Showdown Recap: Legacy

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 the Legacy format to see if U/B Death’s Shadow was still the king of the hill now that the dust has settled on Pro Tour Magic 25.

The day has come. Matthew Dilks has finally been defeated in the Legacy format at Face to Face Games Toronto. This past Sunday, Connors Eilerson was able to harness the power of [Card]Knight of the Reliquary[/Card] and his 4C Loam deck to take home the trophy.

Your Legacy Showdown champion, Connors Eilerson.

You don’t have to look very far to  find Dilks though. He lost to Connors in the finals with his trusty G/R Lands deck sporting a boat load of [Card]Surgical Extraction[/Card]s and [Card]Choke[/Card]s in his sideboard.

Your Legacy Showdown Top 8.

Legacy has received a few shots in the arm recently with both the bannings of [Card]Deathrite Shaman[/Card] and [Card]Gitaxian Probe[/Card] as well as it showing up at the Pro Tour.

Notably, there are zero copies of [Card]Death’s Shadow[/Card] in the Top 8, something a little abnormal if you’ve been paying attention to Legacy results recently. With that said, there is a Death & Taxes player and a copy of Grixis Delver piloted by Andrew Gordon, so our local metagame is not too far removed from large Legacy events lately.

The Delver decks have kind of settled into a choice between Death’s Shadow and Grixis and both are having success with slightly different plans. With Grixis you get an extra colour and a little more ability to tune your deck for the metagame. With [Card]Death’s Shadow[/Card] you get some serious power.

Death & Taxes looks to have some of the best general matchups in the format and Grixis Control — along with other slow blue decks — have continued to show up in large numbers. So you know what that means, Dilks and his Lands deck are well-positioned again.

Rounding out the Top 8 are some of the usual Toronto staples. A copy of Pox, a copy of Burn, a Goblins player and a spicy looking U/R Delver deck. If Loam strategies keep ending up in the Finals of Legacy tournaments, maybe it’s time for more of us to break out our copies of [Card]Price of Progress[/Card].

With his win on Sunday, Connors cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown and the rest of our Top 8 have begun their march up the leader board to qualify. This upcoming weekend Face to Face Games Toronto is headed to the Canadian National Exhibition. We will be hosting a Face to Face Games Modern Open on Saturday and a Modern Showdown on Sunday. Make sure to pre-register here. 

First Place, Connors Eilerson – 4C Loam

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Dark Confidant
4 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Ramunap Excavator
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Dryad Arbor
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Abrupt Decay
3 Punishing Fire
2 Green Sun’s Zenith
2 Life from the Loam
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Mox Diamond
1 Sylvan Library
3 Liliana of the Veil
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Badlands
1 Barren Moor
2 Bayou
1 Cabal Pit
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Grove of the Burnwillows
1 Karakas
1 Maze of Ith
1 Savannah
1 Scrubland
1 Taiga
1 Tranquil Thicket
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
2 Windswept Heath
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Choke
1 Gaddock Teeg
2 Golgari Charm
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Reclamation Sage
2 Swords to Plowshares
2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Toxic Deluge
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Second Place, Matthew Dilks – Lands

[Deck]
[Spells]
4 Life from the Loam
4 Gamble
4 Crop Rotation
4 Mox Diamond
4 Exploration
3 Punishing Fire
2 Manabond
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Glacial Chasm
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland
4 Thespian’s Stage
4 Dark Depths
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
2 Taiga
1 Forest
1 Sheltered Thicket
1 Tranquil Thicket
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Barbarian Ring
1 Bojuka Bog
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
3 Maze of Ith
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Karakas
4 Krosan Grip
3 Surgical Extraction
3 Choke
1 Ramunap Excavator
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Drop of Honey
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Third Place, Michael Hartog – Burn

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
1 Grim Lavamancer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Fireblast
4 Chain Lightning
4 Rift Bolt
4 Price of Progress
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Flame Rift
2 Sulfuric Vortex
[/Spells]
[Lands]
10 Mountain
2 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Pyrostatic Pillar
3 Smash to Smithereens
2 Searing Blaze
2 Volcanic Fallout
2 Exquisite Firecraft
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fourth Place, Indy Zhao – Death & Taxes

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Mother of Runes
1 Containment Priest
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
4 Flickerwisp
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Brightling
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Aether Vial
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
[/Spells]
[Lands]
10 Plains
4 Wasteland
4 Rishadan Port
3 Karakas
2 Horizon Canopy
1 Blinkmoth Nexus
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Path to Exile
2 Rest in Peace
2 Council’s Judgment
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Walking Ballista
1 Leonin Relic Warder
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Sword of War and Peace
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Palace Jailer
1 Mirran Crusader
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fifth Place, Andrew Gordon – Grixis Delver

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Delver of Secrets
3 Young Pyromancer
3 Gurmag Angler
3 True-name Nemesis
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Preordain
2 Spell Pierce
2 Thoughtsieze
1 Forked Bolt
1 Dismember
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Wasteland
4 Flooded Strand
3 Misty Rainforest
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Island
3 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Bitterblossom
1 Marsh Casualties
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Dread of Night
2 Abrade
2 Pyroblast
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Pithing Needle
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Sixth Place, Peirce Trifonos – U/R Delver

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Monastery Swiftspear
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Bedlam Reveler
1 Stormchaser Mage
1 Young Pyromancer
1 True-name Nemesis
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Brainstorm
4 Preordain
1 Ponder
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
1 Vapor Snag
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Chain Lightning
2 Forked Bolt
2 Price of Progress
1 Fireblast
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Island
1 Mountain
2 Volcanic Island
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Barbarian Ring
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Flusterstorm
1 Submerge
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Blazing Volley
2 Pyroblast
1 Price of Progress
2 Smash to Smithereens
1 Abrade
1 Sulfuric Vortex
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Pithing Needle
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Seventh Place, John O’Keefe – Pox

[Deck]
[Creatures]
1 Nether Spirit
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Chalice of the Void
2 Surgical extraction
4 Dark Ritual
2 Cursed Scroll
4 Collective Brutality
1 Bitterblossom
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Smallpox
4 Liliana of the Veil
2 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Liliana, the last Hope
1 Beseech the Queen
1 Trinisphere
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Phyrexian Totem
[/Spells]
[Lands]
11 Swamp
4 Mishra’s Factory
4 Wasteland
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Cabal Pit
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Maze of Ith
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 The Abyss
1 Nether Void
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Helm of Obedience
1 Engineered Plague
1 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Ratchet Bomb
2 Pithing Needle
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Eighth Place, Josh Cronk – Goblins

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Goblin Matron
4 Goblin Ringleader
4 Goblin Warchief
4 Gempalm Incinerator
2 Siege-gang Commander
4 Goblin Lackey
4 Mogg War Marshal
1 Sting Scourger
4 Goblin Piledriver
1 Skirk Prospector
1 Goblin Sharpshooter
1 Goblin Trashmaster
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Aether Vial
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Wasteland
4 Rishadan Port
4 Cavern of Souls
10 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Thorn of Amethyst
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Sting Scourger
1 Goblin Pyromancer
2 Pyrokinesis
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Goblin Chainwhirler
2 Pyroblast
1 Tarfire
1 Mindbreak Trap
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]