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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 As always, thanks for reading my blog!
Every Saturday, starting November 26, 2016 until December 17, 2016, there will be a Standard Showdown at local game shops all over the world. You can win special prize promotional booster packs through undefeated play and other prizes determined by the game shop. To showcase the Standard format, the tournaments will be Swiss events and you bring your current Standard legal decks. Each store will receive 40 booster prizes, each containing a premium card from a currently legal Standard set, including Zendikar Expeditions and Kaladesh Inventions, not including double-faced cards. They will also contain two non-premium cards, that are either a rare or a mythic rare, from Battle for Zendikar on up to Kaladesh. Talk to your local game shops about hosting a Standard Showdown if they are not doing so themselves. Good luck to all you players attending. Play on players, play on like it’s your last day on Earth. As always, thanks for reading my blog!