Open Recap: Bant Spirits get spooky in Grand Prairie

We’ve got a Modern format on our hands where players are being attacked by [Card]Primeval Titan[/Card] for 20 damage on turn-two, Urza is making infinite mana and Jund has access to a two mana planeswalker. All sorts of busted stuff is happening all the way from aggro to control.

But this past Saturday when the FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series traveled to Alberta for our first ever Grand Prairie Open, fair and honest creatures took center stage. Scott Sevier took down the entire event with his Bant Spirits deck.

Your Modern Open champ, Scott Sevier.

Sevier didn’t even add the newly free’d [Card]Stoneforge Mystic[/Card] to his deck, just a bunch of spirits, some lords and a little interaction got him across the finish line. He defeated Mark Houghton and his Mono-Green Tron deck in the finals.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Cole Clark-Smith who decided to forgo [Card]Paradoxical Outcome[/Card] in favour of traditional Thopter/Sword Whirza, Stephen Chapman on a sweet Simic Merfolk deck, Nik Austin and Joshua Knitter who both played Amulet Titan to Top 8 finishes, Austin Anderson who played one of my personal favourite decks in Jund [Card]Death’s Shadow[/Card] and …

Your Grand Prairie Open Top 8.

If you take a look over our Top 8 lists below, one thing that jumps out to me immediately is the ubiquity of [Card]Once Upon a Time[/Card]. From Tron, to Shadow and even Amulet Titan this incredible piece of card selection has really made a lasting effect on Modern right from the get go. The same can be said of [Card]Oko, Thief of Crowns[/Card] which you see popping up in both Cole’s Whirza sideboard and the maindeck of this sweet Simic Merfolk deck. Throne of Eldraine certainly has some hits, and I’d expect to see more of these two cards in Modern before all is said and done.

Across the Top 8 we had a nice juxtaposition of midrange creature decks and big mana strategies. Amulet Titan is a deck that always feels popular on the Open Series and it certainly showed that it’s one of the decks to beat on Saturday.

While all the action was going down in the main event, we had a ton of players on-site filling up our side events all day long. 72 players came out for the main event and the community was very welcoming to the Open Series. So welcoming in fact that we’ve decided to make Grand Prairie and main stay on the Open Series going forward, we’re already looking forward to our next trip!

Before I leave you for the week I’d just like to quickly plug all of Face to Face Games’ upcoming WPN qualifier events. Wizards of the Coast has added a new system to their competitive framework to allow players to qualify for the upcoming Player’s Tour at the local level. Below are the dates of our upcoming Open+ events which will qualify the winner for the PT and check out this article to find out how you can qualify at your local Face to Face location as well.

Congratulations again to our champion Scott Sevier from everyone at Face to Face Games! We’d also like to thank our awesome judge staff who ran a smooth event all day long!

With our tournament series growing every week we’ve added a feedback point of contact to our workflow in order to create the best events possible for you all in the future. If there are any changes you’d like to see from our events email us at: feedback@facetofacegames.com.

The next stop on the series is coming up on Oct. 26 when the Open Series will be traveling to both Hamilton, Ontario and Quebec City of Modern Opens. We’ll also be offering side events for the brand new PIONEER format at both events. So, make sure to pre-register for QC here and Hamilton here and we’ll see you on the battlefield!

[Deck Title= First Place, Bant Spirits – Scott Sevier]
[Creatures]
2 Unsettled Mariner
4 Mausoleum Wanderer
2 Selfless Spirit
3 Deputy of Detention
2 Phantasmal Image
1 Geist of Saint Traft
4 Supreme Phantom
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Spell Queller
4 Drogskull Captain
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Path to Exile
4 Collected Company
3 Aether vial
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Flooded Strand
1 Plains
1 Island
1 Forest
2 Botanical Sanctum
1 Seachrome Coast
1 Waterlogged Grove
1 Temple Garden
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Breeding Pool
2 Windswept Heath
1 Misty Rainforest
3 Horizon Canopy
1 Moorland Haunt
1 Cavern of Souls
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Collector Ouphe
2 Damping Sphere
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Geist of Saint Traft
2 Knight of Autumn
1 Pithing Needle
2 Rest In Peace
2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Unified Will
1 Worship
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Mono-Green Tron – Mark Houghton]
[Creatures]
1 Thragtusk
1 Walking Ballista
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
4 Wurmcoil Engine
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
4 Oblivion Stone
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Karn Liberated
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Expedition Map
4 Chromatic Star
3 Once Upon a Time
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Forest
4 Urza’s Tower
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
1 Blast Zone
1 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Ghost Quarter
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Dismember
2 Veil of Summer
2 Spatial Contortion
3 Thought-Knot Seer
3 Thragtusk
3 Nature’s Claim
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Whirza – Cole Clark-Smith]
[Creatures]
3 Goblin Engineer
1 Scrap Trawler
4 Urza, Lord High Artificer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Engineered Explosives
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Mox Opal
1 Witching Well
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Chromatic Star
2 Pithing Needle
4 Arcum’s Astrolabe
1 Glass Casket
1 Witchclaw Talisman
1 Damping sphere
2 Sword of the Meek
4 Thopter Foundry
1 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Whir of Invention
[/Spells]
[Lands]
5 Snow-Covered Island
4 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
2 Spire of Industry
1 Breeding Pool
1 Steam Vents
1 Watery Grave
1 Snow-Covered Mountain
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Duress
1 Alpine Moon
1 Thoughtsieze
1 Spellskite
2 Collective Brutality
3 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Timely Reinforcements
2 Magus of the Moon
2 Oko, Thief of Crowns
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Simic Merfolk – Stephen Chapman]
[Creatures]
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
1 Thassa, God of the Sea
4 Merfolk Trickster
4 Merfolk Mistbinder
2 Merrow Reejery
4 Silvergill Adept
4 Kumena’s Speaker
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Force of Negation
4 Aether Vial
1 Oko, Thief of Crowns
4 Spreading Seas
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Waterlogged Grove
2 Breeding Pool
1 Castle Vantress
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Island
5 Snow-Covered Island
2 Mutavaut
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Echoing Truth
3 Chalice of the Void
2 Dismember
4 Relic of Progenitus
4 Collector Ouphe
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Amulet Titan – Nik Austin]
[Creatures]
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Azusa, Lost but Seeking
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Primeval Titan
1 Sky Shroud Ranger
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Pact of Negation
4 Summoner’s Pact
4 Amulet of Vigor
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Once Upon a Time
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Boros Garrison
2 Castle Garenbrig
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Field of the Dead
1 Forest
2 Gemstone Mine
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Gruul Turf
1 Selesnya Sanctuary
1 Radiant Fountain
4 Simic Growth Chamber
1 Slayer’s Stronghold
1 Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
2 Snow-Covered Forest
3 Tolaria West
1 Vesuva
1 Golgari Rot Farm
2 Breeding Pool
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Field of the Dead
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Negate
3 Dismember
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Hornet Queen
2 Force of Vigor
1 Obstinate Baloth
1 Thragtusk
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Ramunap Excavator
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Amulet Titan – Joshua Knitter]
[Creatures]
2 Arboreal Grazer
3 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Azusa, Lost but Seeking
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Primeval Titan
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Pact of Negation
4 Summoner’s Pact
4 Amulet of Vigor
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Once Upon a Time
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Boros Garrison
2 Castle Garenbrig
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Field of the Dead
2 Forest
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Gruul Turf
1 Khalni Garden
1 Radiant Fountain
4 Simic Growth Chamber
1 Slayer’s Stronghold
1 Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
1 Snow-Covered Forest
3 Tolaria West
1 Vesuva
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ramunap Excavator
1 Tireless Tracker
2 Obstinate Baloth
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Abrade
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Dismember
1 Force of Vigor
1 Kabira Crossroads
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Jund Death’s Shadow – Austin Anderson]
[Creatures]
1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
4 Street Wraith
4 Death’s Shadow
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Grim Flayer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Thoughtsieze
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Fatal Push
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
3 Tarfire
4 Once Upon a Time
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Kolaghan’s Command
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Wooded Foothills
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Blood Crypt
1 Stomping Ground
1 Swamp
1 Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Collective Brutality
1 Yxilid Jailer
1 Tin Street Hooligan
1 Collector Ouphe
2 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Plague Engineer
1 Fulminator Mage
1 Kolaghan’s Command
3 Bloodbraid Elf
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Jund Death’s Shadow – Austin Anderson]
[Creatures]

[/Creatures]
[Spells]

[/Spells]
[Lands]

[/Lands]
[Sideboard]

[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]