Showdown Recap: Team Trios

After this past Sunday at Face to Face Games Toronto, Drake isn’t the only Torontonian that can brag about going back to back. The most dominant team in Showdown series history,  Simon Tubello, Jeff Swaluk and Andrew Gordon claimed their second consecutive Trios title.

Swaluk, Tubello and Gordon.

As these team events have become more and more popular on the Showdown series the past few years, they’ve also become extremely competitive. All of our regulars come out, everyone teams up with their friends and the level of play is extremely high. We’ve watched as some of the best players in the city go toe to toe each and every time we get to host a team event. But, with that said more often than not, when all is said and done and only one team remains, it’s been this stellar trio of friends. They’ve played together for well over a year now, and this past Sunday they claimed their fourth Trios Showdown title.

They even switched up their formats this time. Swaluk moved over to Modern from his normal Standard slot to play the busted Hogaak deck he won an MCQ with recently, Tubello played Simic Nexus in Standard and Gordon played Four Colour Control in Legacy. His love for [Card]Baleful Strix[/Card] burns as brightly as mine.

Swaluk and company defeated the team of Ching, Tian and Xu in the finals on the way to their victory. They played Esper Hero in Standard, Eldrazi Tron in Modern and a blast from the past in Dimir Reanimator in Legacy.

Your Team Trios Top 4.

Rounding out our Top 4 were Tessis, Worrell and Schatteman who played Scapeshift, Hogaak and Temur Delver and Hawron, Chan and Chau who brought Bant Nexus, Golgari Midrange and of course Wilkin’s signature Dead Guy Ale deck in Legacy.

Now, this team Showdown wasn’t the only event Face to Face Games Toronto hosted this past weekend. For the second consecutive year we were at The Ex and hosted a 1K Modern event to go with our booth. Local player Matt Loong took down the event on what was an awesome Saturday downtown!

[Deck Title= Jund – Matt Loong]
[Creatures]
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Bloodbraid Elf
2 Seasoned Pyromancer
3 Scavenging Ooze
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Liliana of the Veil
3 Wrenn and Six
3 Lightning Bolt
3 Fatal Push
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Thoughtseize
3 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Maelstrom Pulse
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Wooded Foothills
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Blood Crypt
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
1 Forest
1 Mountain
3 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Nurturing Peatland
1 Barren Moor
2 Raging Ravine
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Plague Engineer
3 Leyline of the Void
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Graffdigger’s Cage
1 Collector Ouphe
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Collective Brutality
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Our CNE Modern 1k champ, Matt Loong.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by the booth at The Ex and congratulations to Matt on his win!

Before I leave you for the week I’ve got one last reminder for you. Our Toronto MCQ is coming up quickly and you’re going to want to make sure to pre-register to secure your spot. This time it’s Modern so it’s sure to be packed! We’ll see you there.

With their win on Sunday, Swaluk, Tubello and Gordon cement their spot in the upcoming Ultimate Showdown, while the rest of our Top 4 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 Legacy Showdown! Get your [Card]Brainstorm[/Card]s ready, pre-register and we’ll see you at the shop!

First Place – Swaluk, Tubello and Gordon

Standard

[Deck Title= Simic Nexus – Simon Tubello]
[Spells]
1 Blink of an Eye
1 Callous Dismissal
3 Chemister’s Insight
1 Drawn from Dreams
4 Growth Spiral
4 Nexus of Fate
4 Opt
4 Root Snare
3 Search for Azcanta
4 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
4 Wilderness Reclamation
1 Nissa, Who Shakes the World
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Temple of Mystery
4 Hinterland Harbour
4 Island
3 Memorial to Genius
2 Blast Zone
4 Breeding Pool
6 Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Aether Gust
2 Cerulean Drake
3 Negate
3 Shifting Ceratops
1 Thrashing Brontodon
4 Veil of Summer
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern

[Deck Title= Hogaak – Jeff Swaluk]
[Creatures]
4 Stitcher’s Supplier
4 Gravecrawler
4 Hedron Crab
4 Carrion Feeder
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Bloodghast
4 Vengevine
4 Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Faithless Looting
2 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Fatal Push
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Steam Vents
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Blood Crypt
1 Watery Grave
1 Swamp
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
1 Verdant Catacombs
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Thoughtseize
2 Assassin’s Trophy
3 Force of Vigor
2 Collective Brutality
1 Fatal Push
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy

[Deck Title= Four-Colour Control – Andrew Gordon]
[Creatures]
3 Snapcaster Mage
3 Baleful Strix
2 Plague Engineer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Arcum’s Astrolab
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
3 Fatal Push
2 Thoughtseize
1 Liliana’s Triumph
2 Abrupt decay
2 Kolaghan’s Command
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Wrenn and Six
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Verdant Catacombs
2 Snow-Covered Island
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
2 Wasteland
1 Bayou
1 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island
1 Tropical Island
1 Badlands
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Hydroblast
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Plague Engineer
3 Pyroblast
1 Crop Rotation
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Karakas
1 Blue Elemental Blast
2 Nihil Spellbomb
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Second Place – Ching, Tian and Xu

Standard

[Deck Title= Esper Hero – Brian Ching]
[Creatures]
4 Hero of Precinct One
4 Elite Gaurdmage
2 Deputy of Detention
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Thought Erasure
2 Noxious Grasp
3 Oath of Kaya
2 Dovin’s Veto
3 Tyrant’s Scorn
4 Teferi, Time Raveler
4 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
2 Ethereal Absolution
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Island
1 Swamp
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Glacial Fortress
4 Watery Grave
4 Drowned Catacombs
4 Godless Shrine
4 Isolated Chapel
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Devout Decree
2 Kaya’s Wrath
2 Disfigure
2 Duress
1 The Elderspell
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
1 Golden Demise
1 Despark
2 Bolas’s Citadel
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern

[Deck Title= Eldrazi Tron – Cody Tian]
[Creatures]
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Thought-knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
3 Walking Ballista
1 Endbringer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Expedition Map
2 Mind Stone
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Karn, the Great Creator
1 Ugin, the Ineffable
2 Dismember
2 All is Dust
1 Mystic Forge
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
3 Blast Zone
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Wastes
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Spatial Contortion
1 Warping Wail
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Liquimetal Coating
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
1 Mycosynth Lattice
1 Walking Ballista
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Graffdigger’s Cage
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Tormod’s Crypt
3 Leyline of the Void
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy

[Deck Title= Dimir Reanimator – Gengyu Xu]
[Creatures]
1 Grave Titan
3 Griselbrand
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Jin-gitaxias, Core Augur
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Animate Dead
4 Exhume
4 Reanimate
4 Entomb
4 Brainstorm
4 Careful Study
2 Ponder
3 Daze
4 Force of Will
3 Collective Brutality
3 Lotus Petal
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Swamp
2 Island
4 Underground Sea
2 Flooded Strand
2 Verdant Catacombs
4 Polluted Delta
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
2 Duress
2 Flusterstorm
2 Thoughtseize
2 Echoing Truth
4 Show and Tell
1 Pithing Needle
1 Cabal Therapy
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Third Place – Tessis, Worrell and Schatteman

Standard

[Deck Title= Scapeshift – Eduardo Tessis]
[Creatures]
4 Arboreal Grazer
4 Elvish Rejuvenator
4 Hydroid Krasis
1 Deputy of Detention
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Grow From the Ashes
2 Time Wipe
4 Teferi, Time Raveler
4 Circuitous Route
4 Scapeshift
4 Growth Spiral
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Azorius Guildgate
1 Selesnya Guildgate
1 Simic Guildgate
1 Blossoming Sands
1 Thornwood Falls
1 Tranquil Cove
1 Hinterland Harbour
1 Sunpetal Grove
1 Field of Ruin
1 Blast Zone
1 Temple of Malady
4 Field of the Dead
2 Breeding Pool
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Temple of Mystery
2 Temple Garden
2 Island
2 Forest
1 Plains
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Veil of Summer
2 Baffling End
3 Dovin’s Veto
2 Deputy of Detention
2 Knight of Autumn
1 Ixalan’s Binding
1 Shifting Ceratops
1 Time Wipe
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern

[Deck Title= Hogaak – Lucas Worrell]
[Creatures]
4 Carrion Feeder
4 Gravecrawler
4 Stitcher’s Supplier
4 Bloodghast
2 Lotleth Troll
4 Satyr Wayfinder
2 Stinkweed Imp
4 Vengevine
4 Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Faithless Looting
3 Lightning Axe
2 Assassin’s Trophy
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Gemstone Mine
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
1 Marsh Flats
1 Nurturing Peatland
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Swamp
2 Blood Crypt
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Nature’s Claim
2 Thoughtseize
1 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Collective Brutality
1 Shenanigans
2 Rotting Regisaur
1 Force of Vigor
4 Leyline of the Void
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy

[Deck Title= Temur Delver – Boston Schatteman]
[Creatures]
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Nimble Mongoose
2 True-name Nemesis
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
1 Wrenn and Six
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Chain Lightning
1 Dismember
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
3 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
4 Stifle
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Cindervines
1 Hydroblast
3 Pyroblast
2 Submerge
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Sylvan Library
1 Winter Orb
1 Wrenn and Six
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Fourth Place – Hawron, Chan and Chau

Standard

[Deck Title= Bant Nexus – Richard Hawron]
[Creatures]
1 Deputy of Detention
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Teferi, Time Raveler
3 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
4 Wilderness Reclamation
4 Chemister’s Insight
4 Growth Spiral
4 Nexus of Fate
4 Opt
4 Root Snare
3 Search for Azcanta
[/Spells]
[Lands]
2 Temple of Mystery
4 Temple Garden
2 Sunpetal Grove
4 Hinterland Harbour
4 Hallowed Fountain
2 Glacial Fortress
4 Breeding Pool
2 Blast Zone
1 Island
1 Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Deputy of Detention
3 Negate
2 Veil of Summer
2 Cerulean Drake
1 Dawn of Hope
1 Tolsimir, Friend of Wolves
1 Time Wipe
1 Drawn From Dreams
1 Pause for Reflection
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Modern

[Deck Title= Golgari Midrange – Michael Chan]
[Creatures]
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Dark Confidant
3 Scavenging Ooze
3 Hexdrinker
2 Plague Engineer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Thoughtseize
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Fatal Push
3 Assassin’s Trophy
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Liliana of the Veil
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Unearth
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Blooming Marsh
2 Overgrown Tomb
3 Field of Ruin
3 Treetop Village
3 Swamp
2 Forest
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Nurturing Peatland
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Collective Brutality
1 Plague Engineer
2 Fulminator Mage
2 Collector Ouphe
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Ashiok, Dream Render
1 Nissa, Vital Force
1 Duress
1 Kitchen Finks
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

Legacy

[Deck Title= Dead Guy Ale – Wilkin Chau]
[Creatures]
4 Dark Confidant
3 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Gurmag Angler
2 Remorseful Cleric
1 Shriekmaw
1 Hero of Bladehold
[/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 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Batterskull
3 Lingering Souls
3 Chrome Mox
[/Spells]
[Lands]
3 Swamp
1 Plains
1 Karakas
1 Shambling Vents
4 Wasteland
4 Marsh Flats
1 Polluted Delta
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Bloodstained Mire
4 Scrubland
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
1 Leyline of Sanctity
3 Leyline of the Void
1 Helm of Obedience
1 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
1 Kaya’s Guile
1 Pithing Needle
1 Damping Sphere
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Blast Zone
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Zealous Persecution
1 Humility
1 Path to Exile
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]