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.
One of SCGLive’s newest commentators had a week off to battle and made the most of it. Overturf sleeved up his trusty Grixis cards and made it through Day 1 with only one loss. He carried his momentum through Day 2 and entered the Top 8 as the second seed after getting paired down in the final round of Swiss. Though Overturf’s deck was equipped to deal with little creatures, Phyrexian Crusader caused him some problems as he fell to Alex Zurawski and his G/B Infect build in the quarterfinals. Overall, it wasn’t a bad weekend for the former Open champion from back in 2012. Check out Overturf’s Grixis Delver decklist here.
4. Daniel Hendrickson
R/G Valakut had a breakout tournament in Indianapolis with a contingent of players from Minnesota and Michigan playing the deck and doing well on Day 1. Hendrickson won some clutch matches on Day 2 while the rest had a rough end of the tournament and clinched a Top-8 berth by defeating Jacob Baugh in Round 15. Once in the Top 8, Hendrickson bested Dylan Jones and Jund to meet up with Pete Ingram in the semis. In the end, Ingram’s Nahiri, the Harbinger was too much to handle as Hendrickson lost his board to a hasty Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in Game 3 of the semifinals. Check out Hendrickson’s R/G Valakut decklist here.
3. Alex Zurawski
Zurawski made his third Open Top 8 and second Modern Top 8 of the year by taking selecting G/B Infect into the tournament over the usual G/U build. The black splash has had some results prior to the Eldrazi infestation in Modern, but Zurawski put in back on the map after the banning of Eye of Ugin. Zurawski took down Ryan Overturf in the quarterfinals before falling in the all-Infect semifinals against Andrew Jessup. Despite using the power of discard spells, Jessup and G/U Infect came out on top of the poison matchup, sending Zurawski home in fourth place. Check out Zurawski’s G/B Infect decklist here.
2. Andrew Jessup
Jessup was near the top of the standings for most of the tournament, championing G/U Infect throughout a field packed with Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile. Jessup breezed past Stephen Dykman and G/R Tron in the quarterfinals before taking down Alex Zurawski in the semifinals to set up an all-Team MetagameGurus.com finals matchup. Jessup was in his third Open finals, looking to finally take home a trophy, but his teammate stood in his way. Jessup eventually fell just short, as he was the last victim of Pete Ingram’s Nahiri summoning an Emrakul. Check out Jessup’s G/U Infect decklist here.
1. Pete Ingram
Team MGG dominated this tournament with Pete Ingram and Andrew Jessup colliding in the finals. Ingram was on the Jeskai Control deck that he worked on with Kevin Jones and Jim Davis, showcasing the power of Nahiri, the Harbinger. Ingram was able to draw into the Top 8 as the top seed and took down all comers. He eliminated John Pellman and his W/R Control brew in the quarterfinals, then beat Daniel Hendrickson and his R/G Valakut deck in the semis to set up the clast between teammates. When all the dust settled, Ingram came out on top after letting Nahiri bring Emrakul to the table and deal the final points of damage to Jessup. The win marks the second trophy going home with Team MGG this season, following Davis’ win in Baltimore. Check out Ingram’s Jeskai Control decklist here.