F2F Tour Toronto Weekend Recap

The much anticipated return of the F2F Tour finally took place this past weekend at the Montecassino Hotel. Players came out in droves to battle across many different formats including Modern, Legacy and Commander. There was also some sweet Two Headed Giant Sealed action going on! And last but not least I won’t forget to mention the awesome players who arrived to party in their Halloween outfits!

The F2F Tour Weekend has been known to feature Modern Opens as their main events. On Saturday, Alessandro Verrecchia won the first Modern Open with a Grixis concoction. When asked about his deck choice, he told me that he has been playing Dimir/Grixis pile for years and that finally those colour combinations might actually be good in the current format. He purposely tweaked his deck to have a favourable Murktide matchup and in his words, an unlosable matchup against Hammer Time. He was rewarded for his preparation because his win-and-in AND finals opponent were both on Hammer Time

His finals opponent actually happened to be Eternal end-boss Matthew Dilks (@MattDilks) who not only managed to finish 2nd, but designed the list that Keith Capstick would pilot to a top 8 in the Sunday Modern Open. Most people are playing the BW version of Hammer these days but Dilks says the extra colour isn’t worth it. According to him, you lose a lot in good/close matchups adding lands that deal damage, such as Silent Clearing. He also put his own spin on the traditional Hammer sideboard.

Another interesting deck that was played was piloted by Zac Ryl (@manacymbal). He’s an up-and-coming content creator to watch out for and he decided to bring Indomitable Creativity, an established fringe deck that he had been working on for weeks. He caught my eye because he started the tournament on a crazy run, going 6-0-1 during the Swiss portion. He attributed his success to perhaps his opponents not knowing exactly how to play correctly against his gameplan.

Dustyn Nogueira (@Cheese_S_Alone) was Sunday’s main event champion and he credits @d00mwake for the deck he chose: YORHINOS! Nogueira was a Amulet Titan player for years but with that archetype for being great in today’s meta, he saw @d00mwake’s creation, thought it looked like a lot of fun and just ran it while also using the creator’s sideboard guide. Nogueira told me that while there are certainly bad matchups, sometimes it doesn’t matter when you win the die roll, Ice their land on their second turn, and start making 4/4s on turn 3 before Teferi, Time Raveler comes down. The deck is also really well set up to beat Hammer, which to much surprise, popular right now.

One cool thing to mention is Boston Schatteman’s weekend. The train loving @TManWithaPlan64 not only top-4ed the Saturday Modern Open, he managed to win the Legacy Showdown on Sunday after dropping from the second Modern Open. He didn’t plan to go 0-2 in the main, so his Legacy deck choice wasn’t exactly the most prepared, but it was a list that aimed to attack the top of the metagame. Schatteman played 3 Ghost Quarters and 2 Yavimaya to be just a bit faster at making a Marit Lage token.

To finish things off, I want to highlight the insane amount of events that people got to play in during F2F’s return Open weekend. James, for example, managed to play both Opens and also find some time to sling some Commander! There’s a LOT of Magic to be played.

He would tell me that he managed to kill each person at his table a different way: “Player to my right died from Zulaport Cuthroat triggers, the player across from me by combat damage and the player to my right I combo killed with Thassa’s Oracle after milling my deck with a Hogaak/Grave-Troll loop with a sac + discard outlet”. Pretty impressive stuff!

And don’t forget there’s a Modern Charity Ampersand Promo event Saturday afternoon at these F2F Tour Weekends. It’s an amazing tournament with tons of value and it’s clear Dom Harvey took full advantage this past weekend.

That wraps up my first event recap of the year. The next two stops for the F2F Tour are in Calgary (November 20-21) and in Montreal (November 27-28). You can find all the information necessary at F2FTOUR.COM. If you are in the area, come check us out!

Saturday Modern Open – Top 8

Sunday Modern Open – Top 8

Saturday Modern Open – Top 8 Decklists



Grixis - Alessandro V. (1st) 

Creatures (12)
4
Dragon's Rage Channeler
3
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
2
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
3
Snapcaster Mage
Spells (24)
3
Inquisition of Kozilek
4
Lightning Bolt
1
Spell Pierce
3
Unholy Heat
4
Drown in the Loch
4
Expressive Iteration
2
Terminate
3
Kolaghan's Command
Artifacts (4)
4
Mishra's Bauble
Lands (20)
2
Blackcleave Cliffs
2
Blood Crypt
3
Bloodstained Mire
1
Darkslick Shores
1
Mountain
3
Polluted Delta
3
Scalding Tarn
1
Spirebluff Canal
2
Steam Vents
1
Swamp
1
Watery Grave
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Engineered Explosives
2
Alpine Moon
2
Flusterstorm
3
Soul-Guide Lantern
1
Dark Confidant
2
Dress Down
1
Terminate
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
1
Mystical Dispute


Hammer Time - Matthew Dilks (2nd) 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (10)
2
Giver of Runes
4
Puresteel Paladin
4
Stoneforge Mystic
Spells (1)
1
Steelshaper's Gift
Artifacts (23)
4
Memnite
4
Ornithopter
4
Colossus Hammer
4
Esper Sentinel
1
Relic of Progenitus
1
Shadowspear
4
Springleaf Drum
1
Cranial Plating
Enchantments (8)
4
Urza's Saga
4
Sigarda's Aid
Lands (18)
4
Inkmoth Nexus
11
Plains
3
Silent Clearing
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Path to Exile
1
Pithing Needle
2
Cathar Commando
2
Drannith Magistrate
2
Hushbringer
2
Rest in Peace
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
2
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar


Murktide Regent - Boston Schatteman (3rd) 

Creatures (12)
4
Dragon's Rage Channeler
4
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
4
Murktide Regent
Spells (25)
4
Consider
4
Lightning Bolt
3
Serum Visions
1
Spell Pierce
4
Unholy Heat
3
Counterspell
4
Expressive Iteration
2
Archmage's Charm
Artifacts (5)
1
Engineered Explosives
4
Mishra's Bauble
Lands (18)
1
Fiery Islet
2
Flooded Strand
3
Island
1
Misty Rainforest
2
Polluted Delta
2
Scalding Tarn
4
Spirebluff Canal
3
Steam Vents
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Engineered Explosives
2
Alpine Moon
2
Flusterstorm
2
Relic of Progenitus
1
Torpor Orb
2
Blood Moon
1
Force of Negation
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Jace, the Mind Sculptor


Burn - Donald Giancoulas (4th) 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (8)
4
Goblin Guide
4
Monastery Swiftspear
Spells (28)
4
Lava Spike
4
Lightning Bolt
4
Boros Charm
2
Lightning Helix
4
Searing Blaze
2
Skullcrack
4
Rift Bolt
4
Skewer the Critics
Enchantments (4)
4
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Lands (20)
4
Arid Mesa
1
Fiery Islet
4
Inspiring Vantage
3
Mountain
2
Sacred Foundry
4
Sunbaked Canyon
2
Wooded Foothills
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Path to Exile
2
Deflecting Palm
2
Kor Firewalker
3
Roiling Vortex
1
Sanctifier en-Vec
3
Smash to Smithereens
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den


Living End - Nolan Abboud (5th) 

Creatures (22)
2
Brazen Borrower
4
Curator of Mysteries
4
Grief
4
Street Wraith
4
Striped Riverwinder
4
Waker of Waves
Spells (11)
3
Living End
4
Force of Negation
4
Violent Outburst
Artifacts (8)
4
Shardless Agent
4
Architects of Will
Lands (19)
3
Botanical Sanctum
2
Breeding Pool
1
Forest
1
Island
4
Misty Rainforest
2
Scalding Tarn
3
Spirebluff Canal
2
Steam Vents
1
Sunken Ruins
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Endurance
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Force of Vigor
4
Foundation Breaker
3
Leyline of Sanctity
2
Subtlety


Indomitable Creativity - Zach Ryl (6th) 

Planeswalkers (11)
4
Wrenn and Six
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
2
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1
Nahiri, the Harbinger
Creatures (2)
1
Serra's Emissary
1
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Spells (23)
3
Hard Evidence
2
Lightning Bolt
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Fire/Ice
/
3
Remand
4
Indomitable Creativity
3
Prismari Command
Lands (24)
4
Arid Mesa
4
Bloodstained Mire
4
Dwarven Mine
1
Island
1
Ketria Triome
1
Plains
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Sacred Foundry
4
Scalding Tarn
2
Steam Vents
1
Stomping Ground
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Blossoming Calm
3
Flusterstorm
2
Veil of Summer
2
Rest in Peace
3
Sunset Revelry
2
Wear/Tear
/
2
Shark Typhoon


Temur Reclamation - Mikael Payette (7th) 

Planeswalkers (6)
2
Wrenn and Six
3
Teferi, Time Raveler
1
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Creatures (3)
3
Snapcaster Mage
Spells (20)
4
Lightning Bolt
3
Unholy Heat
4
Counterspell
1
Expansion/Explosion
/
4
Archmage's Charm
3
Memory Deluge
1
Nexus of Fate
Enchantments (7)
3
Wilderness Reclamation
4
Shark Typhoon
Lands (24)
1
Breeding Pool
1
Cascade Bluffs
1
Castle Vantress
1
Hall of Storm Giants
1
Hallowed Fountain
2
Hinterland Harbor
4
Island
2
Ketria Triome
4
Misty Rainforest
1
Raugrin Triome
4
Scalding Tarn
1
Spirebluff Canal
1
Steam Vents
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Chalice of the Void
1
Engineered Explosives
3
Alpine Moon
2
Flusterstorm
2
Relic of Progenitus
2
Ancient Grudge
4
Mystical Dispute


Jund - Lizzie Harms (8th) 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Six
Creatures (12)
4
Dragon's Rage Channeler
4
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
4
Tarmogoyf
Spells (14)
4
Inquisition of Kozilek
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 (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Chalice of the Void
2
Engineered Explosives
2
Alpine Moon
2
Fatal Push
1
Nihil Spellbomb
1
Pithing Needle
1
Abrupt Decay
2
Doom Blade
1
Kolaghan's Command
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den


Sunday Modern Open – Top 8 Decklists



YORHINOS - Dustyn Nogueira (1st) 

Companion
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (18)
4
Brazen Borrower
2
Knight of Autumn
4
Omnath, Locus of Creation
4
Fury
4
Solitude
Spells (17)
4
Crashing Footfalls
4
Fire/Ice
/
4
Force of Negation
1
Prismari Command
4
Violent Outburst
Artifacts (4)
4
Shardless Agent
Enchantments (4)
4
Ardent Plea
Lands (33)
1
Breeding Pool
4
Flooded Strand
1
Forest
1
Grove of the Burnwillows
1
Hallowed Fountain
1
Island
1
Ketria Triome
4
Misty Rainforest
1
Mountain
1
Plains
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Reflecting Pool
1
Sacred Foundry
3
Scalding Tarn
1
Steam Vents
1
Stomping Ground
1
Sulfur Falls
1
Temple Garden
4
Windswept Heath
3
Wooded Foothills
Cards (80)
Sideboard (15)
4
Endurance
2
Knight of Autumn
4
Mystical Dispute
4
Force of Vigor
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad


Jund - Kevin Fang (2nd) 

Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Six
Creatures (12)
4
Dragon's Rage Channeler
4
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
4
Tarmogoyf
Spells (14)
1
Fatal Push
3
Inquisition of Kozilek
1
Lightning Bolt
3
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
3
Verdant Catacombs
3
Wooded Foothills
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Chalice of the Void
2
Engineered Explosives
1
Nihil Spellbomb
1
Pithing Needle
1
Veil of Summer
2
Collective Brutality
1
Terminate
1
Torpor Orb
2
Kolaghan's Command
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den


Murktide Regent - Liam Kane (T4) 

Planeswalkers (3)
3
Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (7)
3
Snapcaster Mage
4
Murktide Regent
Spells (28)
4
Lightning Bolt
4
Prismatic Ending
1
Spell Pierce
4
Thought Scour
4
Counterspell
4
Expressive Iteration
3
Fire/Ice
/
4
Archmage's Charm
Lands (22)
3
Flooded Strand
2
Glacial Fortress
1
Hallowed Fountain
4
Island
3
Polluted Delta
1
Raugrin Triome
3
Scalding Tarn
2
Steam Vents
3
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Alpine Moon
2
Blossoming Calm
2
Aether Gust
3
Wear/Tear
/
2
Anger of the Gods
2
Force of Negation
3
Mystical Dispute


Azorius Control - Kevin Houde (T4) 

Companion
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
Planeswalkers (7)
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
1
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Creatures (4)
4
Solitude
Spells (17)
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Counterspell
4
Archmage's Charm
2
Memory Deluge
3
Supreme Verdict
Artifacts (2)
2
Chalice of the Void
Enchantments (5)
3
Spreading Seas
2
Shark Typhoon
Lands (25)
2
Castle Vantress
1
Celestial Colonnade
4
Flooded Strand
3
Glacial Fortress
1
Hall of Storm Giants
2
Hallowed Fountain
4
Island
2
Mystic Gate
1
Plains
1
Raugrin Triome
3
Scalding Tarn
1
Steam Vents
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Engineered Explosives
1
Celestial Purge
2
Dovin's Veto
2
Rest in Peace
1
Spreading Seas
2
Sunset Revelry
1
Wear/Tear
/
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
2
Mystical Dispute
2
Shark Typhoon


Hammer Time - Keith Capstick (T8) 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (11)
3
Giver of Runes
4
Puresteel Paladin
4
Stoneforge Mystic
Artifacts (23)
4
Memnite
4
Ornithopter
4
Colossus Hammer
4
Esper Sentinel
1
Relic of Progenitus
1
Shadowspear
4
Springleaf Drum
1
Cranial Plating
Enchantments (8)
4
Urza's Saga
4
Sigarda's Aid
Lands (18)
4
Inkmoth Nexus
11
Plains
3
Silent Clearing
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Path to Exile
1
Pithing Needle
2
Cathar Commando
2
Drannith Magistrate
2
Hushbringer
2
Rest in Peace
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
2
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar


Burn - Eric Trottier (T8) 

Creatures (8)
4
Goblin Guide
4
Monastery Swiftspear
Spells (28)
4
Lava Spike
4
Lightning Bolt
4
Boros Charm
4
Lightning Helix
4
Searing Blaze
4
Rift Bolt
4
Skewer the Critics
Enchantments (4)
4
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Lands (20)
2
Arid Mesa
2
Bloodstained Mire
4
Inspiring Vantage
3
Mountain
3
Sacred Foundry
4
Sunbaked Canyon
2
Wooded Foothills
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Path to Exile
1
Deflecting Palm
3
Kor Firewalker
3
Roiling Vortex
2
Searing Blood
1
Skullcrack
3
Smash to Smithereens


Crashing Footfalls - Andrew Hill (T8) 

Creatures (11)
4
Brazen Borrower
3
Seasoned Pyromancer
4
Fury
Spells (21)
4
Crashing Footfalls
4
Dead/Gone
/
4
Fire/Ice
/
4
Force of Negation
1
Prismari Command
4
Violent Outburst
Artifacts (4)
4
Shardless Agent
Lands (24)
1
Breeding Pool
1
Fiery Islet
1
Forest
3
Gemstone Caverns
2
Island
1
Ketria Triome
4
Misty Rainforest
1
Mountain
4
Scalding Tarn
1
Steam Vents
1
Stomping Ground
4
Wooded Foothills
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Blood Moon
4
Endurance
4
Mystical Dispute
4
Force of Vigor


Azorius Control - Daniel Fournier (T8) 

Planeswalkers (6)
4
Teferi, Time Raveler
2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Creatures (3)
3
Solitude
Spells (21)
4
Prismatic Ending
4
Counterspell
3
Fire/Ice
/
4
Archmage's Charm
3
Memory Deluge
3
Supreme Verdict
Artifacts (1)
1
Chalice of the Void
Enchantments (5)
3
Spreading Seas
2
Shark Typhoon
Lands (24)
1
Castle Ardenvale
2
Castle Vantress
1
Celestial Colonnade
4
Flooded Strand
1
Hall of Storm Giants
2
Hallowed Fountain
4
Island
3
Mystic Gate
1
Plains
3
Polluted Delta
1
Raugrin Triome
1
Steam Vents
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Chalice of the Void
2
Celestial Purge
2
Dovin's Veto
3
Rest in Peace
1
Spreading Seas
1
Wear/Tear
/
1
Mystical Dispute
2
Shark Typhoon
1
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn


Legacy Showdown – Winning Decklist



Lands - Boston Schatteman (1st) 

Spells (10)
4
Crop Rotation
4
Life from the Loam
2
Punishing Fire
Artifacts (6)
4
Mox Diamond
1
Expedition Map
1
Pyrite Spellbomb
Enchantments (12)
4
Urza's Saga
4
Exploration
2
Sylvan Library
2
Valakut Exploration
Lands (32)
1
Blast Zone
1
Bojuka Bog
3
Dark Depths
1
Forest
3
Ghost Quarter
3
Grove of the Burnwillows
1
Karakas
3
Maze of Ith
2
Taiga
1
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
4
Thespian's Stage
4
Wasteland
1
Windswept Heath
2
Wooded Foothills
2
Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Pyroblast
2
Red Elemental Blast
4
Sphere of Resistance
2
Thorn of Amethyst
1
Crucible of Worlds
2
Endurance
3
Force of Vigor