July 19-21, 2019
Crowne Plaza Convention Center Detroit Airport
Denver, CO

A storybook ending to the weekend, as Luis Scott-Vargas takes down the main event, Grand Prix Denver, with the deck of the weekend—Scapeshift! He defeated Gregg Keithley on Simic Nexus in the finals, 2-0.

This win was the culmination of two storylines that grew throughout the event.

The first was Scapeshift, basically appearing from thin air dominating the top tables all day. Throughout the weekend we saw Bant Scapeshift players exalting Ondrej Strasky's stream, talking about how good instant-speed Scapeshift felt thanks to Teferi. Then other variants percolated to the top tables. Dylan Feeman and his team ran a Sultai Scapeshift list that looked bangin in the mirror, and Nathan Holiday's homebrewed Golos Scapeshift (featuring Golos, Tirless Pilgrim) was a win away from the Top 8.

Four Scapeshift decks made the Top 8, despite barely anyone in the Magic community knowing the deck existed less than a week ago. It would be weird it Scapeshift didn't win, and we couldn't talk about a streamer single-handedly warping the Standard metagame until rotation (in a few short months).

The second storyline was LSV constantly hanging on by a thread. He didn't come here to win—heck, he changed his deck at the last minute. After taking an early loss, he thought each round would be was his last. Every time we spoke he'd say "Gotta talk to me now, I'll be out soon." Even after Round 15, he was sure that he'd finish in 9th place on tiebreakers. But instead, he eked out a Top 8 berth, beat the 14-1 Chris Oien (a moderator on his stream), then Allen Sun, then won the whole enchilada! And he did the whole thing with the much-maligned Arboreal Grazer, proving that being bad in Limited, doesn't mean you're not a Constructed all-star.

The tag team of Luis Scott-Vargas and Bant Scapeshift proved an incredible one, and Grand Prix Denver will be remembered for two things—Scapeshift and LSV.

 

A storybook ending to the weekend, as Luis Scott-Vargas takes down the main event, Grand Prix Denver, with the deck of the weekend—Scapeshift! He defeated Gregg Keithley on Simic Nexus in the finals, 2-0.

This win was the culmination of two storylines that grew throughout the event.

The first was Scapeshift, basically appearing from thin air dominating the top tables all day. Throughout the weekend we saw Bant Scapeshift players exalting Ondrej Strasky's stream, talking about how good instant-speed Scapeshift felt thanks to Teferi. Then other variants percolated to the top tables. Dylan Feeman and his team ran a Sultai Scapeshift list that looked bangin in the mirror, and Nathan Holiday's homebrewed Golos Scapeshift (featuring Golos, Tirless Pilgrim) was a win away from the Top 8.

Four Scapeshift decks made the Top 8, despite barely anyone in the Magic community knowing the deck existed less than a week ago. It would be weird it Scapeshift didn't win, and we couldn't talk about a streamer single-handedly warping the Standard metagame until rotation (in a few short months).

The second storyline was LSV constantly hanging on by a thread. He didn't come here to win—heck, he changed his deck at the last minute. After taking an early loss, he thought each round would be was his last. Every time we spoke he'd say "Gotta talk to me now, I'll be out soon." Even after Round 15, he was sure that he'd finish in 9th place on tiebreakers. But instead, he eked out a Top 8 berth, beat the 14-1 Chris Oien (a moderator on his stream), then Allen Sun, then won the whole enchilada! And he did the whole thing with the much-maligned Arboreal Grazer, proving that being bad in Limited, doesn't mean you're not a Constructed all-star.

The tag team of Luis Scott-Vargas and Bant Scapeshift proved an incredible one, and Grand Prix Denver will be remembered for two things—Scapeshift and LSV.

Bracket

Quarterfinals
1
Chris Oien
8
Luis Scott-Vargas
4
Andrew Stewart
5
Allen Sun
3
Michael Cochran
6
Eric Hawkins
2
Gregg Keithley
7
Jackson King
Seminfinals
2-1
Luis Scott-Vargas
2-0
Allen Sun
2-0
Eric Hawkins
2-0
Gregg Keithley
Finals
2-0
Luis Scott-Vargas
2-0
Gregg Keithley
Champion
2-0
Luis Scott-Vargas

Articles

Top 8 player profiles by Marc Calderaro

Get to know the Top 8 players

Day 2 Archetype Breakdown by Marc Calderaro

The Diversity of Standard on Display in Denver

Chris Oien Quick Interview - Bant Scapeshift

The last undefeated play shares his thoughts about Bant Scapeshift

9-0 Bio - Chirs Oien (Bant Scapeshift) & Dylan Feeman (Sultai Scapeshift) by Marc Calderaro

Two 9-0 Scapeshift Players Top Day 1

Instagram Page by ChannelFireball

Photos from MagicFests and more

Pairings

Pairings Results Standings
15 15 15
14 14 14
13 13 13
12 12 12
11 11 11
10 10 10
9 9 9
8 8 8
7 7 7
6 6 6
5 5 5
4 4 4
3 3 3
2 2 2
1 1 1

Stories

Articles

Top 8 player profiles by Marc Calderaro

Get to know the Top 8 players

Day 2 Archetype Breakdown by Marc Calderaro

The Diversity of Standard on Display in Denver

Chris Oien Quick Interview - Bant Scapeshift

The last undefeated play shares his thoughts about Bant Scapeshift

9-0 Bio - Chirs Oien (Bant Scapeshift) & Dylan Feeman (Sultai Scapeshift) by Marc Calderaro

Two 9-0 Scapeshift Players Top Day 1

Instagram Page by ChannelFireball

Photos from MagicFests and more

Pairings

Pairings Results Standings
15 15 15
14 14 14
13 13 13
12 12 12
11 11 11
10 10 10
9 9 9
8 8 8
7 7 7
6 6 6
5 5 5
4 4 4
3 3 3
2 2 2
1 1 1