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. Todd Stevens
Todd Stevens entered this weekend with plenty of results in Standard and Modern but was lacking in Legacy results. After working with Tom Ross and testing for two weeks, Stevens played Infect to a Top 8 finish, only picking up two losses in the Swiss rounds. Stevens battled through rough matchups throughout the Swiss, taking down multiple Lands and red Prison-style decks. He was able to intentionally draw into the Top 8 in Round 15, earning the fourth seed. Stevens’s run came to an end in the quarterfinals when he ran into Ed Demicco and Grixis Delver, but he still came away with a good chunk of change and fifteen SCG Points to jump Andrew Jessup on the SCG Tour® Player of the Year leaderboard and make himself a contender in the Season Two points race. Check out Stevens’s Infect decklist here.
The No. 1 player on the SCG Tour® has been crushing every format this year and added his fifth Open Top 8 of the year in Legacy. Hoogland came to battle with Mono-Red Sneak Attack, a deck he has been testing online on his stream, bombarding his opponents with must-answer threats. Hoogland defeated Jeff Folinus in Round 15 to make the Top 8, but couldn’t defeat his second straight Miracles opponent as he fell to Joe Lossett in the quarterfinals. While Hoogland continues to be the player with the most Top 8s without a win (fifteen), he’ll get fifteen more SCG Points to grow his lead on the SCG Tour® Player of the Year race. Check out Hoogland’s Mono-Red Sneak Attack Deck Tech here.
3. Joe Lossett
The Miracles master entered the event fresh off a runner-up finish in Grand Prix Columbus and was looking to improve on that finish. Lossett started off with eleven straight wins before dropping two matches, leaving him in need of at least one more win in the final two rounds. Lossett pulled out a win against Infect in Round 14, allowing him to intentionally draw with Ed Demicco in Round 15 for the Top 8 berth. Lossett took down Jeff Hoogland in the quarterfinals, but would come up short in his attempts to win a sixth Open when he fell to Kevin King and his Lands deck in the semifinals. Lossett earned twenty SCG Points to leap Gerry Thompson for second place on the SCG Tour® Player of the Year leaderboard and climb into the Top 10 in the Season Two points race. Check out Lossett’s Miracles decklist here.
2. Kevin King
Kevin King showed that Lands is still a threat in Legacy as he crushed the Swiss, taking only one loss in fifteen rounds. The 2015 Legacy Championships semifinalist earned his first Open Top 8 but faced a tough road in the elimination rounds. King upset Jonathan Morawski on Reanimator in the quarterfinals before taking down Joe Lossett in the semis, setting up a finals match against Ed Demicco on Grixis Delver. King was in good position to take home the trophy in a repeat matchup of Grand Prix Seattle, but he was unable to get his Life from the Loam engine online in Games 2 and 3, leaving him a game short of the title. Check out King’s Lands decklist here.
1. Ed Demicco
Ed Demicco has been crushing Legacy events in the Northeast with Grixis Delver for years. His unique build of the popular archetype gave him the tools to make it through the Swiss with just two losses and get into the Top 8 as the fifth seed. Demicco made quick work of Todd Stevens in the quarterfinals and found a way to defeat Rob Blocher and his Goblin Prison brew in the semis. Demicco faced a tough test of Lands in the hands of Kevin King in the finals but found the lines he needed to win, picking up both post-sideboard games off fast starts with Delver of Secrets and Deathrite Shaman. Check out Demicco’s Grixis Delver decklist here.