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.
Jeff came into the weekend a virtual lock for the Players’ Championship and in great shape to win the Season One points race. Hoogland did what he needed to do, making Day 2 and fading any nightmare scenarios with all three players under him on the leaderboard making the Top 4 of the Invitational. Though Hoogland didn’t have a great finish on the weekend, he was plenty happy with securing his spot in the 2016 Players’ Championship after missing it in 2015. The Modern specialist will have free entry and one bye for each Open in Season Two for winning the Season One points race.
4. Andrew Tenjum
Andrew entered the weekend with a slight lead for No. 3 on the Season One leaderboard and needed a strong finish to hold on for an invite to the Players’ Championship. Things got tense after he and Gerry Thompson, who was No. 4, ended Day 1 at 7-1, while Joe Lossett went 5-3, opening the door for them both to pass the Miracles master. Tenjum needed to finish strong and either Thompson or Lossett to fall out of contention. Thompson did no such thing, making the Top 8, but Lossett did, as Day 2 went poorly and he dropped from the event after he fell out of Top-64 contention. Tenjum finished strong, and made the Top 32, good enough to lock up his spot as No. 3 in Season One to punch his ticket for the Players’ Championship.
Gerry was on the outside looking in at the start of the Invitational, but a quick 7-1 performance on Day 1 put him in prime position to find a way to qualify for the Players’ Championship. As Joe Lossett crumbled on Day 2, Thompson finished strong, making the Top 8 and guaranteeing him a spot in the 2016 Players’ Championship. If Thompson managed to win the whole thing, Lossett would get his points leader invite due to Thompson taking the Invitational invite, but that scenario was snuffed out quickly. Thompson ran into Ryan Fleisher in the quarterfinals and was abruptly eliminated from the tournament in three swift games. Though Thompson came up short in winning a third Invitational, he added an SCG Tour® high seventh Invitational Top 8 to his resume and has a spot in the Players’ Championship for the first time.
2. Craig Krempels
One of the newest commentators on the SCGLive® crew earned his qualification for the Invitational by winning New Jersey States and made the most of his opportunity. Armed with Bant Company in Standard and Abzan in Modern, Krempels fought his way through the Swiss, earning him a potential win-and-in in Round 16. Krempels took down Korey McDuffie and had to sweat a three-way tie in tiebreakers to see who got to play on Sunday. When the results were called, Krempels snuck into the eighth seed past Eli Kassis and Dan Ward. Relieved to make Top 8, Krempels defeated Logan Mize in the quarterfinals and Ryan Fleisher in the semifinals, setting up a finals matchup against Max McVety and his Mono-White Humans deck. Jim Davis showed how to win the matchup last weekend at #SCGBALT, but Krempels couldn’t duplicate the result, falling in three quick games. Krempels failed to get his own token and a win, but settled for $5,000, 40 SCG Points, and bragging rights among the SCGLive® crew.
1. Max McVety
Max was one of two players that got to double-ID into the Top 8 after his domination of the Swiss (including an 8-0 Day 1 performance) and entered the elimination rounds as the No. 6 seed. McVety favors aggressive decks and brought an efficient Mono-White Humans deck to the Top 8, filled with Bant Company and midrange decks. McVety took down Jameson Perdue and U/R Control in the quarterfinals in four games, setting up a semifinal against Andrew Maine. McVety quickly found himself in a 0-2 hole, but refused to back down, eventually defeating G/W Tokens in an exciting Game 5. All that remained for McVety was a finals matchup against Craig Krempels and his Bant Company deck. McVety had the higher seed and took advantage of it, taking a fast Game 1 before grinding out two slower sideboarded games to sweep the finals and earn the title of Invitational champion. McVety gets to go back home to Michigan $10,000 richer and with invites to the Players’ Championship and Pro Tour Eldritch Moon. Plus, he’ll get to draw a card from his very own Clue token later this Standard season!