Segal, Sultai Infect, Wins Modern NRG Series: Milwaukee

Jacob Segal comes out on top of 183-person event with Sultai Infect.

Phyrexian Crusader, illustrated by Eric Deschamps

Jacob Segal won the Modern NRG Series: Milwaukee on Sunday with Sultai Infect.

Collin Bradley
Four-Color Blink (Yorion)
Jesse Robkin
Azorius Control (Kaheera)
Cody Burton
Golgari Yawgmoth
Dominick Paolercio
Orzhov Hammer (Lurrus)
Bill Comminos
Rakdos Midrange (Lurrus)
Will Krueger
Orzhov Hammer (Lurrus)
Jacob Segal
Sultai Infect
Sky Bauerschmidt Sweeney
Grixis Death's Shadow (Lurrus)
Collin Bradley
Dominick Paolercio
Bill Comminos
Jacob Segal
Dominick Paolercio
Jacob Segal
Jacob Segal

Segal entered the Top 8 as the #3 seed after going 6-0-2 in the Swiss, setting up a quarterfinal match against Sky Bauerschmidt Sweeney on Grixis Death’s Shadow (Lurrus). Segal powered through the tough matchup and chained together two more wins over Bill Comminos on Rakdos Midrange (Lurrus) and Dominick Paolercio on Orzhov Hammer (Lurrus) to claim the title and the $1,200 first-place prize.

The addition of Ignoble Hierarch to enable casting Phyrexian Crusader gives Infect a new tool to attack removal heavy decks like Grixis, Jund, and Rakdos and it came up big in the quarters and semis. On top of the added resiliency, Infect still has the tools to win quickly when not disrupted in matchups like Orzhov Hammer, Amulet Titan, and Temur Crashcade.

Segal was one of the players in the field on Sultai Infect, a rogue strategy in the current Modern format. The most played deck was Burn at seventeen (17) copies, followed by Orzhov and Mono-White Hammer (Lurrus) with a combined total of thirteen (13), including two in the Top 8. Four-Color decks were scattered among varying archetypes, but nine copies of Four-Color Blink (Yorion) were the most represented. Goglari Yawgmoth and Azorius Control (Kaheera) also had nine (9) pilots, followed by Amulet Titan and Jund Midrange (Lurrus) at seven (7) each.

Orzhov/Mono-White Hammer (Lurrus)13
Four-Color Blink (Yorion)9
Golgari Yawgmoth9
Azorius Control (Kaheera)9
Amulet Titan7
Jund Midrange (Lurrus)7
Temur Crashcade6
Izzet Midrange6
Grixis Death’s Shadow (Lurrus)6
Dimir Mill (Lurrus)5

View the Top 8 decklists here.