Eli Kassis won the first Championship Qualifier of Season Two with Temur Reclamation, adding another win to his list of accomplishments on the SCG Tour.
The Invitational champion and two-time Open winner entered the Top 8 as the No. 2 seed, losing only to the No. 1 seed, Paul Woo, on Mono-Red Aggro in the final round of the Swiss. After cutting through the elimination bracket with wins over Adrian Casabo on Four-Color Reclamation and Joseph Sanchez on Jund Sacrifice, Kassis earned a rematch against Woo.
- 4 Runaway Steam-Kin
- 4 Scorch Spitter
- 4 Robber of the Rich
- 4 Fervent Champion
- 4 Bonecrusher Giant
- 3 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
- 4 Anax, Hardened in the Forge
Kassis missed on his fourth land drop in his 29-land deck in Game 1, leading to a quick loss on the draw, but got to improve his deck considerably after sideboarding. The member of Team BCW maneuvered his way out of a tough spot in Game 2 when a Storm’s Wrath cleaned up some creatures along with a Tibalt, Rakish Instigator and Chandra, Acolyte of Flame.
In the deciding game, Kassis found an early Flame Sweep to hold off Woo’s early aggression. Toward the mid-game, Kassis was able to leverage an Aether Gust and Expansion to take out a Torbran, Thane of Red Fell and Runaway Steam-Kin while saving his Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath from a Redcap Melee. From there the game was academic as Kassis rode Uro to victory.
The rest of the Top 8 was filled by Tim Milner on Rakdos Sacrifice, Wataru Ueda on Mono-Black Aggro, Alexander Gordon-Brown on Mardu Winota, and Nicolas King on Four-Color Reclamation. Kassis, Woo, Milner, and Sanchez all locked up their invites to the Season Two Championship, while the rest of the Top 8 only need 50 more SCG Online Points to do so.
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