In 2020 Omar Beldon cannot be stopped. This past Sunday he took down his second Showdown title of the year and skyrocketed himself into a huge lead on the Sunday Showdown leaderboard.
And this time, he did it with a brew, in a format that sometimes feels impossible to brew in — Modern.
Omar played a brand new take on the old Mardu Pyromancer deck from a few formats ago. But in this iteration he decided to ditch Young Pyromancer in favour of Stoneforge Mystic and a brand new addition from Theros Beyond death in Kroxa, Death’s Hunger.
In a world where we thought Primeval Titan decks were the cream of the crop, Omar walked in with a completely fair midrange deck and took down the entire event. What’s even more wild, is that he played a Stoneblade mirror in the finals, although his opponent Andrew Gordon was playing the more traditional Azorius version.
Joining them in the Top 8 was both Lucas Worrell and Roy Posaratnanathan on Infect that preyed on the huge amount of Amulet Titan decks in the room, Chris Flink on Ad Nauseum, myself playing Amulet Titan, Derek Chiu on Shadow and Derek Berry playing Eldrazi Tron.
I don’t even know where to start with this Top 8. The multiple copies of Infect definitely is a result of the six to eight copies of Amulet in the room. That’s a matchup that Infect is massively favoured in. The same can be said of Chris Flink’s Ad Naus deck.
What I’m most interested in is Omar’s Mardu deck. Black Midrange decks have been kept down a lot since the printing and subsequent banning of Oko and maybe Omar’s build shows us a bit of a breath of fresh air to those archetypes. This deck is chalked full of powerful and efficient threats and answers and I’m excited to see if it has legs going forward.
We’ll have to wait and see if Omar can maintain his dominance at the next Modern Showdown.
With his win on Sunday Omar remains qualified for the upcoming Ultimate Showdown of ULTIMATE destiny and the rest of our Top 8 have begun their march up the leaderboard.
This season, we’re going to closely following the Ultimate Showdown leaderboard each week and I’ll be giving you updates on the race as the results unfold every week in these recaps. This week the big news is of course that Omar has sprung WAY ahead in the Showdown leaderboard race.
This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto we’ll be hosting a Team Trios Showdown! You and two friends can battle in the Pioneer, Modern and Legacy formats to cement your spot in the Ultimate Showdown. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you at the shop!