The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Toronto Legacy superstar and all around master Matthew Dilks threw everyone a curveball this weekend when he registered Jeskai Mentor in Legacy, but that didn’t stop him from winning the entire tournament.
Dilks is of course known for playing any deck in Legacy containing Dark Depths. But this weekend he escaped from that norm in order to try out the Jeskai Mentor archetype that has been gaining popularity as of late. This is the deck that seems to best utilize War of the Spark’s Narset and Teferi in order to lock out other blue decks. Dilks told me that those two three mana planeswalkers over-performed all day for him (as they seem to do in every format).
Dilks defeated Alexander Neufeldt in the finals, who was playing one of two Izzet Delver decks in our Top 8.
Joining them in the Top 8 was Boston Schatteman on Temur Delver, Tse Shuen Wan who’s been dominating Showdowns as of late on a cool Bant Miracles deck, Wilkin Chau with his classic Dead Guy Ale deck, Justin Wong with a sweet Dimir Ninjas brew, Travis McDonald playing Omni-Tell and Steven Kostas on Izzet Delver.
Legacy at the Toronto shop continued to be a pretty tough nut to crack on Sunday. Both Dilks and Daniel Fournier have been having a lot of success with the Golgari Depths archetype over the last few months, but on Sunday we saw blue decks really shine.
Maybe Dilks has found a way to beat his own baby with Jeskai Mentor and it’s ability to thwart Marit Lage and company.
Before I leave you for the week I’d just like to quickly plug all of Face to Face Games’ upcoming WPN qualifier events. Wizards of the Coast has added a new system to their competitive framework to allow players to qualify for the upcoming Player’s Tour at the local level. Below are the dates of our upcoming Open+ events which will qualify the winner for the PT and check out this article to find out how you can qualify at your local Face to Face location as well.
With his win on Sunday, Dilks cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown, while the rest of our Top 8 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. If you’re interested in your Ultimate Showdown point total, you can check it out here. If you’d like to inquire about your point total or report a discrepancy, please email Toronto@facetofacegames.com.
This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto we’ll be hosting a Modern Showdown! The format seems like it shifts more and more every week and we are excited for another awesome Showdown. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you at the shop!