Live Coverage of StarCityGames.com Open: Minneapolis
Congratulations to the StarCityGames.com Open Series: Minneapolis champions! On Saturday, Ian tore through the Top 8 on the backs of Putrid Leeches and Bloodbraid Elves, proving that the much maligned Standard boogeyman of the past year can still get there. Ken Adams took down Sunday’s Legacy tournament with the help of Bomberman, the powerful Painter’s Servant/Grindstone combo deck. Check out all our event coverage for decklists, feature matches, and more!
With nearly 170 competitors, the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open in Minneapolis marks one of the largest Legacy tournaments EVER held in the state of Minnesota. And the stars came out for it! StarCityGames.com Open champion Tom Ross was in the house, looking to put together a finish after a lackluster performance on Saturday. Minnesota’s legendary golden boy (and StarCityGames.com columnist) Gerry Thompson was also competing, in high spirits after a Finals finish from Saturday.
But it would be a different player from Saturday’s Top 8 who would tell a tale on Sunday. Blake Patraw followed up his Quarterfinals appearance at the StarCityGames.com Standard Open by repeating and making it back to the Top 8. He was joined by repeat Top 8’er Jason Schousboe, who previously had a Semifinals exit on the Open Series earlier in the season. And Sarah Brennecke became the first woman to make the Top 8 of a StarCityGames.com Open!
But ultimately the tale wound down to just two names: Ken Adams and Alex Olson. Backing Aggro Loam, which already claimed one StarCityGames.com Legacy Open title, Alex sat down on a hot streak. Ken Adams, a former member of the StarCityGames.com team, was bringing Bomberman back. Ultimately his powerful Painter’s Servant/Grindstone proved too much for Olson’s Life from the Loam and fat creatures.
Sarah Brennecke made her debut in the StarCityGames.com Open, the first woman to play in the Top 8 of the Open Series. Her opponent for the Quarterfinals was Alex Olson, like Sarah a Minneapolis resident.
Gerry Thompson, the state’s golden child, had managed to sneak into the Top 8 in the very last spot after some fortunate pairings. His opponent, Dana Kinsella, had had a smoother ride with his Jund deck letting him draw in through the final rounds.
This weekend he’s battling with a four-color graveyard combo deck that first debuted at U.S. Nationals and is affectionately named “Dredge-uh-Vine.” I sat down with Gerry to ask him about the deck’s construction and how it plays.
When the StarCityGames.com Open Series returned to St. Louis back in June, Joe Bernal was one of the last players standing. He finished 2nd there and this weekend in Minneapolis he’s hoping lightning will strike again.