After an exciting and challenging 2020 Partial Season, it comes to its Zendikar Rising-fueled conclusion with the Top of the 2020 Season Grand Finals. After six rounds each of Standard and Historic, a star-studded group of eight player emerged.
Congratulations to the Top 8 of the Grand Finals!
Mythic Championship I winner, two-time English national champion, and MPL competitor Autumn Burchett was part of the testing team that found the breakout Standard deck of the weekend in Gruul Adventures. They paced the Day One field with a perfect 6-0 record and locked up their Top 8 berth early.
Alongside fellow Top 8 competitor Emma Handy, Burchett helped find the best anti-Omnath deck of the weekend on a path to turn their second Top Finish into their second individual title.
Austin Bursavich continues his incredible run over the last year. He first broke through by making the Top 8 of Mythic Championship VI in Richmond in 2019, and followed that up immediately with another Top Finish at Players Tour Phoenix in February.
Now, he's added a third Top Finish this weekend on the back of
Patrick Fernandes is the latest breakout player from Brazil, and notched his second career Top Finish at the Grand Finals after his first recently at the Players Tour Finals. Fernandes closes out the 2020 Partial Season running hot after battling through with
When Aaron "littlebeep" Gertler won the Dreamhack Open Anaheim event at the start of 2020, he made a commitment to donate half of his tournament winnings to charity. Now, earning his first premier event Top Finish in the most prestigious event of the 2020 Partial Season, Gertler firmly plants another foot forward on his rising MTG Arena career as he continues with both his competitive and philanthropic success.
Through hard work and testing with some of the best players in the world, fan-favorite Emma Handy joins her friend Autumn Burchett as part of the Grand Finals Top 8. As one of just three players on Gruul Adventures in Historic for Standard, her decision to push the team into switching to the deck paid off as the Omnath slayer of the weekend.
Another tournament, another Top 8 for Raphaël Lévy, the Hall of Famer who has made a triumphant "return" to the top of the game late last year. In truth, the French star never left. He built a string of strong finishes in 2019 that qualified him for the Magic Pro League. His Top 8 at Players Tour Finals last month was his first Top Finish in 13 years, but earning another so quickly shows Lévy is still in his career prime.
Who is the best in the world? Seth Manfield has a legitimate claim at that title, as he adds another Top Finish after his victory at the Mythic Invitational last month. It's the ninth career Top Finish for the Hall of Famer, and he made it by literally going "Rogue" with Dimir Rogues in Standard to defeat the omnipotent
Gabriel Nassif's Hall of Fame career continues to climb higher. The record for all-time Top Finishes is now squarely in his sights as he notched his 14th with the Grand Finals Top 8. Knowing that it's his fourth across the past year, beginning with Mythic Championship V, it puts into perspective just how dominant the French superstar is entering a third decade of professional play.