This past Sunday at Face to Face Games Toronto I got to play a Team Trios event with two good friends that also happen to be insanely good at Magic. And lucky enough for me, that meant winning the tournament.
Matthew Dilks, Omar Beldon and I took down the event with the combination of Simic Food in Standard, Izzet Delver in Modern and Jeskai Mentor in Legacy.
Dilks actually threw everyone for a loop and decided to play Standard instead of his usual bread and butter in Legacy and shipped me his Jeskai list to pilot. Omar’s been working on Izzet Delver with the addition of Mystic Sanctuary in Modern and had some of the coolest games of Magic I’ve seen in a long time. Highlights included him stealing both a Codex Shredder and a Death’s Shadow with Archmage’s Charm and beating his opponents with their own cards.
We defeated the team of Harms, Booker and Wallace in the finals who played Mono-Red Aggro, Grixis Shadow and Miracles to their finals birth.
The rest of the Top 4 consisted of the team of Richer, Worrell and Schatteman who played Bant Food, Bant Spirits and Temur Delver and Choi, Levesque and Drossis who played Simic Food, a sweet Izzet Breach deck and Four Colour Snow Control.
I’ll start with Legacy because that’s what I played all day. Jeskai was fun and I think Monastery Mentor and Narset are a pretty messed up game plan, but I cannot in good conscience recommend any deck other than Temur Delver right now. My deck was set up pretty well for Delver and I still managed to get destroyed by Boston in the semifinals.
Modern, in my opinion, is in a pretty great place right now. These Oko and Urza decks feel like the best thing to be doing right now, but it feels like there’s still a lot of exploring to do. Like always in Modern, you can win with anything and that’s a pretty good place for the format.
As for Standard, just play one of these Oko decks. Please just do yourself that favour.
Before I leave you for the week I’d just like to quickly plug all of Face to Face Games’ upcoming WPN qualifier events. Wizards of the Coast has added a new system to their competitive framework to allow players to qualify for the upcoming Player’s Tour at the local level. Below are the dates of our upcoming Open+ events which will qualify the winner for the PT and check out this article to find out how you can qualify at your local Face to Face location as well.
With our win on Sunday, Dilks, Omar and I cemented our spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown, while the rest of our Top 4 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. If you’re interested in your Ultimate Showdown point total, you can check it out here. If you’d like to inquire about your point total or report a discrepancy, please email Toronto@facetofacegames.com.
This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto we’re hosting our first WPN Preliminary Standard event on Saturday — which can earn you a chance to compete at the upcoming Player’s Tour — if you’re looking for more info on the WPN system, click here. You can pre-register for the event right here.
Then on Sunday, as part of our normal Showdown series we have our second WPN Standard Prelim. That’s a weekend full of Standard and assuredly a lot of Elks to enjoy, we’ll see you at the shop!
First Place – Dilks, Beldon and Capstick
Simic Food – Matthew Dilks
Izzet Delver – Omar Beldon
Jeskai Mentor – Keith Capstick
Second Place – Harms, Booker and Wallace
Mono-Red Aggro – Lizzie Harms
Grixis Death’s Shadow – David Booker
Miracles – Kelvin Wallace
Third Place – Richer, Worrell and Schatteman
Bant Food – Jacob Richer
Bant Spirits – Lucas Worrell
Temur Delver – Boston Schatteman
Fourth Place – Choi, Levesque and Drossis
Simic Food – Francis Choi
Izzet Breach – Adrien Levesque
Four Colour Snow – Jason Drossis