Open Recap: Karani crowns Stoneblade in Winnipeg

Oh baby, the deck that won our Winnipeg Open on Saturday is sweet.

After weeks of players tinkering and tweaking their new [Card]Stoneforge Mystic[/Card] decks to some solid finishes on the Open Series, Karani broke through and took down the whole event in Winnipeg with his build of Jeskai Stoneblade.

Your Winnipeg Open champ, Joseph Karani.

We’ve obviously seen a lot of attempts at making these tempo strategies work since Stoneforge was unbanned. We had a copy of Azorius Stoneblade in our Victoria Open Top 8 and Daniel Fournier has been working on a Bant version for a few weeks, but this is the first time we’ve seen someone have success with the classic combo of [Card]Snapcaster Mage[/Card] and [Card]Lightning Bolt[/Card].

Karani’s deck also utilized [Card]Spell Queller[/Card] as an additional threat that can carry equipment. I think a lot of what he has going on in his list looks awesome, the additional threats and burn spells really offer the ability to close games quickly, which is of course something [Card]Celestial Colonnade[/Card] decks have always struggled with.

Your Winnipeg Open Top 8.

Karani was able to defeat Michael Putz and his old school Bogles deck in the finals.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Dylan Zahari playing a Dredge deck similar to what took down our Edmonton Open recently, Brendan Klein on Jund, Jeremy Johnston and Silas Meeches on Burn, Scott Polsky playing a sweet Elves deck and Marc Bosc playing Infect.

Yet another Open Series out West and another extremely diverse Modern Top 8. It’s been awesome to see how these lists have developed since the recent banned and restricted announcement, and Modern is in a great place right now.

In addition to all the action in the main event we also had players on site all day battling in side event Drafts and Commander pods. We’d also like to give a special shoutout to GK Alters for coming out and making our cards look sweet!

Before I leave you for the week I’ve got a special announcement to share with you! With Wizards of the Coast’s latest announcement about the changes to global organized play, they added something called WPN Player’s Tour Qualifiers. These are ways for them to distribute Regional Player’s Tour qualifications to third party tournament organizers. And with that, we are happy to announce that our Open+ Open Series events will now hand out a Player’s Tour invitation to the champion!

Congratulations again to our champion Joseph Karani 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. 19 when the Open Series will be traveling to Grande Prairie, Alberta for the first time for a Modern Open! Make sure to pre-register and get to testing, we’ll see you there!

[Deck Title= First Place, Jeskai Stoneblade – Joseph Karani]
[Creatures]
3 Geist of Saint Traft
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Spell Queller
4 Stoneforge Mystic
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Force of Negation
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
2 Mana Leak
2 Path to Exile
2 Spell Snare
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
2 Teferi, Time Raveler
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Celestial Colonnade
1 Fiery Islet
4 Flooded Strand
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Inspiring Vantage
2 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Abrade
2 Alpine Moon
2 Ashiok, Dream Render
3 Disdainful Stroke
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Path to Exile
2 Stony Silence
1 Teferi, Time Raveler
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Bogles – Michael Putz]
[Creatures]
4 Gladecover Scout
4 Slippery Boggle
3 Invisible Stalker
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Hyena Umbra
4 Ethereal Armor
3 Curious Obsession
3 Rancor
2 Spider Umbra
1 Gryff’s Boon
1 Spirit Link
4 Daybreak Coronet
1 Spirit Mantle
4 Leyline of Sanctity
3 Force of Negation
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Windswept Heath
2 Flooded Strand
2 Snow-Covered Plains
2 Snow-Covered Forest
2 Temple Garden
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Razorverge Thicket
1 Seachrome Coast
3 Horizon Canopy
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Damping Sphere
2 Gaddok Teeg
3 Path to Exile
3 Seal of Primordium
3 Stony Silence
2 Stubborn Denial
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Dredge – Dylan Zahari]
[Creatures]
4 Bloodghast
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Narcomeba
3 Insolent Neonate
4 Stinkweed Imp
3 Golgari Thug
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Conflagrate
4 Creeping Chill
4 Life from the Loam
4 Shreikhorn
4 Cathartic Reunion
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Blood Crypt
2 Stomping Ground
2 City of Brass
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Mountain
3 Bloodstained Mire
3 Copperline Gorge
3 Forgotten Cave
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Thoughtseize
3 Ancient Grudge
3 Nature’s Claim
1 Blast Zone
3 Lighting Axe
2 Abrupt Decay
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Jund – Brendan Klein]
[Creatures]
4 Bloodbraid Elf
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmogoyf
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Fatal Push
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Liliana of the Veil
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Thoughtseize
3 Wrenn and Six
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Forest
1 Mountain
2 Nurturing Peatland
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Anger of the Gods
1 Ashiok, Dream Render
2 Colletive Brutality
2 Collector Ouphe
3 Fulmiator Mage
2 Huntmaster of the Fells
1 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Plague Engineer
1 Weather the Storm
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Burn – Jeremy Johnston]
[Creatures]
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Goblin Guide
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lava Spike
1 Deflecting Palm
4 Skewer the Critics
4 Lightning Helix
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
4 Rift Bolt
4 Boros Charm
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Inspiring Vantage
1 Stomping Ground
2 Sacred Foundry
4 Sunbaked Canyon
3 Arid Mesa
3 Wooded Foothills
2 Mountain
2 Bloodstained Mire
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Smash to Smithereens
3 Kor Firewalker
2 Rest in Peace
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Skullcrack
3 Path to Exile
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Burn – Silas Meeches]
[Creatures]
4 Goblin Guide
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Monastery Swiftspear
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Lightning Helix
2 Skullcrack
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
4 Skewer the Critics
4 Lava Spikes
4 Boros Charm
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Sunbaked Canyon
2 Mountain
4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Fiery Islet
1 Snow-Covered Mountain
2 Sacred Foundry
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Path to Exile
3 Kor Firewalker
3 Smash to Smithereens
2 Skullcrack
2 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Deflecting Palm
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Elves – Scott Polsky]
[Creatures]
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Heritage Druid
4 Elvish Mystic
2 Dwynen’s Elite
4 Elvish Archdruid
4 Shaman of the Pack
4 Nettle Sentinel
1 Reclamation Sage
2 Ezuri, Renegade Leader
4 Elvish Clancaller
1 Craterhoof Behemoth
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Lead the Stampede
2 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Gilt-Leaf Palace
4 Nurturing Peatland
2 Blooming Marsh
3 Forest
1 Pendelhaven
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Veil of Summer
2 Collector Ouphe
1 Choke
1 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Throne of the God-Pharaoh
2 Dampening Sphere
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Collective Brutality
2 Fatal Push
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Infect – Marc Bosc]
[Creatures]
4 Glistener Elf
4 Blighted Agent
4 Noble Hierarch
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Distortion Strike
2 Groundswell
1 Spellpierce
1 Apostle’s Blessing
1 Become Immense
4 Blossoming Defense
4 Scale Up
4 Might of Old Krosa
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Mutagenic Growth
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Inkmoth Nexus
3 Verdant Catacombs
2 Breeding Pool
2 Windswept Heath
2 Wooded Foothills
2 Pendalhaven
2 Forest
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Waterlogged Grove
1 Dryad Arbor
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Wild Defiance
2 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Force of Vigor
2 Veil of Summer
2 Spell Pierce
1 Dismember
1 Distortion Strike
1 Echoing Truth
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]