Post-COVID Debate: What to Expect by Serena Mao

The Opinions Expressed In This Post Are Those of the Author And Not Necessarily Those Of Victory Briefs. It’s been a bit over a year since the virtual UKTOC: the tournament that kickstarted an unprecedented season of e-debate. Since then, competitive high school debate has consisted of a whirlwind of new norms, workarounds, technical difficulties, […]


Equity in Public Forum Debate: A Critique of Theory

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Philosophy and Oppression by Shrey Desai

Shrey Desai debated for four years at Saratoga High School (CA). Shrey qualified to the California State Tournament, championed Western Championships and SCU (twice), and won speaker awards at the College Prep, Stanford, and Berkeley Invitationals. He would like to thank Chris Theis, Jake Nebel, Sajeev Saluja, and Prachit Bhike for their thoughtful comments and […]


PF Topic Analysis by Ben Brazelton

Ben Brazelton is a Victory Briefs Writing Fellow from Madison West High School.  Opening Words When I saw this topic, I thought that the NSDA should be given a 140 character limit on their resolutions. This is, at face value, a long, complex, and very framework-driven resolution. This is unfortunate, because November has some of the largest […]

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Basics of LD Theory by Jackson Lallas

Theory is one of the most technical arguments in debate and has been on the rise in recent years throughout the LD circuit. For better or worse, it’s here to stay and theory will continue to be prevalent. Despite its surge in popularity, theory is still the “Achilles Heel” for many debaters. Especially for newcomers […]