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.
To read this article you must be an Underground member.
Already a member? Click here to log in.
Joining Underground gives you (and one friend!) full access to our complete collection of Underground articles along with their companion discussion topics to ask our authors questions.
New Underground articles are published three to four times per week.
Choose a subscription term:
Each subscription term comes with automatic renewal, but you may cancel at any time. Also, if you are not completely satisfied with your membership, you may request a full refund within the first 14 days, no questions asked.
Gift subscriptions are also available. →
SixPrizes has been a phenomenal resource for me from the very beginning. Shortly after I started, I became a subscriber, and being able to partake in all the knowledge a lot of the best veteran players had to share helped me learn and grow as a player. I still read to this day so I can keep up with other players’ thoughts and ideas to help me stay on top of my game!
Brad Curcio, Top 8 Worlds 2016, 1st Place St. Louis Regionals 2016, Top 4 Seattle Regionals 2017, Top 4 Orlando Regionals 2016
I’ve been reading SixPrizes since its inception. They have helped me grow as a player with their quality articles.
Kian Amini, Top 4 Oceania Internationals 2017, Top 4 San Jose Regionals 2016