SCG Syracuse Open

Blog post - August 9, 2017



A hometown SCGTour stop!


*checks Google maps*

Five hours! That’s further than Baltimore, which we pass through four states to get too.

With over half of Team MGG from Long Island, NY, a SCGTour stop in New York sounds sweet, but distance wise is nothing more than business as usual. However, SCG Syracuse would be special for a few reasons.

We got to welcome Pete Ingram home from his one year stint working at Wizards of the Coast! While Pete is not currently an official member of Team MGG, that certainly may change in the future. We also got to have team owners Frank Pendl and Rick Meditz along for the ride, which is great because they can only make a few events each year.

Peter, Frank, and Rick would be joining us not only for the event, but also for our Challenge a Guru event at Play The Game, Read The Story. The event went fantastic, as it is a great store with a great crowd; if you’re in or near Syracuse make sure you check it out!

For the event itself, Dan Jessup and Frank Skarren would be sticking to their guns with Grixis Death’s Shadow and Burn respectively, with Dan coming off back to back Open top 8s and Frank coming off his Invitational top 8. I however, would be digging up a deck I haven’t played a ton but has won me a lot of money:

Jim Davis16th PlaceSCG Syracuse Open
B/G TronModern8/5/2017
Creatures (6)
1 Walking Ballista
3 Wurmcoil Engine
1 World Breaker
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Planeswalkers (6)
4 Karn Liberated
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Lands (19)
4 Urza's Tower
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Power Plant
2 Blooming Marsh
2 Snow-Covered Forest
2 Llanowar Wastes
1 Sanctum of Ugin
Spells (29)
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Expedition Map
3 Oblivion Stone
3 Relic of Progenitus
3 Fatal Push
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Sylvan Scrying
Sideboard (15)
2 Thragtusk
1 World Breaker
2 Seal of Primordium
1 Devour Flesh
2 Nature's Claim
4 Collective Brutality
1 Thoughtseize
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
1 Ghost Quarter

With Grixis Death’s Shadow, Eldrazi Tron, and various Collected Company and Abzan decks looking to beat Death’s Shadow very popular, GB Tron felt like a deck that was very good against the top decks while also having a powerful and linear game plan against the rest of the field. Of course, I played against Eldrazi Tron and Collected Company zero times and Grixis Death’s Shadow once in thirteen rounds, but that’s Modern for you.

I’d finish day one at 7-2, and after a solid day two I found myself on camera in round 15 playing for top 8. Unfortunately it was against Storm, one of my worst matchups. I was defeated and ended up in a reasonable 16th place. However Dan was able to rattle off his third SCGTour top 8 in a row, which is awesome.

We’ve got a quick turnaround this week, as we’re running back Modern again in a few days at SCG Richmond. Let’s see if I can close that last round and Dan can make it four in a row!