Showdown Recap: Standard PPTQ

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 battled in a post-ban Standard Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ) for Pro Tour Dominaria.

Standard is has been completely overhauled by bannings and let me be the first to tell you — it’s really fun. Early on the two pillars seem to be the resurgence of Mardu Vehicles in conjunction with Grixis Energy, yes there’s still energy decks.

That’s certainly represented in our Top 8, which sports two copies of Vehicles and three Grixis decks. Massimo Gordillo took down the whole thing with Mardu, a deck he’s been winning with since its inception.

Our Standard Top 8.

What I think is different about this new version of Standard is that because the decks have had their power-levels nerfed a little, some of the more niche decks can go over-the-top of them. You can see that with these two unique Approach of the Second Sun decks and a U/W Gift deck in the Top 8.

These kinds of decks can pray on Grixis and set up a very healthy cyclical metagame. I for one, am refreshed by this new Standard world.

With his win on Sunday Massimo moves himself up Face to Face Games Ultimate Showdown leaderboard. Next week we have a Modern Showdown just in time for you to get your testing in for Grand Prix Toronto !

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First Place, Massimo Gordillo- Mardu Vehicles

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Bomat Courier
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Veteran Motorist
2 Pia Nalaar
3 Hazoret the Fervent
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Abrade
3 Lightning Strike
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
1 Cut//Ribbons
4 Heart of Kiran
2 Aethersphere Harvester
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Aether Hub
2 Canyon Slough
4 Concealed Courtyard
1 Dragonskull Summit
4 Inspiring Vantage
3 Mountain
3 Plains
4 Spire of Industry
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Scavenger Grounds
3 Duress
2 Magma Spray
2 Release the Gremlins
2 Cast Out
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Settle the Wreckage
1 Glorybringer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Second Place, Andrew Abela- Grixis Energy

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
3 The Scarab God
2 Torrential Gearhulk
4 Whirler Virtuoso
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Abrade
1 Disallow
2 Essence Scatter
3 Fatal Push
2 Glimmer of Genius
3 Harnessed Lightning
2 Supreme Will
3 Vraskas Contempt
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Aether Hub
4 Canyon Slough
2 Dragonskull Summit
3 Drowned Catacomb
3 Fetid Pools
2 Island
1 Mountain
4 Spirebluff Canal
3 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Chandras Defeat
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Disallow
2 Duress
1 Glimmer of Genius
2 Magma Spray
3 Negate
2 Sweltering Suns
1 Torrential Gearhulk
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Third Place, Delan Hamasoor- Mardu Vehicles 

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Bomat Courier
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Veteran Motorist
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Hazoret the Fervent
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Shock
2 Lightning Strike
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
4 Heart of Kiran
2 Aetherhub Harvester
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Aether Hub
2 Canyon Slough
4 Concealed Courtyard
1 Dragonskull Summit
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Mountain
3 Plains
4 Spire of Industry
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Huatli, Warrior Poet
2 Sweltering Suns
2 Abrade
1 Glorybringer
2 Cast Out
2 Settle the Wreckage
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Duress
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fourth Place, Sungho Lee- Bant Approach

[Deck]
[Spells]
2 Gift of Paradise
1 Deserts Hold
4 Approach of the Second Sun
4 Hour of Promise
2 Fumigate
3 Settle the Wreckage
2 Thaumatic Compass
1 Disallow
3 Supreme Will
3 Spring // Mind
3 Search for Azcanta
1 Nimble Obstructionist
3 Baffling End
1 Azor, the Lawbringer
2 Cast Out
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Ipnu Rivulet
4 Sunpetal Grove
1 Scavenger Grounds
3 Plains
1 Forest
1 Island
1 Desert of the Indomitable
1 Hasep Oasis
1 Shefnet Dunes
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Irrigated Farmland
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Carnage Tyrant
2 Regal Caracal
2 Authority of the Consuls
1 Oketra, The True
2 Fumigate
2 Gideon of the Trials
3 Negate
1 Cast Out
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fifth Place, Jeff Swaluk- Grixis Energy

[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
4 Whirler Virtuoso
3 The Scarab God
2 Torrential Gearhulk
2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Glimmer of Genius
3 Fatal Push
3 Abrade
4 Harnessed Lightning
1 Supreme Will
3 Vraskas Contempt
3 Essence Scatter
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Aether Hub
3 Canyon Slough
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Drowned Catacombs
3 Fetid Pools
1 Island
2 Mountain
1 Swamp
4 Spirebluff Canal
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Negate
3 Duress
3 Search for Azcanta
1 Golden Demise
2 Magma Spray
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Supreme Will
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Sixth Place, Lucas Worrell- Grixis Energy

[Deck]
[Creatures]
3 Glorybringer
4 Whirler Virtuoso
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
2 The Scarab God
2 Ravenous Chupacabra
1 Torrential Gearhulk
1 Rekindling Phoenix
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Harnessed Lightning
3 Fatal Push
2 Abrade
2 Supreme Will
2 Essence Scatter
2 Vraskas Contempt
1 Negate
1 Glimmer of Genius
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Swamp
2 Mountain
1 Island
4 Spirebluff Canal
3 Dragonskull Summit
1 Drowned Catacomb
3 Canyon Slough
4 Fetid Pools
4 Aether Hub
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Torrential Gearhulk
2 Negate
2 Search for Azcanta
1 Supreme Will
1 Magma Spray
1 Abrade
2 Hour of Devastation
1 Nicol Bolas, God- Pharoah
1 Vizier of Many Faces
3 Duress
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Seventh Place, Scott Cuthbertson- B/W Approach

[Deck]
[Creatures]
1 Demon of Dark Schemes
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Cast Out
3 Vraskas Contempt
2 Settle The Wreckage
1 Torment of Hailfire
3 Approach of the Second Sun
4 Fumigate
4 Fatal Push
2 Thopter Arrest
2 Doomfall
1 Profane Procession
3 Live Fast
2 Moment of Craving
2 Treasure Map
3 Baffling End
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Forsaken Sanctuary
7 Swamp
5 Plains
4 Concealed Courtyard
2 Ifnir Deadlands
2 Field of Ruins
1 Arch of Orazca
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Tetzimoc, Primal Death
2 Authority of the Consuls
2 Lost Legacy
3 Regal Caracal
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Gifted Aetherborn
3 Duress
1 Torment of Hailfire
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Eighth Place, Ben Moir- U/W Gift
[Deck]
[Creatures]
4 Champion of Wits
4 Minister of Inquirires
4 Angel of Sanctions
2 Sacred Cat
2 Fairgrounds Warden
1 Azor, The Lawbringer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Strategic Planning
4 Chart a Course
4 Refurbish
2 Cast Out
2 Search for Azcanta
4 God-Pharoah’s Gift
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Irrigated Farmland
4 Glacial Fortress
4 Ipnu Rivulet
2 Hostile Desert
5 Plains
5 Island
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Settle the Wreckage
3 Negate
2 Jaces Defeat
1 Spell Pierce
3 Angel of Sanctions
1 Vizier of Many Faces
2 Fumigate
1 Azor, the Lawbringer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]