Top 5 Players of the Weekend
Learn more about five players who put up a great weekend through a high finish, interesting deck, or memorable moment.
5. Joe Lossett
Joe sleeved up his trusty copy of Five-Color Bring to Light with a few additions from Oath of the Gatewatch and locked up another Top 8 to combine with his Invitational Top 8 from Las Vegas in December. The 15 SCG points will send Joe higher up the Player of the Year leaderboard, keeping him in safe territory for two byes for the next couple of events. While he was paired with an awful matchup in the Top 8 and lost his match in about 10 minutes, Joe showed that sticking with what you know can pay off. Check out Joe's Five-Color Bring to Light decklist here.
4. Andy Ferguson
Andy knows his way around aggressive strategies and Collected Company, so it was no surprise to see him beating down the competition this weekend. Andy brewed up an Abzan Company deck utilizing a bunch of new cards from Oath of Gatewatch, including: Sylvan Advocate, Matter Reshaper, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, and Hissing Quagmire. Andy brought the deck to beat up on the Rally decks and went undefeated against the most popular strategy on the weekend. Check out Andy's Abzan Company decklist here.
Gerry brought an awesome Standard deck to the table for the first week of the format, as usual, crushing the Swiss and taking the top seed in the elimination rounds. Gerry's Oath of the Gatewatch-infused Jeskai Black deck, using Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Linvala, the Preserver, Chandra, Flamecaller, and Wandering Fumarole, took on all comers, losing just to a G/R Eldrazi deck on Day 1 and scooping to his Round 14 opponent. Gerry eventually fell to Korey McDuffie in the semifinals, but put on quite the show up to that point. Check out Gerry's Jeskai Black decklist here.
2. Christopher Brickey
Eldrazi decks of all shapes and sizes were popular this weekend, but Christopher had the best showing of all, taking second place with Mono-Green Eldrazi. Christopher opted to use more colorless cards instead of using red for Kozilek's Return and other helpful red cards in the sideboard. Leaf Glider and Rattleclaw Mystic powered Christopher up early on and allowed him to ramp faster into Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and Kozilek, the Great Distortion. Thought-Knot Seer pulled its weight for Christopher, as its disruption and bigger body helped him stabilize. In the end, the Eldrazi couldn't hold off Korey McDuffie and Atarka Red, but Christopher showed that the ramp strategies are alive and well in Standard. Check out Christopher's Mono-Green Eldrazi decklist here.
Korey isn't often thought of as a red mage, but his unique take on Atarka Red worked wonders as he won his second Standard Open in Atlanta. Korey did away with Temur Battle Rage and went wide with Reckless Bushwhacker, the only card from Oath of the Gatewatch in his list, to take the title. Korey opted to use a black splash in his sideboard to give the deck more gas with Painful Truths and kill Siege Rhinos with Self-Inflicted Wound. Korey was able to defeat Christopher Brickey and his Mono-Green Eldrazi ramp deck in the finals to give Atarka Red its second trophy following a new set release. Check out Korey's Atarka Red decklist here.