Open Recap: Burn steals the show in Regina


In Modern, no matter where you are, what the format is like, what’s been dominant in past weeks or even what year it is — one things is always true:

You’ve got to respect Burn.

And this past weekend when the Open Series traveled to Regina, Saskatchewan for a Modern Open, not enough of our competitors listened to that advice.  Tyler Utman took down the entire event with his Burn deck.

Tyler defeated Ryan Christie in the finals who was playing the powerful Simic Urza midrange deck we’ve seen jump onto the scene lately. This deck fuses many of the most powerful components of the original Urza decks that featured Thopter Foundry with a traditional Cryptic Command midrange shell.

It’s these Urza decks that have actually allowed Burn to increase it’s standing in the format as of late. Despite being very powerful, it can be tough for these Urza decks to amass a quick enough clock to defeat Burn before their life total runs out. That said, with the addition of Oko, Thief of Crowns to  popular lists providing some incidental life gain, the matchup feels like it’s getting a lot better.

Your Regina Open Top 8.

Joining those two in the Top 8 was our Red Deer Open champion Austin Anderson playing Jund Death’s Shadow, Michael Wright playing Humans, Matthew McLeay on Jund, Matthew Kasdorf trying to keep Dredge alive without Faithless Looting, Mitchell Gaertner playing Amulet Titan which has been very popular on the Open Series lately and Jeremie Asselin-Maulé who also played Jund.

Despite Burn’s winning performance, this past Saturday in Regina we saw what has become somewhat of a trend on the Open Series as of late. Midrange somehow dominated. Between Simic Urza, Shadow and multiple Jund decks — it looks like it’s a good time to be trying to interact in Modern right now. There always seems to be some Thoughtseizes and Cryptic Commands in our Top 8s.

While Tyler was casting Lava Spikes in the main event, we had other players on-site all day long battling in side events and hanging out at the Face to Face Games booth. Commander pods just never seemed to stop firing and even some of the hotel staff came out to draft some Throne of Eldraine after they finished their shifts. We also had another special appearance from our friends at Commander Cookout who were hanging out and playing games against locals all day long!

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 Tyler Utman 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:

The next stop on the Open Series are coming up this weekend on Nov. 9 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where we’ll be hosting a Modern Open! Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you on the battlefield!