I love the Expanded format. I really do. Playing Expanded over the last season or so has been some of the most fun playing Pokémon I have had since I got back into the game. The card pool is so vast and there are interesting combos lurking everywhere. At heart, I am a deck builder. I often have two, three, four, or more decks that I would like to play in a tournament.
On multiple occasions I have had two decks built and two lists written as the judges come around taking decklists before round one. At Worlds 2015, I sat across my friend Mike Newey and asked him to pick a deck for me. I often think about how tournaments would look different if you could bring multiple decks and play in a best of three (or five!). Or, if I could play the tournament myself with three different decks, which one of me would do best? I enjoy thinking about the metagame, how decks interact, what cards help swing matchups, and what other people are going to play.
All of this is amplified when we have so many cards available to us.
I also understand, however, that it can be a daunting presence, especially for newer players. As a longtime player, I have the past benefit of seeing all of these cards as they came out. This gives me some perspective when new cards come out, so I can evaluate what old cards they might pair well with. More importantly, it gives me perspective on what old decks may have fallen out of favor, but with one or two new cards (or even just a favorable shift in the metagame) could come back into the fold. I enjoy writing about the Expanded for this reason—it seems like the area where I can aid other players the most.
It goes without saying, but I am extremely excited for Dallas this weekend. Today, we will check back into the metagame and look at my top choices.
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