A puzzle: What do the following cards have in common?
Hint: There’s more than one answer.
Indeed, one answer is that they were all found in Portland’s Top 8. They were also all found in top cuts throughout last spring’s Regional Championships. And before that, the prior spring’s Regional Championships. An observant player noted to me that it was as if Portland’s results were straight out of a time machine that Darkrai-EX BKP and Tauros-GX got caught up in. Even some minor presences in Top 32, like Accelgor, Sableye, and Vespiquen/Flareon, fit the bill.
But, Christopher: Sun & Moon had a bunch of cards hyped to high heaven. Yeah, it did — that’s what makes this weekend so particularly remarkable. After the sun set in St. Louis, where we saw Lurantis-GX, Decidueye-GX, and others make remarkable impacts on the Expanded format, we landed in a complete throwback devoid of not only Sun & Moon influence, but of any appreciable change from a year ago. What gives?
The answer to that question is complicated and, inherently, imprecise. It’s an important question because it provides an indication of how the future might look for the Expanded format, and yet the answer is an enigma that won’t ever quite be pinned down. It’s important enough to try, though, so I’m going to take my best shot at it today.
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