Top 5 Players of the Weekend
5. Dan Jessup
Dan Jessup has been on a tear with Grixis Death’s Shadow since he and his brother started playing the deck. After Andrew Jessup’s Top 8 at the Charlotte Open, Dan has made the Top 8 of the Roanoke Open, and the Team Constructed Open in Atlanta two weeks ago, playing in the Modern seat. Dan sleeved up the deck again here in Syracuse and worked his way to another Top 8, clinching his spot in the elimination rounds in Round 14, defeating Thought-Knot+Seer from Musser, dropping to fast Game 1. A mistake in combat proved costly for White in Game 2, as Musser was able to clear a pesky Walking+Ballista to open up his path to victory. While White came up a match short of the trophy, it was fine weekend for the first-time Top 8er. Check out White’s Eldrazi Tron decklist Dan+Musser
As his Top player profile reads, Dan+Musser knows his way around a Thought-Knot+Seer. Musser proved that’s true by rolling to his second Open victory behind the wheel of Eldrazi Tron. Though Musser put up plenty of results with Bant Eldrazi in the past, he followed Todd Stevens’ lead on the move to Eldrazi Tron and even replicated his success by taking down the Open a few weeks after Stevens did the same in Charlotte. Musser defeated Caleb Scherer on Storm in the quarterfinals and Jonathan Rosum on Jeskai Control in the semifinals, setting up the Eldrazi Tron mirror in the finals against Jeff White. Musser had the edge as the higher seed and used a Turn-2 Thought-Knot+Seer into a Turn-3 Reality+Smasher to take Game 1 in short order. Game 2 was more complicated, but Musser found the way to win his second trophy. Check out Musser’s Eldrazi Tron decklist here.