Team Advantage: Tack on Another Few T8’s

Another solid weekend by the crew  at another Modern Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier.  No win this weekend, but a couple of good finishes as the Modern season begins to wind to a close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Lewis went 4-1-1 in swiss with the ID in round 6 earning him a top 8 spot.  Josh was on his Green White value deck he’s been on most of the season which earned him another solid finish.  He was able to overcome blue/white spirits in the round of 8 but fell short in Top 4 off the back of a questionable keep game 3.  Knight of the Reliquary was his MVP of the day, coming in clutch in both the swiss and top cut rounds.

Jeerod Balangan took the same 75 to a 4-1-1 finish as well and was 6th in standings heading into top 8.  After finally overcoming his nemesis, the bubble, Jeerod was unable to overcome the same U/W control deck that would soon dispatch his teammate.

Frank Campbell made a showing with his Hollow One deck but was unable to get much going on the day and finished 3-3.

 

Good showing guys!  Hopefully a lot more coming as we prepare for the upcoming new Standard format and PPTQ season, kicking off right here at Advantage!

 

Team Advantage: The Train Keeps Rolling!

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!

 

 

 

 

Team Advantage: Jake Zonies Spikes a PPTQ!

The Advantage Games Competitive Magic Team put in some serious work this weekend.  Playing PPTQ’s on both Saturday and Sunday, putting 2 into the top 8 on Saturday.

Ryan Eaton took Jeskai Control with main deck Geist of Saint Traft and that beast did work for him all day.  Polishing off opponent after opponent on the way to a Top 8 berth.  Unfortunately, Geist couldn’t hold up under the pressure of the Tron matchup in T8 and Ryan was beaten rather handily.  A solid run all around and another good finish for the team.  Congrats Ryan!

 

Jake Zonies took Hollow One to a Hollow One festival.  The field was crowded with people piloting the discard-based deck and Jake managed to dispatch one of them on his way to Top 8.  After reaching the final cut he took down a Burn player and a Pyromancer player before reaching the finals where he faced another Hollow One pilot.  A quick concession later, as his opponent was grinding GP bye’s, and Jake has his RPTQ invite locked up!  Congratulations Jake!

 

Other finishes from Advantage patrons and Team players –

Saturday PPTQ:

Jeerod Balangan – 4-2

Joey Rener – 0-3

Travis Bell – 0-5

Sunday PPTQ:

Eric Lofty – 4-2

Joshua Lewis – 2-3

Dane Rogers – 3-3

Travis Bell – 3-3

Lee Martinez – 3-3

 

Well done this weekend everyone and keep those finishes coming!