Welcome to another weekly Showdown Recap, where we take a look at what happened at Face to Face Games Toronto’s weekly Sunday Showdown, a series of 1k events feeding into the Ultimate Showdown 5k Invitational. This week, players battled in Ixalan Limited to mark the release of the set in paper.

If there’s anything our Top 8 competitors proved, it’s that even in a tribal set you can mix and match your Pirates with your Merfolk and still have some success. Look no further than Duncan McGregor’s tournament winning Naya draft deck in which he combined Pirate synergy with Dinosaurs to beat down and take home the top prize. This format has been a big puzzle for me, the packs tend to be low on playables and finding your lane is key because if you get hooked up in a tribe your deck can be absurd.

The Top 8 of this event was a mix of both schools, there were a few midrangey decks that looked to play the best cards in their colour pair and some very all-in tribal decks. Jeff Swaluk, maybe the person who likes tribes in Magic more than anyone in the city, went all-in on Merfolk and had what looked to be a really strong deck. However, he probably mulled to five fifteen times in his Top 8 match.

The most interesting thing to me about the elimination decklists were the two B/R decks and the U/W Skies deck that finished second. These players really proved to me that you can play traditionally powerful draft archetypes in this very synergistic format and still have success.

McGregor has really been doing well in our Limited Showdowns lately and is certainly someone you should be looking out for at the top tables in 40-card play.

With his win this weekend Duncan qualifies himself for the next Face to Face Games Ultimate Showdown and the rest of the Top 8 have started their march toward the top of the Showdown leaderboard. Join us this weekend to try to cement your spot on the leaderboard at our Standard Showdown. Come out and make the best of one of the last competitive Standard events before Nationals and see if that Pirate brew can really make it in the metagame.

First Place, Duncan McGregor, Naya

Second Place, Shaun Cameron, U/W

Third Place, Jacob Tsafatinos, B/R

Fourth Place, Anton Gillis-Adelman, B/R

Fifth Place, Filipe Luis, Naya

Sixth Place, Jeff Swaluk, U/G

Seventh Place, Clinton Chatoor, Naya

Eighth Place, Steve Williams, G/R