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. Christopher Juliano
Chris has slowly climbed up the SCG Player of the Year Leaderboard after jumping onto the scene with a Top 8 at the Season Four Invitational in Las Vegas last year. Consistent Top-64 finishes in Opens got him into the Top 16 of the leaderboard and that spot will rise after his Top 8 this weekend in Baltimore. Chris was one of many to sleeve up an aggressive Humans build, and he opted for the blue splash to get access to Reflector+Mage. Chris fell in the quarterfinals to Kellen Pastore on Mono-White Humans, but got a nice boost in 15 SCG Points to climb higher in the Top 16. Check out Juliano’s W/U Humans decklist here.
4. Eric Hymel
Eric tested and traveled with the Roanoke group, bringing W/B Eldrazi to the first Open with Shadows over Innistrad. Hymel paced the group of Brad Nelson, Tom Ross, Gerry Thompson, Michael Majors, and Ross Merriam as he ended Day 1 at 8-1. Hymel didn’t slow down as he crushed the Swiss, taking the top seed into the elimination rounds. Hymel took down Dwayne Graham and W/G Humans in the quarterfinals before falling to Jim Davis in the semifinals on Bant Company. Check out Hymel’s W/B Eldrazi decklist here.
Todd latched onto Thing in the Ice the moment it was spoiled and didn’t let go. Though Anderson tested with the Roanoke crew that brought W/B Eldrazi to the event, he stuck with his guns and continued tuning the U/R Control deck packing Pyromancer’s Goggles. Anderson had to defeat Chris Andersen in Round 15 to make the Top 8 and defeated Blake Conti in the quarterfinals. Anderson’s run came to an end in the semifinals at the blistering fast hands of Kellen Pastore and his Mono-White Humans deck. Anderson marked his second straight Open Top 8 and his 28th overall. The 20 SCG Points will launch him into the Top 10 on the leaderboard heading into the Season One Invitational. Check out Anderson’s U/R Control Deck Tech here.
2. Kellen Pastore
Aggressive Human decks were the most played decks on the weekend with multiple builds making a splash of either blue or green. Kellen decided to stay with a Mono-White build, lowering his curve and making the mana more consistent. While Pastore didn’t have Reflector+Mage or Tireless+Tracker, he did have more one-drops and possibly the best Humans build on the weekend, making the most out of Thalia’s Lieutenant and Town+Gossipmonger. Pastore’s build was so lean it took down Game 2 of the finals on the fourth turn. Game 3 of the finals didn’t go as well for Pastore, as he fell to Jim Davis and his Collected Companies filled with Reflector+Mage. Check out Pastore’s Mono-White Humans decklist Jim+Davis
Jim, the Jessup brothers, Kevin Jones, and Peter Ingram brewed up a Bant Company deck that built on what the archetype did in the last Standard season. While the mana was in question, the group found the right mix of Battle and Shadow lands while also finding a new Collected+Company target from Shadows over Innistrad in Duskwatch+Recruiter. The deck performed incredibly as Davis took down the whole event and Danny Jessup and Jones both finished in the Top 16. The win marks Davis’ second Open trophy and will join his 2015 Players’ Championship bling quite nicely. Check out Davis’ Bant Company decklist here.