Open Recap: Team Trios in Toronto

Just a couple weeks prior to Grand Prix Toronto, more than 120 players battled in Team Trios at our FaceToFaceGames.com Open event this past Saturday in Toronto.

This probably won’t catch you off-guard but recent Grand Prix champion and Canadian National champion Kale Thompson was on the winning team.

Devon Giles, Andrew Robdrup and Kale Thompson are you Open champs !

Kale, Andrew Robdrup and Devon Giles took down the event with stellar play all day long. Although, Kale did say that he needed a little more practice with Grixis Delver. Devon was apparently the one carrying the team with his wild take on the Vizier combo in Modern. This deck was apparently running through people all day and looks to be a real contender in the volatile Modern metagame.

We’ve also got a brand new Standard format on our hands and we got a bit of the look at the metagame with the Top 4 on Saturday. We had two different iterations on U/W Teferi decks and two copies of aggressive vehicles decks with black in them. My teammate for the event Ryan Sandrin also played Mono-Green Stompy to a 6-1 record at the event. So far in the format there seems to be a good cycle of these aggressive vehicle decks, green creature decks and Teferi decks. Nobody has found a way to break powerful cards like Mox Amber or Karn yet, but all in all I think Standard is in a healthy spot and it showed this weekend.

Your Team Trios Open Top 8.

The rest of our Top 4 featured even more familiar faces. Swaluk, Gordon and Tubello won the most recent Face to Face Games Toronto Trios Showdown and once again performed well on Saturday. This team is certainly showed to be a force in team events. Tubello in particular seems to be winning a lot with his Jeskai deck.

Our other semifinalists were the brothers Naylor (aka the nicest people on the planet) and Fadi Hirmiz. These guys have been consistent performers in the Toronto area for a while now and played solid decks across the board to their finish.

Our runner-ups were another pair of brothers and another Jeskai Control list in the Modern seat. If you pair these results at the Open on Saturday with the MOCS playoff event from the same day, it looks like Jeskai might just be a good way to counteract the onslaught of Humans in Modern. Maybe that’s the next midrange deck of choice in Modern.

Congrats to Kale, Andrew and Devon on their title. We look forward to seeing all of you in Toronto at Canadian Nationals on the weekend of June 29 – July 1 presented by Ultimate Guard! And if you can’t get enough Team trios and are looking to test a little more before Grand Prix Toronto. Come out to Face to Face Games Toronto this coming Sunday for our 1k Team Trios Showdown. Register here.

First Place: Robdrup, Giles and Thompson

Standard: Andrew Robdrup – U/W Flash

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Merfolk Trickster
3 Raff Capashen, Ship’s Navigator
3 Lyra Dawnbringer
2 Walking Ballista
2 Torrential Gearhulk
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Commit // Memory
2 Memorial to Genius
2 Settle the Wreckage
4 History of Benalia
2 Blink of an Eye
4 Wizard’s Retort
2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
4 Seal Away
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 irrigated Farmland
4 Glacial Fortress
1 Field of Ruin
7 Plains
8 Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Forsake the Worldly
3 Negate
1 Settle the Wreckage
3 Authority of the Consuls
2 Jace’s Defeat
2 Fumigate
2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Devon Giles – Turbo Counters Company

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Devoted Druid
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Vizier of Remedies
4 Duskwatch Recruiter // Krallenhorde Howler
1 Renegade Rallier
2 Walking Ballista
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Eldritch Evolution
4 Chord of Calling
2 Summoner’s Pact
4 Postmortem Lunge
4 Lightning Greaves
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Plains
3 Forest
4 Razorverge Thicket
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
2 Temple Garden
2 Horizon Canopy
1 Dryad Arbor
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Reclamation Sage
1 Fairgrounds Warden
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Shalai Voice of Plenty
2 Leyline of the Void
2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Eternal Witness
1 Selfless Spirit
3 Obstinate Baloth
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Kale Thompson – Grixis Delver

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
2 Gurmag Angler
2 True-Name Nemesis
3 Young Pyromancer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 lightning Bolt
1 Forked Bolt
2 Spell Pierce
4 Gitaxian Probe
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Wasteland
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
1 Tropical Island
2 Volcanic Island
3 Underground Sea
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Cabal Therapy
2 Pyroblast
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Forked Bolt
1 Flusterstorm
1 Abrade
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Marsh Casualties
1 Dismember
1 Pithing Needle
1 Price of Progress
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Second Place: Barge, Barge and Carolan

Standard: Spencer Barge – B/R Aggro

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Bomat Courier
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
3 Walking Ballista
4 Inventor’s Apprentice
2 Rekindling Pheonix
2 Hazoret the Fervent
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Pia Nalaar
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Aethersphere Harvester
2 Abrade
2 Magma Spray
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
[/Spells]
[Lands]
10 Mountain
4 Swamp
2 Canyon Slough
4 Spire of Industry
4 Dragonskull Summit
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Glorybringer
2 Abrade
1 Magma Spray
2 Arguel’s Blood Fast
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Doomfall
2 Duress
2 Sweltering Suns
1 Scavenger Grounds
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Edward Carolan – Jeskai Control

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Dragonlord Ojutai
1 Torrential Gearhulk
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Settle the Wreckage
2 Logic Knot
2 Search for Azcanta
1 Negate
1 Electrolyze
3 Lightning Helix
4 Lighting Bolt
4 Cryptic Command
4 Path to Exile
1 Jace, the Mind Scuptor
1 Gideon of the Trials
4 Serum Visions
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Field of Ruin
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Flooded Strand
1 Glacial Fortress
1 Sulfur Falls
3 Celestial Collonade
3 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
2 Steam Vents
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Sacred Foundry
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Blessed Alliance
2 Stony Silence
1 Dispel
1 Negate
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Celestial Purge
1 Detention Sphere
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Vendillion Clique
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Supreme Verdict
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Carter Barge – B/R Reanimator

[Deck]
[Creatures]
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Tidespout Tyrant
4 Griselbrand
4 Chancellor of the Annex
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Animate Dead
1 Chrome Mox
4 Lotus Petal
4 Thoughtsieze
4 Reanimate
4 Faithless Looting
4 Exhume
4 Entomb
4 Dark Ritual
4 Collective Brutality
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
2 Badlands
1 Scrubland
2 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Grave Titan
2 Massacre
3 Stronghold Gambit
2 Blood Moon
4 Wear // Tear
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Third Place: Swaluk, Tubello and Gordon

Standard: Jeff Swaluk – B/W Vehicles

[Deck]
[Creatures]
3 Kight of Malice
1 Lyra Dawnbringer
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Toolscraft Exemplar
3 Walking Ballista
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Aethersphere Harvester
3 Cast Out
3 Fatal Push
3 Gideon of the Trials
4 Heart of Kiran
4 History of Benalia
2 Karn, Scion of Urza
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Ifnir Deadlands
4 Isolated Chapel
1 Scavenger Grounds
3 Swamp
9 Plains
4 Concealed Courtyeard
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Arguel’s Blood Fast
4 Duress
1 Scavenger Grounds
3 Fumigate
1 Cast Down
1 Lyra Dawnbringer
1 Grind // Dust
2 Fragmentize
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Simon Tubello – Jeskai Control

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Path to Exile
3 Lightning Bolt
3 Lightning Helix
3 Supreme Verdict
2 Cryptic Command
2 Mana Leak
2 Logic Knot
1 Negate
3 Electrolyze
1 Spell Snare
2 Opt
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Search for Azcanta
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Celestial Collonade
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Sacred Foundry
3 Island
2 Sulfur Falls
1 Plains
1 Field of Ruin
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Dispel
1 Celestial Purge
3 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Stony Silence
1 Negate
1 Wear // Tear
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Anger of the Gods
1 Assemble the Legion
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Andrew Gordon – Elves

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Wirewood Symbiote
4 Heritage Druid
4 Nettle Sentinel
3 Quirion Ranger
2 Craterhoof Behemoth
1 Elvish Mystic
1 Fyndhorn Elves
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Birchlore Rangers
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Glimpse of Nature
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
3 Natural Order
1 Crop Rotation
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Windswept Heath
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Gaea’s Cradle
3 Forest
2 bayou
2 Dryad Arbor
1 Pendelhaven
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Karakas
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Choke
4 Thoughtsieze
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Cabal Therapy
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Pithing Needle
1 Progenitus

[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fourth Place: Naylor, Hirmiz and Naylor

Standard: Andrew Naylor – U/W Control

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Torrential Gearhulk
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Censor
2 Blind of an Eye
2 Search for Azcanta
4 Seal Away
2 Negate
4 Disallow
1 Commit // Memory
2 Cast Out
3 Settle the Wreckage
4 Glimmer of Genius
2 Fumigate
3 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
[/Spells]
[Lands]
7 Plains
7 Island
4 Glacial Fortress
4 irrigated Farmland
4 Field of Ruin
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Lyra Dawnbringer
1 Sorcerious Spyglass
2 Knight of Grace
1 Walking Ballista
2 Unwind
2 Negate
1 Nezal, Primal Tide
2 Forsake the Worldly
1 Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Fadi Hirmiz – Humans

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Meddling Mage
4 Kitesail Freebooter
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Phantasmal Image
1 Kessig Malcontents
4 Mantis Rider
4 Reflector Mage
1 Venser, Shaper Savant
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Aether Vial
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Unclaimed Territory
4 Ancient Ziggurat
1 Inspiring Vantage
1 Seachrome Coast
1 Plains
4 Horizon Canopy
4 Cavern of Souls
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Damping Sphere
1 Hostage Taker
1 Dismember
1 Kembal, Consul of Allocation
2 Kataki, War’s Wage
2 Spellskite
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Sin Collector
2 Direfleet Daredevil
2 Izzet Staticaster
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Jamie Naylor – U/W Miracles

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Vendillion Clique
1 Keranos, God of Storms
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Search for Azcanta
1 Engineered Explsives
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Portent
2 Predict
4 Force of Will
1 Counterspell
1 Council’s Judgement
1 Entreat the Angels
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Terminus
[/Spells]
[Lands]
5 Island
2 Plains
4 Flooded Strand
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Arid Mesa
2 Tundra
2 Volcanic Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Supreme Verdict
2 Pyroblast
3 Flusterstorm
1 From the Ashes
2 Blood Moon
1 Disenchant
1 Path to Exile
1 Counterbalance
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]