You read it right, for once I didn’t just go to one pre-release, not my usual two events too, not even three events, but four pre-release events! Ok I was suckered into joining one earlier than planned but luckily that worked out, that was the best one in terms of pulls. But even with 4 events, this was the first set where I didn’t pull the pre-release promo I wanted, the Lucario promo. I did get it from a trade with someone at the last event but it sucks that I never did pull it myself.
I still had fun in all four of my events, and I managed to make different decks everytime even thought for the first three I got the Magnezone and Heatrans in either my evolution packs or my kit packs. Also I managed to spread out my dates where I’d visit 3 shops for the 4 dates, two of which were firsts for me when it comes to pre-releases. The first two ones were at Qisahn, the third one at Project ext and the last at Bricks Play (just 3 minutes away from my place), all nearby me. Yup, chose my spots according to those closest to me, why the heck not.
So the first deck idea was to use Heatran as the attacker and Magnezone as the supplier. Shaymin was there to set things up and because I pulled a Looker, Looker Whistle and Oranguru, I had to try to recycling tactic and it worked only a few times. Dialga’s GX, as amazing as it is, wasn’t that helpful all that much in all honesty. I’d say this was easily the worst of the 4 decks I built.
Pre-Release SM5 Event 1 @ Qisahn:
Round 1: vs Empoleon/Garchomp LOSE
Was depending on my Dialga so much in this match I forgot GXes still gave up two prizes so I was caught out by the Garchomp/Cynthia combo from my friend.
Round 2: vs Magnezone/SolgaleoPrismStar LOSE
I dead-drew the whole time, just couldn’t get anything going. Didn’t realise Solgaleo Prism Star’s first move allowed you to attach your energy however you liked, that’s a really good attack.
Round 3: vs Magnezone/Heatran WIN
Hey look a mirror match! I almost lost this game too but luckily Dialga saved me. The combo of Oranguru/Looker helped out big time here.
Round 4: vs Garchomp/Gumshoos WIN
The combo of Oranguru (again) and my Magnezone actually helped me to the win here, opponent couldn’t get out of confusion.
2 wins and 2 loses in the first event, not like me to do this badly in a pre-release. 12th out of 16th, not usual for me in a pre-release setting. But the pulls from my prize packs sure made up for the bad results! 2-2 for me.
The second deck was similiar to the first, Heatran with Magnezone but this time with the Garchomp line to give me a second strong attacker. The Cynthia-Garchomp combo is amazing, I will try to build that deck for real. Magnezone once again helped me out alot in my matches.
Pre-Release SM5 Event 2 @ Qisahn:
Round 1: vs Garchomp/Gumshoos WIN
Heatran donked my opponent in Turn 2. Got the Kukui out and knocked out Gible.
Round 2: vs Garchomp/Lucario LOSE
Very tough match, my opponent got the Lucario up in Turn 2 and then Garchomp in Turn 3 and that was it for me really. The combo was working so well even for a pre-release.
Round 3: vs Garchomp/Gumshoos WIN
Luckily for me I got my Garchomp set up first to knock out her Garchomp and she had no-one else set-up to counter my team.
Round 4: vs Garchomp/Empoleon WIN
My opponent dead drew so I took advantage of it, Heatran once again with the early pressure for the win.
The combo of Garchomp and Heatran worked nicely for me. As long as I had Magnezone up, everything would be fine. And both could get quick KOs with how their attacks are. And yes I really did play against four Garchomp decks that deck. 9th out of 27th, that’s a bit better but still not up there. 3-1 for me.
The third deck was….yup you guessed it, Heatran with Magnezone yet again but this time I got the Gumshoos promo and I knew how good it was against me so I had to try it out. Also gave the Electirive line a try knowing there’ll be lots of Metals but I never did make use of them.
Pre-Release SM5 Event 3 @ Project EXT:
Round 1: vs Garchomp/Gumshoos/Dialga WIN
Gumshoos on fire here. Takes out two Gibles and then Dialga for a rather quick win, even though I picked up all four prizes.
Round 2: vs Electirive/Heatran LOSE
I had no set-up for this one, just waiting on my Electirive to show up but it never did so my opponent killed me off.
Round 3: vs Garchomp/Gumshoos WIN
Once again I’m paried up with my friend Shan. We tend to always play against one another in pre-releases or even the usual weekly leagues. I knew she had a Magmar in her deck so I tried not to use Heatran. Gumshoos once again gave me the easy win, she couldn’t set up.
Round 4: vs Garchomp/Empoleon WIN
This time it was Heatran who was wrecking house for me, picking up the early KOs for the win.
This deck actually worked really nicely. Both Gumshoos and Heatran could easily take early KOs with their two energy attacks and that’s even before Magenzone shows up. The guy I lost too, we played some friendly games and yup I beat him so my deck was alright for today. Didn’t see where I finished but I believe it was 8th of around 26 to 30 players. 3-1 for me, again.
The fouth deck was different to the rest, no Magnezone or Heatran for once! It was a straight Gumshoos-Garchomp deck with a secret Magmar tech to counter the Metal types. Never really did use it because I faced two Empoleon decks haha. But that deck did run very smoothly, and for once I pulled a lot of trainers so I had to trim those down.
Pre-Release SM5 Event 4 @ Brick’s Play:
Round 1: vs Electirive/Gumshoos WIN
Got my Garchomp out quickly and my opponent couldn’t handle it, quick win.
Round 2: vs Empoleon/Magnezone LOSE
Now here’s the story. Before the tourney started, I tested with my friend Rauf just to see how our decks would work and I managed to beat him. So I thought this would go my way. It didn’t. His Empoleon killed me and not because of the first attack, I knew about it so I purposely didn’t bench more pokemon but the second attack wrecked me because of the discarding of energy cards. Of course we played a few more friendly games and I won all of them. Can’t win when I needed too huh?
Round 3: vs Gumshoos/Magnezone/Electirive WIN
Garchomp once again the MVP in this match, got it out in Turn 2 and a well timed Cynthia won me the game.
That new Garchomp is nasty good, confirms my hopes that it will be good and I do hope to make it work in my tourneys. Unfortunately the prof showed up and changed our schedule to a 3-round event which sucked because it’s a pre-release, we should play at least 4 games, as was advertised.
His reasons was for the lack of packs which I didn’t see was a big issue anywhere else. I ended up 6th out of 18 players, my highest placing of the four events but no unbeaten run for me this time. 2-1 for me. So out of the four events I went to, I played in 15 matches, won 10 of them and lost the other 5. Not bad I’d say.
As for the pulls, I thought I used up my luck in my first pre-release, I ended up getting 4 GXes, one full art trainer and a prism star card. I couldn’t ask for more. So the next one I only did get one GX, but it was Leafon so I’m cool with that. The third one was the first time in any pre-release that I didn’t pull one ultra rare card.
I thought it was going to be the same for the fourth one until my last pack, I got the full art Cynthia that everyone wants. Hehe whoops. Also during that pre-release in Brick’s Play, two guys pulled the Gold Solgaleo GX and Lunala GX seconds off each other!
Those are the two rarest in the set yet they were both pulled in the same event! What are the odds? Here’s what I pulled from the four events.
Ultra Prism will be an amazing set, I’m sure of it. Lots of good cards coming out of it, and the actual set will be out in a few hours time! Time to get cracking into the new packs. Here’s all the pre-release promos I pulled from the six sets I’ve been too. Yup, the first one I didn’t get the promo I wanted. It was bound to happen but kinda weird it happened in the one I went to the most.
I’ve always said pre-release is my favourite event for Pokemon TCG. Not just about the pulls but for the fun of playing decks you normally won’t play, testing your deck building skills and of course, make new friends, see your mates and have a good time overall. Why else would I go to FOUR pre-releases when some guys wpuld tell me it’s a waste of time going to more than one. It’s clearly not. 🙂
I’m just going to say it right now, the 2018 Royal Rumble PPV might be one of the better PPVs WWE have done in a long while. Everyting was done almost perfectly, albeit with a few dodgy timing and the ending which didn’t really fancy me at all.
I had feared one of the Royal Rumble matches (yes there’s two now, a males and females one) might open the show so I can’t say I’m not disappointed that the WWE title match opened it. The finish with Styles pinning the wrong guy should continue on with Owens/Zayn issue with the authority so I’m not upset by that.
The Usos winning 2-0 was a bit of a surprise to me, that usually never happens in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Up to the first fall, the match was amazing but then it finished rather quickly. I wasn’t up for the RAW tag title match, too tired after the first Rumble but not surprised that The Bar won. Jason Jordan will turn heel eventually. Usually I’m not a fan of Lesnar matches but the triple threat was not bad at all.
And now time for the 2017 Royal Rumble match! The gents one first.
#1 Rusev – RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY. If this doesn’t prove he’s not over, I don’t know what else the poor guy can do. He’s now got the fans on his side. He did alright in this one too even if he didn’t eliminate one guy.
#2 Finn Balor – The ironman of this Rumble. He was in there for 57 minutes, not bad for his first Rumble. And Finn got the most eliminations of anyone with 4, three of which were big ones.
#3 Rhyno – Let’s be honest, he’s just there for the ECW fans in Philly.
#4 Baron Corbin – HAHA! He got eliminated in one minute! Never been a fan of his anyway.
#5 Heath Slater – Poor Heath got hit by entrants 6 to 11 while they were making their way into the ring. Sure did give us some funny moments and eliminated Sheamus in 2 seconds.
#6 Elias – GO ELIAS! He did get a pop when the guitar sounded, I’ve been a fan of the guy since his NXT days and I’m happy to know that the fans are starting to see the greatness in him that I’ve known in a long while. Plus did I mentioned he plays the guitar? Him entering when no-one was up made sense so he could give us a song.
#7 Andrade Cien Almas – As putting on what could be the best match of the year the day before, the NXT Champion Almas makes a surprise entrance in the Rumble. Almost 30 minutes in there, good showing for him. Outsmarted New Day when eliminating Kofi so that gave me a good laugh.
#8 Bray Wyatt – Didn’t really do much in this Rumble, was just there to continue his story with Woken Matt Hardy so it does confuses me why their entries weren’t near each other.
#9 Big E – Surprised he was the first New Day member out. Gave Heath some pancakes and helped Kofi got back into the ring.
#10 Sami Zayn – Well actually it was supposed to be Tye Dillinger but he got beat up by Owens and Zayn. Zayn got thrown out by Nakamura so look for a story there.
#11 Sheamus – HAHA. He got eliminated by Heath Slater in 2 seconds. TWO FREAKING SECONDS!
#12 Xavier Woods – Once again just there to help out Kofi Kingston. The first spot of saving Kofi was quite clever on his part.
#13 Apollo Crews – Did nothing in this match. This spot could have been given to an NXT guy or a surprise entrant like a returning face.
#14 Shinsuke Nakamura – My pick to win the whole thing and he did win the Royal Rumble! The first guy to win from entries 8-18 in a 30 man Rumble match. Threw out Cena and Reigns for the win, need I say more?
#15 Cesaro – Threw out Crews and then eliminated by Rollins in 5 minutes. Then again he had a match later on.
#16 Kofi Kingston – Yup he saved himself again. Finally someone hopped on one foot outside the ring, I’ve always wondered if anyone would be smart enough to do that and someone finally did. The spot where he got a cheerleader style jump from his New Days brothers was pretty cool.
#17 Jinder Mahal – The former WWE Champion only lasted 3 minutes but he did throw out 2 guys so even if WWE try to make him look bad, he still did alright.
#18 Seth Rollins – A little surprised he showed up during the jobber spots of the teens spot but then again he also had a match later on. Got thrown out by his own Shield brother Roman Reigns.
#19 Woken Matt Hardy – Came in to DELETE Bray Wyatt’s chance of making it to Wrestlemania. Him working with Bray for a bit was DELIGHTFUL. But then it was OVAH.
#20 John Cena – Big match John came, threw 3 guys and got eliminated by the eventual winner. Not much to say. Came in a bit earlier than I expected.
#21 The Hurricane – Hey an actual surprise entrant! Too bad he got eliminated by Cena in 20 seconds. WASSAUPWITHDAT?
#22 Aiden English – Didn’t really do much, but I guess because he’s Rusev’s partner, they might as well throw him in. And yes there were Rusev Day chants.
#23 Adam Cole – Another NXT entrant, it’s Adam Cole BAYBAY! Would have been nice if he got an elimination for his effort.
#24 Randy Orton – For a guy who’s won the Rumble two times, he really didn’t do much in this one. Came in, did a cool RKO on Almas before eliminating him and lasted up till the final 6 for the Old School vs New School face off. Got thrown out by Reigns, roll reversal of last year.
#25 Titus O’Neil – Did nothing at all, that spot could have been given to another surprise entrant.
#26 The Miz – Go Miz! But sadly he didn’t last long, Reigns got him and threw him out after 5 minutes.
#27 Rey Mysterio – Holy shit it’s Rey! Another surprise entrant and this one got me good, I didn’t think I’d see Rey in a WWE ring. He looked in fantastic shape too. Hope he’s back for another run. Lasted up to the final 6.
#28 Roman Reigns – Well at least he wasn’t #30 this time. Came in and threw out some guys. Was the final guy to get eliminated. So pretty much a typical Reigns performance in a Rumble, it’s getting boring.
#29 Goldust – A nice surprise, I wasn’t expecting to see him in it! His entry did make some history, he’s now joint 2nd with Shawn Michaels and Big Show for Royal Rumble apperances. I’m expecting him to be in the 2019 Rumble then. Kane still leads that bit.
#30 Dolph Ziggler – Why him? Of all the people they could have gotten for the 30th spot, they had to get the uninteresting copycat loser Ziggler? I mean they could have put the US Champion Bobby Roode, or a returning Bobby Lashley or Kevin Owens, or a Rumble veteran like Shelton Benjamin. Heck, I would have preferred Jason Jordan over Ziggler. Literally anyone but him. I don’t care about him, don’t care that he’s back. glad he got eliminated very quickly.
So Shinsuke Nakamura wins the men’s Royal Rumble, as I predicted at the end of last year in the hopes that it would set up the dream match of him and AJ Styles. And guess what, IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING!!! For once I’m really looking forward to Wrestlemania.
Now for the first ever women’s Royal Rumble
#1 Sasha Banks – Not a fan of hers but she was the ironwomen in this one. Did show a side of her heel persona so maybe that’s coming soon. Her eliminating Bayley surely proves that point.
#2 Becky Lynch – Big fan but why she gotta be out so early? Was hoping she’d come out later. Lasted 30 minutes, still a good showing for the lass-kicker.
#3 Sarah Logan – That headbutt spot with Sasha Banks looked awesome. Lasted longer than I thought she would, good on her! Impressed me in this match.
#4 Mandy Rose – Made history, she was the first women eliminated in the women’s Royal Rumble.
#5 Lita – She’s back! The first of many returning faces but one of the best ever. That Moonsault looked nasty though. Got a couple of eliminations. Nice tribute on her arms for all the women who couldn’t make it.
#6 Kairi Sane – Yay Kairi! Big fan of hers. The winner of the first Mae Young classic, got in her amazing elbow drop twice but sadly got eliminated quickly. Should have been in the match longer.
#7 Tamina – Didn’t really do much, would have prefered another NXT girl to take her spot.
#8 Dana Brooke – Also didn’t do much (other than eliminating Kairi but I want to forget that), would have prefered an NXT girl in now that Brooke isn’t working in a wrestling role.
#9 Torrie Wilson – Another return! Wasn’t expecting her to come back.
#10 Sonya Deville – The badass from Absoultion, should have given her some more eliminations in the match. Been impressed with her lately. I will say Paige’s theme kinda suits her.
#11 Liv Morgan – Wasn’t as impressive as her Riott Squad member Logan
#12 Molly Holly – Yay Molly is back! Still looks as good in the ring as she ever did, very appropriate surprise entrant for the first women’s Royal Rumble.
#13 Lana – Well it’s Mrs Rusev so more Rusev Day chants. Can’t say much to be fair.
#14 Michelle McCool – Another appropriate return and the most impressive of those whoe returned. Got the most eliminations of anyone in this match with 5 eliminations. Mrs Undertaker sure still has it.
#15 Ruby Riott – Eliminated Becky so expected to see a new rivalry there. Did alright in this match but I would have put her in a later entry.
#16 Vickie Guerrero – EXCUSE ME! Good to see her back, did the comedy elimination for the match, can’t say much.
#17 Carmella – Not one elimination but lasted 17 minutes. Her screams when almost getting eliminated sure was funny.
#18 Natalya – Way earlier than I thought she should have showed up. Did throw out her best friend Beth and Michelle so two big eliminations there.
#19 Kelly Kelly – Well she still looks good! Good to see her again.
#20 Naomi – Another one who I thought came in earlier than I expected. She did the Kofi Kingston save spot by walking the guardrail and using a chair to save herself. Nice one!
#21 Jacqueline – Another surprise entrant. Seems to me whoever was at Raw was pretty much included in this match.
#22 Nia Jax – Wrecked house the moment she showed up, not surprised it took 6 girls to get her out but she sure was one of the stars in that match.
#23 Ember Moon – The second NXT entrant in the match, and it’s the NXT Women’s champion. Got a cool spot in with her old rival Asuka.
#24 Beth Phoenix – The only person to be in the male’s and female’s royal rumble now. Only got to show a bit of her strength against Nia before being backstabbed by her friend Natalya. Should have been in longer.
#25 Asuka – The unbeaten one. Perhaps the most dangerous superstar in WWE today, male or female. All three of her eliminations were huge. Glad they went with her to win the first ever women’s Royal Rumble, no-one looked to be in her league the whole time.
#26 Mickie James – Woohoo go Mickie! Like Beth, they didn’t let her do much which is sad. But she did get a cool staredown with old rival Trish that got a reaction from the crowd.
#27 Nikki Bella – Oh god she’s back. Not a fan of hers. Overrated. Mrs John Cena so do I need to say more? I mean she was the last one eliminated. Really, of all the girls, her? Also, her elimination of her sister is one of the stupidest thing I’ve seen, you’ve got an advantage over Asuka and not use it? Dummy.
#28 Brie Bella – Actually surprised to see Brie back. Too bad her sister was a dummy.
#29 Bayley – I’ll be honest, I’d rather see her early on in the match.
#30 Trish Stratus – How appropriate that the last entrant is perhaps the biggest femal superstar in WWE history. Thank god for Trish, at least it’s not Ronda Rousey. Trish still looks good in the ring!
Glad to see Asuka win the first ever women’s Royal Rumble but yeah still bitter than Ronda Rousey stole her spotlight after the match. No need for that. Asuka would beat Ronda easily in a match anyway. So yeah, the two winners of the Rumble were two Japanese, how about that? Things sure are changing in WWE and for the better.