Showdown Recap: Modern

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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 Modern to see who could qualify themselves for the Ultimate Showdown.

If there’s anything I know about Modern tournaments in Toronto, ON it’s that they’re disproportionately dominated by decks featuring the card: Steam Vents. Well, Sunday was no exception.

The finals of our Modern Sunday Showdown was a battle between two unlikely competitors. That is if you’ve looked at a Modern metagame breakdown as of late. It was Grixis Control versus Blue Moon, and Justin Wong was able to prevail with his Blue Moon deck featuring Thing in the Ice.

Our Modern Sunday Showdown champion, Justin Wong.

In classic Modern style, our event on Sunday was a snapshot of the format’s diversity and showed that really anything can win in Modern. Our Top 8 featured only one Humans deck, no copies of KCI or straight-up U/W Control.

In place of those very popular archetypes were two copies of Titan Shift, Ad Nauseum and Ponza.

Our Modern Showdown Top 8.

Local stalwart Chris Flink secured what feels like his hundredth Top 8 with his trusty Ad Nauseum deck. Proving once again that in Modern all you’ve got to do is pick a deck, and master it.

With his win on Sunday, Zachary 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 Sunday at Face to Face Games Toronto we will be hosting Legacy Sunday Showdown. Come on out and see if Miracles will remain on top of the format after Grand Prix Richmond.

First Place, Justin Wong – Blue Moon

Second Place, Zachary Ryl – Grixis Control

Third Place, Chris Flink – Ad Nauseum

Fourth Place, Jacob Richer – Humans

Fifth Place, Curtis Watts – Norin Sisters

Sixth Place, Matt Gregersen – Ponza

Seventh Place, Russel Phillips – Titan Shift

Eighth Place, Adrian Malusaj – Titan Shift

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