Showdown Recap: Omar Beldon can’t be stopped

In 2020 Omar Beldon cannot be stopped. This past Sunday he took down his second Showdown title of the year and skyrocketed himself into a huge lead on the Sunday Showdown leaderboard.

And this time, he did it with a brew, in a format that sometimes feels impossible to brew in — Modern.

Omar played a brand new take on the old Mardu Pyromancer deck from a few formats ago. But in this iteration he decided to ditch [Card]Young Pyromancer[/Card] in favour of [Card]Stoneforge Mystic[/Card] and a brand new addition from Theros Beyond death in [Card]Kroxa, Death’s Hunger[/Card].

In a world where we thought [Card]Primeval Titan[/Card] decks were the cream of the crop, Omar walked in with a completely fair midrange deck and took down the entire event. What’s even more wild, is that he played a Stoneblade mirror in the finals, although his opponent Andrew Gordon was playing the more traditional Azorius version.

Joining them in the Top 8 was both Lucas Worrell and Roy Posaratnanathan on Infect that preyed on the huge amount of Amulet Titan decks in the room, Chris Flink on [Card]Ad Nauseum[/Card], myself playing Amulet Titan, Derek Chiu on Shadow and Derek Berry playing Eldrazi Tron.

I don’t even know where to start with this Top 8. The multiple copies of Infect definitely is a result of the six to eight copies of Amulet in the room. That’s a matchup that Infect is massively favoured in. The same can be said of Chris Flink’s Ad Naus deck.

What I’m most interested in is Omar’s Mardu deck. Black Midrange decks have been kept down a lot since the printing and subsequent banning of Oko and maybe Omar’s build shows us a bit of a breath of fresh air to those archetypes. This deck is chalked full of powerful and efficient threats and answers and I’m excited to see if it has legs going forward.

We’ll have to wait and see if Omar can maintain his dominance at the next Modern Showdown.

With his win on Sunday Omar remains qualified for the upcoming Ultimate Showdown of ULTIMATE destiny and the rest of our Top 8 have begun their march up the leaderboard.

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 the big news is of course that Omar has sprung WAY ahead in the Showdown leaderboard race.

This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto we’ll be hosting a Team Trios Showdown! You and two friends can battle in the Pioneer, Modern and Legacy formats to cement your spot in the Ultimate Showdown. Make sure to pre-register and we’ll see you at the shop!

[Deck Title= First Place, Mardu Stoneblade – Omar Beldon]
[Creatures]
4 Seasoned Pyromancer
4 Stoneforge Mystic
3 Kroxa, Death’s Hunger
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Thoughtseize
3 Fatal push
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lingering Souls
2 Dreadbore
2 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
2 Ashiok, Dream Render
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Sunbaked Canyon
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Arid Mesa
2 Swamp
1 Plains
1 Mountain
2 Blood Crypt
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Godless Shrine
1 Castle Locthwain
3 Marsh Flats
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
2 Wear // Tear
2 Leyline of the Void
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Kaya’s Guile
1 Angrath’s Rampage
3 Blood Moon
2 Plague Engineer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Second Place, Azorius Stoneblade – Andrew Gordon]
[Creatures]
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Vendilion Clique
4 Spell Queller
3 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Teferi, Time Raveler
3 Force of Negation
2 Mana Leak
1 Dismember
4 Path to Exile
1 Peek
4 Opt
2 Spell Snare
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Field of Ruin
2 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
3 Hallowed Fountain
2 Plains
4 Island
2 Celestial Colonnade
2 Glacial Fortress
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Supreme Verdict
2 Rest in Peace
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Timely Reinforcements
2 Mystical Dispute
3 Damping Sphere
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Third Place, Eldrazi Tron – Derek Berry]
[Creatures]
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Thought-knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
2 Walking Ballista
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Expedition Map
4 Once Upon a Time
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Karn, the Great Creator
1 Karn Liberated
1 Ugin, the Ineffable
1 All is Dust
1 Warping Wail
2 Dismember
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Urza’s Tower
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Mine
2 Blast Zone
1 Wastes
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Tectonic Edge
1 Scavenger Grounds
1 Cavern of Souls
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Liquimetal Coating
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Pithing Needle
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
1 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Shadow Spear
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Walking Ballista
1 Mystic Forge
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Spatial Contortion
1 Torpor Orb
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fourth Place, Ad Nauseum – Chris Flink]
[Creatures]
4 Simian Spirit Guide
2 Thassa’s Oracle
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Angel’s Grace
4 Ad Nauseum
3 Phyrexian Unlife
3 Sleight of Hand
4 Serum Visions
4 Spoils of the Vault
1 Lightning Storm
4 Lotus Bloom
4 Pentad Prism
2 Pact of Negation
1 Silence
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
2 Darkslick Shores
2 Seachrome Coast
3 Temple of Deceit
3 Temple of Enlightenment
4 Gemstone Mine
2 City of Brass
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Veil of Summer
4 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Thoughtseize
2 Bontu’s Last Reckoning
2 Path to Exile
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Fifth Place, Four-Colour Shadow – Derek Chiu]
[Creatures]
4 Death’s Shadow
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Street Wraith
1 Snapcaster Mage
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Thoughtseize
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Fatal Push
3 Stubborn Denial
4 Traverse the Ulvenwild
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Drown in the Loch
3 Once Upon a Time
4 Mishra’s Bauble
1 The Royal Scions
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Nurturing Peatland
4 Polluted Delta
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Marsh Flats
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Breeding Pool
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Watery Grave
1 Blood Crypt
1 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Collective Brutality
2 Damping Sphere
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Liliana of the Veil
1 Plague Engineer
3 Veil of Summer
1 Yixlid Jailer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Sixth Place, Amulet Titan – Keith Capstick]
[Creatures]
4 Primeval Titan
4 Azusa, Lost But Seeking
4 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
4 Sakura-Tribe Scout
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Summoner’s Pact
4 Amulet of Vigor
4 Once Upon a Time
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Pact of Negation
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Castle Garenbrig
4 Simic Growth Chamber
3 Gruul Turf
2 Breeding Pool
2 Tolaria West
1 Selesnya Sanctuary
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Gemstone Mine
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Field of the Dead
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Vesuva
1 Radiant Fountain
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Hanweir Battlements
2 Forest
1 Snow-covered Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Aether Gust
2 Dismember
2 Beast Within
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Ramunap Excavator
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Field of Ruin
1 Tectonic Edge
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Seventh Place, Infect- Roy Posaratnanathan]
[Creatures]
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Blighted Agent
1 Spellskite
1 Viridian Corrupter
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Once Upon a Time
2 Spell Pierce
1 Apostle’s Blessing
2 Distortion Strike
1 Become Immense
3 Scale Up
2 Groundswell
4 Might of Old Krossa
4 Blossoming Defense
4 Vines of Vastwood
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Pendelhaven
4 Inkmoth Nexus
2 Waterlogged Grove
2 Breeding Pool
2 Verdant Catacombs
3 Windswept Heath
2 Wooded Foothills
3 Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Veil of Summer
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Pithing Needle
1 Sylvan Scrying
1 Return to Nature
1 Weather the Storm
2 Dismember
1 Krosan Grip
1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Force of Vigor
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

[Deck Title= Eighth Place, Infect – Lucas Worrell]
[Creatures]
1 Dryad Arbor
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Blighted Agent
1 Spellskite
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Blossoming Defense
3 Groundswell
4 Might of Old Krossa
4 Scale Up
2 Spell Pierce
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Once Upon a Time
1 Dismember
2 Become Immense
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Breeding Pool
2 Forest
4 Inkmoth Nexus
2 Pendelhaven
3 Windswept Heath
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Wooded Foothills
1 Botanical Sanctum
1 Waterlogged Grove
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spellskite
3 Shaper’s Sanctuary
4 Invisible Stalker
1 Weather the Storm
3 Veil of Summer
1 Wild Defiance
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

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