Dec 31 - Feb 18 STANDARD
Congratulations to Todd Anderson and Chris VanMeter, your Nashville Legacy Open co-champions! Upon finding his friend Chris in the finals, Todd happily conceded the official victory—a win locked Chris for Level 8 in the StarCityGames.com Player's Club, and also likely guaranteed him Rookie of the Year. However, Todd didn't ask for the trophy in return for his gracious scoop. Todd preferred they play it out, seeking to earn his Open victory officially. His wife Kali took down an Open of her own last year, and he wanted to match her presence on the mantle. In three games, Todd's prowess with BUG rewarded him with the victory he craved!
Over in the Draft Opens, Michael Donavan claimed his second win, having taken down a Draft Open in Kansas City several months ago already. Anthony Morris won the second one just a few hours later. Innistrad Limited has proven diverse and interesting thus far, and those Draft Opens are only getting tougher! SCGLive will take a break this weekend for The 2011's, but we'll be back the weekend after that for the Open Series in Baltimore. Joey Pasco will be back at the wheel, with Gerard Fabiano copiloting. Enjoy the break, and we'll see you after the jump!
VanMeter, Chris E
Curran, Riley T
Hoey, Matt E
McClarnon, Marshall H
Graves, Robert L
Potter, Daniel G
VanMeter, Chris E 2-0
Hoey, Matt E 2-1
Potter, Daniel G 2-0
Anderson, Todd 2-1
VanMeter, Chris E 2-1
Anderson, Todd 2-0
VanMeter, Chris E 2-1
Top 16 Legacy Decklists from Nashville!
Chris VanMeter had entered the event needing a victory in the Legacy Open to make Level 8 in the Player's Club, and his appearance in this final match had guaranteed it. Todd's concession gave Chris the benefits he needed, and with a prize split already done in the Top 4, these players sat down for a good-natured final match between friends, with one thing on the line: the trophy.
Chris VanMeter needs two more match wins to make Level 8 in the StarCityGames.com Player's Club, while Matt Hoey is in search of glory.
Playing the U/B Control list Gerry Thompson had designed for this event, Bobby Graves had locked up Top 8 early after rattling off an undefeated start. His opponent, Daniel Potter, had gotten there the hard way with wins in the later rounds—but his B/W aggro deck was no less deadly, and packed plenty of threats alongside black disruption.
Nearly a clean cut to the Top 8 after eight rounds, a number of players found themselves fighting to Top 16. Among them were Stephen Harper and Eric Osyda, each with two losses but looking to finish strong. Stephen's unique take on Affinity featured less explosiveness and more midrange cards, while Eric came packing a traditional Merfolk list with a few Phantasmal Image along for the ride.
Pitted against one another in a BUG mirror, Matt had been performing well all day with his modified Team America list. Mixing some older elements like Stifle and Tombstalker with some fresh new ideas, Matt's deck was especially prepared for the grindy control matchups.
Standard Open Top 8 competitor David Thomas had returned for more fighting in Legacy, playing one of his favorite archetypes—Dredge. He faced a dangerous but favorable matchup this round against Caleb Durward's non-interactive Past in Flames strategy.
The pros discuss their favorite Innistrad Commons!
Many Legacy green decks are suddenly without Natural Order. What happened?
How should players be fighting Reanimator in Legacy?
With combo on the rise according to Indianapolis results, how is the metagame going to react?
Level 6 StarCityGames.com Player's Club alum and Premium Author Drew Levin goes over his latest creation in Nashville!
No one was kidding when they said there would be some Past in Flames played in Nashville. Yet another variant based on the combo-enabler debuted in Nashville—but this one is a Ryan Rolen creation. Ryan's known for brewing innovative tweaks on competitive strategies, but his addition to High Tide is a scary one indeed.
Past in Flames is a terribly exciting new card for the Legacy format, and Caleb Durward couldn't turn down the challenge to break it in his new Storm deck. Check it out!
Thomas, David S
Durward, Caleb S
Valenti, Christian J
Medina, Jonathan D
Viers, Trey A
Braun-Duin, Brian S
Sondag, Brian O
Veccie, Nick 2-0
Valenti, Christian J 2-1
Medina, Jonathan D 2-0
Sondag, Brian O 2-0
Valenti, Christian J 2-1
Sondag, Brian O 2-0
Sondag, Brian O 2-1
Check out the Standard Decks used by the Top 16 Finishers!
Meet the Top 8 competitors in the StarCityGames.com Standard Open in Atlanta.
Open Series grinder and Tennessee resident Christian Valenti found himself looking for the Nashville Standard Open trophy with Solar Flare, facing a rogue foe in Brian Sondag. Brian's R/G deck combined Primeval Titan with Inkmoth Nexus and Kessig Wolf Run, boasting a lot of raw power alongside his mana ramp spells.
Nick Veccie hoped to make it back-to-back Open victories for Mono Red, but Christian Valenti stood in his way with Solar Flare.
This quarterfinal was the only one featuring Mono Red, the archetype that had arisen victorious in the last Standard Open. This time, Nick Veccie would play the role of Mountain mage, while David Thomas represented the most popular archetype in the Top 8: Solar Flare.
Piloting one of the most innovative lists of the event, Brian Sondag found himself slugging it out at the top tables with a R/G homebrew that incorporated mana ramp alongside big spells like Garruk, Primal Hunter and Primeval Titan.
With two unintentional draws on his record, Brian needed to win every remaining round in order to crack the Top 8, and his very presence in the tournament was affecting everyone at the top tables—they all wanted him to lose! Robert came playing Township Tokens, one of the debut strategies from the Indianapolis Open Weekend.
After a small break from the Star City grind, Christian Valenti returned to the circuit just as it hit his home state. Ryan Meier's U/W list has a few bells and whistles, and has been cutting holes through the field with Moorland Haunt and Batterskull.
Player of the Year contender Edgar Flores remained in reach of the Top 8, searching for any score to put him ahead of Gerry Thompson and Alex Bertoncini. For Caleb Durward, this was just one more stage of a never-ending grind.
Innistrad Limited has proved to be a fun, balanced, and deep format. What do the best players think so far?
Now that players have had experience playing with Tiago, what do they think of his power level?
Two red decks faced off in the finals at Indianapolis last weekend. Will players be more prepared this time?
Players from StarCityGames.com Open in Nashville discuss the best uses for Liliana of the Veil in Standard.
Many players assumed that Tezzeret would launch headfirst into the metagame following the departure of Squadron Hawk. So what's stopping him now?
Andrew Shrout became one of the stories of the Indianapolis Open Weekend after storming to an early undefeated record with a tokens-based deck that threatened intense pressure with strong control elements.
Glenn dashed between rounds to collect the most unique decks from Nashville. These players have mediocre to good performances, but all their decks offer something new to the metagame worth considering.