Day two of the Streets of New Capenna Set Championship is now in the books. With it, we have more slots filled for the World Championship and the top 8 of the set championship who are set to battle for six more slots for Worlds. So, let’s look at the top finishers at the event and what decks they brought to the table!
- New Capenna Set Championship Top 8 Decklists and Day Two Coverage
- New Capenna Set Championship Day One Coverage
- New Capenna Championship Standard Decklists and Results
- Standard Metagame Breakdown: New Capenna Championship
- New Capenna Championship Historic Decklists and Results
- Historic Metagame Breakdown: New Capenna Championship
Top 8 Finishers
Let’s look at the player bios for each of our top 8 members for the Streets of New Capenna set championships:
- David Inglis burst onto the scene with a Top 8 at 2021’s Strixhaven Championship and has carried on since. Rising through the Challenger Gauntlet then the Rivals Gauntlet, Inglis put in the work–alongside a cadre of talented teammates–to earn another Top 8 at the New Capenna Championship. His New Capenna success matches his consistent performance all season, earning him a Magic World Championship XXVIII invitation at the top of the league standings, standing atop a field of the game’s greats.
- Yoshigoe began playing just two years ago, but he’s quickly made his way up through the ranks of online play. He won a qualifier playing a deck of his own creation, and he now has a Top Finish to add to his accomplishments. He found success with Naya Midrange throughout the tournament, and that’s what he’ll look toward to continue his emergent run through the Top 8 and, potentially, a World Championship seat to boot.
- Rivals League member Zachary Kiihne adds a third Top Finish to his growing resume during a year in which he’s already qualified for the World Championship. He follows up his Top 8 appearance at the Innistrad Championship with this second shot at taking home the trophy. He was one of the players who benefitted from a very strong metagame for Golgari Food in Historic, and now he’ll turn to his tuned Esper Midrange deck for Sunday play.
- The former Player of the Year Mike Sigrist is back in a Pro Tour Top 8 as “Siggy” adds his fourth career Top Finish with a 12-3 finish this weekend. Sigrist was well below the points cutoff for the World Championship when the weekend began, but if he can win a match on Sunday he’ll instantly become one of the accomplished and fan-favorite players in Magic World Championship XXVIII. He surprised the field with his team’s Grixis Vampires deck in Standard, which he’ll now take into a sea of midrange decks.
- The Hall of Famer entered the weekend with one goal: to qualify for the World Championship so he can chase the only title he hasn’t yet claimed in Magic. This is an incredible 10th Top Finish for the Japanese legend, and while he’s already achieved his first goal–he’ll be at the World Championship regardless of what happens on Sunday–and that means he can focus his attention solely on claiming a third individual Pro Tour title.
- The first challenger of the weekend to secure their spot at Magic World Championship XXVIII, Nielsen added a Top Finish here at the New Capenna Championship as well. Nielsen has been a star on the Grand Prix circuit for a decade and now finally has his breakthrough performance at the Pro Tour. His relentless dedication–playing seven qualifier events over two weekends as part of his path to this tournament–paid off perfectly and now the 2014 Magic World Cup Champion from Denmark will look to reach even greater heights on Sunday and beyond.
- Karl Sarap credited his testing team–led by fellow Top 8 competitor Inglis–as the best in the world, and they certainly looked the part in the New Capenna Championship by putting eight players in the Top 16. Sarap eschewed the two most popular Historic decks to play Selesnya Humans, and the power of Thalia's Lieutenant and Collected Company was enough to send him to his first Top Finish. He’ll now turn to his Jund deck in Standard to try and earn a seat at the World Championship.
- On a weekend where his testing teammate Logan Nettles qualified for the World Championship, Jan Merkel will now seek to join him if he can pick up a match win on Sunday. Merkel makes his fourth career Top Finish and did so as the only Top 8 player to bring Hinata, Dawn-Crowned to bear. The Jeskai brew performed well for the resurgent German player who has made an impressive return to the top of the game, thanks in no small part to the success of the testing group of Merkel, Nettles, Daniel Goetschel and Jonathan Anghelescu.
Standard Decks (Top 8 Format)
We see six total archetypes in the top 8 as we will be seeing Standard for the entirety of Sunday’s top 8.
World’s Slots Locked Up:
We’ve seen five league slots and eight challenger slots for the World Championship fully locked up by the end of day two. While there are some other slots that are likely locked up thanks to players in the top 8 live to earn a second Worlds slot, which passes down to another player, we will see more players on these lists sneak into Worlds as well. For now, we have David Ingles, Shota Yasooka, Reid Duke, Logan Nettles, and Matti Kuisma from the leagues and Simon Nielsen, Tristan Wylde-Larue, Greg Orange, Yuma Koizumi, Nathan Steuer, Julian Wellman, Jim Davis, and Drew Baker from the challenger race.
The final World Championship slots are up for grabs along with a battle for the Streets of New Capenna set championship trophy. With this being the last event of this style of Organized Play structure with a return to the Pro Tour in 2023, we will be ending this season with a bang. Will we see repeat top finishers close out this event, a Hall of Famer, or former Player of the Year get the trophy? Will an underdog rise to take down the field or will one of the several long-time Magic Online and Grand Prix grinders elevate their legacy with a win?
There’s only one way and one place to find out! We’ll be back with more tomorrow after the top 8 rounds have completed and the trophy has been handed to a new member of Magic’s illustrious club of Set Champions! Check back in with us then, and you can also tune-in to the official live coverage over on Twitch.