Hello again SixPrizes readers, I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday. This is dawn of the final few days before the first Expanded Regionals in months and registration numbers were revealed this morning showing that only 314 Masters have registered for the Richmond Regional Championships. That’s not a good sign for an East Coast Regional, which events have typically averaged around 600 Masters in the modern era.
Richmond Players registered so far:
Main Event TCG:
Total players: 397
Main Event VG:
Total players: 89
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Why is Expanded not an appealing format to many players? The simple reason is the ample amount of degenerate combos that exist, which has led to a lengthy ban list (that won’t go into effect until November 15th, after Richmond and Portland). The barrier to entry is another reason that the format is disliked; staple Trainers can be expensive (e.g., Dark Patch has spiked to $10–$15), making any deck quite pricey for a newer player to assemble and try their hand at playing one of these Expanded Regionals.
That all being said, I love playing Expanded. The variety and depth of cards lets me be as creative as I want—or, at the end, lock in my favorite deck, Vespiquen. The HP numbers in Expanded have gone up by a lot, and 270 is a very hard number to hit, but my trusty Bee can get there and trade favorably.
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