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FNM Changes Oct 2016

TJ Collectibles is now hosting Draft FNMs in place of our Standard FNMs!

The drafts will start at 7:30 and will cost $12. They are going to be 3 rounds of Swiss.

Prizes are by pod:
1st – 5 packs
2nd – 3 packs
3rd/4th – 2 packs

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TJ Collectibles will not be at PAX East

For the first time since PAX East came to Boston, TJ Collectibles is not running the events there. We put in a proposal to PAX to run the events this year. Our proposal included space for 300 players, a prize wall, a registration area and our retail booth. This would allow us to support the players at the events with a wide selection of Magic related merchandise. Today my friend Tim Shields contacted me to discuss his being selected to run this year’s Magic events. We are still friends and it is disappointing that PAX did not contact us to discuss our proposal before there official selection was made. We hope everyone will be satisfied with his or her PAX Magic experience.

If you are not going to PAX East, please join us at TJ Collectibles as we will be hosting a Magic event Saturday and Sunday that hasn’t been announced yet so we can’t disclose what it is. The format Saturday is Standard, the main format Sunday will be modern.
Sincerely

Tom Shea
TJ Collectibles

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Magic loses iconic artists Christopher Rush and Wayne England

This past week Magic lost two iconic artists as Christopher Rush and Wayne England passed on. Christopher Rush had agreed to appear this upcoming year at all 3 of TJ Collectibles upcoming Grand Prix. We were in discussions concerning Wayne England. Both will be missed.

Chris is best known for creating Black Lotus, Lightning Bolt, Mana Leak and many others. Chris was a truly nice person who enjoyed the company of his fans. We are going to miss him terribly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Rush

Wayne England is best known as the artist of Cryptic Command. He too was in the process of making the Grand Prix rounds. Those that knew Wayne spoke highly of him. He worked on Dungeon and Dragons as well.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_England

Memorial funds are in place to assist their families.
Wayne England:
https://www.gofundme.com/enrmjca4

Christopher Rush:
https://www.gofundme.com/3fcekht8

Chris Rush created our Dragon play mat series used in our side events. This upcoming year TJ Collectibles will be donating the profits of the sale of those play mats to his memorial fund. After each grand prix we will send a check to his family.

Please take a moment to remember this giants who helped make our favorite game so special.

Tom

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2016 Spring Regionals Top 8 Decklists

Kei Rong
1st place

4 Serum Visions
3 Spell Snare
3 Mana Leak
3 Remand
3 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Blood Moon
3 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Vedalken Shackles
1 Batterskull
1 Roast
1 Burst Lightning
2 Cryptic Command
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Flooded Strand
1 Polluted Delta
2 Steam Vents
2 Sulfur Falls
7 Island
2 Mountain

Sideboard:
2 Negate
1 Dispel
3 Spreading Seas
1 Spellskite
1 Batterskull
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Vandalblast
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Keranos, God of Storms

Ryan Shumacher
2nd Place

3. Ryan Shumacher affinity
4 Mox Opal
4 Ornithopter
1 Welding Jar
2 Memnite
4 Signal Pest
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Vault Skirge
4 Cranial Plating
4 Arcbound Ravager
1 Spellskite
4 Steel Overseer
3 Master of Etherium
1 Etched Champion
2 Galvanic Blast
1 Thoughtcast
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Glimmervoid
1 Island

Sideboard:
2 Ghirapur AEther Grid
2 Thoughtseize
2 Stubborn Denial
1 Spellskite
3 Ancient Grudge
1 Whipflare
2 Etched Champion
2 Relic of Progenitus

Nick Hughes
3rd Place

4 Fatestitcher
4 Jeskai Ascendency
4 Serum Visions
2 Gitaxian Probe
1 Faithless Looting
4 Thought Scour
4 Remand
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Izzet Charm
2 Thirst for Knowledge
2 Path to Exile
2 Visions from Beyond
1 Think Twice
2 Spell Snare
4 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
2 Arid Mesa
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Steam Vents
2 Faerie Conclave
1 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sulfur Vents
1 Glacial Fortress

Sideboard:
2 Wear/Tear
1 Vandalblast
2 Dispel
2 Stony Silence
1 Crumble to Dust
3 Timely Reinforcements
3 Young Pyromancer
1 Ratchet Bomb

Ben Feingersh
4th Place

4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Thought Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
4 Simian Spirit Guide
2 Spellskite
4 Chalice of the Void
3 Spatial Contortion
3 Dismember
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
3 Mutavault
3 Ghost Quarter
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Eye of Ugin
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Wastes

Sideboard:
4 Relic of Progenitus
2 Gut Shot
2 Warping Wail
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Pithing Needle
3 Sun Droplet

Jared Weed
5th Place

4 Seachrome Coast
4 Razorverge Thicket
3 Darkslick Shores
4 Gity of Brass
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Plains
1 Island
4 Serum Visions
2 Sleight of Hand
4 Glittering Wish
4 Pentad Prism
4 Lotus Bloom
3 Phyrexian Unlife
4 Angel’s Grace
3 Pact of Negation
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Ad Nauseam
1 Laboratory Maniac
1 Lightning Storm

Sideboard:
4 Leyline of Sanctity
3 Ethereal Haze
1 Pact of Negation
1 Wear/Tear
1 Slaughter Games
1 Firespout
1 Bring to Light
1 Fracturing Gust
1 Dragonlord Dromoka
1 Wargate

Michael Shea
6th Place

4 Lightning Bolt
4 Boros Charm
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt
4 Skullcrack
2 Shard Volley
2 Searing Blaze
3 Lightning Helix
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
2 Grim Lavamancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Goblin Guide
3 Bloodstained Mire
3 Arid Mesa
2 Wooded Foothills
2 Scalding Tarn
5 Mountain
1 Stomping Ground
3 Sacred Foundry

Sideboard:
2 Searing Blaze
1 Dragon’s Claw
3 Kor Firewalker
1 Molten Rain
2 Pyrite Spellbomb
4 Destructive Revelry
2 Deflecting Palm

Eddie Samuels
7th Place

4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Monastery Mentor
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Gurmag Angler
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Serum Visions
4 Thought Scour
4 Lingering Souls
4 Path to Exile
2 Murderous Cut
1 Dismember
1 Disfigure
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
2 Marsh Flats
2 Darkslick Shores
2 Watery Grave
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Godless Shrine
1 Creeping Tar Pit
3 Island
1 Plains
1 Swamp

Sideboard:
2 Timely Reinforcements
2 Dispel
2 Painful Truths
2 Thoughtseize
1 Celestial Purge
1 Darkblast
1 Countersquall
1 Zealous Persecution
2 Stony Silence
1 Go for the Throat

Richard Lam
8th Place

4 Arcbound Ravager
3 Master of Etherium
3 Memnite
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
3 Steel Overseer
4 Vault Skirge
4 Cranial Plating
3 Springleaf Drum
3 Galvanic Blast
4 Mox Opal
4 Thoughtcast
4 Darksteel Citadel
1 Island
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Glimmervoid
4 Inkmoth Nexus

Sideboard:
2 Ancient Grudge
3 Etched Champion
2 Spellskite
2 Ghirapur AEther Grid
2 Spell Pierce
1 Whipflare
2 Thoughtseize
1 Grafdigger’s Cage

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Keith Rong emerges victorious from a field of over 600 players to win New England SCG Regionals

The Modern Regional Championship at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence drew over 600 players who battled through ten rounds of swiss for prizes, pride, and qualification to the SCG Invitational. The nation’s largest Regionals turnout showcased the popularity of Modern as Magic’s most popular format. The scene was full of energy; as extra registrants were seated for the tournament, vendors attempted to keep pace with the price spikes preceding the top 8 of the Pro Tour, and many extra judges heeded the bat signal to help such a large event run smoothly.

The banning of Splinter Twin and Summer Bloom left many players searching for what would dominate the Modern landscape leading into Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch. Many former Splinter Twin pilots expressed disillusionment of the banning, describing Splinter Twin as the Force of Will of Modern. Patrick Holland, whose preferred deck was affected by the bannings, prophetically stated that the banning of Twin could lead to either design space opening up for other blue decks or an unforeseen oppressively powerful deck that could have been kept in check by Twin. Bera Dunau, a local reporter, said he was there because a friend told him Burn was good; his friend was far from wrong as Naya Burn was heavily represented in the field, and took a spot in the top 8 of the tournament.

While the Pro Tour results were anything but diverse, this tournament featured 15 different archetypes out of the 16 undefeated decks heading into round 6. The only duplicate deck was long thought dead after the banning of Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time. Jeskai Ascendency returned to the spotlight in a mirror match divided between the Token/Fatestitcher build and the four color mana creature version. The group of other favorites leading into top 8 included Modern mainstays Affinity, Infect, Azban Company, Big Zoo, Bogles, Uw Fish, Goryo’s Vengence, Grixis Control, Jeskai Control, and Elves. Other uncommon decks that ran through the first half of the tournament undefeated included Grixis Delver, a sweet Esper Mentor list that broke through into the top 8, and Angel’s Grace Ad Nauseam. In stark contrast to the Pro Tour, only one copy of the Pantheon Colorless Eldrazi list was represented in the undefeated decks during the first half of the tournament.

As the tournament winded down to round nine of ten, the undefeated decks fell one by one; Jared Weed was the last player left standing without a loss. His Angel’s Grace Ad Nauseam deck that featured Glittering Wish had just defeated Ben Feingersh’s Eldrazi deck at table one. Phyrexian Unlife gave Jared the extra time he needed to assemble his combo of drawing his deck, exiling Simian Spirit Guides, and casting Lightning Storm with plenty of lands in hand.

In the last round, the top four players were able to draw into the top 8. Jared Weed drew with Nick Hughes while Richard Lam playing Affinity drew with Ben Feingersh. Of the remaining four matches with top 8 implications I witnessed the eventual champion Keith Rong playing Blue Moon at table three dismantle Grixis Delver, incrementally gaining an advantage using threats difficult to answer one for one. Pia and Kiran Nalaar was the standout card of the matchup for Keith, putting on more than enough pressure on his opponent from unanswered Thopter tokens.

Top 8 was called and featured the matchups of number one seed Jared Weed’s Ad Nauseam in a rematch at table one with Ben Feingersh’s Eldrazi. Number two seed Keith Rong with Blue Moon paired against Richard Lam’s Affinity. Three seed Michael Shea conceding to Nick Hughes after a long day, and four seed Eddie Samuels battling five seed Michael Schumacher’s Affinity deck.

Keith Rong and his Blue Moon deck took down Richard Lam in three games. Pia and Kiran Nalaar combined with multiple Lightning Bolts and Electrolyzes prompted Richard to ask Keith “How many kill spells do you have?” Looking at Keith’s hand after the game after concession, the answer was… more, and Snapcaster Mage. Game two was dominated by a quick start from the Affinity deck. Vault Skirge plus Ornithopter led into Steel Overseer and then a huge Master of Etherium. A second Steel Overseer drew a Spell Snare from Keith, and then a Spell Pierce from Richard made the game too far out of reach for Blue Moon to recover. Game three was anticlimatic due to a lack of colored mana for Richard. Removal and Pia and Kiran Nalaar into Vandalblast let Keith play Batterskull into Richard’s tapped out board to secure the quarterfinals victory.

In the semifinal, TJ Collectibles restructured the prizes after consulting with the players, and the battle began for the 1st place trophy; Keith earned the concession into the finals from Nick Hughes while Ryan Schumacher met Ben Feingersh. Ryan and Ben were driving home from the event in the same car and played their match with friendly back and forth banter. Ryan jokingly asked Ben for the concession to which the very Ivan Drago-ish response was “You can’t beat him, I will crush him.” Referring to the terrible Affinity vs Blue Moon matchup Ryan would have to overcome.

Ben began with a mulligan to five while onlookers laughed at how ridiculous Ryan’s opener was. An onlooker stated Ryan should just play with his hand face up, and Ryan quipped “it will all be on the table soon enough.” He was right as he led with Darksteel Citadel, Signal Pest, Mox Opal, and a second Signal Pest. Ben played a land and passed. Ryan’s second turn started with an Inkmoth Nexus, Cranial Plating, equip, and swing which was met with a scoop.

Ben battled back in the second game with an explosive start that included an Eye of Ugin into Eldrazi Mimic. While Ryan read Eldrazi Mimic, Ben joked it was just a Savannah Lions. That Savannah Lions turned into a Reality Smasher and soon the game was in Ben’s hands. Game three’s turning point was a Thoughtseize from Ryan taking Ben’s Reality Smasher, leaving him no action in hand. Signal Pests and Vault Skirges rumbled in from the Affinity side as Eldrazi struggled to find spells off the top. Ryan Schumacher was to face off with Keith Rong in the finals.

The Affinity vs Blue Moon matchup seems like a nightmare for the Affinity player, especially being on the draw as Ryan was. The matchup played out similarly to the quarterfinals matchup with Keith Rong winning the Modern Regional Championship and hosting the red trophy.

Congratulations to the players, judges, vendors, and TJ Collectables staff for an outstanding event! No one knows what the future of the Modern format holds. One question remains; are there tools in the Modern card pool to combat a Mishra’s Workshop type deck, or will Grand Prix Detroit welcome our new Eldrazi overlords?

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This Saturday Star City Regionals at the RI Convention Center

We want to Thank Everyone that is coming to the Star City Games New England Regionals presented by TJ Collectibles. The event is at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Ballroom B.
The player meeting will begin at 10:00 am. Please be a few minutes early. Deck lists will be collected at the player meeting. The first 259 players who pre registered will be receiving the weekend’s play mat. Those receiving the play mat were sent an email this past Monday night. Those play mats may be picked up after round 1 begins and until the end of round 8.
The Rhode Island Convention Center will have concessions open during our event. Please keep in mind that the Convention Center has a strict no outside food and beverage policy. They will stop you at the door if you are trying to bring in outside food.
We look forward to a great time. There will be 8 person on demand events. We will run any sanctionable format we have 8 players for.
see you there
Tom Shea

Adding Commander to FNMs in March

Starting in March, we’ll be running Commander for FNM!

The start time is 8 PM, with a $10 entry. Players will be placed into pods of 4 players.

If you kill a player, you get 2 packs. Once the game is over, the entire pod will vote on who they feel contributed the most to the game.

http://mtgcommander.com/rules.php