Hey everyone, and welcome back to another article! This time around, it’s my 50th one! I want to thank all of you for supporting me, talking to me at tournaments, and simply reading articles when they come out. It’s been a long journey since my debut a few years back, and I’m glad to still be here years later.
This past weekend, we saw a variety of decks storm Collinsville and Cannes. Stall/Mill decks have found a new partner in Vileplume BUS, a card designed to counter the Basic–focused meta we’re in at the moment. Team Up introduced Zapdos and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, which are the two main targets Vileplume hopes to capitalize on. These two cards were most popular at Oceania Internationals last weekend, so it’s no surprise that their popularity carried over into the second weekend of Team Up’s legality.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you like Standard) we’re mostly past the realm of SUM–TEU Standard. The next North American Regionals are Toronto and Greensboro—both are Expanded. This Standard format was incredibly short-lived on the major stages, but League Cups will continue to be relevant, especially those in the near future that are directly influenced by these past results.
In today’s article, my goal is to take a look at what happened this past weekend, summarizing and analyzing different decks that succeeded, and ultimately leave you with a few first words on Expanded (BLW–TEU). Greensboro will be my first tournament since Dallas, so I’m excited to prepare and optimize a deck in a relatively unexplored format.
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