January: winter, snow, school, resolutions, and more. For Pokémon players in North America (and, rumor has it, beyond), this year, Dallas Regionals will be the first of the New Year. With the Special Event in Dubai last weekend marking the first major event of 2019, the ball has dropped on the rest of the season’s festivities—and it’ll be a mad dash to D.C. for Worlds.
Today, I want to go through some candidates for Dallas Regionals. It’s the next big event on the calendar, and thus I’d imagine the next big thing on most players’ minds. Expanded is not most people’s cup of tea, and with every new set, it becomes a greater challenge to acclimatize to the format. Personally, I’m fairly sure Zoroark will continue to run amok until a truly absurd counter makes its way into the format, or it finally makes its way out via ban. Even removing Double Colorless Energy would probably be insufficient to dethrone Zoroark, in my mind—but I suppose none of that matters.
I have some news to cover at the end of today’s article, but other than that, let’s get right into it.
With that, we’re to the end of this article—everything ends, and it is no exception. Another non-exception: my tenure at SixPrizes, which ends today. Since taking the day-to-day helm, originally with Alex Hill, then on my own, I think we accomplished a good thing here, and I couldn’t be prouder of the effort put forth by the team over the last ~20 months. I can’t thank Xander, Pablo, Jimmy, Isaiah, Kenny, Alex, Mike, and Travis enough for their efforts. It’s been great.
I could write for eons on the ups and downs, on the advice I’d give to players across the spectrum of success, and other topics, but that’ll have to wait for the time being. It’s been an honor to be trusted with your subscription over the better part of the last two years. I’ve learned an immense amount, and I hope we’ve helped you in some way too.
Shuffle well. Mark your match slips between games. Call judges for slow play. Never play Greninja. Have fun. Be kind.
Wishing all the best to you in all of your endeavors,
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