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. Danny Jessup
Danny Jessup flew under the radar on Day 2 after finishing Day 1 at 7-2, but put together big wins when he needed them down the stretch. Jessup sleeved up Four-Color Rite, splashing Nahiri, to prey on the massive amounts of G/W Tokens. The strategy paid off as Jessup clutched out his last round of Swiss to squeak into the Top 8 as the eighth seed. Jessup ran into Jeff Hoogland in the Top 8, falling in two games, but he did grab 15 SCG Points to get him closer to the Top 16 of the Player of the Year leaderboard. Check out Jessup’s Four-Color Rite decklist here.
Gerry Thompson was the center of attention in Atlanta two weeks ago with his 15-0 record in the Swiss with G/W Tokens. Thompson didn’t shine quite as bright this weekend, but did manage to be the only G/W Tokens player to make the Top 8 of #SCGORL when 30 players on Day 2 picked the dominant deck in the format. Thompson joined Tom Ross in back-to-back Open Top 8s, but bowed out in the quarterfinals to Brennan DeCandio and his W/U Aggro deck. Though he is already qualified for the Players’ Championship, Thompson will only trail Jeff Hoogland by seven SCG Points in the Player of the Year race. Check out Thompson’s G/W Tokens decklist here.
Jeff Hoogland notched his fourth Open Top 8 of the year this weekend, improving on his finish with Abzan Seasons Past in Atlanta. Hoogland tuned the deck a bit and crushed the Swiss, locking his berth for the Top 8 after Round 13. Hoogland took down Danny Jessup in the quarterfinals, before falling to Tom Ross in the semifinals. Hoogland grows his lead in the Player of the Year race by five points as Gerry Thompson made Top 8, but still lost ground by getting eliminated in the quarterfinals. Hoogland will look to add to his lead next weekend in Dallas, as he goes for his fourth Modern Open Top 8. Check out Hoogland’s Abzan Seasons Past decklist here.
2. David Bollenback
David Bollenback was in position to play spoiler, facing down Tom Ross in the finals, who was looking to win back-to-back Opens. Bollenback piloted his Naya Midrange deck through the Top 8, taking down Lucas Kiefer in the quarterfinals and Brennan DeCandio in the semis. After eliminating two aggressive strategies, Bollenback had the tools to slow down The Boss. But Bollenback didn’t have time to clog the board and take over with his Planeswalkers as Ross flooded the board early, winning Game 1 on the fourth turn and Game 3 on the fifth. Despite falling in the finals, Bollenback displayed the power of Naya Midrange with a marquee finish. Check out Bollenback’s Naya Midrange decklist here.
1. Tom Ross
It’s Tom Ross’ world, we’re just living in it. The Boss continues to make SCG Tour® history, becoming the first player to win back-to-back two-day Opens and the first to win three Opens in the new structure. Ross did it the way he does, piloting W/R Humans past the competition, putting on a clinic in top aggressive deck in the format. Ross beat Charles Gindy in the 75-card mirror in the quarterfinals, took down Jeff Hoogland in the semifinals, and ousted David Bollenback in the finals with the tournament winning-game coming down to a flurry of Reckless Bushwhackers. The second-straight win puts Ross in the lead in the Season Two points race while jumping into third in the POY race. Ross will look to grow his lead in Season Two next weekend in Dallas. Check out Ross’ W/R Humans decklist here.