July 1 Weekly Recap | Beyond Horizons

Every new week at Kingslayer Games means a new week of grinding points and a new week of competition. Every Monday we will review the previous week and spotlight one or more decks.

Standings are updated at blog.kingslayergames.com/standings-season-2 every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

If you go undefeated at an event, let a Staff member know and they can take a picture of your decklist for the recap.

Monday Legacy

Chris Tolar consistently proves his mettle in Legacy, though failed to convert this week into another undefeated finish. Still, the regular Legacy crowd showed up in force this Monday, resulting in no undefeated players.

Heartfelt shout out to Kourosh — This was his last tournament at the shop, as he’s moving out of state. We’ll miss you, buddy.

Player Deck Record Points
Chris Tolar Post 3-1 3
Nic Johnson RUG “Used to be Good” Delver 3-1 3
Ryan Borashan Dredge 3-1 3
Kourosh Alizadeh Miracles 3-1 3

Thursday Modern

We’ve taken an abbreviated approach to the recap this week, due to our IQ. Still, Modern proves itself an immensely popular format, and Thursday was no exception. With a large portion of the player base making the critical 3-1 record for the recap, both our regular Modern players as well as notable brewers put up top finishes. Ultimately, it was Jason who would 4-0 the event, with his take on Hogaak Bridgevine. Overcoming a graveyard hate filled metagame, Jason fought some tough battles to accumulate his data point.

Still, we’ve chosen not to feature Jason’s decklist this week (we’ve featured it before, and not much has change), instead opting to highlight Chase Chappell’s innovative take on Possibility Storm combo. You can check the decklist out in the featured decklist section below.

Player Deck Record Points
Jason Jahromi Hogaak 4-0 4
Peter Goomroyan Azorius Control 3-1 3
Chad Beleber Azorius Control 3-1 3
Anthony Garcia Bant Devoted 3-1 3
Bastion Noah Orzhov Zombies 3-1 3
Nico Urrea Izzet Phoenix 3-1 3
Connor Whitten Izzet Phoenix 3-1 3
Chase Chappell Endless Possibilities 3-1 3

Friday Standard

The only Standard even making the featurette this week, FNM showcased yet another victory by Brian Schmitzer. With few players able to match his consistency, Brian’s tried and true Mono Red list rose to the top of a diverse field, earning himself another 4-0.

Player Deck Record Points
Brian Schmitzer Mono Red 4-0 4
Joseph Anadio Mono White 3-1 3
Jonathan Calderon Abzan Midrange 3-1 3
Anh Do Esper Control 3-1 3

Friday Modern

Friday Modern has proven itself a staple of our FNM roster, and this week showcased a unique field — rarely do we see Burn, Zombies, and Bant Devoted Druid all among the top decks, yet Jeremy Fain’s Tron was able to rise above them all.

No featured decklist this week, but we’ll be highlighting Zombies next week.

Player Deck Record Points
Jeremy Fain Tron 4-0 4
Bastion Noah Zombies 3-1 3
Justin Groot Burn 3-1 3
Anthony Garcia Bant Devoted 3-1 3

Modern Horizons Team Limited IQ #5

Team events are by far the most fun way to play Magic. From sharing in your success with others, to promoting a healthy rivarly, the ability of team formats to showcase the preparation and skill of your closest friends is a nearly indescribable experience. In nearly all walks of life we want to share our accomplishments, and team events allow us to do that in a way that is immediate and lasting.

It’s also an exceptionally refreshing way to play the game, as variance is mitigated and the downtime between rounds is reduced by the constant torrent of matches. With our Invitational Qualifiers we like to offer players a chance to play Magic in a variety of different ways, and have included a couple of team events this season. Our most recent of which also coincided with the final day of Season 2 — proving pivotal for players not quite at the 60 point threshold necessary for qualification.

Many of the store regulars fell into this camp, with Kurtis Roberts, Matt Hollander, and Levi Hosler all needing at least Top 4 appearances to make it, while many players needed a first place finish to lock up their spots.

Top 4 Teams (from left): FTL, Cletus Markov, Hogaak, and Team Lava Coil.

After five grueling rounds of Modern Horizons Limited, we had our Top 4 — Cletus Markov, Team Lava Coil, Hogaak, and FTL. Hogaak and Lava Coil were already qualified, while FTL and Cletus Markov needed a win to secure spots. As the dust settled, it would be Cletus Markov versus Lava Coil in the finals — which promptly ended with a concession.

While ordinarily Top 4 cuts would involve a Team Draft, for this event players played the same decks they played in the swiss rounds  — except the team that went first would have each player go first on that team.

Congratulations to Adam Lopez, Matt Hollander, and Andrew Friedman on earning their invites to the Second Invitational. The event is 4 rounds of Standard, 4 rounds a Modern, and finally a Modern Top 8, and it takes place on July 28th.

Cletus Markov (from Left): Andrew Friedman, Matt Hollander, Adam Lopez

Team Name Players Placement
Cletus Markov Adam Lopez | Matt Hollander | Andrew Friedman 1
Team Lava Coil Anthony Opferman | Kurtis Roberts | Kyle Miller 2
Hogaak Jose Santana | Andrew Goodwin | Bobby McCamey 3
FTL Frank Sowell | Lauphiette Kincey | Tony Desangeles 4
Shenanigans Nico Urrea | Jason Jahromi | CJ Sholtis 5
Andrew Seth Yandrofski | Justin Son | Andrew Son 6
Mount Shuji Shuji Ohta | Jesse Brizuela | Scott Amaraphornkul 7
QTA Quan Vandinh | Trung Vandinh | Alex Do 8
Levi Friends Levi Hosler | Bastion Noah | Connor Whitten 9

Qualified Players | Final List

Player Qualified By
Adam Lopez Points, IQ 5
Andrew Friedman IQ 5
Andrew Son IQ 3
Tony Boozan Points
Jesse Brizuela Points
J Burley Points
Chase Chappell Points
Elric Chou Points
Max Curd Points
Dave Cyril Points
Daniel Hemstedt IQ 2
Erik Dowling Points
Dylan Feeman
Season 1 Champion, Points
Andrew Farris Points
Johnathan Galbraith Points
Anthony Garcia Points
Andrew Goodwin Points
Jacob Brooks IQ 1
Jason Jahromi Points
Nicolas Johnson Points
Chris Kaifos Points
Kevin Morris Points, IQ 4
Matt Hollander Points, IQ 5
Matthew ReCasino IQ 1
Bobby McCamey Points
Mike Kravitz IQ 3
Kyle Miller Points
Bastion Noah Points
Anthony Opferman Points
Peter Phan Points
Thien Phung Points
Greg Purpura Points
Kurtis Roberts Points
Ryan Carpenter Points, IQ 1
Ryan Sanders Points
Jose Santana Points
Brian Schmitzer Points
Alexander Schremp Points
Seth Yandrofski IQ 3
Joshua Tenny Points
Chris Tolar Points
Nico Urrea Points
Trung Vandinh Points
Connor Whitten Points
Shiyun Yang Points

Modern Featured Decklist — Chase Chappell’s Endless Possibilities

Utilizing Possibility Storm is no easy task, and while many players have had to settle for Curse of Exhaustion in prior iterations, War of the Spark’s Teferi gives the deck a more controlling take. With Teferi in play alongside a Possibility Storm, your opponent cannot resolve any spells cast, similar to the Knowledge Pool combo, but you can. While Possibility Storm is weak without Teferi, the deck possesses a combo kill — with a Possibility Storm in play, you can cast an Endless One and use the trigger to cast the only other creature in your deck — Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.

When you draw Emrakul, you can mitigate it by discarding it to Izzet Charm, while Tolaria West seves as a way to find additional prison elements like Chalice or the singleton Endless One. Additionally, the deck contains extra combos — Narset and Teferi can combine with Karn to lock with either Knowledge Pool or Teferi’s Puzzle Box, while Karn istelf can find a Mycosynth Lattice.

While the deck is relatively untuned, Modern as a format is exceptionally vulnerable to prison decks right now, and any deck with Chalice of the Void, Teferi, and Rest in Peace is bound to have a home. Give it a whirl if you’re looking to lock out players with nearly any card in the deck.

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