By: Travis Allen
An Open Format
An intriguing circumstance has arisen ahead of Pro Tour Kaladesh that we haven’t seen in several years at least. Typically, two SCG Opens fire ahead of a Pro Tour. One the weekend the set is freshly legal — that would have been SCG Indianapolis ten days ago — and one the weekend immediately prior; that is, this past weekend. However, Grand Prix Atlanta was this weekend past, and it was A. run by SCG and B. limited. That means that we didn’t get the second of two Opens we normally do. We’ve frequently seen the format “stabilize” a little at the second Open of a new format. The first weekend is the wild west, and then the second is where the more dominant strategies begin to take hold and we begin to get an idea of what was an outlier and what was genuinely powerful. All of this goes on to inform PT competitors, who watch both events closely for top performers, strategies falling behind, and novel gimmicks.