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 constructed to prepare for the upcoming Grand Prix Toronto!

The big weekend — Grand Prix Toronto — is just days away, and this past weekend players from all over the Greater Toronto Area flocked to Face to Face Games Toronto to compete to prepare. Only one came out unscathed.

Denys Robinson, Nick Roberts and Richard Welch came out on top of our 17 team event as the champions.

Nick Roberts, Denys Robinson and Richard Welch won our Team Trios Showdown on Sunday.

Nick was right at home attacking with creatures with B/G Constrictor in Standard. Denys Robinson came back from the dead to play Jund (incredibly slowly) and Richard Welsh played as many basic lands in his U/W Miracles Legacy decklist as he could fit. If there’s anything I can say about this team, it’s that they’re all incredibly nice and played their trademark style of deck in each seat.

Our Team Trios Top 8.

My eyes were on the Standard decklists from this event. The first weekend of Dominaria Standard showed us just how good both Terferi and Karn are in this format. The event on Sunday was more of the same. This event, in conjunction with Grand Prix Birmingham and Daniel Fournier’s PTQ win have taught us that vehicles are level one in this new landscape. Fournier won with B/W Vehicles and B/R Vehicles was the breakout deck over in Europe. With that said, both Nick Roberts and Pasha Meshkati strayed from that formula to some success on Sunday. So, it’s still a wide open field in Standard.

As for Legacy, I’d like to point specifically to Jeremy Rubinoff’s B/G Depths deck as a talking point. He’s been working on this deck a lot and I expect it to be the next breakout performer in Legacy. It’s simply one of the best combo decks out there and players are starting to iterate on the list which can only make it better.

Lastly, in Modern we obviously had four different decks in the Top 4. But, I can’t remember the last time I wrote about a Modern event without a Jeskai deck having a lot of success. If Humans is going to be the deck to beat, this deck will continue to shine.

The Showdown series is really heating up headed into the Ultimate Showdown. This coming weekend is Grand Prix Toronto, so there will be no Showdown but make sure to visit BOTH of our Face to Face Games booths at the venue. The following weekend we’ll have a Legacy Showdown so make sure to get your Brainstorms ready and pre-register!

With his win on Sunday Nick, Denys and Richard cemented their spots in the upcoming Face to Face Games Ultimate Showdown. Congratulations guys!

First Place: Roberts, Robinson and Welch

Standard: Nick Roberts – B/G Constrictor

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Walking Ballista
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Winding Constrictor
4 Jadelight Ranger
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
2 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
1 Thrashing Brontodon
3 Ravenous Chupacabra
3 Verderous Gearhulk
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Adventurous Impulse
2 Fatal Push
2 Vraska’s Contempt
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Aether Hub
4 Blooming Marsh
7 Forest
2 Ifnir Deadlands
2 Swamp
4 Woodland Cemetery
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Duress
2 Naturalize
2 Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
2 Vraska’s Contempt
1 Fatal Push
1 Aethersphere Harvester
2 Doomfall
1 Cast Down
1 Liliana, Death’s Majesty
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Denys Robinson – Jund

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Dark Confidant
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmagoyf
4 Bloodbraid Elf
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Liliana of the Veil
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Fatal Push
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Thoughtseize
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Terminate
2 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Maelstrom Pulse
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Stomping Ground
1 Blood Crypt
2 Treetop Village
3 Raging Ravine
2 Forest
2 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Ancient Grudge
2 Collective Brutality
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Thoughtseize
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Flaying Tendrils
1 Seal of Primordium
1 Curse of Death’s Hold
1 Grim Lavamancer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Richard Welch – U/W Miracles

[Deck]
[Creatures]
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Monastery Mentor
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Brainstorm
1 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
2 Portent
1 Preordain
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Counterbalance
2 Counterspell
2 Predict
1 Back to Basics
1 Council’s Judgment
1 Supreme Verdict
4 Force of Will
3 Terminus
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
6 Island
2 Plains
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Tundra
1 Volcanic Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Pyroblast
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Disenchant
2 Flusterstorm
1 Counterbalance
1 Council’s Judgment
1 Blood Moon
1 Containment Priest
1 Entreat the Angels
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Second Place: Meshkati, Jota and Shoffner

Standard: Pasha Meshkati – U/B Midrange

[Deck]
[Creatures]
2 Walking Ballista
3 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
4 Champion of Wits
3 Ravenous Chupacabra
3 The Scarab God
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Karn, Scion of Urza
2 Liliana, Death’s Majesty
3 Fatal Push
3 Cast Down
2 Doomfall
3 Vraska’s Contempt
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Aether Hub
4 Drowned Catacombs
4 Fetid Pools
3 Field of Ruin
5 Island
6 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Negate
3 Duress
1 Fatal Push
1 Arguel’s Blood Fast
2 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
2 Commit // Memory
2 Crook of Condemnation
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Ricardo Jota – Tron

[Deck]
[Creatures]
2 Walking Ballista
3 Wurmcoil Engine
1 World Breaker
2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Karn Liberated
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Expedition Map
1 Spatial Contortion
4 Sylvan Scrying
2 Dismember
4 Oblivion Stone
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Forest
4 Ghost Quarter
1 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Nature’s Claim
1 Spatial Contortion
3 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Torpor Orb
2 Thragtusk
1 All is Dust
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Sam Schoffner – Elves

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Heritage Druid
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Wirewood Symbiote
3 Quirion Ranger
1 Birchlore Rangers
1 Elvish Mystic
1 Fyndhorn Elves
4 Elvish Visionary
1 Reclamation Sage
2 Craterhoof Behemoth
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Glimpse of Nature
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
1 Crop Rotation
3 Natural Order
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Gaea’s Cradle
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Forest
2 Bayou
2 Dryad Arbor
1 Pendelhaven
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Thoughtseize
3 Abrupt Decay
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Pithing Needle
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Progenitus
1 Karakas
1 Choke
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Third Place: Barge, Carolan and Barge

Standard: Spencer Barge – B/R Aggro

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Bomat Courier
4 Inventor’s Apprentice
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
3 Pia Nalaar
2 Hazoret, the Fervent
2 Rekindling Phoenix
1 Walking Ballista
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Magma Spray
2 Abrade
3 Heart of Kiran
3 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
[/Spells]
[Lands]
10 Mountain
4 Swamp
2 Canyon Slough
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Spire of Industry
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Glorybringer
2 Abrade
1 Magma Spray
2 Arguel’s Blood Fast
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Doomfall
2 Duress
2 Sweltering Suns
1 Scavenger Grounds
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Edward Carolan – Jeskai Control

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Torrential Gearhulk
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Gideon of the Trials
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
4 Serum Visions
4 Path to Exile
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Lightning Helix
2 Logic Knot
1 Negate
2 Search for Azcanta
1 Electrolyze
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Day of Judgment
4 Cryptic Command
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Field of Ruin
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Flooded Strand
3 Celestial Colonnade
3 Island
2 Steam Vents
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Glacial Fortress
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Mountain
1 Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Stony Silence
2 Blessed Alliance
1 Detention Sphere
3 Negate
1 Celestial Purge
1 Gideon Jura
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Engineered Explosives
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Carter Barge – B/R Reanimator
[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Griselbrand
1 Tidespout Tyrant
4 Chancellor of the Annex
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Faithless Looting
4 Collective Brutality
4 Exhume
4 Entomb
4 Animate Dead
4 Dark Ritual
4 Reanimate
4 Thoughtseize
4 Lotus Petal
1 Chrome Mox
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
2 Swamp
1 Scrubland
2 Badlands
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Grave Titan
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
2 Blood Moon
4 Wear // Tear
3 Stronghold Gambit
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Massacre
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fourth Place: Qian, Dhaliwal and Rubinoff

Standard: Juan Qian – B/R Aggro

[Deck]
[Creatures]
3 Walking Ballista
4 Inventor’s Apprentice
4 Bomat Courier
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Goblin Chainwhirler
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Karn, Scion of Urza
2 Abrade
2 Heart of Kiran
1 Cut // Ribbons
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Canyon Slough
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Spire of Industry
11 Mountain
1 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Doomfall
2 Arguel’s Blood Fast
2 Aethersphere Harvester
1 Scavenger Grounds
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Glorybringer
1 Duress
2 Abrade
2 Magma Spray
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern: Shawn Dhaliwal – Humans

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
4 Kitesail Freebooter
4 Phantasmal Image
4 Meddling Mage
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Mantis Rider
4 Reflector Mage
2 Restoration Angel
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Aether Vial
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Ancient Ziggurat
4 Horizon Canopy
1 Plains
2 Seachrome Coast
4 Unclaimed Territory
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Gut Shot
2 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Auriok Champion
2 Dire Fleet Daredevil
1 Xathrid Necromancer
1 Dismember
2 Reclamation Sage
2 Sin Collector
2 Izzet Staticaster
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy: Jeremy Rubinoff – B/G Depths

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Sylvan Safekeeper
4 Vampire Hexmage
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Duress
4 Thoughtseize
4 Pithing Needle
2 Expedition Map
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Crop Rotation
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Bayou
1 Llanowar Wastes
1 Forest
1 Swamp
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Sejiri Steppe
1 Ghost Quarter
4 Thespian’s Stage
4 Dark Depths
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Sylvan Safekeeper
1 Sylvan Library
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Krosan Grip
3 Surgical Extraction
4 Mindbreak Trap
1 Karakas
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]