Devoted Druid shines in Charlottetown

Even in a format with turn-two [Card]Primeval Titan[/Card]s, lightning fast [Card]Ad Nauseum[/Card] kills and powerful finishers like [Card]Jace, the Mind Sculptor[/Card], every now and then the little green creatures get the job done.

And that’s what happened this past weekend when the F2F Tour stopped in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for a Modern event. Sebastian Steffe and his [Card]Devoted Druid[/Card] combo deck conquered the entire event.

Your F2F Tour Charlottetown champ, Sebastian Steffe.

Steffe was able to take down Adam Joyce and his Ponza deck in the finals.

Druid is in an interesting spot in Modern these days. It feels like each and every set provides new toys to battle with and Theros Beyond Death was no exception. The addition of [Card]Heliod, Sun-Crowned[/Card] gave the deck even more explosive combo potential with [Card]Walking Ballista[/Card] and [Card]Spike Feeder[/Card] offering you infinite damage and infinite life as early as turn three. It’s as easy as casting one [Card]Collected Company[/Card] finding a Heliod and a Feeder and boom, infinite life. 

And this strange collection of combo enablers and value engines was everything Steffe needed to come out on top last weekend.

Your Charlottetown Top 8.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Chris Brennan playing the Snowblade deck that’s been picking up in popularity lately after the printing of [Card]Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath[/Card], Jean-Francois Lamothe playing an old classic in Skred Red, Greg Mahen  and Cole Clarke on Jund, Gavin Grant on Mono-Green Tron and Matthew McGee-Herritt combo-killing with [Card]Ad Nauseum[/Card].

Now, with the banning of [Card]Once Upon a Time[/Card] on Monday, Steffe’s deck certainly took a big hit right after he brought home the trophy. Granted, Heliod Company remains an extremely explosive deck that can really exploit a metagame that isn’t filled with [Card]Lightning Bolt[/Card]s and [Card]Fatal Push[/Card]s. It’s not like this banning is going to completely remove the big mana decks that are making it hard to play spot-removal, so Druid might be here to stay at the top of the metagame. 

With that said, the clear next step to me is the exploration of these Uro midrange decks like the one that Chris Brennan piloted all the way to the Top 4 on Saturday. These Stoneforge decks, the [Card]Urza, Lord High Artificer[/Card] versions and the [Card]Cryptic Command[/Card] control decks all featuring the three mana titan as their finisher are all primed to blow up in Modern from where I’m sitting. So, if you’ve got a Modern event coming up I’d give Brennan’s deck a shot.

Congratulations to Sebastian Steffe and to the rest of the Top 8 on their outstanding performances this past weekend. Before I leave you for the week, I’d like to also extend a special thank you to both our judge staff and our sponsor Ultimate Guard for helping us put on a great event.

Now, normally before I give you the decklists you came here for, I’d let you know what’s next on the docket for the F2F Tour in the coming weeks. But in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Face to Face Games has decided to cancel a number of events in accordance with the recommendations made by Health Canada. If you’d like further information on how the Tour has been impacted, please see our article on the subject here.

In the coming weeks we’ll be closely monitoring the situation and if anything changes, you’ll be the first to know. We hope to see you on the F2F Tour soon!

[Deck Title= First Place, Devoted Druid Combo – Sebastian Steffe]
[Creatures]
4 Noble Hierarch
2 Birds of Paradise
1 Viscera Seer
1 Walking Ballista
4 Devoted Druid
2 Vizier of Remedies
3 Kitchen Finks
4 Spike Feeder
4 Heliod, Sun-Crowned
4 Ranger-Captain of Eos
1 Eternal Witness
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Collected Company
2 Finale of Devastation
4 Once Upon a Time
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Windswept Heath
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Forest
1 Plains
3 Horizon Canopy
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Godless Shrine
2 Temple Garden
2 Razorverge Thicket
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Thoughtseize
3 Veil of Summer
3 Path to Exile
1 Knight of Autumn
1 Caustic Caterpillar
1 Hexdrinker
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Collector Ouphe
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Ponza – Adam Joyce]
[Creatures]
4 Arbor Elf
3 Klothys, God of Destiny
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Seasoned Pyromancer
4 Bloodbraid Elf
4 Glorybringer
2 Inferno Titan
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Once Upon a Time
4 Utopia Sprawl
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Chandra, Awakened Inferno
[/Spells]
[Lands]
7 Forest
1 Mountain
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath
4 Stomping Ground
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Boil
1 Weather the Storm
2 Abrade
3 Pillage
2 Obstinate Baloth
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Cindervines
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Snowblade – Chris Brennan]
[Creatures]
3 Ice-Fang Coatl
1 Snapcaster Mage
3 Spell Queller
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Arcum’s Astrolabe
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
3 Force of Negation
2 Cryptic Command
2 Mana Leak
4 Path to Exile
1 Shadow of Doubt
1 Spell Snare
3 Teferi, Time Raveler
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Steam Vents
1 Breeding Pool
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Temple Garden
4 Flooded Strand
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Scalding Tarn
2 Field of Ruin
2 Mystic Sanctuary
1 Snow-Covered Forest
5 Snow-Covered Island
1 Snow-Covered Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Blood Moon
2 Veil of Summer
2 Rest in Peace
2 On Thin Ice
1 Mystical Dispute
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Aether Gust
1 Celestial Purge
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Timely Reinforcements
1 Ashiok, Dream Render
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Skred Red – Jean-Francois Lamothe]
[Creatures]
3 Seasoned Pyromancer
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Glorybringer
2 Stormbreath Dragon
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Chandra Torch of Defiance
1 Karn, Scion of Urza
1 Karn, the Great Creator
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Relic of Progenitus
4 Skred
4 Arcum’s Astrolabe
4 Mind Stone
2 Anger of the Gods
3 Blood Moon
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Frostwalk Bastion
2 Scrying Sheets
17 Snow-Covered Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Pithing Needle
2 Damping Sphere
3 Dragon’s Claw
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
2 Wear // Tear
1 Dead of Winter
2 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Chandra, Awakened inferno
1 Wurmcoil Engine
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Jund – Greg Mahen]
[Creatures]
4 Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Seasoned Pyromancer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Wrenn and Six
4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Raven’s Crime
1 Life from the Loam
2 Fatal Push
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Kolaghan’s Command
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Forest
1 Mountain
2 Swamp
2 Blood Crypt
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Stomping Ground
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Nurturing Peatlands
1 Barren Moor
1 Forgotten Cave
1 Raging Ravine
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Ashiok, Dream Render
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Collective Brutality
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Plague Engineer
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Jund – Cole Clarke]
[Creatures]
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Bloodbraid Elf
2 Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
2 Scavenging Ooze
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Fatal Push
3 Thoughtseize
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Lightning Bolt
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Assassin’s Trophy
3 Wrenn and Six
3 Liliana of the Veil
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Bloodstained Mire
2 Wooded Foothills
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Stomping Ground
1 Blood Crypt
1 Forest
2 Swamp
1 Mountain
1 Nurturing Peatland
2 Raging Ravine
1 Barren Moor
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Plague Engineer
2 Collective Brutality
2 Fulminator Mage
2 Stone Rain
2 Ashiok, Dream Render
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Collector Ouphe
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Damping Sphere
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Ad Nauseam – Matthew McGee-Herritt]
[Creatures]
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Thassa’s Oracle
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Lightning Storm
4 Ad Nauseam
4 Pentad Prism
4 Angel’s Grace
3 Spoils of the Vault
3 Phyrexian Unlife
3 Pact of Negation
4 Lotus Bloom
2 Sleight of Hand
4 Serum Visions
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Mana Confluence
3 Temple of Enlightenment
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Watery Grave
2 Flooded Strand
3 Temple of Deceit
1 Snow-Covered Island
1 Snow-Covered Plains
2 Darkslick Shores
3 Gemstone Mine
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Solemnity
1 Rest in Peace
1 Pact of Negation
3 Veil of Summer
3 Path to Exile
3 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Thoughtseize
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Mono-Green Tron – Gavin Grant]
[Creatures]
3 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
1 Walking Ballista
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Chromatic Sphere
2 Once Upon a Time
1 All is Dust
4 Sylvan Scrying
2 Oblivion Stone
4 Chromatic Star
4 Ancient Stirrings
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
1 Warping Wail
4 Karn Liberated
4 Karn, the Great Creator
4 Expedition Map
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Blast Zone
1 Sanctum of Ugin
3 Forest
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Tower
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Liquimetal Coating
1 Trinisphere
1 Witchbane Orb
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Sundering Titan
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Walking Ballista
1 Oblivion Stone
3 Thragtusk
2 Nature’s Claim
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]\