Congratulations to Standard Open champion Dave Reed, Legacy Open champion Gerard Fabiano, and Invitational champion Erik Smith! New Jersey has been great, but SCGLive is back on the road for another weekend of Magic in Minneapolis!
Andrew was the only player against whom Erik would receive the play, but the Top 8’s lowest seeds had done it—they were in the finals. Who would claim ultimate victory, and receive an SCG token of their very own?
Grand Prix champion and Gold level pro Dave Shiels is well on his way to a finals appearance, having made it this far with Jund. But Erik Smith stands in his way, and his Jund deck is the deck of the summer. Can Dave pull off the victory against the formats enemy number one?
Andrew wouldn’t be on the play in any Top 8 game 1s due to his seed, but that hadn’t stopped him from cruising through the quarterfinals. Reigning Invitational champion Gerry Thompson was waiting for him there, looking to improve upon his two-time win with an unprecedented third!
Neither Junk Aristocrats nor Naya are considered big favorites in Standard currently, and coming into the Invitational you wouldn’t have thought these players are either. But that hasn’t stopped Michael and Andrew from getting this far. Which of these upstarts armed with Voice of Resurgence can make it one step closer to Invitational glory?
Erik Smith had made into the Top 8 on the strength of an undefeated record in Legacy, but his Standard Jund deck was no joke. James had used Bant Hexproof to fight his way into the Top 8, and his higher seed gave him the play and an early advantage.
Reid’s piloted a throwback from Legacy past, Natural Order RUG, to his 6-1 record right now, while Caleb is running Punishing RUG, a more controlling RUG variant that eschews many of the normal RUG cards for Punishing Fire, and arrived here with the same record. Which of these big name writers piloting unusual red, blue, and green decks can finish the day with a near perfect record?
Richard was on something of an Open Series hot streak, with a handful of consecutive Standard Top 8s on the heels of his Grand Prix Top 8 in Charlotte. Carrie Oliver, meanwhile, had made the trek from across the Atlantic to play in the Invitational after winning a qualifier overseas.
Grand Prix Strasbourg champion Thomas Enevoldsen is looking forward to playing with his trusty Death and Taxes starting next round, but he’s hoping to be at 4-0 when he does. But New Jersey native and Glory Seekers podcast cohost Rudy Briksza stands in his way. Which of these players will end up 4-0 going into the Legacy portion?
“If Huey wins this, surely that’ll be enough to get him into the Hall of Fame!”
William Jensen has heard variations on this ‘joke’ for a year now after his near miss at induction into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame last year. But he doesn’t let it get to him, and he’s moving along as he always does: crushing tournaments. He and his band of Elves have one final hurdle in the finals: Jund, in the hands of David Reed.
Huey’s mono-green list had been the talk of the tournament thus far, showing off the power of Gavony Township and Magic 2014’s new Garruk variant. Kiyan’s Jund list was stacked with removal and sweepers, however; could Huey keep his army alive long enough to stomp Kiyan out?
The first round of the Top 8 would be a harrowing one for Kiyan, with the dangerous and explosive Bant Hexproof sitting across from him in the hands of Robert Brown. Kiyan had the play courtesy of his higher seed, but would the tempo be enough to slow Robert down?
Gerard Fabiano commented a few months ago that he may have the most losses in sanctioned Magic history. Well, he’s hoping to not add to that total here in the finals piloting U/W/R Delver as he takes on Jonathan Kurpaska’s Death and Taxes.
Dustin and Justin are here battling with the two Big Bads of the format: Deathblade and Shardless BUG. Last week on Above the Curve, Todd and Gerry had it out debating which is the better of the pair. So which will come out on top in the quarterfinals here in New Jersey?
“My friend told me, ‘You can’t play Storm, it’s too hard,’” Eric said as the players shuffled, laughing. His last-minute decision to play the difficult combo deck had paid off with a Top 8 finish! Now he found himself fighting a very dangerous matchup against Royce Walter’s similarly-minded TES.
Justin Uppal and Josh Ravitz are two very accomplished Magic players with several top Open Series finishes under their belt, and while Josh may have started playing on the Pro Tour around the time Justin learned to read that doesn’t necessarily a winner make