Hello again 6P! I’m at the airport in Utah, waiting for midnight to hit for my overnight flight to Mexico City. I’ve had all day to ponder and discuss with other players the effects of Beast Ring and the outlook on the new meta for Standard. Due to the constant stream of events that are upcoming, and the big focus I put on Brazil (which secured my Top 4 of LATAM, but Top 128 was definitely not the desired result), I haven’t had as much time with the new set as I’d like. However, not enough time doesn’t mean any time, and I want to talk about a few things here today, regarding the new sets expectations moving forward in both Expanded and Standard.
However, let me start off with a quick recap and some thoughts from the weekend whilst the details are still fresh. First off, Expanded as a whole feels broken. Black and White era cards such as Exeggcute and Exeggutor just don’t quite feel right when interacting with Sun and Moon cards. I made the (wrong) decision to play Trevenant this weekend, thinking I’d have an easy time beating Zoroark decks by spreading 30 damage twice and then devolving to clear a board. Much easier said than done, especially when opponents are hitting 2-3 Zoroarks on turn 2 very, very consistently.
Here is a quick summary of my weekend with Trevenant:
Round 1 – Glaceon-GX/Shaymin-EX ROS/Marshadow SLG WLW
Round 2 – Glaceon-GX LWL
Round 3 – Trevenant BREAK ID
Round 4 – Zoroark-GX WLL
Round 5 – Zoroark-GX WW
Round 6 – Drampa-GX/Garbodor LWW
Round 7 – Zoroark-GX LL
Round 8 – Zoroark-GX LL
Round 9 – Dropped (3-4-1)
Going a total of 3-6 vs the best/most popular deck in the format not only reflects upon the limited time I have when trying to test for 2 different formats, and prioritizing each of them, but also on the recent mindset that I want (and thought I had already) to get rid of, which is this trying to counter the meta way of thinking.
Admittedly, the whole big events adventure that I started with São Paulo features a 9/1 split between Standard and Expanded, so it makes sense that I made a suboptimal choice, I guess. I also purposely chose not to play Zoroark, as I think the Zoroark mirror match is just not very skill based, as it usually comes down to one player effectively locking the other out of the match with Red Card and a continuous string of Hex Maniac. I am genuinely happy that I am done with Expanded until next season, and will actually be reconsidering attending any Expanded Regional whatsoever, at least until significant bans have taken place, or unless the new set proves to be a huge game changer.
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