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. Chi+Hoi+Yim in Round 15, securing the No. 2 seed in the elimination rounds. Segal is known to play some off-the-wall decks, but had no issues making his first Open Top 8 with the powerful U/R control deck that topped out with Ulamog%2C+the+Ceaseless+Hunger. Segal defeated Logan Glover and his G/R Eldrazi deck in the quarters, but fell to Chi+Hoi+Yim in the quarterfinals in a close three-game set, setting up a semifinal clash against his friend, Westvale+Abbey hand and was dead before he could manage to cast a single spell against Ross’ W/R Humans deck. Just like that, the 18-0 dream was gone, but Thompson did earn his third Open Top 8 of the year, and will be second in the Player of the Year race, just two points behind Todd+Stevens is quickly making a name for himself on the SCG Tour®, earning his third Open Top 8 in 2016. Stevens played Bant Humans after testing it briefly the week before the event and steamrolled the competition. Stevens defeated Austin Matthews and his Bant Rite deck in the quarterfinals before taking down Michael+Segal in the semis, setting up his finals showdown with hotel roommate for the weekend, Tom+Ross
Tom+Ross knows a thing or two about aggressive decks, so seeing him sleeve up W/R Humans should frighten most. The back-to-back Invitational champion and two-time Open winner didn’t expect to win the event this weekend and figured he’d use the weekend to get in some Legacy practice in the Sunday Classic. But The Boss had no desires to play an eternal format on Sunday after his 7-2 start. Ross cruised through Day 2, setting up a win-and-in against Cedric Phillips in Round 15. Ross took the match quickly in two, making the Top 8 as the fifth seed. Ross dispatched Hugo Terra and his U/W Aggro deck in the quarterfinals before getting matched against Gerry+Thompson, who entered the match on a 16-match winning streak. Ross didn’t blush, eliminating his friend, and setting up his finals matchup against Todd+Stevens, who he was sharing a hotel with on the weekend. Ross once again gave no quarter against his friend and took the match in two fast games, earning his third Open trophy. Ross will now jump up to fifth in the POY race, setting up his #SCGPC run. Check out Ross’ W/R Humans decklist here.