Open Recap: Modern in Moncton


Forget White Weenie, if you’re playing Modern there are only three things that are certain in life: Death, Taxes and Mono-Green Tron.

This past weekend when the Open Series traveled to Moncton, New Brunswick and Travis Benedict proved that once again by taking down the entire event with the powerful big mana strategy.

Your Moncton Open champion, Travis Benedict.

As I’m sure you already know, Tron has been around as long as Modern’s existed. But, Mono-Green Tron specifically has really put up strong results as of late. Even with the utter dominance of Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis the deck has been able to compete and even took down the most recent Mythic Championship and the SCG Modern Open in Columbus in the hands of Face to Face Toronto local Dominic Harvey.

Benedict defeated Bobby Leblanc and his Urza Sword deck in the finals to take down the trophy. This new Urza deck has really come onto the scene strong since the release of Modern Horizons. It’s quite unique in that it looks on paper like a combo deck, but can play also play a strong attrition game, and that’s lead to a lot of success for the deck at the competitive level.

Your Moncton Open Top 8.

The rest of our Top 8 featured Jeremy Cameron on Hogaak, Matthew Mcgee-Herritt playing Izzet Phoenix, Mattieu Robichaud with a sweet Goblins brew, Bailey Macausland burning up a storm, Adam Joyce who also played Hogaak and Devin Watts who played the often forgotten Orzhov Eldrazi archetype.

Now, I know what’s on all of your minds — the possibility of that Hogaak ban at the end of the month. Modern is in a bit of standstill right now due to the impending announcement, and we of course did have multiple copies of Hogaak in our Top 8 this weekend. With that said, it in no way dominated this event. In fact decks like this Eldrazi deck that is able to take advantage of its maindeck Relic of Progrenitus’ with cards like Wasteland Strangler were able to effectively combat the deck. Whether or not you’re a fan of the Hogaak deck existing in Modern I think we can all look at the Top 8 here and see some awesome deckbuilding that paid off for these players in response to how popular graveyard decks are right now. Even Benedict himself had three copies of Relic in his maindeck.

In addition to all the action in the main event, we had players on site all day long playing side events, firing up Commander games and buying and selling cards at the Face to Face Games booth. Thanks to Moncton for such a warm response!

Before I leave you for the week I want to make sure to remind you of Face to Games’ upcoming Mythic Championship Qualifiers (MCQ). First on Saturday August 24, we’ll be hosting a Modern MCQ in Montreal and just a few weeks later on September 14, we’ll have our Toronto Modern MCQ. These events will definitely fill up quick, so make sure to sign up if you’re interested!

Congratulations again to our champion Travis Benedict 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! The next stop on the series is coming up on the weekend of August 31 when we’ll be traveling to St. John’s, Newfoundland for our first EVER Magic Weekend! This will be the Open Series’ first ever two day event, and will feature a ton of side events to fill your time all weekend long. So, make sure to pre-register and we can’t wait to see you in St. John’s!