Alexander Hayne Wins "MagicFest Montreal" GP – "Magic: The Gathering"

With the release of Throne of Eldraine out of the way, it is time once more for Magic: The Gathering's competitive events to commence! Last week saw a slight lull in this field of coverage because of the prerelease, but this past weekend things heated back up at MagicFest Montreal with Throne of Eldraine limited!

Throne of Eldraine art
Source: Wizards of the Coast

On Saturday, Montreal local Alexander Hayne became the champion of the Grand Prix at MagicFest Montreal, part of Magic: The Gathering's competitive tabletop circuit. Hayne drafted a very powerful Food-based deck with Feasting Troll King and Gilded Goose and defeated his childhood friend Rob Anderson, who was playing a mono-black Knights build.

Alexander Hayne Wins "MagicFest Montreal" GP - "Magic: The Gathering"
Rob Anderson's decklist worth a Top 8 spot at GP Montreal. Source: ChannelFireball

Soon thereafter Hayne bested Jacques-Olivier Sauve, a player also from Montreal who was running a red and blue deck with a small subtheme of "second-draw" effects. This sort of build runs cards like Improbable Alliance and Merchant of the Vale to set up a filter and value engine. Sauve's deck did not have a large host of cards within the archetype, so it seems to be understandable why his deck may have lost to a deck with far more synergies to it.

Alexander Hayne Wins "MagicFest Montreal" GP - "Magic: The Gathering"
Jacques-Olivier Sauve's decklist, worth a Top 4 spot at GP Montreal. Source: ChannelFireball

In the finals, Hayne squared off against Michael Bergerac, a New York City native and Hayne's first non-Canadian opponent within the Top Eight bracket. Bergerac had been running a mostly-green deck splashing black for Garruk, Cursed Huntsman at the very top of his curve. The deck ran three Gingerbrutes to provide early-game heat as well as two copies of Tall as a Beanstalk to support his creature base. In the end, however, Hayne vanquished his American foe and took the title of Champion of Grand Prix Montreal!

Alexander Hayne Wins "MagicFest Montreal" GP - "Magic: The Gathering"
Michael Bergerac's finalist decklist for GP Montreal. Source: ChannelFireball

After this info had been posted onto Twitter, the fact that so many locals were among the Top Eight players certainly raised at least a few eyebrows. Twitter user James Arquette (@Arquettemtg) tweeted the following concerned post in reply to ChannelFireball's coverage of MagicFest Montreal's Grand Prix:

Do you agree with James Arquette's tweet? Do Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix events need to be more impactful? How would Wizards of the Coast do that if so? Congratulations once more to Alexander Hayne for his Grand Prix win!

Alexander Hayne Wins "MagicFest Montreal" GP - "Magic: The Gathering"
Hayne, triumphant. Source: ChannelFireball
Alexander Hayne Wins "MagicFest Montreal" GP - "Magic: The Gathering"
Alexander Hayne's winning decklist for GP Montreal. Source: ChannelFireball

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.

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