#SCGAZ is closed for business after Sherwin Pu shut down High Tide and two RUG Delver decks with his own tri-color machine. Former hometown hero Adam Prosak was the last to fall but the first to congratulate Sherwin on a job well done. Congratulations to Sherwin, Standard Open champion Yurien Seyssel, and Draft Open winners Jeremy Strayer and Marc Lalague on their successes this weekend, and we hope that you all had fun playing and watching the @SCGLive coverage team of Brian Kibler and Patrick Sullivan do their thing. And donâ€™t worry; we will be back next week as the StarCityGames.com Open Series travels to Birmingham, Alabama for #SCGAL. See you there!
After overcoming Kurt Samson on the draw in the RUG Delver mirror, Sherwin got to lead off against
Adam Prosak in the same matchup thanks to having the higher seed. Both players kept their opening
hands though Sherwin had to think a while before doing so, perhaps praying to a higher power that his
six land, Stifle hand was going to be able to mana screw Adam. After all, Sherwin knew full well that a
fragile manabase was one of the weaknesses of the RUG Delver deck, and a few Wastelands plus a Stifle
could be just what the doctor ordered.
Arizona personalities collided in this quarterfinal matchup between fourth and fifth seeds Leon Kornacki
and Adam Prosak. Leon, whose brother John is an Open Series champion had earned the right to play
first against Adamâ€”an accomplished player and Open Series champion in his own rightâ€”as his Combo
Elves deck had done just a bit more work than Adamâ€™s RUG Delver.
With a high finish and some nice prize money on the line, Jason Abong had to feel the pressure from his
double mulligan. He had to hope his Esper Stoneblade deck was in a forgiving mood, but Zachary Fagerâ€™s
False Cure combo deck would do its best to punish him.
Two-time Grand Prix champion Shahar Shenhar was leaning on a familiar friend in his search for some
Legacy success, using RUG Delver as his weapon of choice. His opponent, Las Vegasâ€™ Joe Loster was
looking to complete his own cycle by going two for two on Top 8s this weekend. He was armed with
Sam quickly sent his opening hand back, but his six was pretty nice. City of Brass into Faithless Looting to discard Golgari Grave-Troll and Golgari Thug revealed him to be Dredge while Chase’s Island and Ponder would make Sam wait to find out more.
Day two in Phoenix, what is the best way to win a legacy event? Cast Titans. Chris Higashi’s build of Nic Fit has him on the fringe a possible top eight. Nic Fit is a list out of Europe that is designed to beat the Maverick and Rug Delver lists. Chris was interested because of the consistent high finishes.
"You really want to get two infect creatures down early so that you can have one after they do their shenanigans on their turn. Then Rancor, Invigorate, Invigorate is 11 poison. Invigorate, Berserk is 10."
Looking to complete a hot run with U/W Delver, Brian Page had earned the right to play first in every
game one of the Top 8 as the first seed. He and his R/G Aggro opponent Yurien Seyssel wasted no time
in jumping into the match, both firing cards at a furious pace.
The sun was barely over the horizon, but first seed Brian Page was ready to get to business against
Benjamin Brueseke in a U/W Delver mirror. Brian got to choose to go first, which would likely be a huge
advantage with so many shared cards.
Joseph Loster’s Naya Pod deck landed him in the comfortable third seed, giving him the advantage of going first in game one against his opponent Chris Basco who was armed with the powerful W/B Tokens deck a la Craig Wescoe.
Gabriel Lapping was armed with the popular and successful Heartless Summoning/Grand Architect deck that has given several players great records this weekend. His opponent, Michael Wong, was packing Esper Control, and both were looking for a way into the Top 8 with a win here.
A large crowd surrounded this Arizona turf war as Phoenixâ€™s Kevin Lambert and his Heartless Architect
deck took on Tucsonâ€™s Dusty Ochoa armed with Wolf Run Ramp. The winner would have a shot at the
Top 8 with another win in the last round while the loser would likely be on the outside looking in.
Las Vegas native Brian Page made a deep run at Grand Prix Salt Lake City with Delver of Secrets, so it’s no secret that he’s running it back for the Standard Open here in Phoenix. Alex was likewise armed with Delver of Secrets, but he would be on the draw for game one as Brian won his first die roll of the tournament. That was okay with him as Brian had to ship his opener back before keeping his next set.
Arizona native Kevin Lambert’s endgame board caught my eye during as a pair of Spellskites held the ground against a Huntmaster of the Fells and Strangleroot Geist, allowing Steel Hellkite to fly over the top of the otherwise very threatening board. The robotic dragon naturally ended the game in a hurry, but Kevin was reluctant to talk about what was going on, deferring instead to the deck’s designer Alexander Lapping.
It seems like Koth of the Hammer has been sitting on the sidelines for months, anxiously watching as Hellrider, Huntmaster of the Fells and other red four-drops find their way into many starting lineups in the battle for Standard superiority. Well, donâ€™t worry fans, because Joseph Pinkley decided to make this weekend hammer time.