Top 5 Players of the Weekend
5. Joe Lossett
Joe entered the weekend locked for the Players' Championship, but he wanted more. A Top 8 would mean he'd win the points race for Season Four, and a win would go nicely with his two Open wins this year. Joe made his second Invitational Top 8 with Five-Color Bring to Light in Standard and G/R Tron in Modern and he even got to draw into the elimination rounds with his friend, Caleb Scherer. Once the Top 8 bracket was formed, Joe could even help Caleb make the #SCGPC if he won the whole thing while Caleb made it to at least Top 4. While Joe lost his quarterfinals match, he did secure the points needed to win the Season Four race – one of many goals he had this season. Check out Joe's Five-Color Bring to Light Standard decklist here and his G/R Tron Modern decklist here.
4. Chris Juliano
Chris flew under the radar throughout the Swiss of the Invitational, but made his presence known in the quarterfinals where he swept Joe Lossett 3-0. Chris' R/B Dragons deck attacked from too many angles for Joe's Five-Color Bring to Light deck to answer everything and just like that, Chris was onto the semifinals. Chris had to play Vidianto Wijaya in the semis and started out in a quick 2-0 deficit. Chris battled back, forcing a deciding Game 5, but in the end, he couldn't find the right threats he needed and fell to Dragonlord Ojutai and Tasigur, the Golden Fang. Check out Chris' R/B Dragons Standard decklist here and his Jund Modern decklist here.
3. Casey Pordes
Casey was a force to be reckoned with in Standard this weekend, piloting 4-Color Rally to an 8-0 record throughout the Invitational's Swiss rounds. Casey kept the streak going in the quarterfinals, defeating Michael Cortez and Esper Midrange to set up his semifinals match against Caleb Scherer and Abzan Aggro. The match went the distance, but Casey got stuck on two lands in Game 5 and before he knew it, his run came to a sudden end. Casey earned his spot in the Top 8 with a victory against Shaheen Soorani in Modern in Round 16, where he played Temur Twin past Shaheen's U/R Delver. Check out Casey's 4-Color Rally Standard decklist here and his Temur Twin Modern decklist here.
2. Vidianto Wijaya
No one dominated the Swiss of the Season Four Invitational like Vidianto. After losing the third round of the event to Jeff Hoogland, Vidianto went on to win 12 straight matches, setting up his ID in Round 16 to finish his record at 14-1-1. Vidianto was the top seed in the Top 8 and made quick work of his quarterfinals match, defeating Justin Rios 3-1 before taking down Chris Juliano in the semifinals in a five-game match. But Vidianto's impressive run came to an end in the finals, where he met another player who didn't lose a match on Day 2, Caleb Scherer. A couple mana issues cost Vidianto big in the finals as Caleb curved out and won the match in four games. Check out Vidianto's Esper Dragons Standard decklist here and his Grixis Control Modern decklist here.
1. Caleb Scherer
Caleb had been gunning for the #SCGPC all year and entered this weekend just outside of making it as one of the seven at-large berths. His chances seemed almost impossible when he started the Invitational 3-3. But Caleb didn't give up, he rattled off win after win, including a 7-0-1 Day 2, intentionally drawing with Joe Lossett in the final round of Swiss, to earn his spot in his second #SCGINVI Top 8. Once in the Top 8, Caleb had two paths to the #SCGPC. The first included making it to Top 4 and having Joe win the Invitational to put Caleb in as an at-large berth by the slimmest of margins, or just win the tournament on his own. When Joe lost in the quarterfinals, Caleb's chances were clear. Caleb squeaked out a five-game match in the quarters against Alex Smith and a tough five-game set in the semifinals against Casey Pordes. With one match to go, Caleb defeated Vidianto Wijaya in the finals 3-1 and made him the last player in the #SCGPC. Check out Caleb's Abzan Aggro Standard decklist here and his Affinity Modern decklist here.