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Gerry Thompson & The GAM Podcast Confirmed For The 2019 HBMO!

We are so excited to announce that Gerry Thompson will be returning to the 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open. Last year Gerry was sponsored by gaming and comic megastore Madness Comics & Games in Plano, Texas. Through their combined efforts they raised hundreds of dollars for the 2018 event in addition to adding plenty of special fundraising efforts and events at their storefront.

This year Gerry will be coming as part of his hit GAM Podcast. Along with castmate and competitive Magic player Bryan Gottlieb, they have added a new level of gaming insight and strategy to the Magic the Gathering world by talking about their experiences, deck choices, current meta, and so much more!

All of us on the HBMO team are excited to have Gerry and Bryan at the 2019 event. Stay tuned for announcements about awesome opportunities to meet them as well as to play some games of Magic with them before and during the 2019 event!

A little bit about Gerry Thompson, Bryan Gottlieb and The GAM Podcast:

GAM PodcastThe GAM Podcast – “We create the best Magic: the Gathering content for competitive players, focusing primarily on the various constructed formats!”
Listen to the podcast here:
GAM Podcast – Soundcloud
GAM Podcast – iTunes



Gerry Thompson - GAMGerry Thompson
is an American Magic the Gathering player. His career accomplishments include two Grand Prix victories, Pro Tour Top 8 at Montreal in 2013, Bilbao in 2018, and a Pro Tour win at Nashville in 2017. He is also known for his repeated success at the StarCityGames tournament series and considered one of the best MtG competitors in the world. His hometown is Elk River, Minnesota.   (Credit Wikipedia)

Bryan Gottlieb - GAMBryan Gottlieb is a stalwart of the Northeast Magic the Gathering scene, Bryan has been playing Magic for over twenty years. While he has seen his share of Grand Prix and Pro Tour success, he is better known in pro circles as a deckbuilder and theorist.





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The New HBM Outreach Program!

Hunter Burton Memorial Inc. is excited to announce that it will begin a new step in its outreach program for suicide awareness. Starting in November of 2018, the HBMI team will begin venturing out to stores during special advertised events and talking to stores and their players about what the internal store communities can do to help those who might be struggling.

“This initiative will change the dynamic of what we do as a foundation. It moves us forward to the next step in uniting the gaming community across the country in the battle to prevent suicide.”
– Erin Giddings
Director of Operations for Hunter Burton Memorial Inc.

“The goal of the foundation is to bring awareness to a major at-risk community all the while celebrating Hunter Burton. This new outreach program will help us do both!”
– Dona Burton
Founder/Treasurer of Hunter Burton Memorial Inc.

What exactly will this new program entail and how can you be involved? We’re glad you asked! Here are some of the details so far:

  1. What it is: Stores/Businesses can sign up across the country to host a special HBM Outreach Event. These can be any type of positive atmosphere event including a gaming tournament, meetup, casual gaming session, mixer, etc. and is not just limited to Magic the Gathering.
  2. How to do it: For a business to sign up they simply need to email about their interest and the event idea they have in mind. If/When accepted there is a form to fill out. This form and at least a $100 donation will be returned to HBMI and the event scheduled.
  3. What it entails: The business will get advertising on the Hunter Burton Memorial Open website as well as the Hunter Burton Memorial Inc, website. In addition they will be listed as a sponsor for the 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open for their tax deductible donation. Of course there will also be a FREE entry into ANY ONE EVENT at the 2019 HBMO held on March 16th and 17th to either a winner or lucky participant. Last but not least, stores in Texas (and other states depending on schedule and accommodations) will have a member of the Hunter Burton Team visit during the event to talk to the attendees about what they can do to help their fellow community members and do their part to maybe save a life.

Are you a player who wants this event at your game store or business? Ask your store about hosting one of these outreach events. The more players that ask about it, the more likely the store is to want to participate! Scheduling begins October 1st, 2018 so start talking to them today!

Are you a business that is interested in holding one of these events? Contact us today to see what we can set up. We are always looking for non-gaming partners such as breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, stores and more! We want to work with you!

Spread the word, the HBM is coming to a store near you very soon!

Following Helps the Cause

With the planning behind the scenes in full swing, the team here at Hunter Burton Memorial Inc. want to make sure you stay up to date on all the HBMO news. To do that, we are ramping up our campaign on the web and social media to keep you informed.

With that said, right now the biggest thing you could do to help us out is to follow our channels. We are on almost every platform so feel free to choose those that work best for you (or all of them if you are so bold!) From all of us here on the team, we thank you!

Facebook: @HunterBurtonMemorial
(See our updates and connect with our team directly)

(Watch the HBMO and soon to be announced content LIVE!)

Twitter:  @HunterBMemOpen

SnapChat:  HBmemlopen-mtg
(Live content including updates from our team and motivational stories)

Instagram:  HunterBurtonMemorialOpen
(Pictures and news updates)

And most importantly, don’t forget to subscribe here on our website to get all of the news stories directly to your email inbox before they post anywhere else!

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The Biggest HBMO Ever Is Coming: 2019

Today marks a historic day for the Hunter Burton Memorial Open. For us (the HBMO event team) it is truly an amazing time for us. We can finally share with you the overall plans and date for the 2019 event!

We are unable to start talking about our 2019 event however without first taking the time to once again thank all the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, partners, and most of all the players and attendees who donated to the 2018 Hunter Burton event. Without you, the upcoming event wouldn’t be possible.

A quick note from Dona Burton herself:

“The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open was by far the most amazing year so far. The support of not only the Magic the Gathering community but also the volunteers, sponsors, and contributors was phenomenal to say the least. I am speechless with regards to how amazing the 2019 event is already shaping up to be. I truly believe everyone will be just as amazed and excited as I am for the coming year.”

Now, without further delay let’s get started with the big news as there is just so much to announce!

The 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open will be at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas on…


MARCH 16th & 17th, 2019



It’s a Two-Day Event!

That’s right, for the first time EVER the Hunter Burton Memorial Open will be a two-day event! This means more big events, more prizes, and more reasons to attend. These additional events won’t just be limited to Magic the Gathering.
That’s not all however as we have more amazing news to tell you. So…Much…More!

With the addition of a second day we are finally able to have the Saturday Modern $10k tournament that will continue on day two. This will allow competitors to play a set number of rounds on day one followed by a reasonable night’s sleep with the conclusion Sunday morning. Yes, you read that correctly. The 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial will feature a Modern Format $10k on Saturday with its conclusion on Sunday!

Sunday Will Be Just As Big For Everyone!

So now you ask, “what about the rest of us on Sunday?!” Well we have now added (and you may want to sit down for this one)… a Standard $5k tournament on Sunday! Yes, you are reading that right! Sunday is a Standard Format $5,000 tournament open to everyone.

That’s A Lot Of Big News So Surely That’s It Right?

HA! No way! We have a whole list of things to announce. So many in fact that we are just going to number them off one by one so you can easily digest each and every bit:

There will be MAJOR side events on both Saturday and Sunday. That includes Legacy, Modern and Standard formats as well as Drafts and Commander. As we get closer we’ll announce these events but it’s safe to assume that if you play Magic the Gathering you will have plenty of reasons to attend both days!
We would also like to announce that the side events will now be held in a separate area from the main events. This will allow for better communication, staffing of judges and overall better organization without such low player caps.

We received your feedback about the food options at the 2018 event. Unfortunately due to some miscommunications last year the concession options were not as we expected and were not up to a standard we would have liked. Because of this we are working closely with the Hurst Conference Center to ensure the 2019 food options are much improved.

In 2019 we will have more vendors at the event for all attendees to shop from. In addition, we will have some great new sponsors coming on board (some pretty big names) adding major contributions to the cause.
If you would like your store or business to be involved, contact us! The upcoming 2019 event will have more opportunities to be involved for businesses and individual volunteers.

As with anything this far in advance some things could change, but here is a list of important dates to bookmark so you can stay up to speed on what’s happening and when!
– Begin Accepting Donations – June 1st
– Begin Accepting Vendor Applications – June 30th
– Begin Accepting Sponsorships – July 31st
– Begin Accepting Volunteer Applications – September 15th
VIP Registration Opens – November 1st
Pre-registration Opens – December 15th
HBMO Happens March 16th & 17th

This year we are making a greater push to do more things for the cause of suicide awareness and prevention. To do this we are starting a string of new initiatives including satellite events in stores (not just in the Dallas area) as well as a new and improved social media campaign. There we will be very open and honest about the behind the scenes of the HBMO and begin allowing Erin Giddings (our Event Coordinator) to start including “Real Talk” segments. These will be very direct videos and messages about the cause in an effort to connect all year long with our audience and do our best to make a positive impact on the community. These new initiatives  are just a first step on our mission to spread awareness.


There is so much more in the works behind the scenes that we just can’t share… yet. That said, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our blog (right here on the website homepage) to get all the news directly to your email inbox or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. We’ll have Twitter and Youtube coming soon as well!

Last but not least, here is something we need from you. Please help us by sharing this story on whatever your preferred social media platform is to help spread the word! Post it in your MTG groups, share it with your local game store, tell your friends next time you meet to cube draft. If everyone tells one person they know (or even someone they don’t know) about the 2019 HBMO, we would be eternally grateful!

Thank you from the bottom of our heart and we look forward to seeing you in March 2019!

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Happy Birthday Hunter!

Today is the reason we hold the Hunter Burton Memorial Open each year in the month of March. It’s our way of celebrating the life of Hunter and doing something he loved… playing Magic the Gathering.

While our fifth anniversary event was pushed into February due to a scheduling conflict, next year we will be returning to the month of March for our sixth annual event.

Look for news very soon about our 2019 date announcement and very special news about the evolution of the Hunter Burton Memorial Open.

In the meantime we wish Hunter a very happy birthday!


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The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open Recap!

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After a full year of preparation, the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open has now come and gone. This year’s event far surpassed the numbers of previous years hitting almost 600 unique attendees across the day! Between event entries, donations, and silent auctions, thousands of dollars were raised to help spread the awareness of suicide in the gaming community.

Let’s take a quick look back at our 2018 event!

As Sunday, February 25th drew near, registration across all of the HBMO events began to grow beyond initial expectations. Some of the larger side events even capped out prior to the morning of. The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open was shaping up to be a very special and very important event!

By the time on-site registration closed Sunday morning, 427 players were entered into the Modern Format Main Event. Another 64 (capped number) were ready to play in the Standard PPTQ $1k event, and over 40 players signed up to battle in Legacy Format for a Beta Savannah and Gaea’s Cradle! It was shaping up to be a great day of gaming and a solid effort of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.

The opening ceremonies started at 9:15am and included a quick speech from our event coordinator, Erin Giddings about the importance of reaching out to let people know if you are suffering. With an inspirational start, head judge Joseph Klopchic followed it up with a brief yet precise players meeting to get round 1 of the main event underway.

Over the course of ten main event rounds the new banned list changes for Modern Format started to play out. It quickly became apparent that the hype surrounding Jace, the Mindsculptor and Bloodbraid Elf may have been overplayed just a little going into the first Modern event since their unbanning. As rounds went on a clear favorite emerged between the two, but not nearly as much as players may have expected.

Here are the top 8 decklists from the Modern Main Event!

  Guo Quan Lim – 1st Place     Joshua Willis – 2nd Place
4 Snapcaster Mage 4 Monastery Swiftspear
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion 4 Goblin Guide
2 Gideon of the Trials 4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt 4 Rift Bolt
3 Lightning Helix 4 Lightning Helix
4 Path to Exile 4 Lava Spike
4 Spreading Seas 3 Skullcrack
2 Logic Knot 4 Boros Charm
3 Cryptic Command 3 Searing Blaze
2 Supreme Verdict 2 Shrine of Burning Rage
2 Search for Azcanta 3 Wooded Foothills
1 Secure the Wastes 3 Arid Mesa
1 Negate 3 Bloodstained Mire
4 Celestial Colonnade 1 Scalding Tarn
4 Scalding Tarn 2 Sacred Foundry
4 Flooded Strand 1 Stomping Ground
2 Steam Vents 4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Hallowed Fountain 3 Mountain
1 Sacred Foundry SIDEBOARD
3 Island 2 Path to Exile
1 Plains 3 Relic of Progenitus
2 Glacial Fortress 4 Destructive Revelry
2 Sulfur Falls 2 Kor Firewalker
SIDEBOARD 1 Searing Blaze
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric 2 Searing Blood
1 Celestial Purge 1 Skullcrack
1 Wear//Tear
1 Negate
2 Dispel
3 Spell Queller
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Detention Sphere
1 Wrath of God
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Archangel Avacyn
  Gabriel Nicholas – 3rd Place
James Teeple – 4th Place
4 Ancient Ziggurat 4 Monstrous Carabid
4 Cavern of Souls 4 Street Wraith
4 Unclaimed Territory 4 Desert Cerodon
4 Horizon Canopy 4 Horror of the Broken Lands
1 Island 2 Archfiend of Ifnir
1 Plains 3 Beast Within
1 Seachrome Coast 3 Faerie Macabre
4 Aether Vial 4 Fulminator Mage
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant 3 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Kitesail Freebooter 3 Living End
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben 4 Violent Outburst
4 Meddling Mage 3 Demonic Dread
4 Noble Hierarch 1 Kari Zev’s Expertise
4 Phantasmal Image 1 Stomping Ground
4 Mantis Rider 1 Overgrown Tomb
4 Champion of the Parish 1 Blood Crypt
4 Reflector Mage 1 Forest
1 Kessig Malcontents 2 Swamp
SIDEBOARD 4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Mirran Crusader 4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Auriok Champion 3 Grove of the Burnwillows
1 Gaddock Teeg 1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Xathrid Necromancer SIDEBOARD
2 Izzet Staticaster 3 Ricochet Trap
1 Kataki, War’s Wage 3 Shriekmaw
2 Sin Collector 3 Ingot Chewer
1 Vithian Renegades 3 Brindle Boar
2 Grafdigger’s Cage 2 Avalanche Riders
2 Dismember 1 Jund Charm
  Thomas Matchett – 5th Place   Bobby Deaton – 6th Place
2 Forest 4 Ethereal Armor
4 Urza’s Mine 4 Gladecover Scout
4 Urza’s Power Plant 4 Hyena Umbra
4 Urza’s Tower 4 Daybreak Coronet
4 Grove of the Burnwillows 4 Kor Spiritdancer
4 Ancient Stirrings 4 Slippery Bogle
4 Chromatic Sphere 4 Rancor
4 Chromatic Star 3 Gryff’s Boon
4 Relic of Progenitus 2 Spider Umbra
4 Expedition Map 3 Leyline of Sanctity
4 Sylvan Scrying 2 Spirit Mantle
3 Kozilek’s Return 2 Path to Exile
3 Blood Sun 1 Misty Rainforest
2 World Breaker 1 Dryad Arbor
3 Wurmcoil Engine 1 Forest
4 Karn Liberated 1 Plains
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon 1 Arid Mesa
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger 3 Razorverge Thicket
SIDEBOARD 4 Horizon Canopy
1 Kozilek’s Return 4 Temple Garden
1 Dismember 4 Windswept Heath
1 Crumble to Dust SIDEBOARD
2 Nature’s Claim 2 Gaddock Teeg
2 Oblivion Stone 2 Rest in Peace
3 Thragtusk 1 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Abrade 3 Stony Silence
3 Thought-Knot Seer 2 Seal of Primordium
2 Dromoka’s Command
1 Spirit Link
2 Path to Exile
Brock Mosley – 7th Place
  Minh Tran – 8th Place
1 Reclamation Sage 4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Primeval Titan 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 4 Lightning Bolt
2 Anger of the Gods 4 Path to Exile
2 Khalni Heart Expedition 3 Cryptic Command
4 Lightning Bolt 3 Lightning Helix
1 Summoner’s Pact 3 Logic Knot
2 Explore 1 Negate
1 Primal Command 4 Serum Visions
2 Farseek 1 Secure the Wastes
4 Scapeshift 2 Search for Azcanta
4 Search for Tomorrow 2 Electrolyze
2 Courser of Kruphix 2 Supreme Verdict
3 Forest 1 Spell Snare
7 Mountain 4 Flooded Strand
2 Cinder Glade 4 Scalding Tarn
4 Stomping Ground 3 Celestial Colonnade
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle 1 Field of Ruin
3 Windswept Heath 1 Glacial Fortress
4 Wooded Foothills 2 Hallowed Fountain
SIDEBOARD 1 Sacred Foundry
1 Grafdigger’s Cage 2 Steam Vents
2 Chameleon Colossus 2 Sulfur Falls
2 Obstinate Baloth 3 Island
2 Tireless Tracker 1 Plains
1 Beast Within SIDEBOARD
1 Anger of the Gods 2 Engineered Explosives
1 Shatterstorm 1 Wear/Tear
1 Ancient Grudge 1 Settle the Wreckage
2 Relic of Progenitus 1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Crumble to Dust 1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Nature’s Claim 1 Negate
2 Dispel
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Celestial Purge
2018 Winner – Guo Quan Lim – Jeskai

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Congratulations to all of the top competitors from the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open! We look forward to seeing them back to defend their top spots next year.

As amazing as the event was, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some amazing sponsors! The Burton family and our entire staff would like to say thank you to the people who made this year possible:

Courtney Trotter     Tiffany Franzoni     Caroline Koch    Christina Cruz     Keaton Watson  Willa Zandi    Garrett Wilkinson   Jim Shuman    Jeff Zandi   Brian Valdez    Erin Giddings    Brian Augustine   Joe Klopchic   Emily Klopchic   Jeff Higgins   John White   John Trout  Johnathan Dean   Sydney Townley   Jarred Feight   Mitchell Nitz   Brian Leonard      Mikey Elwell    Josh McCurley   Matthew Hoskins   Sara Anderson   Emma Bareis   Tim Hardick

Ani Alters – Custom Altered Cards
AKON 29 – America’s Longest Running Anime Convention
Common Ground Games (Dallas, TX)
Darkhound Studios – Custom Gaming Supplies
Design Realm – Custom T-shirts, Decals & More
Doc’s Comics & Games (Frisco, TX)
Funimation Entertainment
Generation X Comics & Games (Bedford, TX)
Haus of Magic
Madness Comics & Games (Plano, TX) – One of America’s largest game stores!
Madness Comics & Games (Denton, TX)
Miniature Exchange LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)
Recycled Entertainment (Amarillo, TX)
Retro 1951 – Life’s too short to carry an ugly pen!
Star City
Ultra Pro – The best known brand in gaming supplies!
Wilkinson Rhodes Events
Wizards of the Coast
Cole Kirkman – In loving memory of Kelci Lawrence from her loving family
Emily Klopchic
Erin Giddings – In memory of William Brandon Mills
Joe Klopchic
Keaton Watson
Murdock Belt
Vickie Giddings
Warren Moody
… and a number of others who preferred to remain anonymous but whos contributions made a great difference in our event!

Last and certainly not least, a very special THANK YOU to the Burton family. Without the generous contribution of Greg, Dona, and Casey there would be no HBMO. This team is so grateful to be a part of this event and to help make a difference in the community that we love. Thank you for making the Hunter Burton Memorial Open a reality this year and for future years!

We appreciate all who attended this event and everyone who watched our live stream from around the world. The Hunter Burton Memorial Open will return in March of 2019 for an even bigger and better event! We look forward to seeing you there.

The 2018 HBMO held a large Legacy format event sponsored by Common Ground Games. Here are the top 4 decklists from that tournament!

Huang, Albert – 1st Place Lakhamni, Sherwin – 2nd Place
4 Omniscience 3 Mother of Runes
3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn 1 Spirit of the Labyrynth
4 Force of Will 1 Sanctum Prelate
4 Cunning Wish 2 Mirran Crusaders
4 Show and Tell 2 Recruiter of the Guard
4 Lim-Dul’s Vault 2 Serra Avengers
4 Brainstorm 3 Phyrexian Revokers
4 Ponder 4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Preordain 4 Stoneforge Mystics
4 Thoughtseize 4 Flickerwisp
1 Flusterstorm 4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Polluted Delta 4 Aether Vial
4 Scalding Tarn 1 Umezawa’s Jitte
2 Underground Sea 1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Volcanic Island 1 Batterskull
4 Island 9 Plains
1 Swamp 4 Rishadan Port
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All 4 Wasteland
3 City of Traitors 3 Karakas
SIDEBOARD 3 Cavern of Souls
3 Leyline of Sanctity SIDEBOARD
1 Echoing Truth 2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Firemind’s Foresight 2 Containment Priest
1 Flusterstorm 2 Path to Exile
1 Hurkyl’s Recall 2 Council’s Judgement
1 Noxious Revival 2 Rest in Peace
1 Pyroblast 2 Surgical Extraction
1 Release the Ants 1 Palace Jailer
1 Rushing River 1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Surgical Extraction 1 Manriki-gusari
1 Through the Breach
1 Wipe Away
1 Eldamri’s Call
Williams, Keith – 3/4th Place Lupa, Micah – 3/4th Place
9 Plains 4 Dark Ritual
4 Wasteland 4 Cabal Ritual
4 Rishadan Port 4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
3 Karakas 4 Lotus Petal
1 Cavern of Souls 4 Brainstorm
1 Flagstones of Trokair 4 Ponder
1 Mishra’s Factory 4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Mother of Runes 2 Preordain
4 Thalia, Gurardian of Thraben 4 Infernal Tutor
4 Stoneforge Mystics 1 Past in flames
4 Flickerwisp 1 Tendrils of Agony
3 Phyrexian Revokers 1 Ad Naeseum
2 Recruiter of the Guard 1 Dark Petition
2 Mirran Crusaders 4 Cabal Therapy
1 Serra Avengers 3 Duress
1 Palace Jailer 1 Island
1 Sanctum Prelate 1 Swamp
4 Aether Vial 2 Underground Sea
1 Batterskull 1 Volcanic Island
1 Sword of Fire and Ice 1 Bayou
1 Umezawa’s Jitte 1 Tropical Island
4 Swords to Plowshares 4 Poluted Delta
SIDEBOARD 2 Bloodstained Mire
2 Cataclysm 2 Misty Rainforest
2 Council’s Judgement SIDEBOARD
2 Containment Priest 2 Xantid Storm
2 Rest in Peace 2 Ground Seal
1 Path to Exile 3 Abrupt Decay
1 Manriki-gusari 1 Empty the Warrens
1 Ethersworn Canonist 1 Toxic Deluge
1 Recruiter of the Guard 2 Fatal Push
1 Sword of the Light and Shadow 1 Echo’s Truth
1 Grafdigger’s Cage 2 Chain of Vapor
1 Surgical Extraction 1 Duress