Diego Barbagelata

Name: Diego Barbagelata (Trophy Hunters)

Age: 41

Hometown: Genova, Italy

Deck Choice:

Hogaak, because I like “aggro” decks.

Best Card of the Weekend:

Stitcher’s Supplier because it is a draw engine for my deck, and it lends itself to other uses like blocking or casting Hogaak.

Best Play of the Weekend:

I was at 2 life, and I played Darkblast on a 2/3 Monastery Swiftspear. My opponent was at 1 life and I won the following turn attacking with Gravecrawlers.

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

Play Hogaak before they do!

 

Jonathan Corzo

Name: Jonathan Corzo

Age: 26

Hometown: Boston, MA

Deck Choice:

Hogaak, because it’s the best deck in the format by a ridiculous margin. Seriously, just play it.

Best Card of the Weekend:

Free 8/8 Trample Creature.

Best Play of the Weekend:

Putting 20 power, 8 with haste, onto the battlefield on turn 2.

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

 

Zach Dunn

Name: Zach Dunn

Age: 16

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Deck Choice:

Crab Hogaak. I played the deck because I had tournament experience with it and is a really powerful deck that has good matchups across the field.

Best Card of the Weekend:

Hogaak

Best Play of the Weekend:

Playing Hogaak.

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

Play Crabs and Altars to have an edge over the regular Hogaak decks.

 

Lucien Longlais

Name: Lucien Longlais

Age: 35

Hometown: Columbus, GA

Deck Choice:

Burn. I know it the best.

Best Card of the Weekend:

Searing Blaze. Sunbaked Canyon is bae.

Best Play of the Weekend:

Watching Storm combo off for 20 minutes only to fizzle instead of scooping.

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

Dodge it or get lucky.

 

Ryan Overturf

Name: Ryan Overturf

Age: 29

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Deck Choice:

Mono-Red Prowess. I am very smart.

Best Card of the Weekend:

I guess Faithless Looting by default.

Best Play of the Weekend:

I accidentally boarded in Dismember against Burn and peeled it after they cast a Kor Firewalker.

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

Win the roll game one. Either kill them quick or Surgical Extraction them a couple times. Maybe both.

 

Justin Plocher

Name: Justin Plocher

Age: 31

Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

Deck Choice:

Hogaak, because I don’t like math and math is for blockers. Bloodghast doesn’t block.

Best Card of the Weekend:

Hedron Crab

Best Play of the Weekend:

I put 2 Vengevines and a Hogaak into play on turn 2.

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

Hogaak them first.

 

Stephen Tuchek

Name: Stephen Tuchek

Age: 30

Hometown: Youngstown, OH

Deck Choice:

I played Humans. I played this deck because it is the deck I know best and has an overall good game versus a lot of the field.

Best Card of the Weekend:

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Best Play of the Weekend:

Naming Anger of the Gods with Meddling Mage blind to lock me for top 8.

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

Draw your hate cards or you get GAAKED.

Any other thoughts?

Thanks to Cody Ciesielczyk for sideboard help the night before the event.

 

Peter Ward

Name: Peter Ward

Age: 22

Hometown: Bath, England

Deck Choice:

Glowgaak; it’s broken.

Best Card of the Weekend:

My basic Swamp because it’s signed by my favorite person, Baetog. Also the caterpillarĀ šŸ›

Best Play of the Weekend:

Sideboarding out 4 Bloodghast everytime

How did you plan to beat Hogaak?

Get lucky. Hope they don’t block.