Face to Face Games Open Recap: Modern in Charlottetown

The FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series traveled all the way to Charlottetown Prince Edward Island this past weekend. When the dust settled we had hosted the largest tournament in the history of Magic in the province in our first ever trip to PEI.

97 players turned out to battle Modern, and Michael Mead was able to take down the entire event with Modern’s latest all-star — Izzet Phoenix.

Your Open champion, Michael Mead.

Phoenix has certainly taken the spot atop the Modern mountain over the past few months and Michael showed exactly why on Saturday. This deck gets to capitalize on the density of cantrips in Modern, play some sweet cheap interaction and really take advantage of how busted of a card [Card]Faithless Looting[/Card] is.

Mead defeated Kyle Milligan’s awesome Golgari Elves deck in the finals that featured a fairly new addition in [Card]Elvish Clancaller[/Card].

Our Modern Open Top 8.

The rest of our Top 8 featured a copy of the [Card]Death’s Shadow[/Card] Aggro deck that has been gaining popularity recently, an Azorius Control deck, a copy of Humans, a copy of Tron, a red prison deck and a Jeskai Control deck. If anything screams Modern, it’s this smattering of archetypes in our elimination rounds.

You’ll recognize a couple faces among our Top 8 players. Dylan Miller, Brad Perry and Josh Breau all made the Top 8 in Halifax just a few weeks back with Miller taking home the trophy. In just two Opens, these three have really made a case for themselves as a force in the east coast Magic scene and I can’t wait for Face to Face Games to make our next trip out east so they have a shot at the three-peat.

Congratulations to Michael on his Open trophy and to the rest of the Top 8 on their great run. A special thank you goes out to our judging staff who ran a smooth event all day long, and last but no least, our sponsor, Ultimate Guard for helping us make sure that our Top 8 had some awesome swag to take home.

Next weekend the Open series is making two stops, both on March 9. The first is in Toronto where we will be hosting a Modern Open+ which you can pre-register for here. The second is yet another Open+ in Red Deer, Alberta and you can sign up for that one here. It’s going to be a huge weekend for Canadian Magic, make sure to stop by the Face to Face Games booth and say hi!

[Deck Title= First Place, Izzet Phoenix – Michael Mead]
[Creatures]
4 Thing in the Ice
4 Arclight Phoenix
2 Pteramander
2 Crackling Drake
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Faithless Looting
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Opt
2 Lightning Axe
4 Serum Visions
1 Izzet Charm
4 Manamorphose
4 Thought Scour
2 Gut Shot
1 Surgical Extraction
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Island
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Spirebluff Canal
3 Steam Vents
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Mountain
1 Flooded Strand
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Shatterstorm
2 Abrade
1 Beacon Bolt
1 Young Pyromancer
2 Blood Moon
2 Spell Pierce
1 Negate
1 Dispel
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Anger of the Gods
2 Dragon’s Claw
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Golgari Elves – Kyle Milligan]
[Creatures]
2 Elves of Deep Shadow
4 Heritage Druid
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Llanowar Elves
1 Elvish Visionary
4 Dwynen’s Elite
3 Elvish Clancaller
2 Ezuri, Renegade Leader
4 Elvish Archdruid
4 Shaman of the Pact
2 Beast Whisperer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lead the Stampede
4 Collected Company
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Horizon Canopy
4 Forest
1 Westvale Abbey
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Gilt-Leaf Palace
4 Blooming Marsh
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Damping Sphere
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Scavenging Ooze
1 Stain the Mind
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Shapers’ Sanctuary
1 Elvish Champion
2 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Jeskai Control- Josh Breau]
[Creatures]
4 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
3 Lightning Bolt
4 Opt
4 Path to Exile
1 Secure the Wastes
3 Lightning Helix
3 Logic Knot
1 Negate
2 Electrolyze
4 Cryptic Command
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Wrath of God
2 Search for Azcanta
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Celestial Colonnade
4 Flooded Strand
3 Field of Ruin
1 Glacial Fortress
2 Hallowed Fountain
3 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Scalding Tarn
3 Polluted Delta
2 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Ancestral Vision
2 Dispel
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Celestial Purge
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Negate
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Settle the Wreckage
1 Timely Reinforcements
1 Baneslayer Angel
1 Lyra Dawnbringer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Tron – Adam Joyce]
[Creatures]
4 Wurmcoil Engine
2 Walking Ballista
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Expedition Map
3 Relic of Progenitus
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Oblivion Stone
4 Karn Liberated
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Forest
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Tower
4 Urza’s Power Plant
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Buried Ruin
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Spatial Contortion
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
2 Thought-Knot Seer
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Thragtusk
3 Nature’s Claim
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Crucible of Worlds
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Humans – Dylan Miller]
[Creatures]
3 Reflector Mage
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
2 Tajic, Legion’s Edge
4 Mantis Rider
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Phantasmal Image
4 Kitesail Freebooter
4 Meddling Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Aether Vial
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Horizon Canopy
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Ancient Ziggurat
4 Unclaimed Territory
3 Seachrome Coast
1 Island
1 Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Reflector Mage
3 Knight of Autumn
2 Lavinia, Azorius Renegade
1 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
2 Rest in Peace
2 Damping Sphere
1 Izzet Staticaster
3 Stony Silence
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Mono-Red Stompy – Brad Perry]
[Creatures]
1 Goblin Chainwhirler
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
1 Hazoret the Fervent
3 Legion Warboss
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
4 Simian Spirit Guide
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Blood Moon
4 Abrade
4 Desperate Ritual
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Sarkhan, Fireblood
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Gemstone Caverns
4 Ramunap Ruins
1 Scavenger Grounds
14 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Damping Sphere
2 Dragon’s Claw
3 Eidolon of the Great Revel
2 Rending Volley
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
1 Sulfur Elemental
2 Surgical Extraction
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Azorius Control – Gage Milligan]
[Creatures]
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Path to Exile
1 Detention Sphere
1 Timely Reinforcements
2 Search for Azcanta
4 Terminus
4 Opt
1 Hieroglyphic Illumination
1 Supreme Verdict
2 Logic Knot
2 Negate
2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Cryptic Command
1 Serum Visions
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Flooded Strand
4 Celestial Colonnade
2 Glacial Fortress
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Plains
4 Field of Ruin
6 Island
1 Ghost Quarter
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ancestral Vision
2 Baneslayer Angel
1 Dispel
2 Rest in Peace
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Negate
1 Timely Reinforcements
1 Celestial Purge
1 Stony Silence
1 Cataclysmic Gearhulk
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Death’s Shadow Aggro – Cole Clarke]
[Creatures]
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Street Wraith
4 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Death’s Shadow
4 Monastery Swiftspear
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Thoughtseize
1 Angel’s Blessing
2 Lightning Bolt
3 Mutagenic Growth
2 Dismember
4 Temur Battle Rage
3 Become Immense
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Blood Crypt
1 Stomping Grounds
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Fatal Push
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Collective Brutality
2 Hooting Mandrills
2 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Apostle’s Blessing
1 Forest
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]