The Advantage Games Competitive Team and several of our other patrons (and even an owner!) continue to grind out the Modern PPTQ circuit and are just absolutely crushing it!
This weekend was a continuation of last with several strong finishes.
With only one PPTQ this weekend, only a few players were able to compete. Even so, they put up enough results for everyone.
Team Advantage had 3 players in competition on Saturday.
After losing round 1, Dane Rogers, on his trusty Bogles list, was able to rattle off 4 more wins and finish with a respectable 4-2 record. His tie breakers fell just short, however, putting him in 9th place in Swiss standings and just missing Top 8.
Jeerod Balagan continued his grind as well and after dropping both rounds 1 and 2 he popped off a quick 4 wins to also finish 4-2 with his B/R Hollow One deck. The tie-breaker damage had been done already and he was relegated to an 11th place finish.
Ryan Eaton lost only a single game of Magic in the first 4 rounds of Swiss, allowing him to take two intentional draws and guarantee a Top 8 birth. His Jeskai Contol deck was able to handle his Living End and Black/White prison matchups. The finals was against a tough opponent on an infect deck but a timely Izzet Staticaster in game 3 sealed the deal and allowed Ryan to walk away with the win!
2 weekends, 2 PPTQ wins! Keep it up!
Oh….but what about Sunday?
Well, the team didn’t travel to any PPTQ’s and the schedule wasn’t all that full so most of them took the weekend off. James Alcorn and John Yunko cashed in their RPTQ invites, however, and traveled to San Diego California and played at ‘At Ease Games’. A 74 player field, all PPTQ winners, looked like like a tough mountain to climb. Both came armed, however. James with his Esper Control list and John with his Mono Red beater.
James started off solid with a round 1 win, but two losses (including one to teammate John) following dimmed his hopes of a top 8 birth. He was able to finish with a 4-3 record but it definitely wasn’t his day.
John opened with 3 consecutive wins, waiting until the third round to drop his first game. He took his first loss in round 4 but managed to win two more matches allowing him a draw into the Top 8. With 4 places getting invites, it was simply one opponent, one of the several Black-Red players in the room standing in his way. The first two games opened 1 and 1 and John, focusing on all the work he’s put in this year, was able to close out the last game for all the marbles!
Congratulations to Ryan on his PPTQ win this weekend and John on his Pro Tour Invite! Good luck at your events guys!