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 take down the top prize.

It’s been a long time coming and Taimur Rashid finally made his way into the winner’s circle at a Showdown.

Showdown Champion Taimur Rashid.

Taimur played Grixis Death’s Shadow on Sunday, a previous hero of the Modern format that was dethroned by the rise of Humans. The talk around the competitive Modern community is that it might be primed for a resurgence and Taimur surely showed that it has that kind of potential on Sunday.

Joining Taimur in the Top 8 were two copies of Bant Spirits, myself playing B/G Rock, an Amulet Titan deck, Chris Flink playing Ad Nauseum as usual, one of Toronto’s nicest guys in Andrew Oyen playing Infect and a copy of Dredge.

Your Modern Showdown Top 8.

What I think I like most about this Top 8 is that it might be the most perfect representation of Modern right now possible. Spirits has been riding high as of late and just took down Grand Prix Atlanta cementing its spot as the go-to disruptive creature deck in the format. Spirits, along with Rashid’s Shadow deck and Oyen’s Infect deck give us a good look at just how powerful a fast clock and some disruption can be in Modern.

Then there’s Ryan Sandrin and his baby Dredge. Dredge has picked up a lot in popularity with the addition of Creeping Chill. I chose to play B/G Rock, as I usually do. That said, I do think it’s the deck I would recommend to anyone trying to play fair and take their time in a format filled with unfair decks that like to go fast. Assassin’s Trophy is the real deal, and Tireless Tracker is just as busted as it’s always been.

With his win on Sunday, Taimur cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown and the next Regional Pro Tour Qualifier, while the rest of our Top 8 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto is going we’ve got a Legacy Sunday Showdown. Get those Brainstorms packed, make sure to pre-register and come out to battle!

First Place, Taimur Rashid- Grixis Death’s Shadow

Second Place, Lucas Worrell – Bant Spirits

Third Place, Keith Capstick – B/G Rock

Fourth Place, Tyrel Wildman – Amulet Titan

Fifth Place, Ryan Sandrin – Dredge

Sixth Place, Chris Flink – Ad Nauseum

Seventh Place, Paul Xu – Bant Spirits

Eighth Place, Andrew Oyen – Infect 

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