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. Ricky Linn
Ad Nauseam took down the title at #SCGINDY two weeks ago in the hands of Nick Byrd and was in position to repeat this weekend with Ricky Linn at the helm. Linn was one of two Ad Nauseam players in Day 2, the other being 16th-place finisher Sky Goy, and both squared off in Round 15 to determine which player would represent the deck in the Top 8. Linn won the mirror match and entered the Top 8 as the No 6 seed, facing Aaron Rubin on Death’s Shadow in the quarterfinals. Linn was unable to stop the hottest commodity in Modern, falling in two quick games to Rubin, who prevented Ad Nauseam from taking down back-to-back Opens. Check out Linn’s Ad Nauseam decklist here.
4. Todd Stevens
Todd Stevens is no stranger to having success in Modern with decks of his own design and this weekend was no different. Stevens had been streaming with his G/W Company brew since the release of Renegade Rallier and opted to register the deck because of its favorable position against Death’s Shadow and Burn – two decks that were the most popular on Day 2 of #SCGDFW. Stevens was rewarded with a tremendous run through the Swiss, dropping only one match on his to the top seed in the elimination rounds. Stevens was paired against Austin Bursavich on Death’s Shadow and looked in great shape to advance after taking Game 1, but stumbled on mana in the remaining two games to lose the match and end his tournament. Despite missing out on a trophy, Stevens will take over the top spot in both SCG Tour® leaderboards thanks to his 15 SCG Points for his sixth Open Top 8. Check out Stevens’ G/W Company Deck Tech here.
3. Austin Grady
Austin Grady is known for playing Merfolk in Modern in the region, making his way to the Pro Tour via winning an RPTQ with the deck a season ago. Grady went to his trusty deck at #SCGDFW to make the Top 8 as the No. 4 seed after getting to intentionally draw in Round 15. Grady defeated Kaider Sheen on Bant Eldrazi in the quarterfinals, setting up his semifinals match against Austin Bursavich on Death’s Shadow – a rematch of the two decks in the finals of Grand Prix Vancouver. Grady was able to push the match to a third game, but fell in the end as entered the Abyss from Bursavich’s Tarmogoyfs. Check out Grady’s build of Merfolk here.
2. Trent Avera
To little surprise, Burn was the most popular deck on Day 2 of #SCGDFW with two pilots reaching the Top 8. Avera took down the mirror match in the quarterfinals against Kenny Hudman, leaving him what would become a bracket of Death’s Shadow in his way to the trophy. While Avera squeaked out the semifinals against Aaron Rubin thanks to a timely Reflecting Palm, the soon-to-be Pro Tour Amonkhet competitor couldn’t repeat his success in the finals against Austin Bursavich. Check out Avera’s Burn decklist here.
Austin Bursavich is known in this area for his prowess with Infect, but after the banning of Gitaxian Probe he picked up Death’s Shadow for his first constructed tournament in months. Without playing a game with the deck before the event, Bursavich won Round 15 against Merfolk to reach the Top 8 as the No. 8 seed. Bursavich didn’t let a bracket of being on the draw get in his way, taking down Todd Stevens on G/W Company in the quarterfinals, Austin Grady on Merfolk in the semis, and finally, Trent Avera on Burn in the finals. Death’s Shadow was the second-most played deck on Day 2 of #SCGDFW and took down its first SCG Tour® trophy in the second event. Bursavich decided to go without the white splash in the sideboard and piloted the deck masterfully on his way to his first SCG Tour® title. Check out Bursavich’s Death’s Shadow decklist here.