Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone is off to a joyous start. I am glad to see many players get a small break between Regional Championships to focus on smaller events and practice new, fresh ideas for either format. When grinding a massive tournament every weekend, League Cups (or even Challenges) seem like the best way to practice—or at least to try different tech options in a competitive setting.
I am always somewhat skeptical of anyone who tests exclusively on PTCGO and seems to think those results can be wholly indicative against real players at the highest level of competition. PTCGO is great to a certain extent but unless you are playing against someone you know the entire time, deck lists and player ability tend to be below average. League Cups, contrastingly, offer a friendly but competitive (hopefully) environment where players ought to be at their best while not necessarily displaying everything they know about the format. I have yet to be able to attend another League Cup since the ones I wrote about last article, but I am hoping to find the opportunity to test some wackier idea for Dallas Regionals at these events since I already have two placings for the Quarter.
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