Top 5 Players of the Weekend
5. Matthew Tickal
Currently sitting at 18th place on the Leaderboard for the Players' Championship, Matthew Tickal needed a good finish to have a chance at an at-large bid for the end of the year. With his Top 8 appearance, Matthew may join his friend, Eric Hawkins, at the Players' Championship, even though Eric was the one to end Matthew's run, playing and beating him in the Quarterfinals. We will see much more of Matthew in the future! Check out Matt's Shardless Sultai list here!
4. Craig Bargo
Our 24th ranked player on the Leaderboard for the Players' Championship is Craig Bargo. And that number will only get better with his Top 4 finish at #SCGSTL. Craig has been on a hot streak the last two weeks, winning both the Standard and Modern Kentucky StarCityGames.com® State Championships, showing his ability to play Magic in every format. His proficiency with Temur Delver is also well noted, as he has previously made the finals of an Open Event with archetype. However, his tournament ended when he ran into Tom Ross playing infect in the Semifinals. With his streak of great finishes, if Craig Bargo keeps this up, we may be seeing him in the Players' Championship! Check out Craig's Temur Delver list here!
3. Steven Schlepphorst
With the banning of Dig Through Time, most players and writers claimed that the Legacy metagame would simply revert back to its pre-Khans of Tarkir field. Steven Schlepphorst proved that theory wrong with his innovative Reliquary Retreat deck. Taking a Bant Midrange shell and combining it with the combo of Knight of the Reliquary and Retreat to Coralhelm proved to be a winning combination for Steven. Many had speculated that the combo would make an impact in Modern, but Steven showed just how lethal it was in Legacy as well. Steven's tournament ended with a loss to Eric Hawkings in the Semifinals, but his innovative deck and performance will undoubtedly have an effect on the Legacy metagame for tournaments to come. Check out Steven's Reliquary Retreat deck tech here!
2. Eric Hawkins
Most of our Top 8 contenders are in contention for a spot at the Players' Championship, and Eric Hawkins is no exception. Currently ranked 10th on the Leaderboard, Eric has been grinding his way for an at-large bid for most of the year. Having won both a StarCityGames.com® State and Regional Championship this year, Eric has put together a solid year. While losing to Tom Ross in the finals of #SCGSTL, Eric Hawkins has firmly placed himself in position to make the year-end StarCityGames.com® Players' Championship. Check out Eric's Storm list here!
1. Tom Ross
What more needs to be said about Tom Ross? The two-time Invitational Champion needed a solid finish at #SCGSTL to get back in the race for an at-large bid to the Players' Championship, and there is no more solid of a finish than winning the whole thing! Currently in 10th place, Tom used his trusty Infect deck to take down all-comers and the whole tournament, furthering his bid for a slot in the Players' Championship. As usual, Tom Ross is great, his deck's great, and his tournament went great. Check out Tom's Infect list here!