Ryuji Murae won Players Tour Online 2 with Temur Reclamation, capping a weekend where the deck dominated both events held on Magic Arena.
While Players Tour Online 2 only had four Temur Reclamation decks in the Top 8 (compared to six in Players Tour Online 1 earlier in the weekend), it still took both spots in the finals. Murae beat Abe Corrigan in a mirror in the quarterfinals and Christoffer Larsen on Jegantha Jund Sacrifice in the semifinals to set up the final showdown against MPL member Jean-Emmanuel Depraz. The finals went the distance with Murae taking a drawn out three-game set as he meticulously navigated through all the interaction the decks have post-sideboard.
Also making the Top 8 were Rivals members Ally Warfield and Eli Loveman along with Kevin Perez and Eduardo Sajgalik. Only five of the Top 8 decks in Players Tour Online 2 were Growth Spiral decks, compared to all eight from Players Tour Online 1, leaving room for a few non-ramp strategies. Perez played Sultai Control, notably with Growth Spiral, but had a much more controlling game plan with Casualties of War, Extinction Event, and Thought Erasure.
Larsen and Sajgalik both played Jegantha Jund Sacrifice while Loveman played the more aggressive build of Rakdos Sacrifice. Temur Reclamation only made up 38% of the Day 2 field compared to the 45% at Players Tour Online 1. Jund Sacrifice was the second most popular deck on Day 2 just like with Players Tour Online 1, leaving Sultai and Bant Control as the other two top decks. The metagame breakdown from Magic.GG can be seen in full below.
View the Top 8 decklists.