August 13-19, 2019
National Exhibition Center
Rory Kear-Smith is your Grand Prix Birmingham champion!
On Saturday morning, 911 players from all over the world entered the main event to take their shot at a winner's trophy and a piece of the $50,300 prize pool in the Modern format.
In the end, it was Rory Kear-Smith (playing Mardu Shadow) who was triumphant, defeating the previous Grand Prix Birmingham champion Simon Nielsen (playing Hogaak) in the finals.
Unsurprisingly, Hogaak turned out to be the dominant deck of the tournament. The deck represented 10.3% of the Day 1 metagame, 21.9% of the Day 2 field, and 37.5% of the Top 8.
In the finals, however, Rory Kear-Smith used Thoughtseize to prevent Nielsen from assembling the means to cast Hogaak, then played Ranger-Captain of Eos to find his win condition, and finally cast Temur Battle Rage to trample over for lethal. At Mythic Championship IV Andrew Baeckstrom and Jacob Wilson already showed that Mardu is the best way to build Death's Shadow, and this weekend Rory Kear-Smith confirmed it. Congratulations again!