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. Joe Lossett
Joe was one of three players on Day 2 piloting a five-color Bring to Light deck and all three finished in the Top 16. While Gerry Thompson made the Top 8, Kent Ketter and Joe took 14th and 15th, respectively. Joe's 15th-place finish got him eight important Open Series points as he continues his run to the Players' Championship. Joe's list differed from Kent and Gerry, opting to use Fathom Feeder, Silumgar's Command, and main deck Radiant Flames. It wasn't a bad weekend for a player expecting to be playing in the Legacy Premier IQ on Sunday. Check out Joe's deck list here.
4. Tom Ross
Tom's run through the middle of the tournament didn't go well, but his start and finish were quite strong. After a 5-0 start, Tom found himself at 6-3 at the end of Day 1. Tom brought his trusty Legacy Infect deck with him Sunday if the start of Day 2 went poorly and he ended up registering the deck when he dropped a quick match in Round 10. But Tom's time in the Legacy Premier IQ didn't last long. Tom lost his first round to Tin Fins, losing both games on the first turn, leaving him with a decision to ride out Legacy PIQ or jump back in the Standard Open. Luckily for Tom, the Standard Open hadn't moved to the next round yet. Tom quickly rejoined the Standard Open and closed out the Open on a 5-0 run to lock up a Top-16 finish. Check out Tom's Abzan Aggro deck list here.
In typical GerryT fashion, Gerry wrote about the deck he planned on playing in the Open this week on StarCityGames.com®. Gerry didn’t disappoint and demolished the Swiss, showing everyone the power of Bring to Light in a five-color control shell. Gerry locked up the top seed in the Top 8 (marking his 18th Open Top 8), but a lost a three-game set to Brian DeMars in the quarterfinals. Gerry's build was the only of the three Bring to Light decks on Day 2 to run Ruinous Path, Ugin's Insight, Sultai Charm, Clever Impersonator, and Silumgar, the Drifting Death. Check out Gerry's Five-Color Bring to Light deck list here.
Michael was one of the very few players opting to run a two-color deck this weekend, despite the wealth of options for Standard mana bases. His G/W Megamorph build was similar to a deck popularized by Brian Kibler last season, but upgraded with the new powerful Planeswalker from Battle for Zendikar, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. With the combination of Gideon and Wingmate Roc, as well as Den Protector and Deathmist Raptor, Michael was able to grind with the best of them. Evolutionary Leap was a big help from the sideboard, allowing him to stay ahead of one-for-one removal based decks in conjunction with Mastery of the Unseen. Michael was able to tear through every opponent until the finals, where he fell to the Atarka Red deck played by Brian DeMars. Check out Michael's G/W Megamorph Deck Tech here.
1. Brian DeMars
Brian found the perfect recipe for the week-one Battle for Zendikar metagame by beating down the competition with an innovative Atarka Red deck topped off with a possible combo finish. On top of fast creatures, Brian loaded his deck with pump spells like Titan's Strength and Become Immense and combined them with Temur Battle Rage to kill opponents out of nowhere. Monastery Swiftspear and Abbot of Keral Keep all benefited greatly from the combat tricks, while his opponents discovered their mistakes when it was too late. Brian battled through some of the game's best, defeating Gerry Thompson and Michael Majors in the Top 8. Brian also found room for two copies of Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh. Check out Brian's Atarka Red deck list here.