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 to see who could take home the top prize!

Well I guess it’s safe to say that Zach Reiber is back in the Toronto Magic scene with a vengeance. Since his return just over a month ago, Reiber Top 8’d back to back War of the Spark Limited Showdowns and has followed that up with a victory this past Sunday in Legacy.

Your Showdown champ, Zach Reiber.

Reiber has been playing [Card]Stoneforge Mystic[/Card] decks in the Toronto Legacy scene to success since he was a high school kid, and despite a brief a hiatus from Magic he showed on Sunday that he hasn’t forgotten how to suit his creatures up with equipment. Reiber played a fairly stock Azorius Stoneblade deck with some spicy new additions from War of the Spark in [Card]Teferi, Time Raveler[/Card] and [Card]Narset, Parter of the Veils[/Card].

Reiber defeated long-time Pox aficionado James Everson in the finals. Everson has been playing Pox in Toronto as long as I’ve been around and he always seems to find himself in the elimination rounds of these events, even while piloting a bit of a rogue archetype. Legacy is truly the format of mastering your deck.

Your Legacy Showdown Top 8.

Joining them in the Top 8 was Anthony Evangelista playing Storm, Andrew Gordon playing a four-colour control deck, Berent Batur on Miracles, Marc Cernele who played lands and Ethan Meier playing his signature Golgari Depths deck.

Legacy is truly uncharted waters right now. With the printing of all of these new cheap planeswalkers nobody really knows what the best way to build around them is. Notably absent from this particular Top 8 was [Card]Karn, the Great Creator[/Card]. A card that’s been putting up a lot of results on Magic Online in Legacy but didn’t quite creep into the Top 8 on Sunday. Personally, I can’t wait to see how Narset impacts this format and am looking forward to doing some brewing of my own.

Before I leave you for the week, we at Face to Face Toronto want to remind you about our upcoming 10k Mythic Championship Qualifier taking place on June 15. We’ll be hosting it at the Montecassino Hotel, and every registrant will get a free [Card]Arcbound Ravager[/Card] promo with entry. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you there!

With his win on Sunday, Zach 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 Team Trios Showdown. These events are very popular so make sure you pre-register, grab a couple friends and we’ll see you there!

[Deck Title= First Place, Stoneblade – Zach Reiber]
[Creatures]
4 Stoneforge Mystic
3 Snapcaster Mage
3 True-Name Nemesis
2 Vendilion Clique
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Force of Will
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
2 Counterspell
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Council’s Judgment
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Batterskull
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
3 Spell Pierce
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Tundra
4 Island
1 Plains
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
1 Windswept Heath
2 Wasteland
1 Karakas
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Supreme Verdict
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
1 Ashiok, Dream Render
1 Rest in Peace
1 Back to Basics
2 Disenchant
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
2 Flusterstorm
2 Containment Priest
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Pox – James Everson]
[Creatures]
1 Nether Spirit
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Cursed Scroll
4 Smallpox
1 Crucible of Worlds
4 Dark Ritual
3 Collective Brutality
3 Hymn to Tourach
4 Bloodghast
2 Liliana’s Triumph
2 Liliana of the Veil
2 Sinkhole
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Chalice of the Void
2 Ensnaring Bridge
2 Nether Void
1 Buried Alive
[/Spells]
[Lands]
7 Swamp
4 Wasteland
4 Mishra’s Factory
3 Polluted Delta
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Maze of Ith
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Underworld Dreams
1 Trinisphere
2 Toxic Deluge
1 Bitterblossom
2 Sorcerous Spyglass
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Sinkhole
1 Damping Sphere
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Ad Nauseum Tendrils – Anthony Evangelista]
[Spells]
1 Ad Nauseam
1 Tendrils of Agony
2 Past in Flames
4 Infernal Tutor
1 Dark Petition
4 Dark Ritual
4 Cabal Ritual
1 Rain of Filth
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal
4 Thoughtseize
3 Duress
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Preordain
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Polluted Delta
3 Misty Rainforest
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island
1 Bayou
2 Island
1 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Echoing Truth
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
3 Abrupt decay
2 Flusterstorm
1 Massacre
1 Xantid Swarm
1 Duress
1 Empty the Warrens
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Miracles – Berent Batur]
[Creatures]
3 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Teferi, Time Raveler
4 Accumulated Knowledge
2 Back to Basics
4 Brainstorm
1 Council’s Judgment
2 Counterbalance
1 Counterspell
4 Force of Will
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
4 Ponder
1 Preordain
2 Spell Pierce
4 Swords to Plowshares
3 Terminus
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
6 Island
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Plains
1 Polluted Delta
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Tundra
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Celestial Purge
2 Containment Priest
1 Council’s Judgment
2 Disenchant
1 Dovin’s Veto
2 Flusterstorm
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Supreme Verdict
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Vendilion Clique
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Dimir Death’s Shadow – Alex Bradbury]
[Creatures]
4 Street Wraith
4 Death’s Shadow
3 Delver of Secrets
2 Gurmag Angler
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Brainstorm
3 Ponder
1 Preordain
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
4 Thoughtseize
2 Fatal Push
2 Dismember
2 Reanimate
2 Spell Pierce
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Wasteland
4 Watery Grave
1 Underground Sea
1 Flooded Strand
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Marsh Flats
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Polluted Delta
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Hymn to Tourach
2 Contentious Plan
2 Liliana’s Triumph
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Dread of Night
1 Toxic Deluge
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, 4C Control – Andrew Gordon]
[Creatures]
4 Baleful Strix
3 Snapcaster Mage
1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
1 Nihil Spellbomb
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Abrupt Devay
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Liliana’s Triumph
1 Fatal Push
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Thoughtseize
3 Punishing Fire
1 Liliana of the Veil
2 Dack Fayden
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
1 Bloodstained Mire
3 Grove of the Burnwillows
1 Swamp
2 Island
1 Badlands
1 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
2 Volcanic Island
2 Underground Sea
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Spell Pierce
1 Hydroblast
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize
1 Engineered Plague
3 Pyroblast
1 Pulse of Murasa
1 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Pernicious Deed
1 Notion Thief
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Null Rod
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Lands – Marc Cernele]
[Spells]
4 Mox Diamond
3 Gamble
4 Exploration
4 Crop Rotation
4 Life from the Loam
3 Punishing Fire
2 Sylvan Library
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Dark Depths
4 Wasteland
4 Thespian’s Stage
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
2 Maze of Ith
2 Taiga
4 Rishadan Port
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Sheltered Thicket
1 Bojuka Bog
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
1 Glacial Chasm
1 Karakas
1 Ancient Tomb
1 Blast Zone
1 Tranquil Thicket
1 Horizon Canopy
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Choke
3 Krosan Grip
3 Tireless Tracker
1 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Sphere of Resistance
1 Ancient Grudge
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Golgari Depths – Ethan Meier]
[Creatures]
4 Vampire Hexmage
3 Sylvan Safekeeper
4 Dark Confidant
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Crop Rotation
4 Mox Diamond
4 Thoughtseize
1 Sylvan Library
2 Hymn to Tourach
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Life from the Loam
2 Sylvan Scrying
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Bayou
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Swamp
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Wasteland
1 Sejiri Steppe
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Thespian’s Stage
4 Dark Depths
4 Verdant Catacombs
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Karakas
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Bitterblossom
1 Marsh Casualties
1 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Black Sun’s Zenith
1 Golgari Charm
2 Duress
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Rite of Consumption
1 Choke
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]