Grand Prix Kansas City 2013

Going into Grand Prix Kansas City, many players had Melira-Pod on their mind as the Modern deck that should be on everyone's radar. As the weekend and tournament has come to a close, it was Seth Manfield who reminded players about why Melira, Sylvok Outcast and her motley crew of misfits should not be taken lightly.

Manfield's Melira-Pod deck conquered one opponent after another all weekend. Its ability to assemble an unbeatable sequence of creatures, along with Birthing Pod's general utility to find the right creature for the right job, served him well time and time again. It was in the Semifinals against Robert Berni, playing Splinter Twin, that the toolbox aspect of Manfield's deck let him find the right tool for the job in Spellskite, stopping Berni's Splinter Twin combo cold and giving Manfield enough time to assemble a victory.

In the finals, Manfield kept his sights on target against Joe Hemmann's monstrously consistent Living End deck, keeping pace with all of Hemmann's Fulminator Mages, Avalanche Riders, and monsters as he slowly crept back into the first game to assemble a lethal board of Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Viscera Seer, and Murderous Redcap courtesy in part to Reveillark. Tight play, and an unexpected outcome, allowed Manfield to win his second Grand Prix title.

Modern has shaped itself up to be a diverse format where anything can happen. Cards work in many wonderful ways when allowed to run in an open-ended format such as this one. Kansas City has set the current stage for the format, and has once again cemented Birthing Pod's place as one of Modern's most defining decks.

TOP 8 BRACKET

Quaterfinals

(1) Robert Berni

(8) Greg Ogreenc

(4) Seth Manfield

(5) Brandon Nelson

(2) Scott Hoppe

(7) Casey Swanson

(3) Joe Hemmann

(6) Ari Lax

Semi-finals

Robert Berni, 2-1

Seth Manfield, 2-0

Scott Hoppe, 2-0

Joe Hemmann, 2-1

Finals

Seth Manfield, 2-0

Joe Hemmann, 2-0

Champion

Seth Manfield, 2-1

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  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Top 5 Cards
    Top 5 Cards of GP Kansas City 2013
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Finals
    Joe Hemmann (Living End) vs. Seth Manfield (Melira Pod)
  • by Nate Price
    Semifinals
    Robert Berni (UR Twin) vs. Seth Manfield (Melira Pod)
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals
    Casey Swanson (UWR Twin) vs. Scott Hoppe (Scapeshift)
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Quarterfinals
    Robert Berni (UR Twin) vs. Greg Ogreenc (Burn)
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8
    Top 8 Decklists
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8
    GP KC13 Top 8 Profiles
  • by Nate Price
    Top 16 Decklists
    Top 16 Decklists of GP Kansas City 2013
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2 Blog
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    Day 1 Blog
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    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

1. Seth Manfield $3,500
2. Joe Hemmann $2,300
3. Robert Berni $1,500
4. Scott Hoppe $1,500
5. Brandon Nelson $1,000
6. Ari Lax $1,000
7. Casey Swanson $1,000
8. Greg Ogreenc $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

15 14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

15 14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

15 14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 16 Decklists of GP Kansas City 2013

by Nate Price
 

Tyler Lytle

Jeff Hoogland

David Sharfman Scapeshift

Noah Whinston

Matthias Hunt

Derrick Steele

Ryan Hovis

Todd Anderson's Reanimator

Top 8 Profiles

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Scott Hoppe

Age: 29
Hometown: Columbus, NE
Occupation: IT Specialist
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won a PTQ for Pro Tour Dublin

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Scapeshift. It's proactive and consistent.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best – TronWorst – Jund

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make (if any)?
Zero changes.

What card do you most want to play in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Bloodbraid Elf

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
Nothing of note.

Robert Berni

Age: 27
Hometown: Austin, TX
Occupation: Operations Manager
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Some things happened here and there.

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Splinter Twin. The state of Oklahoma suggested it.

What are your best and worst matchups?
The deck is its own best/worst matchup.

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make (if any)?
I would make all of my Boomerangs the same picture...

What card do you most want to play in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Jace, the Mind Sculptor, or Stoneforge Mystic!!!

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
One of my opponents Remanded my Dispel during a counter war and then lost the following turn because I was able to cast Dispel.

Seth Manfield

Age: 22
Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
Occupation: Finishing up school
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won GP Daytona Beach, Top 16 Worlds '09, won "Win Gold" tournament

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose to play it?
Melira Pod. I wanted an interactive deck.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best – Burn, MonowhiteWorst – Tron, Storm

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make (if any)?
I would probably cut the Spellskite from the maindeck and play the fourth Voice of Resurgence.

What card do you most want to play with in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Shardless Agent

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
Someone went from having just a Wall of Roots and Birthing Pod in play to comboing off and winning with no cards in hand.

Greg Ogreenc

Age: 26
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Occupation: Computer Programmer
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
High GP Day 2 percentage, virtually nothing else.

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Burn. No predators in the format after the Eggs banning.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best – Decks that start at 14 life from their lands.Worst – Goryo's Revenge and other combo decks

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make to it (if any)?
None

What card do you most want to play with in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Wasteland

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
Chalice of the Void for one and another on two (against Burn)

Brandon Nelson

Age: 28
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Occupation: Web Design
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 4 US Nationals '11, 26th PT RTR, 3 SCG T8s

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
UWR America Control – Alex Oleson convinced me it was the best.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best – Pod decks.Worst – the mirror.

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make to it (if any)?
None, I liked every card

What card do you most want to play with in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Ancestral Visions

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
Jimmy Berg giving a 15 minute discussion on playing Monored Burn.

Joe Hemmann

Age: 30
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Occupation: Database Report Writer
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Qualified for US Nationals several years ago, a few PTQ Top 8s

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Living End. It's fun and has good matchups against a lot in the format. Also poorly understood by a lot of players.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best – Any aggro deck that can't win by turn four.Worst – Storm, Affinity, turn four Burn

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make to it (if any)?
Drop the fourth Trap from the board. Brindle Boar might be better than Spike Feeder

What card do you most want to play with in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Chrome Mox

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
Winning a match attacking with Simian Spirit Guide.

Ari Lax

Age: 23
Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupation: Electrical Engineer
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2 PT T16s, 5 prior GP T8s, demonstrated ability to count to 10.

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Kiki Pod, very fun, very good, and very experienced with it.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best – Martyr, Hatebears, Tokens (white creatures)Worst – Splinter Twin, Burn, Scapeshift are all real close (interactive combos)

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make to it (if any)?
Unsure. Have to figure out how to solve the fact that Phantasmal Image no longer kills LGeist of Saint Traft and Linvala, Keeper of Silence.

What card do you most want to play with in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Give me Bitterblossom for one event and I'll show you why it is banned...

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
Was targeting my own Image as a Reveillark to loop stuff. Cox could have then combed with his Metamorph copying my Image but missed it.

Casey Swanson

Age: 30
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Occupation: Web Developer
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Fall 2012 State Champion, Spring 2013 States Top 8

What deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
UWR Splinter Twin. It's the kind of deck that I like to play and it seemed like it had a lot of synergies.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Honestly not sure. Strong disruption?

If you were to play this deck again next weekend, what changes would you make to it (if any)?
Suggested Cryptic Commands in the sideboard.

What card do you most want to play with in Modern that isn't Modern legal?
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

What is the most interesting thing you saw happen all weekend?
Making Top 8 for me was the most interesting.

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Robert Berni

Scott Hoppe

Joe Hemmann

Seth Manfield

Brandon Nelson