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 Standard at our special RPTQ Showdown to see who could earn their spot at the next Pro Tour.
Dozens of players decended upon Face to Face Games Toronto this past Sunday for our Standard Regional Pro Tour Qualifier. But, only four walked away with Pro Tour invitations. Congratulations to Chris Ha, Jamie Archdekin, Stuart Pames and Andrew Burrows-Johnson.
Both Pames and Burrows-Johnson made the trek in from out of town to battle, but Archdekin and Ha are of course locals that have made a name for themselves at our Showdown events over the last few years.
For Archdekin, this feels like a routine occurrence, he’s made a living converting at these RPTQs as of late. Archdekin has become demonstrated an ability to play a wide variety of decks in just about every format and will be representing Southern Ontario at the Pro Tour once again.
As for Chris Ha, this might just the be the happiest I’ve ever been to see someone achieve their goals. To say that Chris is a fixture in the community is an understatement. He’s always been around to support his friends competitive goals. Whether it be by lending cards or driving us all over North America to play tournaments, and now Chris has achieved his goal. After watching him work so hard for so long, I’m so happy for Chris, and will be in his corner when he needs help testing for the Pro Tour and someone to cheer him on.
As for Standard, I can’t say the Top 8 from this event really surprised me at all. There was a bunch of red decks, some copies of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and some Scarab Gods. At this point in the format, tournaments are more about mastery of your craft than breaking open the metagame, and that showed with some good players playing well tuned decks to success.
With their great finishes on Sunday, these four players have qualified themselves for the upcoming Pro Tour, congratulations guys! This upcoming Sunday at Face to Face Games Toronto we will be hosting a Modern Sunday Showdown. Make sure to preregister here. It’s time to find out if anyone can defeat the 5C Humans menace!
First Place, Andrew Burrows-Johnson – Wizard Red
Second Place, Stuart Pames – U/B Midrange
Third Place, Chris Ha – R/B Aggro
Fourth Place, Jamie Archdekin – U/W Gift
Fifth Place, Thom Willoughby – B/G Stompy
Sixth Place, Christophe Vaugeois – U/W Control
Seventh Place, Alex Bianchi – B/R Aggro
Eighth Place, Gerry Harris-Pink – B/R Aggro