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.
Jeff Hoogland didn’t waste any time retaking the lead in the Player of the Year race, even after a rough day in the Legacy Open. While Tom Ross made Day 2 at 6-3, Hoogland missed the cut and looked to rebound in the Modern Classic. Hoogland did just that, by squeaking into the Top 8 as the No. 8 seed and not losing another match. Hoogland brought back his trusty Kiki-Chord deck and ran through the elimination rounds to secure another Classic title and, more importantly, 16 SCG Points on the weekend to jump in front of Ross by six points after The Boss managed a Top-64 finish in the Open. Check out Hoogland’s Kiki-Chord decklist here.
4. David Long
David Long is a Legacy Lands specialist. Long has one of the highest win percentages on the SCG Tour®, all coming from his work in Legacy. Long made his sixth Legacy Open Top 8 with his favorite deck, using an absurd run to make the Top 8 after picking up his third loss in the middle of Day 1. Long didn’t stop winning until the semifinals, where he fell to Jonathan Orr on Shardless Sultai in two quick and uneventful games. While Long missed out on the trophy in his sixth Top 8, he does take home a bunch of cash and 20 SCG Points. Check out Long’s Lands decklist here.
3. Daryl Ayers
It didn’t look like anyone was going to be able to stop Daryl Ayers this weekend. Ayers annihilated the Swiss, running up a 12-0 record before taking his first loss, then using an intentional draw to lock up his spot as the top seed in the elimination rounds. Ayers put on a master clinic in his quarterfinal match against Gerard Fabiano on Miracles, setting up another match against Joe Lossett. Ayers defeated Lossett earlier on Day 2 in the Swiss, but he wasn’t able to keep the run going as Lossett notched a 2-0 win thanks to some timely Vensers. Ayers came up short of a second Legacy Open win, but did quite well for himself on the weekend, showcasing the power of four copies of Ghost Quarter in his Lands deck Check out Ayers’ Lands decklist here.
2. Joe Lossett
Joe Lossett is on quite the run in two-day Legacy events. The Miracle Man has three straight Top 8s spanning the Season Two Legacy Open in Worcester, Grand Prix Columbus, and here in Baltimore this weekend. Lossett had to win a tense match against Jim Davis in Round 15 to earn his spot in the elimination rounds, setting up his quarterfinal match against 15-year-old Brenden Mccarley on Grixis Delver. Lossett dispatched the youngster in quick fashion, setting up his semifinal rematch with Daryl Ayers on Lands. Lossett fell to Ayers earlier in the Swiss, but got vengeance swiftly, winning 2-0 to advance to the finals. Lossett was looking for his sixth Open win to tie Todd Anderson on the record for most wins, but Jonatan Orr had other plans. Lossett couldn’t get anything going in both games and missed out on his chance to take home another trophy. While Lossett missed out on the win, he did earn 25 SCG Points to put him in great shape for an at-large berth to the Players’ Championship. Check out Lossett’s Miracles decklist here.
1. Jonathan Orr
The Top 8 of the #SCGBALT Legacy Open had its share of Legacy ringers, but Jonathan Orr was there to pay spoiler. Orr maneuvered his way through the Swiss with Shardless Sultai, winning Round 15 against Chris Stagno on Elves to earn his spot in the Top 8. From there, Orr steamrolled the competition, defeating each opponent 2-0 in the elimination rounds Orr took down Tom Smiley on Bant Deathblade in the quarters, David Long on Lands in the semis, and Joe Lossett on Miracles in the finals. In the end, Orr made the most of his first Top 8 and claimed the trophy. Check out Orr’s Shardless Sultai decklist here.