Top 5 Players of the Week
Learn more about five players who put up a great weekend through a high finish, interesting deck, or memorable moment.
5. Andrew Tenjum
Andrew locked up his Players’ Championship slot at the Columbus Invitational, but the member of Team Lotus wasn’t done playing Abzan Company just yet. Tenjum knocked out another Top 8, defeating Adam Liu in the final round of Swiss to make the cut. Tenjum came up on the wrong side of the Abzan Company in the mirror against Andrew Maine in the quarterfinals, but will add 15 SCG Points to his Player of the Year race total for his effort. Check out Tenjum’s Abzan Company decklist here.
4. Jory White
Jory came into the event as the reigning Milwaukee Open champion from back in September of 2015. White won that Standard Open with Mono-Red Aggro, so it was no surprise to see him slinging Lighting Bolts and Lava Spikes in Modern. White reached the Top 8 after defeating Will Drescher and his Death’s Shadow Aggro deck to make the elimination rounds. White defeated Matt Stankey and his Infect build to reach the semifinals, where he got rematch Joe Lossett after losing to him earlier in the Swiss. White was a top-decked burn spell away from taking the match, but fell short as Lossett’s Wurmcoil Engine took over the deciding Game 3 to deny him of another trophy in the city of Milwaukee. Check out White’s Burn decklist here.
3. Andrew Maine
Andrew is hot off an Invitational Top 8 in Columbus, where he played G/W Tokens in Standard and Abzan Company in Modern. Maine continued to play his Modern deck of choice and cruised through the Swiss at the top of the pairings, ending Day 1 at 9-0. Maine took out Andrew Tenjum in an Abzan Company mirror in the quarters, but couldn’t repeat the outcome against Joseph Presnell in the semis. Though Maine fell in short here in Milwaukee, his finish will launch him to the top of the Season Two SCG Tour® leaderboard. Maine is already locked in on playing the same deck in two weeks at the Modern Open in Indianapolis as he continues his race to the Players’ Championship. Check out Maine’s Abzan Company decklist here.
2. Joe Lossett
Joe had a heart-breaking weekend at the Columbus Invitational, where he missed out on his qualification for the Players’ Championship, but didn’t let it keep him from doing well in Milwaukee. Lossett rattled off an 8-1 record with G/R Tron on Day 1 and was able to lock up a Top 8 berth in Round 15 with an ID. Lossett emerged victorious in two rough matchups in the Top 8, beating Death’s Shadow Aggro and Burn before getting matched up with Abzan Company in the finals. Lossett got a good pairing in the finals, but some unfortunate draws in Game 3 kept him from claiming his sixth Open title and some more much needed SCG Points. Check out Lossett’s G/R Tron decklist here.
1. Joseph Presnell
Joseph doesn’t get to play much Magic with his position in the Army, but made the most of this weekend as he crushed the Swiss and entered the Top 8 as the No. 1 seed with Abzan Company. Presnell was able to defeat Jund and an Abzan Company mirror to reach the finals, where he was in the unfavorable positon to play against Joe Lossett and G/R Tron. Some heads-up play and a little luck allowed Presnell to come out on top and reward the Abzan Company pilot for his performance with the deck. Check out Presnell’s Abzan Company decklist here.