Showdown Recap: Team Trios


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 Team Trios, so we saw the full spectrum of decklists in action.

As I’ve said before, Team Magic is just the best way to play the game. Sunday was a packed event at Face to Face Games Toronto, and with a highly-interactive Standard format, a fresh Modern format and a unique local Legacy metagame the event was awesome to be a part of.

Your Trios Showdown champions!

Jeff Swaluk, Simon Tubello and Andrew Gordon were able to take down the whole event with solid decks in all three formats. Gordon in particular, brought a spicy Elves deck with sideboard Blood Moons. Simon told me that he didn’t drop a match on Jeskai and Swaluk was the model of consistency as usual on Grixis. This team definitely would have been one of my favourites before the event, and they did not disappoint.

Looking at the Top 4, across all formats it’s almost comical how typical the decks are for an event like this. Aside from Philip Wong’s fun and interactive Blood Moon strategy, I’m not surprised by any of the results.

Our Team Trios Top 4.

Michael Chan has been praying on Dlever decks — and also prayed on me at this event — with his Dead Guy Ale deck for months and this was no exception. Reuben Musselman also looks like he did well to tune his Grixis Delver deck for the room, as maindeck Grim Lavamancer sure would have been gas on Sunday.

The last thing I want to point out is whatever Matt Foster did to get Bloodbraid Elf into that Elves deck in Modern. That’s some serious brewing, and the deck looks sweet!

With their win on Sunday Andrew, Jeff and Simon qualify themselves for the next Face to Face Games Ultimate Showdown. Next week we have a Masters 25 release Showdown. Come on out and play some high-powered Sealed Magic and open up some value!

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First Place, Swaluk, Tubello and Gordon

Standard, Jeff Swaluk- Grixis Energy

Modern, Simon Tubello- Jeskai Control

Legacy, Andrew Gordon- Elves

Second Place, Fekete, Foster and Goodman

Standard, Kris Fekete- Mardu Vehicles

Modern, Matt Foster- Elves

Legacy, Ryan Goodman- Grixis Delver

Third Place, Hawton, Strnad and Musselman

Standard, Matthew Hawton- Grixis Energy

Modern, Brandon Strnad- Jund

Legacy, Reuben Musselman- Grixis Delver

Fourth Place, Balakrishan, Wong and Chan

Standard, Gokulan Balakrishan- G/R Aggro

Modern, Philip Wong- Jeskai Control

Legacy, Michael Chan- Dead Guy Ale