Open Recap: Modern in Fredericton

War of the Spark has released a ton of new planeswalkers into the competitive landscape and they have not disappointed. In particular [Card]Teferi, Time Raveler[/Card], [Card]Narset, Parter of Veils[/Card] and [Card]Karn, the Great Creator[/Card] are running full speed into both the Modern and Legacy formats.

These three new powerful threats made their mark this past weekend, when the FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series traveled to Fredericton, New Brunswick for a Modern Open and Keegan Reynolds piloted his newly-bolstered Azorius Control deck to victory!

Your Fredericton Open champ, Keegan Reynolds.

Reynolds credited the control list he piloted to Team Face to Face Games’ very own Gabriel Nassif who has been piloting it on his stream for months now. This deck featured both Narset and Teferi from the latest set, which offer the deck some nice early card draw and some additional value from their powerful static abilities. The fact is, planeswalkers that cost three are just so powerful as is, and these ones feel particularly pushed given their ability to keep you hand full.

Reynolds defeated Bobby Bourque and his Burn deck in the finals to take home the trophy on Saturday.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Sean Rutledge playing Affinity, Liam Dixon and his Infect deck, Josh Breau who has now Top 8’d three Opens in a row on the east coast, Jeremy Cameron playing The Rock, Kris Mead dredging up his graveyard and Travis Benedict who played Tron featuring [Card]Karn, the Great Creator[/Card].

Your Fredericton Open Top 8.

As usual, we had a pretty diverse Top 8 at a Modern Open. This format really gives players the chance to play with whatever they like best and still have a shot at taking home the trophy. That said, Azorius Control has really become a force on the Open Series over the course of the past few months. Of course it claimed another trophy recently when Stephen Kerr took down our Barrie Open and that was before all these new additions. We’ve also watched Breau dominate virtually every one of our east coast events with various [Card]Hallowed Fountain[/Card] decks for months now. We’ll have to wait and find out if it continues its dominance going forward.

Stepping outside the Top 8, we’d especially like to recognize Canadian judge Jon Goud for getting to take his judge shirt off and come out and battle for once. It was awesome to see him out playing on Saturday.

Over the course of the day we fired 11 Commander pods and eight Drafts while alongside the Open. We also had a special upgrade in Fredericton, where all 84 players played on ergonomic office chairs. We were battling in full comfort.

Before I leave you for the week we at Face to Face Games want to remind you about our upcoming 10k Mythic Championship Qualifier taking place on June 15 in Toronto. We’ll be hosting it at the Montecassino Hotel, and every registrant will get a free [Card]Arcbound Ravager[/Card] promo with entry. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!

Congratulations again to our champion Keegan Reynolds 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 this coming Saturday May 25 when we’ll be hosting a Modern Open in beautiful Calgary, Alberta. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!

[Deck Title= First Place, Azorius Control – Keegan Reynolds]
[Creatures]
1 Vendilion Clique
3 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Path to Exile
1 Condemn
4 Opt
1 Spell Snare
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Logic Knot
1 Search for Azcanta
1 Dovin’s Veto
2 Teferi, Time Raveler
1 Detention Sphere
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
3 Cryptic Command
2 Hieroglyphic Illumination
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Supreme Verdict
1 Day of Judgment
1 Wrath of God
2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Flooded Strand
4 Celestial Colonnade
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Glacial Fortress
4 Field of Ruin
6 Island
2 Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Celestial Purge
1 Lyra Dawnbringer
2 Restoration Angel
2 Rest in Peace
2 Stony Silence
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Dovin’s Veto
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Dispel
1 Ceremonious Rejection
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Burn – Bobby Bourque]
[Creatures]
Burn
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Goblin Guide
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
1 Grim Lavamancer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Searing Blaze
4 Skewer the Critics
4 Rift Bolt
4 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Helix
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Arid Mesa
4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
3 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Skullcrack
3 Destructive Revelry
3 Rest in Peace
3 Path to Exile
2 Searing Blood
1 Exquisite Firecraft
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Sean Rutledge – Affinity]
[Creatures]
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
4 Vault Skirge
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Steel Overseer
2 Memnite
2 Etched Champion
1 Spellskite
1 Sai, Master Thopterist
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Karn, Scion of Urza
1 Thoughtcast
1 Welding Jar
3 Galvanic Blast
4 Mox Opal
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Cranial Plating
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Darksteel Citadel
2 Spire of Industry
1 Glimmervoid
1 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Dispatch
2 Spell Pierce
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Damping Sphere
1 Ray of Revelation
1 Wear // Tear
1 Etched Champion
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Infect – Liam Dixon]
[Creatures]
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
1 Spellskite
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Vines of Vastwood
2 Groundswell
4 Might of Old Krosa
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Mutagenic Growth
3 Blossoming Defense
3 Become Immense
1 Dismember
2 Distortion Strike
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
2 Pendelhaven
1 Dryad Arbor
3 Forest
2 Breeding Pool
4 Inkmoth Nexus
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ceremonious Rejection
1 Dismember
1 Dispel
1 Dissenter’s Deliverance
1 Distortion Strike
2 Nature’s Claim
1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Ravenous Trap
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spellskite
2 Twisted Image
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Azorius Control – Josh Breau]
[Creatures]
3 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Wall of Omens
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Teferi, Time Raveler
2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Oust
4 Path to Exile
4 Serum Visions
1 Spell Snare
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Dovin’s Veto
2 Logic Knot
1 Timely Reinforcements
3 Cryptic Command
2 Supreme Verdict
1 Wrath of God
1 Search for Azcanta
1 Detention Sphere
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Blast Zone
4 Celestial Colonnade
4 Field of Ruin
4 Flooded Strand
1 Glacial Fortress
2 Hallowed Fountain
6 Island
3 Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ceremonious Rejection
1 Dispel
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Celestial Purge
2 Dovin’s Veto
2 Rest in Peace
2 Stony Silence
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
1 Timely Reinforcements
1 Cataclysmic Gearhulk
1 Lyra Dawnbringer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Golgari Rock – Jeremy Cameron]
[Creatures]
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Scavenging Ooze
3 Tireless Tracker
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Dark Confidant
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Collective Brutality
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Fatal Push
2 Thoughtseize
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Abrupt Decay
3 Liliana of the Veil
1 Maelstrom Pulse
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Blooming Marsh
2 Treetop Village
2 Forest
5 Swamp
2 Hissing Quagmire
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Polluted Delta
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Field of Ruin
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ashiok, Dream Render
2 Nissa, Vital Force
1 Creeping Corrosion
2 Fulminator Mage
1 Languish
1 Damnation
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Damping Sphere
1 Pithing Needle
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Dredge – Kris Mead]
[Creatures]
4 Narcomoeba
4 Bloodghast
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Stinkweed Imp
2 Golgari Thug
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Darkblast
4 Faithless Looting
4 Cathartic Reunion
4 Life from the Loam
4 Creeping Chill
2 Conflagrate
4 Shriekhorn
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Mountain
2 Blood Crypt
2 Stomping Ground
4 Copperline Gorge
1 Gemstone Mine
1 City of Brass
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Arid Mesa
2 Wooded Foothills
3 Bloodstained Mire
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Leyline of the Void
2 Ancient Grudge
3 Nature’s Claim
1 Darkblast
2 Damping Sphere
3 Lightning Axe
1 Assassin’s Trophy
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Tron – Travis Benedict]
[Creatures]
2 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Walking Ballista
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Expedition Map
4 Chromatic Star
4 Chromatic Sphere
3 Relic of Progenitus
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Karn Liberated
4 Karn, the Great Creator
3 Oblivion Stone
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
1 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Scavenger Grounds
1 Ghost Quarter
4 Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Thragtusk
3 Nature’s Claim
1 Mycosynth Lattice
1 Liquimetal Coating
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
1 Trinisphere
1 Walking Ballista
1 Emrakul, The Promised End
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Oblivion Stone
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]