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 in Legacy without Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe for the first time in the Toronto area!
This is the single Showdown I’ve been most excited to see the results from in a long time. Recently, Wizards of the Coast made the decision to ban both Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe and this was the first time that change would make its mark on a Toronto Legacy event.
Connors Eilerson took advantage of these changes. Using a powerful linear combo deck in B/G Depths to get underneath some of these recently-nerfed fair decks in order to take down our Legacy Showdown!
The rest of our Top 8 was, well, not exactly normal for Legacy in general, but more of the same for the Toronto scene — which is to say it was crawling with black-based resource-denial decks.
There were two copies of Mono-Black Pox in the Top 8, Jon Fine with his signature Eldrazi deck, a unique Sultai take on Infect a Sneak & Show deck and a copy of Death & Taxes.
If there is one big take away for me, it’s that there are zero total copies of Delver of Secrets in the Top 8. A lot of people were quite excited about Temur Delver after the banning (including local Nimble Mongoose apologist Daniel Fournier). But, the powerful one-drop did not show its face in this event.
I’m pretty intrigued by this Sultai Infect deck. Leovold, emissary of Trest is a very powerful card, and with combo decks picking up popularity now that every fair deck doesn’t come complete with free graveyard hate and mana acceleration, this deck can prey on combo with its cheap interaction and fast clock.
I’m not at all surprised to see Sneak & Show and Death & Taxes in the Top 8. Of everything that’s happened since the bans, these two decks came away unscathed and honestly look better than ever in the format. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of Griselbrand and Mother of Runes in the coming weeks of Legacy.
With his win on Sunday, Connors cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown and the rest of our Top 4 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. This upcoming weekend’s Showdown will be in the Standard format. It’s time to find out whether or not M19 can dethrone Goblin Chainwhirler, or if the powerful three-drop will stay on top.
First Place, Connors Eilersen – B/G Depths
Second Place, Steve Scobie – Sultai Infect
Third Place, Michael Chan – Mono-Black Pox
Fourth Place, Peirce Trifones – Sneak & Show
Fifth Place, Jon Fine – Eldrazi Stompy
Sixth Place, Indy Zhao – Death & Taxes
Seventh Place, John O’Keefe – Mono-Black Pox
Eighth Place, Daniel Armchuck – U/B Reanimator