Dec 31 - Jun 26 STANDARD
Tony Chu, you are the champion of the Legacy Open! Walking all over an aggressive field with U/W Stoneblade, Tony bested a diverse Top 8, including a tough fight against Dredge, before reaching the finals and facing one of his best matchups, Zoo, for the title. Batterskull brought home the bacon, earning Tony Chu the trophy! Meanwhile, Alex Bertoncini continued celebrating his Invitational championship and waltzing his oversized check around the hall to endless congratulations. The Draft Opens were won by well-known grinders Ben Wienburg and Joe Bernal, vindicating a weekend that saw each of them struggling in the main events.
Thatâ€™s all for @SCGLive in 2011! Thank you so much for following us, watching us, and reading usâ€”your feedback has improved our broadcast by leaps and bounds all year long. Weâ€™ll be back in January 2012 for the Atlanta Open Series, featuring Zack Hall and Adrian Sullivan as our commentating duo. Weâ€™ll be bringing you over forty events next year around the country, including four Invitationals, so thereâ€™s certainly plenty to look forward to. Happy holidays!
Durward, Caleb S
Prosak, Adam J
Friedman, Ben S
Bauer, David C
Bertoncini, Alex S
Hackelman, Kristopher 2-0
Prosak, Adam J 2-0
Duke, Reid 2-0
Bertoncini, Alex S 2-1
Prosak, Adam J 2-0
Bertoncini, Alex S 2-0
Bertoncini, Alex S 2-0
Checkout the decklists used by the Top 8 to duke it out for the Invitational trophy!
Meet the Top 8 competitors at the StarCityGames.com Invitational in Charlotte!
“We’ve never played, and not been a mirror,” Adam pointed out. “Shows how smart we are,” Alex replied.
Southwestern magician Adam Prosak sat down for the Invitational Top 4 with his trusty playmat laid out in front of him, and double-faced Delver of Secrets at his side.
Fresh off winning the Magic Online World Championships, Reid Duke is looking to add a StarCityGames.com Invitational trophy to his mantle with his Wolf Run White deck.
Sitting down to play the quarterfinals, Alex didn’t like his chances. “I’m 0-4 in Illusions mirrors,” Alex complained.
“I played you last time in Legacy,” Dan recalled. That meeting…had not gone well for Adam, to say the least.
StarCityGames.com Player of the Year frontrunner Alex Bertoncini had quite the match this round.
Player of the Year leader Alex Bertoncini is hoping the format change (from Standard to Legacy) will help him rebound from last round's loss to tournament leader Adam Prosak.
This round pitted two of the slowest decks in the room against one another. Harry Corvese’s ugh-creature less U/W control build against the Pat Cox-designed U/B list piloted by Orrin Beasley.
Dan Jordan and his R/G Wolf Run Ramp deck had just taken down Gerry Thompson in a titanic clash near the top of the standings, but reigning Magic Online champion Reid Duke was no slouch himself, and his R/G/W ramp deck was ready for war.
It was a mirror match of sorts to start Day 2 of the Invitational, with two Brians facing off in the feature match arena.
Player of the Year competitor Gerry Thompson and his opponent Brian Eason are locked in for Day 2 at 6-1, but the winner of this match would be in great shape going into tomorrow, while the loser would fall back to pack.
Sitting on 15 points each, Nick Spagnolo and Orrin Beasley square off in the penultimate round of Day 1.
It only took Reid Duke two tries at the MOCS to claim the title of champion, besting fifteen of the world’s best online players in San Francisco just a month ago.
Ken Adams and Todd Anderson finished 3-1 after the Legacy portion of Day 1 and now squared off with their Standard decks.
Youngsters Drew Levin and Dan Jordan are very familiar with each other, but they shuffled in silence before wishing each other good luck.
Renowned Storm master Ari Lax made his way to the feature match arena, once again packing his weapon of choice.
After a hugely successful year that culminated in the 2011 Magic: the Gathering Player of the Year title, Owen Turtenwald sat down for battle against Legacy stalwart Michael Caffery in the first round of the StarCityGames.com Invitational.
We asked the Invitational competitors what deck they don't want to have to face down in the Standard portion of the event.
Some of the brightest minds here this weekend chime in with their takes on which cards aren't getting enough attention.
Did the knowledge that there would be four rounds of Legacy before any rounds of Standard in the Invitational affect players' deck choices for Standard?
Delver of Secrets has continued to define Legacy aggression—how are players adapting to pace tempo strategies?
Four players took advantage of their Invitational Qualifier wins by landing in the Top 32 at the StarCityGames.com Invitational!
The veteran Texas player was doing well again in this weekend's Invitational and was kind enough chat with us about his spicy G/W Parallel Lives token deck.
Starting off strong in Legacy, it wasnâ€™t much of a surprise to see Reid performing well in this eventâ€”but it was a bit of a surprise to see his weapon of choice.
Brian Kibler was one of the early voices turing heads with Infect this year, playing a list he innovated himself for much of the summer with a few reasonable finishes and a boast-worthy record on Magic Online.
A player on the Open Series for some time, it was no surprise to see Ken Adams at the Charlotte Invitational—and no surprise to see him piloting another patented brew.
A green deck in Legacyâ€¦without Tarmogoyf?
If you tuned into SCGLive during Round 3, you may have been surprised to see Blurred Mongoose under the camera.
Check out the decklists that performed the best overall in the Legacy portion of the StarCityGames.com Invitational!
Check out the decklists that performed the best overall in the Standard portion of the StarCityGames.com Invitational!
Indianapolis Standard Open champion David Doberne and StarCityGames.com Open regular Christian Valenti shared some friendly chatter as they shuffled up for the round.
Mayer, Kenny S
Goldstein, Max D
Musser, Dan L
Suarez, Jonathan C
Shrout, Andrew T
Thomas, David S
Goldstein, Max D 2-0
Musser, Dan L 2-1
Thomas, David S 2-0
Chu, Tony 2-0
Musser, Dan L 2-1
Chu, Tony 2-1
Chu, Tony 2-1
Check out the Top 16 decklists from the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open in Charlotte!
Meet the Top 8 competitors in the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open in Charlotte!
Tony Chu dropped his deck box and box of dice before the match, spilling the contents all throughout the feature match arena. Was it an omen? And if so, of what?
The players studied each other's decklists before the match, mentally noting the secrets within as they prepared to battle for the right to move onto the finals.
“I should probably just start game 2,” Tony admitted as they shuffled.
Local area aggro master and cube enthusiast Kenny Mayer is best known for his Battle of Wits Zoo deck in Legacy, but today he came with something more…conventional.
David Thomas is intimately familiar with his Dredge after months of battling with it at StarCityGames.com Legacy Opens.
Both Tony Chu and Todd Anderson were in good spirits and ready to battle for the Legacy Open title. The U/W Mirror would be tough, but hopefully the best man would win.
Playing for Top 8, Max Goldstein and Ryan McKinney were sitting at 6-1-1.
The two players seated across from each other were playing variations on the same deck—G/W Maverick, both with Punishing Fire.
Phillip Braverman, a StarCityGames.com Legacy Open regular, faced a Pro Tour giant this round; Phillip was running a BUG Loam deck, while Gaudenis wielded RUG Delver.
A couple of old pros went face-to-face in the Legacy Open, both sitting at 4-1.
How do you beat a field full of powerful two-drops and an abundance of Spell Snares to counter them? Just forgo two-drops altogether!
Travis Gibson always joked with friends that Artificer's Intuition was the "good" Survival of the Fittestâ€”and now he's trying to prove it by playing it in the Legacy Open with more combos than you can shake your fist at.
Baker, Wayne E
Farrow, John W
Reger, Bobby L
Rosenthal, Stephen C
Bennett, Michael A
Hogan, Devon 2-1
Farrow, John W 2-1
Reger, Bobby L 2-0
Rosenthal, Stephen C 2-0
Hogan, Devon 2-0
Rosenthal, Stephen C 2-1
Hogan, Devon 2-0
We have all the decklists from the Top 32 competitors in the StarCityGames.com Standard Open in Charlotte!
Meet the Top 8 competitors in the StarCityGames.com Standard Open in Charlotte!
Down to two here in the Standard Open as Stephen Rosenthal and his Solar Flare deck took on Devon Hogan's explosive Tempered Steel deck with the winner taking home the trophy.
Early Saturday morning, John Farrow (Wolf Run White) and Devon Hogan (Tempered Steel) encountered one another in the semis of the StarCityGames.com Standard Open in Charlotte.
While their paths into the semifinals might have been easy, things were bound to get tougher from here.
After a hard fought day of Standard play, Davey Dees and Bobby Reger sat down to battle it out for the right to advance to the semifinals.
Scott Rogers' unique U/W/R Blade entered the arena against Andrew Lukas's popular Illusion deck. Which one would make Top 8?
Kali Anderson was running an Illusions deck with a bunch of Phyrexian mana spells, while Justin Cruz had a Mono-Black Infect deck.
Kevin Hamel and Davey Dees were seated at table 3, both 6-1. In a classic matchup in Standard, Kevin was piloting U/W Humans against Davey's Tempered Steel.
Eric Simard and Travis Gibson were 5-1 and playing to remain in contention for Top 8 in the ten-round event.
At the last Standard Open, Mono Red took it all down. Harold Overbay figured that players would be more prepared this weekend and wanted to think of ways to improve Mono Red's bad matchups.
There are 412 players in the Standard Open, and of those, 384 were archetyped and tallied in order to see what's popular this week in Standard.
Find the latest decklists from Friday's StarCityGames.com Invitational Grinders here!
After 29 StarCityGames.com Open Series stops, we have a three-horse race for the Player of the Year title in Charlotte this weekend.
There aren’t a lot of “firsts” for me in the Magic community, but I took part in just such an event in Charlotte on Friday afternoon. I attended my first judge conference in the hall of our Invitational!
Six alterists will be at StarCityGames.com Open: Charlotte featuring the Invitational. Check out some of the great artists that will have booths.
The Rookie of the Year is in contention! Not because of a close race but because of an error that failed to show Open Points for people with fewer than 4. As a result, two people will receive the prize, but only one will receive the title.