The defending champions, Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie rink, won't be there to repeat, and perennial favourites like Glenn Howard and Kevin Martin are also absent from this year's bonspiel.
That means a more wide-open field that still includes past champions like Jeff Stoughton, Kevin Koe and Jean-Michel Menard, with others like Brad Gushue are looking for their first title.
Who will lift the Brier Tankard when all is said and done? Make your pick and have your say.