Archive | October 2018

PTCG: Week 5 of new format, results in local leagues and final week of Pro Circuit Autumn Season

The last week of September also meant the last week for players to score points for the Pro Circuit Autumn season and sure enough we had an extra league day for anyone wanting to catch up on points. So sure enough, I went to all of them. 5 games in 5 days including our casual meetup on Wednesdays. Even though I was safely in the Top 8, I just wanted to test a few other decks out and well just play!

26th September – Sanctury Gaming (23 players)

1) Aidyl (Passimian)

2) Kim (Greninja/Glaceon)

3) Che Yu (Banette/Weavile)

4) Zexuan (Rayquaza/Vikavolt)

5) Rocky (Golisopod/Magcargo)

6) Anselm (Zoroark/Buzzwole)

7) Syafiq R (Ho-oh/Reshiram)

8) Harry (Ho-oh/Reshiram)

Yup. Passimian. I knew how scary the deck was when I went up against it during our League Challenge and sure enough my friend Aidyl dominated with it. He’s been trying to get me on the Passimian hype train too and I’d love to give it a try, I just don’t have a Deoxys to finish the deck (still have not pulled one yet). Ho-oh/Reshiram had a strong showing that day too. If it’s setup stays in tact, it’s hard to beat. Also the first sighting of the new Zoro/Buzzwole deck that would end up taking a Top 8 finish at the Offenbach Regional in Germany this past weekend, a deck that Anselm helped create along with Ilya, the guy who got the top finish.

27th September – Metagame (12 players) Pro-Circuit Points

1) Kenneth (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

2) Reuben (Zoroark/Decidueye)

3) Aidyl (Passimian)

4) Joey (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

5) Jeremy (Passimian)

6) Irvin (Buzzwole/Naganadel)

7) Nazri (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

8) Che Yu (Banette/Weavile)

The usual two top decks are back at it, Zoroark and Buzzwole. Passimian was once again right up there with the big boys and if not for some bad luck, might have been the top deck for the second running again with Aidyl too. I actually picked up 2 wins with Zoroark/Lycanroc but because I was late to my first game (poster said they started 8.30, host started at 8) I had to play with a one game loss deficit. We played out the 3 rounds and I did beat him so yup, that’s another Worlds player I’ve played against and beaten him. Confidence booster for sure.

28th September – Project EXT (21 players) Pro-Circuit Points

1) Rauf (Zygarde/Lycanroc)

2) Klive (Garchomp/Lucario)

3) Rizduan (Marshadow/Malamar)

4) Christopher (Tapu Koko/Malamar)

5) Aidyl (Passimian)

6) Zexuan (Gardevoir/Swampert)

7) Eugene (Decidueye/Leafeon)

8) Syafiq R (Ho-oh/Reshiram)

The Zygarde master is back at back at the top for Rauf too. The guy who made Zygarde famous, Klive finished 2nd in his first game back at EXT but with Garchomp/Lucario! His 3rd round match with Aidyl was one of the better matches I’ve seen, I wish I was able to stream it for the rest to see. The Malamars are starting to show back up against with both versions, the new Marshadow variant and the spread deck variant comprising of Shining Lugia, Tapu Koko and that damn Shrine of Punishment.

29th September – Metagame (13 players) Pro-Circuit Points

1) Andy (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

2) Irvin (Buzzwole/Naganadel)

3) Marcus (Metagross)

4) Aidyl (Passimian)

5) Kian Chong (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

6) Jeremy (Passimian)

7) Joey (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

8) Klive (Garchomp/Lucario)

So before the event and during our test sessions, my friend Andy and I had been testing Zoroark/Lycanroc out to see which of our versions worked best and we both agreed mine was. So we spent some time trying to improve his deck’s consistency and I kept telling him how good Great Ball was from testing. He went with it and yup, took 3 wins that day. Glad I can help others improve their decks, wish I could do that for my own. Passimians were back at it again. Hard to say who did well from this table as some of the guys were gifted the wins to help them score more points for the Pro Circuit league but for sure Zoroark/Lycanroc won all 3 of it’s matches.

30th September – Brick’s Play (14 players) Pro-Circuit Points

1) Kash (Greninja/Volcanion)

2) Andy (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

3) Nazri (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

4) Syafiq R (Ho-oh/Reshiram)

5) Lyn (Rayquaza/Vikavolt)

6) Ian (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

7) Che Yu (Banette/Lucario)

8) Eujun (Empoleon/Swampert)

Woohoo! After 5 or 6 straight games of finishing with a miserable 1-2 record, I finally got 2 wins and better still, won all 3 rounds for once and with a fun deck no less! Been working on my Greninja-GX/Volcanion Prism Star deck idea for the longest time and gave it a go for the first time the day before where it got beat badly by Buzzwole. And the next day, my final game against Nazri’s Buzzwole might be one of my favourite matches so far. I had to think outside the box many times just to kill him off, using Tapu Lele GX and Volcanion Prism to do most of the damage while the Frog-line simply added more damage for me.

And the best part of that day was that the top 4 were legit there because they did well, no favours from anyone (unlike some people) so that’s always nice to see. And with Andy and Syafiq finishing in the top 4, they both squeezed in to the Top 16 on the last day to score points. Good way to end the Autumn season and get back to winning ways for myself. So after all that, here’s now the points looked like after the last round of games:

SG Pro Circuit Autmn Season

Of course Titally ends up first, 10 points ahead of 2nd place which was Aidyl and myself. In the end a lot more of the pro players did make it in and some of the casual players missed out. Congrats to those of you who made it in. The new season is underway and now there’s six league days in a week that will go into the next Pro-Circuit season. And I’m not a rich guy, I’m not even making any money yet so I can’t attend most of them so I’ll take it easy this time around, maybe not even care about the points. Also since I’m too busy with school, I might not have enough time to do any more updates like the ones I’ve done for the last few weeks. Oh well it’s been fun. There might be some exciting stuff happening soon too.

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