Yesterday, I went to the NJ state championships, as did most NY/NJ players. PA states were also yesterday. Because States only have two dates, many players have to make the decision of which states to go to. Because the players are split between multiple events, there is less competition, and States are taking on the feel of a city championship with a top 8 cut. In the past, States in this area have had players from NY, NJ, and PA playing in the same event, and it was a more competitive event that just a citys. The metagame in NY and the metagame in PA are fairly different, and during citys, the two don’t really meet. It would have been great to have these two different groups play at States, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. The event really had the feel of a city championship. Is this happening elsewhere? Do you think that states are less competitive this year because there are only two dates, and players are split between multiple events?