Top 5 Players of the Weekend
Learn more about five players who put up a great weekend through a high finish, interesting deck, or memorable moment.
5. Ross Merriam
2014 Players' Championship competitor Ross Merriam is looking to make it back to the end-of-the-year event, but is currently on the outside looking in. A Top-16 finish for Ross added eight Open Series points to his total, putting him even closer in the at-large points race. While Ross took his fourth loss on camera against Gerard Fabiano, he was part of the most comical play of the weekend under the lights involving an ultimate from his own Planeswalker. Read on for more details about that and check out Ross' Abzan Aggro decklist here.
Gerard is another player looking to return to the Players' Championship after his runner-up finish last year. Gerard also put up a Top-16 finish on the weekend, keeping him in place for an at-large berth to the 2015 Players' Championship. A strong finish is nothing special for Gerard, but his antics on camera in Round 12 was one of the highlights for the stream. After taking Game 1 against Ross Merriam, Gerard not only took control of Ross' Ajani, Mentor of Heroes with a Dragonlord Silumgar, but he also activated its ultimate to gain 100 life before attacking for lethal with a gigantic Dragonlord! Check out Gerard's U/B Control decklist here.
3. Andrew Jessup
Andrew's brother, Danny, clinched his invite to the Players' Championship a couple weeks ago and now the younger of the two is doing his best to do the same. Andrew came into the weekend No. 17 on the #SCGPC leaderboard and his Top 8 will add 10 points to his total. Andrew was looking to improve on his runner-up finish at the Legacy Open in Worcester back in May, but couldn't get past the eventual winner, Mike Deidolori, in the quarterfinals. Nonetheless, Andrew will be set up for two byes at the next Open. Check out Andrew's Abzan Aggro decklist here.
2. Erik Smith
Erik has been on a run with Abzan Aggro in Standard, going undefeated with it in the last Open Series event – the Season Three Invitational where he reached the Top 8. The run continued this weekend as Erik demolished the Swiss, finishing 13-1-1 as the top seed. Erik is no stranger to winning in Worcester as his Open win came here in 2013 with Gerard Fabiano and Curtis Sheu in a Team Sealed event. Unfortunately for Erik, his winning ways came to an end in the semifinals with a loss to the champion, Mike Deidolori. Check out Erik's Abzan Aggro decklist here.
1. Mike Deidolori
Mike's a man of few words and fittingly let his play to the talking this weekend on his way to his first Open win. Mike made his games with Esper Dragons look effortless, taking down Abzan deck after Abzan deck before beating Jeskai Aggro in the finals. In fact, Mike made the Top 8 by beating Abzan Control in Round 15, beating Andrew Jessup in the quarterfinals and Erik Smith in the semifinals, both on Abzan Aggro, before taking down Steven Hicks and Jeskai in the finals. While the popularity of Esper Dragons dipped recently, Mike showed the power of the control deck this weekend and took a home a trophy for his efforts. Check out Mike's Esper Dragons decklist here.