The time has come, my first real test as a Pokemon TCG player, a League Cup. Yes ok I have been to our local league challenges before with rubbish deck but this would be my first as a proper player and also my first actual League Cup with championship points up for grabs. Not that I’m in it for that since I’m not aiming for Worlds for the next 2 years.
Before the weekend, I had been testing out 2 different decks, Golisopod/Zoroark and Gardevoir/Zoroark. I knew whichever deck it was, I wanted to make use of the new Zoroark GX because it’s too good but on which deck. My choice was made even harder when another Golisopod/Zoroark deck won the London Internationals (completely different apporach to mine) which meant everyone will try to counter it. Not good news for me.
I had planned to play the Golisopod version on Saturday for the League Challenge and Gardevoir on Sunday for League Cup. On Friday night I changed my mind many times, first going with Gardevoir before switching back to Golisopod. Now thinking back, I probably should have gone with Gardevoir for Saturday after all.
League Cup didn’t go really well for me. My Golisopod/Zoroark deck was way different to the one Tord Reklev had (which means everyone else too since a lot of people here just like to copy whoever is doing well and not coming up with their own ideas). For mine, Golisopod-GX was the main attacker with Zoroark-GX as the back-up and I even added Necrozma-GX as a secret sweeper.
First match my opponent had me good. His 3 Guzmas were used to good effect. Second match it was equally matched, I used Ninja Boy on my Tapu Lele which had 3 energies on it to get Necrozma-GX out and hit Black Ray GX to pick up 4 prizes in one shot. We had no time to finish game 3 which was also equally matched. Probably my best game of the whole tourney, everything went downhill from here.
R2 vs Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX – LL (0/1/1) – 1 point
Both games I started with Tapu Lele so my set-up was compromised and I never recovered from it. I got too nervous and misplayed a lot. My opponent was too quick in both games to set-up his Decidueyes. He would end up finishing 1st out of 67 masters, can’t say I’m surprised with how smoothly his deck worked.
R3 vs Gardevoir-GX/Max Potion – LL (0/2/1) – 1 point
Yup the so called broken Gardevoir deck showed up here too. Again I got nervous and misplayed both games. First one I took out the wrong target. Second one I took a Zorua and not a Wimpod out during my Brigette move when I had two Golisopod-GXes in my hand.
R4 vs Drampa-GX/Garbodor – LWT (0/2/2) – 2 points
So by this point with no wins out of 3 points, I was just staying on to gain the experience of playing against guys who were serious players, some of them coming from Malaysia or Indonesia to win points here while some of my friends left. Yes Garb is still a thing apparently. I made the mistake in not realising it was Drampa when I did flying flip. Played it safe in Game 2 by just attacking Drampa the whole time. Not enough time to finish game 3, my stall tactic of switching my pokemon around saved me from another loss.
R5 vs Darkrai-EX/Darkrai-GX – LWT (0/2/3) – 3 points
Let’s just say I was surprised to see Darkrai. The first match I made the mistake of trying to attack with Necrozma and pick up 6 prizes in one shot, didn’t work. Didn’t notice my opponent was set-up very quickly and took easy KOs. I won game 2 on the last turn after time was called with Crossing Cut gx. I will say my opponent was playing unnecessarily slow which really irked me.
R6 vs Gardevoir/Sylveon – LL (0/3/3) – 3 points
The deck I’ve been testing against the most for the last 2 weeks so I knew what I could do against it. But of course both my games went horribly. And I had just beaten this same opponent the day before with the same deck! Game 1 my opponent was quicker to set-up. Game 2 was horrible. ALL 3 of my Golisopods were prized so I could only rely on my Necrozma and Zoroark BREAK. Both were knocked out with little effort so I scooped that round.
R7 vs Gardevoir/Sylveon – WW (1/3/3) – 6 points
Finally a win! This time I got lucky. My opponent couldn’t set-up in the first game. In the second one I was quicker to set-up and beat him to the punch in the prize race.
Even though I only finished with 1 win out of 7 matches, I did learn a lot from all of my matches, stuff I wouldn’t notice if I were to play in my local friendly weekly tournaments as I was playing against some of the best players in South East Asia. 44th out of 67 masters is nothing to brag about but I suppose it’s a start.
- Game 1 – Keep track of what resources my opponents have used
- Game 2 – Don’t get flusterd by a bad start. Keep calm, work around it
- Game 3 – Aim for the right target, keep track of what I have in my hand
- Game 4 – Play around my opponent’s strategy
- Game 5 – Don’t act smart and try a risky play. Don’t give opponent easy prizes
- Game 6 – Find more ways/add more cards to have outs from a bad start. Check to see what is prized.
With all that, I decided to give the League Cup a try with a completely new version of my Gardevoir deck, and hopefully play a better game than I did the day before. I had originally paired it with Slyveon and Octillery but I liked the idea of using Zoroark better so I gave that a try. I stayed up till 2 to build the deck from scratch. I was toying around the idea of including Puzzle of Time but at the last minute I switched it out for Evosoda and a few additional cards to make my deck more consistent. Unlike the previous day where I didn’t really know all of my opponents, this time I knew all 5 of my opponents. And 5 different decks too unlike the day prior.
Yes I’m already doing better in my first match than I did after 4 rounds yesterday. I knew about my friend’s Raichu deck as I was helping him out filling out his deck. Gallade was the MVP in the match because of Raichu’s weakness to it. The second game his field was set-up quickly and I only had one Gardevoir out, it wasn’t enough. Next game I had two of them ready and they cleaned house. I quickly realized in this match how powerful the combo of Premonition & Trade abilities of Gallade and Zoroark-GX can really be.
R2 vs Greninja – LL (1/1/0) – 3 points
Yup it’s the dang Ninja. I’ve played my opponent many times before, our match last month decided who would make top cut in a mini win-a-box tourney and in that one I messed up my trade ability and cost myself a win and 3rd place. This one, I couldn’t do much. My friend got his Greninja’s break set-up really quick in both games. I tried to knock out his Staryu both times but it came back both times haha. I tried my best to drain him out with my 2 Max Potions but it wasn’t enough. I would say it’s my best match against a Greninja deck, I’d easily lose to it most of the time.
R3 vs Weavile/Zoroark-GX – LWW (2/1/0) – 6 points
Fun fact, I was toying around the idea of playing a Weavile/Golisopod deck for this tourney but I went against it. So of course I ended up playing a Weavile deck. I fell for it’s trap in the first game so I played a slow and safe game in the next two games and it worked nicely. Gallade again was the saviour and even Zoroark helped me get some big KOs. The match was actually going to be a tie but my friend decided to give me the win since he already has gotten his points from the day before. Thanks boss!
R4 vs Volcanion-EX – ID (2/1/1) – 7 points
So me and my friend didn’t play this match out because we both realised with a draw, one of us had a very real possibility of finish 3rd or even 2nd if results went our way in Round 4. I was alright with the intentional draw, I’ve never beaten his Volcanion deck even with Gardevoir.
R5 vs Gardevoir-GX/Zoroark-GX – WLW (3/1/1) – 10 points
I was abit nervous of who my opponent could be, I had worked out that it may have been one of two guys, both really good. It wasn’t either one of them, it was someone I was not even expecting to play against because there’s just no way it should happen. It was Metagame’s owner Joey who I’d usually see from time to time at his store and get my stuff from him. Yes, the same Joey who finished 14th at Worlds this year. Holy crap I’m playing against not just one of the best players in Singapore but in the whole world too! Worlds top 16 player vs…well little old me!
Yup the final match of the weekend, after many tiring hours, was to be in a proper mirror match. The exact same attackers with similar strategies. Gardevoir and Zoroark vs Gardevoir and Zoroark. I’ve already seen how good he’s done with this deck before and I will admit my choice of Zoroark with Gardevoir was somewhat inspired by him with a few additions of my own. First match was equally matched and I just beat him in the prize race. I stopped his Zoroark with Gallade which turned the tide my way. Second match again was equally matched but he got the better of me. He had two Gardevoirs set-up against my single Gardevoir. Check-mate, he got me there.
I was really nervous about the third game, so much so my cards fell from my hands just from shuffling it haha! Third game was just as equally matched as the other two, Gallade helped me again. My Zoroark was killed off my his Gallade, which got my Gardevoir to kill it off, which got his Gardevoir to kill mine off. He played Sycamore in the hopes to get the 2nd one ready and lucky for me he never drew into it.
I used Premonition in the hopes of finding one Fairy Energy and DCE for the win and luckly for me the DCE for the 5th card, I put them up as the first two, used trade, put it on Gardevoir with a choice bad for the win. Oh man I just beat a Worlds top 16 player. Easily my best match in Pokemon TCG so far.
That win put me 6th out of 21 players. Not as many as the other time but hey that’s still pretty good for a newbie like me in a competitive environment. Really enjoyed the 2 days of playing, learned a lot from all these guys and hopefully it’s the start of something good. 12 games and I ended up with 4 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws. Very consistent eh haha! And hey, whenever it’s about Pokemon, TCG or the video game, it’ll always be fun. 🙂
So for those wondering who did well for the League Cup, these were the top 8 decks:
- Gardevoir-GX/Max Potion
- Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
And for the League Challenge thesse were the top 8 decks:
Yup I’m back at it again. My second pokemon pre-release tournament but this one was a must go for me, it was the pre-release for the new Sun and Moon base set. New card designs and all the Gen 7 pokemons finally on trading cards so why not go for it and after all, it’s all for fun anyways right?
I made sure I got my name on the list the moment one of the two shops hosting a pre-release here in Singapore announced that registrations was open. The other shop? Well I tried my luck there first but apparently it was already full a day or two Maxsoft announced the whole thing so that was quite disappointing. Not sure how that was even possible but oh well. Back to my old hometown of Bugis and to Battle Bunker for me then.
For this one, I was hoping to get either the Oranguru pack or the Shiinotic pack and luckily for me I got Oranguru. The people around me mostly got Shiinotic and the guy sitting next to me, funnily enough the same guy I sat next to at the Evolutions pre-release, got the Passimian one. Turns out the Oranguru one was what I really wanted as there was an evolution line for Zubats meaning I’ve got a Crobat! Woohoo! That’s one of my favourite pokemons of all time along with Hitmonlee, Charizard/Charmander and Gengar.
We had the four packs inside the pre-release box and I did managed to pull some good ones out of there, namely a foil Vikavolt (one guy was desperately looking around for it but I need Vikavolt too). I also had a Dragonite, Arcanine and Rare Candy reverse holo foils, which looks really cool in the new Sun and Moon set. I did pull one GX card out, Tauros GX, one of the better ones for sure. But before that, the guy opposite me pulled a Gumshoos GX. Not just anyone though, not even a full art but the brand new hyper rare card. It looked amazing!
So once again my deck, like the previous pre-release, had Psychic pokemons in it. Then again my main deck is a Psychic deck so I’m more than happy to use them. This time it was with the Fighting pokemons. But I learnt my lesson from the last pre-release of having a bit too many pokemons so I cut it down to 2 evolution lines, one troll pokemon in case of weakness and the two foils of Oranguru and Tauros GX. Whatever I had pulled, I knew right away I wanted my deck to be mainly about Crobat.
So the strategy for me was simple, get my Zubats evolving quickly with the help of Timer Ball or Nest Ball or Great Ball, have at least a Crobat and a Golbat and make use of their free retreat to increase Crobat’s Suprise Strike. Oranguru would be the back-up in case of any big energy users (and there were some) and also for his ability (a mini Shaymin EX if you will). Hariyama would be used mainly as my staller and the big dog (or bull in this case) Tauros GX would be the ultimate comeback hitter if I were to get it.
The main thing I wanted out of today was well….JUST ONE WIN! The last pre-release, had a 1-3 record but my win was a bye because my opponent never showed up. I played a friendly game and well, I lost so technically I went 0-4. And the first match didn’t go so well too. I had to take a mulligan 5 times! What a bad start. Nothing went my, I had a hard time dealing with my opponent’s Butterfree and Pinsir combiation. Oranguru came in to knock Butterfree out for my one price but a combo of Cloyster and Prof Kukui killed me. 0-1 already. Dang. That match ended really quick.
I knew I had a potentially good deck, I just needed to get things right and as it turns out, that first match was really the only match I had nothing going for me. My second match was against a guy I had faced the last pre-release so that was cool! Luckily for me he was struggling as he kept getting energy cards while I managed to build up my Crobat, Oranguru and Tauros GX! My big three hitters. So yup Crobat knock my opponent out easily one by one to give me that match. Woohoo, my first win in a “competitive” Pokemon TCG game! End of Round 2, 1-1!
The third match was a really tight game. It could have gone either way. The guy I was playing had just gotten back to Pokemon TCG so I knew how he felt being back at it for the first time so it was nice that I could help someone out this time around.
This was the first match that Tauros GX finally had some action and I was feeling confident about my chances in that match but I messed up a bit having my Makuhita knock out his Pyukumuku. I should have Tauros GX knock it out to get the 6 damage counter from it’s ability which would in turn help two of Tauros’ moves.
My opponent had a Lanturn and a Kangaskhan and I was trying to think ahead and keep the big GX move for Kangaskhan and for the win but as it turned out, my opponent got the “water energy” he needed to increase Lanturn’s move from 60 to 120, in the form of Rainbow energy. One move later and Tauros GX was done. I probably should have done that GX move. End of Round 3, 1-2! That same losing feeling.
The fact that my opponent had Espeon GX out in the first turn already out in my fourth match made me think I was heading for another defeat. Like the previous matches, he got rid of my Rare Candy and Crobat from that irittating bugger of a supporter Illima but for once it worked in my favour, I got the six cards, he got three. I did get my Golbat out and things started happening.
Did I mention how irritating Ilima was? It feels like a new N card but it can either help you or hurt you. Hence why I only played one of him. Twice I had a Rare Candy and Crobat ready to evolve onti my Zubat only to get Ilimaed. At least drawing 3 wasn’t bad for me as I had Oranguru to help with his ability.
I had my double colourless energy and Crobat was ready for action. Golbat was confused but no worries, free re-treat, as was my plan and in came Crobat. 60+60 for switching in that turn and as Espeon GX had weakness to Psychic type,(60+60)x2 = 240 damage! And not to forget, my Crobat had survived Espeon’s GX attack so maybe my opponent’s mistake was putting all 100 damage on Crobat and not trying to kill of Golbat. Kukui came in next to kill the game for me. That was a sweet comeback and so far my best win yet. End of Round 4, 2-2!
Then came the surprise, we were going to have a round 5! Usually it ends at Round 4 but with the turnout, I guess they had to go for it. My opponent had seen me beat his friend previously so he was worried about Tauros GX. And yes I did get him ready along with one Crobat up.
My game winning move was actually using Repel, getting rid of my opponent’s Butterfree and switch with Lanturn and luckily my confused Hariyama did get his big move in to get me my first prize. I retread him (four energies too) but it was worth it as Crobat was ready for action and swiped my opponent’s Butterfree. From there it was easy going, Crobat doing the damage.
So at the end of the fifth and final round, I had a 3-2 record! More wins than losses, I wasn’t expecting that! And I avoided the two really good Pamissian decks so it was a good day for me. Not that I was worried about it, I had Crobat waiting to pounce anyway.
So with 3 wins that meant I would get 3 extra Sun and Moon booster along with 2 that everyone would get for participating in the pre-release. Now for the fun part, everyone opening up their winning packs and some had pullled some top cards. One of the girls managed to pull the hyper rare Lunala GX which looked really cool.
A few minutes later I heard a roar from the other side of the play area, because someone pulled the full art Lille card! No secret rares though. As for me, all I got was an Espeon GX but a full art one so that was pretty cool but for it being the only one from the five packs, a bit of a shame but I can’t really complain.
I had a lot of fun in this pre-release, probably more than I did than the first one I was in. I wasn’t expecting more wins than losses, let alone 3 wins! Everyone was cool and friendly there again, you can’t beat the pokemon community really, some really cool people there. It won’t be my last pre-release for sure. I think I will probably get my first booster box for the Sun and Moon base set, I really like it so far. Those of you who can make it to a pokemon TCG event or a pre-release, go for it! Even for those who may not play it often, it’s a lot of fun. What better way than to take time off from my revision than to have fun and play some cards?
I have to say, Gran Turismo 6 is better than I expected it to be. I initially thought it would be similar to Gran Turismo 5. It looks pretty much the same graphics wise. Everything else feels a bit different.
If you’re not into reading and prefer watching a video, here’s my video on youtube on just about the same thing:
It’s a great game so do yourself a favour if you’re into racing games and just get it. I was always going to get it, but this time, I got the 15th anniversary edition. I didn’t buy the special edition for GT5 when it came out, so why not for GT6? It’s $40 extra but it sure is worth it. I’m a bit surprised that it’s on the PlayStation 3 with the PlayStation 4 just released. We might still get GT6 on the PS4, but it may be the same thing.
One of the reasons why I wanted the collectors’ edition for GT5 was to get the Nissan GT-R diecast model. For the 15th anniversary edition, you’ll get the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 N21 2013 car with the speical GT6 15th anniversary livery in that awesome blue colour with the 15 on it down the middle. That’s my first non-F1 car in a 1:43 scale diecast, maybe that’s the first of a new collection haha.
If you’re not getting the special edition, you’ll get the game and the B-Spec book (well, that’s what I see so for others it might just be the game). The game is the game so nothing to add there haha. The book is good, really enjoy reading about it. You’ll get these two no matter which one you’re buying.
One of the pictures I forgot to take was the paper about the things you’d get from the special edition DLC when you type in the redeem codes. You’ll get 20 cars with the 15th anniversary blue livery, one millions credit in you starting balance and a special 15th anniversary livery helmet and racing suit to your collection of helmets and suits. These 20 cars should be the same no matter which part of the world you get these from.
Alpine – A110 1600S ’72 – 15th Anniversary Special
Audi – quattro S1 Rally Car ’86 – 15th Anniversary Special
Audi – R18 TDI ’11 – 15th Anniversary Special
BMW – Z8 ’01 – 15th Anniversary Special
Chevrolet – Corvette Coupe (C2) ’63 – 15th Anniversary Special
Cizeta – V16T ’94 – 15th Anniversary Special
Ford – Focus ST ’13 – 15th Anniversary Special
Ford – GT40 Mark I ’66 – 15th Anniversary Special
Ford – Shelby GT500 ’13 – 15th Anniversary Special
Honda – HSV-010 GT ’11 – 15th Anniversary Special
KTM – X-Bow R ’12 – 15th Anniversary Special
Lancia – Stratos ’73 – 15th Anniversary Special
Lexus – IS F Racing Concept ’08 – 15th Anniversary Special
Lotus – Europa S.2 ’68 – 15th Anniversary Special
Mercedes-Benz – SLS AMG GT3 ’11 – 15th Anniversary Special
Pagani – Huayra ’13 – 15th Anniversary Special
Renault Sport – Megane Trophy ’11 – 15th Anniversary Special
Shelby – Cobra Daytona Coupe ’64 – 15th Anniversary Special
Toyota – 86 GT ’12 – 15th Anniversary Special
Volkswagen – Scirocco GT24 ’08 – 15th Anniversary Special
Then there’s the bonus three extra for the Asian edition (some have extras too I think). For the Asian editions, you’ll get another code to download these three cars:
Chevrolet – Corvette Stingray (C7) ’14 – 15th Anniversary Special
SRT – Viper GTS ’13 – 15th Anniversary Special
Telsa Motors – Model S Singnature Performance ’12 – 15th Anniversary Special
Yes, it’s a 3-D card with the three cars. The code will be on the black sheet of paper behind it. So if you can get this 15th anniversary edition, go get it! It’s worth the extra money in my view. The one thing I like about the game is that the racing isn’t the only fun thing to do, you can take pictures of the car as if you’re taking it from a DSLR camera or something. Racing and taking pictures of cars, two of my favourite things to do!