Showdown Recap: M20 Team Sealed

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 one of Magic’s most fun formats — Team Sealed — to celebrate M20 Release Weekend!

The illustrious Team Not-So-Young-Anymore Child — Lucas Worrell, Liam Kane and Jacob Richer — proved to powerful for the competition on Sunday, as they were able to triumph over the field and take down the top prize.

Your Showdown champs.

These three players have been a major part of the competitive community at the shop almost since we first opened, and we’ve watched as they’ve grown up and dominated events along the way. This time in Team Sealed, one of the most skill intensive formats Magic has to offer.

They were able to edge out another team of Face to Face Games Toronto veterans in Jeff Swaluk, Nathan Starke and Ryan Sandrin in the finals.

Your M20 Team Sealed Top 4.

Joining these two squads in the Top 4 were the teams of Eilerson, Gauder and Duong and Nikolic, Tran and Singh.

The early reviews on M20 Limited are glowing as far as core sets are concerned. The set feels a little more pushed than any of its kind we’ve seen in recent years. You still get that simplistic core set feel where creatures and combat matter, but the small power creep of cards like [Card]Murder[/Card] being downgraded to common has made more controlling decks a lot easier to draft. From what I’ve seen Azorius Fliers like the deck that Liam Kane played in the Top 4 look to be at the top of the format, so when you’re drafting or playing Sealed you’ll want to make sure you can combat the skies.

With his win on Sunday, Lucas, Liam and Jacob cement their spots in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown, while the rest of our Top 4 have begun their march up the leaderboard 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 weekend in Toronto is going to be huge if you’re looking to play some Magic. First we’ve got our massive Team Trios FacetoFaceGames.com Open at the Montecassino Hotel in Toronto on Saturday. Then on Sunday we’ve got a Legacy Sunday Showdown that you can pre-register for right now! It’s going to be an awesome weekend of Magic in the city so gear up and we’ll see you there.

First Place – Worrell, Kane and Richer

[Deck Title= Simic – Lucas Worrell]
[Creatures]
1 Agent of Treachery
1 Boreal Elemental
2 Octoprophet
1 Barkhide Troll
1 Centaur Courser
1 Howling Giant
1 Loaming Shaman
1 Netcaster Spider
1 Thicket Crasher
1 Voracious Hydra
1 Vorstclaw
1 Meteor Golem
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Vial of Dragonfire
1 Manifold Key
1 Shared Summons
1 Sleep Paralysis
1 Unsummon
1 Convolute
1 Befuddle
2 Bone to Ash
1 Aether Gust
[/Spells]
[Lands]
8 Island
8 Forest
1 Cryptic Caves
[/Lands]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Azorius – Liam Kane]
[Creatures]
1 Angel of Vitality
4 Battalion Foot Soldier
1 Daybreak Chaplain
1 Griffin Sentinel
1 Inspiring Captain
1 Sephara, Sky’s Blade
2 Squad Captain
1 Atemsis, All-Seeing
1 Cavalier of Gales
1 Warden of Evos Isle
1 Ironroot Warlord
1 Meteor Golem
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Winged Words
1 Anticipate
1 Raise the Alarm
2 Gods Willing
2 Aerial Assault
[/Spells]
[Lands]
6 Plains
7 Island
1 Forest
2 Blossoming Sands
1 Evolving Wilds
[/Lands]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Izzet – Jacob Richer]
[Creatures]
1 Agent of Treachery
2 Cloudkin Seer
1 Frilled Sea Serpent
2 Frost Lynx
1 Metropolis Sprite
2 Daggersail Aeronaut
2 Fire Elemental
2 Goblin Bird-Grabber
1 Keldon Raider
1 Rapacious Dragon
2 Unchained Berserker
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Reduce to Ashes
1 Sleep Paralysis
1 Unsummon
1 Chandra, Awakened Inferno
1 Chandra, Novice Pyromancer
1 Bone to Ash
[/Spells]
[Lands]
7 Island
9 Mountain
1 Cryptic Caves
[/Lands]
[/Deck]

Second Place – Starke, Swaluk and Sandrin

[Deck Title= Naya – Nathan Starke]
[Creatures]
1 Captivating Gyre
1 Cloudkin Seer
1 Frost Lynx
1 Octoprophet
1 Renowned Weaponsmith
1 Lavakin Brawler
2 Brightwood Tracker
1 Greenwood Sentinel
1 Leafkin Druid
1 Mammoth Spider
1 Thicket Crasher
1 Omnath, Locus of the Roil
1 Meteor Golem
1 Salvager of Ruin
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Heart-Piercer Bow
1 Wolfkin Bond
1 Gift of Paradise
1 Chandra’s Outrage
1 Convolute
1 Vial of Dragonfire
[/Spells]
[Lands]
7 Plains
2 Mountain
8 Forest
1 Swiftwater Cliffs
[/Lands]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Gruul – Jeff Swaluk]
[Creatures]
1 Ember Hurler
2 Goblin Smuggler
2 Ripscale Predator
1 Cavalier of Thorns
1 Centaur Courser
1 Greenwood Sentinel
1 Leafkin Druid
1 Mammoth Spider
2 Netcaster Spider
1 Silverback Shaman
1 Wakeroot Elemental
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Act of Treason
1 Overcome
2 Growth Cycle
1 Shock
1 Uncaged Fury
1 Reduce to Ashes
[/Spells]
[Lands]
8 Mountain
9 Forest
[/Lands]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Golgari – Ryan Sandrin]
[Creatures]
1 Audacious Thief
1 Bladebrand
2 Blood Burglar
1 Boneclad Necromancer
1 Dread Presence
1 Gorging Vulture
2 Gravedigger
1 Sanitarium Skeleton
1 Ferocious Pup
1 Anvilwrought Raptor
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Marauder’s Axe
2 Rapid Bite
1 Moldervine Reclamation
1 Soul Salvage
1 Legion’s End
1 Mind Rot
1 Murder
1 Epicure of Blood
1 Bloodsoaked Altar
1 Bone Splinters
[/Spells]
[Lands]
12 Swamp
4 Forest
1 Jungle Hollow
[/Lands]
[/Deck]