Open Recap: Eldrazi descend upon Quebec City

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Colourless cards are really having a moment in Modern. From the absolute dominance of Urza, Lord High Artificer and his artifact friends, to the resurgence of Eldrazi Tron and the never ending consistency of Mono-Green Tron — it’s a good time to be Devoid.

That trend was on display this past weekend when the FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series traveled to Quebec City for a Modern Open and four of our Top 8 decks centered around colourless cards.

That said, there was one powerful green mage who was able to usurp the Eldrazi Titans. Adrien Bourque hoisted the trophy on the back of his Devoted Druid combo deck!

Your Open champ, Adrien Bourque.

Druid combo is obviously nothing new in Modern since the printing of Vizier of Remedies. But, it’s picked up a swath of new tools in the last few sets and does a very good job at preying on decks that are light on interaction — Tron decks in particular. This deck can kill you out of nowhere, and has an incredibly consistent turn three goldfish since the addition of Eladamri’s Call and Finale of Devastation to Modern.

Naturally, Adrien defeated Mathieu McNeil Caron and his Mono-Green Tron deck in the finals.

Your Quebec City Open Top 8.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Philippe Asselin on Eldrazi Tron, Ulysse Gagnon Paradis who played a sweet Gruul take on the Eldrazi archetype, Patrick Wu playing a traditional Azorius Control deck, Tommy Leclerc on Jund, Miguel Dauteil on the breakout deck of the weekend in Simic Urza and Colas Fievet playing an old school Blue Moon list.

With hyper-interactive decks like Jund seeing less and less play lately while Urza has taken over the format, the door has certainly once again opened for un-interactive decks to rise up. Five of our Top 8 decks are definitely ships passing in the night, and Bourque’s ability to kill on turn three so consistently was able to shine because of that.

In that same vein, I’d like to shine a light specifically Miguel Dauteil’s Simic Urza deck. This is a build that can play both sides of the coin. Jump out to blistering starts bolstered by it’s efficient spells, but also interact with cards like Cryptic Command. These builds give me some eerie Splinter Twin vibes, and we all know how powerful combo-control can be in Modern.

While all the action was going down in the main event, we also had players on site all day battling in side events, playing side drafts and hanging out at the Face to Face Games booth. We even hosted our first ever PIONEER side event to celebrate the brand new format. We’ll be hosting these at all of our upcoming Opens in 2019, so make sure to come out if you’re looking to explore the new format!

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 Adrien Bourque 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 stops on the series are coming up this Saturday Nov. 2 when the FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series will be traveling to both Ottawa, ON and Regina, Sask. for Modern Opens. You can pre-register for Ottawa here and Regina here. We can’t wait to see you this upcoming weekend, and don’t forget we’ve added a PIONEER side event to all of our 2019 Opens, so come out and explore that format with us. We’ll see you on the battlefield.