Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Unique Idea for Cities

Hey trainers! This is Jack here to give you a rogue idea that may just get you a cities win or top 4! While I myself can't be sure what the best play is at cities, I do think that this deck is competitive enough to win in a tournament environment. The idea is this: You drop down a Keldeo EX (Boundaries Crossed) and drop as many energies as you can in one turn onto him using Blastoise (BCR). You then use Keldeo's ability Step In to get free retreat into him, and attack for some big damage! The deck cannot function solely on this however, so it also runs Mewtwo EX, and Kyurem. Mewtwo EX can be extremely powerful in this deck because you can drop a lot of energies onto him very quickly, and Kyurem works well with this typing and enables spread damage. Here's the list:
 
The artwork on these cards are very
cool as well.
           POKEMON (14)

  • 3-1-3 Blastoise (BCR)
  • 3 Keldeo EX (BCR)
  • 2 Mewtwo EX
  • 2 Kyurem

   TRAINERS/SUPPORTERS/STADIUMS (33)
  • 4 N
  • 3 Professor Juniper
  • 2 Bianca
  • 1 Cilan
  • 1 Skyla
  • 1 Computer Search
  • 2 Energy Search
  • 2 Ultra Ball
  • 2 Energy Retrieval
  • 1 Town Map
  • 3 Pokemon Catcher
  • 1 Super Rod
  • 2 Heavy Ball
  • 3 Rare Candy
  • 2 Eviolite          
  • 2 Random Reciever                   
    ENERGY (13
  • 13 Water Energy                                                                                                        
Some common questions about the deck:
Finally, it's balanced.

  1. "Bianca? But isn't Cheren supposed to be better?" No, not always. Consider this: You are hoping to play down 2-3 energies a turn, and that also means using Energy Search, Energy Retrieval, Cilan, and other things. Between those energies and all those items and such, you should be using Bianca for at least 3 cards, and that doesn't include any Pokemon you may play down, or Catchers and whatnot. 
  2. "Too many different trainers, it can't be consistent." While I see where you're coming from, Skyla and Computer Search make sure that if you need a card, you have a pretty good chance of getting it that turn. 
  3. "4 Ns 3 Junipers?" Well, in testing I've found that as said in the previous question, there is a decent amount of trainers. Some of these trainers are too important to discard early, so using Juniper must be limited to when it is really necessary, probably mid-game, while N is used early game to ensure you don't get rid of things you may still need.

Through testing, this deck has shown promise, and there is a glimmer of hope for another tier one deck. I, for one, would really enjoy a wider variety of types that are playable. Enough worrying about beating Dark, Lightning, and Dragon, let's see some water type decks win tournaments! I would like to hear any comments on the list or any ideas for future articles/decklists.
Thanks for reading! As always you can reach me here:

Youtube.com/JackedUpPokemon
 Or
JackedUpPokemon@gmail.com

Giveaway Update




I apologize for misleading all of you. I originally thought that email registration would work for registering to win our monthly prize giveaway.

 How it would have worked was that I you guys would have registered with your email, then I would have used your email to manually enter all of you in to one of Random.org's list randomizer applications. But it turns out, with the gadget that I used, the email subscribers remain anonymous, therefore, I cannot enter anyone in.

Anyone that has already registered can re-register on my new registration gadget labeled: Monthly Prize Giveaway Registration starting on the first day of October. Remember: Registration does not open until October first.

 Sorry for the inconvenience and may the odds be ever  in your favor. -Tyler  

Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Monthly Prize Giveaway!

It's true! Starting 10/1/2012, Pokemon Booster will be opening a monthly free prize giveaway! on the last day of every month, a lucky winner will receive one of the following prizes corresponding to what month they have won:


January - A Pokemon themed deck box

February - A 10 card Pokemon Booster Pack (from the latest set) 

March - A 5$ Walmart gift card

April - Two packs of 50 Deck Protector card sleeves

May - Twenty online booster pack code cards (Redeemable at: http://www.pokemon.com/us/)

June - A Pokemon themed play mat

July - A 5$ Target gift card

August - A Pokemon themed card binder

September -  A 5$ Gamstop gift card

October - A 10 card Pokemon Booster Pack (from the latest set)

November - Twenty online booster pack code cards (Redeemable at: http://www.pokemon.com/us/)

December - Two packs of 50 Deck Protector card sleeves


To register, simply enter your email address in the "Monthly Drawing Registration" gadget in the top right corner of the site.

All contestants will be randomized to win through http://www.random.org/ .


If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks! -Tyler



Sunday, September 16, 2012

An Introduction To The New Set

Hey trainers! I'm Jack Dockendorf from the youtube channel Jacked Up Pokemon. I am in seniors, same as Tyler and Shane, and have been playing Pokemon since I was about 4. I have only played competitively since this spring, but I feel as though I've gathered enough knowledge to write a useful article for you guys. Today I'll be reviewing the next upcoming set, Boundaries Crossed, set to release November 7th. The set is already released in Japan, named Freeze bolt and Cold flare. We will be looking at this set as it was released in Japan. This is the 4th EX set, and includes 6 more new EXs. The set has a total of 130 cards, 12 of which are secret rares. Without further adieu, let's take a look at some highlights of the set.

 POKEMON

VileplumeFreezeBolt3.jpgFREEZE BOLT
3/59 Vileplume: Grass Stage 2 140 HP - Ability: Allergy Panic - Weakness for every pokemon in play is now x4
Pollen Spray: GCCC - 50 damage - the defending Pokemon is now poisoned and asleep
I could see this card being paired with decks who have a goal of trolling, such as Terrakion. Sigilygh now has a OHKO on Mewtwo EX and Mew EX, making it that much more valuable. Unfortunately, it is catcher bait at a hefty  3 retreat cost. Switch is seeming more and more useful with each released set. It looks like Vileploom may just be a threat in this format as well as last.

12/59 Charizard: Fire Stage 2 160 HP
Split Bomb: RCC - Does 40 damage to two of the opponents benched Pokemon (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance)
Burn out: RCCCC - 150 damage - discard one fire energy attached to this pokemon
I feel as though the Pokemon company just keeps trying to make a new Emboar deck. 5 energies is a lot, but considering this could be 1 fire and two DCEs, it may not be that difficult to do 150 Damage. Also, the 160 HP is nice.

32/59 Scolipede: Psychic Stage 2 150 HP - Ability: Poison Point - If this Pokemon is his by an opponent, that pokemon is now poisoned.
Venoshock: PPCC - 80 damage - If the defending Pokemon is poisoned, this attack does 40 more damage.
This card really excites me, especially because a new stadium, Virbank City Gym, makes poison do 30 damage between turns. This means that even if you don't attack, as long as they are poisoned they are taking 60 damage! If you do attack, that 60 becomes 180!! Very Interesting.

47/59 Raticate.... Yes. Raticate. Colorless Stage 1 60 HP.
Chew: C - Discard a tool attached to the defending Pokemon
At this point you're wondering if I know anything about pokemon?
Super Fang: CCC - Put damage counters on the defending Pokemon until they have 10 HP left. 
Yeah, that's pretty good. Now, picture that, except Raticate has Rocky helmet attached. Yeah, that's good. Even if it isn't good immediately, there is an item set to be released in the set following this one that automatically poisons the defending pokemon. That's an automatic KO. From a Raticate. 
Blastoise has almost always had
some sort of energy acceleration.

COLD FLARE
14/59 Blastoise: Water Stage 2 140 HP - Ability: Streaming Waterfall - You may attach as many water energy as you like to your Pokemon from your hand.
Hydro Pump: CCCC - 60 damage - Does 10 more for each water energy attached to this Pokemon
I don't think I'll need to explain after you read Keldeo EX. 

19/59 Keldeo EX: Water Basic 170 HP - Ability: Step In - Once During your turn, if this Pokemon is on your bench, you may switch it with the active Pokemon.
Secret Sword: CCC - 50 Damage - Does 20 more damage for each water energy attached to this Pokemon
I think you see the combination. Imagine having that Blastoise benched, bench the Keldeo, and hit for infinite damage that very turn, using step in. I think this Pokemon was planned for surprise moves, and I can't wait to see decks centered around him.

Next up we have one of the best cards released in this set:
26/59 Dusknoir! Psychic stage 2 130 HP - Ability - Black Hand - As often as you like during your turn, you may move a damage counter from one of your opponents Pokemon to another.
Shadow Punch: PCCC - 60 damage - not affected by resistance.
This seems kind of broken, you can just do damage to someone, then next turn move it to someone else with less HP for a KO? He doesn't have to be active, and you can split the damage any way. Scary Scary.
It's back, though slightly different. 

TRAINERS

FREEZE BOLT
Escape Rope - item - Switch one of your Pokemon with one of your benched Pokemon, and your opponent switches one of their benched Pokemon with their active Pokemon.
Town Map - item - flip over all your face down prize cards, they stay this way for the rest of the game.
Hugh - supporter - Both players draw or discard cards until they have 5 cards in their hand
Virbank City Gym - stadium - poison now does thirty damage between turns
Gold Potion - Ace Spec (only one ace spec may be in your deck) - heal 90 damage from one of your Pokemon
Crystal Wall- Ace Spec - If this card is attached to Black Kyurem EX, that Pokemon now has 300 HP
Cheren and rocky helmet secret rare reprints

COLD FLARE
Bicycle - item - Draw cards until you have 4 cards in your hand (you saw that right, it's an item for draw support!)
Ether - item - reveal the top card of your deck, if it is a basic energy, attach it to one of your Pokemon, if not, put it back on top of your deck
Skyla - supporter - Search your deck for a trainer card and put it in your hand, shuffle afterward
Aspertia City Gym - Stadium - All colorless pokemon in play have +20 HP
Computer Search - Ace Spec - Discard two cards in your hand in order to search for any one card from your deck and put it in your hand, shuffle afterwards
Crystal Edge - Ace Spec - If this is attached to White Kyurem EX, that Pokemon's attacks do 50 more damage to the active Pokemon
Bianca reprint

That wraps it up for this article, please let me know what you think of this and whether or not I should more. You can check out my channel, Jacked Up Pokemon, and anyone can contact me by emailing Jackeduppokemon@gmail.com 
Thanks!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Battle Roads 3-1! Hydreigon/Darkrai EX

Using my Hydreigon/Darkrai EX deck, I was able to take down most of the competition at today's Autumn Battle Roads at the Legion Games in the city of Burnsville . Even with a 3-1 record, only losing to the person who took it all, I was only able to walk away with a fourth place final standing and two Dragons Exalted booster packs because of a 1% resistance difference. Although slightly disappointed about not placing top three, I still had fun and gained useful experience for tomorrow's tournament in Coon Rapids at the Outpost 2000. See you there!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Autumn Battle Roads 2nd Place Report 4-1

Hello all!

Tyler here, I apologize that I haven't posted in a while and that this post came in so late, but school just started and I just haven't had a lot of time recently to do much of anything. Today however, I'll be giving a report of the autumn Battle Roads tournament just last weekend, in which I placed second using Darkrai/Hydreigon. I did attend the Sunday tournament as well, but even though I had a pretty good record of 4-1, I got an unlucky bye in the first round which greatly affected my overall standing; fourth place. Without further adieu....

Saturday, Saint Paul Minnesota at The Source 

 

Before I go into match-ups, I must say that it was disappointing for me when I heard that this year there isn't going a top cut in Battle Roads tournaments anymore. And because of that, the two people with the highest standing end up facing off in the final round and determining who takes first or second by only one battle instead of the old, best-two-out-of-three top cut matches. Why is this bad? Because if one person gets a very unlucky start in that final round, it could cost them a First Place Victory Cup.
 
Match 1 of 5

This match wasn't  much of a challenge seeing as my opponent was fairly new to the game.
He didn't draw a single prize.
1-0
Match 2 of 5

My opponent was running a Kyurem EX/Blissey deck that with a strategy of having at least two Blissey on the bench and use Soft Boiled, Blissey's Ability, and Kyurem EX's Frost Breath attack for 60 damage that discards a Special energy from your opponents active Pokemon.He  also ran a few Potion in there as well as one or two Eviolite. All of those things combined makes it very hard to OHKO or even THKO one of his Kyurem EXes. This battle was a tough one, but with the help of Hydreigon's Dragonblast attack and a few Pokemon Catchers I was able two pull it off.
2-0
Match 3 of 5

The deck that my opponent was using was a variation of Empoleon/Terrakion. His battle was not very long because of the fact that I was able to easily control his damage output by not placing many Pokemon on my bench. It also helped that he was not able to pull a Terrakion out of the four turns it took for me to win the game.
3-0
Match 4 of 5

This game was against a friend of mine, and he was running a rogue deck with MewtwoEX, Aerodactyl DEX, and Tornadus EX. Though I ended up winning in the end, the start of the game is were I really struggled. he was putting on the pressure right from the start with his Tornadus EX, PlusPower, and Aerodactyl hitting for 80 damage first turn and then 100. KOing a Darkrai right away. Dispite my early losses however, I was able to finally pull out a Hydreigon on my third turn and start to use Max Potions to keep from getting 2HKOed.
4-0
Final Match

This match was against another one of my friends that was also 4-0. He was running Hammertime, a deck that uses Dark Patch for energy acceleration on Darkrai EX, and Enhanced Hammer and Crushing Hammer for disruption. But for this battle, instead of me telling you how the battle went down myself, you can just watch it right below by clicking the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTO6jEZBluA&feature=plcp

If you watched the video, you may have noticed that for the first couple of turns the only thing occupying my entire field was a single Deino. That, and some misplays along the way led to a loss that battle. But all in all, it was a great time at the Source Comics and Games down in Saint Paul.
4-1

Here's my list that I used for both tournaments:

  •    Pokemon (13)
  • 3 Darkrai EX
  • 3 Hydreigon DRE
  • 1 Zweilous NVI
  • 3 Deino NVI
  • 2 Sableye DEX
  • 1 Sigilyph DRE
  •   Trainers (34)
  • 4 Professor Juniper
  • 4 N
  • 2 Cheren
  • 4 Rare Candy
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Random Receiver
  • 4 Pokemon Catcher
  • 3 Max Potion
  • 3 Dark Patch
  • 1 Eviolite
  • 1 Dark Claw
  •   Energy (13)
  • 4 Blend GFPD
  • 9 Dark
 I did upgrade this list after the tournaments, but will not be publicly sharing my new list for competitive reasons.

That's all of the happenings of the first Autumn Battle Roads! Until next time -Tyler