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 Legacy, on the eve of the potential banning of Deathrite Shaman.
Daniel Goetschel celebrated the long life of Deathrite Shaman in Legacy, by winning the whole event with his Deathrite-empowered Grixis Delver deck. Daniel is a huge Legacy grinder on Magic Online and has had a lot of success in the format.
Now, despite Daniel’s heroic victory in the name of Deathrite Shaman’s last day legal in Legacy. We now know that the little elf survive the B&R announcement. And it also happened to dominate our Top 8 — as usual.
There were five decks featuring Deathrite in the Top 8 and a total of three different archetypes with the powerful one-drop. I for one am happy that it’s staying around, particularly after it carried me to my Top 16 finish at Grand Prix Seattle a couple weekends ago.
I’m excited to see that format can warp itself around Deathrite and the decks that will inevitably crop up to create the healthy cycle of archetypes we’re used to seeing in Legacy.
There are a couple examples of this in our Top 8 in Eldrazi Stompy and B/G Depths. Eldrazi hasn’t been very popular as of late, but if it can find a way to more effectively deal with Baleful Strix, the powerful mono-coloured deck can punish Delver decks. B/G Depths may just be the best combo deck you’ve never heard of. It’s hyper-linear and does not rely on it’s graveyard so it can power past Deathrite decks very fast.
Andrew Gordon, Chris Ha, Richard Welch and Michael Chan have proven to be four of our top Legacy players over the last few months. They seem to be in almost all of our Top 8s and are often present at our Friday Night Magic Legacy events.
Chan in particular has shown the ability to specialize in the format. He loves these black-based discard-centric decks and had more success with Pox on Sunday.
With his win on Sunday Daniel furthers his climb up the Face to Face Games Ultimate Showdown leader board. Next week we’re hosting a special Dominaria Pre-Release Sealed Showdown! Yeah that’s right, you’ll get to play a full 1k pre-release event with cut to Top 8 with the brand new Sealed format! I’m surely going to be there battling.
First Place, Daniel Goetschel- Grixis Delver
Second Place, Richard Welch- U/R Delver
Third Place, Andy Liang- Grixis Delver
Fourth Place, Andrew Gordon- Elves
Fifth Place, Chris Ha- 4C Leovold
Sixth Place, Connors Eilerson- B/G Depths
Seventh Place, Michael Chan- Mono-Black Pox
Eighth Place, Jon Fine- Eldrazi Stompy