Worlds has once again come and gone and we have a new world champion in Diego Cassiraga. Diego has been a longtime friend of mine—we even worked a bit together on the old Gardevoir deck back in 2008! It is awesome to see such a good guy and veteran player take home the trophy. My other buddies and teammates—Sam Chen and Pablo Meza—didn’t do too badly themselves while fellow writers Xander and Jimmy rounded out a pretty remarkable Top 8. Beyond the three Japanese players, I was friends with everyone in the Top 8! This made for some great viewing—and, while I wish I was up there with them, I enjoyed watching my friends do well on the largest stage.
In what seems like is no time at all, the 2017-2018 season is upon us. Fort Wayne’s Regional Championship marks the earliest US Regional ever and the player base is scrambling to prepare for a tournament that is so different from the World Championships. Not only is Expanded a completely different beast already from Standard, but add the bans of two of the format’s most powerful cards, two new impactful sets, and the fact no one has played a meaningful tournament in the format in months, and we are in for one crazy tournament.
Before jumping into some preliminary insights into the Expanded format, I would like to recap my Gardevoir experience at Worlds and offer a list for the new Standard format.
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