March 3-4 STANDARD
Congratulations to Legacy champion William Cao! Defeating the dredge menace in the final hour of the event, William’s Maverick list claimed the trophy. David Sharfman in the Legacy Open was the weekend’s Standard sensation with U/B Control, while Greg Jones and Logan Mize took the Draft Opens. @SCGLive will return in Dallas next weekend, with commentators Zack Hall and Sam Stoddard. See you there!
John Sebastian Rojas
Zach Tyree 2-1
John Sebastian Rojas 2-0
Michael Caffrey 2-1
William Cao 2-1
Zach Tyree 2-0
William Cao 2-0
William Cao 2-0
Maverick was the last hero standing in Dredge’s path. Could the little men stop the graveyard combo deck, or would Dredge earn another trophy on the back of Faithless Looting?
Commentators Zack Hall and Jake Van Lunen noted that John would likely have a difficult matchup this round—Cabal Therapy is some good against High Tide, and Zach’s Dredge deck has plenty of Therapies to go around.
It was an uphill battle for Andrew in this Top 8—while he’d posted a great finish with Zoo, Zach’s Dredge deck made its living by preying on fair, combat-oriented decks like Andrew’s.
The final round pitted Xin Sui with Stoneforge against Chris Carire’s Merfolk list, with the winner enjoying a chance at the Top 8, and the trophy to follow. Neither player was sure of their placing, but both knew they needed the victory.
Each player sat down in contention for the Top 8, but only one would be leaving the table that way. A single loss to each of their names, Jeremy had an uphill battle ahead of him, playing Burn against Chris Smith’s Enchantress deck.
“Well good,” Anthony said. “We both think this is a bad matchup!” After spending one evening playtesting Legacy, these players had apparently come to some conflicting conclusions about the pairing. Anthony had Glimpse Affinity, while Kenneth was playing Goblins.
The Painter’s Servant and Grindstone combination experience some on-again off-again attention over the last year, but has fallen out of favor with Snapcaster Mage’s dominance of the format making Swords and Path to Exile all too-present problems—not to mention the danger of playing for a draw against Show and Tell’s Progenitus duo. Mark Paoli has a new list that seeks to solve some of these issues!
Sitting at 3-1, Joe Leigh has been surprising opponents with what looks like a typical RUG Delver list, packing one very unique gem: Phyrexian Dreadnought. One of the most maligned cards in RUG Delver, Stifle has found new utility in Joe’s deck, enabling a powerful threat that presents a two-turn clock as early as the second turn.
Tyler Schiner 2-0
David Sharfman 2-0
James Bishop 2-1
Andrew Wilson 2-0
David Sharfman 2-1
Andrew Wilson 2-1
David Sharfman 2-0
Meet your Standard Top 8 competitors!
Pro Tour Nagoya and Grand Prix Paris champion David Sharfman hadn’t dropped a game in this Top 8, even dodging death against Tempered Steel with Go for the Throats in his deck over Doom Blades. That decision would pay off here, as he faced Zombies with nearly no non-black creatures!
Jimmy Bishop and Andrew Wilson were acquaintances thanks to their common local gaming store in Orlando—just like the other two semifinalists. Jimmy faced a repeat of his quarterfinals in the Top 4, facing Zombies with Ramp, although the lists were a little different.
Zombies has been a huge deck in this tournament, and Dan Greenleaf has been one of the top performers with the archetype. He’ll have a tough road against Jimmy Bishop, whose Wolf Run Ramp deck has a lot of anti-aggressive measures.
Florida regular Justin “Hoss” Hostutler decided to play in the Standard Open on a whim Friday night after seeing the Frites decklist online—it had worked out pretty well so far, as he had just a loss to his name. Nick Holcomb had accrued the same record with one of the decks of the weekend, Mono-Green Aggro.
Steve Mann made quite the run at Grand Prix Orlando, finishing within the Top 8 and proving himself a player worth watching at any Standard event. He’d switched his Phantasmal Bears for Strangleroot Geists today, playing a deck with plenty of Forests. His opponent, needing a win to keep Top 8 alive, was playing Humans.
The game’s players were revealed early, Dylan leading Darkslick Shores while Milton played Seachrome Coast and Delver of Secrets. Nephalia Drownyard then Ratchet Bomb on Dylan’s second turn discouraged Delver of Secrets.
Each of these players was packing Mountain, but not much beyond that remained the same. Playing an aggressive version of Mono Red that featured Volt Charge and Shrine of Burning Rage, Michael Brady had to get past undefeated Aaron Whittington on R/W Steel.
Zombies have been all the rage in Standard since Phillip Fortner’s finals finish in Charlotte and Matt Scott’s Grand Prix Baltimore Top 4. It’s come in a variety of flavors—Mono-Black, B/U, B/R—but this is something new. Mixing Birthing Pod into an aggressive strategy with recursive threats, Brandon’s BUG Zombie Pod deck is a very dangerous customer.
Florida player Cliff Weixler is one of several strong PTQ players in the area—in fact, he’s already qualified for Barcelona. Cliff’s strength tends to be brewing for Constructed, and his decklist for today is no exception. Combining Delver’s disruption with R/G Aggro’s durable creatures, Cliff has a new breed of RUG, powered by Dark Ascension.