Brendon Hansard won Saturday’s SCG Tour Online Championship Qualifier with Mono-Green Aggro.
- 4 Scavenging Ooze
- 4 Pelt Collector
- 4 Barkhide Troll
- 4 Lovestruck Beast
- 4 Questing Beast
- 4 Stonecoil Serpent
- 3 Garruk's Harbinger
Sultai Ramp took five of the Top 8 slots of the fourth Championship Qualifier of the season and was poised to win a third straight event on the SCG Tour Online, but Hansard showed the deck was beatable as he sliced through the format’s top deck eight times on Saturday. Hansard went 6-1 in the Swiss and 5-1 against Sultai Ramp, with his only loss coming to Ari Lax in Round 6. After making the Top 8 as the No. 2 seed, Hansard beat the top deck in Core Set 2021 Standard in each of the elimination rounds, including getting revenge on Lax in the finals.
Hansard took down Yuma Koizumi 2-0 in the quarterfinals and Yoshiro Mikami 2-1 in the semifinals to set up his rematch with Lax, the No. 1 seed in the Top 8. Hansard was able to break serve by winning Game 1 on the draw as Lax stumbled on lands early, but was barely able to deal damage to Lax in Game 2. With the tournament on the line, Hansard kept a marginal hand on the play in Game 3 but was able to take the title with a string of hasty and trampling creatures like Questing Beast and Shifting Ceratops.
Richard Zhang and Masatoshi Ota joined Lax, Mikami, and Koizumi in the Top 8 on Sultai Ramp, while the rest of the bracket was filled out with Ross Merriam’s Rakdos Sacrifice and Kenton Stalder’s Mono-Green Aggro. Sultai Ramp made up more than 45% of the field in the 110-person event, improving to 62.5% of the Top 8. Mono-Green Aggro only totaled almost 11% of the field but had a 56.9% win rate compared to Sultai Ramp’s 52.2%.
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