Hello again 6P! Here I am again with a new article to look at the current state of things. I will go over what I would be using (and what I shouldn’t be using) for Portland if I were going after these past couple of weeks of testing. My last article detailed my beginnings of of testing the format, and I have learned a lot since then.
To many people’s surprise, I am in fact not going to Portland. Sooo many people have asked me why this is, as last year I travelled to every North American Regional except for 2. The reason for this is burn out from last season. I would very much love to be packing my bags soon for the tournament, but having learnt a valuable lesson of balance from last season, I’ve chosen to limit travel to once per month.
With that in mind, I’ve chosen Memphis as my tournament for October. Even though the Day 2 and overall Top 32 finish left me wanting more success, I really wanted to pace myself this season in order to have a better life/Pokémon balance. And this is the same reason as to why I will not be going to Roanoke either, I have chosen Brazil as my November trip. I will usually give priority to the Internationals when deciding where to go, so any month that has one will definitely have me going there. Every other month though, will have me at a different NA Regional. With the current calendar of events, I will certainly be coming back to Expanded for the Anaheim + Dallas combo towards the end of the year and with a brand new set to consider: Lost Thunder.
If for some reason something changes then I will definitely contemplate a different plan, but for the time being I will definitely not be attending Portland. However, that didn’t stop me from testing Expanded a bunch since a lot of the people that I coach are going. After these few weeks of trying to figure out the format, I settled on these 2 decks as my ‘I really want to play this but shouldn’t’ option and my ‘I should play this’ option.
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