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. David Long
David Long made the Top 8 of two Legacy Opens last year and kicked this year off and the right foot, cruising through the Swiss on his way to the No. 2 seed in the elimination rounds. This time Long changed up his Lands deck to utilize Abrupt Decay and sideboard cards like Thoughtseize and Dark Confidant to help defeat Miracles. Despite not having Punishing Fire and Grove of the Burnwillows, Long took down fair and unfair decks all weekend long. Long's run came to an end in the quarterfinals, when he dropped a favorable match against Grixis Delver at the hands of Noah Walker. The finish marks Long's fifth Legacy Open Top 8, but the trophy still eludes him. Check out Long's Lands decklist here.
4. Harlan Firer
Harlan Firer enjoyed playing Eldrazi so much last weekend that he decided to do it again this time, but with some powerful upgrades. Firer smashed reality round after round in the Swiss before losing an Eldrazi mirror against Gerry Thompson in the quarterfinals. Firer came away with 15 SCG Points, which should launch him into the Top 5 of the Player of the Year Leaderboard, one spot above his Next Ridge Games teammate, Bradley Carpenter. Check out Harlan Firer's Colorless Eldrazi decklist here.
3. Tom Ross
Tom Ross came into the weekend the defending Legacy Open champion, as he took the October Open in St. Louis with Infect as part of his 2015 Players' Championship push. Though he didn't think the deck was well position this weekend, Ross stuck with his guns and maneuvered his way through the field to another Open Top 8. Ross dropped three matches in the Swiss, though one was a concession to Gerry Thompson, and defeated Joe Lossett in his Round 15 win-and-in in what was an instant best-of SCGLive® highlight. Ross defeated Eli Kassis in the quarterfinals, but fell two matches short of defending the title after losing to Noah Walker in the semifinals. Check out Ross' Infect decklist here.
Gerry Thompson continued his run through Season One of the SCG Tour® with his second Top 8, choosing to join Harlan Firer in harnessing the power of the Eldrazi. Thompson came out on top of his and Firer's quarterfinals match before he took down Louis Bachaud and Four-Color Delver in the semis. Thompson faced off against Noah Walker in the finals, looking to give the Eldrazi a trophy after its second-place finish the week before at the Modern Open in Louisville. Ultimately, Thompson fell a game shy, but did amass 25 more SCG Points to land himself in the Top 4 of the Player of the Year Leaderboard, five points behind Andrew Tenjum. Check out Thompson's Colorless Eldrazi decklist here.
1. Noah Walker
Noah Walker has made a name for himself on the back of Grixis Delver, dating back to winning the Worcester Open in 2015 and immediately winning the Legacy Classic the week after. Walker ended Day 1 as the only 9-0 player and parlayed that into a Top 8 berth, marking his third Legacy Open Top 8 with the deck. Walker entered the weekend with the goal of making the perfect Delver list and it showed as he took down David Long, Tom Ross, and Gerry Thompson in the Top 8 to claim his second trophy. In the end, a specially tuned Grixis Delver took down all comers, winning the unfavorable quarterfinal matchup against Lands, destroying Infect, and kept the Eldrazi at bay in the finals. Check out Walker's Grixis Delver decklist here.