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%2C+Voice+of+Nightmares. Ritner melded Gisela%2C+the+Broken+Blade and Bruna%2C+the+Fading+Light on camera for an SCG Tour® first and was able to find other legendary heavy hitters like Kalitas%2C+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 Thalia%2C+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 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 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.