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Birrell, Esper Doom Foretold, Wins SCG Tour Online $5K Kaldheim Championship Qualifier #8

Ian Birrell wins the eighth SCG Tour Online $5K Kaldheim Championship Qualifier with Esper Doom Foretold.

Elspeth Conquers Death, illustrated by Ryan Yee

Ian Birrell won Sunday’s SCG Tour Online Standard $5K Kaldheim Championship Qualifier #8 with Esper Doom Foretold (Yorion).

Quarterfinals
1
Urase Ryosuke
Gruul Adventures
8
Fabian Rogatschnig
Gruul Adventures
4
Tristan Wylde-LaRue
Mono-Green Food
5
Guilherme Merjam
Gruul Adventures
2
Mitch Sachs
Mono-Green Food
7
David Steinberg
Mono-Green Food
3
Ian Birrell
Esper Doom Foretold (Yorion)
6
Renato Spinelli
Gruul Adventures
Semifinals
Fabian Rogatschnig
2-0
Guilherme Merjam
2-0
David Steinberg
2-0
Ian Birrell
2-1
Finals
Fabian Rogatschnig
2-0
Ian Birrell
2-0
Champion
Ian Birrell
2-1


Birrell earned an invite to the Kaldheim Championship and $1,500 by winning the 282-person event, dropping a single match to the No. 1 seed Urase Ryosuke in the last round of the Swiss. Birrell carved through the elimination rounds with Esper Doom Foretold (Yorion) as nine of the Top 12 decks were either Gruul Adventures or Mono-Green Food.

Birrell’s path to the title required wins over Renato Spinelli (Gruul Adventures), David Steinberg (Mono-Green Food), and Fabian Rogatschnig (Gruul Adventures). The only other non-The Great Henge decks in the Top 12 were Kosuke Nakamoto on Dimir Control (Yorion) and Ronald Muller on Esper Doom Foretold (Yorion), who both lost in the Playoff Wild Card round.

The metagame breakdown for decks with more than three pilots in the event can be seen below.

ArchetypeCopies
Gruul Adventures 111
Dimir Control33
Dimir Rogues32
Mono-Green Food20
Esper Doom Foretold (Yorion)18
Rakdos Midrange10
Temur Adventures9
Jund Midrange8
Mardu Doom Foretold (Yorion)6
Jund Adventures5
Mono-Red Aggro4
Four-Color Cycling (Lurrus)4

View the Top 12 decks.

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