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.
Todd took his trusty Jeskai Black deck for one last spin in the final Standard Open with Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged legal, netting his 27th Open Top 8 by cutting up the Swiss. Todd took on all comers, including No 1 player in the world, Owen Turtenwald, in the Swiss on his way to IDing into the elimination rounds. Todd's run came to an end, however, as he faced off against Owen in the quarterfinals, falling in three games to Owen and his Four-Color Rally deck. Todd will jump into the Top 16 on the SCG Tour® Leaderboard thanks to the 15 SCG Points, and will have two byes for the Open in Baltimore in April. Check out Todd's Jeskai Black decklist here.
4. Trevor Petrilli
Trevor was one of four players in the Top 8 playing Four-Color Rally, and defeated Noah Strasler in the mirror match in the quarterfinals. Trevor could have made the finals another Rally mirror, but fell to Robert Wright and Esper Dragons in the semifinals after having lost to him in Round 14 of the Swiss as well. Despite falling to Esper Dragons twice, Rally earned Trevor $1,000 and 20 SCG Points on the weekend. Check out Trevor's Four-Color Rally decklist here.
The No. 1 player in the world came in to this event living up to his title, following up his Top 4 at Grand Prix Washington DC with the Peach Garden Oath, and his win at Grand Prix Houston with Four-Color Rally. It came as no surprise that Owen sleeved up Rally once again and made his way to his ninth Open Top 8. Owen had his eyes on a third Open trophy and was two matches away after defeating Todd Anderson in the quarterfinals. Owen couldn't quite come up with another title, as he came up short in a Rally mirror against the eventual winner, Andrew Funkhouser, in the semifinals. Check out Owen's Four-Color Rally decklist here.
2. Robert Wright
Robert was the only person in the room on Day 2 playing Esper Dragons and used his under-the-radar deck choice to get him all the way to the finals. The Disciples of Bolas team member had taken down Four-Color Rally all weekend long, but couldn’t beat it one last time in the finals against Andrew Funkhouser. He did stop Trevor Petrilli in the semifinals with Rally and Raymond Perez in the quarterfinals, who was on a unique Grixis Control deck. Though he fell short of a trophy, Robert did earn enough money and SCG Points to get a bye in Baltimore next month. Check out Robert's Esper Dragons decklist here.
1. Andrew Funkhouser
With four copies of Four-Color Rally in the Top 8, it had a 50 percent chance of taking down the title, and Andrew continued showing the power of the deck as he rallied his way to the title. Andrew' path wasn't easy as he had to beat Anthony Eason in the quarterfinals on Abzan Aggro, using both Anafenza, the Foremost and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. After that, Andrew had to take down the No. 1 player in the world, Owen Turtenwald, in a Rally mirror, then win an unfavorable matchup against Epser Dragons in the finals against Robert Wright. In the end, Andrew came out on top and marks the third straight win for Rally in premier-level events. Check out Andrew's Four-Color Rally decklist here.