Showdown Recap: Pauper


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 Pauper for the first time ever on the Showdown Series.

So, we hosted a Pauper Showdown for the first time ever, but that didn’t change the youthful smile at the top of the leader board we’ve become used to.

Liam Kane won our Pauper Showdown on Sunday.

That’s right, Liam Kane won yet another Sunday Showdown this past weekend. This time he did with Pauper Affinity. The kid is truly over-powered in all formats.

Other than Liam’s Affinity deck, there were also some other cool decks that showed up for our first ever Pauper Showdown. There were a total of three Delver decks, a 5C Tron deck, a Kuldotha Boros deck and two sweet black-based brews.

Pauper is a sweet format because despite it being under-powered by nature, you still get to play with some of the best and most fun cards in the Magic’s history. I find the idea of a fully Common format featuring Brainstorm and Lightning Bolt to just be really sweet.

Boston Schatteman and Chris Ha were two more familiar faces that ended up in our Top 8. Chris is of course one of our best performing Showdown players ever and Boston loves any format where Brainstorm is legal.

Nathan Starke also made his return to Magic after what seems like a ten year hiatus. My hunch is that he’s looking to become the world’s first Pauper specialist.

Our Pauper Top 8.

Lastly, I’d like to point out Delan Hamasoor, who has really come on strong in Toronto Magic recently. The guy can’t seem to miss a Top 8!

With his win on Sunday Liam furthers his climb up the Face to Face Games Ultimate Showdown leader board. Next week we’re hosting a Standard Showdown on Sunday! Make sure to bring your Scarab Gods!

First Place, Liam Kane- Affinity

Second Place, Boston Schatteman- Skred Delver

Third Place, Chris Ha- Skred Delver

Fourth Place, Delan Hamasoor- U/R Kiln Fiend

Fifth Place, Nathan Starke- Boros

Sixth Place, Michael Chan- Mono-Black Control

Seventh Place, Oliver Metz-Strauss- B/G Aristocrats

Eighth Place, Benson Lau- 5C Tron