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. Ted Felicetti
Ted Felicetti had a tough time in Day 1 of the Modern Open, but he didn’t let it ruin his weekend. The Richmond Open winner came into #SCGORL with the Season Three points lead and added onto that lead with a win in the Standard Classic. While Michael Majors and Brad Carpenter made Top 8 or better of the Modern Open, Felicetti got 15 SCG Points for the Classic win and one for playing in the Open to grow his lead to 11 over both of them. For Felicetti, it was the same deck he used to win the Open, Bant Company. Standard will change come #SCGINDY, and Collected Company will no longer be there. Can Felicetti keep his lead with the changing of the format? Check out Felicetti’s Bant Company decklist here.
4. Tom Ross
Tom Ross almost didn’t make it to the Open after missing his flight on Friday. The Boss rebooked for a morning flight on Saturday, arriving to the tournaments site a few minutes before Round 3 pairings were posted. Ross brought his pet deck, 8-Rack, and took many players by surprise, piloting the deck to a Top 8. Ross had to defeat Chris Juliano in Round 15 on Burn to make the elimination rounds, capping the round with an exciting Game 3. The 8-Rack run came to an end in the quarterfinals, however, as Ross fell in three to Lance Austin on Infect. Ross might not have been able to defend his win in Orlando back in June, but he did earn 15 SCG Points, cutting Jeff Hoogland’s lead in the Player of the Year race to just five. Hoogland took the weekend off for a vacation to Hawaii, but he’ll be back in action at #SCGINDY, where Ross will be competing to be the first person to grab the lead from Hoogland. Check out Ross’ 8-Rack Deck Tech here.
Michael Majors decided to make a run for the Players’ Championship in Season Three following his Top-4 finish in the New Jersey Invitational. The platinum level pro kept his spot as the third point leader after this weekend, thanks to his Top 8 with Scapeshift. Majors opted to play the R/G list that Oliver Tiu played at the World Championship, paying off in his sixth Open Top 8. Though Majors fell in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion, Brad Carpenter, the 15 points will keep him tied with Carpenter in the Season Three race at 56 SCG Points. Check out Majors’ Scapeshift decklist here.
2. David Sharfman
The Pro Tour Nagoya champion already had two Open wins under his belt, but was looking for a third this weekend in Orlando. Sharfman played an updated version of Goryo’s Vengeance, opting for a Grixis build without Worldspine Wurm or Nourishing Shoal. Sharfman looked primed for another title after making the Top 8 by defeating Billy Vasilakis in Round 15 on Naya Breach. Sharfman defeated Eli Kassis and his unique Four-Color Retreat deck in the quarterfinals before beating John Cuvelier on Affinity in the semis. Sharfman took Game 1 of the finals in quick fashion, but couldn’t get the second win as Brad Carpenter and Infect got the best of him in the final two games. Check out Sharfman’s Goryo’s Vengeance decklist here.
1. Brad Carpenter
Brad Carpenter came into #SCGORL as the No. 13 player in the POY race and behind three players, who are vying for an at-large berth for the Players’ Championship at the end of the season. When the dust settled, Carpenter left Orlando an Open champion and as the second player in, regarding the yearly race. On top of jumping up the rankings in the POY race, Carpenter also is tied with Michael Majors for the second and third Season Three points qualifications. Carpenter’s win with Infect came at the right time of the year, setting himself up to control his own destiny down the stretch. He also improved on his Top-4 finish at the Charlotte Modern Open in Season One, where he lost in the semifinals to Goryo’s Vengeance at the hands of Bob Huang. Infect proved faster than the graveyard-based deck David Sharfman played this weekend, as he won his hometown Open and marked the first win for the Next Ridge Nexus team. Check out Carpenter’s Infect decklist here.