Showdown Recap: Jan 15 – Prerelease
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 past weekend might have been the Aether Revolt Prerelease, but that doesn’t stop the Showdown series from rumbling forward! We run a 1k Prerelease Showdown, featuring Swiss rounds and a top 8 draft, and over 50 players showed up to crack prerelease packs and fight for points and prizes.
Prerelease weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto is always quite the experience. With 6 events over only two days, from 12:01am on Saturday through late night on Sunday, countless people make their way through the store, and we’re dead set on making sure that everybody has a great time. As always, this was everyone’s first time experiencing this new Sealed format, and Aether Revolt has proven so far to be a worthy successor to Kaladesh, expanding on many of its themes. The archetypes are still there – UG likes to stockpile energy, red is very aggressive, and white has some of the best removal. Games snowball as hard as ever, and while there are fewer Renegade Freighters going around, Untethered Express was doing a pretty solid impression.
After six surprisingly smooth and fast rounds of Swiss, the top 8 players found themselves in an Aether Revolt/Aether Revolt/Kaladesh draft for the first time. Their skills were put to the test, and Aaron Prychitka stood victorious over the rest with a UG Energy deck. Of course, this was still a Prerelease event, so we didn’t put our poor players through the paperwork of registering their draft decks. Unfortunately, that means we don’t have decklists for you all this week.
What we do have, however, is a standings update for the Ultimate Showdown! As always, the full standings can be found here. Aaron earned himself his invite with his win, and Simon Tubello earned a bunch of points, putting him at 43, just within arm’s reach of the 50 required for the invite! Daniel Fournier (hey, that’s me!) was able to inch forward with a top 16 finish to claim first place in the standings from Matt Mealing, who is commonly described as “extremely old” by those in the know.