Comic Town Championship Series

Many thanks to the 197 players have joined us for the first half of the 2017. July 22nd Benjamin Isaak bested the other 64 players to take down the first event of the second half of the year. He punched his ticket to our $5K Invitational Final in December and scored a nice sized check that we had written up for the winner. Your next chance to win invites or secure byes will be on September 30th at our CTCS $1K Expo (Legacy). Here are the top 8 deck lists for this event.

1st – Benjamin Isaak
Main Deck:
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava spike
4 Rift Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Boros Charm
4 Atarka’s Command
2 Skullcrack
2 Searing Blaze
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Wooded Foothills
2 Scared Foundry
2 Stomping Ground
2 Inspiring Vantage
2 Mountain
 
Sideboard:
3 Path to Exile
2 Deflecting Palm
1 Ensaring Bridge
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Kor Firewalker
1 Rest In Peace
4 Destructive Revelry
 
2nd – Kenyon Collins
Main Deck:
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Inkmoth Nexus
2 Pendelhaven
2 Forest
3 Breeding Pool
1 Dryad Arbor
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
2 Spellskite
1 Viridian Corrupter
4 Blossoming Defense
4 Vines of the Vastwood
1 Dismember
2 Rancor
2 Distortion Strike
2 Apostle’s Blessing
4 Might of Old Korsa
2 Become Immense
2 Twisted Image
1 Wild Defiance
1 Mutagenic Growth
 
Sideboard:
4 Invisible Stalker
2 Hurkly’s Recall
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Nature’s Claim
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spellskite
1 Dismember
1 Twisted Image
 
3rd – Zene Brunney
Main Deck:
2 Temple Garden
1 Breeding Pool
1 Stomping Ground
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Wooded Foothills
3 Forest
1 Plains
1 Kessig Wolfrun
1 Gavony Township
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Horizon Canopy
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Devoted Druid
3 Spell Queller
2 Vizier of Remedies
3 Eternal Witness
2 Reflector Mage
2 Duskwatch Recruiter
1 Scavenging Ooe
4 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Rhonas, the Indomitable
4 Collected Company
3 Chord of Calling
2 Retreat to Coralhelm
 
Sideboard:
2 Negate
1 Selfless Spirit
2 Kitchen Finks
2 Qasali Pridemage
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Path to Exile
2 Voice of Resurgence
2 Izzet Staticaster
1 Engineered Explosives
 
4th – John Mytinger
Main Deck:
4 Mox Opal
4 Ornithopter
3 Memnite
4 Springleaf Drum
4 Vault Skirge
4 Cranial Plating
2 Etched Champion
2 Master of Etherium
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Signal Pest
4 Steel Overseer
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Daksteel Citadel
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Glimmervoid
1 Mountain
 
Sideboard:
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Ghirapur Aether Grid
2 Blood Moon
1 Etched Champion
1 Bitterblossom
1 Pithing Needle
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Whipflare
2 Thoughtseize
2 Spell Pierce
 
5th – Noah Burns
Main Deck:
2 Memnite
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
4 Vault Skirge
4 Arcbound Ravager
3 Steel Overseer
2 Master of Etherium
2 Etched Champion
4 Mox Opal
4 Cranial Plating
3 Springleaf Drum
3 Galvanic Blast
2 Ensoul Artifact
1 Throne of the God-Pharoah
1 Welding Jar
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
3 Spire of Industry
1 Glimmervoid
1 Mountain
 
Side Board:
2 Dispatch
2 Thoughtseize
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Wear//Tear
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
1 Whipflare
1 Etched Champion
1 Spell Pierce
1 Stubborn Denial
1 Blood Moon
 
6th – Mike Windau
Main Deck:
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Noble Hierarch
2 Viscera Seer
2 Duskwatch Recruiter
1 Scavenging Ooze
3 Vizier of Remodies
3 Devoted Druid
3 Kitchen Finks
1 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
2 Eternal Witness
1 Renegade Rallier
1 Rhonas, the Indomitable
1 Spike Feeder
1 Archangel of Thune
1 Walking Ballista
1 Path to Exile
2 Heroic Intervention
3 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
1 Gideon of the Trials
2 Forest
1 Plains
1 Swamp
1 Gavony Township
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Godless Shrine
1 Temple of Plenty
2 Marsh Flats
2 Overgrown Tomb
3 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
2 Wooded Foothills
 
Side Board:
3 Path to Exile
1 Spellskite
2 Blessed Alliance
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Qasali Pridemage
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Aven Mindcensor
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Reclamation Sage
 
7th – Randall Ruggles
Main Deck:
4 Path to Exile
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Ancient Stirring
3 Eldrazi Skyspawner
1 Engineered Explosives
3 Matter Reshaper
1 Eternal Witness
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
4 Drowner of Hope
4 Cavern of Souls
3 Brushland
3 Yavimaya Coast
4 Windswept Heath
4 Eldrazi Temple
1 Plains
2 Forest
1 Breeding Pool
1 Temple Garden
1 Hallowed Fountain
 
Side Board:
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Worship
2 Rest in Peace
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Stubborn Denial
2 Stony Silence
1 Nature’s Claim
1 Spell Pierce
2 Blessed Alliance
1 Negate
 
8th – Michael Bailey
Main Deck:
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Heritage Druid
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Dwynen’s Elite
3 Elvish Visioniary
4 Elvish Archdruid
3 Ezuri, Renegade Leader
1 Throne of the God-Pharoah
3 Lead the Stampede
4 Collective Company
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
3 Forest
1 Temple Garden
1 Overgrown Tomb
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Gilt-Leaf Palace
4 Windswept Heath
 
Side Board:
2 Fatal Push
1 Fracturing Gust
2 Chord of Calling
1 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Spellskite
1 Selfless Spirit
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Essence Warden
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Elvish Champion
1 Chameleon Colossu

This is the second year of our independent Magic: the Gathering tournament series designed to serve Ohio and the Midwest region. Our goal is to bring the players of the Midwest a series that both compliments the current large tournaments being run by Wizards and other PTO organizers as well as provide players a chance enjoy lesser played formats. This Championship Series is a place for players to test out their decks in preparation for other larger events going on in the area as well as provide players with a chance to win large prizes for their work. This series has an events scheduled around the release of a new set with Expos shining a light on lesser-played formats such as Frontier or Team Trios. Players compete for custom playmats and their chance to win a spot in the invite-only $5,000 Championship Series Final in December! Details for all upcoming events are linked below, as well as the current list of invited players for the Championship Series Final in December.

**CLASSICS

First off, the seasonal Classic will occur four times a year and be connected to the release of new sets. Classics will be either in the Standard or Modern format, alternating throughout the year. Prizes will be $2,000 in cash to the Top 16. Top 16, as always, will receive exclusive mats for that event by local artist to the Classic Series Matt Northrup!

**EXPOS

Expos are back for 2017, highlighting less sanctioned formats in Magic. On the prizes end, each event will feature a prize pool of $1,000 (in cash or product), play mats from that season’s Classic to the Top 8, invites to the Top 4, and a bye to the Winner of each Expo. On the format front, we want to highlight emerging formats as well. Specifically, we’re going to hold two Frontier tournaments as part of the 2017 Classic Series.

Yup, that’s right everybody. Two $1,000 tournaments for Frontier in Columbus in 2017.

To make way for the new format, we did have to sunset one of the formats we used for the 2016 series. While everyone agreed the format was diverse and fun, we had  a very low turn-out for the No Ban List Modern event and will be retiring it for 2017 in lieu of the new, more accessible Frontier format. We hope to bring No Ban List back in the future, but we’re benching it for this season.

Coming back to the scene for 2017? Expos in Legacy, Team Trios Sealed, Frontier (as mentioned above), and (to celebrate the release of Modern Masters 2017) a MODERN MASTERS SEALED Expo to celebrate the release of the newest Masters set from Wizards of the Coast. These are all excellent and fun formats that we’re excited to bring to all of you in 2017.

**CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

Can’t make it in to Ohio for Classics or Expos? Want to bring the excitement and fun for the Classic Series to your store? Based on our successful CTCS Finals Qualifiers in 2016, we’re launching the Comic Town Championship Qualifiers (or CQs) to bring the Classic Series to your local store. These events will feature exclusive playmat art from Matt Northrup, and the chance to earn a spot in year-end Comic Town Classic Series Championship. The winner of each event automatically qualifies for the CTCS Championship with all players in the Top 4 receiving points. If you want to get your store involved, have them contact us for details.

**2017 FIRST-HALF CALENDAR

Ready to see the layout for the first half of 2017? Check out the dates below and make sure to make time for all the events on the calendar. We’ll have point levels posted to the Facebook and web page in the next few days, so stay tuned to be up-to-date on the latest and greatest things coming for the Comic Town Classic Series. Thanks for making 2016 excellent and we look forward to bring you the same high-quality events in 2017!
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