By Niels Viaene

When the dust settled for the swiss rounds, 8 players emerged on top of the ranking, ready to draw into the play-off rounds. One of them had to leave, however, and that let 1 player sneak in.

Renzo Verkooren was that lucky player, that got in after winning his last match, and being informed there was a drop and he would have a chance getting in after all. That sounded like the start of a cinderella story in the making. But there were so many more stories ready to unfold.

How about Alan Schuer and Ruben Naudts securing a top slot, and possibly would become the player to have two Gentry Open Titles? Or Arthur Hugaert, finalist of the first ever Gentry Open, getting a chance to tie Jelle Gyselinck as 1.5 time winner? Then there are Tom De Wael and Bob Jacobs, both multi Top 8 competitors getting another shot at the title. A player that rose to the occasion in Robbe De Vilder is here for the surprise performance from deep in the local field, and then there is Glen Janssens, the dark horse player, a legacy main stay that decided to dive into Gentry because he likes the brewing potential.

Alan lost to Glenn in the Quarter Finals, Bob lost to Ruben, Arthur eliminated Renzo and Robbe reigned supreme over Tom de Wael.

Alan Schuer

Main Deck (60)
Dismal Backwater
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Island
Jungle Hollow
Swamp
Thornwood Falls
Cavalier of Night
Cloudkin Seer
Dusk LEgion Zealot
Golgari Findbroker
Leafkin Druid
Loaming Shaman
Massacre Girl
Muldrotha, the Gravetide
Ravenous Chupacabra
Risen Reef
Tatyova, Benthic Druid
Vine Mare
Yarok, the Desecrated
Fungal Infection
Neoform
Ob Nixilis’ Cruelty
Spark HArvest
Sideboard (15)
Duress
Fungal Infection
Mephitic Vapors
Negate
Ob Nixilis’ Cruelty
Return to Nature
Spark Harvest
Vicious Offering

Renzo Verkooren

Main Deck (60)
Dismal Backwater
Dimir Guildgate
Swiftwater Cliffs
Bloodfall Caves
Evolving Wilds
Island
Swamp
Mountain
Burglar Rat
Whisper Agent
Sailor of Means
Nightveil Predator
Ravenous Chupacabra
Vampire Sovereign
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager
Thought Erasure
Moment of Craving
Murder
Ob Nixilis’ Cruelty
Notion Rain
Disinformation Campaign
Cry of the Carnarium
Syncopate
Angrath, the Flame-chained
Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Sideboard (15)
Spell Pierce
Duress
Fungal Infection
Moment of Craving
Negate
Deep Freeze
Bo Nixilis’ Cruelty
Cry of the Carnarium

Tom De Wael

Main Deck (60)
Forest
Island
Plains
Blossoming Sands
Thornwood Falls
Tranquil Cove
Leafkin Druid
Lumbering Battlement
Risen Reef
Sailor of Means
Mirror Image
Elite Guardmage
Cloudkin Seer
Meteor Golem
Shared Summons
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Finale of Devastation
Justicar’s Portal
Sideboard (15)
Negate
Naturalize
Deep Freeze
Healer of the Glade

Bob Jacobs

Main Deck (60)
Dismal Backwater
Dimir Guildgate
Swamp
Island
Negate
Spell Pierce
Syncopate
Callous Dismissal
Blink of an Eye
Ob Nixilis’ Cruelty
Moment of Craving
Spark Harvest
Aid the Fallen
Essence Scatter
Duress
Thought Erasure
The Eldest Reborn
Chemister’s Insight
Cry of the Carnarium
Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor
Narset, Parter of Veils
Saheeli, Sublime Articifer
God-Eternal Kefnet
Ugin, the Ineffable
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Sideboard (15)
Moment of Craving
Duress
Negate
Disdainful Stroke
Charity Extractor
Ob Nixilis’ Cruelty
Aid the Fallen

Semi Finals

In the Second Round, we see Glenn Face off against Ruben in what usually is a bad match-up for him, but whether it was by his decision to play Elite Guardmage in the deck, sheer luck or mastery of skill, he was able to overcome the odd and dispatched Ruben. In the other match, Robbe faced off against Artur in an epic mirror match between two UR Drakes decks. A deck that was said to be dead, no less.

Ruben Naudts

Main Deck (60)
20 Island
Pteramander
Siren Stormtamer
Spectral Sailor
Mist-Cloaked Herald
Tempest Djinn
Sphinx of Foresight
God-Eternal Kefnet
Merfolk Trickster
Curious Obsession
Dive Down
Spell Pierce
Opt
Essence Scatter
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer
winged Words
Syncopate
Sideboard (15)
Essence Scatter
Faerie Duelist
Negate
Kasmina’s Transmutation
Unsummon
Dive Down
Blink of an Eye

Robbe De Vilder

Main Deck (60)
Swiftwater Cliffs
Evolving Wilds
Highland Lake
Island
Mountain
Enigma Drake
Crackling Drake
God-Eternal Kefnet
Anticipate
Spell Pierce
Quench
Shock
Chart a Course
Beacon Bolt
Lava Coil
Opt
Dive Down
Radical Idea
Search for Azcanta
Ral, Izzet Viceroy
Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Sideboard (15)
Bombard
Essence Scatter
Negate
Omenspeaker
Deep freeze
Syncopate
Plains
Revitalize

The Finale

That means the two people are left are Arthur Hugaert, finalist of the very first edition of the event, and Glenn Janssens, playing in his very first Gentry Open. Arthur brought UR Drakes, a deck he has played in every iteration it was legal in for multiple editions here, but that has been deemed ‘old-fashioned’ by many players. On the other side, we see Glenn, sporting Gates as the weapon of choice. He showed up with some unusual card choices, in particular Elite Guardmage, which has been instrumental to him improving his win rate against mono Blue and mono Red. They don’t do much against Drakes, however…

Arthur Hugaert

Main Deck (60)
Swiftwater Cliffs
Mountain
Island
Izzet Guildgate
Enigma Drake
Crackling Drake
Arclight Phoenix
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Shock
Opt
Warlord’s Fury
Crash Through
Dive Down
Maximize Velocity
Lava Coil
Lightning Strike
Chart a Course
Tormenting Voice
Beacon Bolt
Expansion // Explosion
Search for Azcantha
Flame Sweep
Sideboard (15)
Burning Prophet
Omenspeaker
Dive Down
Shivan Fire
Negate
Disdainful Stroke
Dual Shot
Essence Scatter
Spell Pierce

Glenn Janssens

Main Deck (60)
Simic Guildgate
Azorius Guildgate
Selesnya Guildgate
Boros Guildgate
Gruul Guildgate
Izzet Guildgate
Forest
Island
Arboreal Grazer
Gatebreaker Ram
Elite Guardmage
Cavalier of Gales
Gate Colossus
Ixalan’s Binding
Guild Summit
Opt
Growth Spiral
Gates Ablaze
Jaya’s Greeting
Sarkhan’s Catharsis
Ugin, the Ineffable
Ral, Izzet Viceroy
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Sideboard (15)
Negate
Revitalize
Chandra’s Pyrohelix
No Escape
Forced Landing
Return to Nature

In the end, Glenn reigned supreme and rode that Cavalier of Gales and its brainstorm trigger all the way to the end to crown himself a Gentry Champion, joining the echelon as the 8th, they can finally draft!

You can find all the coverage of the Open below:

All 10 feature matches

Before we end, I want to thank all the sponsors of the Gentry Open, Outpost Gent of the venue and foils, Ultimate guard for the bulk of the goodie bag, tournamentcenter for extra goodies and general support, cardmarket series for goodies and last but not least Channel Fireball Events for the playmats and the Golden GP tickets.

That concludes this edition of the Gentry Open and marks the end of one of the most balanced and diverse metagames we have had in Gentry in quite a long while. Now we get to look forward to rotation, we lose Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, and M19. In their stead, we get Throne of Eldraine. In the next few articles, we will see what decks are surviving this rotation, and what will be reborn slightly different.

I hope you are at least half as excited as I am because then it will be awesome!

Niels Viaene came into contact with Magic first through the Kazz & Zakk starter set in 1996, but it wouldn’t be until 2000, around the time Prophecy came out that he actually started playing magic thanks to his nephew. Niels’ Magic career has been a roller coaster up to now, including Grand Prix Paris 2009 top 8, Pro Tour San Diego 2010 top 8, becoming a L3 Magic Judge in 2015 and managing the community effort that is the League of New and Beginning Magic: the Gathering Players, the birthing ground for Gentry since 2012. All this comes from a deep love for the game that is far from diminishing.

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