Top 5 Players of the Week
Learn more about five players who put up a great weekend through a high finish, interesting deck, or memorable moment.
5. Ali Aintrazi
Ali, the ramp-master himself, couldn’t be touched for the first 11 rounds of the tournament, annihilating all comers with G/R Tron. The 2015 Season Two Invitational champion made the Top 8 on the back of the most popular deck in the room on Day 2, but his run came to an end in the quarterfinals when he ran into Jeff Hoogland. Ali planned on going to both Modern Opens at the start of the season to see if he would make a run at the Players' Championship, and a Top 8 put him on a great start. Check out Ali's G/R Tron decklist here.
4. Todd Stevens
Todd earned his second Open Top 8 with Naya Company, consisting as one of the few "fair" decks to make the elimination rounds. Wild Nacatl and Voice of Resurgence crashed into the red zone for Todd as he rattled off a 12-2-1 record in the Swiss, intentionally drawing into the Top 8 in Round 15. Todd took down Andrew Hanks and Affinity in the quarterfinals before dropping his semifinal match to Jeff Hoogland. Todd plans on hitting every Open this season in an attempt to make the Players' Championship and is off to a fantastic start. Check out Todd's Naya Company decklist here.
BBD made it to back-to-back Open Top 8s after securing his first win in Las Vegas at the Season Four Invitational. Brian sliced his way through the Swiss behind U/R Twin, winning a slew of Twin mirror matches throughout Day 2. BBD took down Josh Dickerson and Affinity in the quarterfinals before getting run over by Bobby Fortanely and Amulet Bloom in the semifinals. Combining this finish with his win in Las Vegas, Brian is poised for a great run at the Players' Championship. Check out Brian's U/R Twin decklist here.
Jeff entered the weekend as No. 3 on the #SCGPC leaderboard for Season One and after his great weekend, will be on top of it all for the Charlotte Modern Open next weekend. Jeff sleeved up his trusty Kiki-Chord brew and snuck into the Top 8 with a record of 12-3 by winning his Round 15 match against Merfolk. Jeff didn't squander his opportunity in the elimination rounds either, taking down Ali Aintrazi in the quarterfinals and Todd Stevens in the semifinals to set up the finals against Bobby Fortanely, playing Amulet Bloom. The finals didn't take long as Jeff's deck wasn't suited to disrupt the powerful combo deck, but the points for second place will sooth the sting of defeat. Check out Jeff' Kiki-Chord decklist here.
1. Bobby Fortanely
Amulet Bloom only had five pilots on Day 2, but Bobby put on an absolute clinic with the busted combo-deck, cruising into the Top 8 as the second overall seed. Favorable matchup or poor, Bobby found a way to win all but two matches this weekend, taking only six games to win his three Top 8 matches. Bobby bested Bill Comminos and the Amulet Bloom mirror match in the quarterfinals, ousted Brian Braun-Duin on U/R Twin in two quick games in the semifinals, and effortlessly defeated Jeff Hoogland in the finals. While Amulet Bloom had some strong finishes on the Open Series in 2015, Bobby wasted no time securing the deck's first win in 2016. Check out Bobby's Amulet Bloom decklist here.