F2F Tour Calgary Weekend Recap

After a successful trip in Toronto, the F2F Tour visited Calgary and it was another smash success weekend as droves of players came ready to sling cards in all kinds of different formats.

The Commander Corner, in particular, was a big hit in Calgary! Cardboard Command, our friendly neighborhood trio of YouTube content creators, joined in on the action, hosting tons of free Ultimate Guard giveaways and jumping into more than 70 full Commander pods over the course of the weekend.

For this upcoming weekend in Montreal, Cardboard Command will be joined on the tour by Madison (The Spike Feeders) and Andrew (MTG Muddstah), so if you enjoy Commander you know where you need to be!

Scanning the Top 8 lists of the two Modern Opens this weekend, it looks like 4c Omnath was a major player in the field. Four copies of the deck made the Top 8, with one taking down the Sunday Open. But first let’s start with the Saturday tournament where Josh Southcott took home the trophy with Rakdos.

I caught up with him on Monday. Josh mentioned his deck ran as smooth as it could, losing only one match to Burn (and only by a single life point!) He attributes his win to the fact that he was also able to avoid any Titan matchups. One of the reasons he picked up the deck was he felt Tourach, Dread Cantor was well-positioned against the type of removal he expected to see. Well done Josh!

While another player, Carson Bell, finished 3rd with Omnath on Saturday, things started off a little rough for him as he attempted another run on Sunday.

And what a bounce back it was! He ended up winning the whole thing! I asked him the reasoning behind his deck choice and he answered:

It just seemed to have so many different powerful things that it could do. Want to be more controlling? Tons of answers. Want to be more aggressive? Evoke Fury and blink it. Just the value generated by the cards seemed higher than pretty much any other deck.

He also mentioned how the deck offered a lot of options during games so that you could better leverage your skill/experience edge.

Carson wasn’t the only person who did well at both Opens. Joseph Karani crushed all weekend with Azorious Control. He claims UW finally has cards to deal with any strategy and has solid matchups against both Murktide and Hammer which he expected to be the two most played decks in the room. His preparation paid off!

Liam Hoban had himself a nice Modern weekend as well with Mono-Red Obosh. One new addition to the deck stood out to him though, and he gave me his bold take:

Chandra, Dressed to Kill is in my opinion the most powerful card out of Crimson Vow. She quickly snowballs out of control, continuously providing you card advantage, and accelerating you from 3 mana – 5 mana which bridges the curve in not being able to play 4 drops in the deck.

He was also extremely persuasive in getting me to try the deck:

I highly recommend players try the deck out, as it is very powerful and has a very consistent card advantage engine that red decks typically lack. Between Ragavan, Chandra, Light up the Stage and Seasoned Pyromancer, you find yourself constantly digging through 30+ cards in a game, and being a very grindy midrange deck, despite being mono red.

30+ cards in a game? Who says no?

The Legacy Showdown on Sunday was won by none other than Legacy mastermind Mat Schmaltz who piloted Red Deck Wins. I say mastermind because if you look on the MTG Elo website and filter for Legacy, the man’s record speaks for itself (a 70% win percentage!). He took to TikTok to celebrate his dominating victory:

@matschmaltz #magicthegathering #legacy #MTG ♬ original sound – MatSchmaltz

That does it for my second recap of the year. Next stop for me is Montreal this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing many of you there as I will be attending in person. Who knows? Maybe I’ll play some actual Commander with the boys from Cardboard Command!

For more event photos, click here!

Saturday Modern Open – Top 8



Rakdos - Josh Southcott (1st) 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (16)
4
Dragon's Rage Channeler
4
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
2
Dauthi Voidwalker
3
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
3
Tourach, Dread Cantor
Spells (18)
4
Inquisition of Kozilek
2
Lightning Bolt
3
Thoughtseize
4
Unholy Heat
2
Terminate
3
Kolaghan's Command
Artifacts (4)
4
Mishra's Bauble
Lands (22)
3
Blackcleave Cliffs
4
Blood Crypt
4
Bloodstained Mire
3
Den of the Bugbear
3
Graven Cairns
1
Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
1
Shizo, Death's Storehouse
1
Snow-Covered Mountain
1
Snow-Covered Swamp
1
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Chalice of the Void
3
Engineered Explosives
2
Alpine Moon
2
Pyrite Spellbomb
1
Thoughtseize
2
Dauthi Voidwalker
1
Terminate
2
Void Mirror
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den


Mono- Red Obosh - Liam Hoban (2nd) 

Companion
1
Obosh, the Preypiercer
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Chandra, Dressed to Kill
Creatures (16)
4
Dragon's Rage Channeler
4
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
4
Seasoned Pyromancer
4
Fury
Spells (15)
3
Firebolt
4
Lightning Bolt
4
Unholy Heat
4
Light Up the Stage
Enchantments (4)
4
Blood Moon
Lands (21)
3
Bloodstained Mire
4
Den of the Bugbear
2
Fiery Islet
7
Mountain
1
Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
1
Sunbaked Canyon
3
Wooded Foothills
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Chalice of the Void
4
Pyrite Spellbomb
3
Shattering Spree
4
Soul-Guide Lantern
1
Obosh, the Preypiercer


4c Omnath - Carson Bell (3rd) 

Companion
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Planeswalkers (8)
4
Wrenn and Six
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (18)
4
Ice-Fang Coatl
3
Eternal Witness
4
Omnath, Locus of Creation
3
Fury
4
Solitude
Spells (18)
2
Abundant Harvest
4
Ephemerate
2
Lightning Bolt
1
Path to Exile
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Expressive Iteration
1
Time Warp
Enchantments (8)
4
Abundant Growth
4
Spreading Seas
Lands (28)
1
Arid Mesa
1
Breeding Pool
3
Flooded Strand
1
Hallowed Fountain
1
Ketria Triome
4
Misty Rainforest
1
Prismatic Vista
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Reflecting Pool
1
Sacred Foundry
2
Snow-Covered Forest
1
Snow-Covered Island
1
Snow-Covered Mountain
1
Snow-Covered Plains
1
Steam Vents
1
Stomping Ground
1
Temple Garden
3
Windswept Heath
2
Wooded Foothills
Cards (80)
Sideboard (15)
1
Engineered Explosives
1
Alpine Moon
2
Flusterstorm
1
Path to Exile
2
Lightning Helix
1
Sunset Revelry
2
Endurance
2
Force of Negation
2
Force of Vigor
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad


Azorius Control - Joseph Karani (4th) 

Companion
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
Planeswalkers (6)
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Creatures (4)
4
Solitude
Spells (21)
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Counterspell
3
Fire/Ice
/
4
Archmage's Charm
3
Memory Deluge
3
Supreme Verdict
Artifacts (2)
2
Chalice of the Void
Enchantments (2)
2
Spreading Seas
Lands (25)
2
Castle Vantress
4
Flooded Strand
2
Hall of Storm Giants
2
Hallowed Fountain
4
Island
2
Misty Rainforest
4
Mystic Gate
1
Plains
1
Polluted Delta
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Scalding Tarn
1
Watery Grave
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Alpine Moon
2
Aether Gust
2
Celestial Purge
4
Dovin's Veto
2
Rest in Peace
1
Spreading Seas
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
2
Shark Typhoon


Indomitable Creativity - Andre Girard (5th) 

Planeswalkers (7)
3
Wrenn and Six
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (4)
4
Primeval Titan
Spells (21)
3
Hard Evidence
4
Lightning Bolt
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Explore
2
Expressive Iteration
4
Indomitable Creativity
Enchantments (1)
1
Prismatic Omen
Lands (27)
2
Arid Mesa
4
Dwarven Mine
2
Ketria Triome
1
Raugrin Triome
2
Sacred Foundry
4
Scalding Tarn
1
Snow-Covered Mountain
2
Steam Vents
2
Stomping Ground
3
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
4
Wooded Foothills
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Veil of Summer
3
Wash Away
2
Aether Gust
2
Rest in Peace
2
Mystical Dispute
4
Force of Vigor


4c Omnath - Ash Loraas (6th) 

Companion
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Planeswalkers (9)
4
Wrenn and Six
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
1
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Creatures (15)
4
Eternal Witness
4
Omnath, Locus of Creation
3
Fury
4
Solitude
Spells (20)
2
Abundant Harvest
3
Ephemerate
3
Lightning Bolt
4
Prismatic Ending
3
Counterspell
4
Expressive Iteration
1
Time Warp
Enchantments (8)
4
Abundant Growth
4
Spreading Seas
Lands (28)
1
Arid Mesa
1
Breeding Pool
4
Flooded Strand
2
Forest
1
Hallowed Fountain
2
Island
1
Ketria Triome
4
Misty Rainforest
1
Plains
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Reflecting Pool
1
Sacred Foundry
1
Scalding Tarn
1
Steam Vents
1
Stomping Ground
1
Temple Garden
4
Windswept Heath
Cards (80)
Sideboard (15)
1
Engineered Explosives
1
Alpine Moon
2
Lightning Helix
2
Endurance
4
Force of Negation
1
Knight of Autumn
2
Force of Vigor
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad
1
Emrakul, the Promised End


4c Omnath - Nam Dang (7th) 

Planeswalkers (10)
4
Wrenn and Six
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
1
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Creatures (11)
4
Omnath, Locus of Creation
3
Fury
4
Solitude
Spells (14)
4
Prismatic Ending
2
Counterspell
4
Expressive Iteration
3
Force of Negation
1
Supreme Verdict
Lands (25)
1
Breeding Pool
4
Flooded Strand
1
Forest
1
Hallowed Fountain
1
Island
1
Ketria Triome
1
Lonely Sandbar
4
Misty Rainforest
1
Plains
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Sacred Foundry
2
Scalding Tarn
1
Sheltered Thicket
1
Steam Vents
1
Stomping Ground
1
Temple Garden
2
Windswept Heath
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Chalice of the Void
3
Alpine Moon
2
Celestial Purge
3
Endurance
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
2
Mystical Dispute
2
Force of Vigor


Affinity - Eric Foster (8th) 

Spells (4)
4
Galvanic Blast
Artifacts (49)
4
Darksteel Citadel
4
Memnite
4
Ornithopter
3
Silverbluff Bridge
4
Treasure Vault
2
Welding Jar
1
Aether Spellbomb
1
Gingerbrute
1
Shadowspear
3
Signal Pest
4
Springleaf Drum
4
Cranial Plating
4
Frogmite
2
Myr Enforcer
4
Sojourner's Companion
4
Thought Monitor
Enchantments (4)
4
Urza's Saga
Lands (3)
1
Glimmervoid
1
Island
1
Spire of Industry
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Pithing Needle
2
Relic of Progenitus
1
Soul-Guide Lantern
2
Wear/Tear
/
2
Etched Champion
4
Metallic Rebuke
2
Experimental Frenzy
1
Jegantha, the Wellspring


Sunday Modern Open – Top 8



4c Omnath - Carson Bell (1st) 

Companion
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Planeswalkers (8)
4
Wrenn and Six
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (18)
4
Ice-Fang Coatl
3
Eternal Witness
4
Omnath, Locus of Creation
3
Fury
4
Solitude
Spells (18)
2
Abundant Harvest
4
Ephemerate
2
Lightning Bolt
1
Path to Exile
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Expressive Iteration
1
Time Warp
Enchantments (8)
4
Abundant Growth
4
Spreading Seas
Lands (28)
1
Arid Mesa
1
Breeding Pool
3
Flooded Strand
1
Hallowed Fountain
1
Ketria Triome
4
Misty Rainforest
1
Prismatic Vista
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Reflecting Pool
1
Sacred Foundry
2
Snow-Covered Forest
1
Snow-Covered Island
1
Snow-Covered Mountain
1
Snow-Covered Plains
1
Steam Vents
1
Stomping Ground
1
Temple Garden
3
Windswept Heath
2
Wooded Foothills
Cards (80)
Sideboard (15)
1
Alpine Moon
2
Flusterstorm
1
Path to Exile
1
Dovin's Veto
2
Lightning Helix
1
Sunset Revelry
2
Endurance
2
Force of Negation
2
Force of Vigor
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad


Amulet Titan - Richard Statham (2nd) 

Planeswalkers (4)
4
Karn, the Great Creator
Creatures (11)
4
Arboreal Grazer
3
Azusa, Lost but Seeking
4
Primeval Titan
Spells (4)
4
Summoner's Pact
Artifacts (5)
4
Amulet of Vigor
1
Expedition Map
Enchantments (8)
4
Urza's Saga
4
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
Lands (27)
1
Boros Garrison
1
Breeding Pool
1
Castle Garenbrig
2
Cavern of Souls
1
Crumbling Vestige
4
Forest
1
Gruul Turf
1
Radiant Fountain
3
Selesnya Sanctuary
4
Simic Growth Chamber
1
Slayers' Stronghold
1
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
2
Tolaria West
2
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
1
Verdant Catacombs
1
Vesuva
Cards (59)
Sideboard (15)
1
Bojuka Bog
2
Cavern of Souls
3
Engineered Explosives
1
Tormod's Crypt
1
Walking Ballista
1
Liquimetal Coating
1
Outland Liberator
1
Endurance
2
Force of Vigor
1
Thrun, the Last Troll
1
Wurmcoil Engine


Azorius Control - Joseph Karani (T4) 

Companion
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
Planeswalkers (6)
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Creatures (4)
4
Solitude
Spells (21)
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Counterspell
1
Dovin's Veto
2
Fire/Ice
/
4
Archmage's Charm
3
Memory Deluge
3
Supreme Verdict
Artifacts (2)
2
Chalice of the Void
Enchantments (2)
2
Spreading Seas
Lands (25)
2
Castle Vantress
4
Flooded Strand
2
Hall of Storm Giants
2
Hallowed Fountain
4
Island
2
Misty Rainforest
4
Mystic Gate
1
Plains
1
Polluted Delta
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Scalding Tarn
1
Watery Grave
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Chalice of the Void
2
Aether Gust
2
Celestial Purge
3
Dovin's Veto
2
Rest in Peace
2
Sanctifier en-Vec
2
Spreading Seas
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard


Hammer Time - Robert Smith (T4) 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (9)
1
Ingenious Smith
4
Puresteel Paladin
4
Stoneforge Mystic
Spells (2)
1
Steelshaper's Gift
1
Thoughtseize
Artifacts (23)
4
Memnite
4
Ornithopter
4
Colossus Hammer
4
Esper Sentinel
1
Shadowspear
4
Springleaf Drum
1
Cranial Plating
1
Scrapheap Scrounger
Enchantments (8)
4
Urza's Saga
4
Sigarda's Aid
Lands (18)
4
Concealed Courtyard
3
Inkmoth Nexus
4
Silent Clearing
7
Snow-Covered Plains
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Nihil Spellbomb
1
Pithing Needle
1
Prismatic Ending
1
Cathar Commando
1
Containment Priest
2
Drannith Magistrate
2
Hushbringer
1
Knight of Malice
1
Kor Firewalker
1
Rest in Peace
1
Sanctifier en-Vec
1
Seal of Cleansing
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den


Mono Green Tron - Lane MacTavish (T8) 

Planeswalkers (10)
4
Karn, the Great Creator
4
Karn Liberated
2
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Creatures (5)
2
Thragtusk
1
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
2
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Spells (13)
4
Ancient Stirrings
4
Sylvan Scrying
3
Warping Wail
2
All Is Dust
Artifacts (15)
4
Chromatic Sphere
4
Chromatic Star
4
Expedition Map
2
Relic of Progenitus
1
Wurmcoil Engine
Lands (17)
1
Blast Zone
2
Forest
1
Sanctum of Ugin
4
Urza's Mine
4
Urza's Power Plant
4
Urza's Tower
1
Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth
Cards (60)
Sideboard (16)
1
Chalice of the Void
1
Grafdigger's Cage
2
Veil of Summer
1
Liquimetal Coating
2
Wilt
2
Ensnaring Bridge
1
Oblivion Stone
1
Trinisphere
3
Force of Vigor
1
Wurmcoil Engine
1
Sundering Titan


Jund - Joseph Baumgarten (T8) 

Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Six
Creatures (8)
4
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
4
Tarmogoyf
Spells (10)
2
Lightning Bolt
2
Thoughtseize
4
Unholy Heat
1
Abrupt Decay
1
Kolaghan's Command
Artifacts (7)
4
Mishra's Bauble
1
Nihil Spellbomb
1
Pyrite Spellbomb
1
Shadowspear
Enchantments (4)
4
Urza's Saga
Lands (19)
2
Blackcleave Cliffs
1
Blood Crypt
4
Bloodstained Mire
1
Forest
1
Mountain
1
Nurturing Peatland
1
Overgrown Tomb
1
Stomping Ground
1
Swamp
2
Verdant Catacombs
4
Wooded Foothills
Cards (52)
Sideboard (14)
2
Chalice of the Void
2
Engineered Explosives
2
Alpine Moon
2
Nihil Spellbomb
1
Pithing Needle
1
Ancient Grudge
1
Terminate
1
Torpor Orb
1
Void Mirror
1
Kolaghan's Command


Hammer Time - Charles Powell (T8) 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (10)
2
Dark Confidant
4
Puresteel Paladin
4
Stoneforge Mystic
Spells (2)
2
Thoughtseize
Artifacts (22)
4
Memnite
4
Ornithopter
4
Colossus Hammer
4
Esper Sentinel
1
Shadowspear
4
Springleaf Drum
1
Cranial Plating
Enchantments (8)
4
Urza's Saga
4
Sigarda's Aid
Lands (18)
1
Godless Shrine
4
Inkmoth Nexus
4
Marsh Flats
6
Plains
3
Silent Clearing
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Path to Exile
1
Pithing Needle
2
Drannith Magistrate
2
Hushbringer
2
Rest in Peace
2
Seal of Cleansing
2
Void Mirror
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den


Amulet Titan - Nick Barrett (T8) 

Planeswalkers (4)
4
Karn, the Great Creator
Creatures (10)
4
Arboreal Grazer
2
Azusa, Lost but Seeking
4
Primeval Titan
Spells (4)
4
Summoner's Pact
Artifacts (6)
1
Engineered Explosives
4
Amulet of Vigor
1
Expedition Map
Enchantments (8)
4
Urza's Saga
4
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
Lands (28)
1
Boros Garrison
2
Castle Garenbrig
2
Cavern of Souls
1
Crumbling Vestige
5
Forest
2
Gruul Turf
1
Misty Rainforest
1
Radiant Fountain
2
Selesnya Sanctuary
4
Simic Growth Chamber
1
Slayers' Stronghold
1
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
2
Tolaria West
2
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
1
Vesuva
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Bojuka Bog
1
Cavern of Souls
2
Engineered Explosives
1
Tormod's Crypt
1
Walking Ballista
1
Liquimetal Coating
1
Outland Liberator
3
Endurance
3
Force of Vigor
1
Wurmcoil Engine


Legacy Showdown Champion



Red Deck Wins - Mat Schmaltz (1st) 

Creatures (24)
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Goblin Rabblemaster
4
Legion Warboss
4
Simian Spirit Guide
4
Fireflux Squad
4
Fury
Spells (4)
4
Shatterskull Smashing
Artifacts (11)
4
Chalice of the Void
4
Chrome Mox
3
Trinisphere
Enchantments (4)
4
Blood Moon
Lands (18)
4
Ancient Tomb
4
City of Traitors
4
Den of the Bugbear
6
Mountain
Cards (61)
Sideboard (15)
4
Dead/Gone
/
2
Abrade
2
Magus of the Moon
1
Sulfur Elemental
2
Fiery Confluence
4
Leyline of the Void