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.
While Todd Anderson didn’t make Day 2 in the Modern Open along with his fellow Roanoke players with Dredge, Anderson put in plenty of work in the Standard Classic. Anderson played U/R Spells to his third Classic victory, netting 16 SCG Points on the weekend (15 from the Classic win and one from playing in the Open). Anderson defeated the current leader in the SCG Tour® Player of the Year race, Jeff Hoogland, in the quarterfinals before taking down Thomas Hackman on B/W Angel Control in the semifinals. Anderson bested Brian Finlayson-Schueler on Bant Company in the finals, making it quite the weekend for Ross Merriam, Tom Ross, and Anderson. Anderson will move higher on the Player of the Year leaderboard, keeping his two byes secure for the foreseeable future. Check out Anderson’s U/R Spells decklist here.
4. Tom Ross
Tom Ross entered the weekend second in the SCG Tour® Player of the Year race and the Season Two race, but his Top 8 gave him the lead in latter. As one of three players from Roanoke on Dredge, Ross made the Top 8 with own slight twist on the archetype, losing to Nick D’Ambrose on Infect in the quarterfinals. The Boss passed Kevin Jones in the Season Two race, taking the lead by six SCG Points going into the New Jersey Invitational. Ross will look to confirm his invite to the Players’ Championship next weekend, while shooting for a third Invitational title. Check out Ross’ Dredge decklist here.
Chris Andersen secured back-to-back Open Top 8s this weekend, playing Jund to a Top-4 finish, following his semifinals appearance in Baltimore two weeks ago with Bant Company. The Team Cardhoarder captain was one of three players on Jund in the Top 8, winning the mirror against Mac Schrantz in the quarterfinals. Andersen lost two quick games in the semifinals to Matthew Voltz on R/G Breach, but will jump up to about 20th place on the Player of the Year leaderboard and only a few points away from securing two byes for the remainder of the season. Check out Andersen’s Jund decklist here.
2. Matthew Voltz
Matthew Voltz showed his prowess for ramp decks after his second Top 8 in three Opens with a R/G deck that powers out gigantic creatures. After his Top 8 in Columbus with G/R Goggles, Voltz made the finals this weekend with R/G Breach. Voltz took down Alan Breitman and U/W Control in the quarterfinals, before smashing Chris Andersen with Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in semifinals. Voltz fell a game short in the finals of taking home a trophy, losing to Ross Merriam and Dredge. Check out Voltz’ R/G Breach decklist here.
1. Ross Merriam
Dredge was the talk of Modern following the Classic at #SCGBALT, where Justin O’Keefe won the event with the basis of the deck the Roanoke crew brought to battle with in Syracuse. While Todd Anderson failed to make Day 2 with the deck, Ross Merriam and Tom Ross made the Top 8, ending with Merriam taking home his fourth trophy. Merriam showed how busted the deck could play out on camera multiple times, including Game 1 of the finals against Matthew Voltz. Merriam crushed Andrew Boswell on Jund in the quarterfinals and Nick D’Ambrose on Infect in the semifinals, setting up his finals match against Voltz and his R/G Breach deck. The Zombies proved to be too strong in the end, as Merriam overran Voltz in the finals, showing the deck can grind with fair decks and race the unfair decks in spectacular fashion. Merriam will be just outside the Top 16 on the Player of the Year leaderboard, but is set up for a run for the Players’ Championship in Season Three. Check out Merriam’s Dredge decklist here.