The first MagicFest of 2020 – MagicFest Austin – is in the books. The weekend played host to the finals of the 2019 Pro Tour Team Series and a Modern Grand Prix.
2019 Pro Tour Team Series Finals
Team Ultimate Guard and Team Hareyuya Sword were the two best teams during the 2019 professional season. This earned them the right to play for the title of the Pro Tour Team Series Champion. Ultimate Guard may have been the defending champions but Hareyuya Sword features two of the hottest players in the world in Javier Dominguez and Andrea Mengucci.
Each team was split into two groups of three and team drafted Theros Beyond Death in two pods. The teams split the first two drafts. Paul Rietzl, Matt Sperling, and Andrew Cuneo defeated Lee Shi Tian, Jeremy Dezani, and Kelvin Chew while Andrea Mengucci, Javier Dominguez, and Grzegorz Kowalski taking out Jon Finkel, Reid Duke, and William Jensen.
The two winning teams drafted against each other. Mengucci took game one off of Rietzl but the Hall of Famer battled back, depleting Mengucci’s library in game two. Sperling and Dominguez split their first two games, finding the third in a stalemate. Meanwhile, Kowalski dispatched Cuneo which turned the focus back on Mengucci and Rietzl. Game three saw the Mythic Invitational Champion go wide enough to overcome Rietzl’s defenses, and Team Hareyuya Sword earned the title of Pro Tour Team Series Champion!
Grand Prix Austin
The first Grand Prix of 2020 saw over 800 players prepared to play Modern. While the format has been upended as of late thanks to Arcum’s Astrolabe, Urza, Lord High Artificer, and Oko, Thief of Crowns, the metagame was still fairly diverse on Day One; no one archetype had more than 6% of the field. Still, Urza and Oko decks were everywhere.
This was especially true in the Top 8. Seven of the Top 8 decks ran Oko, with four copies appearing in five of the decks while two others ran triplets of the Throne of Eldraine Planeswalker. While there were four Urza decks – including finalist Marcus Luong’s Bant Urza – it was Chris Candreva and his Titan Field deck that took home the trophy. Utilizing Primeval Titan and , Field of the Dead, Candreva was able to pressure Planeswalkers all weekend long on his way to a trophy and in invite to the first Players Tour Finals.
Chris Candreva’s Titan Field
Winner, Grand Prix Austin
2 Forest (347) 1 Island (335) 1 Swamp (339) 2 Snow-Covered Forest 1 Snow-Covered Island 4 Castle Garenbrig 3 Field of the Dead 3 Misty Rainforest 1 Ghost Quarter 1 Overgrown Tomb 1 Prismatic Vista 1 Radiant Fountain 2 Simic Growth Chamber 1 Tolaria West 1 Blast Zone 3 Cavern of Souls 1 Breeding Pool 4 Arboreal Grazer 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 4 Primeval Titan 1 Craterhoof Behemoth 3 Oko, Thief of Crowns 3 Search for Tomorrow 4 Explore 4 Once Upon a Time 4 Summoner's Pact Sideboard 2 Abrupt Decay 3 Ashiok, Dream Render 1 Bojuka Bog 2 Dismember 4 Mystical Dispute 1 Ramunap Excavator 1 Reclamation Sage 1 Tireless Tracker