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GiantSlayerLoR's Top 10 Players to Watch: Guardians of the Ancient Seasonal Tournament

Hello everyone, and welcome to our recurring Top 10 Players to Watch series leading into the Seasonal Swiss. I am TheBlevins, and I’ll be your guide through these amazing players to keep an eye out for this weekend. As always, I’d love to hear your feedback as well as any players that you think should have made the list. Feel free to tweet at me or GiantslayerLOR on Twitter. With all that said, let’s jump into the list!

Honorable Mentions

I like to start out the list with a few honorable mentions. The first is one that surprised me a bit. Wraptero is the only player in the Americas region that has qualified for every Seasonal playoffs. But at the time of writing this, he is not currently in Masters. I’m not sure if he’s going to make a last minute push, or just try to qualify via Last Chance Gauntlet. But if he does qualify for Swiss, there’s a good chance that we’ll also see him in Top 32. Another honorable mention is Iannogueira. Ian of course was the runner up at the Cosmic Creation Seasonal, and has done well at some weekly events since then. With Ezreal Draven being a top tournament deck, there is a good chance that we’ll see one of the masters of the deck qualify again for the Top 32. The last honorable mention is our reigning champion, Erigby. I always omit the reigning champion from these spotlights because I’d bet that there is more coming out on him soon. :)

10. Nalkpas - #33 536 LP

Deck

Thresh Nasus

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Socials

https://twitter.com/nalkpas 

Some may remember Nalkpas from the Top 32 of Cosmic Creation. In that player profile I wrote about Nalkpas being better known by his real name, Alan Wu, as he is a former member of the MTG play design team and former pro player. Nalkpas has generally been someone in the LoR scene who has flown under the radar. He doesn’t really play in weekly tournaments and generally doesn’t push too high on the ladder. But this season is different. With LP/ Seeding mattering not only for Top 32 qualification, but also Worlds points, the ladder has been more competitive than ever.  We see Nalkpas pushing that 500LP barrier and breaching the top 50. I imagine we have not quite seen the power of a fully committed Nalkpas in LoR

9. Henneky- #25 555LP

Deck

Ezreal Draven

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Socials

https://twitter.com/Henneky1

https://www.twitch.tv/henneky

Henneky is the only player that has double-qualified for the Worlds Qualifiers from the Americas shard. Henneky has top 4’d two Seasonals, and has even done well in weekly events. Henneky is also a master of both traditional meta decks as well as some off kilter brews, so his lineup may end up being quite interesting. Having gotten so close to a finals appearance twice has certainly got to be a good motivator for Henneky going into this event.

8. Don MoeZera aka Mr.Emoetional- #51 433LP

Deck

Thresh Nasus

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Socials

https://www.twitch.tv/eMOEtional

https://twitter.com/MreMOEtional

Moe is a player who has been featured on this list multiple times, both as an honorable mention and as an actual spot. Moe has always been a top ladder player, and has also performed well at many weekly tournaments. The next step for Moe is a Top 32 finish, and this may very well be the event for him to get it. Moe is a very proficient lineup builder and specifically aggro player. Word on the street is that triple aggro may very well be a legitimate lineup coming into this Seasonal, so the stars may just align for Moe this Seasonal.

7. Jtamonda- #21 574LP

Deck

Zoe Shyvanna Dragons 

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Socials

https://twitter.com/jtamonda

https://www.twitch.tv/jtamonda

Jtamonda is an Argentinian player, streamer, and content creator who has been on the radar for quite some time. They have been rank 1 on ladder multiple times across various seasons and Top 32’d the Empires of the Ascended Seasonal. I actually had them on my top 10 list coming into the last Seasonal, but ended up going a different route instead. Of course, they did their best to prove me wrong and made the playoffs. Jtamonda generally ends up playing some off kilter decks that attack the meta, as evidenced by the Zoe Shyvanna deck, so I’ll definitely want to be keeping an eye on their lineup choice and how it performs.

6. Mtucks -#7 794LP

Deck

Ezreal Draven

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Socials

https://twitter.com/mtuck017

Mtucks is another player who is known for their deck ingenuity. Widely regarded as the creator of the modern iteration of Ezreal Freljord, Mtucks has made his impact on the tournament scene. Mtuck decks have been in various tournaments and Mtuck is testing with a lot of top players, but he really hasn’t hit it big in a large tournament yet. This very well be the event for him.  Grinding out to a Top 10 spot in the Americas is no small feat this season. Pushing to almost 800LP in most seasons would put you in the top 5 usually, but this one is particularly competitive. The fact that Mtuck has pushed that high this season is really telling, and I’m excited to see this as a breakout event for Mtuck. 

5. Jason Fleurant - #22 567LP

Deck

Thresh Nasus

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Socials

https://twitter.com/JasonFleurant

https://www.twitch.tv/JasonFleurant

Jason is another player that has been on the precipice of pushing into the highest levels of the competitive world.  He did recently qualify for the Dreamhack Summer Stratfest Finals, so perhaps this is the start of a big push. Jason comes from the MTG world for many years, but didn’t actually start playing LoR until the first Seasonal.  In that time, he has become a top player and content creator. His podcast co-host is former seasonal champion, Majiinbae, so of course they are doing high level testing for the seasonals. Jason was so close to making the Top 32 last Seasonal, but ended up losing a heartbreaker to the clock in the final round. Finishing a Seasonal like that is definitely an inspiration to perform in this one. With a strong playtest group, knowledge of the format, and the tournament experience of a long time MTG tournament player, Jason is definitely set up well for this event.

4. FloppyMudkip- #63 366LP

Deck

Thresh Nasus

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Socials

https://twitter.com/TheFloppyMudkip

Floppy has been near the top of the ladder for many seasons now.  In fact, I believe that Floppy is Worlds Qualifier qualified via ladder points.  That’s not even mentioning the Seasonal Top 4 in Empires of the Ascended. Since that Top 4, Mudkip has continued to perform in our weekly Fight Night Tournaments as well as continuing his ladder prowess. He hasn’t grinded quite as hard on ladder as some of the other players on the list, but he really doesn't need to since he’s already qualified for Worlds Qualifiers. It is relatively rare to see a player who both dominates ladder and has performed well at tournaments, but Floppy is definitely solidifying themselves as a master of both.

3. WhatAmI - #55 406 LP

Deck

Elise Noxus Spiders

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Socials

https://twitter.com/XxWhatAmIxX

https://www.twitch.tv/xxwhatamixx

WhatAmI is no stranger to Seasonal top cuts. Having already topped multiple, including the last one, this weekend is just another day at work for WhatAmI. What’s really great about WhatAmI is that he not only plays and builds decks well, but he’s really interested in building good lineups and testing matchups. Many of WhatAmI’s streams are spent scrimming with other top players in the MadMen test group which really provides great tournament testing (and hilarious banter). This even culminated in WhatAmI taking down the Riot Grand Prix which while not the most competitive event, still included many top players and content creators. In a 1000+ person event, there really aren’t any safe bets when it comes to a player doing well, but WhatAmI is the closest thing to one.

2. NicMakesPlays - #6 819LP

Deck

Thresh Nasus

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Socials

https://twitter.com/NicMakesPlays

https://www.twitch.tv/NicMakesPlays

Nic is one of the top content creators in Legends of Runeterra. I’d wager that most people reading this article have watched his streams or Youtube videos. One misconception that people have about content creators is that because they are content creators they are not top players. Nic has consistently gotten rank 1 every season and regularly is the first person to hit masters. Not only does Nic do very well on ladder, but Nic is one of the folks in the community that isn’t afraid to really test out new deck ideas. Nic’s more aggressive build of Thresh Nasus has really shaped the meta for quite some time now, and is likely going to be a major player this weekend. Nic hasn’t quite made a deep run in the Seasonal yet, but at this point it’s just a matter of time before we see him in a Top 32.

1. FilthyGamerWeeb -#19 601 LP

Deck

TF Fizz

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Socials

https://twitter.com/FilthyWeeb9

Filthygamerweeb has been on an absolute tear the past few weeks on our weekly Fight Night Tournaments. He was called out by Floppymudkip as someone that Mudkip wanted to see play, and since that time Filthygamerweeb has gone 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st. This run has tied two records, both the longest continuous streak of Fight Night invites (if you top 2 you get invited back next week) and longest win streak. He is the only one to hold both records, but will ascend to another level of dominance if the next Fight Night is a Top 2. This is all on top of consistently being a top ladder player.  What truly insane about all of his performances is that he is essentially a TF Fizz one trick. A while ago Kozmic did a meta analysis and Filthygamerweeb played 50% of all of the TF Fizz matches in Platinum and above. That is an absolutely insane statistic considering that the deck had a great winrate as well. Oh and by the way, did I mention that he’s only 16 years old? Plus he’s already topped a Seasonal alongside his IRL brother?  The craziness just keeps growing, and truly the only way to even come close to it is for FGW to take down this Seasonal. If the past month of results are any indication, we may just see that happen.

And that is it for the Top 10 players to watch!  Let me know on Twitter how I did, and if there’s anyone I should keep an eye out for in the coming Seasonals. Make sure to check out the Swiss rounds this weekend at https://www.twitch.tv/giantslayerlor!

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