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.
The leading player on the SCG Tour® Player of the Year Leaderboard added to his lead with his third Modern Open Top 8 this year. Despite the format being overrun with Eldrazi decks, Jeff stuck with his trusty Kiki-Chord build, updated with a few new one-ofs to fight the shift in the metagame. While Jeff went 6-1 in the Swiss against different flavors of Eldrazi, he fell to Alex Zurawski and G/R Eldrazi in the quarterfinals. While a trophy eluded him once again, Jeff will happily settle for 15 SCG Points and 500 bucks. Check out Jeff's Kiki-Chord decklist here.
4. Andrew Tenjum
Andrew put U/W Eldrazi on the map last week after taking the deck to a Top-4 finish in an online PTQ and kept smashing reality this weekend for his second Open Top 8 in a row. Andrew, the No. 2 player on the SCG Tour® Player of the Year Leaderboard, kept pace with Hoogland as he also dropped his quarterfinal match. Andrew tweaked the deck for Team Lotus this weekend and managed to get Kent Ketter also in the Top 8. Check out Andrew's Deck Tech on U/W Eldrazi here.
3. Jacob Dyer
Jacob was one of four players to make the Top 8 with Eldrazi, choosing to play the U/R build that won the Pro Tour. Jacob was able to take down Eric Flickinger and Affinity in the quarterfinals before falling to the other Affinity pilot in the Top 8, Austin Holcomb. Jacob showed that the PT winning deck was still more than viable after two weeks to prepare for it. Check out Jacob's U/R Eldrazi decklist here.
2. Kent Ketter
Kent and Team Lotus proved the power of U/W Eldrazi this weekend, crushing many Eldrazi mirrors along the way to his Top 8. Kent didn't lose a Swiss match on Day 2, getting to intentionally draw in Round 15 to be the No. 4 seed in the elimination rounds. Kent took down Aaron Reed on Merfolk in the quarterfinals before knocking out Alex Zurawski and G/R Eldrazi in the semis. Kent's run came to an end in the finals as he lost to Austin Holcomb, leaving Kent with his third runner-up finish in an Open. Kent might have missed the trophy, but the 25 SCG Points should put him in the Top 16 on the Player of the Year Leaderboard, giving him two byes in Philadelphia next weekend. Check out Kent's U/W Eldrazi decklist here.
1. Austin Holcomb
Eldrazi decks were all the talk, and most of the Day 2 metagame, but Austin showed that Affinity is still as powerful as ever by winning #SCGLOU. Austin used a pretty stock main deck to do broken Affinity things in Game 1, but had a sideboard plan that allowed him to transform into a semi-Lantern Control deck for Games 2 and 3. This strategy paid dividends against Eldrazi as he took down Andrew Tenjum, Jacob Dyer, and Kent Ketter in the Top 8, while giving a forecast that Eldrazi Winter might not be as unbeatable as predicted. Check out Austin's Affinity decklist here.