Congratulations to Matt Hoey, your StarCityGames.com St. Louis Legacy Open champion, and to Caleb Durward, your Standard Open champion!
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Chicago had already claimed one trophy today, with Caleb Durward’s Standard Open win. This final would make it two, with both players hailing from Chi-town! Matt had defeated Corbin already in the Swiss and considered the matchup favorable—but only one of these players could win on turn 1!
Matt faced a tough one this round: Merfolk. Merfolk have always preyed on sluggish blue decks, with Stoneblade leaning real heavily on Stoneforge Mystic in the matchup. Would Matt’s Kor Artificers advance him to the finals?
This is already Corbin Rudnick’s best best finish by far, but his Belcher deck now faced a greater challenge: BUG control in the hands of Chris Funk. Will his combo deck be able to put up with Chris’ disruption?
Caleb hoped to lock up two trophies this weekend, but he faced an intimidating Top 8. Chris and Caleb had fought a tough match in the Swiss rounds, and the Pernicious Deeds and Darkblast available to Chris had Caleb wary enough to consider himself the underdog.
Corbin Rudnick learned to play Magic less than a year ago. No, seriously! And he’s just made his first Top 8, armed with the biggest shotgun in the format holstered in his pocket. Jeff Hoogland on the other hand has plenty of SCG Open Top 8 experience, and came to the arena with a Deadguy Ale variant of his own design. Will youth triumph over experience?
Caleb Durward is a seasoned pro with many top finishes under his belt. Lance Behrens may not have Caleb’s resume, but luckily for him that’s not how championships are decided. Caleb’s Naya Pod and Lance’s NayaBlade were battle tested and both players were in position for the win. With the Star City Games Standard Open championship on the line, it’s anyone’s match.
Michael Alakayleh and Lance Behrens are both making their very first StarCityGames.com Open Top 8 appearances, although Lance was quick to add that he finished in the Top 64 in the most recent Invitational. In spite of relative inexperience, both players are on the verge of a finals appearance.
Each of these players made it to the finals having added some Magic 2013 all-stars to their respective archetypes. Adam’s Talrand, Sky Summoners had been pulling their weight all weekend in Delver, while Caleb’s Naya Pod had been leaning more heavily on Thragtusks.
Caleb Durward to be in a strong position to move on when he decided to bring his Birthing Pods out to play. Local player and first time SCG top 8 competitor Blake Kettle brought Naya Humans to the table looking for the upset. Which green-white-red concoction would take down this aggressive match?
Timothy Jansen’s Esper Midrange deck was a pretty classic build, but Mike came to play with Magic 2013 in tow! Packing Rancors and Thragtusks with the oft-maligned Predator Ooze, Mike’s deck lived in the red zone and had just Forests for lands.