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After three fantastic days of Magic, the Charlotte Invitational has come to a close. Congratulations to our three Champions on the weekend: Derrick Sheets, Travis Harrison, and Michael Majors! Join Cedric Phillips and Patrick Sullivan next week at #SCGMKE as they continue Season 2 of the 2014 Open Series!
Jessy Hefner started this tournament 1-3. From that point on, he hasn’t lost a match, marching straight to the finals with the help of his RUG Delver deck. Derrick Sheets has had quite the run this morning as well, and now these two grinders sit down to battle it out for a seat in the Players’ Championship!
After starting the Invitational 1-3, no one has been able to defeat Jessy Hefner. Could Jessy continue his Cinderella story by moving into the finals with his RUG Delver list or would Gregg Spano and his Mud deck move one step closer to becoming the Invitational champion?
Both players had posted impressive 8-0s in the Swiss: Wilson on the first day of competition, and Joe over the eight Legacy rounds with his Miracles deck. Could Wilson’s Storm deck force its way through Joe’s countermagic and disruption?
Derrick got to this point after going undefeated in Legacy with his Esper Deathblade deck. Would he continue his winning ways to move into the semifinals or would Chris Arnold and his B/G Pox list advance?
Reid Duke had made waves this weekend with an innovative Junk Midrange deck, and now found himself playing a potential win-and-in match. Standing in his way was Alex Bertoncini with the boogeyman of standard, Esper Control.
Both players battled through 15 rounds of Swiss to reach this point: a win-and-in for an Invitational Top 8 berth. Both Wilson Hunter and Jake Mondello were playing Mono-Black Devotion variants, Wilson splashing white, while Jake stuck with the old-fashioned no-splash build. Which player would advance to play on Sunday?
At 9-2, Wilson Hunter was looking to keep the wheels on with his Storm deck after an undefeated day one, but an upstart Kent Ketter was climbing the standings with BUG Delver, and hoped to add another notch on his belt.
In a rematch from the quarterfinals of the Legacy Open in Atlanta just a few weeks ago, BBD and Tom Ross meet at 10-1 in the final round of Legacy of Day 2. Would Tom stay undefeated in Legacy with Infect or would Brian take the match with Miracles and avenge his loss in Atlanta?
Brian Braun-Duin sits at the top of the Player’s Championship Leaderboard, and wanted a strong finish this weekend to lock up his invite. His B/W Devotion deck had certainly delivered, as he was one match away from an undefeated day 1, but Jake Mondello and his Mono-Black Devotion deck hoped to throw a wrench in his plans.
Both players were already locked for Day 2 at 5-2, but an extra win would help their odds at making a run at Top 8. Would Jim finish the day strong behind his Esper Control deck, or would Reuben enter Day 2 on fire with his Mono-Red Aggro list?
Former Player of the Year Owen Turtenwald’s Reanimator deck was off to a 3-0 start, but standing between him and a 4-0 was Jace-lookalike David McDarby who brought a unique BUG Veteran Explorer deck to the table. Who wins in the battle between Platinum Pro and actual Planeswalker?
At the end of this weekend, two of the sixteen spots in our end-of-year Players’ Championship will be decided. One spot will go to the actual winner of the event. The other spot goes to the player who sits at the top of our Players’ Championship Leaderboard once the Invitational has finished. What do our top four players need to have happen in order to finish at the top of the Leaderboard?
“So is this the most bearded finals of all time?” Jacob asked. Both players agreed that, record-breaking beards or no, it would be a fantastic final, as Travis’s U/w Devotion deck butted heads (and beards) with Jacob’s B/W Midrange.
The power of Pack Rat had helped both Jacob Neighbors and Meru Bhanot slice through the swiss, but only one could advance to the semifinals. Would Jacob’s B/W Midrange prevail, or Meru’s Mono-Black Devotion?
Greg battled in the final round of the Swiss to make the Top 8 and with his record earned the No. 1 seed in the elimination rounds – something that should help with his Mono-Red Aggro deck. His opponent, Andy, is playing a Bant Control deck using green for Kiora, the Crashing Wave. Would Greg burn his way into the semifinials or would Andy advance on the back of Kiora and Sphinx’s Revelation?
Michael Majors took UWR Delver to the finals of an Open just a month ago, in Atlanta, but came just short of a trophy. Now he’s back for another try, and this time it’s Phillip Braverman’s UWr Miracles standing in his way. Majored had already eliminated one Braverman brother, but could he finish the job?
The Top 8 includes a bunch of Delver and Miracle decks, this matchup is no different. Majors has made three Open Top 8s this year and is playing U/W/R Delver and is facing the older Braverman brother playing BUG Delver. Which Delver shell would advance to the semifinals?