Hello everyone, Kenny Wisdom here. I’m happy to be back writing for Underground for the second time this month, this time taking a look at the Expanded format ahead of this weekend’s Daytona Regional Championships. It may not always be the prettiest, healthiest format—though right now, it is—but all things considered, I have to admit that Expanded is my favorite format to play, think about, and write about. I love the array of powerful things you’re able to do and I believe Expanded changes just enough over time and with each set release to remain interesting and fresh while at the same time rewarding those who have been invested in the format over the years.
That last bit is what the majority of this article is going to be about: I believe that experience with the deck you choose to play and knowledge of the format as a whole are the most important factors in being successful at large Expanded tournaments. My goal is to break down a few of the major reasons why this is the case, and encourage you to focus on playing a deck that you’re comfortable with for Daytona and beyond.
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