Well, just when I thought I was going to have some sizable gaps between articles, things find a way to change. I was supposed to be on what was basically a month’s hiatus before London went pretty well, and as I’m back next week, I’ll basically be here for your reading thrice in as many weeks. With that in mind, I’m going to probably cover most of my Memphis thoughts this week before I’m out of touch with Standard.
Unlike the record-breaking sum of players that looks destined to descend on Memphis in a few weeks, and seemingly everyone that I know in the game, I will not be in Memphis for Regionals. My finals schedule is, unfortunately, prohibitive, so I won’t be able to participate in the event. There’s a fledgling chance I make my way to Tennessee and am present for coverage and other purposes, but I’m regrettably going to finish the calendar year sitting out two Regionals in a row.
Speaking of that second missed Regional, I unfortunately wasn’t able to be in San Jose this weekend. The flight prices were simply prohibitive, and while it’d have been great to be there—especially given the Top 4 hunt I was in for Australia stipends—it was good to see Azul take down his 4th Regional. Unlike his last two, he didn’t sit across from a Schemanske in finals. I’m unsure if I should take that as a good or bad thing.
And, furthermore “speaking of,” today is the cutoff for the Oceania International Championships’ stipend hunt. The Top 16 in Region now have $1,000 USD toward their trip, and Top 4 has a “paid trip.” I was fortunate enough to be in the Top 4 hunt until the final hours of last weekend, but my failure at Sunday’s League Cup put my hopes to bed. I suppose I can rest a bit easier, though, knowing that Azul’s success eliminated me anyway. Maybe my birthday gift from Pokémon will be a botched San Jose upload? Either way, my brother and I both locked up Top 16 berths heading into the event, so I believe we’ll be headed that way in February.
But, before that, Memphis and Dallas are in our sights. My testing henceforth will probably be mostly for Dallas unless my friends (or family) need me for Memphis prep, so today’s probably the last time I’m going to talk seriously about Memphis. Next week, I’ll cover some unrelated, general topics and any breaking developments that’ve come up between now and then.
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