Hello again, everyone. It’s been a few short weeks since my last article that detailed my choice for Hartford, the first of three Regionals throughout the month of October. I’ve had little time to prepare for Daytona Beach because of the difference in formats, but it’s one I welcome despite my preference for Standard. There were fewer Expanded Regionals last year, but this year has the formats in almost equal amounts. Variety is the spice of life!
I’m a fan of Standard more than Expanded because the decks follow a linear progression of strength. In Standard, most decks cannot dish out huge amounts of damage within the first few turns consistently, aside from the Ho-Oh-GX and Kiawe combo. Stage 2 decks are required to ramp up their damage, or at least wait a few turns before being able to take knockouts. In Expanded, more decks can start taking prizes sooner. Night March, Turbo Turtles, and Turbo Dark are examples of sprinting decks, while Primal Groudon and Garbodor are marathon decks.
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