Showdown Recap: Legacy

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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 the Legacy format to see if U/B Death’s Shadow was still the king of the hill now that the dust has settled on Pro Tour Magic 25.

The day has come. Matthew Dilks has finally been defeated in the Legacy format at Face to Face Games Toronto. This past Sunday, Connors Eilerson was able to harness the power of Knight of the Reliquary and his 4C Loam deck to take home the trophy.

Your Legacy Showdown champion, Connors Eilerson.

You don’t have to look very far to  find Dilks though. He lost to Connors in the finals with his trusty G/R Lands deck sporting a boat load of Surgical Extractions and Chokes in his sideboard.

Your Legacy Showdown Top 8.

Legacy has received a few shots in the arm recently with both the bannings of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe as well as it showing up at the Pro Tour.

Notably, there are zero copies of Death’s Shadow in the Top 8, something a little abnormal if you’ve been paying attention to Legacy results recently. With that said, there is a Death & Taxes player and a copy of Grixis Delver piloted by Andrew Gordon, so our local metagame is not too far removed from large Legacy events lately.

The Delver decks have kind of settled into a choice between Death’s Shadow and Grixis and both are having success with slightly different plans. With Grixis you get an extra colour and a little more ability to tune your deck for the metagame. With Death’s Shadow you get some serious power.

Death & Taxes looks to have some of the best general matchups in the format and Grixis Control — along with other slow blue decks — have continued to show up in large numbers. So you know what that means, Dilks and his Lands deck are well-positioned again.

Rounding out the Top 8 are some of the usual Toronto staples. A copy of Pox, a copy of Burn, a Goblins player and a spicy looking U/R Delver deck. If Loam strategies keep ending up in the Finals of Legacy tournaments, maybe it’s time for more of us to break out our copies of Price of Progress.

With his win on Sunday, Connors cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown and the rest of our Top 8 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. This upcoming weekend Face to Face Games Toronto is headed to the Canadian National Exhibition. We will be hosting a Face to Face Games Modern Open on Saturday and a Modern Showdown on Sunday. Make sure to pre-register here. 

First Place, Connors Eilerson – 4C Loam

Second Place, Matthew Dilks – Lands

Third Place, Michael Hartog – Burn

Fourth Place, Indy Zhao – Death & Taxes

Fifth Place, Andrew Gordon – Grixis Delver

Sixth Place, Peirce Trifonos – U/R Delver

Seventh Place, John O’Keefe – Pox

Eighth Place, Josh Cronk – Goblins

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