The hall is empty as the StarCityGames.com Los Angeles has come to a close. Many new champions were crowned today as Daniel Choi won the Standard Open with Mono Red, John Kassari—who also made the Standard Open Top 8—won the Legacy Open with Punishing Maverick, and California natives Chris Atashian and Eugene Koo each took home a Draft Challenge winner’s plaque.
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John Kassari is on his second Top 8 of the weekend, but he fell short of the title in standard. He’s hoping to there in the finals of the Legacy Open against William Miller’s U/W Stoneblade, a deck that has been crushing the last few Legacy Opens.
After an absolutely grueling—around 90 minutes—Maverick mirror match, Jacob Kory is feeling pretty good about his chances against William Miller’s U/W Stoneblade deck. According to him, it’s very favorable.
Though they’ve had a successful tournament, neither of these players is very experienced in this particular matchup, so it would be interesting to see how they adjusted to the new challenge. Ryan, playing Reanimator won the roll and both players kept.
It may be very early in the morning, but Noah and Konan are ready to go to war in a U/W mirror match. Konan won the roll and led with Seachrome Coast. Noah matched the land and played Delver of Secrets.
The top of the standings are a mess, littered with players sitting on the bubble at 21 points. That means most of them have to play if they don’t want to risk drawing their way out of the Top 8, and that we get to bring you some sweet win-and-in games.
Cleveland native Mark Morrison found himself on the right (west) side of the country this winter weekend. Mark’s concoction came out as a combination of the Puresteel aggro shell topped off with Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas to create an aggressive army with enough late-game resilience to seal the win against any opponent.
Las Vegas native and StarCityGames.com Open Series regular Chris Higashi has an undying love for control decks. Even in a format ruled by aggro-control, Chris is rocking a polychromatic control deck reminiscent of one Gerry Thompson played in the recent Charlotte Invitational.
Las Vegas Standard Open Champion Jonathan Kornacki continues to dance with who brought him, staunchly sticking with his U/B Control deck. He’s made lots of changes as the metagame has evolved over the last few months and shared his expertise with us today.