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. Brad Carpenter
Brad Carpenter can’t be stopped. For the third straight Open weekend, Carpenter walked away with a piece of hardware. After a rough performance in the Modern Open on Saturday, Carpenter destroyed the Standard Classic. Equipped with the W/U Flash deck that took Pro Tour Kaladesh by storm, Carpenter marched through the Swiss and rattled off three more wins in the Top 8 to claim his second straight Classic title, following his Open win in Orlando. Carpenter now has a stranglehold lead in the Season Three race, going up to a 14-point lead over Ted Felicetti. Check out Carpenter’s W/U Flash decklist here.
4. Jacob Baugh
Jacob Baugh, along with almost every member of Team Cardhoarder, brought Dredge to #SCGMKE, looking to play the most degenerate deck possible in the format. The selection looked strong as Baugh and Kent Ketter made the Top 8, using the powerful new enabler, Cathartic Reunion from Kaladesh. Baugh had to defeat Jim Davis in the Dredge mirror in Round 15 to make the Top 8, but did so in a grueling match, locking him for the elimination rounds. Once in the Top 8, Baugh fell to Samuel Jadin on Ad Nauseam in three games. Baugh earned 15 SCG Points for his performance, pushing him up to 178 and a strong finish from catching Todd Stevens in the yearlong race for the three at-large point earner slots for the Players’ Championship. Check out Baugh’s Dredge decklist here.
3. Kent Ketter
Kent Ketter was looking to make it back-to-back Open wins for Team Cardhoarder after Chris VanMeter took home the trophy in Indianapolis. Like the majority of his team, Ketter sleeved up Dredge and joined teammate Jacob Baugh in the Top 8. But just like his teammate, Ketter ran into Samuel Jadin on Ad Nauseam in the semifinals, following Baugh’s quarterfinal loss to the top seed in the Top 8. Ketter earned 20 SCG Points for his Top-4 finish, which should put him into the Top 16 on the Player of the Year leaderboard, good for two byes in Baltimore. Check out Ketter’s Dredge decklist here.
2. Samuel Jadin
Samuel Jadin absolutely crushed the Swiss of the Modern Open, only losing one match on his way to the No. 1 seed in the Top 8. Jadin opted for Ad Nauseam, taking down opponent after opponent in what was a fantastic deck choice for the weekend. Jadin dodged Infect for the majority of the tournament and punished the heavy amount of Dredge and Burn players round after round. Jadin got to coast into the finals of the Open, taking down Jacob Baugh and Kent Ketter, both on Dredge, in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. Jadin had to face Caleb Durward on Bant Spirits in the finals, and took a quick first game. But Jadin couldn’t assemble the combo of Angel’s Grace and Ad Nauseam once more as Durward took the final two games to deny him the title. Check out Jadin’s Ad Nauseam decklist here.
1. Caleb Durward
Caleb Durward caught everyone’s eye early in the Modern Open as he beat down unsuspecting opponents with Drogskol Captain and Mausoleum Wanderer. Durward had been tuning his Bant Spirits deck on his stream and unleashed the creation on the masses as he mowed through the Swiss. Durward lost his match in Round 15, but fortunately had high enough tiebreakers to squeak into the Top 8 as the no. 7 seed with a record of 12-3, giving himself a chance at his fourth Open title. Durward took down Paul Myers on Affinity in two games in the quarterfinals before defeating Jeremy Jund on Scapeshift in three games in the semis. In the finals, Durward faced one of the few players to give him a loss in the tournament, Samuel Jadin on Ad Nauseam. While Durward lost a quick Game 1 in the finals, he rebounded with powerful proactive draws in Games 2 and 3 to take the match with a pinch of disruption thanks to Mausoleum Wanderer. Check out Durward’s Bant Spirits decklist here.