Hello everyone! It sure does feel like its been a long time since my last piece, and a lot has happened since then! As predicted, the Dallas Regional Championship was yet another record breaking tournament, with a total of 1,091 Masters in attendance. The tournament was an absolute blast, and it felt great attending one more record breaking event.
I ended up playing a pretty wacky Zoroark-GX/Counter Energy deck that Brit wrote a bit about recently here. I won’t bother repeating a lot of the same information, but I did have an absolute blast playing the deck. I have always been pretty vocal about my fascination with Counter Energy, and I’m glad I was finally able to help flesh out an idea that was actually competitive! Huge shout out to Dustin Zimmerman for introducing the idea to me less than a week before the event. I was really excited to see him take it to a Top 16 finish and Xander finish at Top 32.
I ended just short of Day 2 at 6-1-2, 45th Place. My day looked like this:
Round 1: Wailord-EX WW
Round 2: Golisopod-GX/Zoroark-GX WW
Round 3: Lycanroc-GX GRI/Zoroark-GX LL
Round 4: Night March W
Round 5: Zoroark-GX/Crabominable BUS WLT
Round 6: Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX WW
Round 7: Trevenant WLT
Round 8: Golisopod-GX/Zoroark-GX WW
Round 9: Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX GRI W
My only loss of the day was to Kidd Stark’s Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX deck that he took all the way to Top 4. That matchup was much harder than I had originally anticipated because of how aggressive they can get with Bloodthirsty Eyes, and my slower-than-normal starts were severely punished both games. My ties were certainly my fault as both rounds I held onto Game 2 longer than I should have and left myself without enough time for Game 3. I’ve always had a bad habit of not scooping a game early enough because something about giving up on a game has always felt so unintuitive. It’s definitely my weakest point in tournament settings and something I need to improve on.
Overall I would absolutely agree with Brit about Expanded being in a great place right now. Most of my games were very interactive over the weekend, and I felt like I had a lot of control over the outcomes of my games. Zoroark-GX is certainly an incredibly polarizing force in the Expanded format, but that polarizing force has lead to an overall more consistent format with less dead drawing and more deck interaction. I really enjoyed the Zoroark focused format that was Dallas, but I do think if it continues without much innovation then my attitude may sour a bit.
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