Top 5 Players of the Weekend
5. Mantis+Rider masterfully, defeating green-based Eldrazi ramp decks in Rounds 14 and 15 to make the elimination rounds. After missing last year's Players' Championship, Todd is on track to make it this year. Check out Todd's Jeskai Black Deck Tech Stubborn+Denial, Disdainful+Stroke, and Dispel this weekend, allowing him to gain tempo in matches while he deployed his threats and was able to protect them cheaply. Hunter, in his fourth Open Top 8, was able to make it to the finals, but for the third time, had to settle for second place. While he has to go home without a trophy, Hunter will gladly take the 20 Open points to boost his total up to 249, almost assuredly locking up his slot to the Players' Championship. Check out Hunter's Abzan Blue decklist Siege+Rhino, Wingmate+Roc, and Warden of the First Tree to victory. Matt ran game-changing bluff in the third game of the finals to get in damage with a Tasigur attack, while allowing him to trigger raid on his Wingmate+Roc to catch him up in the deciding game. A few turns later, Matt found a Den+Protector to bring back a Warden, all while playing around Disdainful+Stroke, to take over the game by growing the 1/1 up to a massive creature. With some gutsy play and a powerful deck, Matt was able to take down the #SCGPHILLY Standard Open. Check out Matt's Abzan Aggro decklist here.