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. Jacob Baugh
On a weekend dominated by Team MGG, Jacob Baugh represented Team Lotus in the Top 8, winning his Round 15 match against Jim Davis to squeak into the elimination rounds with Abzan Company. The #SCGCOL champion was looking for another trophy, bringing his own tuned version of Abzan Company. Baugh’s ran came to an early as the No. 13 player on the POY leaderboard fell to Andrew Jessup’s Infect in three games in the quarterfinals. Baugh will climb a few spots into the top 10 and be battling in Worcester. Check out Baugh’s Abzan Company decklist here.
4. Jim Davis
The captain of Team MGG was the first of the four teammates to secure his Top 8 berth, getting his 12th win in Round 13, allowing him to scoop to Pete Ingram, ensuring his Top 8. Davis had a chance to be the top seed in the elimination rounds and keep Jacob Baugh from the Top 8, but lost in Round 15, allowing the Team Lotus member a spot in the bracket. Davis fell to Ingram in the Jeskai Control mirror in the quarterfinals, but came away with a successful weekend as three Team MGG teammates advanced to the semifinals. Check out Davis’ Jeskai Control decklist here.
3. Pete Ingram
Pete Ingram entered #SCGDFW as the reigning Modern Open champion from Indianapolis and was set on keeping that title. Ingram finished Day 1 at 8-1 and was able to intentionally draw into the Top 8 in Round 15 after his stellar performance with Jeskai Control. After getting past Davis in the quarterfinals, Ingram had to face off against teammate Kevin Jones in the semifinals. Ingram wasn’t able to hold off Jones’ Delvers and delve creatures as he fell in three games, killing the chance of a rematch of Ingram vs. Andrew Jessup from #SCGINDY. Check out Ingram’s Jeskai Control Deck Tech here.
2. Andrew Jessup
Andrew Jessup entered the Top 8 as the No. 1 seed and looked to improve on his runner-up finish in Indianapolis last month. Jessup continued Infecting his opponents, taking down Jacob Baugh in the quarterfinals and Jared Tow in the semifinals. Jessup found himself in his fourth Open finals, but was lacking a trophy. The only thing standing in front of him was Kevin Jones and Grixis Delver. Jessup took a quick Game 1, but would once again fall just short after dropping the next two games. Despite missing his chance at his first trophy, Jessup earned 25 SCG Points and will jump into sixth place in the race for SCG Tour® Player of the year. Check out Jessup’s Infect deck list here.
1. Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones almost didn’t come to #SCGDFW after missing his flight, but after a chat with his team’s manager, Jones was rescheduled and on his way. Jones submitted Grixis Delver as his deck of choice, opting not to run Infect or Jeskai Control like the other four players on Team MGG. Jones was able to ID into the Top 8 and took down David Pierce and his Living End deck in the quarterfinals. From there, it was only teammates in his way to his second Open trophy. Jones took down Pete Ingram in the semifinals and won Game 2 and 3 of the finals to defeat Andrew Jessup for the title. Jones will leap into the Top 16 on the SCG Tour® Player of the Year leaderboard and have two byes for the Legacy Open in Worcester on July 9-10. Check out Kevin Jones’s Grixis Delver decklist here.