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. Noah Walker
Noah Walker was one of many players navigating the Swiss with a Temur Emerge deck this weekend. Walker worked with Worlds Top 4 competitor, Oliver Tiu, on the list and managed to make the Top 8. The Team Cardhoarder member made his third Open Top 8 of the year, including a win in Worcester, to continue his push for the Players’ Championship. Walker got 15 SCG Points to bolster his total up to 106, a strong finish away from making it into the Top 16 on the Players of the Year leaderboard for tow byes. Walker’s run came to an end when he fell to Todd Anderson in the quarterfinals in a Temur Emerge mirror. Check out Walker’s Temur Emerge decklist here.
Shaheen Soorani came into #SCGRICH with an 8-0 record attached to his Standard Esper Control deck from the Invitational in New Jersey. Soorani showed everyone that the performance wasn’t a fluke as he went 12-2-1 in the Swiss to make the Top 8 as the No. 2 seed. Soorani did exactly what he does, grinding out Bant Company and Emerge players all weekend as he made his eighth Open Top 8. Soorani took out Frank Skarren on Sultai Emerge in the quarterfinals, before falling to Ted Felicetti on Bant Company in the semifinals. Check out Soorani’s Esper Control decklist here.
Todd Anderson picked up Temur Emerge this weekend, listening to the advice of Michael Majors, despite never playing a match with the deck before #SCGRICH. Anderson tackled the complexity of the deck, round by round, even picking up a rare unintentional draw in the Swiss. By the end of the Swiss, Anderson was cooking, taking down all comers as he cruised into the Top 8. Anderson defeated Noah Walker in a Temur Emerge mirror in the quarterfinals before falling to Jacob Hagen on G/U Crush in the semifinals. Anderson, in his 29th Open Top 8, picked up 20 SCG Points, to boost him up to 152 on the year, moving him up to the Top 10 on the Player of the Year leaderboard as he makes his push for the Players’ Championship. Check out Anderson’s Temur Emerge decklist here.
2. Jacob Hagen
G/U Crush had put up a couple notable finishes this season, leading to its best performance in the hands of Jacob Hagen this weekend in Richmond. Hagen showcased the power of the ramp deck, opting for looping Den Protector and Crush of Tentacles, rather than Emrakul, the Promised End or Ulamog, the Caseless Hunger. Hagen crushed his way through Swiss and took down Gavin Schober on B/G Control in the quarterfinals before defeating Todd Anderson in the semis. In the end, Ted Felicetti and Bant Company was too much for Hagen and his 8/8 Octopus to handle. Check out Hagen’s G/U Crush decklist here.
1. Ted Felicetti
Ted Felicetti had a great start to the Season Two Invitational in New Jersey, starting 8-0 before coming up just short of the Top 8. With a Top-16 finish in New Jersey, Felicetti came to Richmond looking to put himself in the Season Three points race with a decent finish. Felicetti did just that taking down the tournament with Bant Company, putting himself in first place on the Season Three leaderboard by a one=point margin over Jadine Klomparens, who made Top 16 at #SCHRICH following her runner-up finish in the Invitational. Felicetti defeated Cedric Phillips on Mono-White Humans in the quarters, Shaheen Soorani on Esper Control in the semis, and Jacob Hagen on G/U Crush in the finals to claims him first Open trophy. Get ready to see more of Felicetti on the SCG Tour® as he pursues his invite to the Players’ Championship in the Season Three race. Check out his Bant Company decklist here.