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 home the top prize!

Someone needs to stop Lucas Worrell. This guy just keeps winning Showdowns.

Prior to Sunday, when we hosted a Modern Showdown, our previous constructed Showdown was Standard last month, and well, Lucas took that one down too. We’ve really watched this kid grow into an unreal player over the course of the past four years at Face to Face Games Toronto, and I’m personally stoked to see how good hes become.

Your Showdown champ, Lucas Worrell.

Worrell obviously played the Bant Spirits deck hes been crushing it with over the past year in Modern. Worrell famously choses not to play Aether Vial in his list, and instead opts for the full play-set of Path to Exiles in order to be a more interactive Game 1 deck. At first, this seemed odd to me, but after a year of watching him pilot the deck I’m starting to think that others should adopt this choice. Especially if you draw Collected Company as often as he does.

Worrell defeated Melissa Grenier and her Burn deck in the finals. Grenier played a pretty sweet take on Burn on Sunday. She was all-in on beating creature decks after moving her Eidolons to the sideboard and packing three copies of Ensnaring Bridge in her maindeck.

Your Modern Showdown Top 8.

The rest of our Top 8 featured Russel Phillips piloting his sweet Electrodominance deck, Erik Traikov who played Affinity which is a deck rising in popularity, Keegan Ferreira and his sweet Saheel Evolution deck, Travis MacDonald on Hardened Scales, Seungho Heo who played a cool Azorius deck featuring Teferi, Time Reveler and Farhaad Marounisi who piloted Titanshift.

It’s clear to me that we’ve cycled back into a world where creatures are king in Modern. Humans crushed the most recent Mythic Championship and if you just look at the Top 8 decklists below, you’ll see the kind of creature-dense lists Modern is known for. That said, I’m looking forward to seeing some Karn, the Great Creator pop up over the next few months as players keep brewing the format.

Before I leave you for the week, we at Face to Face Toronto want to remind you about our upcoming 10k Mythic Championship Qualifier taking place on June 15. We’ll be hosting it at the Montecassino Hotel, and every registrant will get a free Arcbound Ravager promo with entry. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!

With his win on Sunday, Lucas 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 Sunday Showdown! There have been a lot of sweet new planeswalkers printed since Daniel Goetschel took down MF Niagara Falls so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone brings to battle. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!