A year ago, Dallas’ Regional Championship was where Expanded really took off into the next level of bizarre. Our own Isaiah Williams, among others, piloted a Zoroark-GX/Exeggcute PLF concept that revolutionized Expanded at the time. Since then, it’s been a rotunda of Zoroark concepts of varying degrees of speed, flexibility, insanity, obnoxiousness, and pervasiveness. It’s truly been a revolving door of Zoroark concepts at the top of Expanded for almost a year now, and after last weekend in Anaheim, we’re probably not looking at a change any time soon.
Zoroark is a truly unique card, and Xander is going to get further into the nature of that beast tomorrow. The Ability alone would be enough to make the card playable—Empoleon DEX saw play even as a Stage 2—but in the meantime, on a Stage 1, it’s truly a different kind of game management through draw power and deck thinning. There are infinitely many words to write on the subject.
In light of our just having gotten out of another Expanded event, I’m going to spend today talking through some thoughts worth considering in the aftermath of Anaheim as we look toward Dallas. Other than a Special Event in Dubai in early January, I’m not aware of any tier 2 Standard events between now and February, which makes Expanded the focus of most of the world. Word has a number of international players making their way to Dallas, too, and if attendance manages to be in the upper tier again, it’ll truly be a wide-open metagame.
I’ll be totally transparent: I’m hoping we get some emergency action from TPCi with regard to the format. I think it’d be a boon to player enthusiasm with regard to the event, and I think that’s one of the most important things to be considered in the health of Expanded at this stage of the game. Nevertheless, I’m definitely not counting on any such action, so we’ll work from what we have in front of us.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll make an effort to alternate between the formats since many League Cups around the world are sticking with Standard. If you have any thoughts or requests with regard to coverage, you can always feel free to reach out me on that or any other site-related matter. As far as this week’s articles go, as it’s going to end up, we’re essentially free of deck lists, opting for analysis of the current state of the game instead. With big tournaments so far off, Expanded the primary focus (and the format where deck lists are easier to come by), and a number of important issues to discuss in the game, I think this is a decent approach to take with the remainder of the month. With that out of the way, we’ll get on ahead into today’s discussion of Expanded’s current chaos.
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