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Grand Prix Toronto

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

From all accounts, it appears that the Grand Prix Toronto weekend was a success.  We will be catching up with a number of our friends this week from our local shop, OMG! Games in Barrie to talk to them about their experiences.  The organiser, Face to Face Games received a number of very decent reviews which you can read over on Reddit

As for Magic: the Gathering constructed, there are players brewing bold lists and adapting to the field.  The Top 8 shook out as follows - 

Esper Dragons, Robert Lombardi
W/G Tokens, Jon Stern
Grixis Control, Oliver Tiu  
W/G Tokens, Doug Potter  
Mono-White Humans, Bradley Robinson  
Naya Tokens, Michael Sheng  
W/B Control, Brett Tetley  
W/B Control, Josh Buitenhuis

Six of the Top 8 players are fellow Canadian with one new face - that of Josh Buitenhuis, from Cambridge who to date has really only rocked his MTG at local gaming stores.  One player we had been rooting for was Jon Stern with his Green White (G/W) Tokens decklist.  This list has a full book-set of Archangle Avacyn // Avacyn, the Purifier as well as Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar.  There are some great synergies to be realised with this list - our fav is to pump our smaller tokens, from Secure the Wastes or Hangarback Walker with Dromoka's Command or Nissa's +1/+1 counter, and flip Avacyn to ping everything for 3 damage, which hopefully our team will be tough enough to go sideways on a relatively clear board.  The visual on this decklist over here at MTG Goldfish.

Here is Jon Stern's List which took 2nd Place - 

Creatures [20]
4 Archangel Avacyn
4 Hangarback Walker
4 Lambholt Pacifist
4 Sylvan Advocate
4 Thraben Inspector

Spells [7]
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
Planeswalkers [8]
4 Dromoka's Command
3 Secure the Wastes

Lands [25]
4 Canopy Vista
8 Forest
4 Fortified Village
7 Plains
2 Westvale Abbey

3 Clip Wings
3 Declaration in Stone
2 Evolutionary Leap
1 Linvala, the Preserver
1 Quarantine Field
1 Sigarda, Heron's Grace
1 Stasis Snare
3 Tragic Arrogance
Sideboard [15]
Deck Total [60]

Should you contemplate developing a list along these lines, we suggest that you pop on over to the G/W Tokens Guide by Brian Braun-Duin over on channel Fireball.

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