Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Remember to Resist!

So now that you know a little bit about how Shane did at States, I think it's time you learned about how I did. Going into this tournament I felt pretty confident with my strange build of a Zekrom\Eels. So confident in fact, that I thought I was definitely going to make top cut. This is the list I used for the tournament:
 Pokemon (13)

 2 Zekrom ND
1 Zekrom EX
1 Mewtwo EX
1 Cleffa
2 Thundurus
3 Tynamo
3 Eelektrik

 Trainers (33)
1 Interviewer's Questions 
4 Professor Juniper
Have you ever seen a Max Potion tech?
4 Professor Oak's New Theory
3 Pokemon Collector
1 N
4 Junk Arm
4 Pokemon Catcher
2 Switch
2 PlusPower
1 Revive
1 Pokemon Communication
1 Level Ball
1 Eviolite
1 Good Rod
1 Pokegear 3.0
1 Lost Remover
1 Max Potion

Energy (14)
10 Lightning
4 DCE (Double Colorless Energy)

   After the Tournament started, I find my pairings. The kid I was paired against I know to be pretty much a decent player. We both sit down, greet each other and start the battle. I start with a Thunderus Active, two Tynamo on the Bench and a Mewtwo ( which I keep in  my hand). He starts with two Panphy. One bench one Active. 




Not really in his favor is it? Anyway, I end up going first. I draw a card then simply used Charge. Now it was his move. He draws, then attaches an Energy to his Active Panphy, and passes. It's my turn. I draw, then play Level ball to search for an Eelektrik and Evolve. Then I attach an Energy to Thundurus, play Mewtwo on the Bench and finally attack using Disaster Volt for the KO and I draw a Prize. Now it's his go again and he draws a card, attaches an Energy to his now Active Panphy, and with sadness in his voice and knowing he will lose says; "your turn". I draw a card, attach Energy,  use PONT, and finally attack using Disaster Volt for the game.......? I'm about to start picking up my cards when some kid that just so happened to be watching the battle at that moment says:  "Wait, um, you seem to have forgotten about Resistance." "What do you you mean" I say. Then I remember; his Panphy I had supposedly KO-ed early on, had a Resistance of Lightning -20. It also had an Energy on it allowing it to reduce 10 damage with its Ultra-Thick Skin Poke-BODY as well.
 The kids friend had "remembered" at "the nick of time." We called a judge over and basically I had a Game Loss all because I forgot about Resistance.

   I was very upset afterward. At the end of the tournament I was even more angry seeing as I ended up NOT making top cut solely because of that extra loss.  Overall though it was a great time, I had fun, and if there is one thing I learned from that day it was: Remember to Resist!  


Monday, March 26, 2012

My brother did it again, 1st Place @ MN State Pokémon Tournament

So all in all I figured I'd share this with everyone, yes my brother Shane took 1st place at Saturday's MN State Pokémon Tournament.

What did he get?  He won a Pokémon Hat; Pokémon play mat, Pokémon Next Destinies Booster Box, $300 Travel Money to get to Pokémon Nationals in Indianapolis, IN and bragging rights back home.  He is hopeful and has his sights set for the Pokémon World's Tournament which takes place August 10th-12th 2012 down in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

~ Card Of The Day ~ Darkrai EX

This Card is Great! Once it's released it WILL be a tech in every serious dark deck or possibly a Darkrai\Zoroark. so many possibilities. but we really don't know for sure until it's actually released. The only thing I do know is that if I can get it, it will go in my deck faster than you can blink.(regardless if I run any Dark Energy in my deck or not).

CMT vs Zek/Eels? What to run for States

It's been a while since I've posted, I know, But I've been busy lately. What can I say, yet alas, here I am, writing for you about what to run for states and some good tips about ways you can get one more step ahead of your opponents.

As I prepare for Pokemon States here in Minnesota, or any tournament for that matter, I always make sure to take a good look at what decks that other good players might be running to help me get a better idea of what I should play for a tournament. Especially since this is States, doing this can greatly benefit your chances of winning because it will give you the knowledge you need to create a deck that will almost guarantee a win, when facing one of those "top tier" decks that you have accurately predicted to run. Some ways to check out what the "top tier" decks on your own could include: Visiting Pokemon sites: like Pokemon Booster, Etc. Another great way to see what local people are running is to attend Leagues in a card shop near you, (just ask the cashier if they do Pokemon Leagues).

And those are just some of the ways that you can scope out the competition.

Now you might be asking: Why is he telling me all this jumbo about"scoping out the competition," and how does this have anything to do with what I should be running for States? And last but not least when do CMT vs Zekrom/Eels come in?

"All of this will be answered and more, after these messages........."

So, how does this have to with what you should be running at States? Well the answer is simple. When I was doing my usual "scoping" to see what decks I should see at States like I've been doing a lot of as of late, I noticed that what it came down to was simply two decks: CMT (Celebi Prime, Mewtwo EX, Tornadus ) and Zekrom/Eels (Zekrom EX with Electrik).

So, what Pokemon could you use to counter these decks? Pokemon like: Terrakion:

This card is beast right?  I mean Land Crush for 90 damage is good, but if you happen to be facing a Zekrom EX with a weakness of Fighting, (which it has) that 90 damage suddenly turns into 180! Making for some easy prizes early on. Especially if your opponent is dumb enough to put Zekrom EX on his\her Bench, simply use a Pokemon Catcher and hit for a whopping 180!

   And that being said, let me introduce you to a great card that could possibly rise to the top in this meta and even beat CMT and Zekrom\Eels. . . .

If you would like to learn more about this seriously awesome card, check out the ~Card Of The Day~ on the side featuring special scans of Darkrai EX!