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Fort Worth/Dallas Texas held the largest Grand Prix in the history of Magic: The Gathering events; 2,019 players have shown up with their Modern format decks to play their way into one of  the top 8 spots.
Corey Burkhart has made a name for himself in the past using his Grixis control deck, which helped him to go undefeated with a 14 win and 0 loss standing: pretty impressive! Corey even took down Michael Mei's Infect deck in the semifinals. One more win and he would have beaten every single deck with no loss in one weekend. He made it to the finals and faced one more player in his attempt to take home the trophy and prizes.

Kevin Mackie, a native Texan, made a surprising appearance in the top 8. He brought with him his mono-red “Skred red” deck, an aggressive powerhouse featuring Infect and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle. 

As the final game drew to a close, Corey Burkhart was left facing a pretty powerful planeswalker: Koth of the Hammer. Corey tried to find a counter spell for Koth but it failed. Next, Corey looked to his “Ancestral Vision”, which also failed and just gave him three lands instead of something useful to keep alive. The only thing left to do was put out Tasigur, the Golden Fang, which was quickly taken out by Skred. Then Kevin made Koth go ultimate. His ultimate ability, if you’re not familiar is:

−5: You get an emblem with "Mountains you control have ‘Tap: This land deals 1 damage to target creature or player.'"

While the judges and players looked around the feature table for an emblem to represent Koths ultimate, Corey Burkhart had a better idea. He grabbed the trophy with a smile on his face and handed it to Kevin saying “Congratulations”. 

Here are their decks, in case you are interested in what cards they used.

Kevin Mackie’s deck:

Planeswalker (5)
4 Koth of the Hammer
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Creature (8)
3 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
3 Stormbreath Dragon
2 Eternal Scourge
Witchcraft (3)
3 Anger of the Gods
Instant (9)
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Skred
1 Magma Jet
Artifact (10)
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
4 Relic of Progenitus
4 Mind Stone
1 Batterskull
Enchantment (3)
3 Blood Moon
Terra (22)
20 Snow-Covered Mountain
2 Scrying Sheets

Corey Burkhart’s deck:

Creature (7)
4 Snapcaster Mage
3 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Sorcery (8)
4 Ancestral Vision
4 Serum Visions
Instant (22)
2 Countersquall
4 Cryptic Command
3 Kolaghan's Command
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Spell Snare
3 Terminate
4 Thought Scour
Artifact (1)
1 Engineered Explosives
Terra (22)
1 Blood Crypt
2 Creeping Tar Pit
3 Island1 Mountain
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Swamp
2 Watery Grave

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