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. Ronnie Ritner
Ronnie Ritner led to some of the most exciting moments on camera at #SCGCOL with his unique take on B/W Angel Control. Ritner tweaked a B/W Control deck from the previous Standard format, making room for Thalia’s Lancers, which can tutor up both halves of Brisela, Voice of Nightmares. Ritner melded Gisela, the Broken Blade and Bruna, the Fading Light on camera for an SCG Tour® first and was able to find other legendary heavy hitters like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Linvala, the Preserver with the Lancers. Ritner made the Top 8, but his run came to an end when fell to Kyle Boggemes in the quarterfinals. Check out Ritner’s B/W Angel Control Deck Tech here.
4. Dan Jessup
Dan Jessup sleeved up the Bant Company deck his brother designed for Team MGG and used the build to make his eighth Top 8. While Bant Company was a huge chunk of the Day 2 field, the Team MGG build varied by using two copies of Thalia, Heretic Cathar and four copies of Lambholt Pacifist. Jim Davis also made Top 32 with the list, but Jessup had the highest finish of his team, losing in the quarterfinals to Devin Koepke in the quarterfinals. Jessup’s finisher will boost him into the Top 16 of the Player of the Year leaderboard and grant him two byes for #SCGBALT. Check out Jessup’s Bant Company deck list here.
3. Eric Rill
Eric Rill was playing in one of his last Opens for a while and wanted to make the most of it. The five-time Open champion is moving to Denver next week and had his eyes on a sixth trophy Rill showed that G/W Tokens wasn’t going anywhere and even denied Tom Ross a fourth-straight Standard Open Top 8 by beating the Boss in Round 15 to secure his slot in the elimination rounds. Once in the Top 8, Rill took down Matthew Voltz and his G/R Goggles deck in the quarterfinals before falling to Ali Aintrazi and his Sultai Control deck in the semifinals. Check out Rill’s G/W Tokens deck list here.
2. Ali Aintrazi
Ali Aintrazi spent the past week on a Disney cruise, opting to relax rather than test for the new Standard format. While he wasn’t slinging spells on the boat, Aintrazi was brewing up a Sultai Control deck that looked like something only he could put together. With the goal of casting Emrakul, the Promised End, Aintrazi crushed the Swiss, making the Top 8 as the second overall seed. Aintrazi defeated Kasey Walton on B/G Seasons Past in the quarterfinals and Eric Rill on G/W Tokens in the semis before setting up his finals match with Devin Koepke on Bant Company. Aintrazi defeated many Bant Company players on the weekend, but came up a game short of a third Open title in the finals. Check out Aintrazi’s Sultai Control Deck Tech here.
1. Devin Koepke
In a field full of Bant Company, Devin Koepke and Team Cardhoarder’s build of the deck took the top spot. While Koepke was the only member of his team to make the Top 8, his teammates Chris Andersen, Kent Ketter, and Andrew Tenjum finished 16th, 19th, and 21st with the same 75.Tenjum designed the deck that won the mirror with the combination of Archangel Avacyn and Selfless Spirit allowing their deck to clear the board while leaving a powerful threat on the board. Koepke won Bant Company mirrors in the quarters and semis, beating Dan Jessup and Kyle Boggemes, before facing off with Ali Aintrazi in the finals. Koepke showed the power of Spell Queller, using multiple copies of the spirit to out-tempo Aintrazi and take home the trophy for his first win. Check out Koepke’s Bant Company deck list here.