Showdown Recap: Modern

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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 a Modern Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier to see who could secure a spot at the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier and the Ultimate Showdown.

As of late Humans has been by far the most dominant deck in the format — and that didn’t change on Sunday. Logan Grawbarger was able to secure himself a spot in both the RPTQ and the Ultimate Showdown by winning our sold out event on Sunday.

Your Modern PPTQ Showdown champ!

Humans combines many of the traits Modern is best known for. It’s fast, versatile and linear. With the new addition of Militia Bugler, it can both grind when it needs to, but has the core ability to ignore what it’s opponent is trying to do when it has do.

If you look at the rest of our Top 8, these features are present in almost all of the decks, with the exception of Chris Ha’s Mardu Pyromancer deck and Omar Beldon’s Blue Moon deck.

Your Modern PPTQ Showdown Top 8.

The rest of these decks are either able to run right through you, ignoring whatever it is you’re trying to do. Or, put something into play that’s so irritatingly powerful (Blood Moon) that it invalidates your strategy.

I’d like to point out one new linear strategy in particular, Andrew Gordon’s B/R Vengevine deck. This is a new archetype that has been powered by the addition of Stitcher’s Supplier from M19. A lot of pro players at the Pro Tour this past weekend played different variations of this deck, and it does some broken things for sure. Gordon told me he played horribly on Sunday — so this deck must have carried him.

For now Humans remains the top dog, but could Vengevine be the next king of Modern if the list is tuned nicely?

With his win on Sunday, Logan cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown and the rest of our Top 4 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. This upcoming weekend’s Showdown will be in the Team Trios format. Grab a couple of your friends and see if one of those lethal configurations from the Pro Tour can land you a slot in the Ultimate Showdown!

First Place, Logan Grawbarger – Humans

Second Place, Alex Frank – Ad Nauseum

Third Place, Andrew Gordon – B/R Vengevine

Fourth Place, Connors Eilersen – Ponza

Fifth Place, Stefan de Lasa – Bogles

Sixth Place, Omar Beldon – Blue Moon

Seventh Place, Chris Ha – Mardu Pyromancer

Eighth Place, Cody McCowell – Burn

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