Showdown Recap: Primeval Titan prevails again in Modern


Amulet Titan has got to be more popular in Toronto then anywhere else on the planet. It’s a tough deck to pilot, just about as strange as a Magic deck can be and is extremely powerful. And if you walk into an event in Toronto, you better have a plan for it.

This past Sunday, Ben Lu — who made the finals of our Toronto Open+ back in January with the deck — took down our Modern Showdown.

Your Modern Showdown champ.

Despite it’s constant popularity in Toronto, Amulet has seen a format-wide resurgence in the past few months due to the additions of both Once Upon a Time and Field of the Dead. Field allows the deck to achieve a Grave Titan-like board presence when it reaches it’s Titan turn which absolutely obliterates opposing Midrange decks. Before Field, deck like Jund and Azorius could actually keep pace with Amulet if they had the right tools, but that’s just no longer the case.

Ben defeated one of those midrange decks in the finals, where he triumphed over Bernardo Fava’s Jund deck.

Your Modern Showdown Top 8.

Funnily enough, much like Amulet, Jund happens to be one of the more popular decks in the Toronto area — especially at our Sunday Showdown events. And that was definitely the case on Sunday.

Joining Bernardo and Ben in Top 8 was Jason Drossis who also played Jund, Derek Berry on Eldrazi Tron, Simon Tubello on his bread and butter Azorius Control deck, Delan Hamasoor on Grixis Shadow, Deven Mulvihill playing TitanShift and Matt Scenna blowing up lands with Ponza.

Now, this particular weekend, the Sunday Showdown wasn’t the only event we hosted at the shop. Just like last week we hosted yet another Standard WPNQ Prelim event on Saturday which qualified eight players for our WPNQ showdown where they’ll compete for an invite to the upcoming Player’s Tour. Here are the players that qualified this past Saturday:

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Before I leave you for the week I’d just like to quickly plug all of Face to Face Games’ upcoming WPN qualifier events. Wizards of the Coast has added a new system to their competitive framework to allow players to qualify for the upcoming Player’s Tour at the local level. Below are the dates of our upcoming Open+ events which will qualify the winner for the PT and check out this article to find out how you can qualify at your local Face to Face location as well.

With his win on Ben 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 have two events on the docket. First, we have our Modern Open+ at the Montecassino Hotel on Saturday! This is sure to be a popular event, so make sure you pre-register! Then, on Sunday, we have our fourth and final Standard WPNQ Preliminary event where you can earn your shot to compete for a slot at the upcoming Player’s Tour!