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 M19 Limited to celebrate release weekend, and it did not disappoint.
This was our second look at M19 in a row. Last weekend we saw local players show us that despite it being a core-set, M19 isn’t all attacking and blocking. You need to be able to grind if you want to have success.
Enea Koxhlan was able to come out on top of the event after his G/R beat down Draft deck was able to maneuver past the rest of the Top 8.
Gab Tsang once again proved to all of us that his return to Limited Magic in Toronto means there’ll only be seven spots available in every Top 8. He was in the elimination rounds again with a sweet U/R deck featuring four copies of Divination.
This past Sunday also marked the return of multiple time Showdown champion and leader board staple to the Top 8 in Chris Ha. He played a slower looking U/B deck in the Top 8 Draft.
Two more Showdown Series regulars in Omar Beldon and Shawn Dhaliwal also made the Top 8. With this finish, Dhaliwal has now made the Top 8 of back-to-back Showdowns, both in M19 Limited. Duncan McGregor also showed up in the Top 8, once again showing us that if he didn’t do so much judging we’d all be losing to him — quite a lot.
With his win on Sunday, Enea 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 Legacy format where we’ll get to see how the Toronto-area metagame has adapted to the loss of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe. If you’re looking for deckbuilding pointers make sure to checkout Matthew Dilks article on the B&R changes here.
First Place, Enea Koxhlan – G/R
Second Place, Gabriel Tsang- U/R
Third Place, Will Hall – Grixis
Fourth Place, Shawn Dhaliwal – R/W
Fifth Place, Omar Beldon- B/R
Sixth Place, Chris Ha- U/B
Seventh Place, Duncan McGregor – G/W
Eighth Place, Christopher Butler- Bant