It was a weekend of underdog victories in Philadelphia, with Robert Seder's Esper Control and Jack Wang's Maverick taking down trophies at the Open Series. Will we see a new dawn for Sphinx's Revelation at Grand Prix Miami next weekend? Tune in to find out!
Two different Unburial Rites decks faced off in this semifinal—Daniel’s conventional Junk Reanimator, while Meru’s deck went into red for Faithless Looting and the Boros Reckoner + Blasphemous Act combination, with some other minor adjustments. The big differences? Daniel’s early mana advantage vs. Meru’s better late game.
Alex entered the Top 8 as the number one seed with R/G Aggro, but Daniel's Junk Reanimator deck was packed with enough removal to slow the matchup down. Could he lead a return to glory for Angel of Serenity?
Maverick tends to hate combo decks, and even the creature-laden Reanimator deck could pose a big problem for Jack. He’d lean on Deathrite Shaman and his assortment of utility lands to try and keep Seth from comboing him out via Griselbrand and Elesh Norn.
These two friends squared off in the Top 8, with Jack having an advantage thanks to his higher seed and the natural power of Maverick against Stoneforge Mystic strategies. Could Rudy reverse the disparity?