2018 HBMO Pre-registration

It’s been a long year of waiting, but the time is finally here! Pre-registration for the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open is now live!

The general pre-registration is available, offering a discount on your entry fee.

As a new addition, 2018 has an added VIP registration. This package loads up the attendee with cool swag as well as an exclusive VIP item. Our VIP registration is limited to the first 100 attendees, so get yours early before they sell out.

This fifth anniversary event also has several new side events to take advantage of. Based on feedback from last year, we have made the three main side events open for pre-registration. The Standard PPTQ $1k, Legacy Constructed Cash, and Theros Block Pre-release Sealed events offer discounted entry fees upon preregistration.

You can purchase pre-registration or pre-order 2018 HBMO items here:
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2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open Playmat
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A Best Friend’s Perspective: Ian’s Story

This is a piece written by Ian Jasheway, a best friend of Hunter’s and also a valued member of our event team. This is his (mostly unfiltered) story about his time with Hunter Burton. With all of the hype surrounding the tournament and the prizes, we wanted to share a more personal perspective as a reminder of why we work so hard to make the Hunter Burton Memorial Open happen each year!

A Best Friend’s Perspective: Ian’s Story

This article is likely the most emotionally difficult piece of writing that I’ve ever attempted. It is also the most rewarding. I could produce a novel over everything I want to share with readers, so picking the “correct” content is both crucial and terrifying to me. I think speaking on my friendship with Hunter Burton and the importance of this memorial tournament is best delivered as a sort of persuasive narrative. So here we go!

I met Hunter when I was close to eleven years old (I am 25 presently) at a card shop in Hurst, Texas. He was loud, cocky, popular with the guys, funny, abrasive, quick-witted, and considered pretty good at Magic the Gathering. He also wasn’t too fond of kids. Man, I wasn’t a big fan of the guy at first! We didn’t get along well, but he did still hand me a 58 card deck (missing two $20 cards) to play Standard events sometimes. He liked to give you the bricks, sometimes even finish bricking most of the house, but he reveled in watching you try to finish that house. I learned a great deal about not taking crap from grown men, the lovely “games” that teenagers apparently play (like sack tapping), and how to get my butt whooped in Magic and trudge along. Our aquantinship, that neither of us were super fond of, lasted until I was about 14 years old, when our local store closed.

I then started going to a local shop down in Mansfield, Texas. Another local player named Alex Huebner, a regular from my old store started coming as well. Soon enough Hunter started showing up there. Turns out it was close to his house. Long story short, as an unlikely trio, the three of us started playing magic at that shop all the time and hanging out together almost everyday. I needed an older male figure in my life and I oddly started respecting Hunter due to his eccentric personality and obvious intelligence. Apparently he started developing the same odd respect for me as I proved to him that I was able to keep up and I wasn’t a wuss, just like a sometimes idiotic teenage boy does. That led to a really close friendship between all of us, and a very close one between Hunter and I.

We would play golf, poker, and eat out. He also helped get me into some basic high school debauchery as if he was my older brother. We would steal wifi from Staples to play Magic Online all night long while sitting at QT. I spent a lot of time learning about how to play magic “somewhat optimally” from Hunter. It wasn’t sweet or nice. Despite how he portrayed himself, he knew and harped that you won’t get anywhere without hard work. This applied to Magic, golf, paintball, and all other things he worked to become absurd at. From his tutelage, I eventually was consistently beating big names in online Magic and even managed to make my first pro tour in Berlin at age 15 alongside Hunter. We had a crazy, amazing and awesome experience that included a number of moments not safe for this article.

Behind the outside appearance of all this buddying, there was real emotion. The kind shared between family, between brothers. He taught me to have self confidence, to believe in myself even if I couldn’t, and to compliment to myself. He taught me to imagine your goal was accomplished, to quit talking about it and just be about it. He took care of what I needed when I was a broke teenager for weeks at a time. He listened to my issues and supported my choices with warnings, yet let me make my mistakes to learn and grow. When I told him I had set a goal, he would simply say “do it then b****!” and then proceed to help me in every way he could at accomplishing it. A big one was as a junior in high school I became pretty overweight. One day I just looked at him and said “I’m gonna get jacked.” He offered to pay the gym membership if I couldn’t, or even help with nutrition supplements. Hunter proceeded to pick me up almost everyday to hangout from the gym. I eventually achieved that goal!

Hunter, the real one, was the most loyal friend you could ask for and one of the reasons I didn’t feel alone in high school. He shaped my confidence and personality in many ways, good and bad. Hunter was giving me love, I just hadn’t figured that out yet or even what that really was. He provided me a male role model that I desperately needed.

At age 18 I prepared to move off to college at UNT. Hunter and I did a good amount of drinking etc over the summer and we were both more into online poker during that time. Once I got to UNT, I was engulfed in the new freedom filled environment. I was involved in many aspects of “the college life”, so Hunter and I were on a big break from each other for several months. We would text back and forth but he basically just told me I’d be alright and to focus on school.

Unfortunately I didn’t really stay on the straight and narrow. I eventually invited Hunter out to a rave a friend was throwing. This sparked the beginning of a terrible journey for both of us, but also marked the beginning of a closer bond to a friend than I could begin to explain. I won’t go through all the ugly details, but after a good while of the life we were living, my psychological state was where Hunter’s ended. During that dark journey, there was a new deep connection made with Hunter. I knew he was always on my side, he would do literally anything for me, he would never judge me no matter the actions. He cared about and loved me, no matter how much of a monster i felt like. He only ever asked me for honesty, that’s all he needed in return. This connection was beautiful, and for the first time in my life, I felt and understood genuine unconditional love from someone other than my mother (who at the time I foolishly thought would be disgusted with me).

Luckily, being that big brother I’d listen to, Hunter got my foot in the door for help when I was in that hopeless state. Hunter supported all he could, offered to help pay for bills, disappear, come and visit as much as possible every week, just anything that was best for me. He was doing all of this for me as he himself continued getting worse. As I got on my feet and my life back in gear, he steered clear mostly. Once able however, I tried to help him and convince him to follow the life changing path he had once set me on. That didn’t work.

Hunter changed as a man during this time. Crippling depression, guilt, regrets, and other vices had a hold on him. He was too smart for his own good, and had himself tricked without knowing it. I visited Hunter once or twice each week, even just to come tell him I loved him. I wish he could’ve loved himself as much as his family and I loved him. Thankfully during this time I developed a close bond with Hunter’s family. I always tried to do or help with whatever I could, we we’re all just hanging on to whatever we could with Hunter.

Eventually things became too much for Hunter and he took his own life. As dark of a time as it was for him, not a single person had a clue. Hunter’s pride wouldn’t have ever let us know what he was considering. It shattered my heart and his family’s. The life of surviving the suicide of a close friend and loved one was thrown upon us. I hope you never have to experience this type of loss, but if you have then you know it is one of the hardest things to endure. Even approaching five years since his death, i still sob sometimes, dream of him, and think about Hunter every single day of my life.

Suicide is a topic no one wants to discuss. The stigma attached to it is ridiculous. Men are viewed as weak, cowardly, pitiful, or demasculinized for discussing thoughts of suicide or deep emotions, leaving them to be bottled up like a powder keg. There are of course societal persecutions for women as well that are no less difficult.

It needs to be okay for any person in any institution, any age, class, religion, race or creed to discuss or share their feelings of depression, hopelessness, fear of life, and yearnings for death without being ostracized and treated as a lesser human being. People need and deserve help. We as a society need to work on removing this stigma. Together, we are going to do our part with the Hunter Burton Memorial Open. Sucide unfortunately is much more common than you might think, and this tournament brings awareness to that. It’s an event that brings a community heavily touched by social burdens, depression and suicide together to let everyone know it’s okay to talk about it. The hope is that we touch someones heart, let survivors and people suffering know they are not alone. As his family, we also use this event to celebrate Hunter Burton in a fashion that suites him best with a game that he truly loved and exceled at. The Burton family, the staff, the volunteers, the sponsors are all involved to achieve these goals.

If I were to describe my feelings and my relationship with Hunter Burton, it would be simply love. His loyalty, influence on my self-worth, and my respect for him will always be floating in my mind, but my love for him is what drives my passion and what I feel aching in my chest when I sit and think about him. Even today his love and loyalty drives me to be better.

Thank you for taking the time to read my short story. Your support of our event means so much to all of us involved. I look forward to seeing y’all on February 25th in Hurst, Texas!

– Ian Jasheway –

A Recap: The First Ever Hunter Burton Memorial Magic Open

judge staff with trophy and motorcycle

The first Hunter Burton Memorial Open took place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. There were 169 players at the inaugural event. The format was Standard for the eight Swiss rounds followed by a booster draft using the original Modern Masters set printed in 2013.

Hunter’s parents, Greg and Dona Burton, began work on this event over six months previous when they reached out to friends of Hunter’s. They wanted to create an annual event that would remember their son, who took his own life in July, 2013. The Burtons envisioned a tournament that would feature everything that Hunter loved about Magic. A competitive atmosphere and impressive prizes were a must. The Burton family delivered big time.

Five thousand dollars in cash prizes, all for the top eight finishers. A case of booster packs awarded to players outside of the top eight. An impressive trophy onto which the names of the top eight finishers would be engraved. A wristwatch valued at over a thousand dollars for the winner. Limited edition playmats and dice for the top eight finishers.

The playmats were not created specifically for this tournament. They were, in fact, from Grand Prix Richmond, which took place two weeks before the Hunter Burton Memorial. These playmats featured artwork from Eternal Witness, Hunter’s favorite Magic card. David Ashcraft, a local player and friend of Hunter’s, collected eight of these special playmats, at significant personal expense, and gave them to the tournament.

As a matter of fact, the image of Hunter’s favorite Magic card was everywhere at this event. On the top eight playmats, on small buttons given away by the event, painted on the custom Harley Davidson motorcycle brought into the hall by Hunter’s father Greg, and tattooed on the leg of Hunter’s sister, Casey Burton. At the end of the day, just for good measure, a single copy of Eternal Witness was found in the champion’s booster draft deck.

It was an extraordinary day of healing for Hunter’s family and for the Texas Magic community. Hunter’s mother and father and sister were at the event all day long. Players who knew and missed Hunter sat down and talked with Hunter’s family throughout the day. Greg Burton showed off his motorcycle, literally covered in custom painted images from Hunter’s favorite Magic cards. Hunter’s sister Casey picked out the Tissot watch that was given to the tournament champion Robert Berni. Hunter loved high end watches and the Burtons began a tradition at this tournament of awarding the winner with the kind of watch that Hunter would have loved.

Tissot watch

The tournament was officiated by a top flight team of Texas judges led by David Hibbs. The highest ranking judge in Texas, David was one of the first judges in Texas to reach level three in Wizards of the Coast’s judge program.

Top Eight Standard Decks

These decks are listed in the order they finished in the Swiss portion of the tournament. Also included are the opponents faced by each of the top eight players during the Swiss rounds.

1st after Swiss – Hal Brady – Golgari Dredge
2-0 vs Courtney Smith
2-0 vs Parker May
2-0 vs Erica Dow
1-2 vs Philip Marschall
2-1 vs Lawson Zandi
2-1 vs Radley Coplan
2-0 vs Alex Huebner
2-1 vs Ian Jasheway

7 Forest
7 Swamp
4 Overgrown Tomb
2 Golgari Guildgate
3 Sylvan Caryatid
4 Grisly Salvage
4 Herald of Torment
2 Shadowborn Demon
3 Elvish Mystic
2 Deathrite Shaman
4 Nemesis of Mortals
4 Commune with the Gods
4 Nighthowler
2 Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
4 Lotleth Troll
4 Satyr Wayfinder

SIDEBOARD:
2 Whip of Erebos
3 Golgari Charm
1 Shadowborn Demon
4 Mistcutter Hydra
2 Thoughtseize
3 Lifebane Zombie


2nd after Swiss – Brock Mosley – Black/White Control

2-1 vs Daniel Getreu
1-2 vs Tuan Doan
2-0 vs Jeffrey Serwinski
2-1 vs David Honn
2-1 vs Robert Tatu
2-0 vs Christian Flodstrom-Sconce
2-0 vs Jon Toone
2-1 vs Michael Ferri

3 Pack Rat
3 Blood Baron of Vizkopa
3 Lifebane Zombie
3 Desecration Demon
2 Obzedat, Ghost Council
4 Thoughtseize
2 Underworld Connections
2 Read the Bones
3 Bile Blight
4 Hero’s Downfall
2 Devour Flesh
1 Whip of Erebos
1 Ultimate Price
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
12 Swamp
4 Godless Shrine
4 Temple of Silence
2 Orzhov Guildgate
4 Mutavault

SIDEBOARD:
2 Doom Blade
1 Blood Baron of Vizkopa
1 Devour Flesh
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
2 Underworld Connections
1 Erebos, God of the Dead
2 Sin Collector
3 Duress
2 Revoke Existence


3rd after Swiss – Robert Berni – Mono Black Control

2-0 vs Carver Hayes
2-0 vs Kevin Grubbs
2-1 vs Andy Truong
1-2 vs Robert Tetu
2-1 vs Cory Brister
2-0 vs Max Dressler
2-1 vs Cory Schultz
2-1 vs Jeremiah Linebarger

17 Swamp
4 Mutavault
4 Temple of Silence
4 Pack Rat
4 Desecration Demon
4 Hero’s Downfall
4 Nightveil Specter
4 Thoughtseize
4 Underworld Connections
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
3 Bile Blight
2 Devour Flesh
1 Doom Blade
1 Ultimate Price

SIDEBOARD:
4 Duress
3 Lifebane Zombie
3 Dark Betrayal
2 Erebos, God of the Dead
2 Devour Flesh
1 Doom Blade
4th after Swiss – Tuan Doan – Mono Black Control
2-0 vs Max Dressler
2-1 vs Brock Mosley
2-1 vs Ryan Cox
2-1 vs Josh Stewart
2-0 vs Shawn Hughes
2-1 vs Alex Huebner
Draw vs Linh Nguyen
Draw vs John Schemmel

15 Swamp
2 Watery Grave
4 Temple of Deceit
4 Mutavault
4 Pack Rat
4 Nightveil Specter
4 Desecration Demon
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
4 Thoughtseize
1 Ultimate Price
3 Devour Flesh
3 Bile Blight
4 Hero’s Downfall
4 Underworld Connections

SIDEBOARD:
2 Notion Thief
1 Bile Blight
2 Erebos, God of the Dead
3 Duress
2 Dark Betrayal
4 Lifebane Zombie
1 Doom Blade

5th after Swiss – Linh Nguyen – Green/White
2-1 vs Matthew Lowry
2-0 vs Jason Blackmor
2-0 vs Clinton Whitehurst
2-0 vs Alex Andrup
2-1 vs Trevor Hunt
2-1 vs John Schemmel
Draw vs Tuan Doan
Draw vs Philip Marschall

8 Forest
7 Plains
4 Temple Garden
4 Temple of Plenty
2 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
4 Experiment One
4 Fleecemane Lion
3 Loxodon Smiter
4 Soldier of the Pantheon
4 Voice of Resurgence
4 Advent of the Wurm
4 Selesnya Charm
4 Boon Satyr
2 Gods Willing

SIDEBOARD:
1 Archangel of Thune
2 Celestial Flare
2 Courser of Kruphix
3 Mistcutter Hydra
3 Rootborn Defenses
2 Unflinching Courage
2 Unravel the Aether

6th after Swiss – David Palmer – Blue/White Control
2-1 vs Michael Ferri
2-0 vs Stephen Marshall
0-0- 1 vs Shawn Hughes
1-1- 1 vs Jacob Brockette
2-1 vs Andres Hernandez
2-0 vs Ivan Contreras
2-0 vs Aaron Vesper
2-0 vs Trevor Hunt

5 Island
3 Plains
2 Mutavault
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Temple of Enlightment
4 Temple of Silence
4 Temple of Deceit
1 Elixir of Immortality
2 Syncopate
2 Quicken
4 Azorius Charm
4 Dissolve
3 Divination
4 Detention Sphere
3 Jace, Architect of Thought
4 Supreme Verdict
4 Sphinx’s Revelation
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Aetherling
1 Fated Retribution

SIDEBOARD:
2 Pithing Needle
2 Gainsay
2 Last Breath
2 Blind Obedience
2 Jace, Memory Adept
1 Fated Retribution
1 Negate
1 Revoke Existence
1 Trading Post
1 Opportunity

7th after Swiss – Philip Marschall – Blue/White Control
2-0 vs Louie Vandermolen
2-0 vs James Stokes
2-0 vs Mahendra Raval
2-1 vs Hal Brady
2-0 vs Leonard Untung
2-1 vs Justin West
0-2 vs John Schemmel
Draw vs Linh Nguyen

11 Island
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Temple of Enlightenment
1 Azorius Guildgate
3 Mutavault
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1 Godless Shrine
4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Judge’s Familiar
4 Frostburn Weird
4 Tidebinder Mage
4 Thassa, God of the Sea
4 Nightveil Specter
4 Master of Waves
1 Ephara, God of the Polis
4 Detention Sphere
2 Bident of Thassa

SIDEBOARD:
3 Jace, Memory Adept
2 Revoke Existence
2 Glare of Heresy
1 Domestication
1 Claustrophobia
1 Rapid Hybridization
1 Nullify
2 Gainsay
2 Negate

8th after Swiss – John Schemmel – White/Red
2-1 vs Drew Iafrate
2-0 vs Chris Schoppe
2-1 vs Aaron McNeely
2-1 vs Michael Taggart
2-1 vs Justin West
1-2 vs Linh Nguyen
2-0 vs Philip Marschall
Draw vs Tuan Doan

10 Plains
4 Temple of Triumph
4 Sacred Foundry
4 Mutavault
4 Brave the Elements
3 Boros Charm
2 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
2 Spear of Heliod
4 Dryad Militant
4 Soldier of the Pantheon
4 Boros Elite
3 Imposing Sovereign
4 Precinct Captain
4 Daring Skyjek
3 Banisher Priest
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos

SIDEBOARD:
2 Boros Reckoner
1 Banisher Priest
1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
1 Boros Charm
1 Renouce the Guilds
2 Gods Willing
2 Celestial Flare
3 Glare of Heresy
2 Electrickery

Top Eight Booster Draft:

Players found the prospect of drafting in the top eight a little odd after playing Standard for eight Swiss rounds. The reason behind the top eight draft was another nod to the memory of Hunter Burton. Hunter was a great constructed player (he took a Zoo deck all the way to the semifinals of Pro Tour Austin in 2009) but he also loved booster draft. Having a booster draft at the end of a long day of constructed play also ensures that the winner of the tournament will be a truly fine player, a player capable of dominating two very different formats on the same day.

The top eight finishers were seated randomly around a table. The players found their Eternal Witness playmats and limited edition top eight dice waiting for them. In the middle of the table was the large Hunter Burton Memorial trophy and five thousand dollars in one hundred dollar bills. Once randomly seated, each player knew that his quarterfinals opponent was seated four places away from him, directly across the table. Furthermore, each player knew that he could not play the player on his direct left or right side until the finals.

top eight players drafting MM

Here are the top eight draft decks of the first annual Hunter Burton Memorial Open. They are listed by the players’ final finishing order.

1st place – Robert Berni – White/Green Sword of Fire and Ice
2-0 vs Linh Nguyen
2-0 vs Hal Brady
2-0 vs Philip Marschall

9 Plains
7 Forest
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Adarkar Valkyrie
1 Amrou Seekers
1 Avian Changeling
3 Flickerwisp
1 Ivory Giant
2 Otherworldly Journey
1 Path to Exile
1 Test of Faith
2 Veteran Armorer
1 Echoing Courage
1 Eternal Witness
2 Giant Dustwasp
2 Masked Admirers
1 Moldervine Cloak
2 Penumbra Spider
1 Sporesower Thallid

SIDEBOARD:
1 Gleam of Resistance
2 Sandsower
1 Terashi’s Grasp
1 Veteran Armorer
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Greater Mossdog
1 Hana Kami
1 Penumbra Spider
2 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Walker of the Grove

 

2nd place – Philip Marschall – Green/White + Black/Red with Knight of the Reliquary
2-1 vs Brock Mosley
2-0 vs David Palmer
0-2 vs Robert Berni

6 Forest
6 Plains
1 Mountain
1 Swamp
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Vivid Grove
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Skyreach Manta
1 Amrou Scout
1 Auriok Salvagers
1 Blinding Beam
1 Bound in Silence
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Feudkiller’s Verdict
1 Ivory Giant
1 Saltfield Recluse
1 Death Rattle
1 Executioner’s Capsule
2 Citanul Woodreaders
2 Durkwood Baloth
1 Giant Dustwasp
1 Kodama’s Reach
1 Search for Tomorrow
1 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Tromp the Domains
1 Knight of the Reliquary

SIDEBOARD:
1 Aether Spellbomb
1 Arcbound Wanderer
1 Blinding Beam
1 Ivory Giant
1 Kithkin Greatheart
1 Pallid Mycoderm
1 Deepcavern Imp
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Echoing Courage
3 Greater Mossdog
1 Kodama’s Reach
1 Krosan Grip
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Woodfall Primus
1 Errant Ephemeron
1 Perilous Research
1 Vedalken Dismisser

 

3rd place – Hal Brady – Blue/White + Black Affinity
2-0 vs Tuan Doan
0-2 vs Robert Berni

8 Plains
7 Island
1 Swamp
1 Terramorphic Expanse
3 Arcbound Stinger
1 Bonesplitter
2 Myr Enforcer
1 Bound in Silence
1 Court Homunculus
1 Meadowboon
2 Sanctum Gargoyle
2 Test of Faith
1 Echoing Truth
1 Esperzoa
1 Etherium Sculptor
2 Faerie Mechanist
1 Mulldrifter
1 Perilous Research
1 Traumatic Visions
1 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Kitchen Finks

SIDEBOARD:
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Epochrasite
2 Frogmite
1 Amrou Seekers
1 Cenn’s Enlistment
1 Otherworldly Journey
1 Faerie Mechanist
1 Latchkey Faerie
1 Mothdust Changeling
1 Perilous Research
1 Take Possession
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Blightspeaker
1 Death Denied
1 Death Rattle
2 Thieving Sprite
1 Warren Weirding
1 Fury Charm
1 Hammerheim Deadeye

 

4th place – David Palmer – Red/Blue Storm
2-1 vs John Schemmel
0-2 vs Philip Marschall

9 Mountain
6 Island
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Vivid Creek
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Careful Consideration
1 Dampen Thought
1 Peer Through Depths
1 Perilous Research
2 Reach Through Mists
2 Desperate Ritual
2 Empty the Warrens
2 Glacial Ray
1 Grapeshot
1 Grinning Ignus
3 Lava Spike
1 Mogg War Marshal
1 Pyromancer’s Swath
1 Tribal Flames
1 Electrolyze
1 Manamorphose

SIDEBOARD:
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Myr Enforcer
1 Absorb Vis
1 Death Denied
1 Pththisis
1 Raven’s Crime
1 Street Wraith
1 Thieving Sprite
1 Fiery Fall
1 Stingscourger
2 Tar Pitcher
1 Tribal Flames
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Greater Mossdog
1 Reach of Branches
1 Summoner’s Pact
1 Thallid
1 Tromp the Domains
1 Worm Harvest

5th place – Brock Mosley – Red/Blue Flyers
1-2 vs Philip Marschall

7 Mountain
7 Island
1 Academy Ruins
1 Vivid Crag
1 Vivid Creek
1 Aether Spellbomb
1 Arcbound Worker
1 Myr Retriever
2 Pyrite Spellbomb
2 Echoing Truth
1 Errant Ephemeron
1 Mulldrifter
1 Reach Through Mists
2 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Traumatic Visions
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Glacial Ray
2 Mogg War Marshal
2 Rift Bolt
1 Ryusei, the Falling Star
1 Shrapnel Blast
1 Electrolyze

SIDEBOARD:
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Cenn’s Enlistment
1 Erratic Mutation
1 Mothdust Changeling
2 Peer Through Depths
1 Traumatic Visions
1 Absorb Vis
1 Festering Goblin
1 Rathi Trapper
1 Blood Moon
1 Brute Force
2 Hammerheim Deadeye
1 Rift Elemental
1 Thundering Giant
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Plumeveil

6th place – Tuan Doan – Blue/White + Red Flyers
0-2 vs Hal Brady

6 Island
6 Plains
1 Mountain
2 City of Brass
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Vivid Creek
1 Bonesplitter
1 Epochrasite
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Amrou Seekers
1 Blinding Beam
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
2 Hillcomber Giant
1 Kithkin Greatheart
1 Saltfield Recluse
1 Veteran Armorer
1 Echoing Truth
1 Errant Ephemeron
1 Esperzoa
1 Keiga, the Tide Star
1 Latchkey Faerie
1 Pact of Negation
1 Pestermite
1 Fiery Fall
1 Rift Bolt
1 Lightning Helix
1 Oona, Queen of the Fae
1 Plumeveil

SIDEBOARD:
1 Paradise Mantle
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Sanctum Gargoyle
2 Erratic Mutation
1 Perilous Research
1 Petals of Insight
1 Drag Down
1 Festering Goblin
1 Peppersmoke
1 Fiery Fall
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Thundercloud Shaman
1 Thundering Giant
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Incremental Growth
1 Tooth and Nail
1 Trygon Predator

7th place – Linh Nguyen – Green/Red + White Monsters
0-2 vs Robert Berni

8 Forest
7 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Avian Changeling
2 Blind-Spot Giant
1 Countryside Crusher
1 Fiery Fall
1 Greater Gargadon
1 Rift Bolt
1 Stinkdrinker Devil
1 Thundering Giant
1 War-Spike Changeling
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Durkwood Baloth
3 Giant Dustwasp
1 Kodama’s Reach
1 Nantuko Shaman
1 Penumbra Spider
1 Reach of Branches
1 Search for Tomorrow
1 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Sylvan Bounty
1 Verdeloth the Ancient

SIDEBOARD:
1 Chalice of the Void
3 Kithkin Greatheart
1 Crush Underfoot
2 Fury Charm
1 Molten Disaster
2 Stingscourger
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Tar Pitcher
1 Echoing Courage
1 Moldervine Cloak
2 Sylvan Bounty
1 Thallid Germinator
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Walker of the Grove

8th place – John Schemmel – Black/Blue Faeries
1-2 vs David Palmer

11 Swamp
6 Island
2 Latchkey Faerie
2 Pestermite
2 Spellstutter Sprite
2 Blightspeaker
3 Faerie Macabre
2 Horobi’s Whisper
2 Marsh Flitter
1 Rathi Trapper
1 Raven’s Crime
2 Thieving Sprite
2 Warren Weirding
2 Mind Funeral

SIDEBOARD:
1 Spell Snare
1 Bridge from Below
2 Deepcavern Imp
2 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Facevaulter
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Festering Goblin
1 Mad Auntie
1 Stinkweed Imp
3 Syphon Life
3 Warren Pilferers
1 Warren Weirding
1 Dragonstorm
1 Fury Charm
1 Echoing Courage
1 Lightning Helix

The Aftermath

The first annual Hunter Burton Memorial Open was rewarding in so many ways. Money was collected for charity. That first year the charity in question was North Texas Easter Seals. Texas Magic players had a big, new tournament that the community could call its own, a unique tournament on the event calendar. The Burton family enjoyed a connection with an important part of Hunter’s life. Hunter had chased competitive Magic hard and fast since first qualifying for the Pro Tour in 2008. Hunter traveled the world and accumulated tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. The Burtons announced that they were committed to several more years of the Hunter Burton Memorial Open, promising to make them even bigger and better than this first one had been.

A month later, Robert Berni gave a shout out to the first annual Hunter Burton Memorial Open when he won Grand Prix Phoenix. When Robert was asked how he prepared for the Grand Prix, he said, “I won the Hunter Burton Memorial a few weeks ago.”

Date Announcement

 

The fifth annual Hunter Burton Memorial Open is coming your way on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the Hurst Conference Center. Our date has changed to accommodate the SCG Open in Fort Worth on the March 10 weekend. For the first time, the format for the Hunter Burton Memorial Magic Open will be Modern. There is $10,000 in cash prizes for the main event and many, many other prizes to be given away in special side events as well as door prizes all day long. Come help us celebrate the fifth anniversary of this great community event. We’re working hard to make it the best ever and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Hurst Conference Center on Sunday, February 25th.

Announcement: The Main Event is Modern Format!

We are excited to announce that the format for the main event of the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Magic Open will be Modern. We are confident this change will make our fifth anniversary event more exciting and fun than ever. Furthermore, contrary to previous years the top eight will also play with the Modern decks used in the Swiss rounds. We anticipate a higher number of players for the March 10, 2018 event which requires that we remove the top eight draft. While very fun, draft is more time-consuming. Our goal is to provide the highest quality tournament experience to everyone who attends the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Magic Open. We look forward to seeing everyone on March 10th!

2018 Location & Date Announcement!

After the 2017 Hunter Burton Memorial Open (HBMO) the crew behind the scenes was anxious to get to work on our fifth year anniversary event. The team involved has worked hard these last few months to solidify our location, date and event details so that we can share them with the fans and players as soon as possible.

The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open will be held at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, TX on Sunday, February 25th!

The details of this years main event and side events will be released soon, however we have several new initiatives that are sure to players happy. One thing we can tell you… brick and mortar Game Stores all across the central United States will have the opportunity to hold satellite events giving winners and top players something special for attending the 2018 HBMO. Let your local store know to be on the lookout for details as it will be completely FREE for the store to participate!

Stay tuned to the website for more upcoming details about the 2018 event and our announcement about the monthly newsletter signups.

An Amazing Event For A Wonderful Cause!