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.

Over the past few years we’ve watched the Modern format twist and turn from Aether Vial to Thoughtseize to Mox Opal and back again.

On Sunday, Roland Kiss showed us that right now Thoughtseize is the format staple you should be playing with by taking down our Modern Sunday Showdown.

Kiss piloted a fairly stock version of Grixis Shadow over Liam Kane’s Bant Spirits deck in the finals. Shadow has been slowly generating buzz over the past few months. There’s been a lot of talk about Izzet Phoenix, but just last weekend Shadow took down Grand Prix Tampa amidst a field filled with Izzet.

Liam is of course no stranger to the Top 8 here in our Showdown series and has been playing Spirits for the better part of the past six months. The kid has got serious game and showed that again here.

The rest of the Top 8 featured Andrew Gordon betraying all of his friends by putting Zacama, Primal Calamity in his Amulet Titan deck, one copy of Whir Prison, two copies of Hardened Scales, Pete De Vries playing his trusty Merfolk deck and the coolest looking Mono-Black Prison deck I have ever seen in the hands of Trevor Cordingly.

With his win on Sunday, Roland 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 This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto we’ll be hosting a Legacy Showdown. Get your Brainstorms ready and make sure to pre-register!