Another tournament, another week of reactions. This back-to-back-to-back cycle was something we saw throughout the 2015 and 2016 tournament seasons, and I know that I, for one, did not miss the effect they create. It’s now going to be a rushed near-frenzy for players as we flip from Standard to thinking back to Fort Wayne’s Expanded results.
Or, at minimum, it might be that way if Fort Wayne hadn’t proven Expanded’s reality once again: the more it seems to change, the more it stays the same. With the lone—albeit, very notable—exception of the Turtonator deck that rose out of Fort Wayne, we saw very little change in terms of the actual metagame. I know a slew of good players already committed to the idea of playing Turtonator this weekend, which is a telling statement in of itself.
First, I do want to talk a bit about Hartford today. While my experience was as mediocre as could be, I think it brings up some points about Bo3 and Standard that I wouldn’t mind exploring a bit—and that I think can help with Vancouver preparation—so we’ll touch that quickly before getting into the issue of the hour: Daytona Regionals.
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