Face to Face Games Open Recap: Modern in Kelowna

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After weeks of Izzet Phoenix’s dominance in Modern, another Faithless Looting deck put on a show this past weekend as the FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series traveled to Kelowna, B.C. — Dredge.

Ryan McKerricher harnessed the power of his graveyard and with the help of Narcomeba, Bloodghast and friends he was able to bring home the trophy.

Your Modern Open champion, Ryan McKerricher.

Dredge has, of course, been a fixture of the Modern format for the past few years ever since the unbanning — and subsequent re-banning — of Golgari Grave-Troll. The deck obviously attacks on a drastically different angle than your average Modern deck and often forces its opponent to have dedicated graveyard hate to interact. On Saturday, McKerricher was able to juke and jive his way around that hate using his Nature’s Claims to become champion. McKerricher defeated Conner Phillips and his Hardened Scales deck in the finals.

Scales is a deck that has waxed and waned in its effectiveness in Modern, but has always had the kind of explosiveness to compete with the top of the format. While capable of some frustrating draws, Arcbound Ravager accounts for some seemingly instant kills and this deck is a serious contender at any Modern event as Phillips showed this weekend.

Your Kelowna Open Top 8.

The rest of our Top 8 featured Thomas Piercey playing Izzet Phoenix, David Holmberg on Tron, Jacob Hanley who chose Mono-Red Phoenix over Izzet, Austin Drake playing Burn, Chris Danek on old-school Jund and Ben Elliot playing the coolest Esper deck I have ever seen in my life.

Seriously, Elliot’s Esper deck had a full four copies of Kaya, Orzhov Usurper and another four copies of Unmoored Ego. You do not want to miss this brew.

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In addition to the action in the main event we had players on site all day battling in side events. This was the first major event ever hosted in Kelowna, and we had a great time bringing competitive Magic to the city. We also had a few lucky Face to Face Games Open Trial winners in attendance. Don’t forget you can win byes to an upcoming Open by competing in our Trials. Check out our event schedule for a Trial near you.

Congratulations again to our champion Ryan McKerricher from everyone at Face to Face Games! Additionally, we’d like to extend our thanks to both our Open Series sponsor — Ultimate Guard — who hooked up everyone in the Top 8 with some awesome swag and to our amazing judge staff! The next stop on the series is coming up this Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta where we’ll be hosting a Modern Open+! Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there.