Hello everyone! Another Regional is in the books, and this one is a bit unique in the sheer number of players calling for the death of the format in which it occurred. That may be a bit of an overstatement colored in recency bias, but the calls for Lusamine’s banning, or some other remedy for the environment that has allowed mill decks to attain a foothold in the game, are gradually building in volume. Of course, we didn’t actually see any of these mill decks make Top 8 in Roanoke this weekend—perhaps telling itself—but the specter of these decks has nonetheless shaped the Lost Thunder format in a profound way moving forward.
Generally speaking, these sort of “annoying” decks tend to be particularly prominent in terms of local event concentration, so if I were you, I’d expect to see a healthy supply of them at your upcoming Cups and Challenges. For whatever reason, players do seem to back it off sometimes when it comes to mill decks at the major tournaments, but there’s never any such inhibition at the local level—it could be an interesting couple of weeks.
In addition to those local events, we have a Regional in Australia this weekend, a Special Event in Chile next weekend, and Harrogate/Anaheim Regionals immediately following to round out the 2018 Tier 2 circuit. Without a doubt, there’s a lot of CP up for grabs over the next few weeks at all levels. In my mind, a key to earning it will be dealing with these mill menaces, so I’m going to take today’s article to cover that specter from a few different angles.
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