Showdown Recap: Modern


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.

Well, the Modern metagame has come full circle again. Ironworks combo was banned and Arclight Phoenix may be everywhere, which has made room for an old menace to rise again — Dredge.

Your Showdown champion, Matthew Hawton.

Matthew Hawton was able to stave off the likes of Daniel Fournier, and Showdown stalwart Liam Kane and become victorious with his Dredge deck on Sunday.

Dredge will just never die in Modern. It’s just the classic example of a deck that when the metagame is welcoming, and the hate is low can absolutely win a tournament on any given weekend, and Matthew showed us that on Sunday.

Your Modern Showdown Top 8.

The runner-up on Sunday was Liam Kane, which makes this his fourth consecutive Showdown Top 8. Yes, this kid is good. Liam has been a mainstay at the shop for the last few years and just seems to be progressively more dominant as the years go by. He played Bant Spirits, a deck many have written off as of late, but Liam made look dominant.

Joining Liam and Matthew was Daniel Fournier playing Steam Vents as usual, Dominic Harvey playing yet another home brew (guy is a made scientist in the best way possible), Ryan Sandrin, who played Turbo Druid to his third Modern Showdown Top 8, Lisa Seelye with an awesome Dimir Thopter/Sword deck, one copy of Mono-Red Prison and a loan Mono-Red Phoenix deck.

Sandrin brought some spice to his Druid deck on Sunday. He played Reflector Mage on the splash in order to set his deck up better against Thing in the Ice out of Izzet Phoenix. Certainly something that’s worth doing given the prevalence of Phoenix right now, and something you should probably try if you’re interested in this Druid deck.

As for Fournier’s spicy Phoenix deck. Check out everything he has to say about it, right here in his conveniently-timed article.

With his win on Sunday, Matthew 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.┬áIf you’d like to inquire about your point total or report a discrepancy, please email This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto we’ll be hosting a Legacy Showdown. With Grand Prix Niagara Falls just around the corner make sure to come on out and get your testing in!