai, Voice of Plenty, Sun Titan, Alter of the Brood and Keranos, God of Storms — this deck is sweet.

Congratulations to all of the members of our 5k Canadian Nationals Face to Face Games Open+. We had a great time with all of you at Nats this weekend. Another big thank you to our sponsor Ultimate Guard, who provided some sweet goodies for our Top 8 players. And without further delay, their lists:

First Place, Adrian Malushaj – Ad Nauseum

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Simian Spirit Guide
1 Laboratory Maniac
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Lightning Storm
4 Phyrexian Unlife
1 Echoing Truth
4 Pentad Prism
2 Spoils of the Vault
3 Pact of Negation
4 Ad Nauseum
4 Serum Visions
4 Lotus Bloom
4 Angel’s Grace
4 Sleight of Hand
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Seachrome Coast
3 Darkslick Shores
3 Gemstone Mine
3 Temple of Deceit
3 Temple of Enlightenment
1 Island
1 Plains
3 City of Brass
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Fatal Push
3 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Wear // Tear
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Thoughtseize
1 Pact of Negation
4 Leyline of Sanctity
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Second Place, Jayson Babin – Hollow One

[Deck]
[Creatures]
2 Gurmag Angler
4 Flameblade Adept
4 Bloodghast
4 Street Wraith
4 Flamewake Phoenix
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Hollow One
4 Burning inquiry
4 Goblin Lore
4 Faithless Looting
3 Lingering Souls
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Swamp
2 Blood crypt
3 Scalding Tarn
1 Arid Mesa
2 mountain
2 Sacred Foundry
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Leyline of the Void
2 Big Game Hunter
3 Fatal Push
2 Wear//Tear
3 Grim Lavamancer
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Thoughtseize
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Third Place, Caleb Keung – U/B Control

[Deck]
[Creatures]
3 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Hero’s Downfall
4 Fatal Push
2 supreme Will
2 Damnation
2 Search for Azcanta
2 Spell Snare
1 Cast Down
2 Jace, The Mind Sculptor
1 Batterskull
1 Logic Knot
3 Cryptic Command
3 Spreading Seas
3 Opt
4 Remand
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Drowned Catacomb
1 Watery Grave
1 Fetid Pools
3 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Sunken Ruins
4 Polluted Delta
1 Bloodstained Mire
4 Field of Ruin
6 Island
2 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Damping Sphere
1 Bontu’s Last reckoning
1 Vraska’s Contempt
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Countersquall
1 Nihil Spellbomb
3 Collective Brutality
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fourth Place, Bernardo Fava – Mardu Pyromancer

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Young Pyromancer
1 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Bedlam Reveler
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Fatal Push
3 Thoughtseize
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Faithless Looting
4 lighting Bolt
1 Terminate
1 Dreadbore
2 Collective Brutality
2 Blood Moon
2 Liliana of the Veil
3 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Lingering Souls
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Bloodstained Mire
2 Marsh Flats
2 Arid Mesa
2 Blood Crypt
2 Sacred Foundry
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Swamp
1 Mountain
1 Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Engineered Explosives
2 Collective Brutality
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Wear // tear
1 Liliana, the last hope
1 Anger of the Gods
1 Goblin Rabblemaster
3 Molten Rain
3 Leyline of the Void
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fifth Place, Jason Breault – Skred Red

[Deck]
[Creatures]
2 Squee, the Immortal
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Glorybringer
2 Stormbreath Dragon
1 Hazoret the Fervent
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Koth of the Hammer
3 Relic of Progenitus
1 Ratchet Bomb
4 Mindstone
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Skred
1 Magma Spray
3 Anger of the Gods
4 Blood Moon
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Scrying Sheets
20 Snow-covered Mountains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Goblin Rabblemaster
2 shatterstorm
1 Anger of the Gods
3 Guttural Response
4 Dragon’s Claw
2 Ratchet Bomb
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Sixth Place, Dane Allen – Saheeli Evolution

[Deck]
[Creatures]
1 Thragtusk
1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
1 Shalai, Voice of Plenty
1 Huntmaster of the Fells
3 Felidar Guardian
1 Restoration Angel
1 Sun Titan
1 Reclamation Sage
3 Renegade Rallier
1 Reflector Mage
1 Eternal Witness
3 Voice of Resurgence
2 Lotus Cobra
4 Birds of paradise
1 Noble Hierarch
2 Coiling Oracle
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Eldritch Evolution
3 Saheeli Rai
4 Oath of Nissa
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Ghost Quarter
2 Forest
2 Plains
1 Stomping Ground
1 Breeding Pool
1 Steam Vents
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Temple Garden
1 Hallowed Fountain
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath
2 Flooded Strand
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Altar of the Brood
1 Gaddock Teeg
2 Fiery Justice
1 Inquisitor Exarch
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Rest in Peace
1 Stony Silence
1 Keranos, God of Storms
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Avalanche Rider
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Zealous Conscripts
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Seventh Place, Daniel Charpentier – Burn

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Skullcrack
4 Searing Blaze
4 Lightning Helix
4 Boros Charm
4 Rift bolt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
2 Shard Volley
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 inspiring Vantage
2 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
3 Mountain
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Arid Mesa
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Path to Exile
4 Destructive Revelry
1 Slagstorm
2 searing Blood
2 Grim Lavamancer
2 Relic of progenitus
1 Exquisite Firecraft
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Eighth Place, Francis Jette – Affinity

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Vault Skirge
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
4 Arcbound Ravager
3 Etched Champion
3 Steel overseer
2 Memnite
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Mox Opal
2 Galvanic Blast
4 Springleaf Drum
2 Karn, Scion of Urza
4 Cranial Plating
2 Ancient Stirrings
1 Welding Jar
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Spire of industry
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Galvanic Blast
1 Blood Moon
2 Stubborn Denial
2 Eidolon of Rhetoric
2 Rest in Peace
1 Wear//Tear
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
1 Bitterblossom
1 Etched Champion
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

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