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
Chi Hoi Yim flew under the radar at #SCGATL on Day 2 after beginning the second day of competition at 7-2. The three-time Open winner (including a Legacy Open win in Atlanta in 2014) fought through Day 2 with Bant Humans, getting to ID into the Top 8 in the final round of Swiss. Though he is known for controlling decks, especially Miracles, Yim clobbered the Day 2 competition, setting up a match with Gerry Thompson in the quarterfinals. Yim looked to be the only person to give Thompson a loss in the tournament, taking him to a tight third game, but Thompson squeaked out his 16th-straight win. Check out Yim’s Bant Humans decklist here.
Michael Segal was one of only a few players in Day 2 to wield U/R Eldrazi and absolutely cut up the Swiss. Segal finished Day 1 at 8-1 and got to ID into the Top 8 with 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, the Ceaseless Hunger. Segal defeated Logan Glover and his G/R Eldrazi deck in the quarters, but fell to Todd Stevens and his Bant Humans build in the semifinals in three games. Check out Segal’s U/R Eldrazi decklist here.
It’s no surprise one of the most decorated players on the SCG Tour® stole the show at #SCGATL. Thompson crushed all comers in the Swiss, becoming the first person in SCG Tour® history to go 15-0 into the Top 8. The five-time Open winner had the top seed locked up and looked to take G/W Tokens to an unblemished 18-0 record. Thompson got past Chi Hoi Yim in the quarterfinals in a close three-game set, setting up a semifinal clash against his friend, Tom Ross. The two traded games, setting up a deciding game, where Thompson quickly chose to mulligan down to five cards. Thompson kept a single-land, 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 Jeff Hoogland. Check out Thompson’s G/W Tokens decklist here.
2. Todd Stevens
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. Stevens took a mulligan in both games of the finals and got ran over by Ross’ onslaught of humans. Stevens will jump up to sixth on the POY leaderboard, a spot behind The Boss, himself. Check out Stevens’ Bant Humans decklist here.
1. 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.