Showdown Recap: Is Omar Beldon ever going to lose?

This whole Omar Beldon winning every Showdown thing is getting pretty exhausting. Can someone please beat this guy! We’re going to have to put a bounty on all his matches if this keeps up!

This past Sunday we hosted another Pioneer Showdown and despite lending almost his entire Pioneer collection to friends attending the Players Tour in Phoenix, Omar Beldon won his FOURTH Showdown of 2020 with Five-Colour Niv-Mizzet. A deck that in his own words, “sucks” despite the fact that he also Top 4’d the our F2F Tour Hamilton event with it just a day earlier.

Omar Beldon.

Omar was able to take down Lizzie Harms and her sweet Orzhov Auras deck in the finals. Omar’s Niv deck was very popular about a month ago before Dimir Inverter and Lotus Breach popped up in the format. Previously Niv was preying on Aggro decks like Mono-Black and the midrange red decks by going over the top of them. Now, Inverter and Breach have made it really hard to play such a slow gameplan when you can simply die when you tap out for your five mana payoff.

Your Pioneer Showdown Top 8.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Connors Eilerson, Andrew Oyen and Jason Arsenault who all played the Golgari [Card]Hardened Scales[/Card] deck, Chris Ha playing Mono-Black Aggro, Matt Mealing playing a sweet mono-red dragons deck and Pete Smith playing Sultai Delirium.

An extra special shoutout goes to Mealing and Oyen on their finishes. Oyen remarked to me after the event “when Mealing and i top 8 with brew’s you know it’s casual old man land.” They both proved that when it comes to a spicy brew — age is just a number.

As for Pioneer at large, well this event looked like a bit of an anomaly to me. Zero copies of Inverter or Breach in the Top 8 is certainly a strange site after the results of Players Tour Phoenix and our massive F2F Tour Pioneer weekend. With that said, we all know how much Toronto likes to play fair. If you’re looking for some extra Pioneer data, check out our metagame breakdown from the event on Saturday:

I guess this is the part of the article where I’m supposed to congratulate Omar on his finish. But at this point him winning everything and the smug Facebook messages I get after the fact about having to write about his victories are getting old. So instead, I challenge all of Toronto to come out to our Legacy Showdown this weekend and try to beat him!

As I’ve said in previous weeks, this season, we’re going to closely following the Ultimate Showdown leaderboard each week and I’ll be giving you updates on the race as the results unfold every week in these recaps. This week Omar increased his points total to an astounding 430 and notably Lizzie Harms also secured her spot in the Ultimate Showdown. For the full leaderboard check out our ongoing tracker here.

This upcoming weekend Face to Face Games Toronto we’ll be hosting a Legacy Showdown. Make sure to come out and play one of the only formats that [Card]Oko, Thief of Crowns[/Card] is still legal in! You can pre-register here and we’ll see you at the shop!

[Deck Title= First Place, Five-Colour Niv-Mizzet – Omar Beldon]
[Creatures]
4 Niv-Mizzet Reborn
4 Bring to Light
4 Sylvan Caryatid
3 Gilded Goose
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Thoughtseize
4 Teferi, Time Raveler
2 Nahiri, the Harbinger
2 Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
1 Dreadbore
1 Utter End
1 Slaughter Games
1 Hour of Devastation
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Breeding Pool
2 Mana Confluence
2 Temple Garden
2 Overgrown Tomb
4 Fabled Passage
2 Temple of Enlightenment
1 Godless Shrine
1 Temple of Silence
1 Temple of Deceit
1 Temple of Epiphany
1 Temple of Abandon
1 Sunpetal Grove
1 Woodland Cemetery
1 Stomping Ground
1 Mountain
1 Island
1 Swamp
1 Forest
1 Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Thoughtseize
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Thought Erasure
1 Rakdos’s Return
1 Selesnya Charm
1 The Scarab God
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Deafening Clarion
1 Infernal Reckoning
1 Kamal, Consul of Allocation
1 Questing Beast
1 Enter the God Eternals
1 Cut // Ribbons
1 Collective Brutality
1 Mystical Dispute
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Orhzhov Auras – Lizzie Harms]
[Creatures]
4 Alseid of Life’s Bounty
4 Sram, Senior Artificer
4 Karametra’s Blessing
3 Aphemia, the Cacophony
4 Hateful Eidolon
2 Adanto Vanguard
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 All that Glitters
4 Sentinel’s Eyes
4 Gryff’s Boon
3 Cartouche of Solidarity
2 God’s Willing
4 Ethereal Armor
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Concealed Courtyard
7 Plains
4 Godless Shrine
4 Isolated Chapel
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Gideon of the Trials
2 Rest in Peace
3 Brain Maggot
3 Hushbringer
2 Dead Weight
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Sultai Delirium – Peter Smith]
[Creatures]
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
2 Courser of Kruphix
2 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
1 Lazav, the Multifarious
2 Murderous Rider
1 Ishkanah Grafwidow
1 Walking Ballista
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
1 Cast Down
1 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Nissa, Who Shakes the World
4 Thoughtseize
4 Fatal Push
2 Grisly Salvage
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Breeding Pool
3 Fabled Passage
4 Blooming Marsh
1 Ipnu Rivulet
2 Watery Grave
2 Forest
1 Swamp
1 Island
1 Botanical Sanctum
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Mystical Dispute
2 Nimble Obstructionist
1 Noxious Grasp
1 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Vivien Reid
1 Hostage Taker
1 Reclamation Sage
3 Leyline of the Void
1 Tireless Tracker
1 The Scarab God
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Golgari Hardened Scales – Connors Eilerson]
[Creatures]
3 Elvish Mystic
4 Hangarback Walker
3 Llanowar Elves
1 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Stonecoil Serpent
4 Voracious Hydra
4 Walking Ballista
4 Winding Constrictor
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Vivien, Arkbow Ranger
4 Hardened Scales
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Blooming Marsh
6 Forest
1 Karn’s Bastion
4 Llanowar Wastes
4 Overgrown Tomb
2 Woodland Cemetery
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Blightbeetle
4 Fatal Push
2 Golgari Charm
1 Scavenging Ooze
4 Thoughtseize
1 Tireless Tracker
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Mono-Red Dragons – Matt Mealing]
[Creatures]
4 Rober of the Rich
4 Bonecrusher Giant
4 Thunderbreak Regent
4 Glorybringer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Chandra, Fire Artisan
3 Wild Slash
4 Draconic Roar
4 Heart of Kiran
4 Sarkhan, Fireblood
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Mutavault
2 Ramunap Ruins
4 Haven of the Spirit Dragon
15 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Sarkhan the Masterless
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Ash Zealot
2 Fry
3 Alpine Moon
2 Magma Spray
3 Anger of the Gods
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Golgari Hardened Scales – Jason Arsenault]
[Creatures]
3 Steel Overseer
3 Metallic Mimic
4 Stonecoil Serpent
4 Hangarback Walker
4 Walking Ballista
4 Winding Constrictor
3 Llanowar Elves
3 Elvish Mystic
3 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Evolutionary Leap
3 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
4 Hardened Scales
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Hissing Quagmire
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Overgrown Tomb
3 Woodland Cemetery
2 Llanowar Wastes
7 Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Heroic Intervention
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Thoughtseize
2 Noxious Grasp
2 Fatal Push
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Golgari Charm
1 Animation Module
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Golgari Hardened Scales – Andrew Oyen]
[Creatures]
4 Lotleth Troll
4 Winding Constrictor
4 Stonecoil Serpent
2 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
2 Slitherhead
3 Walking Ballista
2 Hangarback Walker
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Assassin’s Trophy
4 Hardened Scales
1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
3 Thoughtseize
2 Vivien, Arkbow Ranger
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Llanowar Wastes
4 Overgrown Tomb
1 Swamp
5 Forest
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
3 Woodland Cemetery
4 Blooming Marsh
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Inspiring Call
2 The Great Henge
2 Shaper’s Sanctuary
1 Thoughtseize
4 Lost Legacy
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Walking Ballista
1 Questing Beast
1 Reclamation Sage
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Mono-Black Aggro – Chris Ha]
[Creatures]
4 Bloodsoaked Champion
4 Dread Wanderer
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4 Knight of the Ebon Legion
4 Murderous Rider
4 Rankle, Master Pranks
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Fatal Push
2 Grasp of Darkness
1 Liliana’s Triumph
4 Thoughtseize
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Castle Locthwain
1 Ifnir Deadlands
4 Mutavault
14 Swamp
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Aethersphere Harvester
3 Agonizing Remorse
1 Infinite Obliteration
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Leyline of the Void
3 Self-inflicted Wound
1 Legion’s End
1 Liliana the Last Hope
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]