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 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 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!