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ZanMan Goes to GP Las Vegas

Team member Jeff Zandi attended the Magic the Gathering Grand Prix in Las Vegas earlier this year and repped his HBMO gear all the way. Here’s his recap:

Grand Prix Las Vegas

Magic events don’t get any bigger than at a Grand Prix, and nothing’s bigger than a Las Vegas Grand Prix. I couldn’t wait to get on the plane. Five nights and six days in sunny Las Vegas, spreading the word about the Hunter Burton Memorial Open all along the way. I wore a different HBMO t-shirt each day in Vegas, starting of course with the dark green 2014 shirt from our first-ever event. Here is the tale of my five day adventure at Grand Prix Las Vegas.

It seems like a natural fit, big-time Magic in the city where gaming happens 24-7. Wizards of the Coast wasn’t always sure that “Sin City” was a good fit for their family-friendly image. Long ago, in 2001, Las Vegas hosted their first Grand Prix. 462 players played Extended constructed. It would be twelve long years before Vegas got another chance to host big-time Magic. In 2013, Las Vegas hosted its second Grand Prix, this time featuring Modern Masters sealed deck and booster draft. It was the largest-ever Magic tournament with 4500 players. Two years later, lightning struck for a second time. Grand Prix Las Vegas 2015 featured Modern Masters 2015 and was so large it had to be cut into two separate events. The combined attendance set another record with nearly 8000 players. The Grand Prix returned to the Nevada desert again last year. This time, the draw wasn’t another Masters set, but three separate Grand Prix events running back-to-back-to-back. A Legacy Grand Prix started on Thursday, June 15th, with 2656 players. A day later, a limited GP with 2692 players. Finally, a colossal Modern GP began on Saturday with 3401 players. It was the biggest week of competitive Magic ever held in a single location.

Thursday at the Grand Prix

When the mega-huge halls opened at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday, June 14th, I was confronted by an eight-foot-tall Karn, Scion of Urza. There will be dozens of Magic cosplayers at the event this week but none as imposing or impressive as this one.

Jeff Zandi and Karn in 2014 HBMO shirt

This year’s Grand Prix Las Vegas started off with a bang on Thursday with a day full of special qualifying tournaments for a Beta booster draft to take place on Sunday evening after the end of the GP main events. There were eight qualifying tournaments, each limited to 256 players. The winner of each of these eight qualifying tournaments would take part in a historic Rochester draft Sunday night using extremely rare Beta booster packs, Magic’s very first edition from twenty-five years ago.

I’m playing in the first Beta qualifier, bright and early on Thursday morning. My event is Dominaria sealed deck and I get a reasonable green and black deck splashing blue for Cloudreader Sphinx, Tatyova, Benthic Druid and In Bolas’s Clutches on the back of three Islands and one Grow from the Ashes. My deck is bomb-free and not amazing. My hits are Phyrexian Scriptures and Urgoros, the Empty one along with Sporecrown Thallid with three spells that make Saproling tokens. Going 5-0 will be difficult. This event reached its player cap of 256 players and we are only playing five rounds of Swiss before the top eight. It’s necessary to go 5-0 in order to reach the top eight. Then you have to win the top eight Dominaria draft in order to qualify for Sunday’s Beta Rochester draft. It’s a serious challenge but an attractive enough one to attract a lot of Pro Tour talent.

playing next to David Williams

After winning round one 2-1 against Joe Dubois from Boston and his blue/white deck, I find myself seating one table over from my old friend David Williams. Nowadays, David crushes poker tournaments, Magic tournaments and televised cooking competitions. Over twenty years ago, David was the eighth (and youngest) member of the Texas Guildmages while he was still in high school. A lot has happened since then. He told me a week ago that his highest priority at Grand Prix Las Vegas was to win one of these Beta qualifiers. I hope he gets there. In round two I play against Amos Montineau from Utah. There are a lot of Utah players here this week, Amos says he only had to drive about three hours to get to Vegas. I give Amos one of the 2018 commemorative poker chips from February’s fifth annual Hunter Burton Memorial Open and explain to him how our Magic community in Texas is trying to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. I brought enough poker chips to give one to everybody that I play throughout the GP. Amos is playing white/green and I’m fortunate to get past him 2-1. I lose in round three to Kyle Montgomery. He’s in town for both the Grand Prix as well as the World Series of Poker. I defeat a local player in round four, Michael Blair, and then intentionally draw with my opponent in round five to finish 3-1-1. My man Dave was 4-0 but lost in the last round.

Friday at the World Series of Poker

My pal Hunter loved poker, though not as much as Magic. Hunter was a good poker player. It’s kind of amazing that he never decided to play in the World Series of Poker. The World Series of Poker has taken place every year in Las Vegas since Benny Binion hosted the first one at the Horseshoe in what is now old downtown Las Vegas in 1970. Today, the World Series of Poker is composed by a series of tournaments starting at the end of May and running to the middle of July. Grand Prix Las Vegas inevitably overlaps with several of the WSOP events.

I have wanted to play in the World Series since back in 1999 when the movie Rounders came out and me and a lot of my Magic buddies went poker-crazy. Back then, if we weren’t traveling to a Magic event on Friday night, the gang was playing poker at my house. My wife was putting up with a houseful of Magic players two and three nights a week. Three years ago, I decided to finally try my luck at the World Series. 2015 was the first year of a new very large event in the WSOP called The Colossus. It set the record for the most players in a single poker tournament. I also played in the Grand Prix that week, of course, which also set a record for biggest Magic tournament. A certain number of players, like myself, were in both record-setting events. I’d love to know how many played in both.

HBMO poker chip on steps of World Series of Poker

It’s been years since the World Series was played downtown at the Horseshoe. Today, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is the home of the World Series of Poker. The tournaments are so large that they create a special entrance on the back of the Rio just for World Series players.

Jeff Zandi in 2015 HBMO shirt

My partner in crime this weekend is Maitland Griffith. He’s a committed competitive Magic player. I haven’t been able to pull him into poker yet. Late on Thursday afternoon, he rode over to the Rio with me so that I could sign up for Friday’s poker tournament. Then he and I took a very short cab right over to Caesars Palace to eat the best buffet on the strip.

The World Series of Poker is well-organized and as I find my seat on Friday morning, the parallels between large poker tournaments and large Magic tournaments are everywhere. At a big Magic tournament they try to have a judge for every 25-30 Magic players. At the World Series, obviously, they have to have a dealer at every table for every nine or ten poker players. The announcements at the beginning of the tournament remind me of those at a Magic tournament. There are some dos and don’ts, and then the head official tells the dealers to “shuffle up and deal.”

In my tournament, each player started with 5000 in chips. The starting blinds (forced bets) were twenty-five and fifty. The blinds bets were raised every hour, or level. Every two levels, there was a twenty minute break. I survived the first two levels, and the second two levels. I was moved to another table at the start of level five and never got a good footing there. I was knocked out halfway through level six, at which point the blinds were 150 and 300 and at which point there was an ante of fifty in chips for every player every hand.

I wasn’t happy to get knocked out of the poker tournament but the experience was very satisfying and I know I’ll be back to play in another World Series of Poker event next year. It’s the second most fun thing you can do with cards after Magic.

Saturday at the Grand Prix

It’s Saturday at the Grand Prix, the first day of the limited event. There are 2000 sealed deck players today. Everyone who is 6-2 or better after eight rounds will qualify to return for day two, which will be all booster draft. We’re playing with Dominaria again, just like the sealed deck Beta qualifier that I played on Thursday. Yesterday, 2700 players participated in day one of the Modern main event. My roommate Maitland Griffith went 7-1 and is battling in day two of that event today while I play sealed deck.

Jeff Zandi in 2016 HBMO shirt

My card pool for this tournament is not exciting. As much as I love to play red cards in general, I don’t like red as a main color in Dominaria sealed deck. However, in this particular pool of six booster packs, the best two colors are red and blue. I’m playing Traxos, Scourge of Kroog with ten other historic spells with which to untap it. I have Forebear’s Blade, and Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp, and Adeliz, the Cinder Wind. I have Fight with Fire and Ghitu Chronicler to get back Fight with Fire. I splashed black for two cards, Cast Down and Rona, Disciple of Gix. The worst cards in my deck are a pair of Short Sword cards that I’m playing to help me with Traxos, Zahid and Valduk, Keeper of the Flame. The deck is fine, but it’s not good.

Officially, I entered today’s GP with no byes. Then my first round opponent doesn’t show up for the match. That’s a first round bye in my book. I win round two against another citizen from Utah, a guy named Doug. Then I meet Brandon from northern California in round three. I win game one but lose the match. Brandon still gets a poker chip. I win round four against Jeremy from Minnesota. He’s genuinely interested in coming down to Texas to play in the next Hunter Burton Memorial Open. Connor McKay tells me that he is from “west of the Rockies” when we play in round five. Again, I win game one but lose the match. I’m 3-2 now and one more loss will sink my dreams of drafting on day two. Justin from Salt Lake City takes me down in round six. Once again, I win game one only to be overturned in games two and three.

Sunday in the Pro Tour Qualifier

The thing I would most like to be doing on Sunday at Grand Prix Las Vegas is participating in the Beta booster draft. That’s not going to happen. The next best thing I could be doing is playing in day two of the sealed deck Grand Prix that started yesterday. That isn’t going to happen, either. If I had excelled in the Senior event of the World Series of Poker, I’d could be looking at a very good payday today. That also isn’t going to happen. Instead, I’m taking one more shot at Dominaria sealed deck today in a Pro Tour Qualifier. Not a PPTQ, a real PTQ. The winner of this tournament qualifies for the Pro Tour and wins a travel award. It’s the real deal. I’m excited to take one more shot in one of the best sealed deck formats in a very long time. Dominaria was a wonderful twenty-fifth birthday present from Wizards of the Coast to all of us.

Hunter Burton would have loved this weekend. I admit, it would have been easy for non-Magic adventures in Las Vegas to have distracted him from the Magic-related adventures. That’s a factor that everyone over twenty-one has to deal with at Grand Prix Las Vegas. If he could have been here, however, Hunter would have loved all the Magic events this week. One thing that I always appreciated about Hunter was that he liked all the competitive forms of Magic. He played tons and tons of constructed, but was always thrilled to booster draft as well. Sealed deck was a distant third choice for Hunter, but if he were here at the GP with me, I know he would have rolled up his sleeves (just kidding, Hunter didn’t wear shirts with sleeves) and battled some Dominaria sealed with me.

Joining me in Sunday’s sealed deck adventure is Maitland Griffith. He just missed on a high finish at the Modern Grand Prix yesterday right up until the very last round of day two. One day later, he’s shaken off the disappointment and is ready to battle once again. His wife arrived late yesterday and helped to cheer him up. She’s pretty amazing. She shared their leftover bacon with me this morning. It’s easy to make friends with me if you have bacon.

My sealed pool is not amazing. The two colors that go together the best and offer the most utility are black and green. That means I can play exactly one of my seven rares (I opened a foil rare). It’s a decent one, Phyrexian Scriptures. I also have a couple of very good uncommons including The Eldest Reborn, Icy Manipulator and Grunn, the Lonely King. On the sideline are two rare dual lands, Benalish Marshal, The Mirari Conjecture, Grand Warlord Radha and Verix Bladewing. Verix Bladewing costs 2RR but I still thought long and hard about how to splash for it. I know I made the right decision sticking to black and green.

Jeff Zandi in 2017 HBMO shirt

My first opponent is Jefferson from Salt Lake City. I’ve been running into people from Utah all weekend. He’s playing green/blue and I win 2-0 fairly easily. In round two it’s Anton from Kentucky with white/black. Our three games are grindy as hell and he wins game three with very little time left on the clock. I’m 1-1 now and probably out of contention for the top eight. They structure these Sunday PTQs at Grand Prixs in such a way that if the event maxes out you have to go 6-0 to qualify for the top eight. This event did not reach maximum capacity so there is some chance that one loss could top eight, although it’s unlikely. We’re basically playing for prize wall tickets now.

In round three I meet Eduardo from Mexico. He wins game one easily with his black/blue deck. When he’s about to lose game two, I believe my opponent tried to cheat. He stacked up his lands and thought for a long time, then played two cards for which he needed a total of nine mana. My radar was tingling as soon as he stacked up his lands. I asked him to spread out his lands so that I could see that he had enough mana to pay for both spells. He did so. That’s when I noticed that he needed for three of his nine lands to make black mana for the two spells he played. He only had two lands that made black, as it turned out. Huh. When I pointed out the problem he quickly scooped up his cards. I know exactly what he did and I might be able to prove it but I didn’t call a judge. I don’t think the case is going to be strong enough to definitely get him disqualified. So we play game three, but it’s not fun at all because I’m having to watch Eduardo extra closely. I don’t think we had any issues in game three and I squeaked out the win with just minutes remaining.

My round four opponent is a friend, Bryan Spellman from Denver. Bryan is a level three judge whom I was introduced to by Joe Klopchic back when both of them were mere level two judges like myself. I love it when judges are good at competitive Magic, and Bryan certainly is. Bryan is a brooder, and he is not thrilled to have to play me this round. He knows how much I love limited in general and sealed deck in particular. It doesn’t help his mood when Joe Klopchic comes around in a rather jovial mood. That’s not where Bryan’s at, however, Bryan is all business. Now Bryan and I are men of science and don’t believe in luck, but Bryan certainly did mulligan to five cards on the play in games one and two and lost both of them.

In round five I meet Brandon from Denver, he tells me that he is familiar with Bryan Spellman’s excellent judge work there, as well as Scott Marshall, one of my great judge heroes. Brandon’s deck is black and green like mine and we play three very long games in which we each use almost every card in our decks. Each of us is choosing to draw when possible. He wins game two and I choose to have him play first in game three. He mulligans and goes on to lose just barely. I play a gentleman from Japan in round six, he is also 4-1. He’s a good player but we have a little trouble understanding each other and it makes our games move a little slowly. I manage to defeat his black/white deck in two games.

It’s so unlikely that I could get into the top eight at 5-1 that my sixth round opponent and I go ahead and cross the gigantic tournament floor to pick up our prize tickets without much regard for the Swiss results of the tournament to be posted soon. I run into Maitland at the prize wall and he convinces me to at least go back to the tournament area and check on those standings. You have to understand the scale of these Las Vegas Grand Prix events. The area where the PTQ is being held and the booth where you pick up prize tickets and the prize wall are all in the same room, but it’s a room big enough to park a pair of Boeing 747s in. Possibly three jumbo jets would fit in here. It’s been a long weekend and I’m limping a little as I head back to the PTQ stage just as Swiss results are being posted. I finish in fifteenth place with fifteen points. The top eight included three 6-0s and five 5-0-1s. It’s possible one of those draws was not intentional. It’s not a top eight, and it’s not a tournament win, but it’s a decent way to finish four days of competition.

Joe Klopchic and I spend the evening checking out an excellent Asian-fusion restaurant that happens to be hiding out in a terrible tiny casino far off the strip. The restaurant is called Fat Choy and it came highly recommended by David Williams, who definitely knows where all the good food is in Vegas. Joe and I each had two pork belly bao (pictured) and then he had a noodle dish and I had a rice bowl. The place has a very simple menu that includes what I’m told are some very decent hamburgers and sandwiches as well as modern Asian dishes. It was wonderful and strangely cheap. It’s located in the Eureka Casino on East Sahara Avenue a mile or so east of the strip. I’ll definitely eat at this place again the next time I’m in town.

Joe Klopchic at Fat Choy

The rest of the evening is spent doing low-impact gambling back at the Westgate where Maitland and I stayed both this year and last. Maitland and the missus went to a different Asian restaurant from the list Dave gave us and they had a fabulous meal as well. At some point, the long weekend catches up to you. My plane doesn’t leave until the early afternoon, I don’t need to turn in early, but I’m just plain tired.

On Monday morning, I make the most of my last day in Vegas. I get one more swim in at the Westgate, then I pack up my stuff. That’s no easy task. The idea is to underpack for the Grand Prix so that you have room in your bags to take stuff home with you. I have swag from the Grand Prix, swag from the World Series of Poker and lots and lots of cards and card boxes. My suitcase is so full it’s about to explode and I’m worried I’ll be forced to check it when they see it at the gate.

Jeff Zandi in 2018 HBMO shirt

I think about my friend Hunter as I take my last cab ride of the trip from the Westgate to the airport around lunch time. Hunter and I never did Vegas together, but I know he would have enjoyed this trip. It’s strange the way that some people’s memory just stays with you, sticks to you, in a way that others just don’t. They say that you never make friends when you’re an adult the way you did when you were a kid in school. That’s been pretty true for me. Of course I’ve made lots and lots of friends through Magic, all of which I met after my thirtieth birthday, but really close relationships have been few and far between. I think about Hunter all the time, partially because of my involvement with the annual charity event, obviously. I think about Hunter all the time, but I really don’t think about the way that we lost him, which, of course, was suicide. It’s my friend and the way that he lived that’s important to me, not the way that he died.

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
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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:

VOLUNTEERS / JUDGES / EVENT TEAM
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

SPONSORS / DONATIONS
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 Games.com
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.

BONUS COVERAGE
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

A RECAP: THE SECOND EVER HUNTER BURTON MEMORIAL MAGIC OPEN 2015

Hunter Burton Memorial Open II – March 28, 2015

The second Hunter Burton Memorial Open took place on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Like the first event, this one was also held at the Fort Worth Convention Center. It took place in the curved rooms next to the arena in the old section of the convention center as opposed to the newer room used in 2014. There were 157 players for the second annual event. Once again, the Swiss format was Standard followed by a top eight draft using original Modern Masters boosters.

Hunter Burton’s parents raised the cash purse from $5000 to $7500 for the 2015 event. The winner went home with $1000 and a watch worth another $1000, second place took home $800, third and fourth each received $700. Fifth through eighth each received $600. Nothing feels worse than finishing ninth in a big tournament. To take away a little bit of the sting of defeat, the Burtons paid $400 to ninth place. Then $100 each to tenth through sixteenth place and $50 to seventeenth through thirty-second place. While the Burtons like the way their tournament pays big prizes to the top eight, just the way their son Hunter would have liked, they also like seeing prizes go deeper to a larger number of players finishing outside the top eight.

While the Hunter Burton Memorial Open prides itself on being a highly competitive Magic tournament, the event also puts a premium on fun with its selection of promotional materials as well as side events. Along with the special top eight dice and poker chips that we saw in the first edition of the Hunter Burton Memorial Open, the second year’s offerings included a blue barreled pen and a commemorative pocket knife. Along with the serious competition of the main event, there was also the whimsy of the Fancy Hat DC-10 Tournament. In this fast-paced event, players competed in single elimination rounds using a brand new booster pack each round in a format that doesn’t use basic lands. It’s a pure-fun format that’s almost certainly never been played in a tournament environment. Collin Rountree was the winner, taking home $100 and a fancy top hat along with the highly-sought-after limited edition six-sided Hunter Burton die.

Collin Rountree holding trophy wearing hat showing cash

In the top eight Modern Masters draft, Jasonn Tate took a first pick Tarmogoyf that didn’t end up making it into his red/blue draft deck. Some attributed his perfectly rational decision to draft the one-hundred-dollar-bill as the reason his draft didn’t result in a winning deck. It’s more likely that he was simply outmatched in his quarterfinals match against eventual champion Haibing Hu. Haibing Hu has been one of the state’s great booster draft players for many years. For Haibing, from Houston, the greatest challenge of the day was reaching the top eight playing Standard, a format he hardly ever plays.

It is important to point out the amazing amount of talent there was in this top eight, particularly in the realm of limited play. While Jasonn Tate, Michael Ramos, Shawn Hughes and Henry Vi are all good Magic players, Haibing Hu, Aaron Tobey, Scot Martin and Michael Ferri excel at booster draft. It’s notable that all four of these great limited players all reached the top eight of a challenging constructed tournament. It’s amazing that these four drafters faced each other in the semifinals of this top eight draft.

In honor of Haibing Hu’s brilliance in limited formats, I want to list the top eight Modern Masters booster drafts first. You can find the top eight competitors’ Standard deck lists a little further down.

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

1st place – Haibing Hu – Blue/White Affinity
2-1 vs Jasonn Tate
2-0 vs Aaron Tobey
2-1 vs Scot Martin

10 Island
7 Plains
2 Arcbound Worker
2 Frogmite
2 Myr Enforcer
2 Runed Stalactite
2 Blinding Beam
1 Court Homunculus
1 Meadowboon
1 Sanctum Gargoyle
1 Esperanza
1 Etherium Sculptor
4 Faerie Mechanist
1 Meloku the Clouded Mirror
1 Mulldrifter
1 Pestermite
1 Traumatic Visions

SIDEBOARD:
1 Paradise Mantle
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Plumeveil
1 Amrou Scout
1 Gleam of Resistance
1 Terashi’s Grasp
1 Test of Faith
1 Dampen Thoughts
1 Erratic Mutation
1 Spell Snare
1 Traumatic Visions
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Mad Auntie
1 Raven’s Crime
1 Warren Weirding
1 Desperate Ritual
1 Fury Charm
1 Grinning Ignus
1 Pyromancer’s Swath
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Incremental Growth
1 Krosan Grip

2nd place – Scot Martin – Five Color Green
2-0 vs Shawn Hughes
2-1 vs Michael Ferri
1-2 vs Haibing Hu

9 Forest
3 Plains
3 Swamp
1 Island
1 Mountain
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Skyreach Manta
1 Bound in Silence
2 Pallid Mycoderm
2 Saltfield Recluse
1 Drag Down
1 Horobi’s Whisper
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Eternal Witness
2 Giant Dustwasp
1 Imperiosaur
3 Kodama’s Reach
2 Penumbra Spider
1 Search for Tomorrow
1 Sporesower Thallid
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Woodfall Primus

SIDEBOARD:
1 Dakmor Salvage
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Arcbound Wanderer
1 Bonesplitter
1 Etched Oracle
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Dispeller’s Capsule
1 Flickerwisp
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Saltfield Recluse
1 Sanctum Gargoyle
1 Aethersnipe
2 Deepcavern Imp
1 Facevaulter
1 Thieving Sprite
1 Tar Pitcher
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Moldervine Cloak
1 Riftsweeper
1 Sylvan Bounty
1 Thallid

3rd place – Michael Ferri – White/Red Giants
2-1 vs Henri Vi
1-2 vs Scot Martin

8 Plains
7 Mountain
1 Vivid Crag
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Avian Changeling
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Feudkiller’s Verdict
1 Gleam of Resistance
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Kithkin Greatheart
1 Otherworldly Journey
2 Veteran Armorer
1 Figure of Destiny
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Blind-Spot Giant
1 Crush Underfoot
3 Glacial Ray
1 Hammerheim Deadeye
1 Rift Bolt
1 Stingscourger
1 Thundercloud Shaman
1 Thundering Giant

SIDEBOARD:
1 Arcbound Stinger
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Saltfield Recluse
2 Test of Faith
1 Jhoira of the Ghitu
1 Manamorphose
1 Plumeveil
1 Absorb Vis
1 Facevaulter
1 Mad Auntie
1 Stinkweed Imp
1 Syphon Life
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Fury Charm
1 Lava Spike
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Tar Pitcher
1 Hana Kami
1 Life from the Loam

4th place – Aaron Tobey – Black/Blue Control
2-0 vs Michael Ramos
0-2 vs Haibing Hu

10 Swamp
7 Island
1 Bonesplitter
2 Careful Consideration
1 Echoing Truth
1 Errant Ephemeron
1 Glen Elendra Archmage
1 Take Possession
1 Blightspeaker
1 Death Cloud
1 Death Rattle
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Horobi’s Whisper
1 Marsh Flitter
3 Rathi Trapper
2 Thieving Sprite
2 Warren Pilferers
1 Murderous Redcap

SIDEBOARD:
1 Aether Spellbomb
1 Lotus Bloom
1 Bound in Silence
1 Erratic Mutation
1 Logic Knot
1 Perilous Research
2 Spellstutter Sprite
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Absorb Vis
1 Drag Down
1 Faerie Macabre
3 Peppersmoke
1 Raven’s Crime
1 Street Wraith
1 Thieving Sprite
1 Warren Weirding
1 Doubling Season
1 Echoing Courage
1 Hana Kami

5th place – Henry Vi – White/Red Rebel Giants

1-2 vs Michael Ferri

10 Plains
7 Mountain
1 Terramorphic Expanse
2 Amrou Scout
2 Amrou Seekers
1 Avian Changeling
1 Cenn’s Enlistment
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Hillcomber Giant
2 Ivory Giant
2 Kithkin Greatheart
1 Otherworldly Journey
1 Blind-Spot Giant
1 Brute Force
1 Crush Underfoot
1 Pardic Dragon
1 Stingscourger
1 Sudden Shock
1 Thundering Giant
2 War-Spike Changeling

SIDEBOARD:
1 Arcbound Wanderer
1 Angel’s Grace
1 Dispeller’s Capsule
1 Gleam of Resistance
1 Sandsower
1 Terashi’s Grasp
1 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Tidehollow Sculler
1 Dampen Thought
1 Reach Through Mists
2 Blightspeaker
2 Death Denied
1 Drag Down
1 Festering Goblin
1 Fiery Fall
1 Hammerheim Deadeye
2 Lava Spike
1 Tribal Flames
1 Echoing Courage

6th place – Jasonn Tate – Red/Blue

1-2 vs Haibing Hu

7 Mountain (originally recorded as Forests)
7 Island
2 Plains
1 Vivid Crag
1 Aether Spellbomb
1 Bound in Silence
1 Electrolyze
1 Lightning Helix
1 Aethersnipe
1 Errant Ephemeron
2 Latchkey Faerie
1 Logic Knot
1 Mulldrifter
1 Pestermite
1 Brute Force
2 Empty the Warrens
1 Fiery Fall
2 Grapeshot
1 Mogg War Marshal
1 Molten Disaster
2 Rift Bolt
1 Stingscourger
1 War-Spike Changeling

SIDEBOARD:
1 Dakmor Salvage
1 Arcbound Wanderer
1 Feudkiller’s Verdict
1 Veteran Armorer
1 Mothdust Changeling
1 Narcomoeba
1 Peer Through Depths
1 Death Rattle
1 Festering Goblin
2 Stinkweed Imps
1 Warren Weirding
1 Brute Force
1 Crush Underfoot
1 Lava Spike
1 Rift Elemental
1 Squee, Goblin Nabob
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Echoing Courage
1 Nantuko Shaman
1 Tarmogoyf

7th place – Shawn Hughes – Five Color Green

0-2 vs Scot Martin

9 Forest
2 Island
2 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Swamp
2 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Sarkhan Vol
1 Perilous Research
1 Petals of Thought
1 Riftwing Cloudskate
1 Fiery Fall
1 Duskwood Baloth
1 Echoing Courage
1 Kodama’s Reach
1 Masked Admirers
1 Moldervine Cloak
2 Nantuko Shaman
1 Penumbra Spider
1 Sporesower Thallid
2 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Thallid
1 Thallid Germinator
2 Thallid Shell-Dweller
2 Tromp the Domains
1 Verdeloth the Ancient
SIDEBOARD:
2 Arcbound Stinger
1 Bonesplitter
1 Otherworldly Journey
1 Mind Funeral
1 Latchkeye Faerie
1 Peer Through Depths
1 Reach Through Mists
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Festering Goblin
1 Pththisis
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Hammerheim Deadeye
1 Rift Elemental
1 Torrent of Stone
1 Duskwood Baloth
1 Greater Mossdog
1 Moldervine Cloak
1 Sylvan Bounty
1 Walker of the Grove

8th place – Michael Ramos – White/Green Affinity

0-2 vs Aaron Tobey

5 Plains
5 Forest
1 Island
1 Academy Ruins
1 City of Brass
1 Glimmervoid
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Vivid Creek
1 Vivid Grove
1 Arcbound Stinger
1 Arcbound Worker
1 Etched Oracle
1 Frogmite
1 Myr Enforcer
1 Myr Retriever
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Court Homunculus
1 Dispeller’s Capsule
1 Path to Exile
1 Sanctum Gargoyle
1 Test of Faith
1 Yosei, the Morning Star
1 Erratic Mutation
2 Etherium Sculptor
1 Petals of Insight
1 Divinity of Pride
1 Shrapnel Blast
1 Reach of Branches
1 Rude Awakening
1 Search for Tomorrow

SIDEBOARD:
1 Pallid Mycoderm
1 Echoing Truth
1 Mothdust Changeling
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Death Denied
1 Festering Goblin
2 Street Wraith
1 Syphon Life
1 Trygon Predator
1 Blood Moon
1 Desperate Ritual
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Durkwood Baloth
1 Greater Mossdog
1 Riftsweeper

Of course, before these guys had the opportunity to draft Modern Masters and win a bunch of money and a thousand-dollar watch, they had to earn their spot in the top eight by playing eight rounds of Standard. Here are the top eight decklists in order of Swiss finish.

Top Eight Draft

1st place after Swiss – Henry Vi – Goon Squad Aggro (Mono Red)

0-2 vs Skylar Aschenback with GW Devotion
2-1 vs James Miller with Jeskai Control
2-1 vs Brian Heine with Mono Red
2-0 vs James Black with Sultai Control
2-0 vs Justin Hassan with Jeskai
2-0 vs Aaron Neuding with Jeskai Combo
2-1 vs Michael Ramos with GW Devotion
2-0 vs Bassel Said with RG Flyers

4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Firedrinker Satyr
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
3 Zurgo Bellstriker
1 Mardu Scout
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Hordeling Outburst
4 Wild Slash
4 Lightning Strike
4 Stoke the Flame
20 Mountain

SIDEBOARD:
3 Roast
2 Arc Lightning
1 Magmatic Chasm
2 Outpost Siege
2 Scouring Sands
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
1 Peak Eruption

2nd place after Swiss – Michael Ferri – Mono Red

2-0 vs Michael Wingard with Jund Devotion
1-2 vs Timothy Thomason with GR Devotion
2-0 vs Anthony Lopez with UW Dragon Control
2-0 vs Matthew Vaughters with Jeskai Tokens
2-1 vs David Pierce with Mono Black Aggro
2-1 vs Matthew Oakley with Mono Red Devotion
2-1 vs Justin Maguire with Temur Control
2-0 vs Drew Iafrate with RG Dragons

20 Mountain
4 Firedrinker Satyr
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Monastery Swiftspear
3 Zurgo Bellstriker
1 Mardu Scout
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
4 Wild Slash
4 Lightning Strike
4 Searing Blood
4 Hordeling Outburst
4 Stoke the Flames

SIDEBOARD:
2 Arc Lightning
2 Scouring Sands
2 Goblin Heelcutter
2 Peak Eruption
2 Hammer of Purphoros
2 Lightning Berserker
1 Harness by Force
1 Roast
1 Hall of Triumph

3rd place after Swiss – Scot Martin – All-In Abzan

2-1 vs Matt Feudot with GR Devotion
2-1 vs Andrew Tibbett with Jeskai Tokens
2-1 vs Josh Crowe with Mono Red
2-1 vs Shawn Hughes with GW Devotion
2-1 vs Mike Schmoyer with GR Devotion
2-0 vs Ivan Contreras with Abzan Midrange
003 vs Jasonn Tate with Abzan Aggro
003 vs Aaron Tobey with Abzan Aggro

3 Anafenza, the Foremost
4 Siege Rhino
4 Fleecemane Lion
3 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
4 Rakshasa Deathdealer
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
3 Hero’s Downfall
4 Dromoka’s Command
3 Abzan Charm
3 Bile Blight
3 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
3 Temple of Malady
4 Windswept Heath
1 Temple of Silence
4 Mana Confluence
2 Caves of Koilos
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Temple of Plenty
1 Llanowar Wastes
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
2 Plains
1 Forest

SIDEBOARD:
2 Glare of Heresy
3 Drown in Sorrow
2 Virulent Plague
1 Back to Nature
1 Hero’s Downfall
2 End Hostilities
1 Anafenza, the Foremost
3 Duress

4th place after Swiss – Jasonn Tate – Abzan Aggro

2-1 vs James Miller with Jeskai Control
2-1 vs Kevin Cox with Abzan Midrange
2-0 vs Tuan Doan with Abzan Midrange
2-0 vs Jamie Smith with Naya
2-0 vs Steve Lawton with Abzan
2-1 vs James Sung with Abzan Aggro
003 vs Scot Martin with Abzan Aggro
003 vs Haibing Hu with GR Devotion

4 Warden of the First Tree
4 Rakshasa Deathdealer
4 Fleecemane Lion
3 Bile Blight
3 Dromoka’s Command
3 Hero’s Downfall
2 Abzan Charm
3 Anafenza, the Foremost
2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
2 Boon Satyr
4 Siege Rhino
1 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
1 Murderous Cut
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
4 Windswept Heath
2 Temple of Silence
2 Temple of Malady
2 Llanowar Wastes
2 Cave of Koilos
2 Mana Confluence
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Plains
2 Forest

SIDEBOARD:
4 Thoughtseize
2 Glare of Heresy
2 Valorous Stance
1 Hero’s Downfall
3 Drown in Sorrow
1 Archfiend of Depravity
2 Whisperwood Elemental

5th place after Swiss – Shawn Hughes – GW Devotion

2-0 vs Alex Androup with GW Devotion
2-1 vs Haibing Hu with GR Devotion
2-1 vs Andrew Sullano with GW Devotion
1-2 vs Scot Martin with Abzan Aggro
001 vs Paul Boggess with GB Devotion
2-1 vs Mickey Humphries with Mono Red
2-1 vs Blake Freeman with Abzan Control
2-1 vs Justin West with Temur

4 Elvish Mystic
4 Voyaging Satyr
4 Sylvan Caryatid
2 Den Protector
4 Deathmist Raptor
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Polukranos, World Eater
4 Whisperwood Elemental
2 Genesis Hydra
4 Mastery of the Unseen
4 Windswept Heath
4 Temple of Plenty
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1 Blossoming Sands
2 Plains
9 Forest

SIDEBOARD:
3 Fleecemane Lion
4 Valorous Stance
2 Hornet Nest
2 Ainok Survivalist
2 Setessan Tactics
1 Plummet
1 Den Protector

6th place after Swiss – Aaron Tobey – Abzan Aggro

2-1 vs Jean-Claude Cornu with Mono Black
2-1 vs Bassel Said with RG
2-0 vs San Juan Ramirez with Mono Red
2-1 vs Matthew Oakley with Mono Red Devotion
1-2 vs James Sung with Abzan Aggro
2-1 vs Brock Mosley with Jeskai
2-1 vs Justin West with Temur
003 vs Scot Martin with Abzan Aggro

2 Forest
1 Plains
4 Windswept Heath
3 Caves of Koilos
3 Llanowar Wastes
3 Temple of Malady
4 Temple of Silence
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Herald of Torment
3 Wingmate Roc
4 Rakshasa Deathdealer
4 Siege Rhino
4 Fleecemane Lion
3 Anafenza, the Foremost
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
3 Bile Blight
3 Hero’s Downfall
3 Abzan Charm
2 Thoughtseize

SIDEBOARD:
4 Drown in Sorrow
1 Thoughtseize
1 Boon Satyr
1 Murderous Cut
2 Ultimate Price
1 Glare of Heresy
2 Herald of Torment
2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Bile Blight

7th place after Swiss – Haibing Hu – GR Devotion

2-0 vs Brian Heine
1-2 vs Shawn Hughes
2-1 vs John Pierfelice
2-1 vs Linh Nguyen
2-1 vs Eric Maier
2-1 vs Mike Schmoyer
2-1 vs James Sung
003 vs Jasonn Tate

4 Elvish Mystic
4 Voyaging Satyr
4 Sylvan Caryatid
4 Courser of Kruphix
1 Boon Satyr
4 Eidolon of Blossoms
4 Polukranos, World Eater
4 Whisperwood Elemental
2 Genesis Hydra
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
4 Crater’s Claws
4 Temple of Abandon
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
10 Forest
1 Mountain

SIDEBOARD:
3 Nylea’s Disciple
3 Reclamation Sage
2 Nissa, Worldwaker
2 Xenagos, God of Revels
2 Genesis Hydra
2 Setessan Tactics
1 Arbor Colossus

8th place after Swiss – Michael Ramos – GW Devotion

2-0 vs Joshua Watts
2-0 vs Wesley Jackson
2-1 vs David Palmer
1-2 vs Justin West
2-1 vs Christopher Hill
2-0 vs Braeden Rogers
1-2 vs Henry Vi
2-0 vs Brock Mosley

1 Blossoming Sands
4 Windswept Heath
4 Temple of Plenty
1 Wooded Foothills
8 Forest
2 Plains
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
1 Banishing Light
4 Mastery of the Unseen
1 Soul of Theros
1 Reclamation Sage
3 Genesis Hydra
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Whisperwood Elemental
4 Polukranos, World Eater
1 Temur Sabertooth
4 Sylvan Caryatid
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Voyaging Satyr

SIDEBOARD:
2 Valorous Stance
2 Surge of Righteousness
1 Banishing Light
4 Fleecemane Lion
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Dromoka’s Command
2 Nissa, Worldwaker
1 Temur Sabertooth
1 Setessan Tactics

The Aftermath

The second annual Hunter Burton Memorial Open proved that the event could survive and flourish. We had more players and bigger prizes. Even more importantly, the event began to grow legs. More people knew about the tournament and were impressed with the event itself as well as the cause behind it.

Year 2 Watchpromotional items

Why the Watch?! – The History of the Champion’s Watch

THE HISTORY OF THE CHAMPION’S WATCH

Each year the Hunter Burton Memorial Open awards the main event winner with a luxury wrist watch valued around $1,000. In previous years this was but a footnote to the big money cash prizes also being awarded. This being our fifth anniversary and being that the watch is one of the most sentimental aspects of our event, we decided to make sure it was a highlighted point for the 2018 tournament.

“Every year I get asked why would someone give out a watch at a Magic tournament… Just give out more cash. Every year I explain that without the watch, there is no event.”
– Erin Giddings (HBMO Event Coordinator)

To understand the history of the watch would mean we have to go back to well before there was a Hunter Burton Memorial Open. In fact, we would need to go back to looking at Hunter and his sister Casey several years before Hunter’s tragic passing. There is no better way to do that then a quick video from Dona Burton (Hunter’s mother) as to where the importance of the watch started:

 

Now before we talk about the 2018 watch, let’s take a look back at the previous HBMO tournaments and the watches of the champions!

2014 – Year 1
In 2014, the Hunter Burton Memorial Open was born and with it the first luxury wrist watch to be given away to the top competitor of the day. Hand picked by Hunter’s sister Casey, the year one watch was a true swiss masterpiece. This legendary Tissot watch was valued over $2000 and embodied excellence!
Year 1 Watch

2015 – Year 2
In 2015, the Burton family out did themselves by once again choosing an elegant and stylish watch to award the champion. In this case the watch was one of Hunter’s preferred brands, Movado. This second year watch was something to treasure! While it didn’t stand out as excessive, this watch absolutely made a statement.
Year 2 Watch

2016 – Year 3 / 2017 – Year 4
In 2016, the trend continued with a Movado, offering a sleek black Movado Bold series watch to that year’s champion. In fact, the Bold design was so popular that it would be the watch of choice for two years straight. Our 2017 event bolstered a Black Movado Bold series with blue accents.
2016: Year 3 Watch
2017: Year 4 Watch

 

2018 – Year 5
The 2018 watch is a truly special watch. This year’s watch was chosen by the Burton family and members of the HBMO staff to celebrate the event’s fifth anniversary. Sticking with one of Hunter’s favorite brands, the 2018 watch is one of Movado’s finest. It has a unique elegant design that differs from your typical luxury wrist watch. In addition, the 2018 fifth anniversary watch is valued at nearly $2,500! This is a watch the winner can be proud to flaunt!

 

drumroll please…………………….

The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open 1st Place Champion’s Watch:
Year 5 watch

(Movado Red Label, Alligator Leather w/ Black Dial)

“We are so excited about the fifth anniversary event and this watch embodies the style of luxury we try to bring forward at the Hunter Burton Memorial Open. This would have been a watch Hunter was proud to wear!” – Dona Burton (Hunter’s mother)

Join us on February 25th, 2018 at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas for our fifth anniversary Hunter Burton Memorial Open! Check out the ‘Event Details’ page for more information or you an pre-register by clicking the link below.

PRE-REGISTER HERE

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.”