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 to see which squad could navigate all three constructed formats with expertise to come out on top!

I always look forward to these team tournaments in Toronto, whether I’m playing or writing. There’s just that much more intrigue when there’s team involved. A little more at stake, bragging rights, trash talk and the inherent variance reduction make for exciting tournaments.

This time, some of the city’s most decorated players prevailed, and Matthew Dilks won another damn Showdown.

The winning team of Beldon, Nightinglale and Dilks.

Omar played trusty old B/R Aggro in the Standard seat, Tyler played the new hotness in B/R Vengevine in Modern and Dilks played Lands in Legacy as usual. Of note, Lands is a deck that many players were not wild on headed into the Pro Tour. But, with the results that Death’s Shadow, Delver decks and Death & Taxes put up, it looks to be well-positioned once again. Especially if Sneak & Show continues to be under-played due to its poor PT performance.

There’s not much to say about Omar’s deck other than the fact that three of the four Standard players in our Top 4 were playing Goblin Chainwhirler decks and the other was U/W Teferi Control. Turbo Fog wasn’t present at all in our Top 4 and neither was the Mono-Blue Artifact deck that was popular at the PT. Maybe it’s back to U/W versus Red in Standard.

Tyler piloted the new flavour-of-the-week combo deck in Modern — B/R Venegevine. This deck is extremely explosive to say the least, and more or less epitomizes the Modern format. It’s still yet to be determined whether or not this deck will become a true player in the metagame, but for now it seems to be putting up nice results even as graveyard hate rises in popularity.

Our Team Trios Top 8.

The rest of our Top 4 was chalked full of Face to Face Games Toronto regulars. Everyone here is no stranger to the elimination rounds, and the team of Gordon, Swaluk and Tubello seem to just not be able to miss with these Trios events.

Swaluk in particular brought a pretty unique take on red aggro to the event. His Mono-Red The Flame of Keld deck looks to get underneath its opponent in the red mirrors while also being able to go upstairs to finish off Turbo Fog without needing to rely on combat damage. All this in mind I think it was a great choice for Sunday.

With their win on Sunday, Beldon, Nightingale and Dilks cement their spots in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown and the rest of our Top 4 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. This upcoming weekend’s Sunday Showdown will be in the Legacy format. Grab those Delver of Secrets and Force of Wills and come on down to battle!

First Place – Beldon, Nightingale and Dilks


Omar Beldon – B/R Aggro


Tyler Nightingale – B/R Vengevine


Matthew Dilks – Lands

Second Place – Pienaar, Cherkas and Lau


Ivan Pienaar – U/W Control


Matt Cherkas – Titan Shift


Benson Lau – The Epic Storm

Third Place – Hamasoor, Roberts and Shoffner


Delan Hamasoor- B/R Aggro


Nick Roberts – Humans


Sam Shoffner- Grixis Control

Fourth Place – Swaluk, Tubello and Gordon


Jeff Swaluk – Mono-Red Flame of Keld


Simon Tubello – Jeskai Control


Andrew Gordon – Grixis Delver