Ottawa Open Recap: a two trophy weekend for Burn

It was a weekend full of [Card]Lava Spike[/Card]s on the FacetoFaceGames.com Open Series.

While Tyler Utman was bringing home the trophy in Saskatchewan with Burn, Jean-Francois Regimbald was doing the exact same thing a few provinces east in Ottawa, Ontario.

Your Modern Open champion.

Regimbald defeated Nico Gambuto, who was one of three [Card]Death’s Shadow[/Card] players in our Top 8, in the finals.

With the additions of [Card]The Royal Scions[/Card], [Card]Plague Engineer[/Card] and [Card]Nurturing Peatland[/Card] in recent months as options to build around Shadow, the deck has risen in popularity. Traditionally, Burn has been one of Shadow’s closest matchups and it can be quite entertaining to watch both decks jockey over one life total. With that said, Burn clearly got the better of the matchup on Saturday.

Your Ottawa Open Top 8.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Grayson Halt and Philippe Dupuis who both played Grixis Death’s Shadow, Brad Snippe who was blowing up lands with Ponza, Dzmitry Kozak who played Eldrazi Tron, Stephen Keffe who played a spicy Orzhov Smallpox deck and Samuel Leduc who was piloting Amulet Titan.

Shockingly, this Top 8 looks eerily similar to the one Utman came out on top of in Regina. There’s a slew of midrange decks, Amulet and ultimately a Burn deck that came out on top. I don’t know what was in the water this past weekend but midrange really had a coming out party on the Open Series. Even Stephen Keffe’s sweet Pox deck that featured multiple copies of [Card]Adorned Pouncer[/Card] in the maindeck — in Modern!

While Francois was burning people out in the Top 8, we had players on-site all day battling in side events and in Commander Pods. We even had our second consecutive weekend featuring a PIONEER side event. It was awesome getting to support this brand 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 Jean-Francois Regimbald 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 Open Series are coming up this weekend on Nov. 9 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where we’ll be hosting a Modern Open! Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you on the battlefield!

[Deck Title= First Place, Burn – Jean-Francois Regimbald]
[Creatures]
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 lightning Helix
4 boros Charm
4 searing Blaze
1 skullcrack
4 rift Bolt
4 skewer the Critics
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 inspiring Vantage
2 sacred Foundry
3 mountain
4 sunbaked Canyon
1 fiery Islet
3 arid Mesa
2 wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 wear // Tear
3 smash to Smithereens
2 path to Exile
3 kor Firewalker
2 stony Silence
3 skullcrack
1 deflecting Palm
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Jund Death’s Shadow – Nico Gambuto]
[Creatures]
4 death’s Shadow
1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
4 street Wraith
4 tarmogoyf
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 assassin’s Trophy
1 dismember
3 fatal Push
2 kolaghan’s Command
2 once Upon a Time
1 tarfire
2 temur Battle Rage
4 thoughtseize
4 traverse the Ulvenwald
4 mishra’s Bauble
4 inquisition of Kozilek
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 blood Crypt
3 bloodstained Mire
1 forest
4 nurturing Peatland
1 overgrown Tomb
1 stomping ground
1 swamp
4 verdant Catacomb
1 wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 alpine Moon
1 Assassin’s Trophy
4 collective Brutality
1 collector Ouphe
1 fulminator Mage
1 plague Engineer
1 tireless Tracker
3 Veil of Summer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Grixis Death’s Shadow – Grayson Halt]
[Creatures]
3 snapcaster Mage
4 death’s Shadow
4 Gurmag Angler
4 street Wraith
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 thought Scour
4 stubborn Denial
2 serum Visions
3 Mishra’s Bauble
4 thoughtseize
2 inquisition of Kozilek
4 fatal Push
1 dismember
1 The Royal Scions
1 temur battle Rage
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 drown in the Loch
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 watery Grave
2 blood Crypt
1 steam Vents
1 island
1 swamp
4 polluted Delta
3 bloodstained Mire
3 scalding Tarn
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Spell Snare
2 liliana, the Last Hope
1 drown in the Loch
2 disdainful Stroke
1 anger of the Gods
2 plague Engineer
1 ceremonious Rejection
1 abrade
1 alpine Moon
2 collective Brutality
1 kolaghan’s Command
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Ponza – Brad Snippe]
[Creatures]
4 arbor Elf
2 birds of Paradise
3 seasoned Pyromancer
2 tireless Tracker
4 bloodbraid Elf
1 huntmaster of the Fells
2 glorybringer
2 inferno Titan
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 lightning Bolt
4 utopia Sprawl
4 blood Moon
4 pillage
2 stone Rain
[/Spells]
[Lands]
8 forest
1 kessig Wolf Run
1 mountain
4 stomping Ground
4 windswept Heath
4 wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 collector Ouphe
2 scavenging Ooze
2 kitchen Finks
2 relic of Progenitus
1 veil of Summer
1 abrade
2 anger of the Gods
2 choke
2 trinisphere
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Eldrazi Tron – Dzmitry Kozak]
[Creatures]
4 matter Reshaper
4 reality Smasher
4 thought-Knot Seer
2 walking Ballista
1 endbringer
1 hangarback Walker
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 dismember
1 spatial Contortion
1 all is Dust
2 mind Stone
4 expedition Map
4 chalice of the Void
4 karn, the Great Creator
2 ugin, the Ineffable
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 eldrazi Temple
1 cavern of Souls
1 radiant Fountain
1 sea Gate Wreckage
2 blast Zone
4 urza’s Power Plant
4 urza’s Mine
4 urza’s Tower
3 wastes
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Mycosynth Lattice
1 ensnaring Bridge
1 mystic Forge
1 torpor Orb
1 dismember
1 grafdigger’s Cage
2 relic of Progenitus
1 tormod’s Crypt
1 wurmcoil Engine
1 liquimetal Coating
1 walking Ballista
1 spatial Contortion
1 radiant Fountain
1 sorcerous Spyglass
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Orzhov Pox – Stephen Keffe]
[Creatures]
4 stoneforge Mystic
1 murderous Rider
2 adorned Pouncer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 elspeth, Knight-Errant
4 smallpox
4 lingering Souls
3 thoughtseize
4 inquisition of Kozilek
1 gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 sorin, Solemn Visitor
1 batterskull
1 sword of Fire and Ice
4 fatal Push
4 liliana of the Veil
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 silent Clearing
2 fetid Heath
4 flagstones of Trokair
4 marsh Flats
3 urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 shambling Vent
3 godless Shrine
2 plains
2 swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 hushbringer
1 Anguished Unmaking
2 plague Engineer
1 stony Silence
1 batterskull
1 sword of War and Peace
2 pithing Needle
3 fulminator Mage
2 ashiok, Dream Render
1 surgical Extraction
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Grixis Death’s Shadow – Philippe Dupuis]
[Creatures]
4 gurmag Angler
4 death’s Shadow
3 snapcaster Mage
4 street Wraith
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 drown in the Loch
1 The royal Scions
2 dismember
2 temur Battle Rage
2 inquisition of Kozilek
4 thoughtseize
4 thought Scour
4 stubborn Denial
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 fatal Push
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 steam Vents
1 blood Crypt
2 watery Grave
3 scalding Tarn
4 polluted Delta
4 bloodstained Mire
1 island
1 swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 engineered Explosives
1 mystical Dispute
1 the Royal Scions
2 Kolaghan’s Command
2 disdainful Stroke
2 damping Sphere
2 plague Engineer
3 collective Brutality
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Amulet Titan – Samuel Leduc]
[Creatures]
1 arboreal Grazer
4 primeval Titan
4 sakura-Tribe Scout
3 azusa, Lost but Seeking
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 summoner’s Pact
1 pact of Negation
4 amulet of Vigor
4 ancient Stirrings
3 once Upon a Time
2 oko, Thief of Crowns
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Khalni Garden
1 radiant Fountain
1 ghost Quarter
1 cavern of Souls
1 field of the Dead
2 snow-Covered Forest
2 forest
4 gemstone Mine
1 bojuka Bog
3 Tolaria West
1 vesuva
1 sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
1 slayers’ Stronghold
4 simic Growth Chamber
1 selesnya Sanctuary
1 boros Garrison
1 golgari Rot Farm
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 cavern of Souls
1 ghost Quarter
1 field of the Dead
2 engineered Explosives
3 dismember
2 disdainful Stroke
1 chameleon Colossus
1 manglehorn
1 reclamation sage
1 obstinate Baloth
1 ramunap Excavator
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]