Showdown Recap: Standard PPTQ

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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 Guilds of Ravnica Standard for our special Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier Showdown!

Standard is brand new with the release of Guilds of Ravnica, so I for one was looking forward to the results of this event for weeks to see just how Toronto would adapt to this new format.

In classic early-Standard fashion the event was won by a deck with 22 Mountains, Pasha Meshkati’s Mono-Red Aggro deck featuring a full four copies of Experimental Frenzy.

Your Standard PPTQ Showdown Top 8.

Standard has become a lot more diverse in recent weeks. The beginning of the format was dominated by B/G Midrange which put two copies in the Top 8 here as well. That said, last weekend at GP New Jersey Team Face to Face Games member Eli Kassis put Jeskai Control on the map by taking home the trophy — which really dwarfed the number of Golgari decks that have been popping up.

On Sunday, we had a nice smattering of the archetypes that were present in Jersey. There was a U/R Arclight Phoenix deck which also popped up in response to Jeskai, another red deck to go with Meshkati’s, one Jeskai Control deck and a full two Boros decks.

Omar Beldon once again showed off his range with an innovative take on Boros that played a lot of token synergies. Beldon also showed off his impressive ability to Top 8 every event and lose in the quarterfinals.

Em Cuthbert also showed up to play on Sunday and showed that whenever they decide to play Magic they make the Top 8 with ease.

With his win on Sunday, Pasha cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown and the next Regional Pro Tour Qualifier, while the rest of our Top 8 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto is going to be all about Modern. We’ve got a special 3k Modern event at Next level Con in Mississauga on Saturday followed by a Modern 1k Sunday Showdown. Make sure to pre-register and get your Modern deck tuned up for a full weekend of Modern action!

First Place, Pasha Meshkati – Mon-Red Aggro

Second Place, Isaac Krut – B/G Midrange

Third Place, Matthew Lategan – B/G Midrange

Fourth Place, Justin Harkness – Mon-Red Aggro

Fifth Place, Em Cuthbert – U/R Phoenix

Sixth Place, Brady Bachan – Boros Angels

Seventh Place, Omar Beldon – Boros Tokens

Eighth Place, Duncan McGregor – Jeskai Control

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