Top 5 Players of the Weekend
5. Tom Ross
Tom has been the model of consistency on the Open Series as he makes his push for the Players' Championship. Tom has made Top-16 or better at the last four Opens with Top 16s in Indianapolis and this weekend in Philadelphia, along with a Top 8 at Atlanta, and a win in St. Louis. While he fell short of a Top 8 this weekend, missing out on a much larger possible point total for the weekend, Tom piloted Bant Megamorph to a solid 15th-place finish. The eight Open points for the weekend will put Tom at 219, but the two-time Invitational champion still has his work cut out for him to secure his berth for the #SCGPC. Check out Tom's Bant Megamoprh decklist here.
4. Erik Smith
Erik had great starts and finishes to his run through the Swiss to make the Top 8, but a rough middle. After starting 6-0, Erik dropped three straight matches to end the day and put his back to the wall. Erik didn't flinch, however, and strung together six more straight wins on Sunday to make the Top 8 with Jeskai Black. The Top 8 marks his sixth on the Open Series, but his run came to an end in the quarterfinals, falling to 14-year-old Aaron Sorrells. Check out Erik's Jeskai Black decklist here.
Just like Tom, Todd is still fighting to secure his berth to the Players' Championship, and another Top 8 for the Open Series' most successful player was what he had in mind. The 25th Open Top 8 for the six-time Open winner gives him 10 more Open points to push his total up to 233. Todd played his Jeskai Black build with zero copies of 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 here.
2. Hunter Nance
Hunter has been on Abzan since before Battle for Zendikar and hasn't looked back. Hunter utilized a blue splash for 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 here.
1. Matt Tumavitch
With four aggressive Abzan decks in the Top 4, Matt was able to come out on top, riding 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.