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 Legacy and a local stalwart showed up and put in work like we’re used to — Omar Beldon.

Beldon is a noted Tundra lover, and was able to win on the back of his beloved white and blue cards on Sunday.

Beldon has been playing a lot of Azorius Stoneblade over the past few months in preparation for Grand Prix Niagara Falls. This time, he added a light splash of black to the deck for some added disruption in the form of [Card]Thoughtseize[/Card] and some extra answers to creatures in [Card]Zealous Persecution[/Card].

Having these extra answers to creatures really paid off as our entire Top 8 was crawling with [Card]Stoneforge Mystic[/Card] decks. Of the eight decks in the elimination rounds a full five of them were playing Stoneforge. Beldon’s opponent in the finals Indy Zhao was one of them, as one of two Death & Taxes players.

The format is certainly in a place where these fair white decks can have success. Delver is still a player, one of the more popular combo decks is Golgari Depths which you’re well setup against and [Card]True-Name Nemisis[/Card] is still just as good as ever.

The none-white decks in the Top 8 were Travis Macdonald’s Sneak & Show deck with which he picked up his second straight Legacy Showdown Top 8 with, last week’s champ Felix Sloo’s awesome Dimir Control deck and Taylor Carnevale’s Izzet Delver deck.

With his win on Sunday, Omar cements his spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown, while the rest of our Top 8 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’ll be hosting a Standard Showdown. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you on Sunday!

[Deck Title= First Place, Esper Stoneblade – Omar Beldon]
[Creatures]
4 Stoneforge Mystic
3 Snapcaster Mage
3 True-Name Nemesis
1 Vendilion Clique
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
2 Spell Pierce
3 Thoughtseize
1 Spell Snare
1 Zealous Persecution
1 Batterskull
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Council’s Judgment
4 Force of Will
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Underground Sea
1 Scrubland
2 Tundra
3 Marsh Flats
2 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
2 Plains
1 Swamp
4 Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Zealous Persecution
2 Palace Jailer
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize
3 Flusterstorm
1 Celestial Purge
1 Disenchant
1 Vendilion Clique
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Death &Taxes – Indy Zhao]
[Creatures]
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Mother of Runes
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Flickerwisp
3 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
1 Walking Ballista
2 Palace Jailer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Aether Vial
1 Batterskull
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
[/Spells]
[Lands]
10 Plains
4 Wasteland
4 Rishadan Port
3 Karakas
1 Flagstones of Trokair
1 City of Traitors
1 Blinkmoth Nexus
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Chalice of the Void
2 Council’s Judgment
2 Cataclysm
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
1 Pithing Needle
1 Karn, Scion of Urza
1 Blessed Alliance
1 Containment Priest
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Azorius Stoneblade – Anthony Evangelista]
[Creatures]
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 True-Name Nemesis
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Palace Jailer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Batterskull
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
4 Force of Will
3 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Path to Exile
2 Council’s Judgment
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
2 Windswept Heath
5 Island
2 Plains
2 Tundra
2 Wasteland
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Palace Jailer
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Containment Priest
2 Back to Basics
2 Disenchant
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Vendilion Clique
3 Flusterstorm
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Sneak & Show – Travis Macdonald]
[Creatures]
3 Griselbrand
3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Force of Will
3 Cunning Wish
3 Omniscience
4 Brainstorm
2 Flusterstorm
4 Ponder
1 Spell Pierce
4 Show and Tell
4 Lotus Petal
3 Sneak Attack
1 Preordain
1 Impulse
1 Intuition
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 City of Traitors
3 Ancient Tomb
1 Misty Rainforest
3 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Island
3 Volcanic Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Blood Moon
1 Flusterstorm
1 Intuition
1 Firemind’s Foresight
1 Rushing River
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
1 Release the Ants
1 Kozilek’s Return
1 Trickbind
1 Through the Breach
1 Pyroblast
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Wipe Away
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Izzet Delver – Taylor Carnevale]
[Creatures]
4 Delver of Secrets
3 Pteramander
3 Young Pyromancer
3 True-Name Nemesis
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Spell Pierce
3 Chain Lightning
1 Vapor Snag
4 Daze
1 Fire // Ice
1 Izzet Charm
4 Force of Will
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Volcanic Island
2 Island
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Polluted Delta
1 Bloodstained Mire
4 Wasteland
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Electrickery
3 Pyroblast
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Flusterstorm
1 Pithing Nedle
2 Abrade
1 Price of Progress
1 Sulfuric Vortex
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Death & Taxes – James Mckay]
[Creatures]
4 Mother of Runes
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Flickerwisp
2 Recruiter of the Guard
2 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Mangara of Corondor
1 Palace Jailer
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Sanctum Prelate
1 Remorseful Cleric
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Aether Vial
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
[/Spells]
[Lands]
8 Plains
4 Wasteland
4 Ghost Quarter
3 Karakas
2 Cavern of Souls
1 Ancient Tomb
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Containment Priest
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Council’s Judgment
1 Helm of Obedience
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Mankiri-Gusari
1 Meekstone
1 Aegis of the Gods
1 Ratchet Bomb
2 Enlightened Tutor
2 Rest in Peace
2 Cataclysm
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Dimir Control – Felix Sloo]
[Creatures]
4 Baleful Strix
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Gurmag Angler
2 The Scarab God
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Force of Will
4 Hymn to Tourach
2 Diabolic Edict
4 Fatal Push
2 Thoughtseize
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Underground Sea
4 Island
4 Swamp
4 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
3 Bloodstained Mire
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Thoughtseize
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Dismember
2 Spell Pierce
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Toxic Deluge
2 Bitterblossom
1 Ensnaring Bridge
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Dead Guy Ale – Wilkin Chau]
[Creatures]
4 Dark Confidant
3 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Remorseful Cleric
1 Shriekmaw
1 Hero of Bladehold
1 Gurmag Angler
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Thoughtseize
1 Cabal Therapy
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Hymn to Tourach
3 Liliana of the Veil
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Vindicate
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull
3 Lingering Souls
3 Chrome Mox
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Scrubland
3 Swamp
1 Plains
1 Karakas
1 Shambling Vent
4 Wasteland
4 Marsh Flats
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Polluted Delta
1 Bloodstained Mire
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Leyline of the Void
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Zealous Persecution
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Containment Priest
1 Humility
1 Alms Collector
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Sanctum Prelate
1 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
1 Elspeth Tirel
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]