Open+ Recap: Modern in Edmonton

Dredge has claimed yet another high level Modern tournament.

This past weekend the FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series traveled to Edmonton, Alberta for a Modern Open+ and Ben Burrough was able to replace his draw step with the Dredge mechanic all the way to the winner’s circle.

Your Edmonton Open+ champion, Ben Burrough.

Of course, Burrough played one of Modern’s premier decks — Dredge — on Saturday. A deck which has proven to be one of the top performing archetypes on the Open Series all year long. In fact, as recently as our last Open, on April 13 in Kelowna, Dredge claimed a trophy.

The deck attacks on an axis unlike conventional Magic. It operates very much like the fun police of Modern. If you don’t come prepared for Dredge and other graveyard decks, they will beat you until you do. That’s how good these [Card]Faithless Looting[/Card] decks are and it seems like Burrough was able to be the fun police for every opponent he faced on Saturday.

Burrough defeated Remkes Kooistra and his Grixis Death’s Shadow deck in the final. Shadow is another deck that has performed extremely well on the Open Series, with a big win in Toronto recently. Notably, Kooistra made a concession to the aforementioned power of the format’s graveyard decks in his list, sporting a maindeck copy of [Card]Nihil Spellbomb[/Card].

Your Modern Open+ Top8.

The rest of our Top 8 featured both Andrew Huska and Francis Toussaint playing Izzet Phoenix, Jon Sliva on Eldrazi Tron, Cameron Dennis who played a sweet Izzet Wizards deck, Jon White with an old classic in Infect and Keith Rae battling with Merfolk.

Of course, this Top 8 is just about exactly what you’d expect from Modern — extremely diverse but with an emphasis on Looting decks. That said, if you take a close look I think there are some small take aways. Most notably we had both Infect and Merfolk succeed in what was a room full of [Card]Lightning Bolt[/Card] decks. Izzet Phoenix can certainly prey on creature decks at times, but Saturday showed that beatdown decks can still compete in this format.

Joining the players in the main event were Draft pods, Commander pods and Constructed side event players all day long in Edmonton. We had a great time bringing the Open Series back to Alberta!

Congratulations again to our champion Ben Burrough from everyone at Face to Face Games! Additionally, we’d like to extend our thanks to both our Open Series sponsor — Ultimate Guard — who hooked up everyone in the Top 8 with some awesome swag and to our amazing judge staff! The next stop on the series is coming up on May 11 when we’ll be traveling to London for a Modern Open. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!

[Deck Title= First Place, Dredge – Ben Burrough]
[Creatures]
4 Bloodghast
2 Golgari Thug
4 Stinkweed Imp
4 Narcomoeba
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Shriekhorn
4 Life from the Loam
4 Creeping Chill
4 Faithless Looting
4 Cahtartic Reunion
2 Conflagratre
1 Darkblast
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Arid Mesa
3 Bloodstained Mire
2 Wooded Foothills
2 Stomping Grounds
2 Blood Crypt
1 Blackcleave Cliffs
3 Copperline Gorge
2 Mountain
1 Mana confluence
1 Gemstone Mine
1 Dakmor Salvage
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Leyline of the Void
2 Lightning Axe
3 Nature’s Claim
1 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Darkblast
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Conflagrate
1 Ghost Quarter
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Grixis Death’s Shadow – Remkes Kooistra]
[Creatures]
4 Death’s Shadow
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Street Wraith
3 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Thoughtseize
4 Thought Scour
4 Stubborn Denial
3 Mishra’s Bauble
3 Fatal Push
2 Serum Visions
2 Faithless Looting
2 Dismember
2 Temur Battle Rage
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Abrade
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Island
1 Swamp
4 Polluted Delta
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Watery Grave
2 Blood Crypt
1 Steam Vents
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Liliana the Last Hope
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Izzet Phoenix – Andrew Huska]
[Creatures]
4 Arclight Phoenix
4 Thing in the Ice
1 Snapcaster Mage
1 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Pyromancer Ascension
4 Faithless Looting
2 Lightning Axe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Opt
4 Serum Visions
4 Thought Scour
4 Manamorphose
3 Surgical Extraction
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Spirebluff Canal
3 Steam Vents
3 Island
2 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Molton Rain
1 Flame Slash
2 Spell Pierce
2 Abrade
1 Entrancing Melody
1 Ceremonious Rejection
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Beacon Bolt
1 Shatterstorm
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Eldrazi Tron – Jon Sliva]
[Creatures]
4 Walking Ballista
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Thought-knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
1 Endbringer
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Chalice of the Void
1 Basilisk Collar
2 Relic of Progenitis
2 Dismember
4 Expedition Map
1 Warping Wail
1 Karn, Scion of Urza
1 All is Dust
1 Karn Liberated
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Urza’s Tower
4 Urza’s Powerplant
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Eldrazi Temple
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Seagate Wreakage
1 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Scavenger Grounds
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Wastes
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Warping Wail
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Oblivion Stone
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Emrakrul, the Promised End
2 Sorcerous Spyglass
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 All is Dust
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Izzet Phoenix – Francis Toussaint]
[Creatures]
4 Thing in the Ice
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Arclight Phoenix
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Opt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Thoughtscour
4 Serum Visions
4 Faithless Looting
4 Manamorphose
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Lightning Axe
1 Echoing Truth
3 Pyromancer Ascension
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Mountain
3 Island
2 Steam Vents
4 Spirebluff Canal
2 Flooded Strand
1 Sulfur Falls
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Spell Pierce
2 Abrade
1 Shatterstorm
1 Ceremonious Rejection
1 Flame Slash
1 Threads of Disloyalty
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Beacon Bolt
1 Ral, Izzet Viceroy
4 Molten Rain
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Izzet Wizards – Cameron Dennis]
[Creatures]
4 Soul-Scar Mage
3 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Stormchaser Mage
2 Grim Lavamancer
3 Adeliz, the Cinderwind
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Wizard’s Lightning
3 Skewer the Critics
4 Lava Spike
2 Gut Shot
4 Manamorphose
4 Light Up the Stage
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Spirebluff Canal
1 Sulfur Falls
3 Steam Vents
1 Arid Mesa
4 Scalding Tarn
5 Mountain
1 Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Blood Moon
2 Echoing Truth
4 Ravenous Trap
1 Shatterstorm
2 Abrade
2 Dragon’s Claw
1 Rending Volley
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Infect – Jon White]
[Creatures]
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistner Elf
1 Spellskite
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 MIshra’s Bauble
2 Distortion Strike
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Mutagenic Growth
2 Spell Pierce
4 Might of Old Krosa
2 Groundswell
3 Blossoming Defense
3 Become Immense
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Breeding Pool
3 Forest
2 Pendelhaven
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dismember
2 Dispel
2 Dissenter’s Deliverance
1 Distortion Strike
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Nature’s Claim
2 Shaper’s Sanctuary
1 Spell Pierce
1 Spellskite
1 Wild Defiance
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Merfolk – Keith Rae]
[Creatures]
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Curse Catcher
4 Merfolk Trickster
3 Merrow Reejerey
2 Harbinger of the Tides
3 Master of Waves
4 Silvergill Adept
2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Spreading Seas
4 Aether Vial
1 Dismember
2 Echoing Truth
[/Spells]
[Lands]
11 Island
1 Wanderwine Hub
4 Mutavault
2 Cavern of Souls
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Relic of Progenitus
3 Spell Pierce
1 Unified Will
1 Negate
1 Dismember
2 Sea’s Claim
1 Echoing Truth
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]