Top 5 Players of the Weekend
5. Tom Ross
With only the Season Four Invitational between #SCGDEN and the Players' Championship, this weekend was of major importance to all the players fighting for a berth to the end-of-the-year tournament. Tom has very little wiggle room and a strong weekend was what he needed to stay on pace for the #SCGPC. The fifth, seventh, eighth, and 10th-placed players on the Season Four leaderboard all made Top 8 this weekend, so Tom only really distanced himself from No. 9 Eric Hawkins. Tom sleeved up Atarka Red for the first time this Standard season and made Top 8 after winning a mirror match in Round 15 of the Swiss. His win earned him another mirror in the quarterfinals, but Tom fell to eventual runner-up Lee Marino. Tom knows a solid Invitational weekend will be what he needs guarantee his spot in the Players' Championship. Check out Tom's Atarka Red decklist here.
Todd entered the weekend six points higher than his travel partner and friend, Tom Ross, on the leaderboard and had the same goal as The Boss. On his way to making the Top 8, Todd had to defeat Tom in Round 13, but was happy to see him reach the elimination rounds as well. Todd and his Jeskai Black deck ran into Joe Lossett in the quarters, finally falling after a marathon match, resulting in Todd staying the same amount of Open points ahead of Tom. Todd, like everyone else in the hunt for the #SCGPC, will be looking for another strong finish at the Season Four Invitational to go with his Top 8 in the Season One Invitational in Richmond. Check out Todd's Jeskai Black decklist here.
3. Logan Mize
Logan is doing his best to make a return trip the #SCGPC and a late-season push is just what he needed. Logan dominated the Swiss, taking out Caleb Scherer, Todd Anderson, and Tom Ross on his way to a12-0 record before taking his first loss. Along with his recent IQ success in Florida, Logan is in prime position to earn his spot in the Players' Championship. Despite crushing the Swiss, Logan and his Abzan Aggro build fell in the quarterfinals to Zach Mandelblatt on Jeskai Black. Logan has one Invitational Top 8 to his name from 2014, but his second Top 8 would come at a perfect time next weekend in Las Vegas. Check out Logan's Abzan Aggro decklist here.
2. Joe Lossett
Joe started Day 2 by putting his back against the wall, losing and taking a draw in Rounds 10 and 11. Joe didn’t miss a beat, however, and rallied back to win four straight matches to make the Top 8. The No. 5 player on the #SCGPC leaderboard was determined to win his third Open of the year, but after taking down Todd Anderson in the quarterfinals he fell to eventual champion, Vikram Kudva. While many players have forgotten about Five-Color Bring to Light, Joe is still championing the deck and his Top-4 finish showed its power while giving Joe another 15 Open points to his total. Joe will be in Las Vegas next week to attempt to put a lock on his return trip to the Players' Championship. Check out Joe's Five-Color Bring to Light decklist here.
1. Vikram Kudva
Vikram and his unique build of Esper Tokens took down all comers this weekend. Vikram finished Day 1 at 8-1 with his loss coming in Round 9 to Logan Mize. Armed with Jace, Monastery Mentor, and Gideon, Vikram demonstrated the strength of the midrange Esper deck, even cutting Secure the Wastes to play more copies of Duress to protect his Mentors and Planeswalkers. After beating fellow Colorado player Paul Bradford in the quarterfinals, Vikram took down Joe Lossett to set up an all Colorado finals. Vikram got trampled by Lee Marino in Game 1, but took the two sideboarded games to claim the trophy. Check out Vikram's Esper Tokens decklist here.