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 we were back to Modern at Face to Face Games Toronto and that means it was once again time to see just how much of grip Faithless Looting has on the format. Our winner Felix Sloo showed us that Izzet Phoenix is just as good as advertised but, he had to slog through a swath of control decks to get to the finish line.

Sloo defeated Russell Phillips’ sweet Electrodominance deck in the Finals. Hall of Famer and member of Team Face to Face Games Gabriel Nassif has been streaming with this deck for the last few weeks and it’s certainly capable of some broken things. Turns out that when Restore Balance and Ancestral Vision lose their suspend costs they’re pretty busted.

That said, over the last few months Izzet Phoenix has been king in Modern, and Felix showed that that’s still the case on Sunday.

The rest of the Top 8 featured last week’s winner Boston Schatteman on Azorius Control, Wan Tse Shuen on one of his patented Blue Moon decks, Seungho Heo playing Ad Nauseum, Lucas Worrell who’s still winning with Bant Spirits, Joshua Santangelo with Titan Shift and Christos Kaldis who played sweet control deck featuring three copies of Gideon of the Trials.

If you take a close look, you’ll notice a large increase in the stock of graveyard hate amongst these Top 8 decks. The format is really starting to adjust to the ways decks like Phoenix and Dredge are abusing their graveyards and it looks like we’re rounding or way back to a healthy format.

Take Joshua Santangelo’s Titan Shift deck for example. This is a linear powerful strategy that operates on an incredibly consistent axis by using its manabase to defeat its foes. That, in conjunction with the fact that it can afford to play maindeck Relic of Progenitus gives it a home in this metagame.

This was of course one of just a handful of Showdowns left in our current location. The Face to Face Games Toronto shop is packing up and moving just down the street to a brand new, bigger and better location at 1398 Danforth Ave. Our first day in the new shop will be April 24, so make sure to stop by and say hi. there’ll be lots of new and exciting announcements about organized play as we get closer to moving day!

With his win on Sunday, Felix 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. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you on Sunday!