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. Jadine+Klomparens dive back into tournament Magic came at a great time as she started the Invitational with a 7-1 record on Day 1. Klomparens used Jund and Bant Company to secure enough wins for her first Invitational Top 8 berth, getting to intentionally draw in to the elimination rounds with Tom+Ross in Round 16. Once in the Top 8, Klomparens faced down the one true control deck remaining in the tournament in the hands of Lucas Loysen. Klomparens won a tough five-game match, using a Liliana+of+the+Veil ultimate before Loysen drew seven cards in one turn to seal the match. Klomparens battled through Brad+Nelson on Death’s Shadow Aggro in the semifinals, weathering a Turn-2 loss in the first game before taking the match in four games. Klomparens was on the verge of making history as the first woman to win an Invitational, but Liam Lonergan and his Elves deck had other plans. Klomparens couldn’t hold off the elven army as Lonergan took the match 3-0. Though she didn’t come home with the trophy, Klomparens will start Season Three in great position after earning 40 SCG Points for her runner-up finish. With a bunch of extra cash for second place, Klomparens said she might be looking to travel and make a run in the final season of 2016. Check out Klomparens’ Jund decklist here.
1. Liam Lonergan
Liam Lonergan flew under the radar for most of the Invitational, but he made his presence known when it mattered most. After cruising into the Top 8 with a flawless 8-0 record in Modern with Elves, Lonergan looked to run that record up with three more potential matches remaining. The New Jersey local qualified for the event by winning a Modern IQ with Elves and clearly knew what he was doing. Lonergan got paired with one of the scariest names to play in an Invitational Top 8, but didn’t back down. Lonergan swept Tom+Ross 3-0 in the quarterfinals before defeating Michal Majors 3-1 in the semifinals. Lonergan had never made Day 2 in a multi-day tournament before and now was a match away from winning $10,000, an invite to the Players’ Championship and Pro Tour Kaladesh, along with a token bearing his own image. Lonergan wasted no time in the finals, winning with another 3-0 sweep as his Elves overran Jadine+Klomparens in the finals. Though he came in as an unknown, get to know Lonergan, as you’ll be seeing him come December in the 2016 Players’ Championship. Check out Lonergan’s undefeated Modern Elves decklist here.