Top 5 Players of the Weekend
Entering this weekend, Chris knew he would he need a big finish to stay alive for the race to the Players' Championship. Chris did that, making his sixth Open Top 8 of the year, but fell short of a much-needed win, which would have launched him into prime position for a spot in the #SCGPC. Chris fell in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion, Tom Keating, but dominated the Swiss, locking up the top seed. Lands served Chris well, but he will have to switch gears to Standard next weekend in Denver, where he will be looking for another strong finish. Check out his Lands decklist here.
4. Christopher Stitson
Miracles was everywhere this weekend, but Christopher was the highest finisher with the popular control deck, earning a Top-4 finish after starting Day 1 9-0. Christopher even defeated a former Legacy Open champion with Miracles, Sam Roukas, in the quarterfinals to advance in the elimination bracket. The final Miracles player of the tournament spun his last top in the semifinals, falling to Caleb Scherer and his usual build of Storm. Check out his Miracles decklist here.
3. Ross Merriam
Ross has his sights set on a return trip to the Players' Championship and his Top-4 finish in New Jersey gave him just the bump he was looking for coming down the final stretch of Season Four. No stranger to playing Storm, Ross rattled off six straight wins on Sunday to reach the Top 8. Once in the Top 8, Ross took down Elves in the quarterfinals before losing a tight match against Tom Keating in the semifinals. The 15 Open points from the weekend will vault Ross up the leaderboard with just two events before the end-of-the-year tournament in Roanoke. Check out his Storm decklist here.
2. Caleb Scherer
Caleb notched his second Legacy Open Top 8 this year with Storm to go along with his two Premier IQ wins with his favorite deck. Caleb lost to Ben Wienburg in a Storm mirror match in the semifinals of the Indianapolis Legacy Open in Season One and improved on that finish by one win this weekend. Caleb took down Grixis Delver and Miracles in the quarters and semis, respectively, before running into Tom Keating in the finals. In the end, Chalice of the Void and the other disruption Tom brought to the table was too much to work around. Caleb will jump into the Top 16 of the #SCGPC leaderboard, but will still need two great finishes to find his way into the Players' Championship. Check out his Storm decklist here.
1. Tom Keating
Tom snuck into the Top 8 as the eighth seed on tiebreakers and made the most of his opportunity. Tom clobbered the remaining competition with Punishing Abzan, defeating Lands in the quarterfinals then beating Storm in the semifinals and finals. Tom faced some of the toughest competition on the Open Series this weekend, taking down Reid Duke, Dylan Donegan, Chris Andersen, Ross Merriam, and Caleb Scherer to name a few. Tom originally hadn't planned on playing on Sunday, but after going 8-1 on Day 1 he stuck around to take down the entire event! Check out his Punishing Abzan decklist here.