Top 5 Players of the Weekend
Chris started out strong in the Modern Open, but a flurry of losses piled up at the end of Day 1 and Chris wound up slugging it out in the Legacy Premier IQ on Sunday. Chris made up for his rough run in the Open by piloting Lands to a Top-8 finish in the PIQ. The Players' Championship hopeful had his sights set on more Open Series points this weekend, but settled for seven from his Day 2 appearance in the Open and his Top 8. All the points matter for Chris at this point in the season and the seven from this weekend put him closer to reaching an at-large berth for the #SCGPC.
4. Joe Lossett
Joe also managed to make it into Day 2 of the Open, but decided to take his chances in the Legacy Premier IQ at a shot at more Open points. Joe took his trusty Miracles deck to a Top-4 finish, allowing him to secure more points on his quest to get back to the Players' Championship, capitalizing on a weekend where most of the top players on the leaderboard struggled. Joe will be hitting the Legacy Grand Prix in Seattle next weekend, but will be back on the hunt for more Open points for the rest of the year. Joe plans on a deep run at the New Jersey Legacy Open to cement his spot in the #SCGPC.
3. The Kiefers
The Kiefer family. (From left: Jennifer, Quinn, Lucas, Jack, Jason)
Lucas Kiefer lost playing for Top 8, ending up in ninth place with Burn, but his family was a huge story on Day 2. The Kiefer brothers: Lucas (15), Jack (13), and Quinn (10) were all in Top 8 contention for the majority of the second day, with most of their losses coming in the final two rounds. The Kiefers were accompanied by their parents, Jennifer and Jason, who travel and support them at Opens and GPs across the country. The family from Boulder, CO plans to hit the Denver Open and the Season Four Invitational in Las Vegas. Quinn finished in 44th with G/W Hexproof while Jack finished 52nd with U/R Twin. Three brothers, three Top-64 finishes. Not too bad!
2. William Hawk
William lit up the competition all weekend long with Burn, opting to limit the green splash for just Destructive Revelry in the sideboard. His list was full of four-ofs with the exception of two copies of Grim Lavamancer and Lightning Helix. William cruised through the Swiss, only taking one loss on his way to the top seed in the elimination rounds. William's run came to an end in the finals, where a quick burst of green and red creatures from Wes Blanchard were too much to handle. Check out William's Burn list here.
1. Wes Blanchard
Wild Nacatls were everywhere this weekend and Wes was one of a handful of players beating down with one-mana 3/3s. In fact, Wes won the Open with his G/R Aggro deck packed with Experiment One, Burning-Tree Emissary, Kird Ape, and the often overlooked Vexing Devil. Wes came out on top of his semifinal matchup where he defeated Steven Long and his Naya Zoo build, allowing him to meet up with William Hawk and Burn in the finals. It took three games, but Wes was able to overrun the competition as William stumbled on lands in the deciding game. Check out Wes' G/R Aggro list here.