Despite having to navigate a sea of Bant Ramp and Temur Reclamation, Will Craddok won Players Tour Online 3 with Jund Sacrifice.
- 4 Priest of Forgotten Gods
- 4 Mayhem Devil
- 4 Gilded Goose
- 2 Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
- 4 Cauldron Familiar
- 4 Woe Strider
After finishing Day 1 with a record of 6-3, Craddock rattled off a string of wins on Day 2 to finish 11-4, which was just good enough to snag the final spot in the Top 8.
In the quarterfinals, Craddock was paired in a Jund Sacrifice mirror match against Isaac Egan. After a close match, Craddock emerged victorious and moved on to the semifinals to face Dennis Chan.
Craddock, who had initially chosen Jund Sacrifice due to its ability to prey on the Bant Ramp decks, made quick work of Chan’s Bant Ramp deck and moved on to the finals to face Rei Hirayama, piloting the Ikoria Standard boogieman — Temur Reclamation.
Game 1 got off to a less than stellar start for Craddock, who was unable to assemble a battlefield to pressure Hirayama, and after a slight mechanics misstep that involved needing to manually tap his mana, Craddock conceded and the players moved onto Game 2.
In Games 2 and 3, Craddock was able to execute his transformative sideboard plan to perfection; swapping in fourteen cards to turn his Jund Sacrifice deck into a more aggressive beatdown strategy. In both games, Craddock saw a pair of on-curve Rotting Regisaurs, which Hirayama’s copies of Aether Gust and Scorching Dragonfire couldn’t answer. And after running himself out of resources, Hirayama conceded, making Craddock the champion of Players Tour Online 3.
In a bit of a surprise, Bant Ramp was the most played deck in Players Tour Online 3, with Temur Reclamation right behind it and boasting the higher win percentage between the two.
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