Showdown Recap: Modern

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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 Modern to find out just how good Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf really are.

The dust has settled, and there were 18 copies of Jace, the Mind Sculptor in the Top 8 of our first Modern event since the powerful planeswalker was unabanned. Now, I don’t think we should be sounding the alarm yet, there were also a way higher than normal amount of players playing blue-based decks in the room. Everyone wanted to try the new hotness, and boy did it show.

Let’s break things down a little more.

Jeremy Rubinoff, the winner of our Modern Showdown.

Jeremy Rubinoff took down the whole event with Dredge. I think this was a great choice, as you can tell by my fifth place decklist with zero graveyard hate in the sideboard. Jeremy identified a weakness in the format and hit it hard, something that’s always worked in Modern.

The rest of the Top 8, other than my Jund deck, was a smattering of controlling Jace decks and a Bant Eldrazi outlier. Daniel Goetschel has been having a lot of success online with his Blue Moon deck where he goes by Gul_Dukat, and that continued on Sunday. For more on his deck stay tuned to ManaDeprived in the coming days where he’ll have a deck tech for you.

Liam Kane remained somehow unstoppable in every format and this Bant Eldrazi deck has a whole bunch of spice. As for Ben Lu’s U/B Control deck, well, those certainly are some numbers. Truly the old triple Snapcaster, triple Spreading Seas and two Jace special.

Edgar Magalhaes doesn’t lose much as you probably know, and played a sweet deck on Sunday. This is actually something I built and he tuned. The way we see it, Jace works better in a proactive shell, where you trade resources and then slam Jace and watch the life drain out of your opponent. Edgar also won a 1k on Saturday with nearly the same 75. If you’re reading and interested in a deck tech on Sultai in more detail, let me know and I’ll try to write something up.

If you’re looking for any details on my Jund deck, I got you covered here.

Our Modern Showdown Top 8.

I truly had a blast playing new Modern on Sunday, there’s holes to be picked and Modern is still as diverse as ever, but now you can play a little more fair.

With his win on Sunday Jeremy qualifies himself for the Face to Face Games Ultimate Showdown. Next week we’ll be battling Standard with all of those sweet new decklists from Grand Prix Memphis.

There is also a Modern Open+ this coming Saturday. That means 5k in prizes and a couple of trips to the next StarCityGames Invitational will be on the line. Now THE EVENT’S LOCATION HAS CHANGED. The new location is the Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre at 3710 Chesswood Dr.

Registration will still be at 10 a.m., and the event will begin at 11 a.m.!

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First Place, Jeremy Rubinoff- Dredge

Second Place, Daniel Goetschel- Blue Moon

Third Place, Simon Tubello- Jeskai

Fourth Place, Liam Kane- U/R Pyromancer

Fifth Place, Keith Capstick- Jund

Sixth Place, Edgar Magalhaes- Sultai

Seventh Place, Andrew Swan- Bant Eldrazi

Eighth Place, Ben Lu- U/B Control

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