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!

It’s been a few months since his last Face to Face Games tournament victory, so naturally Edgar Magalhaes returned to the winner’s circle this past weekend playing an awesome Mardu Death’s Shadow deck at our Modern Showdown.

Your Modern champ, Edgar Magalhaes.

Despite the deck being dwarfed by the dominance and increasing popularity of Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis the Death’s Shadow archetype added a lot with the printing of Modern Horizons. I personally believe Ranger-Captain of Eos may be the single most impactful card the shell has gotten since it burst onto the scene a couple years ago. Shadow always had trouble with threat density and frankly operated much more smoothly when you drew its namesake card — and Ranger has worked to solve both these problems.

For those of you who don’t know, I actually live with Edgar so I was privied to much of his motivation to pilot the deck over something like Hogaak. The way he has the deck built, with an emphasis on graveyard hate and Temur Battle Rage it does a solid job at fighting Gaak and has great matchups against many of the decks trying to beat Gaak. This is where we’re at with Modern right now.

Your Modern Showdown Top 8.

Joining Edgar in the Top 8 was finalist and Showdown staple Russel Phillips playing Hardened Scales, local hero Daniel Fournier playing Hogaak, Pedram Moazen-Sayad on Mono-Red Phoenix, last weekend’s MCQ winner Jeff Swaluk on Hogaak, Boston Schatteman on a sweet Jeskai Flash deck, Patrick Duffy playing Amulet Titan and Jason Buchan who played Mono-Green Tron.

Before I leave you for the week I’ve got one last reminder for you. Our Toronto MCQ is coming up quickly and you’re going to want to make sure to pre-register to secure your spot. This time it’s Modern so it’s sure to be packed! We’ll see you there.

With his win on Sunday, Edgar 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 Team Trios Showdown. There’s nothing quite like playing Magic with your best friends, so make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you at the shop!