Happy (early) Halloween everyone! I know we’re still in the early parts of October but this time of year has always been my favorite and I can’t help but get in the mood. To start off the month we just had our second Standard Regional Championship of the season wrap up in Memphis, Tennessee and are looking towards the third at the end of the month! Fortunately for everyone, the third Regional of the season is set to utilize our Expanded format.
It’s no secret that I have always preferred the Expanded format to Standard, and as a result I’ve been testing that format exclusively since bombing the Philadelphia Regional Championship in early September. Because of this, I’ve been testing all kinds of decks to try and figure out how the meta will shake out. I’m not certain that a lot of people have really grasped this yet, but the Expanded format has seen massive changes recently that have remained relatively unexplored due to the lack of Expanded events to motivate the competitive base. Our last major Expanded event was Roanoke in May, and since then we have seen the banning of format defining cards like Puzzle of Time, Hex Maniac, Ghetsis, and Wally in addition to the introduction of both Celestial Storm and Dragon Majesty. These changes have lead me to do a lot of exploring of the format, and on theme with the month I want to present the Good, the Bad, and the Spooky results of my testing so far.
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