Slovakian Ivan Floch made the most of his first Pro Tour Top 8 Sunday by winning Pro Tour Magic 2015 after flawlessly piloting U/W Control through a stacked elimination bracket.
Floch defeated first-time Pro Tour player Jackson Cunningham in the finals, 3-2, making use of a pair of Nyx-Fleece Ram and an Archangel of Thune in Game 5, shutting the door on Cunningham’s G/W Aggro deck. Floch reached the finals by defeating Matt Sperling playing R/W Burn in the quarterfinals and Owen Turtenwald on B/W Midrange in the semifinals.
Rounding out the Top 8 was Hall of Famer William “Huey” Jensen, making his fifth Pro Tour Top 8, Yuuki Ichikawa, reaching his second Pro Tour Top 8 in four attempts, and Patrick Cox and Pierre Mondon, both making their first appearance on the Sunday stage.
Floch wasn’t the only winner on the weekend. On top of a champion being crowned, the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year races were determined as well. Jeremy Dezani locked up Player of the Year with his ninth-place finish, falling just short of a second Pro Tour Top 8 this season after winning Pro Tour Theros in Dublin. Jared Boettcher took home the Rookie of the Year title, capping a fantastic year that included two Pro-Tour Top 16s and multiple Grand Prix Top 8s. Boettcher also reached the Top 8 of the Season One and Season Two StarCityGames.com Invitationals.
As for the Open Series, three winners emerged in Texas for #SCGDAL. Collin Rountree bested 732 players to win the Standard Open win Mono-Blue Devotion. Rountree beat Gabriel Wilson in a Mono-Blue mirror match in the finals. Thassa and Master of Waves were everywhere in the Top 8 as Mono-Blue Devotion took four the eight slots, including three of the top four. Filling out the Top 8 was B/W Midrange, R/W Burn, Jund Monsters, and Jund Planeswalkers.
As for the Legacy Open, Shane Remelt added a second Open Series trophy to his mantle by winning it all with Miracles after squeaking into the Top with a record of 6-0-3 in the Swiss. Remelt defeated Austin Williams playing BUG Delver in the finals. Two more copies of Miracles made the Top 8, including Joe Lossett, who added to his Season Three points lead with his finish. To go with another copy of BUG Delver, the Top 8 was filled out with ANT, Dredge, and Esper Stoneblade.