Alternative article title: “The Calm Before the Storm.” If I’d been playing Water decks for the last two weekends, perhaps I’d have rolled with that. But, as it is, we’re headed toward a fine stretch of back-to-back-to-back Regionals—which, in my view, symbolizes a coming storm quite well.
But, as it happens, there’s something to be said about the drive behind the type of person that is going to be involved in all 3 of those events. I know quite a few players are going to be making the cross-continental trek over the next few weekends, and there’s something to be said about those players. Perhaps I’ll be among them. In either event, it’s going to be an interesting few weekends.
For us at SixPrizes, I want to provide a bit of a scheduling update heading into the critical stretch. As I write this on Sunday morning, we’ll start scheduling for October later today—so by the time of your reading this, we’ll hopefully have a schedule to release in short order. I’ve heard a lot of recent feedback concerning the week immediately following a major event, with some concerned we spent too much time on Expanded immediately following Fort Wayne’s Regional. In reality, not everybody attends every tournament, so especially for those not attending Florida, I understand Expanded probably wasn’t the ideal subject matter that week.
Heading into October and this Regionals marathon, our goal is to ensure the first article of each week corresponds to the format of that Saturday’s Regional. That is, each of the next three Mondays, you should see an article about Standard/Expanded/Standard, respectively. We hope that this helps make sure we help everyone attending the following weekend’s Regional get off on a solid footing. In the weeks following Hartford and Orlando, there’ll still be some discussion of Standard and Expanded, respectively, to help keep an eye on each format as we look toward Vancouver and San Jose. In addition, look out for a podcast episode sometime this week looking at Standard.
With that aside, let’s get into the main reason everyone’s here today: the Standard format. Whether you’re a New Englander waiting for Hartford, a Northwest Resident waiting on Vancouver, or literally most anywhere in between, the Standard format is probably your primary focus right now. So, housekeeping accomplished, let’s get into that.
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