Open Recap: Modern in Toronto

Is Matthew Dilks invincible? Can anyone defeat this man?

Matthew Dilks took home yet another trophy on Sunday. This time at our Modern FaceToFaceGames.com Open.

One of the Toronto area’s most prolific Magic players added another trophy to his resume on Saturday. Dilks, who won the last Face to Face Games Toronto Ultimate Showdown, took down our Modern Open with an innovative Blue Moon variant.

We’ve seen a lot of U/R Breach and U/R Kiki decks that lean on Blood Moon to make life hard for their opponents. This deck forgo’s all of those gimmicky finishes for a clean Young Pyromancer + Vendillion Clique game-plan.

This deck is actually quite close to what Dilks played at the Ultimate Showdown, but here he’s lost some green proactive threats for a cleaner manabase and a more controlling overall strategy. I played Dilks at X-1 at this event and he handily Blood Moon’d me into oblivion in two consecutive games. This guy is flat out dominating tournaments in every format right now.

Derek Pite also made an appearance in his second consecutive Toronto Open Series Top 8, he played Grixis Death’s Shadow. This tournament was truly a coming out party for the Serum Visions and Snapcaster Mages of the format. We had Grixis, U/R, U/R Breach, Jeskai and U/W all show-up in addition to multiple copies of Burn.

I say it a lot in this recaps but Modern is really jarring in how fast it moves. This Top 8 is almost completely “fair” decks which is something we would never have predicted just a month ago when Tron and Scapeshift dominated a Modern Grand Prix.

Maybe players have found that counterspells are truly the only way to beat all the linear decks of the format. That’s the decision I came to when I decided to register Jeskai on Saturday. Maybe next weekend at the Pro Tour we’ll be seeing the some Cryptic Command mirrors?

Speaking of Modern next weekend, if you want to run your deck from Saturday back or maybe try something new, Face to Face Games Toronto will be hosting a Modern Showdown 1k. Come on out !

 

First Place, Matthew Dilks- U/R Moon

[Deck]
[Creatures]
2 Vendilion Clique
1 Torrential Gearhulk
4 Young Pyromancer
4 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Opt
4 Serum Visions
2 Spell Snare
4 Remand
1 Harvest Pyre
3 Blood Moon
4 Cryptic Command
2 Electrolyze
[/Spells]
[Lands]
7 Island
1 Mountain
3 Sulfur Falls
2 Steam Vents
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Polluted Delta
1 Flooded Strand
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Desolate Lighthouse
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Izzet Staticaster
4 Dispel
2 Abrade
2 Relic of Progenitus
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Second Place, Jason Quian- Jeskai

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Snapcaster mage
4 Spell Queller
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Geist of St. Traft
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Path to Exile
3 Lightning Helix
4 Serum Visions
2 Opt
2 Spell Snare
2 Logic Knot
4 Cryptic Command
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Flooded Strand
2 Steam Vents
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Sacred Foundry
2 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
4 Celestial Colonnade
1 Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
1 Eiganjo Castle
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Izzet Staticaster
1 Geist of St. Traft
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Kozileks Return
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dispel
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Torrential Gearhulk
2 Celestial Purge
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Third Place, TJ Raymore- Abzan

[Deck]
[Creatures]
2 Scavenging Ooze
3 Dark Confidant
2 Grim Flayer
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Tireless Tracker
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Liliana of the Veil
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Thoughseize
2 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Fatal Push
2 Path to Exile
1 Nihil Spellbomb
3 Lingering Souls
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Swamp
1 Forest
3 Verdant Catacombs
3 Blooming Marsh
2 Marsh Flats
4 Windswept Heath
2 Treetop Village
1 Shambling Vent
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Temple Garden
1 Godless Shrine
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Thrun, the Last Troll
2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
3 Fulminator Mage
3 Stony Silence
2 Collective Brutality
1 Damnation
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Flaying Tendrils
1 Grafdiggers Cage
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fourth Place, Derek Pite- Grixis Death’s Shadow

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Deaths Shadow
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Street Wraith
4 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Serum Visions
4 Thoughtseize
1 Kolaghans Command
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Fatal Push
3 Stubborn Denial
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Dismember
4 Thought Scour
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Island
1 Swamp
2 Blood Crypt
2 Watery Grave
1 Steam Vents
4 Polluted Delta
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Scalding Tarn
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Countersquall
1 Stubborn Denial
2 Disdainful Stroke
3 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Collective Brutality
1 Rakdos Charm
1 Kozileks Return
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Liliana of the Veil
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fifth Place, John Wasson- Burn

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
1 Grim Lavamancer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
4 Searing Blaze
4 Skullcrack
4 Boros Charm
4 Rift Bolt
3 Lightning Helix
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Snow-Covered Mountain
3 Inspiring Vantage
2 Sacred Foundry
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Ensnaring Bridge
2 Blood Moon
2 Wear // Tear
2 Shattering Spree
2 Kor Firewalker
2 Path to Exile
2 Rest in Peace
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Sixth Place, Stephen Kerr- U/W Control

[Deck]
[Creatures]
2 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Spreading Seas
1 Elspeth, Suns Champion
1 Runed Halo
1 Logic Knot
1 Spell Snare
1 Sphinxs Revelation
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
4 Serum Visions
3 Cryptic Command
4 Path to Exile
3 Supreme Verdict
1 Mana Leak
2 Gideon of the Trials
2 Detention Sphere
1 Negate
2 Search for Azcanta
1 Gideon Jura
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Glacial Fortress
4 Field of Ruin
4 Flooded Strand
4 Celestial Colonnade
2 Plains
6 Island
1 Irrigated Farmland
2 Hallowed Fountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Settle the Wreckage
3 Stony Silence
2 Dispel
3 Rest in Peace
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Timely Reinforcement
2 Celestial Purge
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Seventh Place, Chad Jenkins- Burn

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Shard Volley
4 Skullcrack
4 Lava Spike
4 Boros Charm
4 Rift Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
3 Lightning Helix
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Stomping Ground
1 Bloodstained Mire
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Wooded Foothills
3 Mountain
3 Sacred Foundry
4 Arid Mesa
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Deflecting palm
2 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Kor Firewalker
2 Atarkas Command
4 Destructive Revelry
1 Searing Blood
2 Relic of Progenitus
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Eighth Place, Jordan Voskamp- U/R Breach

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Vedalken Shackles
2 Spell Snare
1 Electrolyze
1 Logic Knot
1 Harvest Pyre
3 Blood Moon
3 Cryptic Command
4 Opt
4 Remand
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Through the Breach
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Sulfur Falls
1 Desolate Lighthouse
3 Steam Vents
8 Island
1 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Dispel
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Spell Snare
1 Flashfreeze
1 Negate
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Batterskull
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Roast
1 Inferno Titan
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Torrential Gearhulk
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]