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.
Caleb Scherer came into the weekend holding onto the final at-large berth to the 2016 Players’ Championship and needed a strong finish to hold off the competition. The 2015 Las Vegas Invitational champion had a rough Day 1, finishing 5-3, but made Day 2 to be able to work for a Topp-64 finish. After his win in Round 16, Scherer’s fate was in the hands of the tiebreakers as he needed a Top-64 finish and Todd Anderson to not make Top 16. Scherer grabbed 63rd as Anderson finished in 17th, letting Scherer squeak into the #SCGPC as the final yearlong points leader to make the cut. Scherer wrapped up his weekend with by winning the Modern Classic with Dredge, giving him some momentum for the Players’ Championship on Dec. 17-18. Check out Scherer’s Dredge decklist here.
4. Brad Nelson
Brad Nelson came into the Invitational hot after winning the #SCGKNOX Standard Open and with a #SCGPC slot in his sights. Nelson only had to outperform the handful of players behind him in the Season Three race to hold onto his qualification, and he did just that. Nelson made Day 2 at 6-2 and finished the event at 11-5, good enough for a Top-32 finish and enough SCG Points to clinch his Players’ Championship berth. Nelson stuck with his go-to decks in Standard and Modern, piloting B/G Delirium and Death’s Shadow Aggro to the finish he desired to clinch his spot in his third straight #SCGPC. Nelson won in 2014 and made Top 4 in 2015, can Nelson continue his dominance of the year-end tournament? Find out in two weeks!
3. Todd Stevens
Todd Stevens was in good shape to make the Players’ Championship after his solid year on the SCG Tour®. Stevens just needed to not get passed by two players in the yearlong points race and made sure no one did that with a strong Invitational finish in Atlanta. Stevens sleeved up Aetherworks Marvel and W/R Prison for the event and finished 12-4, securing a Top-16 finish that clinched his slot to his first Players’ Championship. While he fell short of an Invitational Top 8 this weekend, Stevens’ year included Open Top 8s in all formats, including a runner-up finish in Atlanta to Tom Ross. Find out how the best dressed player on the SCG Tour® performs in the year-end tournament on Dec. 17-18!
Brennan DeCandio and his team of Next Ridge Nexus didn’t have a great Invitational, but youngster from Florida made more than up for it in the Standard Open. DeCandio took down the “secret” Open attached to the Invitational, making it two straight events for B/G Delirium on the SCG Tour®. DeCandio’s win also marks a second Open victory for the Next Ridge Nexus, following Brad Carpenter’s Modern open win in Orlando earlier this season. While the team formed late in the year, it put up strong results, including two Opens wins, and two Classic wins. Check out DeCandio’s B/G Delirium decklist here.
1. Jacob Baugh
Jacob Baugh came into the Invitational just short of an #SCGPC qualification and was on the hunt for a strong finish good enough to jump someone in the Season Three points race. Baugh ended up covering all his bases, making his first Invitational Top 8 after defeating John Cuvelier in Round 16 to reach the elimination rounds as the No. 3 seed. Baugh stuck with Dredge in Modern and opted for Naya Aetherworks in Standard, showing up as one of five players in the Top 8 on an Aetherworks Marvel deck. Baugh took down Joe Bernal on B/G Delirium in the quarterfinals in a tight five-game set before defeating Adam Snook on B/G Aggro in five in the semifinals, including an instant highlight Game 5 where Baugh had to connect on Aetherworks Marvel after missing two previous times. In the finals, Baugh had to face the top-seeded Ben Friedman, also on Naya Aetherworks. In the end, Baugh’s build with multiple copies of Nahiri, the Harbinger came out on top as Baugh swept the finals 3-0 to earn the title of Invitational champion, $10,000, an invite to the Players’ Championship and Pro Tour Aether Revolt, and his very own custom token. Check out Baugh’s Naya Aetherworks decklist here.