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Neil Hartman wins the Standard portion of the SCG Seattle Open with 'Burn'

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Earlier today, March 16, the StarCityGames.com Seattle Standard Open winner was crowned. Neil Hartman defeated Harrison Hite in the finals, 2-0. Hartman, who piloted a Red/White Burn deck, had to go through two Black/White Midrange decks in order to achieve his goal.

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Here is a list of what Hartman played:

Maindeck:

  • 4 Ash Zealot
  • 4 Boros Reckoner
  • 4 Chandra's Phoenix
  • 2 Stormbreath Dragon
  • 3 Chained to the Rocks
  • 4 Boros Charm
  • 4 Lightning Strike
  • 4 Magma Jet
  • 3 Searing Blood
  • 2 Warleader's Helix
  • 2 Chandra, Pyromaster
  • 11 Mountain
  • 2 Boros Guildgate
  • 3 Mutavault
  • 4 Sacred Foundry
  • 4 Temple of Triumph

Sideboard:

  • 4 Firedrinker Satyr
  • 2 Spark Trooper
  • 1 Chained to the Rocks
  • 2 Fated Conflagration
  • 4 Skullcrack
  • 2 Mizzium Mortars

For R/W burn to make it through two B/W Midrange decks is quite the accomplishment. One of the biggest issues for R/W Burn is "Blood Baron of Vizkopa." For those of you who don't know, the Baron was played as a 4-of in both Black/White decks. It's pro-white and lifelink abilities can easily allow it's controller overcome the quick aggression that many Red based decks can put out.

Hartman did have a bit of luck on his side, though, in the finals, when Hite failed to the final and fifth land needed to cast the Blood Baron. This allowed Hartman to draw the cards needed to deal with the Baron once it finally hit the board. Hite was able to play a second Blood Baron after his first was quickly dispatched. However, a well-drawn "Chandra, Pyromaster" prevented it from blocking when Hartman swung for lethal damage to win the Standard portion of the SCG Open.

Despite the loss in the finals, Black based decks made a very strong display in the Top 8. Six out of the eight decks were Black based decks. It should also be noted that no "Sphinx's Revelations" were spotted in the Top 8 of the tournament.

For more information about the SCG Seattle Standard Open then click on this link. You can also view the Top 16 decklists here.

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