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 made Day 2 of the #SCGINDY Standard Open at 6-3, but decided he’d rather take his chances in the Legacy Classic. To no one’s surprise, Walker made the elimination rounds without losing a match and took down the event with his trusty Grixis Delver deck. With two Legacy Open wins, a GP Top 8, and countless Classic Top 8s, Walker went undefeated on the day in his favorite eternal format. With Team Cardhoarder’s massive success this weekend, it only makes sense that Walker shined in the Classic as well.
4. Brad Carpenter
Brad Carpenter was looking for a big weekend to follow up his Modern Open win in Orlando a couple weeks ago. While Carpenter had a rough time in the Standard Open, Carpenter took home another piece of hardware by winning the Modern Classic. Carpenter used Infect, just like in Orlando, to win the plaque and the 15 SCG Points to take over the Season Three points lead, passing Ted Felicetti, who made the Top 64 of the Standard Open. With Carpenter’s run in Modern still going strong, the Next Ridge Nexus team member has to be a favorite at the Milwaukee Open in a few weeks.
3. Jacob Baugh
Team Cardhoarder dominated the #SCGINDY Standard Open with W/R Vehicles and Jacob Baugh was one of three teammates to make the Top 8 with the deck. Baugh defeated Tom Ross in Round 15 to earn his spot in the elimination rounds, setting up his quarterfinal match against fellow teammate, Chris VanMeter. Though Baugh come up short in the mirror match, he did collect 15 SCG Points in his 10th Open Top 8 of all time. Baugh will climb up a few spots on the SCG Tour®®Player of the Year leaderboard, up to 159, putting him within striking distance of one of the three yearly at large-berth slots to the Players’ Championship. Check out Baugh’s W/R Vehicles decklist here.
2. Zach Voss
In a sea of W/R aggressive decks, Voss emerged above all but one player in the #SCGINDY Standard Open with a Grixis Emerge build of his own design. The deck looked similar to the Sultai Emerge decks of the previous Standard format, while incorporating many new cards to the graveyard/emerge strategy. They heavy zombie design gained more graveyard play with Scrapheap Scrounger and Perpetual Timepiece, while gaining a new card advantage tool in Cathartic Reunion. Like every other deck in the Top 8, it also packed four copies of Smuggler’s Copter to keep the action flowing. Voss defeated Devin Koepke on W/R Vehicles in the quarterfinals before taking down Abe Schnake on B/G Delirium in the semis, setting up his finals match against Chris VanMeter. Voss wasn’t able to defeat W/R Vehicles again, losing in two quick games as CVM applied pressure early and often. Though Voss lost the finals, his decklist won much attention as the only deck with blue in the Top 8. Check out Voss’ Grixis Emerge decklist here.
It didn’t take long for CVM to get back into the swing of things, coming off his move to the Northwest and his coverage duties in the SCGLive® booth. The Cardhoarder team member made his 19th Open Top 8, along with two other teammates, on W/R Vehicles as the No. 4 seed. VanMeter didn’t waste much time in the Top 8, taking down Jacob Baugh in two fast games in the quarterfinal before taking down Jacob Hagen on R/B Aggro in three games in the semis. CVM had to face Zach Voss, who defeated Team Cardhoarder’s Devin Koepke in the quarterfinals, to determine who got to leave with the trophy. The finals were another quick affair, as CVM swept Voss, reversing the game count of Voss and Koepke, as VanMeter earned his fifth Open title. The win marks the second straight Week 1 Standard Open win for the team, as Koepke won the Columbus Open following the release of Eldritch Moon. Check out VanMeter’s W/R Vehicles decklist here.